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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH, MAY JESUS BE THE CENTRE OF OUR LIFE AND OF OUR FAMILY!
“This is the great mission of the family: to make room for Jesus who is coming, to welcome Jesus in the family, in each member: children, husband, wife, grandparents…. Jesus is there. Welcome him there, in order that he grow spiritually in the family.” Pope Francis Our families would be entirely different for the best if all the members really put Jesus at the centre of their life! We wish you A blessed and peaceful new year from all at St Swithun’s and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Southsea.
Today, we are given to contemplate, as a continuation of the Mystery of Incarnation, God’s Son’s insertion into the human community par excellence; the family, and Jesus’ progressive education by Joseph and Mary. As the Gospel says, “and Jesus increased in wisdom and age, and in divine and human favour” (Luke 2:52). The book Jesus, son of Sirach, reminds us that “the Lord sets a father in honour over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons” (Sir 3:2). Jesus is twelve years old and He already shows the good education He has received at His Nazarene home. His wisdom no doubt reflects the Holy Spirit’s action, but also Joseph and Mary’s undeniably good educational know-how. Mary and Joseph’s affliction and anxiety attest to their educative solicitude and their loving concern for Jesus.
We need not make great efforts to see that today, more than ever before, it is necessary for the family to strongly assume the teaching mission God has entrusted to it. To educate is to introduce to reality, and only parents who live this reality with a meaning can accomplish this. Christian parents must educate through Christ, source of all significance and wisdom. It is very difficult to remedy shortcomings in home education. What is not learned at home can only be learned with great difficulty elsewhere. The virtues Joseph and Mary constantly practiced at their Nazarene home were lived and learned by Jesus naturally; spirit of service to God and men, piety, love for work well done, caring for one another, respect, horror of sin… To grow up as Christians, children need examples and, if these are given by their parents, these children will be very fortunate.
Today, we must all go and look for Christ’s wisdom to bring it to our families. Origen, an early Church Father, when commenting on today’s Gospel, said that whoever is looking for Christ, must not seek Him in a negligent and careless way, as those who do not succeed in finding Him, do. We must look for Him with “anxiety”, with great solicitude, as Joseph and Mary did.
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 29th December 2018 till the 31st January 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: (see the section below for the full programme)
Thank You so much for our last session based on the Sacrament of Baptism. Our Next session will be held on 10TH January 2019 (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. This session will be dedicated only to the Parents of the children, so please be there. We are going to make a decision who is going to continue the preparation for this year’s First Confession & Communion. If You have to bring your child, we will look after them during the session.
The Baptismal Programme 2019
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: 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, 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: 30th December: Lindford, Mary Jane Jones (Maura), Malcolm Brian Geraghty, Raymond Anthony Herrity, Rose Eckersley, Mary Agnes Newton, Carmela Mantle, Anthony Andrews, Stephen Dormer, Terence James McKenna, Laurence Fraser Somers, John Graham, Ann Louise McGuire, Edward Peter Dominic Sugars, Elizabeth Mary Hassall, Jessie Kennett, Margaret Lyne, Patrick John Nicholson, Felix Edward Gower, Thi Bay Mai, Marjorie Evelyn Williams, Sarah Haines, John Patrick Bambrough, Johannah Miller, Violet Beatrice Kneller, Horace Edward Randall, Michael Geary Frederick Marrin, Margaret Dudman, Christopher Alexander MacDonald, Margaret Rose Lynch (Rose), Michael Kane, Florence Read, Muriel Ryan, Alfred Kenneth Elliot, Norman Cyril Pickard, Jack Barter, Tadeusz Mikulski, Lucy Osmonde, Gerald James Murphy, Evelyn Blanche Bushnell, Peter Jeffery & Louise Margaret Baxter, 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.