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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, reading helps us to consider the blessings that come when we enjoy the presence of Jesus and his Mother, Mary, in the midst of human events, such as the one we are contemplating: “There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus was also invited to the wedding with his disciples” (John 2:1-2). With differing degrees of power, Jesus and Mary call us into the presence of God wherever they are, and, where God is, there is found love, grace, and wonders, because God is goodness, truth, beauty, all in abundance. At sunrise, the darkness of night is driven away, and the earth is warmed. Thereby, life is encouraged and nourished , making both human existence and nature fruitful. Similarly, when we allow God to arise in our hearts, we know the blessings of peace and happiness, even when we have been unreceptive or spiritually asleep.
Jesus Christ is sent by God to be present with us, and to communicate with us in divinely profound ways. God’s deeds enter our hearts through Jesus Christ’s humanity, and through Mary’s presence, and the results are as surprising and pleasant as the experience of the host who did not know who he had invited to the wedding, but who, nevertheless, received unexpected blessings from the presence of Mary and Jesus, an invitation that might have been due to ties of kinship or friendship. Before He changed the water into wine, Jesus had not performed any miracles, and there were few who really knew who He was or the significance of His mission. He went to the wedding because He is in favour of intimate human relationships, and because the integrity and devotion of the family attracted him. By his attendance, Jesus introduced God into what otherwise was an unremarkable family celebration. “This miraculous sign was the first, and Jesus performed it at Cana in Galilee” (John 2:11) and it was also there where the Messiah “opened his disciples’ hearts to the faith, thanks to Mary, the first believer” (John Paul II) Let us, by exercising our faith, move closer to this example of the human behaviour of Jesus, thus coming to know and imitate his human dimension as far as we can, learning to love more and more, as we listen to his word, ever growing in faith and trust, until we come to see the face of the Father in him.
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 20th January 2019 till the 28th February 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Our Parish Cinema is back for 2019 starting on the 1st February. All films are shown in St Swithun’s church hall following Friday evening mass at 7:00pm. Film’s start genrally around 8:10pm with tea and coffee provided. ALL ARE WELCOME ! Here’s the current list – click on the links to see more details on the films being show themselves.
|Date||Time||Film Title||Location||Post Link||Pic|
|Friday 1st February 2019||8:10pm||‘I CAN ONLY IMAGINE’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 8th February 2019||8:10pm||‘POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 22nd February 2019||8:10pm||‘CROSSROAD – Where fates collide, one Road appears’ (2012)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 1st March 2019||8:10pm||‘A QUESTION OF FAITH’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Thank You so much for our last session based on the Sacrament of Baptism. Thank You for all your comments, support, decisions, booked personal meetings with me to discuss a very important things on our journey of faith.Our Next session will be held on 31st January 2019 (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. Session VIII will cover- “THE SACRAMENT of CONFESSION” – Institution & History.
SHORT REMINDER FOR THE PARENTS OF THE FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN – Please, attend the sessions with your children, because they are organised on the way to make your life a little bit easier do not create another, separated sessions just with the Parents. All the Parents should stay for the sessions with the children, please, please.
The Baptismal Programme 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Please, note that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly. Next session is on 7th February, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Charlie Albert Matthews, Eileen Inkpen, Ann Ford, Colin Lennard, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them, 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: 20th January: Michael Lawrence Egan, Etheldreda Knight , Angela Elizabeth Mallon, Kenneth Horace Tall, Anthony Kinght, Josephine Smalley, Harry Murray, Thomas Walsh, Margaret Wickenden, Gerry Tout, Margaret Maria England, Anna Rainer, Margaret Davis, William Gast, James Michaelin, Ivy Lillian Koerner, Eileen Nora Howard, Michael Valentine, Michael Garvey, Patrick McErlane, Kathleen Mary Aldridge, Ellen Kiely, Margery Diana Woods (Maddy), Mary Millgate, Mary Robinson, Marie Stanway, Mary Patricia Ann Morley, Grace Margaret Cross, Hilda Eliza Mary Vella, Elena Glacin, Mary Bulbeck, Charles Oliver, Minnie Elliot, Winifred Bennett, Mary Hyatt, Gertrude Green, Arthur (Mick) Tressidder, Katherine Dogherty, Darrel Hugh Lochrie, Ernest Gant, Teresa Malbon, Peter Morley, Keith Lane, Lily Lawrence, Dorothy Bradley, Geoffrey Browning, Margaret Ellen Brayfield, Sister Mechtilde Fox, Vernon Alfred Richard Read, Mildred Durr and Margaret Mabel Annie Griffin, 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
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs
“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.