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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, the Holy Mass starts with the palms blessing and the procession to go into the temple. Thus, Palm Sunday evokes the “triumphal” entrance of Christ the King in the Holy City, shortly before his Passion. It is his last and final ascent to Jerusalem: this ascent which will culminate in the Cross. A few days before, the Master had resurrected Lazarus and in the city there was a great expectation.
Today Jesus is presented in his capacity as a King. This time, He does permit people to acclaim Him as a King. Good Friday will confirm his royal condition before Ponce Pilate, the highest civil authority of the place. But his kingdom is not of this world. He pointed it out to the governor, and this is how He today explains it to us.
He is, indeed, the King of the indigent: He arrives “riding on an ass”, as the prophet Zechariah had announced (Zech 9:9). “He did not arrive in an ostentatious royal carriage or on horseback like the great figures of the world, but on a borrowed donkey” (Benedict XVI). And this is because God always acted smoothly: when He was born in this world (a stable, a manger, some diapers); when he “left” this world (a donkey, a cross, a sepulchre). Everything very daintily as if to avoid worrying us or troubling our liberty.
With this King “He shall proclaim peace to the nations” and “the warrior’s bows shall be banished” (Zech 9:10). Yes, Christ will transform the cross in a “broken bow”: the Cross will not be anymore an instrument of torture, of scoff and slaying, but a throne where to reign from by giving life to all others.
Finally, the crowds met Him by acclaiming Him: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord” (Luke 19:38). That day there were a few thousands; in the 21st century there are many millions of voices that “from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of earth” (Zech 9:10) sing it in the “Sanctus” of the Mass: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest”.
When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the townspeople threw palms (a symbol of peace and victory) in front of Him. This was a sign of homage and a customary practice for people of great respect.
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
“What is written about Me is coming to fulfillment,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel (see Luke 22:37). Indeed, we have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest peak of salvation history, when all that has been anticipated and promised is to be fulfilled. By the close of today’s long Gospel, the work of our redemption will have been accomplished, the new covenant will be written in the blood of His broken body hanging on the cross at the place called the Skull.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 14th April 2019 till the 30th April 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here http://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “The Passion of The Christ (by Mel Gibson)” in prayerful way of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
‘Passion of Jesus Christ’ showed with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday – Holy Week Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 7:45pm
WE WILL SHOW FILM: The Passion of The Christ (by Mel Gibson) in prayerful way of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. St Pope John Paul II said, that this film should be watched on the knees – let’s experience this together before we’ll start Triduum Sacrum. All over 18 years old are very welcome at St Swithun’s Church
We’ll watch the film in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, so it will be in the same time our special way of adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Sacrament. Please, believe me – it will be unforgettable experience of meditating God’s Passion.
We have experienced this prayerful meditation of the Passion of Jesus Christ last years, and many of the attenders were so much humbled and inspired, that they came back to the Sacrament of Confession. Thank God. So! During the time of the WATCHING I will be in the back of the church waiting for those, who would like to go to this Sacrament of Gods. Mercy. So meaningful and unforgettable way to be prepared to celebrate the Holy Week and Easter Triduum.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Thank You so much for our last session, which finally prepared not only the children for the Sacrament of Confession, but was also a call to all of us to repent through this special presence of Lord with His sacramental forgiveness. Our Next Meeting will be held on 2nd May 2019 (THURSDAY from 5:00pm to 6:30pm) and will be about “Session XII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 2″
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. ON 21ST APRIL – EASTER SUNDAY, at 10.15 am MASS – SACRAMENT of BAPTISM
The next Baptismal Preparation Sessions after Easter 2019 are:
1st Session – 23rd May, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
2nd Session -6th June, Thursday from 6.45pm to 8.00pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
30th June- at 10.15am Sunday Mass in St Swithun’s church – Introducing the children to the Community of the Church and the First Anointing with the Catechumens’ Oil;
14th July 2019 Sunday at 10.15am Mass – SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM.
DEVOTION’s PRAYERS – ALL ARE ALWAYS VERY WELCOME TO JOIN.
Among the many intentions we will bring to our prayer during April, the Holy Father invites us to consider also what is in his heart and his prayers this month. This month brings us Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Good Friday, then the bright triumph of absolute good over evil’s darkness on Easter Day. Pope Francis invites us to pray for a particularly heroic and brave group, doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others. He shares this so that we might hold these courageous and generous professionals in our prayer too, thanking God for them and for the selfless good that they do – a powerful story that is, perhaps, not always told as it might be. There are many agencies operating in war-zones include Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Founded in Paris in 1971, following the war and humanitarian disaster in Biafra, they work to provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Their mission is to remain impartial and neutral, guided by medical ethics and by the demands of justice.
Prayer of the Month – April 2019
Merciful Father, I thank you for your presence in my life and your immense love. May my heart become more like the heart of Jesus and may this union of hearts be reflected in the way I interact with my colleagues, my family, friends and strangers. I offer you my day, in union with the Heart of Jesus, for the Church and the intentions of the Holy Father. Our Father …
Pope Francis’s Prayer: May he Lord help all the little ones and the poor of our world to continue to believe and trust that the Kingdom of God is at hand, in our midst, and is ‘justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Rom.14:17. May He sustain all those how, day by day, strive to combat evil with good, with words and deeds of fraternity, respect, encounter and solidarity. We ask all this in the power of the crucified and risen Lord – Amen.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Brian Boulter, Charlie Albert Matthews, Aileen Hopkins, Ann Ford, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kevin & Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Patrick McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 14th April 2019 : Dolores Sanderson, Simon Urwin, Edward Thompson, Marie Moakes, Benedict McCreesh, Albert Langford, Mary Herra, Walter Harry Ferbrache, William Walsh, Robert Forrester, Mary Margaret Cecilia Grant, Frank Short, Michael Power, Edward Marks, Ernest Japler, John O’Driscoll, Gladys Minnie O’Hara, Thomas Pearson, Ethel Pharo, William Parsons, Mary Comber, Sydney Tynan, Violet Querstret, Adeodata Andrews, Lilian da Silva, Patricia Rose Andow, John Molloy, Johanna O’Callaghan, Sheila McCaughey, Mary Simpson, Catherine Capon, Bro. David Poulten FSC, John Cogher, Bernard Duffy, George Crook, Phyllis Foster and Isabel Clabburn, 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.
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs