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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Bishop of Portsmouth opens new pastoral centre
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¬†A new pastoral centre was blessed by Bishop Crispian Hollis at the parish of St Gregory the Great in Alresford yesterday. The opening celebrations of the £180,000 centre were attended by the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Jean Hammerton, representatives from other churches and Mr Anthony Loudon, present master of Tichborne, the ancient home of the Tichborne recusants, with his daughter Ella. In his wide-ranging homily on the day's Mass readings, Bishop Crispian mentioned recent world events - especially man's inhumanity to man - and reminded those present that a true and lasting peace and a new earth could only be built when men accepted Christ and put into practice His command 'to love one another as He has loved us'. The Bishop stressed the importance of family life which he said would encourage people to keep their faith and lead to more vocations. Parish priest Father John Buckley said: "This new pastoral centre is a very brave venture in faith by the community and will ultimately benefit not only the Catholic community but the whole community at large." The liturgy ended with a rousing rendition of 'Lord of The Dance', before the start of the reception.
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