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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, the Gospel offers us a simple but profound dialogue between Jesus and Simon Peter, dialogue we could also make ours: amidst the churning waters of the world’s stormy seas, we try hard to swim against the tide, while hoping to fish the good news of a Gospel’s announcement that bring us a fruitful answer… But, it is then, when, unfailingly, the crude reality falls upon us; we are not strong enough. We need something else: our trust in God’s Word. He, who promised He will never forsake us. “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will lower the nets” (Luke 5:5). Peter’s answer can now be understood in relation to Mary’s words during the Cana’s wedding: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). And it is when we confidently accomplish our Lord’s will when our work turns out to be really profitable.
And this, despite our limitations as sinners: “Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8). St Ireneus of Lyon discovers a pedagogic aspect in sin: he who is conscient of his sinful nature is also able to recognize his condition of creature, and this recognition places us before the clear evidence of a Creator that transcend us. Only someone who, like Peter, knows his own limitations is able to accept that the fruit of this apostolic work is not his, but belongs to Whom has been profiting from him, as of an instrument. The Lord told the Apostles that from then on they would catch men, but the true Fisherman is Him: the good disciple is nothing but the net that catches the fish, and this net only works if it is used as the Apostles did: leaving everything and following him (cf. Luke 5:11).
We are reminded in this week’s Gospel of the great power of the Word of God. Not only did Christ’s words draw crowds of people to Him, but they even drew schools of fish to Him too. Even when we are facing difficulties, just like the fishermen who had no catch, let us never forget the power of Jesus Christ and his Word.
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 10th February 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 is back for 2019 continues on Friday 22nd February. 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.
This week “‘‘CROSSROAD – Where fates collide, one Road appears’ (2012)”
|Date||Time||Film Title||Location||Post Link||Pic|
|Friday 1st February 2019||8:10pm||‘I CAN ONLY IMAGINE’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 8th February 2019||8:10pm||‘POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 22nd February 2019||8:10pm||‘CROSSROAD – Where fates collide, one Road appears’ (2012)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 1st March 2019||8:10pm||‘A QUESTION OF FAITH’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
This Monday, 11th February – on the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes, in St Swithun’s church, the Mass at 10:00am will include the Sacrament of the Sick
Are You Interested in Becoming a Catholic? RCIA MEETING – 21st February – (Thursday) from 6.45pm to 8.15pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
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 (THURSDAY) 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);
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.
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, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Eileen Inkpen, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softely, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, Joan Smith, John Williams, Margaret Bager, 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: 10th February: Michael John Leary, Oonagh Mary Benny, Emmy Johns, Malachy Alexander Jackson, Clarence Dennis Foster, Gina Bowyer, Anne Josephine Burrows, Francis Joseph Fiott, Ethel Quick, Norbert Frederick Skinner, Alma Lawrence, Patrick Joseph Meehan, Joan Ann Baldacchino, William Henry John, Russell Shannon, Rosalie Leigh, William Partington, Kathleen Mary Murphy, Bertram ‘Jack’ Johnston, Patricia Proctor, Evelyn C. Cullan, William Gray, Elizabeth Erdos, Anne Warwick, Mark Leyton, James Tovey, Lawrence Mullaly, Imelda Cross, Salvatore Magro, Ernest Edward Honeybunn, Anne Barrow, Anthony Francis Garside, Athel Ackland, Mary Assunta Cremona, Ethel Randall, William Flynn, Maureen Alexander, Frances Francis, Mary Morris, Bertha Maria Vickery, Gerald Godfrey O’Brien, Gertrude Jordan, Isabella Reynolds, Louisa Pavey, Mary Halley, Mary Morad, Ernest Hunt, Joan Birtwhistle, Roman Tluszcz, Lawrence G. Ellul, George Kelly, Dorothy Lily Gray and Winifred Enright, 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
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs
“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.