Welcome to this week’s newsletter! Today we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent.
Jesus today gives some answer to the question – what is the temple for? He had a healthy attitude to religious buildings. They have a purpose behind their architecture, beauty and art: they are his Father’s house.
The people of the time had a big meaning for the temple. It was the place of worship and sacrifice, but had become the place of changing money to give for animals for the sacrifice, and the rate of interest was very high to the benefit of the money-changers. Jesus saw great injustice and oppression of the poor in the very house of God. The meaning of any religious building is to help us by taking part in its activities to care for the salvation of the world.
The door of a church is open so that we come in to meet God, and then to go out with the God we met in the building, to share his message with all.
Jesus puts the temple in perspective. The new temple is his body. We do not need a temple to come close to God. He is the new temple, his body is a place and space of god. This body now is the church, the people who follow the Lord, in words and deeds.
In a few weeks’ time we will honour his body in a new and real way. For now we allow this great truth sink in: that wherever we are, then there is God. Or in the words of a hymn: where love and charity are, there is God.
Lent is a time for dipping into the words and the truth of Jesus. We are never the poorer for this. We do so in prayer, in reading the gospel, taking some time with a spiritual book maybe, and helping the needy. All way of getting in touch with God. Look through the gospel and our readings for this weekend. You will find all of the service times for Stations of the Cross during Lent on our website under the daily services section.
Have a blessed week from all at St Swithuns and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Southsea.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
OUR Parish Cinema is back to show another beautiful & challenging movies: on Friday 9th March 2018 at 7:40pm– in St Swithun’s church hall, as always with Coffee & tea served. Note during lent this Friday times for films will begin around 7:40pm as opposed to 8:10pm after Stations of the Cross in St Swithun;’s Church.
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 4th March 2018 till the 5th April 2018
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: Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Patricia Ward, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Mary Mckenna, Eileen Inkpen, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softly, 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: 4th March: Please pray for: 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, Patrick and 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. Our Bishop Philip in the last Pastoral Letter to us, last weekend asked us to be ‘CAN-DO’ Christians. 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.
COME AND ASK ANY QUESTION ABOUT OUR FAITH
Dear Friends, if You will be not able to attend weekday’s Masses, You can always find these homilies, and many, many other interesting things on the website: www.stswithuns.org.uk
Also, as a complement to it, I would like to put a special table in the church hall, which will be ready for anyone who would like to ask, even the most difficult questions – about our Catholic faith. Because, I still meet so many sad situations, when some opinions created by media or people of not good will, to discredit Catholic faith, completely destroy people’s belief and stop them practicising their faith.
So, whoever, after Mass at 10.15am will sit, I will be very happy to join them and try my best to explain difficult subjects, misleads and misunderstandings shared in this world about our faith.
YOU ARE VERY WELCOME!
NEW SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPEND SOME SPECIAL TIME WITH GOD
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