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October 2018

Saint Luke

Oct 18

Saint Luke’s Story (d. c. 84) Luke wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament, a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. In the two books he shows the parallel between the life of Christ and that of the Church. He is the only Gentile Christian among the Gospel writers. Tradition holds him to be a native of Antioch, and Paul calls him “our beloved physician.” His Gospel was probably written between 70…

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First Holy Communion Programme – 18-10-2018

Oct 18 @ 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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Saints Isaac Jogues Jean de Brébeuf and Companions

Oct 19

Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions’ Story (d. 1642 – 1649) Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, a man of learning and culture, taught literature in France. He gave up that career to work among the Huron Indians in the New World and in 1636, he and his companions, under the leadership of Jean de Brébeuf, arrived in Quebec.…

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The Neocatechumenal Way – 19-10-2018

Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Neocatechumenal Way

  The Neocatechumenal Way The nature of the Neocatechumenal Way is defined by His Holiness John Paul II when he writes: “I recognize the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times.” The Neocatechumenal Way is at the service of the bishop as one of the forms of diocesan implementation of Christian initiation and of ongoing education in faith. The Neocatechumenal Way, endowed with public juridical personality, is composed of an ensemble…

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Saint Paul of the Cross

Oct 20

Saint Paul of the Cross’ Story (January 3, 1694 – October 18, 1775) Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching…

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Calling all Catechists -20th October 2018 in St John’s Cathedral

Oct 20 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
St John’s Cathedral Portsmouth, Bishop Crispian Way
Portsmouth, PO1 3QA United Kingdom
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Day for Catechists

Our Diocesan Formation for Mission team has been hard at work to prepare for our next Day for Catechists which will take place on Saturday 20th October in St John's Cathedral. The team met on Saturday 26th May for a meeting and lovely meal out and are now very excited about all the good things they are preparing for all diocesan catechists and Children’s Liturgy coordinators on the 20th October (see here). This day will also be a fantastic opportunity to…

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Baptism Preparation Programme Saturday October 20th 2018

Oct 20 @ 11:15 am - 5:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Baptism Pope Paul II

  Baptism Preparation September 13th to October 21st 2018 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish   Please, note that it is expected from the Parents & God - Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly. In asking to have a child baptised, the parents are accepting the responsibility of training the child in the practice of the Christian faith. It is the duty of every Catholic parent to bring their child…

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Saint Hilarion

Oct 21

Saint Hilarion’s Story (c. 291 – 371) Despite his best efforts to live in prayer and solitude, today’s saint found it difficult to achieve his deepest desire. People were naturally drawn to Hilarion as a source of spiritual wisdom and peace. He had reached such fame by the time of his death that his body had to be secretly removed so that a shrine would not be built in his honor. Instead, he was buried in his home village. Saint Hilarion…

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Baptism Preparation Programme Sunday October 21st 2018

Oct 21 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Baptism Pope Paul II

  Baptism Preparation September 13th to October 21st 2018 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish   Please, note that it is expected from the Parents & God - Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly. In asking to have a child baptised, the parents are accepting the responsibility of training the child in the practice of the Christian faith. It is the duty of every Catholic parent to bring their child…

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Saint John Paul II

Oct 22

Saint John Paul II’s Story (May 18, 1920 – April 2, 2005) Open wide the doors to Christ,” urged John Paul II during the homily at the Mass when he was installed as pope in 1978. Born in Wadowice, Poland, Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol’s promising academic career at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a…

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