Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 30th June 2019

Last Sunday evening in his sermon ‘Understanding vulnerability: a path to personal and spiritual growth’, Dr Kevin O’Shea, Consultant Psychiatrist, talked about how vulnerability is the essence of the incarnation, God becoming human in the form of Jesus.  Dr O’Shea also noted that it was the essence of charity and community. I have been thinking about this a lot over this past week and wondered if today’s highlights could explore these ideas a bit more.                     

We cannot be happy all of the time.  Acknowledging this is essential for good mental health and this might be able to keep us going during times of vulnerability, misery, apathy or boredom.  Perhaps it is the mental equivalent of ‘ordinary time’ - the seasons with green vestments that aren’t festivals and saints’ days?

Society often frames vulnerability as a negative, a weakness, but perhaps we could highlight how positive it can be, such as creating strong friendships, developing empathy with the marginalised, understanding ourselves better.  It helps us to be more trusting, which is vital to a thriving community spirit.  It also helps us to travel alongside Christ, digging deeper into the meaning and implication of the incarnation, for me and all of my many vulnerabilities and for you too.


Kitty Price

Cathedral Reader


The Dean is celebrating and preaching at St Peter’s, Havenstreet for the church’s Patronal Festival and Canon Anthony is at Swanmore this morning.

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


Canons of Honour  The Bishop has announced the appointment of the Revd James Grenfell, Director of Portsmouth Pathway; the Revd Canon Angela Tilby, radio broadcaster and teacher and Cathedral Honorary Chaplain, who writes regularly for the Church Times, and Professor Graeme Smith, a theology professor at the University of Chichester as Canons of Honour. Bishop Christopher said: “The special appointments as Canons of Honour enable recognition of Christian service beyond as well as in the diocese. Following recent changes to the Cathedral’s constitution, I am now delighted to appoint three new Canons who contribute in outstanding ways locally, regionally and nationally in communicating our values and witness.” The three Canons of Honour will be installed during Choral Evensong at 6pm on Sunday 14th July.

Diocesan School Leavers’ Workshops and Services We look forward to welcoming over 1,300 pupils and staff from 30 schools across the diocese for three days next week. 

Volunteer Thank You We were delighted that over 100 of our volunteers were able to join us for tea in the Nave and Choral Evensong on Tuesday.  The event gave us the opportunity to show our appreciation all those who give their time and talents so generously to the Cathedral.

Choir Church The outreach project based at St James’ Milton and supported by the diocese and Cathedral features in this week’s edition of the Church Times.


Parish Lunch Club will be on its annual outing on Tuesday 2nd July, meeting again on the 9th July in Becket Hall.   There will be no Toddler and Baby Group on Wednesday 3rd July and no Craft and Chat Group on Thursday 4th July due to Leavers’ Services.

Chapter Clerk There will be an opportunity to say farewell and thank you to Peter Sanders at our 10.30am Eucharist next 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.  There is a card to sign in the Welcome Area.

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.

Soup of Souls Pete Codling’s stunning work representing the stories of The Solent and those who lost their lives at sea continues which has been on display since January will be taken down on Friday.  The work was funded by the Arts Council as part of last year’s Annual Theme: Time.

Appointments  Applications have now closed for the positions of Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer and Canon Chancellor and Vice Dean.  Interviews will take place on Thursday 11th  and Tuesday 23rd July respectively.  Further information is given in a letter from the Dean which is available in the Cathedral and on the website.

Christmas Fair Saturday 30th November.  The organisation this year is being overseen by Nicky Taylor (Finance Officer) and Sara Clark (Outreach Admin Assistant).  If you would like to volunteer to help and haven’t already been contacted, 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 woolly hats for the Sailors’ Society.  Donations of double knitting wool can be left in the Cathedral Shop.

Love Our Oceans/Messy Blue 10.00am-12.00pm Saturday 13th July, St Mary’s Church, Fratton.  Free climate change event with lots of activities for children.  Displays by Greenpeace, Christian Aid, Fairtrade and many others. https://bit.ly/2RtR0Dv .


Lunchtime Live our next and the final recital of the summer season, will be on Thursday 11th July. Tom Moore (organist).  Free with retiring collection.  Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

Omega Printmakers Exhibition Saturday 6th - Thursday 18th July.  Omega Printmakers will be curating their tenth exhibition of original works, which have been printed here in Portsmouth and will be on display in the Ambulatory.   The work of over twenty artists will be on show.

Living Well - “Lighten Our Darkness” – sermons on aspects of Mental Health  The next of our series of monthly sermons at 6.00pm Choral Evensong  ‘Breakthrough rather than breakdown?’ will be given by the Revd James Hair, Portsmouth Diocesan Adviser for Mental Health on Sunday 21st July.

Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society Summer Exhibition Friday 26th July – Wednesday 7th August.  PHAS was formed in 1909 under the guidance of the renowned marine artist W L Wyllie RA.  The exhibition is of works by both professionals and amateur artists in a range of styles and media.



All those ordained as Deacons yesterday: Hugo Deadman, Ryan Forey, Dion Mabey, Ruth Howlett-Shipley, Mike Moritz, Bryan Stephenson and Erica Wilkie.

All those ordained as Priests yesterday: Steve Dent, Philippa Good, Dan Greenfield, Jude Greenfield, Wendy May Jacobs, Julie Minter, Stephen Sutcliffe and Jacqueline Twine.

All those in need including: Donald, Robert, Laurence, Poppy, Pamela, Barry, Mary, Tim, Susan and June.

And those who have died: Tom Hogarth, Phyllis Hughes, Roger Sutton, Sara Hughes, Robin Sard, Betty Bucket, Hugh Rees Phillips, Geoff Hewitt and Freda Evans RIP.

Sunday 30th June

Second Sunday after Trinity 

0800         Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030         Eucharist sung by the Girl Choristers, Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks

                        Preacher: The Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling                      

                        Readings: 2 Kings 2.1-2, 6-14; Luke 9.51-end

1800         Choral Evensong sung by the Girl Choristers, Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks

                        Preacher: Kitty Price, Cathedral Reader

                        Readings: Genesis 27.1-40; Mark 6.1-6

2000         Taizé-style Night Prayer 

This Week

Monday            0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                               1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars

Tuesday          0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                        0900   Diocesan School Leavers’ Workshop and Service

                1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday      0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion    

                0900   Diocesan School Leavers’ Workshop and Service                         

                1800   Evening Prayer said

Thursday        0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                       0900   Diocesan School Leavers’ Workshop and Service

                       1800   Choral Evensong sung by Cantate

Friday                     0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                        1200   Holy Communion

                                1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Saturday                1700   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Consort


Sunday 7th July

Third Sunday after Trinity

0800        Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030         Eucharist with Farewell to the Chapter Clerk sung by the Cathedral Choir

                        Preacher: Canon Nick Ralph                                                          

                        Readings: Isaiah 66.10-14; Luke 10.1-11, 16-20

1800         Choral Evensong with Valedictions sung by the Cathedral Choir

                        Preacher: The Canon Precentor

                        Readings: To be confirmed

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

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