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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXIX SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 21st October 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, once more, Jesus overturns our schemes. Stirred by James and John, these words full of wisdom reach us: “The Son of Man, (…) has not come to be served but to serve and to give his life” (Mark 10:45). We certainly like to be properly served! Let us just think of how we can expect all public services to be efficient, punctual and clean; or how we can complain when, having paid for a certain service, we do not receive the expected compensation. Jesus Christ teaches us with his own example: He not only does his Father’s will, that includes our Redemption, but on top of it He bears a terrible cost! It is with his Blood through which our sins have been redeemed. A great paradox we shall never fully understand! He, the great King, the Son of David, who was to come in the name of the Lord, “rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; (…) becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:7-8).
How expressive are the images of Christ on the Cross donning garments befitting a King nailed to the Cross! In our country (Catalonia) we have quite a few; it is what we call “Santes Majestats” (Their Most Holy Majesties). In a sort of catechesis, we can appreciate how to serve is to reign and how the exercise of any authority must always be a service.
Jesus overturns so much this world’s categories that He gives an entire new approach to human activities. The most praiseworthy assignment is no better than the smallest job we can carry out to identify ourselves with Christ; with more love for God and for our brothers. If we truly believe that “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13), then we can also make the effort of offering with our work a service of human quality and professional competence, imbued with a profound Christian attitude of service. As mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say: “The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace”.
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 21st October 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 Rosary prayers done last meeting, your roses (which represented the ‘Hail Mary…’ said by You dear child) placed into the vases were taken by people of good will, who do pray for you now.
Our Next Meeting will be held on 8th November (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm: “Communion of Saints; Prayer for the deceased and the Holy Souls (Purgatory)”
Baptism Programme : (see the section below for the full programme)
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: 21st October: Marion Barcock, Beatrice Boorah, Bishop William Timothy Cotter, Borus Kesi, Mary Casey, Lily Fuller, Mary Spary, Mary Prior, Reginald Edward George Gilbert, Joseph Andrews, Jane Jones, Germain Naie Scadden, Mary Margaret Holt, Eileen Huddleston, Canon Patrick McSwiney (PP), Henry McAllister, Minnie Griffin, Margaret Downing, Anthony Micallef, Dorothy Ginn, John Williams, Joan Brown, Shaun McAuliffe, Thomas Stockbridge, Patrick Davison, Winifred “Una” Hughes, Ena Egerton, Percy Tiller, Kate Mutton, Beatrice Wilkins, Marjorie Sullivan, Jane Young, Mildred Watkins, Dorothy Marjorie Herd, Janet Archer Graham Crane, Phyllis Mary Minskell, Freda Dulcie Hudson, William Atkin, Ellen Moran, Kathleen Tanter, Alfred Henry Bioletti Harman, Derek Vernon Thomas Norris, James Bradley, Roland Madden, Jack Bailey, Margaret Farr, Carmen Hainey, Ethel Frances Softly, Peter Hubert Gray, Lilian Ralph, Patrick Crawley, Christina Boullin, Marian Johnson, Albert Cook, Christina Dinner, Giovanna Vella, Alfred Ernest Hutchings,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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