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December 2018

Blessed Adolph Kolping

Dec 10

Blessed Adolph Kolping’s Story (December 8, 1813 – December 4, 1865) The rise of the factory system in 19th-century Germany brought many single men into cities where they faced new challenges to their faith. Father Adolph Kolping began a ministry to them, hoping that they would not be lost to the Catholic faith, as was happening to workers elsewhere in industrialized Europe. Born in the village of Kerpen, Adolph became a shoemaker at an early age because of his family’s…

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Saint Damasus I

Dec 11

Saint Damasus I’s Story (304 – December 11, 384) To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate. The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish extraction, Damasus started…

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12

The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the 16th century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story. A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady. He was…

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Saint Lucy

Dec 13

Saint Lucy’s Story (283 – 304) Every little girl named Lucy must bite her tongue in disappointment when she first tries to find out what there is to know about her patron saint. The older books will have a lengthy paragraph detailing a small number of traditions. Newer books will have a lengthy paragraph showing that there is little basis in history for these traditions. The single fact survives that a disappointed suitor accused Lucy of being a Christian and she…

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First Holy Communion Programme – 13-12-2018

Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
First Holy Communion 2018 Children Photo

o First Holy Communion September 2018-2019 Programme for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Thursdays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below to our team here at the parish so we can ensure your child is on our programme. Our First Holy Communion Programme Dates for 2018-2019 we will be adding…

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Saint John of the Cross

Dec 14

Saint John of the Cross’ Story (June 24, 1541 – December 14, 1591) John is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” The folly of the cross came to full realization in time. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34b) is the story of John’s life. The Paschal Mystery—through death to life—strongly marks John as reformer, mystic-poet, and…

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Advent – Journey to Christmas with Bishop Robert Barron

Dec 14 @ 8:10 pm - 9:00 pm
Journey to Christmas 3

  ON FRIDAYS after evening Mass from 8.10pm to 9.00pm (in the church hall) all are very welcome for our Journey to Christmas with Bishop Robert Barron - A DEEP, BIBILICAL LOOK AT JESUS CHRIST ALL ARE VERY WELCOME!!! The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves. But who was Jesus, this itinerant preacher whom many called the Messiah? In Priest, Prophet, King, you’ll discover Jesus as the Anointed One–the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the…

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Blessed Mary Frances Schervier

Dec 15

Blessed Mary Frances Schervier’s Story (January 3,1819 – December 14, 1876) This woman who once wanted to become a Trappistine nun was instead led by God to establish a community of sisters who care for the sick and aged in the United States and throughout the world. Born into a distinguished family in Aachen (then ruled by Prussia but formerly Aix-la-Chapelle, France), Frances ran the household after her mother’s death and established a reputation for generosity to the poor. In…

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Dec 15 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
St Nicholas Party

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ... Here are some helpful notes to all parents attending our Children's Christmas Party on the 15th December. Please, can you sign up to bring some food and or drinks; You should buy a present for your child/children - (we suggest you spend no more than £5. on each of your children. Would you mind also wrapping your own present(s). On the day, give your present to the VOLUNTEER at the table at the door…

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Blessed Honoratus Kozminski

Dec 16

Blessed Honoratus Kozminski’s Story (October 16, 1829 – December 16, 1916) Wenceslaus was born in Biala Podlaska in 1829. By the age of 11 he had lost his faith. By the age of 16 his father died. He attended architecture school at the School of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Suspected of participating in a rebellious conspiracy against the Czarists in Poland, he was imprisoned from April 1846 until March of 1847. His life then took a turn for the better,…

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