We love serving others
Our church community has so many teams within it, groups of friends exploring faith or serving together in a variety of ways. This is important because we can’t do faith on our own. The vast majority of these teams are run by volunteers who give their time freely. If you are interested in joining any of them, or trying out any of the activities on offer, or you are looking for support for you or your family – just get in touch!
Here are some of our great teams and activities:
Welcoming & Hospitality
We are investing in hospitality so that anyone who arrives at our church knows that they belong.
Worship & Liturgy
From singers to organists, from choirs to instrumentalists, the musical worship of our parish is really diverse.
Eucharistic adoration is a beautiful Catholic form of prayer in which we spend time with Jesus – our team of adorers have committed their time to do just this.
Our teams of altar servers play a key role in ensuring our masses running smoothly and in helping to create an atmosphere of prayer.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Our Children’s Liturgy team does a great job, especially in unpacking the readings at mass for the children of our parish.
Keeping the church looking beautiful is a big job and has such an impact! This team helps to keep the church clean, the flowers stunning and the brass shining.
We have volunteers dedicated to bringing members of our parish to mass when they can no longer safely transport themselves to our services. This helps them to remain valued members of our church community.
Youth & Young Adults
We care passionately that the younger generations of our church grow closer to Jesus and so we have a team that aims to empower them within our community.
This Society has a diverse programme of Speakers and meets on the evening of the first Monday of the month. There are regular trips to places of historical interest.
Journey in Faith
A group for those wanting to know more about the Catholic Church, or who are considering becoming Catholics. The programme tries to answer any and all questions about our faith, about the Church, about the Journey.
Parents and pre-schoolers meet in the Pastoral Centre on Wednesday mornings in termtime.
A worldwide organisation, united in friendship and love. We aim to support various charities and to care for those in need. Winchester Section, based at St. Peter’s, meets on 3rd Thursday of the month in the Pastoral Centre between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, concluding with the Thursday 7.00pm Mass in St. Peter’s.
All are welcome for a proper home-made lunch, and a talk, 2nd Wednesday of every month except August.
Parishioners get together in small groups (each group based in a geographical area) in one another’s homes, for a variety of spiritual activities.
The shop sells a wide range of books, cards and religious artefacts, and is open after Masses.
Our archivist, John Thornhill, is the guardian of the Parish history, and can be contacted by email: email@example.com.
The Catenian Association is an international body of Catholic laymen who meet at least once a month in local groups called Circles.
Support & Outreach
The Street Pastors – trained volunteers from fifteen local churches – help to care for the people of Winchester, offering reassurance, safety and support to those on our streets at night.
The members of the St Vincent de Paul Society offer friendship and practical help to those struggling in the local area and all over the UK through community support projects (including community shops, furniture stores and advice centres) and youth work.
Here are some details of what the SVP achieves in our parish.
Covenant with the Poor
Pope Francis and Bishop Philip have asked that we all have a special concern for justice, peace and social responsibility. The Covenant with the Poor is a commitment to this by the whole parish.
CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It also campaigns for global justice. There is a local support group in the Parish.
Justice & Peace
Justice and Peace Group: action based on Catholic social teaching – campaigning on climate change, social justice, refugee and peace issues. Supporting Live Simply, CAFOD, CWP, Fairtrade.
Running courses to prepare couples for marriage.
Ecumenical organisations – the local churches working together to try to help people in need.
Life is a UK-based pro-life educational and caring charity: it combines campaigning with offering practical support.