Welcome to this week’s newsletter! Today we celebrate both the fourth Sunday of Advent as well as our Christmas Eve services. The wait is nearly over and Our Saviour is born.
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.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this Blessed Christmas Period – SCROLL TO SEE CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
PARISH OFFICE CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR: The parish office is now closed and will re-open on Thursday 4th of January 2018. Only urgent calls and emails will be answered during this time
OUR Parish Cinema will come back to show another beautiful & challenging movies: on Friday 12th January 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 24th December 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 Mckana, 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: 24th December: Please pray for: 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. and Patrick McSharry ,Gemma Litchfield ,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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