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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

READ THE PARISH NEWSLETTER HERE

 

We are looking to cut parish costs by reducing the number of newsletters printed on paper each week. The newsletter is always available online (from the Friday before each Sunday), and each one stays online for several months for archive purposes.

Would you be interested in having a link to the newsletter emailed to you each week? You would receive it late afternoon each Friday, find out what’s going on nice and early, and you won’t need to take a paper copy at Massthough there will always be paper copies for those who want them.

Please let us know what you think about these ideas, and tell us how the newsletter shows up on your device. Contact us here.

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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.

Read about the EVANGELISATION STRATEGY GROUP here.

 

 

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Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love

Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love’, is the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”. It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. You can read the full presentation here:

Amoris Laetitia

 

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ABOUT OUR PARISH

Life in our Parish of Hampshire Downs –

a thriving, vibrant Parish, where we like to explore and express our faith in many ways

Are you new? Please get in touch with us.
 

Families Here at Hampshire Downs, families are welcome at ALL Masses; however we have specific Children’s Liturgies at 9.15am Sunday Mass at St Stephen’s, 10.30am at St Peter’s and 11.00am at St. Gregory’s. All children from 1 to 16 are welcome, so please do come along and join in.
Pat-a-cake group for parents and toddlers meets at 10-12 Wednesday, Pastoral Centre next to St Peter’s Church
We offer faith enriched education at Little Fishes pre-school and St Peters RC primary school, preparation for the sacraments in the parish,  and YouthCat fun faith discovery for year 3 to year 7 on scheduled  Saturday mornings (Pastoral Centre)
Youth band and Youth choir welcome new members to join in making music for mass.

Teenagers/ Young Adults/ Students.  Various groups meet across the year to grow in faith, prepare for confirmation or meet socially.

Older parishioners  Various groups meet in the day to study the bible, exercise or to meet for lunch

People in need of help or support.
The St Vincent de Paul group and other groups offer support and company, there is transport available to help people get to mass and a special mass for the sick twice a year.(?)

Faith in Action There are many groups in the parish that are active in sharing the Good news through practical action for the poor, the homeless, the lonely, those in prison and those disadvantaged or vulnerable in many ways. We often work in collaboration with other Christian Churches in Winchester.
For example: Covenant With the Poor, Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP), Street Pastors, Christian Aid, Life Group, ‘Churches Together’, Basics Bank (Winchester and Districts’ Food Bank), Justice and Peace, Night Shelter, Trinity Centre, Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group.

 

Growing in faith  We are interested in maturing in faith and sharing our faith in Jesus Christ.
Journey in Faith meets to help those who are interested to know more about Catholic faith, and there are regular Bible Study groups.

Prayer and Praise Prayer is central to our life lived in Jesus Christ. St Peter’s Church on Jewry St is open daily for private prayer, lighting a candle and sitting in the presence of the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration (at various times in the week).

Music  Singers and musicians bring deeper expressions of prayer and praise to our masses. They welcome new members.

Communities within our community There are many other groups that meet.
The Neighbourhood Groups ensure everyone has a chance to know the community around them. The Catholic Women’s League, Catenians, Catholic History group and Filipino groups also give an opportunity to share and serve as community.

There is much, much more that goes on from flower arranging, tea making, welcoming, reading at mass, taking the Eucharist to the sick and housebound and more.
You are welcome to find your place in our community.

You can find more information about all these activities here on the website (use the tabs above, or the search engine, or look in the newsletter) or please click here to contact us with any questions, or to find out about any specific group, or just to talk to us.

Everything we do is centered around Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Please join us for Mass.

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