Welcome to this week’s newsletter! Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph.
HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH, MAY JESUS BE THE CENTER 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.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
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 31st 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 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: 31st December: Please pray for: Horatio Garrigan, Lily Blundell, Jean Speed, Dennis Gilley, Reginald Harry Shelton, John Anthony O’Dwyer, Kathleen 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. Also and Patrick and Lizzie 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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