Welcome to this week’s newsletter! This week we feature a statement, published by the Catholic Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 UK Abortion Act Plus a reminder about the Parish Trinity Pilgrimage in September 2018, as well as our regular thoughts on Today’s Gospel and Readings for the week, how you can help our Parish and all the latest upcoming events for the week.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish – Special Events
The Beacon Project is a prayer group with a focus on prayer formation for mission. It’s vision, to be a light for our city, is held by members from across the pastoral area. Formed in April 2015, it meets at St Swithun’s on Monday evenings (dates for each term published separately), 7.30pm-9.30pm. A typical evening includes Adoration of the Blessed […]
Douai Abbey Retreats and Spiritual Healing Pastoral Programme At Douai Abbey we offer a programme of retreats, workshops, courses and day-schools which offer the opportunity for spiritual and personal development. The focus is generally on spirituality, theology, scripture, history and ministry. To see what is on offer for 2017, please open the PROGRAMME BROCHURE FOR 2017 produced […]
Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “Doonby” Sam Doonby’s sudden arrival is met with suspicion, jealousy, and intrigue. His departure is just as sudden, and then the town realizes how one person’s presence can matter. Sam Doonby, a mysterious and handsome drifter, steps off an interstate bus and quickly becomes the talk of […]
Gifts in your Will are a very valuable and lasting way you can continue to support the Church’s ministry and mission and help meet the needs of future generations. Do please consider gifts to the Church and Catholic charities next time you update your Will. For more information pick up a leaflet; Contact: Your Catholic […]
You can View the Whole Programme for our First Holy Communion Here the programme covers a period from 14th September 2017 to 17th June 2018. We have some sessions from 6:30am to 8:00pm on some Thursday evenings. The main sessions however will run from 11:45am to 13:00pm after Sunday 10:15am Mass at St Swithun’s Church. […]
“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!
Other Parish News
CALLING ALL Portsmouth University Catholic Students
If you are Catholic, Christian or curious about Christianity, you are invited to join our community of students! We offer an opportunity to practise, talk about or find out more about your faith in an environment with other Catholics as well as join a supportive network of people. Visit our webpage at www.stswithuns.org.uk/portsmouth-university-students-catholic-society/ for a lot of useful information. Why not register with us using the online form. Please visit our Facebook and Twitter feeds too and participate in our Parish Life here at St Swithuns?
Staff needed for St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School Breakfast Club
The School are currently looking for staff to join their breakfast club. The club is proving very popular with their children and they are looking to recruit someone who is enthusiastic and dedicated, to help provide high quality care. If you are interested in working every morning 8.00am to 8.45am, during term time, please email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible…
Please accompany children to the toilet
It is essential that a parent or responsible adult accompany any children who leave church to go to the toilet during Mass. The route to the toilet at St Swithun’s is open to both Waverley Road and the car park and any member of the public could be walking through at any time. As the church hall is left open during Sunday Mass with no-one on the door, it is also possible for members of the public to enter the hall. For the safety of your children, please accompany them to the toilet.
Our Parish Gift Shop
I am not sure if you are all aware but we have a lovely repository / gift shop at the back of the church. The shop is full of religious gifts and keepsakes and new stock arrives frequently; so why not take a look before 10.15 Mass or on your way out when Winn will be pleased to see you.
Special Time with God