After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heavenand he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. Mark Chapter 16
Canon Paul writes:
Today’s celebration of the Ascension of Jesus reminds us of the line in the Creed which we repeat each Sunday: “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” Our Gospel today, and the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, describes “the irreversible entry of his humanity into divine glory” (Catechism 659). As one Preface given for today puts it “Christ has not forsaken our human lowliness, but has given us the hope that we, his members, might follow him to heaven where he, our head and beginning, has gone before us”. (Translation by Canon Alan Griffiths in his book “We give you Thanks and Praise”). The line in the Creed which speaks of the Ascension is a crucial weekly reminder that we are destined to follow Jesus into the life of God where, like him, we shall share the joy of God in our own risen and glorious bodies.
At least two things follow: The Ascension gives us the hope that our human experience will find its fulfilment and perfection when we rise and ascend with Jesus to share his humanity. It also fills us with the conviction that because every human being is offered the same hope, every human being is utterly sacred and worthy of absolute respect. It is this conviction that must drive all our decisions, especially those which influence the lives of others.
Next week we celebrate the memory of St. John I on Monday; the Dedication of St. John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth on Tuesday; St. Bernadine of Siena on Wednesday; St. Christopher Magallanes and his companions on Thursday; St. Rita of Cascia on Friday and next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday and the end of the Easter Season. PJT
A Conversation about Art
All are invited to a conversation about art, and specifically the Mark Cazalet artwork in the Pastoral Centre – followed by afternoon tea.
On Sunday 17th May between 2.30 and 5pm, at St Peter’s Pastoral Centre Jewry St.
To find out more, read the invitation in full by clicking here.
Sister Jiji is organizing a
PENTECOST VIGIL ON FRIDAY 22ND MAY, 8-9pm
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The post of Head Teacher at St Peter’s Primary School is being re-advertised
For full details please click here.
Director of Music in Hampshire Downs Parish
A music review has identified a need for leadership and direction of this varied ministry. The Parish is therefore seeking to appoint an experienced musician with vision and enthusiasm to undertake this challenging role for Hampshire Downs Parish, based at St Peter’s RC Church, Winchester.
The initial task for the successful candidate will be to understand and assess the requirements, the practicalities and the challenges that exist within the parish through discussion with all those currently involved within the music ministry. Then liaising closely with the Hampshire Downs Liturgy Committee to design and implement a plan to advise and help the whole music ministry across the Parish. A priority will be to review the music arrangements for the 10.30am Sunday Mass at St Peters, Winchester.
Annual salary £15,000 per annum.
21 hours per week to be worked flexibly each week which will include Sunday (morning and evening).
Flexibility is also required to cover the major Liturgical Feasts and Celebrations
The post is subject to a DBS check (formally CRB).
Full details, job description (also here), experience, qualifications and personal attributes for the role and an application form are available on the Diocesan Web Site. Completed application forms should be returned to:- Canon Paul Townsend, Peterhouse, St Peters Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8BW by 12 noon on 31st May 2015.
Interviews will be held in Winchester on Friday 19th June 2015.