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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXVIII SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 14th October 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, we can see how Jesus —who loves us— wants us all to enter the Kingdom of God. Hence, the strong warning to the “rich”. They are also called to enter the Kingdom. But they do face more difficult challenges to open themselves to God. Their wealth may make them believe they already have everything; they are tempted to jeopardise their own safety and trust by placing them in their possibilities and riches. They do not realise that both their trust and safety should rather be placed in God. And not only through words, but through actions: it is very easy to say “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You”, but how difficult it is to show it through your actions. If we are wealthy, when we sincerely recite the above short prayer, we should try to use our wealth to help others, feeling we are engaged in the stewardship of what God has given us.
I cooperate with a mission in Venezuela where I have to go regularly. There, really —in their poverty, missing most of what is needed— people realise they are hanging by a thread, and that their hold on life is very fragile. This situation helps them to see it is God who gives their lives a meaning, and that they actually are in the hands of God. On the other hand, here —in our modern world of conspicuous consumption— we have so many things that we can feel tempted to believe they can give us security, that we are hanging by a strong rope. But —like those “poor ones”—, our lives are also hanging by a very fine thread. As Mother Teresa said “We must free ourselves to be filled by God. Even God cannot fill what is full”. We are risking having God just as another additional element of our life, another book in our library; important, yes, but just another book. Therefore, not considering him as our true and only Saviour.
The point is that whether wealthy or poor we cannot be saved just by ourselves: “Who, then, can be saved?” (Mark 10:26), will wonder the disciples, and Jesus will answer “For humans it is impossible, but not for God; all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27). Let us all place our full trust in Jesus, and let it show up in our lives.
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 14th October 2018 till the 31st October 2018
We welcome some new people to our parish who will be holding scripture meetings for the next 3 months
on Tuesday’s and Friday’s in St Swithun’s RC Church
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019: Our Next Meeting will be held on 18th October (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm: “A PRAYER”. Please, be sure that You bring with You the Rosary beads.
|Last week, we have said ‘goodbye’ to our Dear Parishioner, a member of the community of our Lady of Lourdes – + Monica Madigan RIP. May she rest in peace. Amen|
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Colin Lennard, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them Aidan Molloy, Aileen Hopkins, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Eileen Inkpen, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softely, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, Joan Smith, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Rosemary Ashton, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 14th October: Monica Madigan, Eileen Breach, John Murphy, Michael John Pappa, Elieen Daisy Chester,Lucy Osborne, Vincent Angus, Winifred Adams, Rudolph Carminati, George Smith, Sally O’Brien, Jack Jones, Maria Lucinda Ayres, Constance Sophia Hurdle,Ethel Bush, Prunella Peet, Margaret Cole, Albert Wing, Elisabeth Henriette Ritchie, Rita Jesse Tovey, Gladys Irene Pope, Michael Slavin,James Ward, Marie Jamison, Clive Mitchem, Anne Ellis, Mary Kelleher, Helen Pafford, Monica Amos, Michael Corcoran, Cyril Frederick Murray, Paul Kendrick, Alfred Albert Arthur Rogers, Sally O’Brien,Christine Higgins, Anne Inkpen, Alfred Walters, Wanda Anderson, Margaret Laura Perren, Bernard Reilly, Madeleine Phillips, Mary Vahey, Grace Viola Oida, Elizabeth Holt, Margaret Armitage, Kim Maria Blake, William O’Shea, Julia Madigan, Angela Mary Woodfield, Erica Munton,Lizzie and Patrick McSharry ,Gemma Litchfield and Jozef Michalczuk
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
“CAN-DO CHRISTIANS” A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MARCIN
Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dear Friends: I would like to share with You some things which are about our Parish and for our Parish. I’m absolutely sure, that You have noticed how many things already happen in our Parish to help in our spiritual grow to love God more and more in His Word to us, in His Sacraments for us (which is His real presence among us). We also go out to meet those who still searching for God, or who were not so lucky to have personal contact with Jesus Christ.
NEW SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPEND SOME SPECIAL TIME WITH GOD
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs