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Download this week’s Newsletter here: Newsletter XXXIII SUNDAY in Ordinary Time 18th November 2018 B
My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, we recall how, at the beginning of the liturgical year, the Church prepared us for the first arrival of Christ that brings the salvation to us. Two weeks before the end of the year, the Church prepares us for the second coming, when the last and definitive word about each one of us will be said. Before today’s Gospel we might think “we have a long wait to expect”, but «the time is near” (Mark 13:29). But, nevertheless, in our society it bothers us —and it is even incorrect! — to mention death. Yet, we can hardly speak of resurrection without remembering we are to die. For each one of us, the end of the world starts the day we pass away, when the time allotted to each one to make our choice, will be over. The Gospel is always a Good News and Christ God is God of Life: why such fear? Perhaps for lack of trust?
Bearing in mind the immediacy of this judgement we ought to know how to become strict judges, not of the others, but of ourselves. We must avoid the snare of self-justification, of the relativism or of the idea that “I do not see it like that”… Jesus Christ offers himself to us through the Church and, with Him, the means and resources to avoid that this universal judgement may be the day of our doom, instead of the day when, at long last, the most hidden truths of the conflicts that have so much tormented men will be brought to light.
The Church announces we have a Saviour, Christ, our Lord. Let us have fewer fears and be more coherent in our behaviour with what we believe! “When we come into God’s presence, we shall be asked two things, whether we were in the Church, and whether we worked in the Church. Everything else is worthless” (Blessed J.H. Newman). The Church not only teaches how to die, but also how to live to be able to rise. Because what it preaches is not its message, but the message from God, whose word is the source of all life. Only from that hope can we serenely face the judgement of God.
The Lord reminds us that we will not expect or know the day or hour of His coming … It’s impossible to predict when Christ will return but it’s possible to live a Christian life like it could occur tomorrow.
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 18th November 2018 till the 31st December 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 last session based on Saints, on The Holy Souls in Purgatory and, please remember to fill a sheet with your patron Saint from your Baptism, or – if You do not have such – with your favourite Saint. Our Next Meeting will be held on 22ND November (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. Subject: “SACRAMENTS, SACRAMENTALIA & DEVOTIONS” Please, have with You always your rosary beads – the wooden ones 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: 18th November: Winifred Alice Evans, Antonio de Carlo, Cormac O’Connell, Elizabeth (Bet) Jane Hilda Wood, Paul Ray, Maria Mifsud, Evelyn Paulyn Tearle, Mary Bridget Moth, Mary Edwards, Ellen Challacombe, Mr Gracias, Theresa Dorothy Anwin, Mabel Alice Fairall, James Michael William Moriarty, William Daniel Scott, Ian Curtis, Florence Zait, Eva Mabel Feeney, Maureen Margaret Kennedy, Marie Connie Evans, James Bailey, John Kelly, James Albert Elwood, Tom McAniney, Harry William Glover, Patricia Eileen Holmes, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Pearce, Mary Gertrude Chapman, Caroline Marcks, Thomas Joseph McAniney, Catherine Jones, Lucy Campbell, Amy Johnson, Leonard Albermarle Betsworth, Carole Ann Howlett, Violet Annie Mabel Moss, Annie Eleanor Cox, Anthony Toni-Flanagan, Elizabeth McAuliffe, Patrick James O’Doherty, Sally Ranger, Kevin Joseph Cotter, Marie Jeanne Sheppard,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
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs