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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXXII SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 11th November 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, the Gospel presents Jesus Christ as the Master, who speaks to us about the detachment which we must live by. In the first place, a detachment of our honour and recognition which, every so often, we are looking for: “Beware of (…) being greeted in the marketplace, and occupy the reserved seats in the synagogues and the first places at feasts” (cf. Mark 12:38-39). In this sense, Jesus prevents us from following the bad example of the scribes.
In the second place, detachment of material things. Jesus Christ praises the widow while regretting, at the same time, the deceit of the others: “For all of them gave from their plenty, but she gave [the widow] from her poverty and put in everything she had, her very living” (Mark 12:44). He who does not live the detachment of worldly things does live full of his own ego, and is incapable of loving. In such a state of mind there is no “room” for others: neither compassion nor leniency or understanding towards our neighbour.
Saints provide us with examples. Here is a fact of Saint Pius X’s life, when he still was the bishop of Mantua. A merchant wrote slanders against the bishop. Many friends advise him to sue the slanderer, but the future Pontiff replied: “This poor soul is more in need of prayer than of punishment”. He did not indict him, he prayed for him. But that was not the end of it; after a while, this merchant went bankrupt. All creditors fell on him, and he lost everything. Only one person helped him out: it was the very same bishop of Mantua who, anonymously, sent him an envelope with some money, by saying that it was coming from the most Compassionate Lady, that is, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Do I truly live the detachment of the earthly realities? Is my heart empty of things? Can my heart become aware of others’ needs? “The program of a Christian —the program of Jesus— is a “heart that sees”” (Benedict XVI).
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 11th November 2018 till the 30th November 2018
We welcome some new people to our parish who will be holding scripture meetings for the next 3 months
on Tuesday’s and Friday’s in St Swithun’s RC Church
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019: (see the section below for the full programme)
Thank You so much for your last session based on Saints, on The Holy Souls in Purgatory and, please remember to fill a sheet with your patron Saint from your Baptism, or – if You do not have such – with your favourite Saint. Our Next Meeting will be held on 22ND November (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. Subject: “SACRAMENTS, SACRAMENTALIA & DEVOTIONS” 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 Preparation Sessions before Christmas:: (see the section below for the full programme)
Please, note that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Colin Lennard, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them Aidan Molloy, 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: 11th November: Mohn Murphy, Barbara Aitchison, Annie Waller, William Gill, Lucie Julienne Benjamine McFarlane, Joseph Walsh, Suzanne Florin Gabriel Baines, Mary Ellen Ford, Alice Hudson, Mary Chadwick, Marguerita Rowden, Frederick Ball, Hilda Ross-Cameron, Elizabeth Jeffrey, Anna Gajlewicz, Frederick Peter Pappa, Francis Vella, James Gilbert Manning, Albert Davis, Peter Gordon-Smith, Ronald Edward Erridge, John Cronin, Edna Francis Treagus, Joseph Edmund McFaul, Edith Croucher, Claire Ellen Burbidge, Lucy Eleanor Stringer, Thomas Joseph Blake, Helen Margaret Wilson, Margaret Giles, Jayne McLuckie, Lena Sheppard, Frederick William Sedgwick, Nora Preston, Kaz Longford, Doris Porter, Bronislaw Szabunio, Stanley John Mason, Thomas Frederick Farrelly, Thomas Michael Muldowney, Mihca William John McLoughlin, Michilina Tluszcz, Michael Kelly, Edward Mallin, Monica Lillian Amos, Michael Hogan, Michael Andrew Unwin, Kitty Whiting,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
“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.
NEW SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPEND SOME SPECIAL TIME WITH GOD
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