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Welcome to the Parish of Hampshire Downs

– combining the churches of St Peter and St Stephen in Winchester, St Gregory in Alresford, and St Thomas More in Stockbridge

We hope that members of the Parish can use the site to get information and updates about the life of the community, and that visitors can learn about us. Please explore the wepages using the tabs above,

We are part of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth and unite four worshipping communities – St Gregory the Great, Alresford; St Thomas More, Stockbridge; and St Peter’s and St Stephen’s, both in Winchester. Do come and join us, or please contact us if you need further information or if we can help or support you in any way.

3rd Sunday of Easter: 19th April

Easter Walters Descent

 

 

Another picture of the Harrowing of Hell, from a 14th C Greek icon, courtesy of the Walters Art Museum Baltimore – following on from last week’s picture.  This was also our Holy Saturday image for the website.

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These are views of the St Peter’s Paschal Candle, front and back. It was decorated as beautifully as ever by the Parish’s own very talented Imelda Weingart.

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JOB VACANCY:

Resources / Facilities Manager for Hampshire Downs

 

Hampshire Downs Parish wishes to appoint a Resources / Facilities Manager to ensure the effective use of all resources in the parish including volunteers, buildings, services and other facilities. The role will concentrate on ensuring that the buildings and their services meet the needs of the parish and other users as efficiently, safely and cost effectively as possible whilst all the time prioritising the vision of the parish as a welcoming and mission focused Catholic community. Salary circa £25,000. Full time – 35 hours per week. Flexible working is required as there will be some evening and weekend working.

Proposed start date is 6th July 2015.

Application forms and more details  are available on the Diocesan website.

Closing date is 12 noon on 1st May 2015

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 The Easter edition of the Parish magazine CROSSKEYS is available now, at the back of church or online here.

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SAINT OF THE WEEK – ST GEORGE

feast day April 23rd

St george

Saint George is one of the most venerated saints in the Catholic Church. In Palestine St George is the symbol used by Palestinian Christians on their homes. St. George is the patron saint of England. His cross forms the national flag of England, and features within the Union Flag of the United Kingdom.

For more – click here.

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2nd Sunday of Easter: 12th April

Easter Fra Angelico

 

A parishioner suggested the above very beautiful image of the Resurrection (see below), by Fra Angelico, for the website, and we are delighted to feature it. We hope this might inspire other readers: if you have a favourite religious image – Easter-related or more general – please send us a copy or a link, and we will use them on the website if we can.

CORRECTION: parish historian John Thornhill has pointed out that this is the Harrowing of Hell, not the Resurrection…

 

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       THIS IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 

APRIL 12th 2015

The feast will be celebrated at St Peter’s church Winchester on the 12th.

Confessions : 2.15pm – 2.45pm.

                                MASS  : IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE FEAST  :  3pm

Chaplet of Divine Mercy & Veneration of The Image

Refreshments afterwards in the Pastoral Centre.
Contact us for more information.

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JOB VACANCY:

Resources / Facilities Manager for Hampshire Downs

 

Hampshire Downs Parish wishes to appoint a Resources / Facilities Manager to ensure the effective use of all resources in the parish including volunteers, buildings, services and other facilities. The role will concentrate on ensuring that the buildings and their services meet the needs of the parish and other users as efficiently, safely and cost effectively as possible whilst all the time prioritising the vision of the parish as a welcoming and mission focused Catholic community. Salary circa £25,000. Full time – 35 hours per week. Flexible working is required as there will be some evening and weekend working.

Proposed start date is 6th July 2015.

Application forms and more details  are available on the Diocesan website.

Closing date is 12 noon on 1st May 2015

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 The Easter edition of the Parish magazine CROSSKEYS is available now, at the back of church or online here.

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Easter Sunday: 5th April

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The Risen Lord and Mary Magdalene

 

A HAPPY AND HOLY EASTER TO ALL

 

Sunday 5th April – EASTER SUNDAY

5.00 pm NO Evening Prayer and Benediction (St. Peter’s)

6.00pm Mass (St Peter’s)

Canon Paul writes: Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Salome were the three women who, according to Mark, came very early in the morning to anoint the body of Jesus on the first day of the week. The sun was just rising. They discovered that the stone which closed the tomb had been removed and the body of Jesus was missing. They went into the tomb and discovered a young man in a white robe sitting on the right hand side. I always wonder, when I hear this Gospel, if he was the young man who ran away naked just before Jesus was arrested.

The young man’s message to the women is all important for us as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection today. He said “There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified; he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him. But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him, just as he told you.’” (Mark 16.6-7)

Those women, who were the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus – according to Mark – would discover its true meaning when they left Jerusalem and returned to Galilee. It was in Galilee, the place of their everyday life, that they discovered Jesus, learned from him and became his disciples. Now, after his resurrection, they would discover his risen presence in the ordinariness of their daily lives in Galilee with the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist at the heart of the experience that Jesus was alive.

As we leave our celebration of the Eucharist today, having renewed the commitment of our Baptism, we know that our risen Lord has gone before us into the ordinariness of our daily lives, it there that we will see him. In prayer, in the delight and challenge of being alive, in gratitude for his many gifts, let us recognise the presence and action of the risen Lord. And to keep our faith and trust alive, let us gather to recognise him every Sunday at Mass ‘in the Breaking of Bread.

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Holy Saturday at St Gregory’s: the Paschal Candle is lit by Monsignor Tom, marking the beginning of the Easter Vigil Service

 

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GOOD FRIDAY

Approximately sixty people belonging to the worshipping communities of Alresford united under the banner of Churches Together in Alresford met on Good Friday morning for the traditional Walk of Witness. Starting from the Methodist church and stopping at various stations in the centre of he town, this act of worship included prayers, readings and hymns. It ended in the Community Hall where refreshments, including hot cross buns, were offered to those who took part to the Walk and to passers-by.

Thanks to Laura Brill for words and pictures.

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This week: Thursday 9th April – Pie Club. Home cooked two course meal, good company and a talk about UN Peacekeeping. 12.45 until about 2.30pm in the Pastoral Centre. All are welcome.

This was last month’s meeting, with a fascinating talk on Parish history by John Thornhill:

Pie Club March History

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Next week: Sunday 12th April – Annual Divine Mercy Mass is at 3.00pm in St. Peter’s followed by refreshments in the Pastoral Centre.

Divine Mercy Krakow (2)

 

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Encounter and T3 Young People Sessions

 

Gerard and group

 

Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of the Encounter and T3 team, a group of Young People have had the opportunity to deepen their faith and their understanding of scripture through listening, reflection and discussion.

Thanks also to the Catenians whose kind donation towards the cost of course resources resulted in the Young People having this valuable experience and in the sessions being more accessible to more youngsters.

 

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Watch out for more faith journey opportunities in the future!

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Holy Saturday: 4th April

 

Easter Walters Descent

The Harrowing of Hell, from a 14th C Greek icon

courtesy of the Walters Art Museum Baltimore

Saturday 4th April – HOLY SATURDAY

9.00 am Office of Readings and Morning Prayer (St. Peter’s)

11.30 am (-12.30 pm) Sacrament of Reconciliation (St. Peter’s)

4.30 pm (-5.30 pm) Sacrament of Reconciliation (St. Peter’s)

5.00 pm Blessing of Easter Food (St. Peter’s)

8.00 pm EASTER VIGIL MASS (St. Peter’s) – Michael Hill RIP

with Confirmation and Reception of new Catholics

8.00 pm EASTER VIGIL MASS (St. Gregory’s)

 

All the Holy Week services are listed below –

click on the image to enlarge it

 

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Good Friday: 3rd April

Crucifixion 2014 Walters

 

 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son. Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.  After this, Jesus knew that everything had now been completed, and to fulfil the scripture perfectly he said:

‘I am thirsty.’

A jar full of vinegar stood there, so putting a sponge soaked in the vinegar on a hyssop stick they held it up to his mouth. After Jesus had taken the vinegar he said, ‘It is accomplished’; and bowing his head he gave up his spirit.  John Chapter 19

 

Friday 3rd April – GOOD FRIDAY (Day of fasting and abstinence)

9.45 am Stations of the Cross (St. Stephen’s)

9.45 am Family Way of the Cross (St. Peter’s)

10.45 am Ecumenical Walk of Witness to the Buttercross (St. Peter’s)

12.00 pm Stations of the Cross (St. Peter’s)

3.00 pm SOLEMN LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION (St. Peter’s)

3.00 pm SOLEMN LITURGY OF THE LORD’S PASSION (St. Gregory’s)

 

All the Holy Week services are listed below – click on the image to enlarge it

 

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Holy Thursday: 2nd April

Washing feet

 

He got up from table, removed his outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. John Chapter 13

Thursday 2nd April – HOLY THURSDAY

7.30 pm MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER (St. Peter’s)

with Reception of Holy Oils, Washing of Feet,

Procession to Altar of Repose. Watching at Altar of

Repose until midnight, ending with Night Prayer

7.30 pm MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER (St. Gregory’s)

All the Holy Week services are listed below – click on the image to enlarge it

 

 

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