Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 16th June 2019

Trinity Sunday marks the moment when the Church moves into ordinary time as the great 50 days of Easter has come to an end. It is the day when all preachers try to explain the inexplicable. Justo Gonzalez, a prominent Hispanic theologian once said, "Trinity is a mystery, not a puzzle. You try to solve the puzzle, you stand in awe before a mystery." The world could do with more standing in awe than sniping from side-lines.

This weekend marks the opening of the Portsmouth Festivities at which there will be several opportunities to stand in awe of God-given talent, and listen to a cornucopia of music and other activities. This is a treasure that needs to be cherished if it is to continue to thrive so I hope you will show your support by going to some of the many events, which are too numerous to name here.

This week is also Refugee Week and this year sees the launch of Portsmouth as a City of Sanctuary. Portsmouth organisations and people, including the Diocese and the Council for Social Responsibility amongst many others, have come together to form this, sharing a vision to demonstrate inclusiveness, openness and participation. It will be celebrated at an event in the Guildhall on Wednesday 19th June at 12.30pm. This is about offering safety and sanctuary to anyone fleeing violence and persecution or who is vulnerable and isolated. The aim is to offer a generous welcome to people whether asylum seekers, refugees, veterans, the homeless, or those suffering domestic abuse or hate crime. We all have a part to play in offering that.

The Reverend Canon Nick Ralph

Residentiary Canon


Welcome to all those attending our services and Malvik Blandakor Choir from Trondheim, Norway who join us at the Festivities Opening Eucharist.

The Service and Events Lists are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Sarah Lovatt our Administrative Assistant and PA to the Canon Chancellor, has resigned. Cover for her role, pending the appointment of our new Canon Chancellor and a review of responsibilities, will be provided by some increase in Sara Clark’s hours and volunteers. Any cards or contributions for her leaving to be addressed accordingly and left in the Cathedral Offices.

Lay Safeguarding Representative Marian Pottinger has been appointed to this voluntary role.

Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean The vacancy arising from Canon Peter Leonard’s appointment as Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight has been advertised. Full details are available on the website. Interviews will be held on Thursday 23rd July. More information about this, and about the appointment of a new Chapter Clerk, is given in a letter from the Dean distributed with these notices and also available on the website.

Christian Aid Week 2019 A huge thank you to all those who supported this year’s campaign. £2097.50 was collected, with Gift Aid added the grand total is £2424.00.


Chapter Clerk Peter Sanders will be retiring in the summer. There will be an opportunity to say farewell and thank you to him at our Eucharist on Sunday 7th July. Donations towards a leaving present can be made through the Cathedral Offices or contact Nicky Taylor the Finance Officer if you wish to make an online donation. An application pack for the full time role of Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer are on the website. Closing date for applications midday 24th June.

Volunteer Week Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time and talents so generously and without whom we would not be able to do what we do. We are looking forward to acknowledging the work of our volunteers at a ‘Thank You Tea’ to be held in the Nave at 5.00pm on Tuesday 25th June, followed by a special Choral Evensong. Replies should be sent to outreach@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk before Wednesday 19th June.

Christmas Fair Saturday 30th November. The organisation this year is being overseen by Nicky Taylor (Finance Officer) and Sara Clark (Outreach Admin Assistant) in the Cathedral Offices. Ann Wilson is in the process of contacting volunteers from previous fairs to see if they are available to help out again this year. If you would like to volunteer to help please send an email to fair@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk. If anyone is making jams or chutney please consider adding an extra jar or two for us to sell at the fair.

Craft & Chat Group are knitting for the Sailors Society. If anyone has any double knitting wool they would like to donate, then please leave this with the Cathedral Shop.

Pastoral Care If anyone has a pastoral concern and would like to speak to someone, please contact the Precentor 023 9275 2335 or the Dean 023 9282 4400.

No Lunch Club Tuesday 2nd July. Returning Tuesday 9th July 12.30pm in Becket Hall.


Portsmouth Festivities until 23rd June. A leaflet of all events is available in the Cathedral. Visit https://portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/events for details and book tickets.

  • Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Monday 17th June. Andrew Gallacher (piano).

  • Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Tuesday 18th June. James Davy (organ).

  • Recital Ka Wai Cheng and Kate Burrows 7.30pm Tuesday 18th June (clarinet & piano). Tickets £5 from Portsmouth Festivities.

  • Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Wednesday 19th June. Charles Harrison (organ).

  • Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 20th June. Musicians from The Portsmouth Grammar School.

  • D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert 7.30pm Thursday 20th June. Join the Cathedral Choir, The Portsmouth Grammar School and other local school choirs in a concert of British and French music. Tickets £10 from Portsmouth Festivities.

  • Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Friday 21st June. Fumi Otsuki and Sarah Kershaw (violin & piano).

  • Tenbrae Consort: Medieval Chant & Tallis Lamentations 8.15pm Friday 21st June. Tickets £17 (£15 concession) from Portsmouth Festivities.

  • Seafood on the Green 12.30-2.30pm Saturday 22nd June. Join us as we sample the delights caught by local fishermen. Tickets from £5.00 at the Cathedral Shop.

  • Festivities Organ Concert – David Briggs 2.00pm Saturday 22nd June. Tickets £12 (£10 concession) from Portsmouth Festivities.

Refugee Week 17th – 23rd June

  • Monday 17th June A vigil marking Refugee Week between Morning Prayer at 7.40am and Choral Evensong at 6.00pm.

  • Wednesday 19th June City of Sanctuary is being launched in Portsmouth in the Guildhall at 12.30pm.

Reflective Afternoon 2.00-4.30pm Wednesday 19th June in an Emsworth home and garden led by Canon Angela Tilby. To book a place, please contact the Cathedral Shop.

Living Well - “Lighten Our Darkness” – sermons on aspects of Mental Health. Please join us for a series of monthly sermons at 6.00pm Choral Evensong as we continue to explore wellbeing and mental health.

  • Sunday 23rd June - ‘Understanding vulnerability: a path to personal and spiritual growth’ Dr Kevin O’Shea, Consultant Psychiatrist.

  • Sunday 21st July - ‘Breakthrough rather than breakdown?’ the Revd James Hair, Portsmouth Diocesan Adviser for Mental Health.

  • Sunday 25th August – ‘Caring for people in the community’ the Revd Jen Holder, Honorary Chaplin Southern Health NHS Trust.

  • Sunday 22nd September – ‘Young People’ the Revd Sue Whitelock, Portsmouth Youth Chaplaincy.

  • Sunday 27th October – ‘Caring for the carers’ the Revd Anne Lindsay, former Chaplain to Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust.

  • Sunday 24th November – ‘Older people’s mental health’ the Revd Nick Fennemore, Head of Chaplaincy Southern Health NHS Trust.

Cathedral Club 2.30pm Thursday 27th June in Becket Hall. The Reverend Margaret Sherwin – ‘Living as a vagrant in Central London’. Donation £1, free tea/coffee.


All those in need including: Freya, Donald, Mandy, Robert, Laurence, Poppy, Pamela, Barry and Mary.

And those who have died: Tom Hogarth, Phyllis Hughes, Roger Sutton and Robin Sard RIP.

For a complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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