MY DEAR PARISHIONERS, FRIENDS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST – Thank You for all your signs of your love and sympathy – all your prayers, Easter cards, gifts, donations, good words, smiles. The words can’t express my gratitude and thanksgiving to You, for everything You do for our Parish, for our two churches, for our community, and all those who, are in need of your merciful hearts. I’m very lucky to be a Parish priest among You. THANK YOU, so, so MUCH! Fr Marcin
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Jesus has Risen; truly Risen. – Divine Mercy Sunday
Today, 2nd Sunday of Easter, we complete the octave of this liturgical time, one of the two octaves —along with that of Christmas— that have remained out of the renewal made by the Vatican Council II. During eight days we contemplate the same mystery and we try to go deeper into it by the light of the Holy Spirit.
Pope John Paul II decided to call this Sunday Divine Mercy Sunday. It is something that goes far beyond a particular devotion. In his encyclical Dives in Misericordia, the Holy Father explains that Divine Mercy is the ultimate manifestation of God’s love in a history injured by sin. In Latin “Misericordia” (which means “mercy”) comes from two words: “Miseria” (misery) and “cor” (heart). Our own despicable situation due to sin is placed by God in Jesus’ loving heart, that is faithful to His Father’s designs. Jesus Christ, dead and resurrected, is the supreme manifestation and acting of the Divine Mercy. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16) and has sent him to die to save us. “To redeem the slave He has sacrificed the Son”, we have proclaimed in the Easter Proclamation of the Easter Vigil. And, once resurrected, He has constituted him into a source of salvation for all those who believe in Him. By faith and conversion we receive the treasure of his Divine Mercy.
Holy Mother Church, who wants her children to live the resurrected life, commands that —at least for Easter— we receive Holy Communion and we do it in the grace of God. The fifty days following Easter is the right time for us to fulfil the Paschal Precept. It is time to practice the sacrament of confession and benefit from the power of forgiving sins the Lord resurrected has conferred to His Church. As he said to the Apostles: “Receive the Holy Spirit; for those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven” (John 20,22-23). We shall thus go to the source of Divine Mercy. And we should not doubt either to bring our friends to these sources of life, to the Eucharist and to Penance. Jesus resurrected expects us to.
.Fr Marcin Drabik – 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
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 8th April 2018 till the 30th April 2018
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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: 8th April: Please pray for: Siom Urwin, Claire Crombie, Herbert Ward, Mary Jane Cronin, Jack Griffin, Agnes McEroy, Harry Newton, Susan Milliam, Catherine Boon, Hubert George Sanford, Anthony Ryan, Sheila Rose Clark, Lilian Field, Patricia Lord, William James Hadaway, William Lythgoe, William Henry Williams, Sr Mary Venantius, Alfred Gouder, Lily Maguire, Ronald Proctor, Isabelle Hay, Timothy Cashin, Sydney James, Thomas Ahern, Edward Henry Long-Collins, Dick Dykes, Paulus Chapman, Mary McCabe, James Dunne, Patrick O’Brien, Daniel Connor, Patricia Rose, Rosa Gill, Robert Rennie Aitken, Ada Hedley and Ronald George Ellis.,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.
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