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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
In this week’s Gospel, we learn an important lesson in Jesus’ sermon about being merciful and compassionate towards the poor, hungry and mourning and we also hear the warnings about being too consumed by wealth, being too gluttonous and also taking joy in others misfortune.
Today, we review again the “beatitudes” and the “misfortunes: “Fortunate are you… when people hate you because of the Son of Man; But, …alas for you who laugh now for you will mourn and weep”. Fidelity to Christ and to his Gospel may make us to be rejected, insulted by the media, hated, as Christ was hated by those who crucified him. Some may think this is due to lack of faith, but maybe, after all, is just lack of reasoning. Indeed, it seems our world refuses to think or be free. We are immersed in a lust for pleasure and riches; immersed in consumables; blinded by the libertarian indoctrination full of vain and empty words, which darken our personal standards and values and scorns the Church’s and Christ’s teachings, which is the only line of thinking that, right now, truly goes up stream. But, in spite of this, the Lord-Jesus still encourages us: “Fortunate are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Fortunate are you when people hate you, when they reject you and insult you and number you among criminals, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven” (Luke 6:22-23).
John Paul II The, in the encyclical Fides et Ratio, wrote: “Faith impels reason to leave its isolation and to advocate gladly for what is beautiful, good and true”. The Christian experience, in its saints, show us the truth of the Gospel and of these words from Holy Father. Confronting a world that indulges in vice and selfishness as the only source of happiness, Jesus shows us another way: the happiness of the Kingdom of God, which our world finds so difficult to assume to the point of hating and rejecting it. Christians, in the midst of all temptations that this “easy life” offers, know the only way is the love Christ has shown for us in the Cross, the way of fidelity to the Father. We know that difficulties should not discourage us. If we truly seek our Lord, “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy” (cf. Luke 6:23).
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 17th February 2019 till the 31st March 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|
Are You Interested in Becoming a Catholic? RCIA MEETING – 21st February – (Thursday) from 6.45pm to 8.15pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
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 8th March 2019 (Friday) from 7pm to 8.30pm. This is our LENT RETREAT EVENING – We start at 7.00pm with the Holy Mass followed by Exposition, Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament & Benediction. At 8.00pm – Session: “Fasting & Abstinence (Eucharistic fast)”
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. The next session is on 21st March, 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: 17th February: Vincent O’Beirne, Henrietta Brady, Harry Restall, Joan Mary Gillespie, Mark Turness, Eveline Connors, Ellen Mary Morgan, Beatrice M Booth, Ida Frazier, Sadie Davey, Kathleen Thompson, Ivy Evelyn Looker, Edith Glenys Gregory, Florence Nelus, Elizabeth Merrett, Elizabeth Morgan, Nellie Bailey, Joseph Maile, James Prest, Lauren Suzanne Marriott, Peter Garrison, John Bernard Bullock, Frances Vassey, Edith Brotherton, Alfred Limbrick, Ellen Ryan, Albert Head, Jenny D Lambert, Alfred Randolf Knagg, Elizabeth Mary Merrett, Thomas Charles Harrison, Monica Collings, Edna Grace Hanvey, Peter George Graves, Eileen Gavan, Margaret Mary Harper, Mildred Wilkins, Josephine Margaret Davis, Bridget Irene Collings, Marion Madden, David Chappell, Beatrice House, William Mullins, Maurice Phillipson, Joanna Kingston, James Healy, Winifred Frances Mason, Loreta Newnham, James Smith, Jane Fitzwilliams, Angela Barden, Lilian Morris, Valerie Willis, William Anderson, Bridget Harrison, Bridget Harrigan, Eileen Mary Florence Emma Spencer, Christine Sheila Haggar and Ian Alfred Charles Langford, 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.