Welcome to this week’s newsletter! Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday Ordinary Time Year B. Today’s Gospel tells us about real authority – that of Christ.
People of Jesus’ time were looking for prophets and healers, and leaders. They came to many people from this conviction. They arrived to Jesus and found a motley group of ne’er do wells, sick people, people who seemed evil, and many more. Many were attracted to him. We might wonder why?
His care and compassion seem strong. He spoke with authority in his voice, like a good leader. He ‘walked it as he talked it’. His words made sense because they made a difference in people’s lives.Demons were expelled and lepers were cured; the poor were looked after. This is what made the difference. We know we hear people speaking well about something and we know it doesn’t come from the heart. With Jesus the care of the heart and the words of the mouth were one. As time went on they would realise he came from God, as he forgave sins and people knew they were forgiven, as we sometimes find in confession when some words of forgiveness ring true.
We are not easy with the language of demons and devils; we are not easy either with thinking too much of evil. Evil is present in many ways in social cruelty, abusive behaviour and greed. Jesus came to us because we need the help to overcome evil and the Christian belief is that evil will eventually be overcome in the victory of the Cross.
Look back each evening and thank God where I found goodness today, either in myself or others. Evil is overcome by the goodness of people.
Lord God, deliver us from evil.
1. His Way of Teaching: Jesus teaches with authority –– of course he does, because he is the Son of God! He is the one who has the words of eternal life. He has been at the Father’s side from all eternity. He has come to teach us the way to the Kingdom of Heaven. So many voices in our world today can confuse us and make us doubt our faith. Can we not just listen with hearts of faith to the simple message that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life?
2. Jesus Is in Charge: Jesus commands the evil one, and he submits. The evil one fears Christ’s power. The evil one is silenced and chased out by a mere word from Christ. So often we worry and fear that sin and evil have a grip on us that we cannot break. We worry we cannot live up to what the Lord expects of us. Yet, his word makes that evil one flee immediately. He can do the same in our lives if we put our total trust in 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 28th January 2018 till the end of the February 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: 28st 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
+ RIP ELTHELDREDA KNIGHT – we will celebrate her Requiem Mass and Funeral Service for our beloved one on Tuesday 30th January at 10:00am in St Swithuns. Here committal will be at Milton Cemetry at 11:30am.
“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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