Welcome to this week’s newsletter! Today we celebrate the 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time Year B. I’ve been thinking this week about some of the things I need to give up if I am to follow Jesus better. We just heard of the call of the first Apostles, and that account indicated the things that they “gave up” in order to follow Jesus. They were fishermen, and yet we heard how they “left their nets” in order to follow Him. They had family, and yet St Mark specifies that they “left their father” in order to follow Him. 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
OUR Parish Cinema is back to show another beautiful & challenging movies: on Friday 2nd February 2018 at 8.10pm – in St Swithun’s church hall, as always with Coffee & tea served.
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 21st January 2018 till the end of the January 2018
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: Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Julie Duffy, 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, Arthur Tobin, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 21st January: Please pray for: 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, 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.
COME AND ASK ANY QUESTION ABOUT OUR FAITH
Dear Friends, if You will be not able to attend weekday’s Masses, You can always find these homilies, and many, many other interesting things on the website: www.stswithuns.org.uk
Also, as a complement to it, I would like to put a special table in the church hall, which will be ready for anyone who would like to ask, even the most difficult questions – about our Catholic faith. Because, I still meet so many sad situations, when some opinions created by media or people of not good will, to discredit Catholic faith, completely destroy people’s belief and stop them practicising their faith.
So, whoever, after Mass at 10.15am will sit, I will be very happy to join them and try my best to explain difficult subjects, misleads and misunderstandings shared in this world about our faith.
YOU ARE VERY WELCOME!
NEW SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE IF YOU JUST WANT TO SPEND SOME SPECIAL TIME WITH GOD
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