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July 2018

Saint Bridget of Sweden

Jul 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Bridget of Sweden’s Story (c. 1303 – July 23, 1373) From age 7 on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children–the second eldest was Saint Catherine of Sweden–Bridget lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death. Bridget constantly strove to exert her good…

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Saint Sharbel Makhluf

Jul 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Sharbel Makhluf’s Story (May 8, 1828 – December 24, 1898 ) Although this saint never traveled far from the Lebanese village of Beka-Kafra where he was born, his influence has spread widely. Joseph Zaroun Makluf was raised by an uncle because his father, a mule driver, died when Joseph was only three. At the age of 23, Joseph joined the Monastery of St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon, and took the name Sharbel in honor of a second-century martyr. He…

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Saint James the Apostle

Jul 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint James the Apostle’s Story (d. 44) This James is the brother of John the Evangelist. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with their father in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had already called another pair of brothers from a similar occupation: Peter and Andrew. “He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he…

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Saints Joachim and Anne

Jul 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saints Joachim and Anne’s Story In the Scriptures, Matthew and Luke furnish a legal family history of Jesus, tracing ancestry to show that Jesus is the culmination of great promises. Not only is his mother’s family neglected, we also know nothing factual about them except that they existed. Even the names Joachim and Anne come from a legendary source written more than a century after Jesus died. The heroism and holiness of these people however, is inferred from the whole…

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Blessed Antonio Lucci

Jul 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Antonio Lucci’s Story (August 2, 1682 – July 25, 1752) Antonio studied with and was a friend of Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani, who after Antonio Lucci’s death, testified at the diocesan hearings regarding the holiness of Lucci. Born in Agnone in southern Italy, a city famous for manufacturing bells and copper crafts, he was given the name Angelo at baptism. He attended the local school run by the Conventual Franciscans and joined them at the age of 16. Antonio completed…

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Film Night; ‘The List (2015))’

Jul 27 @ 8:10 pm - 9:30 pm
The List

Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see "The List (2015)" By the age of 12, Jack Stone had experienced more life grit than most adults. In desperation, he decides to grab the controls, make a list as his road map and set out to accomplish life his way. After fifteen years of life on the street and clawing up from the bottom, we find Jack as a successful lawyer. He's done well on his own, crossed a lot off…

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Saint Leopold Mandic

Jul 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Leopold Mandic’s story Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers. A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight, and a stomach ailment. For several years Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church…

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The 8th Annual GK Chesterton Pilgrimage Saturday 28th July 2018

Jul 28 @ 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Ealng Town Hall United Kingdom
Chesterton

“The 8th Annual GK Chesterton Pilgrimage Saturday 28th July. 2.30pm Old Rite Mass, at The Bridgettine Convent, Fulmer Common Road, Iver, SL0 0NR. You are welcome to attend the Mass even if you are not doing the walk. (a lift from Uxbridge to the Convent may be possible, contact us) For those who wish to, you can then join the pilgrimage walk to Beaconsfield (7miles approx) where Chesterton lived, converted, died and is buried. We will say the prayer for…

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ADORE RETREAT – Alton Days of Renewal 2018 Programme – Good news for Everyone

Jul 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG, Anstey Lane
Alton, Hampshire GU34 2NG United Kingdom
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Adore Alton Days of Renewal

Programme for 2018 Theme: Good news for Everyone Renewal and Mission The Church exists to evangelise. “The presentation of the Gospel message is not an optional contribution for the Church.” – Pope Paul VI Evangelii Nuntiandi 5. Key Scripture: Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set…

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Saint Martha

Jul 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Martha’s Story (b. 1st century) Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were evidently close friends of Jesus. He came to their home simply as a welcomed guest, rather than as one celebrating the conversion of a sinner like Zacchaeus or one unceremoniously received by a suspicious Pharisee. The sisters feel free to call on Jesus at their brother’s death, even though a return to Judea at that time seems almost certain death. No doubt Martha was an active sort…

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