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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, we look at an adult Jesus. The child of the manger has grown to manhood and respectability, and reaches that place in life when He must embark on the Divine commission entrusted to Him by the Father. In preparation, He joins the candidates who have responded to John the Baptist in the Jordan River, submitting to baptism at his hands to wash away their sins. It is at that time and place that God reveals Him as His Son: “Then, while He was praying, the heavens opened: the Holy Spirit came down upon Him in the bodily form of a dove and a voice from Heaven was heard, ‘You are my Son, this day I have begotten you'” (Luke 3:21-22). It is just the preparatory stage of the Great Journey He is prepared to start off all the way to the Cross. It is the first public act of His ministry, and marks the divine manifestation of Him to the world as the promised Messiah.
His baptism is also the prologue to his life, demonstrating that He has chosen to be obedient to the will of His Father: a sign that He will not be an agitator, nor a rabble-rouser, but He will be gentle, peaceful, and calm. He will not even break a bruised reed, but he will rule with justice. He will open the eyes of the blind, and free the captives. The signs by which the Messiah will be known, as described by Isaiah, will be fulfilled in Him, and we stand blessed by Him, as we read today in Saint Paul‘s letter: “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” (Tit 3:5-7).
The feast of the Baptism of our Lord serves to remind us of our own Baptisms, compelling us to renew the promises our parents and godparents made on our behalf, when they presented us to the Church, to make of us disciples of Jesus. “Baptism has liberated us from all evil, which are the sins, but with God’s grace we have to accomplish all good things” (Saint Cesaire, bishop of Arles).
We are reminded in the Gospel that through the Sacrament of Baptism, which is celebrated with water, our original sin is forgiven and we receive the Holy Spirit like a flame lighting our hearts and providing us with guidance, purity and passion for God.
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 13th January 2019 till the 28th February 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 starting on the 1st February. All films are shown in St Swithun’s church hall following Friday evening mass at 7:00pm. Film’s start genrally 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.
|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|
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 31st January 2019 (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. Session VIII will cover- “THE SACRAMENT of CONFESSION” – Institution & History.
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. Next session is on 7th February, 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: 13th January: Michael Lawrence Egan, Etheldreda Knight , Angela Elizabeth Mallon, Kenneth Horace Tall, Anthony Kinght, Josephine Smalley, Harry Murray, Thomas Walsh, Margaret Wickenden, Gerry Tout, Margaret Maria England, Anna Rainer, Margaret Davis, William Gast, James Michaelin, Ivy Lillian Koerner, Eileen Nora Howard, Michael Valentine, Michael Garvey, Patrick McErlane, Kathleen Mary Aldridge, Ellen Kiely, Margery Diana Woods (Maddy), Mary Millgate, Mary Robinson, Marie Stanway, Mary Patricia Ann Morley, Grace Margaret Cross, Hilda Eliza Mary Vella, Elena Glacin, Mary Bulbeck, Charles Oliver, Minnie Elliot, Winifred Bennett, Mary Hyatt, Gertrude Green, Arthur (Mick) Tressidder, Katherine Dogherty, Darrel Hugh Lochrie, Ernest Gant, Teresa Malbon, Peter Morley, Keith Lane, Lily Lawrence, Dorothy Bradley, Geoffrey Browning, Margaret Ellen Brayfield, Sister Mechtilde Fox, Vernon Alfred Richard Read, Mildred Durr and Margaret Mabel Annie Griffin, 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.