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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, in this fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, our liturgy again shows Jesus speaking at the synagogue at Nazareth. It is the continuation of last Sunday’s Gospel, where Jesus was reading Isaiah’s prophecy: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord’s year of mercy (…)” (Luke 4:18-19). And, when Jesus finishes the reading He avows: “Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen” (Luke 4:21).
The Gospel points out that they were lost in wonder while his lips spoke of the grace. Jesus was well known by the assembly —Jesus having spent his infancy and youth in Nazareth— but that did not help their accepting him as a prophet. Nathanael said in this respect: “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). Jesus reproaches them for their scepticism, and reminds them that: “No prophet is honoured in his own country” (Luke 4:24). And He tells them about Elijah and Elisha, who accomplished miracles for foreigners but not for their fellow citizens. On hearing him they become very violent. They even tried to throw him down the cliff.
As for us, don’t we think often enough that God’s saving actions should be made more in accordance with our vainglorious criteria! Don’t we feel insulted when He makes use of something we considered of little value? We would like a more spectacular God. But, this appears to be more like his tempter, (Satan), when from the pinnacle told Jesus: “If you are the Son of God, jump off!” (Luke 4:9). But, Jesus Christ has revealed himself to us as a humble God: the Son of man “came not to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Mark 10:45). Let us imitate him. To save our souls we need not be like Saint Xavier, patron of the Missions. The humble saint Therese of the infant Jesus is his companion, as she is also the patron saint of the missions…
When Jesus answers with, “No prophet is ever accepted in his own country!” and speaks of the prophets, He is telling them that His message and works are not just for them or the Jews but for everyone! We should take this as an example today and instead of trying to keep Jesus for ourselves we should try and share Him with others.
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
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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 generally 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.
This week “‘POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD’.”
|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 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Thank You so much for our last session based on the Sacrament of Baptism. Thank You for all your comments, support, decisions, booked personal meetings with me to discuss a very important things on our journey of faith.Our Next session will be held on 7th February 2019 (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. Session will be based on Subject: ‘Sacrament of Confession’ – practical guide” & “FIVE necessary conditions for a good Confession”. Please, have with You always your rosary beads – the wooden ones for the practice.
SHORT REMINDER FOR THE PARENTS OF THE FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN – Please, attend the sessions with your children, because they are organised on the way to make your life a little bit easier do not create another, separated sessions just with the Parents. All the Parents should stay for the sessions with the children, please, please.
The Baptismal Programme 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Please, note that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly. Next session is on 7th February, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Charlie Albert Matthews, Eileen Inkpen, 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: 3rd February: Kathleen McDonald, Mary Kennedy, Violet Coomber, Lily Westcott, Johanna O’Connor, Blanche Feeney, Alfred Holmes, Mary Teresa Hoile, Edith Mary Padian, Cometesse Noel de Robien, Elizabeth Lilian Beales, Catherine Mary Rooney, Rose Bailey, Ronald Joseph Moore, James Thomas Perren, Patricia Lily Mo, Margaret Sutton, Winifred Eileen Mary Bailey, Bridget Scanlan, William Boyle, Dominic Cosgrave, Johanna Chappell, Matthew Robert Eyton, Kenneth William Forteath, May Ellen Stevens, Winifred Bailey, Alice Rosina Sheppard, Gerald Peter Pollard, Thomas Anthony English (“Tony”), Marion Madden, Irene Gladys Bailey, Robert Barrett, Maud Andrews, Gladys Mary Miller, Maria Andrews, Bernard Joseph Browne, Mary Rayner, John Ernest Sargent, Anthony John Woodiffe, Mary Kennedy, John Oxton, Albert William English, William Henry Donkin, Kath Scott, William George Hunter, Eileen Patricia Milford, Christopher Alexander MacDonald, John Waller, Judith Mackay, Hilda Kathleen Vincent, Elizabeth Duxbury, Jane Hammond, William Jarrot, James Joseph Brennan and Winifred Mary Ault, 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.