Jesus said to his disciples: ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand. Luke Chapter 21
Image of the Son of Man – a Burne-Jones mosaic at St Paul’s Within the Walls in Rome – is courtesy of Lawrence Lew OP
Canon Paul writes: As Advent begins our minds turn to the Lord’s coming into our lives. There are three ways of his coming upon which to reflect. Today our readings proclaim his second coming at the end of time. St. Paul speaks about our growth in holiness and progress in allowing the Lord to come close to us during each moment of our lives. Then there is the coming at Christmas when we celebrate the coming into our world of the Word of God made human.
The supreme event of the coming of Jesus into our world is our celebration of the Eucharist, the great gift at the centre of our lives as the Lord’s disciples. The centrality of the Eucharist is the reason why I am so pleased that we have extended adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Peter’s on three days of the week. I am immensely grateful to all those who have embraced the prayer ministry of “Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament”. At the time of writing we are short of people for this ministry and I am urgently looking for more volunteers. If you feel that you can give an hour a week to this ministry in St. Peter’s, please do contact me . PJT
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL THE CRHISTMAS LITURGY TIMES ARE NOW ON THE WEBSITE: CLICK HERE, OR ON THE LINK ABOVE, OR IN THE R-HAND SIDEBAR, TO SEE THEM.
They will feature more prominently on the homepage as Advent goes on, but you can see them all now and make your plans…
News from Canon Paul: Appointments in Hampshire Downs
New Pastoral Appointments: I have long been conscious of my responsibility to provide support for our joint mission and our lives as the Lord’s disciples. I have reflected on how best to do this and I have appointed three people who have accepted the task of working together with the Evangelisation Strategy Group to support the faith development and active engagement of all people in our parish. Sandra Drower and Robin Correa will both work part time as “Development Workers and Advisers for Volunteers and Ministry Groups.” Sandra will continue with the development of Neighbourhood Groups and provide support for volunteers in the Pastoral centre. Robin will be gathering volunteers for Youth Ministry and as well as leading some Youth Ministry himself, particularly for secondary school age. Rosanne Walker has accepted the post of Coordinator and Adviser for Catechesis and Formation and initially will work for one day each week. She will lead the Preparation for Baptism Programme and develop a family based catechesis for post baptismal parents until their children reach the First Holy Communion programme. They will start their new roles in December and January and can be contacted via the parish office.
I am immensely grateful to Sandra, Rosanne and Robin for the enthusiasm and energy they will are bring to these posts. I am also grateful to everyone in the parish for their generosity in the “Our Parish Future Appeal” which has made these appointments possible. These appointments testify to so much commitment and vibrancy which exists in our parish and I would like to express my thanks for this and for everyone’s support of my ministry here.
Canon Paul Townsend
Above, l-r : Rosanne, Sandra, Robin
Saint of the Week: St Andrew the Apostle
Feast day: 30th November
St Andrew was born in Bethsaida on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee and was a fisherman and the brother of Simon Peter. He was first a disciple of John the Baptist and in John’s Gospel he becomes a follower of Jesus after hearing John the Baptist recognise Jesus as the Lamb of God. He introduced his brother to Jesus and said ‘We have found the Messiah.’ St Andrew is known in the orthodox tradition as the First-Called.
Tradition and early church history places St Andrew’s later ministry in Scythia, the Black Sea and Thrace. He is said to have been martyred by crucifixion at the city of Patras in Achaea, on the northern coast of the Peloponnese. A tradition developed that he had been crucified on an x-shaped cross or saltire. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Russia, Ukraine and Romania and the city of Manila. He is also the patron saint of fishermen. For more about the saint, click here.
The picture shows stained glass from St Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church Silver Spring, Maryland.
Sunday 29th Nov: Advent Liturgy in St. Peter’s is cancelled.
Evening Prayer and Benediction is cancelled.
Wednesday 2nd December – Senior Citizens Lunch Club meet for12.15pm Mass and afterwards for light lunch in the Pastoral Centre.
Friday 4th December – Mass at St. Barnabas, Weeke is cancelled – there will be an extra Mass in St. Peter’s at 10.00am.
Friday 4th December A Charity Christmas Concert is being given by the Winchester Fusion Choir, musical director Marie O’Brien – Marie and many of the choir are parishioners – at the Winchester Discovery Centre at 7.30pm. Cost £5.50. All proceeds to three local charities.
Saturday, 5th December – Mass in Winchester Cathedral at 10.00am. No 9.00am Mass in St. Peter’s.
Saturday 5th December – St Gregory’s Bazaar will take place at Alresford Community Centre, West Street, Alresford – 9.30am to 12.00 noon.