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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, the words of the Gospel make us think about how important examples are along with procuring an exemplary life for others. Yes, indeed, we have a saying that goes ““Friar example” is the best preacher”, and another one saying “an image is worth a thousand words”. Let us not forget that we, Christians, are —with no exception!— guides, as our Baptism confers on us a participation in Christ’s priesthood (saving intercession): all of us that have received the baptism, have also received the baptismal priesthood. And all priesthood, beyond its mission to sanctify and teach others, also embodies the munus —the function— to rule and lead.
Yes, with our behaviour —whether we like it or not— we have the opportunity to become a stimulating model for those around us. Let us think, for instance, about the influence parents have over their children, teachers over their pupils, authorities over citizens, etc. And Christians, consequently, must have a particularly lively conscience of this fact. For…, “can a blind person lead another blind person?” (Luke 6:39).
For us, Christians, what the Jews and the first generations of Christians said of Jesus Christ: “He has done all things well” (Mark 7:37); “all that Jesus did and taught” (Act 1:1) should be like a call to attention.
We must try to transform into deeds what we believe in and declare by word of mouth. On one occasion, the Pope Benedict XVI, when he still was Cardinal Ratzinger, asserted that “those adapted Christians are the most threatening danger”, that is, those persons that boast of their Christianism but, in actual practice, their behaviour shows they do not manifest the characteristic “radicalism” of the Gospel.
To be radical, though, is not tantamount to be fanatical (for charity is patient and tolerant) or to be immoderate (for moderation is impossible in love matters). As Saint John Paul II has said, “the crucified Lord is an insurmountable testimony of patient love and humble mansuetude”: He is not fanatic or immoderate. But He is radical, so much so, that the centurion who was present at his death felt like saying: “Surely this was a righteous man” (Luke 23:47).
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 3rd March 2019 till the 31st March 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Our Parish Cinema during March 2019 – All films are shown in St Swithun’s church hall following Friday evening mass at 7:00pm. Film’s start generally 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.
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 8th March 2019 (Friday) from 7pm to 8.30pm. This is our LENT RETREAT EVENING – We start at 7.00pm with the Holy Mass followed by Exposition, Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament & Benediction. At 8.00pm – Session: “Fasting & Abstinence (Eucharistic fast)”
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. The next session is on 21st March, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
Prayer of the Month – March 2019
O Lord Jesus Christ, we confess you as the Way, the Truth, and the Life! We rejoice in this profession of our saving faith and ask you to keep us always aware of what a great gift it is. We know, O Lord, that in imitation of you, many of our brothers and sisters, ancestors in the faith, died for their profession of this faith in you. Teach us, like them, to value our union with you, our trust in you, our love for you more than any earthly treasure. Lord, we know too that Christians still suffer today merely for their profession of faith in you. Like in ages past, they endure hardship, loss, and even death because they cling to you. O Good Savior, we ask you to turn your merciful gaze upon these suffering Christians. Allow them to feel your presence and the assurance of hope in you. Grant, O Lord, that our human communities many recognize the rights of all to seek, find, and serve you in peace. Amen.
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, Kevin & Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softely, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 3rd March : Joan Smith, Thomas English, Simon Murphy, Richard Bolger, Margaret Ferwood, Mary Flower, Patricia Ellen Basden, Nivel Royston, Goldring, Sheila Thorpel, Annie Clark, James Gavan, Norah Kathleen Colman, Francis George Marshall, Graham Joseph Stokes, Gaby Catherine Munday, Florence Amelia Brosnan (Ciss) , Alexander McGill Smith, Mary Kathleen Stokes, Selina Fairhall, James Nuttall, Clarice Connor, Kathleen Davies, William Anderson, Mary Kathleen Louise O’Reilly, Paddy Wall, Reginald Sainty, Margaret Driffield, Christina Collins, George Carroll, Mabel Blake, Edward Nolan, Mary Adelaide Small, Eric Daniel O’Neill, Muriel Mary Smith, Frans Anthony Aspinall, Nancie Carter, Christopher Somers, Nora Wellstead, Annie Hadley, Percy Browne, Michael Vahey, Eileen Bosonnet, Patrick Robinson, Christopher Joseph Somers, Robert Thomas Turner, Cecilia Brennan, Mary Barlow, Cornelius Barrett, Winifred Gridley, Fred Amos and Ambrosine Madeleine Marie Mellonet, 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
“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.
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs