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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXX SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 28th October 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, we can see a man who, amidst his own aches and pains, finds his true happiness thanks to Jesus Christ. It is a person with two shortcomings: he cannot see and he is unable to work for a living, which forces him to beg. He needs help and he is sitting by the roadside, outside Jericho, where a lot of people pass by.
He is lucky to be there when Jesus is leaving Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd. Obviously, that blind man has heard about Jesus; he must have been told about the miracles He made, so when hearing He is passing by, he starts to call out: “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47). The people who were going along with the Master tell the man to be quiet; they do not think of his sad personal situation, they are being selfish; but Jesus does care about the mendicant and tells them to call him. Immediately, the blind man jumps up and goes to the Son of David beginning their dialogue with a question and an answer: “Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”. The blind man said, “Master, let me see again!” (Mark 10:51). And Jesus grants him the gift of a double sight: the corporeal sight and most important, the faith which is the inner vision of God. St. Clement of Alexandria, says: “Let us put an end to the oblivion of the truth; let us unclothe our heart and dispel the ignorance and darkness that, as a cloud, darkens our eyes, and let us contemplate he who is really God”.
We often complain when we say: —I do not know how to pray. Let us then follow the example of the blind man in the Gospel: He insists on calling Jesus, and he tells him what he needs with just three words. We need more faith? Let us just say: —O Lord, increase my faith. We have relatives or friends who have ceased to practice their Catholic faith? Let us make this prayer: “O Lord, let them see again”. Is faith so important? What shall we say if we compare it with the physical sight? The blind’s condition was very sad, but much sadder is the life of the unbelievers. Let us tell them: —The Master calls you, place your needs before him and Jesus will generously reward you.
Just like the crowd in this week’s Gospel, there are those Christians who are indifferent toward the needs of others. Silencing rather than saving them through acts of Mercy. Pope Francis calls us, as Christians, to hear the people’s “cry for help” and, like Mother Teresa, see the face of Jesus in everyone in need.
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 28th 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)” Please, have with You always your rosary beads – for the practice.
The Baptismal 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: 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: 28th 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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