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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, we hear our Lord saying some words that invite us to live the Christian Charity as fully as He did (“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’”: Luke 23:34). This has been the bearing of our brothers preceding us to the glory of Heaven and Saints, for they tried to live a model of Christian Charity with loving perfection, following what Jesus Christ had said: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
Charity urges us to love, in the first place, those who love us. It is not possible to abide by what we read in the Gospel if we do not sincerely love our brothers, those next to us. But, right away, Christ’s new commandment calls us to reach to the perfection of Charity, and encourages us to open our arms to all men, to those who do not belong amongst ourselves, or who want to offend or hurt us in some way. Jesus is exhorting us to have a Heart like His, like his Father’s: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36), a heart that knows no borders, that welcomes everybody, and invites us to forgive and pray for our enemies.
However, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms, “it is not possible to observe the Commandments of our Lord if we are trying to follow the Divine model only from the outside. It must be a vital participation, that comes all the way from deep inside our heart, in sanctity, in mercifulness and in the love of God”. Blessed Newman wrote: “O Jesus! Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being, so utterly, that our lives may only be a radiance of Yours (…). That every soul, we come in contact with, may feel Your presence in our soul. The light, O Jesus, will be all from You, none of it will be ours. It will be You shining on others through us”.
We shall love, forgive and embrace others only if our heart is magnified by our love for Christ.
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 24th February 2019 till the 31st March 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 8th March 2019 (Friday) from 7pm to 8.30pm. This is our LENT RETREAT EVENING – We start at 7.00pm with the Holy Mass followed by Exposition, Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament & Benediction. At 8.00pm – Session: “Fasting & Abstinence (Eucharistic fast)”
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. The next session is on 21st March, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
Are You Interested in Becoming a Catholic? RCIA MEETING –
the next meeting will take place on Thursday 28TH February 2019 from 6:45pm to 8:15pm 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, Kevin & Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, 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, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 24th February: Rosemary Ashton, Pietro Michial Zanellotti, Rose Ballard, Anne O’Neill, Provost Bernard Lindsay, Ivy Walsh, Hilda Ralls, Wendy Gray, James “Jim” Russell, Dennis Kavanagh, Arthur Berry, May O’Shea, May Ellen Currie, Bob McCulla, Timothy Kidney, Clifford Young, Kathleen Elizabeth Bidois, Gwen Tyrel, William Anderson, James Harrison, baby Tom Denny, Catherine Smith, Mary Cox, Charles Porter, Joan Lightowlers, Lily May Clark, Michael Joseph Lynch, Sydney Donovan, Marion Russell, Anne Tall, Gladys Garner, Philibert Hudson, Grace Thompson, Ellen Rachel Hall, Noelle Martin, Arthur Vincent Aston, Jane Whittington, Julie O’Connell, John Hehir, Nonie Kavanagh, Monica Phelps, Violet Ellison, Joseph James Garcia, Mary Stacey, Alexander Finnigan, Mary Tankins, Clara Jessop, Adrienne da Gama and Edith A Wilcox, 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.