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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.

Palm Sunday – 13th April

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Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) and the Last Supper (Maundy Thursday)  by an unknown artist, from  around 1465

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Canon Paul writes:  Holy Week begins today with Jesus’s entrance into Jerusalem. These are ‘the most important days in human history’ because, during them, Jesus joins himself to humanity in its fallen and broken state in order to raise us on high and give us a share in his life and joy as God. That we might appreciate this more deeply and enter into its mystery more profoundly we are given the beautiful celebration of the Easter Triduum. It begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, continues into the Lord’s death on Good Friday (when we fast and abstain from meat) and comes to its glorious completion on Holy Thursday with the celebration of the Vigil, First Mass of Easter and Easter Sunday. The Triduum is a single liturgy and draws us into the central truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Please give this celebration your highest priority and come along.

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Main Holy Week services (full list here)

Monday 14th April 7.30 pm  Parish Penitential Liturgy (St. Peter’s)

(with opportunity for individual confession)

Tuesday 15 April 11.00 am CHRISM MASS (St. John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth)

with Blessing of Holy Oils by Bishop Philip

Thursday 17 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)

Friday 18 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)

Saturday 19 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)

with Baptism, Confirmation and Reception of new Catholics

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

Sunday 20 April – EASTER SUNDAY

8.00 am Mass (St. Peter’s)

9.00 am Mass (St. Thomas More)

9.15 am Mass (St. Stephen’s)

10.30 am Mass (St. Peter’s)

11.00 am Mass (St. Gregory’s)

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

6.00 pm Mass (St. Peter’s)

5th Sunday of Lent – 6th April

RAising of Lazarus

THE RAISING OF LAZARUS

He cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, here! Come out!’ The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face.  John, Chapter 11

The picture is from a17th century illuminated manuscript, courtesy of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.

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Canon Paul writes: The daily examination of conscience that each of us makes, if done in prayer and openness to the Holy Spirit, will reveal that not everything in our daily lives is goodness and right living. If we ask him, the Lord will always tell us where sin is at work in our lives, and the knowledge we are given brings an invitation to take those sins to the Lord for forgiveness and healing.

That healing is celebrated and made intensely and absolutely effective in the Sacrament of Penance, and Lent is a time when we are strongly encouraged to come to confession and receive absolution.  Please make a date in your diary – the following opportunities are available before Easter in St. Peter’s:

  • An appointment with one of the priests
  • During the usual times for confession on Saturdays
  • During the Penitential Liturgy on Monday 15th April at 7.30pm
  • A priest will be available for confessions in St. Peter’s between 9.30am and 12.30am on Saturday 12th April, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

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For full details of Lent liturgies please see the newsletter.

Easter and Holy Week liturgy times can be found here.

Every Thursday during Lent – so this week, on Thursday 10th April – there will be Lenten Catechesis at 7.45 pm (after Mass) in the Pastoral Centre, with Bishop Philip online and Canon Paul.  All welcome.

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The charity Life has launched a four-week nationwide campaign Finding Hope, with this thoughtful and sensitive animation – you can also find it here.

 See also the LIFE page here on the website.

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EWTN Lent  Reflections – Bishop Philip & Priests of the Diocese:

Don’t miss Bishop Philip, accompanied by priests of Portsmouth Diocese, on EWTN Global Catholic Television this Lent, as they offer special seasonal reflections.  See poster here for details, or click on the small image below.

EWTN poster

You can access EWTN via this link.

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4th Sunday of Lent – 30th March

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Ethiopian icon of Jesus healing the blind man, from today’s Gospel

He spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man. John, 9

Canon Paul writes: The letter to the Ephesians today, reminds us that “You were darkness once, but now you are the light of the Lord; be like children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living”. The daily examination of conscience that each of us makes, if done in prayer and openness to the Holy Spirit, will reveal that not everything in our daily lives is goodness and right living. If we ask him, the Lord will always tell us where sin is at work in our lives, and the knowledge we are given brings an invitation to take those sins to the Lord for forgiveness and healing.

That healing is celebrated and made intensely and absolutely effective in the Sacrament of Penance, and Lent is a time when we are strongly encouraged to come to confession and receive absolution.  Please make a date in your diary – the following opportunities are available before Easter in St. Peter’s:

  • An appointment with one of the priests
  • During the usual times for confession on Saturdays
  • During the Penitential Liturgy which begins at 3.00pm on Saturday 5th April  – especially for young people and their families
  • During the Penitential Liturgy on Monday 15th April at 7.30pm
  • A priest will be available for confessions in St. Peter’s between 9.30am and 12.30am on Saturday 12th April, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

PJT

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Jesus heals the blind man

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EWTN Lent  Reflections – Bishop Philip & Priests of the Diocese:

Don’t miss Bishop Philip, accompanied by priests of Portsmouth Diocese, on EWTN Global Catholic Television this Lent, as they offer special seasonal reflections.  See poster here for details, or click on the small image below.

EWTN poster

You can access EWTN via this link.

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For full details of Lent liturgies please see the newsletter.

Easter and Holy Week liturgy times can be found here.

Every Thursday during Lent – so this week, on Thursday 3rd April – there will be Lenten Catechesis at 7.45 pm (after Mass) in the Pastoral Centre, with Bishop Philip online and Canon Paul.  All welcome.

This is  Bishop Philip’s message:

This Lent, the Formation for Mission team is offering online Lent catechesis to help people prepare for Easter, either individually or in small groups within the parish. Each week, there will be a video clip on the diocesan website which includes the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday in Lent, followed a 15-minute catechesis given by me on the Gospel. There are also discussion questions that accompany each video which can be downloaded each week.

The Diocesan website is here

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Mid-Week Update

A reminder that there will be an Adult Formation talk and discussion at 7.30pm in the Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 26th March. The subject is

The Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell

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A group of students and young adults  from the Parish cooked a meal last week for the residents at the Winchester Night Shelter.

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Contact us to find out more about the Young Adults Group. For more pictures  of the cooks at work, see this page here. 

3rd Sunday of Lent – 23rd March

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Today’s Gospel tells the marvellous story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Remember, you can read the whole Gospel again (as Canon Paul recommends) and see all the other Mass readings by clicking on the Universalis button in the top right-hand corner of this page, which will take you to an external site giving Scripture readings and prayers.

Above you can see the lovely modern version of the story by the artist Mark Cazalet -  part of the triptych he created for our Pastoral Centre.

Below, a more traditional version, by Angelica Kauffmann.

Samaritan woman at the well

‘Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life.’  John 4

Photograph of the artwork courtesy of John Thornhill.

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For full details of Lent liturgies please see the newsletter.

Easter and Holy Week liturgy times can be found here.

Adult Formation talk and discussion at 7.30 pm in the Pastoral Centre Wednesday 26th March. The topic is

The Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell

— all welcome

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Bishop Philip is with us again this weekend: to see a story about our young people preparing to meet him last Sunday, please scroll down to the mid-week update post below, which also gives details of Fr Andrew Moore’s talk on Evangelii Gaudium.

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Every Thursday during Lent – so this week, on Thursday 27th March – there will be Lenten Catechesis at 7.45 pm (after Mass) in the Pastoral Centre, with Bishop Philip online and Canon Paul.  All welcome.

This is  Bishop Philip’s message:

This Lent, the Formation for Mission team is offering online Lent catechesis to help people prepare for Easter, either individually or in small groups within the parish. Each week, there will be a video clip on the diocesan website which includes the Gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday in Lent, followed a 15-minute catechesis given by me on the Gospel. There are also discussion questions that accompany each video which can be downloaded each week.

The Diocesan website is here

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Mid-Week Update – March 19

 

Fr Andrew Moore gave a very successful talk on the Pope’s Evangelii Gaudium as part of the Adult Formation Programme for Lent. By popular request he has given us his notes from the talk so those who attended (and those who didn’t) can read them – they are very clear and accessible.

To open the PDF document, click here.

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Youth leaders’ session on groupwork skills on Sunday afternoon, just before Bishop Philip visited. They had a discussion with the Bishop, and then received signed copies of YouCat, the youth version of the catechism.

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