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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXV SUNDAY in Ordinary Time Year B 23rd September 2018
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, the Gospel explains when Jesus was walking with his disciples, skirting towns, through a great plain. Nothing better to get to know each other than walking and travelling in company. Thus, a feeling of trust is easily built, and trust brings confidence. And confidence transmits love. And love dazzles and surprises us when we discover the mystery hiding in the most intimate part of the human heart. With emotion, the Master speaks to his disciples about the mystery that gnaws at his heart. Sometimes, it is illusion; at times, when thinking it over, He is afraid; most of the time He knows they will not understand him. But they are his friends, He must transmit to them whatever He has received from the Father, and, so far, He has done so. They do not understand him, but when He speaks to them, which means love, they tune in with his emotion, an evidence that, even if they are so insignificant, they rely on Him to succeed in his project. He will be delivered into human hands, He will be killed and three days after He will rise (cf. Mark 9:31)
Death and resurrection. These will be enigmatic concepts for some; unacceptable axioms, for others. He has come to reveal them, to proclaim that the joyous consummation for mankind has already come, although to make it come true, He, the friend the elder brother, the Son of the Father, will have to endure the cruellest suffering. But, what a sad paradox that, while He lives this intimate tragedy, his disciples are debating who will climb on top of the champions’ podium when they reach the end of their race towards the Kingdom. But, would we behave in a different way? He who is free from personal ambition is to throw the first stone.
Jesus proclaims new values. To win is not the important thing, but to serve; He will fully prove it at the culmination point of his evangelization by washing his disciples’ feet. Man’s greatness lies not in the sage wisdom, but in the innocent naivety of the child. “Even though you would know the whole Bible and all the sentences of every philosopher by heart, what would be its value without the charity and the grace of God?” (Thomas de Kempis). By saluting the sage we satisfy our vanity, by embracing the child we embrace God and we become spiritually infused by Him, by becoming more godlike.
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 23rd September 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/
Please pray for those who are ill, especially: 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, Monica Madigan, 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: 23RD September: Carmen Lopez, Imogen Mead, Catherine Davies, Marie Shepherd, Oram Powell, Ellen Parsons, Kathleen Petty, Thomas Doyle, Mary Richardson, John Spillane, Maurice Charles Lait, Eileen Barrett, Teresa Bullen, Alice Kirkham, Daisy Farrell, William Merrett, Molly Sexton, Norah Dutton, Anne Saunders, Eric Cashin, Marion Hogg, Sarah Day, William Kelley, John Cairns, Pope John Paul I, Geoff Thomas, Alberta Mary Baxter, Margaret Mulholland, Francesca Andrews, Reginald Valley, Yvonne Piggott, Mary Crane, Ernest Smith, John Paul, Andrzej Markowski, Mary Josephine Gray, Mary Kavanagh, Dennis Alliston, Thomas Joseph O’Driscoll, William Hamilton, Frederick Brown, Maureen Pedder, Ellen White, Edwin John Robert Cook, Stephanie Iris Clark,Lizzie 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
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