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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter Fourth Sunday of Advent 23rd December 2018 Year C
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Welcome to this week’s newsletter! Today we celebrate both the fourth Sunday of Advent and this week our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The wait is nearly over and Our Saviour is born.
Today, is the last Sunday before the arrival —the Advent— of God in Bethlehem. So as to be the same as us in everything, He wanted to be conceived —as any other person— in the womb of a woman, the Virgin Mary, but by the action and grace of the Holy Spirit, as He was God. Very soon, on Christmas Day, we will celebrate His birth with great joy. The Gospel today presents us with two people, Maria and her cousin Elizabeth, who show us with their example the spiritual attitude we should have towards this event. It should be an attitude of faith, of dynamic faith.
Elizabeth, with sincere humility, “was filled with Holy Spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, (….) ‘How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” (Luke 1:41-43). Nobody had explained anything to her. It was her faith alone, the Holy Spirit, that had made her see that her cousin was the mother of her Lord, of God. Knowing the attitude of total faith on Mary’s part, when the angel announced that God had chosen her to be his earthly mother, Elizabeth is eager to proclaim the happiness and joy that faith gives. She underlines this saying: “Blessed are you who believed that the Lord’s word would come true!” (Luke 1:45).
So we must live Christmas with faith. But, like Maria and Elizabeth, with a dynamic faith. As a consequence, like Elizabeth, there is no need to hide the joy and gratitude that comes with having faith. Like Maria we have to show it with our deeds. “Mary then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth” (Luke 1:39-40) to congratulate her and to help her, staying with her for three months (cf. Luke 1:56). Saint Ambrose recommends that, in these festive days, “We have all Maria’s spirit for glorifying the Lord”. We won’t lack opportunities for sharing joys and helping the needy.
Also Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. Family, friends, and neighbours are welcomed into our homes with loving arms as we anticipate the birth of Christ. He is the reason for the season, and we need to be sure to celebrate his birth appropriately. Unfortunately, many of us Christians get caught up in the hustle and bustle of sales and deadlines and so forget why this month is so important. So why not join us at Mass today and tomorrow to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas which is OUR LORDS coming into this world.
A Merry Christmas and a restful and peaceful new year from all at St Swithun’s and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Southsea.
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 23rd December 2018 till the 14th January 2019
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 our last session based on the Sacrament of Baptism. Our Next session will be held on 10TH January 2019 (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. This session will be dedicated only to the Parents of the children, so please be there. We are going to make a decision who is going to continue the preparation for this year’s First Confession & Communion. If You have to bring your child, we will look after them during the session.
The Baptismal Programme 2019
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: 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: 23rd December: Daniel Kane, Elsie Ryan, Henry Dearle, James Gillis, Walter Michael Sexton, John Hoare, Paul Headley, Ciriaco de Gama, Leonard Barber, Peter Deal, Kathryn Mary Ford, Michael Hammel, Henry Martin, Thomas Edward Garner, Denis Frederick Whitty, Mary Jane Scivier, Emmanuel Victor James Galea, Doris Chilcott, Mary Vassallo, Lily Donaghy, Maud Connolly, Edith Warwick, Nicholas Dunne, Eileen Nee, Kathleen McNamara, Winifred Cassey, Gerald Leal, Frank Rumsey, Eileen Winifred Jackson, Catherine Isabella Jeanette Harrison, Barbara Harrison, Bridget O’Brien, James William Richardson, Alfred George Ayling, Luke Malrin, G McLean, Gay Browning, George “Mac” McKeon, Charles Hyde, Mary Kerswell, Hugh Bryce, Frederick Harding, Philomena Nelson, Rita Lorenza Vella, Peter Reid, Teresa Last, Sister Paula, Patrick Kidney, Basil Ridley, Grace Cole, Esme Hopkinson, Euzebiusz Kus, Iain Patterson, Muriel Annie Ward, Patrick William Brown,, 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.