Welcome to the University of Portsmouth's Catholic Society!
'Vivere pro dei Gloria'
Who are we?
If you are Catholic, Christian or curious about Christianity, you are invited to join our community of students! We offer an opportunity to practice, talk about or find out more about your faith in an environment with other Catholics as well as join a supportive network of people. We see as our mission a calling to live a life which continually glorifies God and we do this through worship, prayer and living out the sacraments in our day to day lives.
Our motto of 'Vivere pro dei Gloria' inspires us to seek God's glory here on earth and thus directs our society in planning events and activities for the future. It comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31, which compels us, saying 'So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God' knowing that living for His Glory will bring us joy and peace.
What do we offer?
As a society, we offer a mix of socials, praise and worship, speakers, spiritual development and retreats. Our timetable of events is laid out per month and when you join, you will have access to our Facebook group, which will be constantly updated with everything that goes on.
Faith And Life
Every Tuesday we come together at 6 pm in the chaplaincy for an opportunity to reconnect with God amongst all our studies and stress. We will always have an event happening whether it is discussing our faith, holy hour with the Rosery, movie nights, chaplaincy mass, games night, fish and chips night or our famous quiz night!
As Catholics, our principal meeting is for mass each Sunday. This will be in St Johns Cathedral at 12 pm. For more information on general mass times in Portsmouth, please follow this link- http://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/masstimes.php
Our Own Folk Youth Mass
We are very lucky to have the opportunity on the first Sunday of each month to have our very own Youth Mass at St Johns Cathedral at 6 pm. Our society is filled with many talented musicians who play the music for us during our masses. Everyone in the society can join in with their talents, whether you sing, play an instrument want to read or be a part of the congregation everyone takes part in spreading the word of God to Portsmouth in our beautiful Cathedral.
We also aim to provide many retreats each year. Examples of retreats in the past have included Worth Abbey, Cambridge, Oxford and even Lourdes the home of St Bernadette. In 2020 we will be returning to Lourdes with the Portsmouth Diocese and have our very own Catholic Society pilgrimage to Medjugorje directed by our amazing priest-chaplain Fr Phil. More information about these pilgrimages will be available in October where you will have the opportunity to sign up and join us on these beautiful trips.
Let it not be said we leave Jesus for the Church on Sunday- we must also allow Him to flood every aspect of our lives! As a community, it is vital we also interact at a personal level. To help this, we organize regular social events which can be meals or other activities such as bowling, ice skating and football tournaments or simply going to the pub together. We also offer post mass meetups after the mass on Sunday, as well as occasional brunch at our Chaplain Angelas Flat.
As a society and particularly as a faith society, we recognise that there are many of our members who require support in their lives, emotionally or physically. If you need someone to talk to, the committee members will always be there to listen to your concerns and give advice when necessary. As always, contact us through facebook, send us a message using the links below, or simply speak to us face to face
Alternatively, the Catholic Lay Chaplain- Angela O'Donoghue- is available and ready to receive you. She has been with the university for a very long time and is an incredibly good source of advice and consolation. Do give her a ring or send her an email to sort out a meeting.
Telephone- 02392 843030
We also have assigned to us a member of the Clergy Fr Philip Carroll available for advice and support as well as administration of the Sacraments, such as Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
The costs for joining the society are Â£5 for the whole year, which covers overheads for any retreats and socials. We look forward to for you to join us and you are welcome to sign up at any time. You will then receive an email with further information.
God Bless we can't wait to meet you!