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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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March 2019

Annunciation of the Lord

Mar 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

The Story of the Annunciation of the Lord The feast of the Annunciation, now recognized as a solemnity, was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us. From all eternity God had decided that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity should become human. Now, as Luke1:26-38 tells us, the decision is being realized. The God-Man embraces all humanity, indeed all creation, to bring it to God in one…

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Daily Readings Monday 25th March 2019

Mar 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Monday 25 March 2019 The Annunciation of the Lord - Solemnity  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Heb 10: 5, 7 The Lord said, as he entered the world: Behold, I come to do your will, O God. Collect O God, who willed that your Word should take on the reality of human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man, may merit to become partakers even in his…

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Parish Devotion for March 25th 2019 – Month of Saint Joseph – Mondays

Mar 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Mar 25
United Kingdom
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Saint Catherine of Genoa

Mar 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Catherine of Genoa’s story (1447 – September 15, 1510) Going to confession one day was the turning point of Catherine’s life. When Catherine was born, many Italian nobles were supporting Renaissance artists and writers. The needs of the poor and the sick were often overshadowed by a hunger for luxury and self-indulgence. Catherine’s parents were members of the nobility in Genoa. At 13, she attempted to become a nun but failed because of her age. At 16, she married…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 26th March 2019

Mar 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Tuesday 26 March 2019 Tuesday of the 3rd week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Samaritan Woman) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 16: 6, 8 To you I call, for you will surely heed me, O God; turn your ear to me; hear my words. Guard me as the apple of your eye; in the shadow of your wings protect me. Collect May your grace not forsake us, O Lord, we pray, but make us dedicated to…

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Parish Devotion for March 26th 2019 – Month of Saint Joseph – Tuesdays

Mar 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Services Tuesday 26th March 2019

Mar 26
United Kingdom
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Lazarus

Mar 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Lazarus’ Story Lazarus, the friend of Jesus, the brother of Martha and Mary, was the one of whom the Jews said, “See how much he loved him.” In their sight, Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead. Legends abound about the life of Lazarus after the death and resurrection of Jesus. He is supposed to have left a written account of what he saw in the next world before he was called back to life. Some say he followed…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 27th March 2019

Mar 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Wednesday 27 March 2019 Wednesday of the 3rd week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Samaritan Woman) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 118: 133 Let my steps be guided by your promise; may evil never rule me. Collect Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, schooled through Lenten observance and nourished by your word, through holy restraint we may be devoted to you with all our heart and be ever united in prayer. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,…

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Parish Devotion for March 27th 2019 – Month of Saint Joseph – Wednesdays

Mar 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Services Wednesday 27th March 2019

Mar 27
United Kingdom
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Saint Catharine of Bologna

Mar 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Catharine of Bologna’s Story (September 8, 1413 -March 9, 1463 ) Some Franciscan saints led fairly public lives; Catharine represents the saints who served the Lord in obscurity. Born in Bologna, Catharine was related to the nobility in Ferrara, and was educated at court there. She received a liberal education at the court and developed some interest and talent in painting. In later years as a Poor Clare, Catharine sometimes did manuscript illumination and also painted miniatures. At the age…

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Daily Readings Thursday 28th March 2019

Mar 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Thursday 28 March 2019 Thursday of the 3rd week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Samaritan Woman) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever. Collect We implore your majesty most humbly, O Lord, that, as the feast of our salvation draws ever closer, so we may press forward all the…

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Parish Devotion for March 28th 2019 – Month of Saint Joseph – Thursdays

Mar 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Services Thursday 28th March 2019

Mar 28
United Kingdom
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Saint Ludovico of Casoria

Mar 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Ludovico of Casoria’s Story (March 11, 1814 – March 30, 1885) Born in Casoria, near Naples, Arcangelo Palmentieri was a cabinet-maker before entering the Friars Minor in 1832, taking the name Ludovico. After his ordination five years later, he taught chemistry, physics, and mathematics to younger members of his province for several years. In 1847, he had a mystical experience which he later described as a cleansing. After that, he dedicated his life to the poor and the infirm,…

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Daily Readings Friday 29th March 2019

Mar 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Friday 29 March 2019 Friday of the 3rd week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Samaritan Woman) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 85: 8, 10 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, for you are great and do marvellous deeds; you alone are God. Collect Pour your grace into our hearts, we pray, O Lord, that we may be constantly drawn away from unruly desires and obey by your own gift the heavenly teaching you…

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Parish Devotion for March 29th 2019 – Month of Saint Joseph – Fridays

Mar 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Mar 29
United Kingdom
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Saint Peter Regalado

Mar 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Peter Regalado’s Story (1390 – March 30, 1456) Peter lived at a very busy time in history. The Great Western Schism (1378-1417) was settled at the Council of Constance (1414-1418). France and England were fighting the Hundred Years’ War, and in 1453, the Byzantine Empire was completely wiped out by the loss of Constantinople to the Turks. At Peter’s death, the age of printing had just begun in Germany, and Columbus’s arrival in the New World was less than…

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Daily Readings Saturday 30th March 2019

Mar 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saturday 30 March 2019 Saturday of the 3rd week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Samaritan Woman) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 102: 2-3 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all his benefits; it is he who forgives all your sins. Collect Rejoicing in this annual celebration of our Lenten observance, we pray, O Lord, that, with our hearts set on the paschal mysteries, we may be gladdened by their full effects. Through our Lord…

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Parish Devotion for March 30th 2019 – Month of Saint Joseph – Saturdays

Mar 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Daily Services Saturday 30th March 2019

Mar 30
United Kingdom
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Saint Stephen of Mar Saba

Mar 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Stephen of Mar Saba’s Story (725 – 794) A “do not disturb” sign helped today’s saint find holiness and peace. Stephen of Mar Saba was the nephew of Saint John Damascene, who introduced the young boy to monastic life beginning at age 10. When he reached 24, Stephen served the community in a variety of ways, including guest master. After some time he asked permission to live a hermit’s life. The answer from the abbot was yes and no: Stephen…

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Daily Readings Sunday 31st March 2019

Mar 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Sunday 31 March 2019 4th Sunday of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Man Born Blind) Liturgical Colour: Rose or Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 66: 10-11 Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast. Collect O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may…

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Daily Services Sunday 31st March 2019 – 4th Sunday of Lent

Mar 31
United Kingdom
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April 2019

Saint Hugh of Grenoble

Apr 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Hugh of Grenoble’s Story (1053 – April 1, 1132) Today’s saint could be a patron for those of us who feel so overwhelmed by all the problems in the world that we don’t know where to begin. Hugh, who served as a bishop in France for 52 years, had his work cut out for him from the start. Corruption seemed to loom in every direction: the buying and selling of Church offices, violations of clerical celibacy, lay control of Church…

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Daily Readings Monday 1st April 2019

Apr 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Monday 1 April 2019 Monday of the 4th week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Man Born Blind) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 30: 7-8 As for me, I trust in the Lord. Let me be glad and rejoice in your mercy, for you have seen my affliction. Collect O God, who renew the world through mysteries beyond all telling, grant, we pray, that your Church may be guided by your eternal design and not be…

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Daily Services Monday 1st April 2019

Apr 1
United Kingdom
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Saint Francis of Paola

Apr 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Francis of Paola’s Story (March 27, 1416 – April 2, 1507) Francis of Paola was a man who deeply loved contemplative solitude and wished only to be the “least in the household of God.” Yet, when the Church called him to active service in the world, he became a miracle-worker and influenced the course of nations. After accompanying his parents on a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, he began to live as a contemplative hermit in a remote cave…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Apr 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Tuesday 2 April 2019 Tuesday of the 4th week of Lent  (optional commemoration of Saint Francis of Paola, hermit) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Is 55: 1 All who are thirsty, come to the waters, says the Lord. Though you have no money, come and drink with joy. Collect May the venerable exercises of holy devotion shape the hearts of your faithful, O Lord, to welcome worthily the Paschal Mystery and proclaim the praises of your salvation. Through our…

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Daily Services Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Apr 2
United Kingdom
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Saint Benedict the African

Apr 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Benedict the African’s Story (1526 – 1589) Benedict held important posts in the Franciscan Order and gracefully adjusted to other work when his terms of office were up. His parents were slaves brought from Africa to Messina, Sicily. Freed at 18, Benedict did farm work for a wage and soon saved enough to buy a pair of oxen. He was very proud of those animals. In time, he joined a group of hermits around Palermo and was eventually recognized…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Apr 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Wednesday 3 April 2019 Wednesday of the 4th week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Man Born Blind) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 68: 14 I pray to you, O Lord, for a time of your favour. In your great mercy, answer me, O God, with your salvation that never fails. Collect O God, who reward the merits of the just and offer pardon to sinners who do penance, have mercy, we pray, on those who call…

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Daily Services Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Apr 3
United Kingdom
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Saint Isidore of Seville

Apr 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Isidore of Seville’s Story (c. 560 – April 4, 636) The 76 years of Isidore’s life were a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. The Visigoths had invaded the land a century and a half earlier, and shortly before Isidore’s birth they set up their own capital. They were Arians—Christians who said Christ was not God. Thus, Spain was split in two: One people (Catholic Romans) struggled with another (Arian Goths). Isidore reunited Spain, making…

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Daily Readings Thursday 4th April 2019

Apr 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Thursday 4 April 2019 Thursday of the 4th week of Lent  (optional commemoration of Saint Isidore, Bishop, Doctor) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 104: 3-4 Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face. Collect We invoke your mercy in humble prayer, O Lord, that you may cause us, your servants, corrected by penance and schooled by good works, to persevere sincerely in your commands and come safely…

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Daily Services Thursday 4th April 2019

Apr 4
United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 04-04-019

Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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o First Holy Communion September 2018-2019 Programme for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Thursdays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below to our team here at the parish so we can ensure your child is on our programme. Our First Holy Communion Programme Dates for 2018-2019 we will be adding…

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Saint Vincent Ferrer

Apr 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Vincent Ferrer’s Story (January 23, 1350 – April 5,1419) The polarization in the Church today is a mild breeze compared with the tornado that ripped the Church apart during the lifetime of this saint. If any saint is a patron of reconciliation, Vincent Ferrer is. Despite parental opposition, he entered the Dominican Order in his native Spain at 19. After brilliant studies, he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Peter de Luna—who would figure tragically in his life. Of…

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Daily Readings Friday 5th April 2019

Apr 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Friday 5 April 2019 Friday of the 4th week of Lent  (optional commemoration of Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 53: 3-4 O God, save me by your name; by your power, defend my cause. O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth. Collect O God, who have prepared fitting helps for us in our weakness, grant, we pray, that we may receive their healing effects with joy and reflect…

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Daily Services Friday 5th April 2019

Apr 5
United Kingdom
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Saint Crescentia Hoess

Apr 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Crescentia Hoess’ Story (October 20, 1682 – April 5, 1744) Crescentia was born in 1682, the daughter of a poor weaver, in a little town near Augsburg. She spent play time praying in the parish church, assisted those even poorer than herself and had so mastered the truths of her religion that she was permitted to make her first Holy Communion at the then unusually early age of 7. In the town she was called “the little angel.” As…

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Daily Readings Saturday 6th April 2019

Apr 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saturday 6 April 2019 Saturday of the 4th week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also The Man Born Blind) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 17: 5, 7 The waves of death rose about me; the pains of the netherworld surrounded me. In my anguish I called to the Lord, and from his holy temple he heard my voice. Collect May the working of your mercy, O Lord, we pray, direct our hearts aright, for without your grace…

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Daily Services Saturday 6th April 2019

Apr 6
United Kingdom
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Saint John Baptist de la Salle

Apr 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint John Baptist de la Salle’s Story (April 30, 1651 – April 7, 1719) Complete dedication to what he saw as God’s will for him dominated the life of John Baptist de la Salle. In 1950, Pope Pius XII named him patron of schoolteachers for his efforts in upgrading school instruction. As a young 17th-century Frenchman, John had everything going for him: scholarly bent, good looks, noble family background, money, refined upbringing. At the early age of 11, he received…

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Daily Readings Sunday 7th April 2019

Apr 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Sunday 7 April 2019 5th Sunday of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also Lazarus) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 42: 1-2 Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength. Collect By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son…

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Daily Services Sunday 7th April 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Apr 7
United Kingdom
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Baptism Programme – 07-04-2019

Apr 7 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Baptism 2019

Baptism Preparation February to April 2019 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish  Download The Baptism Registration form here: In asking to have a child baptised, the parents are accepting the responsibility of training the child in the practice of the Christian faith. It is the duty of every Catholic parent to bring their child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour. A non-Catholic parent is asked to support the…

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Saint Julie Billiart

Apr 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Julie Billiart’s Story (July 12, 1751 – April 8, 1816) Born in Cuvilly, France, into a family of well-to-do farmers, young Marie Rose Julie Billiart showed an early interest in religion and in helping the sick and poor. Though the first years of her life were relatively peaceful and uncomplicated, Julie had to take up manual work as a young teen when her family lost its money. However, she spent her spare time teaching catechism to young people and…

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Daily Readings Monday 8th April 2019

Apr 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Monday 8 April 2019 Monday of the 5th week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also Lazarus) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 55: 2 Have mercy on me, O God, for people assail me; they fight me all day long and oppress me. Collect O God, by whose wondrous grace we are enriched with every blessing, grant us so to pass from former ways to newness of life, that we may be made ready for the glory of…

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Daily Services Monday 8th April 2019

Apr 8
United Kingdom
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Saint Casilda

Apr 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Casilda’s Story (d. c. 1050) Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach us something. And so it is with Saint Casilda. Her father was a Muslim leader in Toledo, Spain, in the 10th century. Casilda was a devout Muslim but was kind to Christian prisoners. She became ill as a young woman but did not trust that any of the local Arab doctors could cure her. So she made a…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 9th April 2019

Apr 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Tuesday 9 April 2019 Tuesday of the 5th week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also Lazarus) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 26: 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord! Collect Grant us, we pray, O Lord, perseverance in obeying your will, that in our days the people dedicated to your service may grow in both merit and number. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…

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Daily Services Tuesday 9th April 2019

Apr 9
United Kingdom
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Saint Magdalen of Canossa

Apr 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Magdalen of Canossa’s Story (March 1, 1774 – April 10, 1835) Wealth and privilege did nothing to prevent today’s saint from following her calling to serve Christ in the poor. Nor did the protests of her relatives, concerned that such work was beneath her. Born in northern Italy in 1774, Magdalen knew her mind—and spoke it. At age 15 she announced she wished to become a nun. After trying out her vocation with the cloistered Carmelites, she realized her desire…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 10th April 2019

Apr 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Wednesday 10 April 2019 Wednesday of the 5th week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also Lazarus) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 17: 48-49 My deliverer from angry nations, you set me above my assailants; you saved me from the violent man, O Lord. Collect Enlighten, O God of compassion, the hearts of your children, sanctified by penance, and in your kindness grant those you stir to a sense of devotion a gracious hearing when they cry out…

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Daily Services Wednesday 10th April 2019

Apr 10
United Kingdom
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Saint Stanislaus

Apr 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Stanislaus’ Story (July 26, 1030 – April 11, 1079) Anyone who reads the history of Eastern Europe cannot help but chance on the name of Stanislaus, the saintly but tragic bishop of Kraków, patron of Poland. He is remembered with Saints Thomas More and Thomas Becket for vigorous opposition to the evils of an unjust government. Born in Szczepanow near Kraków on July 26, 1030, he was ordained a priest after being educated in the cathedral schools of Gniezno, then capital…

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Daily Readings Thursday 11th April 2019

Apr 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Thursday 11 April 2019 Thursday of the 5th week of Lent  (optional commemoration of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Hebrews 9: 15 Christ is mediator of a New Covenant, so that by means of his death, those who are called may receive the promise of an eternal inheritance. Collect Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before you, and look kindly on those who place their hope in your mercy, that, cleansed from the stain…

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Daily Services Thursday 11th April 2019

Apr 11
United Kingdom
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Saint Teresa of Los Andes

Apr 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Teresa of Los Andes’ Story (July 13, 1900 – April 12, 1920) One needn’t live a long life to leave a deep imprint. Teresa of Los Andes is proof of that. As a young girl growing up in the early 1900’s in Santiago, Chile, Juana Fernandez read an autobiography of a French-born saint—Thérèse, popularly known as the Little Flower. The experience deepened her desire to serve God and clarified the path she would follow. At age 19 Juana became a Carmelite nun,…

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Daily Readings Friday 12th April 2019

Apr 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Friday 12 April 2019 Friday of the 5th week of Lent - Proper Readings  (see also Lazarus) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 30: 10, 16, 18 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress. Deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on you. Collect Pardon the offences of your peoples, we pray, O Lord, and in your goodness…

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Daily Services Friday 12th April 2019

Apr 12
United Kingdom
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Saint Martin I

Apr 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Martin I’s Story (d. September 16, 655) When Martin I became pope in 649, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine empire and the patriarch of Constantinople was the most influential Church leader in the eastern Christian world. The struggles that existed within the Church at that time were magnified by the close cooperation of emperor and patriarch. A teaching, strongly supported in the East, held that Christ had no human will. Twice, emperors had officially favored this position:…

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Daily Readings Saturday 13th April 2019

Apr 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saturday 13 April 2019 Saturday of the 5th week of Lent  (optional commemoration of Saint Martin I, Pope, Martyr) Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 21: 20, 7 O Lord, do not stay afar off; my strength, make haste to help me! For I am a worm and no man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. Collect O God, who have made all those reborn in Christ a chosen race and a royal priesthood, grant us, we pray,…

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Daily Services Saturday 13th April 2019

Apr 13
United Kingdom
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Blessed Peter Gonzalez

Apr 14
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Peter Gonzalez’s Story (1190 – April 15, 1246) Saint Paul had a conversion experience on the road to Damascus. Many years later, the same proved true for Peter Gonzalez, who triumphantly rode his horse into the Spanish city of Astorga in the 13thcentury to take up an important post at the cathedral. The animal stumbled and fell, leaving Peter in the mud and onlookers amused. Humbled, Peter reevaluated his motivations–his bishop-uncle had secured the cathedral post for him– and started…

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Daily Readings Sunday 14th April 2019 – Palm Sunday

Apr 14
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Sunday 14 April 2019 Palm Sunday  Liturgical Colour: Red. This Gospel: is read at the procession with palms before Mass: Gospel: Luke 19:28-40 Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord. Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village opposite, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one…

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Daily Services Sunday 14th April 2019 – Palm Sunday

Apr 14
United Kingdom
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Blessed Caesar de Bus

Apr 15
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Caesar de Bus’ Story (February 3, 1544 – April 15, 1607) Like so many of us, Caesar de Bus struggled with the decision about what to do with his life. After completing his Jesuit education he had difficulty settling between a military and a literary career. He wrote some plays but ultimately settled for life in the army and at court. For a time, life was going rather smoothly for the engaging, well-to-do young Frenchman. He was confident he…

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Daily Readings Monday 15th April 2019

Apr 15
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Monday 15 April 2019 Monday of Holy Week  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 34: 1-2; 139: 8 Contend, O Lord, with my contenders; fight those who fight me. Take up your buckler and shield; arise in my defence, Lord, my mighty help. Collect Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, though in our weakness we fail, we may be revived through the Passion of your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the…

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Daily Services Monday 15th April 2019

Apr 15
United Kingdom
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Saint Bernadette Soubirous

Apr 16
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Bernadette Soubirous’s Story (January 7, 1844 – April 16, 1879) Bernadette Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in southern France. The family was living in the basement of a dilapidated building when on February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette in a cave above the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. Bernadette, 14 years old, was known as a virtuous girl though a…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 16th April 2019

Apr 16
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Tuesday 16 April 2019 Tuesday of Holy Week  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 26: 12 Do not leave me to the will of my foes, O Lord, for false witnesses rise up against me and they breathe out violence. Collect Almighty ever-living God, grant us so to celebrate the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion that we may merit to receive your pardon. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity…

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Daily Services Tuesday 16th April 2019

Apr 16
United Kingdom
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Saint Benedict Joseph Labre

Apr 17
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre’s Story (March 25, 1748 – April 17, 1783) Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God’s special little ones. Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest. Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life. Then, at age 16, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his desire to study and gave…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 17th April 2019 – Ash Wednesday

Apr 17
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Wednesday 17 April 2019 Wednesday of Holy Week  Liturgical Colour: Violet. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Phil 2: 10, 8, 11 At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend of those in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, for the Lord became obedient to death, death on a cross: therefore Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Collect O God, who willed your Son to submit for our sake to the yoke of the…

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Daily Services Wednesday 17th April 2019

Apr 17
United Kingdom
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Blessed James Oldo

Apr 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed James Oldo’s Story (1364 – April 18, 1404) You’ve heard rags-to-riches stories. Today, we celebrate the reverse. James of Oldo was born into a well-to-do family near Milan in 1364. He married a woman who like him, appreciated the comforts that came with wealth. But an outbreak of the plague drove James, his wife, and their three children out of their home and into the countryside. Despite those precautions, two of his daughters died from the plague. James determined…

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Daily Readings Thursday 18th April 2019 – Maundy Thursday

Apr 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Thursday 18 April 2019 Maundy Thursday - Evening Mass  (see also Chrism Mass) Liturgical Colour: White. Here are the Readings for the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Entrance Antiphon: cf. Gal 6: 14 We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. Collect O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper, in which your Only Begotten Son,…

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Daily Services Thursday 18th April 2019 – The Easter Triduum Maundy Thursday

Apr 18
United Kingdom
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Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Apr 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla’s Story (October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962) In less than 40 years, Gianna Beretta Molla became a pediatric physician, a wife, a mother and a saint! She was born in Magenta near Milano, the 10th of Alberto and Maria Beretta’s 13 children. An active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a leader in the Catholic Action movement, Gianna also enjoyed skiing and mountain climbing. She earned degrees in medicine and surgery from…

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Daily Readings Friday 19th April 2019 – Good Friday

Apr 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Friday 19 April 2019 Good Friday  Liturgical Colour: Red. There is no Mass today. The Readings given here are used in the afternoon celebration of the Lord's Passion. Collect Remember your mercies, O Lord, and with your eternal protection sanctify your servants, for whom Christ your Son, by the shedding of his Blood, established the Paschal Mystery. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. or: O God, who by…

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Daily Services Friday 19th April 2019 The Easter Triduum Good Friday

Apr 19
United Kingdom
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Saint Conrad of Parzham

Apr 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Conrad of Parzham’s Story (December 22, 1818 – April 21, 1894) Conrad spent most of his life as porter in Altoetting, Bavaria, letting people into the friary and indirectly encouraging them to let God into their lives. His parents, Bartholomew and Gertrude Birndorfer, lived near Parzham, Bavaria. In those days, this region was recovering from the Napoleonic wars. A lover of solitary prayer and a peacemaker as a young man, Conrad joined the Capuchins as a brother. He made…

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Daily Readings Saturday 20th April 2019 – Holy Saturday

Apr 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saturday 20 April 2019 Holy Saturday Liturgical colour: White. There is no Mass on Holy Saturday itself. Here are the Readings for the evening Easter Vigil. First Reading: Genesis 1:1-2:2 God saw all that he had made, and indeed it was very good In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, and God’s spirit hovered over the water. God said, ‘Let there be light’, and…

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Daily Services Saturday 20th April 2019 The Easter Triduum Holy Saturday

Apr 20
United Kingdom
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RCIA Programme Easter Vigil Mass – 20-04-2019

Apr 20 @ 11:00 pm - 11:59 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
RCIA

RCIA Preparation 2019 Jan to April for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Are You Interested in Becoming a Catholic? - Maybe you are baptized but have not been confirmed or have not received your first communion? - Have you always wanted to learn more about your faith and become part of a community? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) provides an opportunity for adults thinking of joining the Church to learn more about the Catholic…

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Saint Anselm

Apr 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Anselm’s Story (1033 – April 21, 1109) Indifferent toward religion as a young man, Anselm became one of the Church’s greatest theologians and leaders. He received the title “Father of Scholasticism” for his attempt to analyze and illumine the truths of faith through the aid of reason. At 15, Anselm wanted to enter a monastery, but was refused acceptance because of his father’s opposition. Twelve years later, after careless disinterest in religion and years of worldly living, he finally…

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Daily Readings Sunday 21st April 2019 – Easter Sunday

Apr 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Sunday 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 138: 18, 5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia. or: Luke 24: 34; cf. Rv 1: 6 The Lord is truly risen, alleluia. To him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia. Collect O God, who on this day, through your Only…

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Daily Services Sunday 21st April 2019 The Easter Triduum Easter Sunday Of The Resurrection Of The Lord

Apr 21
United Kingdom
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Baptism Programme – 21-04-2019

Apr 21 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Baptism 2019

Baptism Preparation February to April 2019 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish  Download The Baptism Registration form here: In asking to have a child baptised, the parents are accepting the responsibility of training the child in the practice of the Christian faith. It is the duty of every Catholic parent to bring their child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour. A non-Catholic parent is asked to support the…

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Saint Adalbert of Prague

Apr 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Adalbert of Prague’s Story (956 – April 23, 997) Opposition to the Good News of Jesus did not discourage Adalbert, who is now remembered with great honor in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Germany. Born to a noble family in Bohemia, he received part of his education from Saint Adalbert of Magdeburg. At the age of 27, he was chosen as bishop of Prague. Those who resisted his program of clerical reform forced him into exile eight years later.…

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Daily Readings Monday 22nd April 2019

Apr 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Monday 22 April 2019 Easter Monday  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Ex 13: 5, 9 The Lord has led you into a land flowing with milk and honey, that the law of the Lord may always be on your lips, alleluia. or: The Lord has risen from the dead, as he said; let us all exult and rejoice, for he reigns for all eternity, alleluia. Collect O God, who give constant increase to your Church by new offspring, grant that your…

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Saint George – Patron Saint of England

Apr 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint George’s Story (c. 280 –  April 23, 303) Saint George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was a real martyr who suffered at Lydda in Palestine, probably before the time of Constantine. The Church adheres to his memory, but not to the legends surrounding his life. That he was willing to pay the supreme price to follow Christ is what the Church believes. And it is enough. The…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Apr 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Tuesday 23 April 2019 Easter Tuesday  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Sir 15: 3-4 He gave them the water of wisdom to drink; it will be made strong in them and will not be moved; it will raise them up for ever, alleluia. Collect O God, who have bestowed on us paschal remedies, endow your people with heavenly gifts, so that, possessed of perfect freedom, they may rejoice in heaven over what gladdens them now on earth. Through our…

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Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Apr 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen’s Story (1577 – April 24, 1622) If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint’s life. Born in 1577, Mark Rey became a lawyer who constantly upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. Nicknamed “the poor man’s lawyer,” Rey soon grew disgusted with the corruption and injustice he saw among his colleagues. He left his law career…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 24th April 2019

Apr 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Wednesday 24 April 2019 Easter Wednesday  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Matthew 25: 34 Come, you blessed of my Father; receive the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, alleluia. Collect O God, who gladden us year by year with the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection, graciously grant, that, by celebrating these present festivities, we may merit through them to reach eternal joys. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…

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