Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.’ And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Everyone was filled with awe and praised God saying, ‘A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.’ And this opinion of him spread throughout Judaea and all over the countryside. Luke 7
Folio of Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son at Nain comes from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Used with their kind permission.
Canon Paul writes: Today’s Gospel reminds us that in Jesus’s time many people believed that Elijah would come again. He would be the prophet sent by God which would bring an assurance that God was visiting his people. Jesus comes to the village of Nain and, like Elijah, restored the widow’s son to life. They could see in Jesus the action of God who cares and loves. A widow was one of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Jesus’s society and a widow who had lost her son was in a worse position. Jesus visits the woman who had lost everything and brings the healing and compassion of God.
As we prepare for our mission in the parish, the Gospel of the Widow of Nain and her son reminds us of our mission. Jesus comes as the prophet sent by God and as God himself. The widow comes to know that in Jesus God himself has visited her out of his love for her and restored her son to her. Our mission aims at providing an opportunity for us to review our effectiveness, both personally and as a parish, in proclaiming the presence of Jesus which is the vocation of our baptism.
The words of St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians, which we hear today, apply to each of us and all of us together: “Then God, who had specially chosen me while I was still in my mother’s womb, called me through his grace and chose to reveal his son to me, so that I might preach the Good News about him to the pagans”. PJT
Fr David Sanders OP and Deacon Oliver Keenan OP (who will be ordained on July 10th) are making an appeal at all Masses today for the work of St Martin’s Mission, which is an apostolate of the Dominican Friars of England. It is mainly concerned with their work among the poor in the Caribbean where they have a mission.
Cake Sale at St. Gregory’s after Mass today. Please be generous in your support.
Readers rotas for June 12th to October 2nd 2016 for Sunday Masses at St Peter’s only have now been emailed to all readers. Spare paper copies can be found in the Sacristy if required.
Monday 6th June – Monday Movers Dance Session is at 10.00am in the Pastoral Centre.
Monday 6th June – Winchester Catholic History Group. The AGM will be held at 7.00 pm before the lecture which will commence as usual at 7.30 pm. The replacement speaker is Abbot Cuthbert Brogan of Farnborough, whose talk is on ‘Farnborough Abbey – it’s history’.
Wednesday 8th June – ‘Catholicism’ – World Without End: The Last Things. Explore the Church’s conviction that life here and now is preparation for an extraordinary world that is yet to come – a supernatural destiny. Filmed in Florence, Ireland and Rome. Pastoral Centre 7.30-9.30pm. You are welcome to come and drop in to any of these sessions. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 9th June – Pie Club will be happening in the Pastoral Centre from 12.45 – 2.30ish. Two course home-cooked meal – a pie, and then proper pudding with custard, with vegetarian and GF options. Great food, great company and conversation, and a talk afterwards. This is a drop-in event – all are welcome. Come along and see what we get up to…. Contact Moira with any questions or special requests.
Message from Bishop Philip: On Saturday 11th June, there will be an opportunity for young altar servers from all over the diocese to come together and to make new friends; friends who share in the same calling. We hope that this will lead to a renewal in our servers’ ministry, and give them a sense of fellowship in what they do. The day may also be something to invite potential altar servers to. With servers from all over the diocese, as well sessions on the importance of altar serving, it should inform and inspire them as they consider undertaking this ministry in their own parish. As part of the day, we will have a Eucharistic procession from the school to the Cathedral for Holy Mass. I will celebrate Mass on the day and am very much looking forward to this opportunity to meet with the young servers of our diocese. I encourage all altar servers in the diocese to attend. More details at the back of Church.
Prayer before an examination
as I take this exam, I thank you that my value is not based on my performance,
but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test, but the many tests of life
that are sure to come my way.
As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I studied
and be gracious with what I have overlooked.
Help me to remain focussed and calm, confident in the facts and in my ability,
and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today you are there with me.
The prayer is available as a PDF here: Exam prayer 2016