One day when Jesus was praying alone in the presence of his disciples he put this question to them, ‘Who do the crowds say I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist; others Elijah; and others say one of the ancient prophets come back to life.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ It was Peter who spoke up. ‘The Christ of God’ he said. But he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone anything about this. Luke Chapter 9
Picture of Christ and the Apostles by Vincenzo Civerchio, Italian late 15th C, courtesy of the NGA
Canon Paul writes: Red and blue posters can be seen all over our area inviting us to remain or to leave. As the European Referendum approaches, we must pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our voting decision and allow the Word of God and the teaching of the Church to inform us.
Today’s reading from St. Paul to the Galatians speaks of one of the key differences Jesus makes to humanity. He says “All baptised in Christ, you have all clothed yourselves in Christ, and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ”. (Galatians 3.26-29). Our responsibility as the Lord’s disciples is to pray and work for unity and partnership between all peoples as we work together for the common good of humanity.
Pope Francis picks up this theme in Laudato Si. As he speaks of the planet being our common home he says that we live in an interdependent world which “motivates us to ensure that solutions are proposed from a global perspective, and not simply to defend the interests of a few countries. Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan…. A global consensus is essential for confronting the deeper problems, which cannot be resolved by unilateral actions on the part of individual countries.” (Laudato Si 164)
In his Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Europe, St. John Paul II, speaking about the new face of Europe, says this: “In the process of transformation which it is now undergoing, Europe is called above all to rediscover its true identity. Even though it has developed into a highly diversified reality, it needs to build a new model of unity in diversity, as a community of reconciled nations open to the other continents and engaged in the present process of globalization…. The European Union continues to expand. All people who share its same fundamental heritage have a vocation to take part in it, on a short term or long term basis”. (Ecclesia in Europa 109-110) PJT
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.
Monday 20th June – The ASCENT Group meet from 2.15 to 3.30 in the Pastoral Centre. All are welcome.
Saturday 25th June – Holy Communion Presentation of Certificates and Picnic from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Pack a picnic and bring the family to the Presentation of the certificates at 11.00am in St Stephen’s Church. Then enjoy your picnic on the school field. Dress code – casual.
St Peter’s Church is 90 – Come and celebrate
To celebrate the beauty of our Church, Faith and Community as well as to build on the Mission’s theme of “Renew and Unite” Canon Paul and the ESG invite everyone to St Peter’s 90th Birthday Party on Friday 15th July, which is the Feast of St Swithun, Winchester’s Patron Saint. Mass will be held at 6.30 pm followed by a party on the piazza with a Hog Roast (vegetarian options available) Pimms, Strawberries and Ice cream and a Birthday Cake to share. There will be a magician, face painter and circus acts for the children along with a jazz band from Peter Symonds. Please come and help us celebrate. For catering purposes RSVP before 29th June either by email email@example.com or by phoning the Pastoral Centre 01962 852804, or contacting the website, and let us know of any dietary requirements.