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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.

2nd Sunday of Lent: 1st March

 

 

 

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There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Mark Chapter 9

Image courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.

 

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FOR DETAILS OF THE MANY LENT ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE PARISH,

PLEASE CLICK HERE 

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Saint of the Week: St David

Feast Day: 1st March

 

St David

David was born towards the end of the 5th century. He founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosyn on the western headland of Pembrokeshire. He was known as a teacher, and legend says that he was influential in the setting up of a number of monasteries in Wales, Brittany and possibly Ireland. He is associated with Glastonbury, although likely to be connected to the rededication of and extension to the abbey rather than the founding of it. He was Bishop of one of the ancient Welsh dioceses. He died at his monastery at Menevia around AD 589 and he was beatified by Pope Callistus II in 1120.

He is the patron saint of Wales and 1st March has been celebrated as the national day of Wales since the 12th century. For more information, click here.

 

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Encounter Youth Sessions for Lent

We are excited to be able to offer this great opportunity for our young people in Year 6 to Year 9 this Lent in the Parish Centre. Each week we’ll show a DVD with Mark Hart including sketches, stories and quizzes. A great faith encounter. Don’t miss out!!

Sunday afternoons 3.45-6.00pm on Sundays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March. £10 voluntary contribution for all materials. (Please let us know as soon as possible as we have to order books from USA). Contact  us via the website  or the Parish Office  to book.

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The Governors of St Peter’s Catholic School are seeking to appoint an outstanding Headteacher for September.  As a highly effective school of 394 pupils, we recognise the challenges success brings and wish to sustain the performance of the school, nurture and grow the spiritual and academic achievement and strengthen the school community.

For an application pack please email: eps-recruitment@hants.gov.uk

Closing Date for Applications 19th March 2015   Interview Dates: 20 – 21 April 2015

For more details click here.

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PRAYERS FOR THE MIDDLE EAST  are held in St Peter’s Church Winchester on the third Thursday of each month at 6.00pm. You can see the most recent prayer leaflet here and on the Prayer page.

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1st Sunday of Lent: 22nd February

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The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days, and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.

Mark Chapter 1

The picture of the temptation of Christ is from the Missal of Eberhard von Greiffenklau, a masterpiece of Dutch manuscript painting from the mid 15th-century. Image from the Walters Art Museum, used with their kind permission.

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Canon Paul writes: Lent is a time to choose to enter that space where we encounter God and where he encounters us in a new way. It could be in works of charity, it could be in prayer and it could be in fasting and self-denial.

One such ‘space’ is the celebration of the Mass, which is why I have decided to continue the 6.30am Mass on Wednesdays during Lent in St. Peter’s. This celebration is offered so that as many people as possible can come to an extra Mass each week especially if they have commitments during the day. The Mass will be followed by coffee and croissants in the Pastoral Centre. If it is possible for you please consider making the Mass one of your Lenten priorities.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation are available throughout Lent. A priest is available for individual confession each Saturday at St. Peter’s between 11.30am and 12.30pm and between 4.30 and 5.00pm. Fr. Tom and I are also available for appointments outside these times. On Saturday 28th March, individual confession will be available in St. Peter’s from 9.30am until 12.30pm with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout that time at the main Altar. The Family Penitential Liturgy will be on the same Saturday at 3.00pm with confession, and on Monday 30th March the Parish Penitential Liturgy will be celebrated at 7.30pm in St. Peter’s with individual confession. I have invited all the priests of the district to this liturgy.

FOR DETAILS OF THE MANY LENT ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE PARISH,

PLEASE CLICK HERE 

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The Teen Timeline

If you are Y10-sixth form take a little time out in Lent to engage your mind, body and spirit.

Discuss what really matters in your life. We will be looking at what the Bible has to say and discussing questions like: What do you think God’s hope is for you? Do you believe there is a truth about life and about God that is bigger than your personal opinions? Do you trust God? and much more. Each week there is a DVD presentation by Mark Hart from the States ,who has worked with young people for many years. His style is easy, quite fast-paced, sometimes funny and relevant to you.

We start on Sunday 22nd February at 4.15 to 6pm at the Parish Centre. Please sign up for 8 weeks or let us know if you want to come to the first session to try it out. Or just turn up this Sunday.

 

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The ‘Called and Gifted’ programme

is coming to Hampshire Downs 27th and 28th February. This is an exciting opportunity for personal discernment,  a  process of discovering your spiritual gifts for the church. The trained diocesan team will lead the workshop on living out our Christian life for the benefit of all through our gifts of the Holy Spirit. Please pray and reflect on whether you are being urged to do this. This could be a good reflection to start your Lenten journey.

For more details, scroll down, see here, or click to see leaflet.

 

Called and Gifted

Contact Liza Nahajski via Parish Office for more details or to book.

 

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6th Sunday of the Year: 15th February

Jesus and leper

 

A leper came to Jesus and pleaded on his knees: ‘If you want to’ he said ‘you can cure me.’ Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. ‘Of course I want to!’ he said. ‘Be cured!’ And the leprosy left him at once and he was cured. Mark, Chapter 1

Image of Jesus and the leper from a 13th century Armenian MS held at the Walters Museum Baltimore.

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This Wednesday (18th) is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

Masses in St. Peter’s will be at 7.30am, 12.15 and 7.30pm Mass in St. Gregory’s is at 10.30am

Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence.

 

FOR DETAILS OF THE MANY LENT ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE PARISH,

PLEASE CLICK HERE 

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Covenant with the Poor

Retiring Collection at all Masses today. The Covenant with the Poor Group will also speak at the end of all Masses to appeal for the work of Medaille with the rescue of young trafficked girls in Albania. More information in this leaflet.

 

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The Teen Timeline

If you are Y10-sixth form take a little time out in Lent to engage your mind, body and spirit.

Discuss what really matters in your life. We will be looking at what the Bible has to say and discussing questions like: What do you think God’s hope is for you? Do you believe there is a truth about life and about God that is bigger than your personal opinions? Do you trust God? and much more. Each week there is a DVD presentation by Mark Hart from the States ,who has worked with young people for many years. His style is easy, quite fast-paced, sometimes funny and relevant to you.

We start on Sunday 22nd February at 4.15 to 6pm at the Parish Centre. Please sign up for 8 weeks or let us know if you want to come to the first session to try it out.

 

Bible study poster

 

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The ‘Called and Gifted’ programme

is coming to Hampshire Downs 27th and 28th February. This is an exciting opportunity for personal discernment,  a  process of discovering your spiritual gifts for the church. The trained diocesan team will lead the workshop on living out our Christian life for the benefit of all through our gifts of the Holy Spirit. Please pray and reflect on whether you are being urged to do this. This could be a good reflection to start your Lenten journey.

For more details, scroll down, see here, or click to see leaflet.

 

Called and Gifted

Contact Liza Nahajski via Parish Office for more details or to book.

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Monthly Ecumenical Prayer Group for the Middle East

February 19th – 6.00 to 6.45pm   The focus will be on prayers for Iraq, where Christian life is not only threatened but almost destroyed. As previously, we will meet in the Lady Chapel of St Peter’s Church from 6.00 to 6.45pm with candles and evocative pictures and images of this area of the Middle East as a key point on the altar to focus our prayer.  Please show solidarity for this initiative at a time when Middle Eastern Christians are appealing urgently for our support.

 

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5th Sunday of the Year: 8th February

Job and his dreams

 

Lying in bed I wonder, ‘When will it be day?’

Risen I think, ‘How slowly evening comes!’

Restlessly I fret till twilight falls.

Swifter than a weaver’s shuttle my days have passed, and vanished, leaving no hope behind.

The Book of Job Chapter 7

The picture is a William Blake print illustrating the Book of Job, courtesy of the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

 

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Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes   February 11th

 

Our Lady of Lourdes

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is celebrated on the anniversary of the first vision of Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl, who described to her mother a vision of a “lady” who spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a mile from the town of Lourdes in southern France) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Another seventeen visions occurred in the same year 1858, with the final vision revealing Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The visions occurred 4 years after the Church declared the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Bernadette Soubirous was  canonised as a Saint in 1933.

The Portsmouth Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place every year in August: a number of our parishioners join with Bournemouth parishes on an accompanied pilgrimage using a Jumbalance.  Many parishioners have supported the HCPT Easter pilgrimages which provide life changing pilgrimage holidays for 1000 disabled or disadvantaged children each year.

For more information, click here.

 

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Pie Club

The next Pie Club will be held on THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY

We meet at 12.30 for 12.45 at the St Peter’s Pastoral Centre (next to the church) in Jewry St Winchester. The idea for the Pie Club is that it provides another opportunity for people to meet regularly (approximately monthly) to get to know each other and share interests and, of course, food. There is a two-course home-cooked lunch (featuring a pie, and pudding, and custard!) and then a talk, discussion or activity, with plenty of time for socializing too.

All are welcome. If you have any special food requirements it would help if you let us know in advance so we can make sure we cater for you.

For more info, contact   Marion, Moira and Sue via the Parish Office.

 

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Eating lunch at the December meeting

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4th Sunday of the Year: 1st February

Jesus in the Syngagogue

 

Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority. Mark Chapter 1

Picture by James Tissot courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

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The Called and Gifted Programme

Called and Gifted is a  process of discovering your spiritual gifts for the church. It is a diocesan project  coming to our parish in February. The trained diocesan team will lead the workshop on living out our Christian life for the benefit of all through our gifts of the Holy Spirit. Please pray and reflect on whether you are being urged to do this. This could be a good reflection to start your Lenten journey.

Please contact us to find out more or to book a place on 27th February 7-9pm and 28th February 9-4pm in the Parish Centre.

 

Called and Gifted

 

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For more recent news and a look at Neighbourhood groups, scroll down or click here.

 

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3rd Sunday of the Year: 25th January

Fishers of men Brooklyn

 

As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him. Mark Chapter 1

Picture by Tissot from the Brooklyn Museum, used with their kind permission

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UPDATE NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUPS UPDATE

 

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In December a tea hosted by Canon Paul celebrated the work of the developing neighbourhood groups in Winnall/St Giles’ Hill/Highcliffe; Weeke/Harestock; Fulflood; and the ‘Northern’ Villages.   Neighbours, young and not so young, joined in.

 

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Canon Paul shares his vision of neighbourhood groups, likening them to the early Christian communities

 

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Being my neighbour – sharing enthusiasm and skills

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We’re all in it together!  Pooling knowledge and experience

 

Keep an eye on the website and in the newsletter for further information and updates on the development of neighbourhood groups across the Parish! Contact us if you have any questions or want to give us your views and ideas.

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