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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, we see Jesus “writing on the ground with his finger” (John 8:6), just like He was busy and, at the same time, absent minded in some more important chore than having to listen to those accusing that woman brought to him because “she has been caught in the act of adultery” (John 8:3).
We must pay attention to Jesus Christ’s peace of mind and sense of humour, even in moments that for others may be of great stress. In our present days, that slip away at breakneck speed, twisting and compressing our nerves on great many occasions, this is a practical lesson for each one of us. The silent and funny escape of the accusers, reminds us that God is the only one who can judge us and that we are all sinners. In our daily life, in our work, in our family or friendly relations, we often make value judgements. More than once, our judgement is wrong and harms others’ good fame; which is a true lack of justice that forces us to retraction. And this is not always so easy. Upon contemplating Jesus amidst that “filthy mess” of accusers, we may very well understand what saint Thomas Aquinas pointed out: “In every work of God both justice and mercy are united and they support each other. Justice without mercy is cruelty; and mercy without justice is ruin, destruction”.
Let us fill us with joy knowing for sure God forgives us everything, absolutely everything we ever did, are doing, or will do, through repentance in the sacrament of confession. In these Lenten days, in the sacrament of reconciliation, we have the splendid opportunity to go to whom is rich in mercy. And, in addition, a concrete resolve for today: when I shall look at the others, I shall say deep in my heart the same words Jesus said: “Neither do I condemn you” (John 8:11).
The Pharisees were happy to pass judgement on the sins of others without recognising their own sinfulness. Let us be merciful before we judge others knowing our own weaknesses.
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
The Liturgy this Lent has shown us the God of the Exodus. He is a mighty and gracious God, Who out of faithfulness to His covenant has done “great things” for His people, as today’s Psalm puts it. But the “things of long ago,” Isaiah tells us in today’s First Reading, are nothing compared to the “something new” that He will do in the future.
Why is Lent 46 days and not 40? Because each Sunday is considered a Feast Day as we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The Gospel on the 40 days that Jesus spends in the wilderness reveals to us that when we fast and pray to draw ourselves closer to Christ, the evil one will always try to tempt us away. But like Jesus we can always use our Faith to defend ourselves against temptation.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 6th April 2019 till the 30th April 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Our Parish Cinema stops now for the final parts of Lent 2019 – We will restart on the 17th May 2019 with a showing of “God’s not Dead 3”
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 !
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Thank You so much for our last session, which finally prepared not only the children for the Sacrament of Confession, but was also a call to all of us to repent through this special presence of Lord with His sacramental forgiveness. Our Next Meeting will be held on 2nd May 2019 (THURSDAY from 5:00pm to 6:30pm) and will be about “Session XII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 2″
Please, have with You always your rosary beads – the wooden ones for the practice.
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. ON 21ST APRIL – EASTER SUNDAY, at 10.15 am MASS – SACRAMENT of BAPTISM
The next Baptismal Preparation Sessions after Easter 2019 are:
1st Session – 23rd May, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
2nd Session -6th June, Thursday from 6.45pm to 8.00pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
30th June- at 10.15am Sunday Mass in St Swithun’s church – Introducing the children to the Community of the Church and the First Anointing with the Catechumens’ Oil;
14th July 2019 Sunday at 10.15am Mass – SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM.
DEVOTION’s PRAYERS – ALL ARE ALWAYS VERY WELCOME TO JOIN.
Among the many intentions we will bring to our prayer during April, the Holy Father invites us to consider also what is in his heart and his prayers this month. This month brings us Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Good Friday, then the bright triumph of absolute good over evil’s darkness on Easter Day. Pope Francis invites us to pray for a particularly heroic and brave group, doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others. He shares this so that we might hold these courageous and generous professionals in our prayer too, thanking God for them and for the selfless good that they do – a powerful story that is, perhaps, not always told as it might be. There are many agencies operating in war-zones include Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Founded in Paris in 1971, following the war and humanitarian disaster in Biafra, they work to provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Their mission is to remain impartial and neutral, guided by medical ethics and by the demands of justice.
Prayer of the Month – April 2019
Merciful Father, I thank you for your presence in my life and your immense love. May my heart become more like the heart of Jesus and may this union of hearts be reflected in the way I interact with my colleagues, my family, friends and strangers. I offer you my day, in union with the Heart of Jesus, for the Church and the intentions of the Holy Father. Our Father …
Pope Francis’s Prayer: May he Lord help all the little ones and the poor of our world to continue to believe and trust that the Kingdom of God is at hand, in our midst, and is ‘justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Rom.14:17. May He sustain all those how, day by day, strive to combat evil with good, with words and deeds of fraternity, respect, encounter and solidarity. We ask all this in the power of the crucified and risen Lord – Amen.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Charlie Albert Matthews, Aileen Hopkins, Ann Ford, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kevin & Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Patrick McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, 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: 7th April 2019 : Eileen Inkpen, Benedict McCreesh, Albert Langford, Mary Herra, Walter Harry Ferbrache, William Walsh, Robert Forrester, Mary Margaret Cecilia Grant, Frank Short, Michael Power, Edward Marks, Ernest Japler, John O’Driscoll, Gladys Minnie O’Hara, Thomas Pearson, Ethel Pharo, William Parsons, Mary Comber, Sydney Tynan, Violet Querstret, Adeodata Andrews, Lilian da Silva, Patricia Rose Andow, John Molloy, Johanna O’Callaghan, Sheila McCaughey, Mary Simpson, Catherine Capon, Bro. David Poulten FSC, John Cogher, Bernard Duffy, George Crook, Phyllis Foster and Isabel Clabburn, 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
|The Requiem Mass & the Funeral of our Beloved Parishioner + Eileen Inkpen RIP will take place on 12th April 2019 (Friday), at 10am in St Stwithun’s church.
We’ll welcome her body into the church on the day before, on Thursday at 4.30pm
“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