Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.’
Jesus blesses the children – from a 13th century Turkish manuscript in the Walters Art Museum Baltimore
Monday 7th July – Winchester Catholic History Group
The Roy Wake Memorial Lecture given by Professor Gerard Kilroy,
Edmund Campion’s ‘Rationes Decem’: the Winchester .
7.30pm in the Pastoral Centre.
Members are welcome for drinks and canapés from 6.30pm. Visitors also welcome.
Professor Ian McHardy, parishioner and Head of Astronomy at the University of Southampton, recently gave an Adult Faith Formation talk at the Pastoral Centre, on ‘That about wraps it up for God’ or ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’. He has shared his talk with us: you can find it here.
Celebrating Saints in Hampshire Downs Parish
Deacon Gerard writes: There has long been a desire to acknowledge key saints within our respective Parish Churches. At the most recent meeting of Hampshire Downs Liturgy Group a proposal was presented and now Canon Paul has agreed that we should mark a number of these during the year. It is proposed that in each of our Churches a special area will be set aside where people will be encouraged to pray and to learn more from the temporary profile / display that is available about the particular saint(s). We started this last Sunday with St Peter and St Paul. Currently, we have identified a number of Saints which reflect our communities and parishioners across the whole parish; undoubtedly there may be others, if so, you are welcome to share these ideas with Hampshire Downs Liturgy Group who will happily consider them.
This Week’s Saint:
Saint Thomas the Apostle – Feast Day July 3
Tomb of St Thomas the Apostle in Mylapore, India
St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. He was a dedicated but impetuous follower of Christ. When Jesus said He was returning to Judea to visit His sick friend Lazarus, Thomas immediately exhorted the other Apostles to accompany Him on the trip which involved certain danger and possible death because of the mounting hostility of the authorities. At the Last Supper, when Christ told His Apostles that He was going to prepare a place for them to which they also might come because they knew both the place and the way, Thomas pleaded that they did not understand and received the beautiful assurance that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. But St. Thomas is best known for his role in verifying the Resurrection of his Master. Thomas’ unwillingness to believe that the other Apostles had seen their risen Lord on the first Easter Sunday merited for him the title of “doubting Thomas.” …
To continue reading the story of St Thomas, and to find out about the crosses, click here.
Cross of St Thomas