• Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti Charity Concert

    After their successful appearance in 2015, Claudia Hirschfield and Johannes Gross are once again appearing in a charity concert at the Cathedral Church of the Bishop of the Forces. The programme of music will be a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti in this, the tenth anniversary year of his death. The

  • Mass of The Oils

    On Wednesday the 29th of March members of the forces community gathered at the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre in Amport to celebrate the Mass of Chrism.  During the Mass, which was celebrated by Bishop Crispian Hollis, the Emeritus Bishop of Portsmouth, the Oils of Catechumens, Chrism, and of the Sick

  • Lourdes training

    The Armed Forces Region (AFR) HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust – Training Weekend 2017

    Every year at Easter the Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT) runs a pilgrimage holiday to Lourdes, France, for disabled and disadvantaged children and young adults. Whilst HCPT is a Roman Catholic organisation this is an inclusive trip open to children and helpers of all backgrounds – of all

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    Message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jain festival of Mahavir Jayanti (9th April 2017)

    You can download the Message Mahavir Jayanti_English-2017. Katharina Smith-Müller, the Interreligious Adviser to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, writes that “Jainism is an ancient religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent. It belongs to the group of Dharmic religions, who think about both the universe and individual

  • Preparing for a new Bishop

    As we await the appointment by Pope Francis of a new Bishop for the Forces Fr David Smith reflects on the person, office, and symbols of a Bishop The Second Vatican Council teaches us that “the bishops have by divine institution taken the place of the apostles as pastors of

  • Monsignor Paul Donovan Rip (13th December 1956 – 8th February 2017)

    After a brief battle with cancer, Monsignor Paul Donovan, who was the Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain (Naval) from January 2007 to November 2011, died in the early morning of 8th February 2017 at the age of 60. His funeral Mass took place on 21st February at St Augustine’s Church, High

  • Holy week and Easter services

    St Michael and St George, The Cathedral Church of the Bishop of the Forces, Queens Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire,GU11 2BY Passion Sunday 9th of April 1100hrs – Sung Mass with Blessing of Palms Wednesday 12th of April 1145hrs – Midday Prayer 1200hrs – Holy Mass Holy Thursday 13th of April 2000hrs –

  • 5 Rifles

    Archbishop Peter Smith visits 5 Rifles at Bulford

    Archbishop Peter Smith for the Southwark Archdiocese visited 5 Rifles at Bulford Camp, on the edge of Salisbury Plain, on 17th February. Met by Fr Philip Smith, the 5 Rifles Chaplain, at the gate to Ward Barracks, Archbishop Peter received a warm and loud welcome from the battalion commander Lt.

  • Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates 25 years as a Bishop

    On Monday the 23rd of January Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated 25 years as a Bishop.  A Mass was celebrated in Westminster Cathedral  to make his  Silver Jubilee. Here is a report of the Mass together with the text of the Cardinal’s homily: http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=31780

  • World Youth Day Armed Forces Pilgrimage: 22nd July – 1st Aug 2016

    World Youth Day is an international meeting of young people from all over the world who will gather together in one place with their catechists, priests, bishops and the Pope in order to profess faith in Jesus Christ. The objective of World Youth Day is to experience the great community