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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.

A couple more pictures from the Hampshire Downs Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, courtesy of Liz Slinn:

‘Imelda [Weingart] reads to us from a replica chair of Moses’

‘Galilee from the Golan heights. We saw Lebanon, Syria and Jordan all from the safety of Israel and a bus today!’

For more, scroll down or click here.

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2nd view

29th Sunday of the Year: 19th October

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‘Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.’

Matthew Chapter 22

The picture, ‘Render Unto Caesar’ by James Tissot, is used with the kind permission of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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for years 7-9 is this Sunday, 19th October, 4-6 at the Parish Centre.

Scroll down or click here for more details –

all welcome – bring a friend. On next Sunday, 26th, too.

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Please pray for the Parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which is well under way.

Liz Slinn has sent us a couple of photos: The view from Mt Nebo – Moses saw this before he died:

Mt Nebo storm over Galilee

…and storm coming in over the Sea of Galilee

More pictures on the Pilgrimage page! Click here, or on the tab above.

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News This Week

Scroll down or click here for:

News from the Neighbourhood Groups Project

Information about the Saint of the week, St Teresa of Avila

A report from the CWL visit to Douai Abbey by Ros Whiteman

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28th Sunday of the year: 12th October



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14th Century Russian icon of the parable of the wedding feast

The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding… many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew chapter 22

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Don’t forget – YOUTH GROUP THIS SUNDAY 12th October, 4-6 in Pastoral Centre

Scroll down or click here to find out more, and see pictures of the last session.

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Saint of the Week – St Teresa of Avila

St Teresa of Avila

Feast Day October 15th

Teresa lived in an age of exploration as well as political, social and religious upheaval. It was the 16th century, a time of turmoil and reform. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent.

The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.

As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man’s world of her time. She was “her own woman,” entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer. A holy woman, and a womanly woman, constantly struggling with worldly pressures.

In 1970, the Church gave her the title she had long held in the popular mind: Doctor of the Church. She and St. Catherine of Siena were the first women so honoured. In 2015, the Church around the world and especially within the Carmelite family will celebrate 500 years since the birth of St Teresa.

To read a fuller version of this biography, and find out more about her life and times, please click here.

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Neighbourhood Groups Project Update  -  a report from co-ordinator Sandra Drower

September has been an exciting time with the launch of the first three pilot networks in Weeke/Harestock, Fuflood & Winnall/St Giles’ Hill/Highcliffe.   A priority of the core groups of these networks is to contact parishioners in these areas to find out how they would like their network to develop – what they would like to give to their network in terms of their own talents, skills, knowledge etc. and what they might like the network to offer them.  In October networks will start in Stanmore and the ‘Northern’ villages [i.e. the Worthy Down, Littleton, Crawley etc area], and will then be rolled out parish-wide.   Please give some thought to how you would like your local network to develop.  The invitation to share your ideas helps to ensure that our local networks reflect our broader parish community.  Thank you for the ongoing support and engagement that you are giving to this project and please keep it in your prayers.   Contact Sandra here  or through the Pastoral Centre [01962 852804] with any ideas, comments or queries relating to the Project.

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The Parish’s CWL (Catholic Women’s League) recently had the chance to visit Douai Abbey in Berkshire: Ros Whiteman has written a report on the visit for the website.

This is part of what she wrote:

Anyone visiting Douai is bound to be struck by the very peaceful and spiritual atmosphere there. So when the opportunity arose to go again, remembering a previous visit, I was glad to be able to go with a group from our CWL. Whoever arrives there, will find a personal “Welcome” notice in the Porch and a greeting either by Fr. Benjamin, who is Priest in Charge of Woolhampton, part of the Guest Master team and overall charge of the gardens, or Fr. Finbar who is Abbot Emeritus, Cathedral Prior of Canterbury and part of the Guest master team….

There are currently twenty eight monks, some of whom are priests, two juniors and a novice. The Right Rev. Geoffrey Scott has been Abbot since 1998, archivist, librarian and who also teaches Church history at Blackfriars, Oxford.  Not all monks/priests are resident as they serve seven Parishes….

Read the rest of her article here, or visit the Parish Activities page.

Thanks to Ros for writing this for us.


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Mid-week update: Youth Group

    The Hampshire Downs Youth Group

— began its autumn series on Sunday, with a highly successful art session.

The theme this time is Discovery, and the young people made  collages  about their self-discovery using articles from magazines and anything else they wished to add.

See the great pictures below from Gerard Curran, one of the youth team.

Don’t forget – youth group is on this coming Sunday, too, and the next two after that -  12th, 19th and 26th October - between  4pm and 6pm in the Pastoral Centre at St Peter’s, Jewry St, Winchester.

All years 7-9 are welcome – bring a friend!!

Any questions, contact us.


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27th Sunday of the Year: 5th October

Parable wicked husbandmen

Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:

‘It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone.

This was the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see’?

‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’  Matthew Chapter 21

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St Peter’s Youth Club is back for the Autumn –

open to years 7-9


This term’s theme is Discovery!!
Please join us for Art, Music, Pizza, Football, Discussions, Donuts… and lots lots more at the Parish Centre.

Note our new time of 4pm – 6pm. 
On 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October
Bring a friend!!
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Saint of the Week: St Therese of Lisieux



St Therese of Lisieux

Thérèse lived a hidden life and “wanted to be unknown,” yet became popular after her death through her spiritual autobiography. Thérèse said on her death-bed, “I only love simplicity. I have a horror of pretence”, and she spoke out against some of the claims made concerning the Lives of saints written in her day, “We should not say improbable things, or things we do not know. We must see their real, and not their imagined lives.”

The depth of her spirituality, of which she said, “my way is all confidence and love,” has inspired many believers. In the face of her littleness she trusted in God to be her sanctity.

Thérèse is well known throughout the world, with the Basilica of Lisieux being the second largest place of pilgrimage in France after Lourdes. Her simplicity attracts us because she puts holiness within our reach. To read more about her life, click here.


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Don’t forget, it is not too late to donate to the Covenant with the Poor appeal: scroll down or click here for a reminder.


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26th Sunday of the year: 28th September


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Jesus Teaches the People by the Sea

by James Tissot

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The Covenant With the Poor group will be making an appeal at all Masses this weekend

— asking for funds to support a project in the small West African country of The Gambia.

The  charity Gambia Education and Teaching Support has been helping children in one of the world’s least developed countries toclimb out of poverty by giving them a high-quality education. We are hoping to help them build a nursery block next to an existing  successful school. There’ll be a collection at all Masses, or you can drop money in at the Parish Office. Gift Aid envelopes are available.

To read the appeal, click here.  To see the flyer created by the CWP, click here.

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St Peter’s Youth Club is back for the Autumn –

open to years 7-9

This term’s theme is Discovery!!
Starting next weekend.
Please join us for Art, Music, Pizza, Football, Discussions, Donuts… and lots lots more at the Parish Centre.

Note our new time of 4pm – 6pm. 
On 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October
Bring a friend!!
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