It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets. Luke 9
Canon Paul writes: It was a glorious sunny morning as our parish Corpus Christi Procession made its way along Oliver’s Battery Road North, under the pedestrian underpass to St. Mark’s Church at Oliver’s Battery. The Vicar of St. Mark’s, the Reverend Mike Gardner, joined us and all the children and staff and some parishioners took part in the procession. It was a wonderful act of witness to our faith in the presence of our risen Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
Today’s Solemnity is about witnessing to the truths of our faith about the Mass, it also provides an opportunity to reflect upon the great gift and mystery of the Blessed Sacrament and the meaning it has in our lives.
It means that each time Mass is celebrated, the Word we hear proclaimed in the scriptures is truly present. That Word is the Word of God who is Jesus and who becomes present as the bread and wine of the Eucharist becomes his Body and Blood. The Mass, with the presence of the Lord as food for his disciples, has been at the heart of the Church since those early days in Jerusalem after the death and resurrection of Jesus. Through the centuries the Church has held firmly to the belief that Jesus is truly present for us as we eat and drink his body and blood.
Today’s feast means that each time we celebrate Mass the sacrifice of Jesus and the outpouring of his life for us on the Cross becomes a present reality in our own time and experience. It means that we join Jesus in his eternal act of love for his Father and we are drawn into the dynamic of that mutual love relationship in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
The gift of the Lord’s Body and Blood, given to us as food, means that Jesus comes to live within us to be our spiritual nourishment and to bring us more deeply into his body which is the Church and to transform us more and more into his image. It means that we are commissioned in Baptism to become what we eat and drink in the Eucharist for the sake of the world.
The children at our Corpus Christi Procession showed great reverence in the presence of Christ. We are called to show the same respect and appreciation of this great gift. PJT
Refreshments after Mass today at St Gregory’s, Alresford to celebrate the First Communion of the young members of St Gregory’s Worshipping Community.
We are inviting everyone to join in the praise and worship of the Lords Flock Winchester Chapter from 2.00-4.00pm today in the Pastoral Centre. For information call Liza Franco 07462 341917. (There will be a meeting every last Sunday of the month.)
Praying the Rosary during the month of May: You are most welcome to join in Praying the Rosary during the month of May. In the coming week the Rosary will be held by the following people in their own homes:
Sunday 29th May, Rodel & Liza Franco at 9.00am; Monday 30th May, Mrs. Elynor King, at 4.00pm; Tuesday 31st May, Alison and Nick Kelly at 8.00pm. For more details, contact Sr. Jiji – firstname.lastname@example.org or via website
Monday 30th May – There is no Monday Movers Dance Session today. The next session is at 10.00am on Monday 6th June in the Pastoral Centre.
Wednesday 1st June – Senior Citizens Lunch Club – meet for 12.15pm Mass and then afterwards for lunch in the Pastoral Centre.
Thursday 2nd June – SYCAMORE – We start with a meal in the Parish Centre at 6.30pm and our evening will continue with the themes of ‘The Meaning of Love’ and ‘How do I discover the purpose of my life’. All are welcome to join us.
Friday 3rd June – Mass at St. Barnabas, Weeke is cancelled.
Friday 3rd June – CAFOD Soup Lunch at 12.15pm in the Pastoral Centre. Please do support.
Saturday 4th June – Mass in Winchester Cathedral is at 10.00am. There will be no 9.00am Mass in St. Peter’s.
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.
Bishop Philip has been circulating this lovely prayer for those doing exams:
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
Prayer cards are available today. Please say our prayer daily for the success of the mission. Mission Prayer:
Father we praise you for
Your great love and compassion.
Send your Holy Spirit to renew our hearts
So that by your grace we may be filled
With love for you and for our neighbours.
Show us the path of life and
The fullness of joy in your presence.
Unite us in our faith In our knowledge of your Son
And in works of service,
So that together we may build up
The Body of Christ.
Glory be to You from
Generation to generation in the Church
And in Christ Jesus forever and ever.
Our Lady, Help of Christians: Pray for us!
St. Peter: Pray for us!
St Stephen: Pray for us!
St Gregory: Pray for us!
St Thomas More: Pray for us!
St. Margaret of Scotland: Pray for us!