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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXIV SUNDAY in Ordinary Time Year B 16th September 2018
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
In today’s Gospel Jesus presents us, as disciples, with a challenging question, ‘Who do you say I am?’ For some the most challenging element of this question is whether we talk about him at all. Today on Home Mission Sunday we have been praying for the spread of the Gospel.
Today we find ourselves confronted with situations similar to those described in this evangelical passage. If, right now, God would ask us “But you, who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:27), we should have to warn him He could receive all kind of replies, some even rather quaint. It would suffice to have a look at what is going on in today’s communication revolution. Except that… more than twenty centuries of the “time of the Church” have already gone by. After so many years, we complain and —along with St. Faustina— we grumble before Jesus: “Why is the number of those who know you so small?”.
On occasion of that confession of faith made by Simon Peter, Jesus, “ordered them not to tell anyone about Him” (Mark 8:30). His messianic claims to be the Son of God were to be transmitted to the Jewish people with a progressive pedagogy. Later on, there would come the culminating moment when Jesus Christ would declare —once and for all— that He was the Messiah: “You say that I am” (Luke 22:70). Ever since, we have no more excuses not to declare him or recognize him as the Son of God who came to this world to save us. Even more so: all of us who have been baptised into Christ have this “priestly” joyous duty “to go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). This call to preach the Good News is therefore more urgent if we bear in mind that we keep on hearing all kind of wrong, and even blasphemous, opinions about him.
But the announcement of his Messianism and the advent of his Kingdom occurs through the Cross. Effectively, Jesus Christ “began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly” (Mark 8:31), and the Catechism reminds us that “the Church progresses on her pilgrimage amidst this world’s persecutions and God’s consolations” (n. 769). Therefore, this is the path to follow Christ and to make him known to all peoples: “If you want to follow me (…) take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
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 16th September 2018 till the 30th September 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/
Please pray for those who are ill especially: 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, 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: 16th September: Theresa English, Edward Doherty, Luigi Leoni, Rose Chittick, Gladys Collins, Robert Charman, Cecilia Ryan, Andrew Cumming, Kitty Abrams, Mary Hogan, Lydia Triccass, William Questret, Ludmilla Squibb, Rosina Nye, Anne La Santa, Mary Hoare, Thomas Dolan, Ramiro Lopez-Viano, Joseph Collins, Mick Fenton, Frederick Groom, Francis Tovey, Minnie Donnelly, Germaine Barnard, Reginald Allen, Richard Maloney, Josephine Ellingham, Jennifer Ann Zammit, Elizabeth Mary White, Donato Mazzolini, Bernard Cashin, Kathleen O’Driscoll, Aston Bolt, Jeanne ‘Jan’ Harwood, Frances Strong, Albert Edward Mason & Alice Casey, ,Lizzie & Pat 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.
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