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This Thursday we celebrate The Ascension.It is the Obligation Day – please, check the times of Masses
Today, we celebrate the last Sunday before the solemnities of the Ascension and the Pentecost that close the Easter celebrations. If all through these Sundays the resurrected Jesus has appeared before us as the Good Shepherd and as the vine which we have to be a part of, as its branches are, today his Heart is open wide for us.
Certainly, in his Heart we can only find love. What constitutes God’s deepest mystery is that He is Love. Whatever He has done from his Creation to his redemption through Christ is because of love. Whatever He is expecting from us in response to his actions is just love. This is why his words resound today: “Remain in my love” (John 15:9). Love requests reciprocity, it is like having a dialogue that makes us reciprocate with a growing love to his first love.
A fruit of love is joy: “I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). If our life does not reflect the joy of believing, if we are overwhelmed by our own frustrations and do not realize the Lord is also next to us, consoling us, it is because we do not know Jesus sufficiently well.
God always keeps the initiative. He expressly says so when He affirms “it was I who chose you” (John 15:16). We may feel tempted to think it is us who have chosen him, but we have done nothing but answering his call. He has freely chosen us to be his friends: “I shall not call you servants (…). Instead I have called you friends” (John 15:15). In the beginning, God spoke to Adam as a friend speaks to his friend. Christ, the new Adam, has recovered for us not only the previous friendship, but also our intimacy with God, inasmuch as God is Love.
It can all be summarized by saying just this word: “Love”. St. Augustine reminds us so: “The good Master recommends us quite often that charity is the only possible commandment. Without charity all the other good qualities mean nothing. Charity, in fact, leads man necessarily to all the other virtues that make him good”.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 6th May 2018 till the 31st May 2018
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “Tu es Petrus – The Keys of the Kingdom” May 11th 8:10pm
Tu es Petrus (You are Peter): in order to ensure the Church’s continuity, John Paul II carefully pondered on the conclave of cardinals that would follow his death. His goal was to pass on to Peter’s successor the “Keys of the Kingdom” [Matt 16:19]. This documentary follows the dramatic events of 2005: the worsening of Pope Wojtyla’s illness, his last days, the funeral mass and the preparations for the conclave. It concludes with the joyful election of the new Pope Benedict XVI.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, 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: 6th May: Please pray for: Mary McKenna, Michael Anglin, Manuel de Costa, Modestina Giordano, Catherine Owles, Thomas O’Doherty, Maureen Kinsella, Canon Daniel Cogan, Bernard Durr, James Donovan, Ivy Mary Eccles, Frances Finney, Teresa Burke, Elizabeth Mary Jeannette Ebdon-Hussey, Cecil Brain, Dorothy Carter, Barbara Joan Dore, Violet Vickery, Adam Sheppard, George Welsh, Margaret Canavan, Isabel Caruana, Stanley Turner, Honorah Wynn, Thomas Roberts, Patrick McGonigle, Violet Cook, Argentina Melo de Aguiar, Muriel Maria Aston, Englebert Duffner, Kate Woods, Francis James Early, Francis Michael Malloy, Elizabeth Rice, Lily Craven, William Harvell, Amelia (Rosanna) McConnell, Gladys Magorian, Anna (Pat) Linnington, Olga Melita Weeks, Murry Walker, Mary Green, Peggy Jeffery, Jennie Eugenie Sophia Handley, Sheila Joyce Egan, Charles William Patrick Simmons and Martin Michael Collins,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
Please, remember about the Requiem Mass & Funeral of our Dear Parishioners:
+ MICHAEL ANGLIN RIP – 15th May (Tuesday) – Requiem Mass at 10.am at St Swithun’s church, followed by Committal at Milton Cemetery;
+ MARY MARGARET McKENNA RIP, Receiving the body on Thursday 17th May at 4.30pm, Requiem Mass on 18th May (Friday) at 1.00pm, followed by Committal at Portchester Crematorium
“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.
NEW SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPEND SOME SPECIAL TIME WITH GOD
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