11th Sunday of the Year: 12th June

Woman washing feet

One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at table, a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment. Luke Chapter 7

Picture by James Tissot of the woman washing Jesus’s feet with her hair – used with the kind permission of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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Canon Paul writes: In our reading from Galatians, St. Paul says a remarkable thing.  He describes how he now lives for God.  In fact he says that he lives not with his own life but with the life of Christ who lives in him.  Because of our Christian Initiation we can make the same claim.  We live not with our own lives but with the life of Christ.  In some sense therefore, our living can express the presence of Christ’s life and Spirit dwelling within us.  Indeed, our living is to be missionary in that it can, through love and the power of the Holy Spirit, bring an invitation to enter a relationship with Jesus to those around us.

In order to deepen our appreciation of the life of Christ within us, I asked a while ago for a ‘Parish Mission’ to be arranged.  Running between the 25th June and the 10th July, it will provide an opportunity for renewal and greater connectedness within our parish community.
This weekend members of the Evangelisation Strategy Group will speak about the Mission at each of our seven Sunday Masses in the Parish.  The work of the Evangelisation Strategy Group is to work with me in developing the Parish’s strategy for Mission and to keep before us the priority of proclaiming the difference that Jesus makes to the people of our time.  I am grateful to this group for their energy and enthusiasm in driving forward those crucial initiatives, like the Parish Mission, which remind us of our primary responsibility to be missionary disciples of the Lord.  Any parish will rightly be concerned with its internal structures, its finances, its property and its smooth running.  The Evangelisation Strategy Groups exists to promote our primary and most important work which is evangelisation, which is itself, the reason for the Church’s existence.
I would like to say a special thank you to all our Altar Servers and especially to our new recruits. We have several new Altar Servers who have volunteered for this ministry since making their First Holy Communion.  I would like to express my gratitude to their families for allowing their children to share in this ministry.  We still need more Altar Servers in all our churches so I plead with our First Holy Communion families to encourage their children to become Altar Servers.  I am particularly grateful to our senior server Graham Guppy for all that he does to welcome and train our new recruits.  Graham has been a constant support and source of             encouragement over the years both to me to my predecessors.   PJT

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The programme for Hampshire Downs Parish Mission is now available at the back of all churches.  Do please take a copy to see what will be happening between June 25th and July 10th, or you can find it here.

Mass in the Extraordinary Form is at 12.15pm today in St. Peter’s. SVP Portsmouth Central Council Mass is at 2.00pm today in St Peter’s.  All are welcome.
Thursday 16th June – The Catholic Women’s League meet in the Pastoral Centre from 4.30 to 6.30pm.  Guest Speaker: Deacon Gerard Dailly on ‘Where would I like my funeral to be?’  A warm welcome to all ladies.

Friday 17th June – A Charity Big Soup and Pud Lunch   organised by the CWL in aid of CLIC Sargent and Ronald McDonald House (supporting children and young people with cancer) is from 12.00 noon until 1.30pm.  Please do come and support.

Saturday 18th June – YouthCat – 10.00am to 12.00noon in the Pastoral Centre.  Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are welcome to join the fun activities at this month’s YouthCat session with the focus on the Sacraments.  YouthCat children who are now in Yr7 are very welcome to come along as Young Leaders or to get involved in their own discussion group.  For more information head to: youthstuff@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday 18th June – The Winchester Fusion Choir Midsummer Concert at St. Stephen’s Church at 7.00pm in aid of the local Osteoporosis Society and the Colebrook Club for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Raffle, drinks and light refreshments available.  Tickets £7 obtainable from Pastoral Centre or Liz Tipple. Contact via website.

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The Dean of Winchester Cathedral, Dean James Atwell, is about to retire from his present office. His last Sunday at Winchester cathedral services will be Sunday 12 June.

During his term of office, Dean James has had an enormous positive influence on Winchester and the surrounding area – including, not least, that he has always been a good friend to, and has always maintained cordial relations with, the local Catholic community. We wish Dean James and his wife Lorna a very long and happy retirement.

divider line bigBishop Philip has been circulating this lovely prayer for those doing exams:

Prayer before an examination

Dear Lord,

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

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Questions about the EU and the Referendum One of our parishioners, researching the question of the referendum, found some documents featuring the thoughts of Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis, and wanted to share them with others, in the hope that they might be useful:

Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia  in Europa

Pope Francis speaking about the Charlemagne Prize


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Summer Camp for young people to be held  August15th – 19th

This is the Fanning The Flame Catholic Mission at St Dominic’s Priory in Lymington.  It is a camp for those ages between 10-25 years, with streamed teaching and many other activities during a week of ‘faith, Fun and Fellowship’. More info and booking forms can be downloaded from the website, fanningtheflame.co.uk or you can make contact via our own website.



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