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June 2018

Venerable Matt Talbot

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

Venerable Matt Talbot’s story (May 2, 1856 – June 7, 1925) Matt can be considered the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism. He was born in Dublin, where his father worked on the docks and had a difficult time supporting his family. After a few years of schooling, Matt obtained work as a messenger for some liquor merchants; there he began to drink excessively. For 15 years—until he was almost 30—Matt was an active alcoholic. One day he decided…

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Daily Readings Monday June 18th 2018

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

Monday of week 11 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 26: 7, 9 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Saviour! Collect O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you…

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Daily Services Monday 18th June 2018

Jun 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 18th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Mondays

Jun 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Mondays

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Saint Romuald

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

Saint Romuald’s Story (c. 950 – June 19, 1027) In the midst of a wasted youth, Romuald watched his father kill a relative in a duel over property. In horror he fled to a monastery near Ravenna. After three years, some of the monks found him to be uncomfortably holy and eased him out. Romuald spent the next 30 years going about Italy, founding monasteries and hermitages. He longed to give his life to Christ in martyrdom, and got the…

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Daily Readings Tuesday June 19th 2018

Jun 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday of week 11 in Ordinary Time or Saint Romuald, Abbot Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon cf. Ps 26: 7, 9 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Saviour! Collect O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we…

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Daily Services Tuesday 19th June 2018

Jun 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 19th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Tuesdays

Jun 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Tuesdays

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Saint Paulinus of Nola

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

Saint Paulinus of Nola’s Story (354 – June 22, 431) Anyone who is praised in the letters of six or seven saints undoubtedly must be of extraordinary character. Such a person was Paulinus of Nola, correspondent and friend of Saints Augustine, Jerome, Melania, Martin, Gregory the Great, and Ambrose. Born near Bordeaux, he was the son of the Roman prefect of Gaul, who had extensive property in both Gaul and Italy. Paulinus became a distinguished lawyer, holding several public offices…

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Daily Readings Wednesday June 20th 2018

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

Wednesday of week 11 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Alban, first martyr of England  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 26: 7, 9 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Saviour! Collect O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that…

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Daily Services Wednesday 20th June 2018

Jun 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 20th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Wednesdays

Jun 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Wednesdays Prayer to Saint Joseph

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Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

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

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga’s Story (March 9, 1568 – June 21, 1591) The Lord can make saints anywhere, even amid the brutality and license of Renaissance life. Florence was the “mother of piety” for Aloysius Gonzaga despite his exposure to a “society of fraud, dagger, poison, and lust.” As a son of a princely family, he grew up in royal courts and army camps. His father wanted Aloysius to be a military hero. At age 7 Aloysius experienced a profound spiritual…

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Daily Readings Thursday June 21st 2018

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

Thursday of week 11 in Ordinary Time (Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 23: 4, 3 The clean of hands and pure of heart shall climb the mountain of the Lord and stand in his holy place. Collect O God, giver of heavenly gifts, who in Saint Aloysius Gonzaga joined penitence to a wonderful innocence of life, grant, through his merits and intercession, that, though we have failed to follow him in innocence, we may…

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Daily Services Thursday 21st June 2018

Jun 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 21st 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Thursdays

Jun 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Thursdays

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Saint Thomas More

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

Saint Thomas More’s Story (February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535 ) His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life. Beheaded on Tower Hill, London, on July 6, 1535, More steadfastly refused to approve King Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage and establishment of the Church of England. Described as “a man for all seasons,” More was a literary scholar, eminent lawyer, gentleman, father of four children, and chancellor of England.…

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Daily Readings Friday June 22nd 2018

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

Saints John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs - Feast Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Dan 3:12. 16 These are the brave who resisted the king’s command, saying: in this matter it is our duty to disobey. Collect O God, who in martyrdom have brought true faith to its highest expression, graciously grant that, strengthened through the intercession of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, we may confirm by the witness of our life the faith we profess with our lips.…

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Daily Services Friday 22nd June 2018

Jun 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 22nd 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Fridays

Jun 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Prayer for Healing

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Saint John Fisher

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

Saint John Fisher’s Story (1469 – June 22, 1535) John Fisher is usually associated with Erasmus, Thomas More, and other Renaissance humanists. His life therefore, did not have the external simplicity found in the lives of some saints. Rather, he was a man of learning, associated with the intellectuals and political leaders of his day. He was interested in the contemporary culture and eventually became chancellor at Cambridge. He had been made a bishop at 35, and one of his interests was…

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Daily Readings Saturday June 23rd 2018

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

Saturday of week 11 in Ordinary Time or Saint Etheldreda (or Audrey), Abbess or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 26: 7, 9 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; be my help. Do not abandon or forsake me, O God, my Saviour! Collect O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the…

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Daily Services Saturday 23rd June 2018

Jun 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 23rd 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Saturdays

Jun 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Saturdays

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Saint John the Baptist

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

Saint John the Baptist’s Story Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John….” But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: “Yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28). John spent his time in the desert, an ascetic. He began to announce the coming of the Kingdom, and to call everyone to a fundamental…

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Daily Readings Sunday June 24th 2018

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

The Birthday of Saint John the Baptist - Mass of the Day (see also Vigil Mass) Liturgical Colour: White. These Readings are for the day of the feast itself: Entrance Antiphon John 1, 6-7; Lk 1, 17 A man was sent from God, whose name was John. He came to testify to the light, to prepare a people fit for the Lord. Collect O God, who raised up Saint John the Baptist to make ready a nation fit for Christ the…

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Daily Services Sunday 24th June 2018 – THE NATIVITY OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST

Jun 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Blessed Jutta of Thuringia

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

Blessed Jutta of Thuringia’s Story (d. c. 1260) Today’s patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor. In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide…

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Daily Readings Monday June 25th 2018

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

Monday of week 12 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 27: 8-9 The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them for ever. Collect Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus…

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Daily Services Monday 25th June 2018

Jun 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 25th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Mondays

Jun 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Mondays

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Blessed Raymond Lull

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

Blessed Raymond Lull’s Story (c. 1235 – June 28, 1315) Raymond worked all his life to promote the missions and died a missionary to North Africa. Raymond was born at Palma on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea. He earned a position in the king’s court there. One day a sermon inspired him to dedicate his life to working for the conversion of the Muslims in North Africa. He became a Secular Franciscan and founded a college where…

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Daily Readings Tuesday June 26th 2018

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

Tuesday of week 12 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 27: 8-9 The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them for ever. Collect Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus…

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Daily Services Tuesday 26th June 2018

Jun 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 26th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Tuesdays

Jun 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Tuesdays

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria

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

Saint Cyril of Alexandria’s Story (378 – June 27, 444) Saints are not born with halos around their heads. Cyril, recognized as a great teacher of the Church, began his career as archbishop of Alexandria, Egypt, with impulsive, often violent, actions. He pillaged and closed the churches of the Novatian heretics–who required those who denied the faith to be re-baptized–participated in the deposing of Saint John Chrysostom, and confiscated Jewish property, expelling the Jews from Alexandria in retaliation for their attacks…

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Daily Readings Wednesday June 27th 2018

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

Wednesday of week 12 in Ordinary Time or Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop, Doctor Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 27: 8-9 The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them for ever. Collect Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation…

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Daily Services Wednesday 27th June 2018

Jun 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 27th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Wednesdays

Jun 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Wednesdays Prayer to Saint Joseph

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Saint Irenaeus

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

Saint Irenaeus’ Story (c. 130 – c. 202) The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a desire to win over his opponents than to prove them in error. As bishop of Lyons he was especially concerned with the Gnostics, who took their name from the Greek word for…

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Daily Readings Thursday June 28th 2018

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

Thursday of week 12 in Ordinary Time (Saint Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr ) Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon Mal 2: 6 The law of truth was in his mouth; no dishonesty was found on his lips. He walked with me in integrity and peace, and turned many away from evil. Collect O God, who called the Bishop Saint Irenaeus to confirm true doctrine and the peace of the Church, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, being renewed in faith and charity,…

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Daily Services Thursday 28th June 2018

Jun 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 28th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Thursdays

Jun 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Thursdays

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Saints Peter and Paul

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

Saints Peter and Paul’s Story Peter (d. 64?). Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the many glorious moments in Peter’s life, beginning with the day he was called from his nets along the Sea of Galilee to become a fisher of men for Jesus.…

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Daily Readings Friday June 29th 2018

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

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Mass of the Day (see also Vigil Mass) Liturgical Colour: Red. These Readings are for the day of the feast itself: Entrance Antiphon These are the ones who, living in the flesh, planted the Church with their blood; they drank the chalice of the Lord and became the friends of God. Collect O God, who on the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul give us the noble and holy joy of this day, grant,…

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Daily Services Friday 29th June 2018 – Saints PETER & PAUL – Holy Day of Obligation

Jun 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 29th 2018 – Month of the Sacred Heart – Fridays

Jun 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Prayer for Healing

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First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

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

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome’s Story There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter in 57-58 A.D. There was a large Jewish population in Rome. Probably as a result of controversy between Jews and Jewish Christians, the Emperor Claudius expelled all Jews…

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Daily Readings Saturday June 30th 2018

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

Saturday of week 12 in Ordinary Time or The First Martyrs of the See of Rome or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 27: 8-9 The Lord is the strength of his people, a saving refuge for the one he has anointed. Save your people, Lord, and bless your heritage, and govern them for ever. Collect Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your…

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Daily Services Saturday 30th June 2018

Jun 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for June 30th 2018 – Month of the the Sacred Heart – Saturdays

Jun 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Saturdays

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July 2018

Saint Junipero Serra

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

Saint Junipero Serra’s Story (November 24, 1713 – August 28, 1784) In 1776, when the American Revolution was beginning in the east, another part of the future United States was being born in California. That year a gray-robed Franciscan founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, now famous for its annually returning swallows. San Juan was the seventh of nine missions established under the direction of this indomitable Spaniard. Born on Spain’s island of Mallorca, Serra entered the Franciscan Order, taking the…

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Daily Readings Sunday July 1st 2018

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

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Ps 46: 2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! Collect O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in…

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Daily Services Sunday 1st July 2018

Jul 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Oliver Plunkett

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

Saint Oliver Plunkett’s Story (November 1, 1629 – July 1, 1681) The name of today’s saint is especially familiar to the Irish and the English—and with good reason. The English martyred Oliver Plunkett for defending the faith in his native Ireland during a period of severe persecution. Born in County Meath in 1629, he studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was…

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Daily Readings Monday July 2nd 2018

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

Monday of week 13 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Ps 46: 2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! Collect O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with…

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Daily Services Monday 2nd July 2018

Jul 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Thomas the Apostle

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

Saint Thomas the Apostle’s Story (1st Century – December 21, 72) Poor Thomas! He made one remark and has been branded as “Doubting Thomas” ever since. But if he doubted, he also believed. He made what is certainly the most explicit statement of faith in the New Testament: “My Lord and My God!” and, in so expressing his faith, gave Christians a prayer that will be said till the end of time. He also occasioned a compliment from Jesus to…

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Daily Readings Tuesday July 3rd 2018

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

Saint Thomas, Apostle - Feast Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 117: 28, 21 You are my God, and I confess you; you are my God, and I exalt you; I will thank you, for you became my saviour. Collect Grant, almighty God, that we may glory in the Feast of the blessed Apostle Thomas, so that we may always be sustained by his intercession and, believing, may have life in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, whom Thomas acknowledged…

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Daily Services Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Jul 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

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

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal’s Story (1271 – July 4, 1336) Elizabeth is usually depicted in royal garb with a dove or an olive branch. At her birth in 1271, her father, Pedro III, future king of Aragon, was reconciled with his father, James, the reigning monarch. This proved to be a portent of things to come. Under the healthful influences surrounding her early years, she quickly learned self-discipline and acquired a taste for spirituality. Thus, fortunately prepared, she was able…

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Daily Readings Wednesday July 4th 2018

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

Wednesday of week 13 in Ordinary Time or Saint Elizabeth of Portugal  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Ps 46: 2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! Collect O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,…

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Daily Services Wednesday 4th July 2018

Jul 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Anthony Zaccaria

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

Saint Anthony Zaccaria’s Story (1502  – July 5, 1539) At the same time that Martin Luther was attacking abuses in the Church, a reformation within the Church was already being attempted. Among the early movers of the Counter-Reformation was Anthony Zaccaria. His mother became a widow at 18 and devoted herself to the spiritual education of her son. He received a medical doctorate at 22 and, while working among the poor of his native Cremona in Italy, was attracted to…

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Daily Readings Thursday July 5th 2018

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

Thursday of week 13 in Ordinary Time or Saint Antony Mary Zaccaria, Priest  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Ps 46: 2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! Collect O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your…

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Daily Services Thursday 5th July 2018

Jul 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Maria Goretti

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

Saint Maria Goretti’s Story (October 16, 1890 – July 6, 1902) One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization—250,000—symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of Maria Goretti. She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant farmer, had no chance to go to school, never learned to read or write. When she made her First Communion not long before her death at age 12, she was one of the larger and somewhat backward members…

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Daily Readings Friday July 6th 2018

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

Friday of week 13 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Ps 46: 2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! Collect O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your…

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Daily Services Friday 6th July 2018

Jul 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions

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

Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions’ Story (1804 – 1860) Not much is known of the early life of Emmanuel Ruiz but details of his heroic death in defense of the faith have come down to us. Born of humble parents in Santander, Spain, he became a Franciscan priest and served as a missionary in Damascus. This was at a time when anti-Christian riots shook Syria and thousands lost their lives in just a short time. Among these were Emmanuel, superior…

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Daily Readings Saturday July 7th 2018

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

Saturday of week 13 in Ordinary Time or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Ps 46: 2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy! Collect O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord Jesus…

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Daily Services Saturday 7th July 2018

Jul 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Gregory Grassi

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

Saint Gregory Grassi and Companions’ Story (d. July 9, 1900) Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When the governments of Britain, Germany, Russia and France forced substantial territorial concessions from the Chinese in 1898, anti-foreign sentiment grew very strong among many Chinese people. Gregory Grassi was born in Italy in 1833, ordained in 1856 and sent to China five years later. Gregory was later ordained Bishop of North Shanxi. With 14 other…

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Daily Readings Sunday July 8th 2018

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

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon cf. Ps 47: 10-11 Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin…

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Daily Services Sunday 8th July 2018 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions

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

Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions’ Story (d. 1648 – 1930) Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly. The 120 martyrs in this group died between 1648 and 1930. Most of them (87) were born in China and were children, parents, catechists, or laborers, ranging from nine years of age to 72. This group…

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Daily Readings Monday July 9th 2018

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

Monday of week 14 in Ordinary Time or Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and his Companions, Martyrs Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 47: 10-11 Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy,…

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Daily Services Monday 9th July 2018

Jul 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Veronica Giuliani

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

Saint Veronica Giuliani’s Story (December 27, 1660 – July 9, 1727) Veronica’s desire to be like Christ crucified was answered with the stigmata. Veronica was born in Mercatelli, Italy. It is said that when her mother Benedetta was dying she called her five daughters to her bedside and entrusted each of them to one of the five wounds of Jesus. Veronica was entrusted to the wound below Christ’s heart. At the age of 17, Veronica joined the Poor Clares directed…

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Daily Readings Tuesday July 10th 2018

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

Tuesday of week 14 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon cf. Ps 47: 10-11 Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery…

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Daily Services Tuesday 10th July 2018

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

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

Saint Benedict’s Story (c. 480 – c. 547) It is unfortunate that no contemporary biography was written of a man who has exercised the greatest influence on monasticism in the West. Benedict is well recognized in the later Dialogues of Saint Gregory, but these are sketches to illustrate miraculous elements of his career. Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome and early in life was drawn to the monastic life. At first he became a…

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Daily Readings Wednesday July 11th 2018

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

Saint Benedict, Abbot - Feast Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon There was a man of venerable life, Benedict, blessed by grace and by name, who, leaving home and patrimony and desiring to please God alone, sought out the habit of holy living. Collect O God, who made the Abbot Saint Benedict an outstanding master in the school of divine service, grant, we pray, that, putting nothing before love of you, we may hasten with a loving heart in the way of your…

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Daily Services Wednesday 11th July 2018

Jul 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saints John Jones and John Wall

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

Saints John Jones and John Wall’s story These two friars were martyred in England in the 16th and 17th centuries for refusing to deny their faith. John Jones was Welsh. He was ordained a diocesan priest and was twice imprisoned for administering the sacraments before leaving England in 1590. He joined the Franciscans at the age of 60 and returned to England three years later while Queen Elizabeth I was at the height of her power. John ministered to Catholics…

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Daily Readings Thursday July 12th 2018

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

Thursday of week 14 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 47: 10-11 Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery…

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Daily Services Thursday 12th July 2018

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

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

Saint Henry’s Story (May 6, 972 – July 13, 1024) As German king and Holy Roman Emperor, Henry was a practical man of affairs. He was energetic in consolidating his rule. He crushed rebellions and feuds. On all sides he had to deal with drawn-out disputes so as to protect his frontiers. This involved him in a number of battles, especially in the south in Italy; he also helped Pope Benedict VIII quell disturbances in Rome. Always his ultimate purpose…

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Daily Readings Friday July 13th 2018

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

Friday of week 14 in Ordinary Time or Saint Henry Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 47: 10-11 Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued…

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Daily Services Friday 13th July 2018

Jul 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha’s Story (1656 – April 17, 1680) The blood of martyrs is the seed of saints. Nine years after the Jesuits Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf were tomahawked by Iroquois warriors, a baby girl was born near the place of their martyrdom, Auriesville, New York. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, taken captive by the Iroquois and given as wife to the chief of the Mohawk clan, the boldest and fiercest of the Five Nations. When she…

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Daily Readings Saturday July 14th 2018

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

Saturday of week 14 in Ordinary Time or Saint Camillus of Lellis, Priest or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 47: 10-11 Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. Your praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with saving justice. Collect O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your…

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Daily Services Saturday 14th July 2018

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

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

Saint Bonaventure’s Story (1221 – July 15, 1274) Bonaventure: Franciscan, theologian, doctor of the Church, was both learned and holy. Because of the spirit that filled him and his writings, he was at first called the Devout Doctor; but in more recent centuries he has been known as the Seraphic Doctor after the “Seraphic Father” Francis, because of the truly Franciscan spirit he possessed. Born in Bagnoregio, a town in central Italy, as a boy he was cured of a…

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Daily Readings Sunday July 15th 2018

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

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon cf. Ps 16:15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. Collect O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and…

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Daily Services Sunday 15th July 2018 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 15
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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

The Story of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah in northern Israel in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century they became known as “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” They soon celebrated a special Mass and Office in honor of Mary. In 1726, it became a celebration of the universal Church under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For…

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Daily Readings Monday July 16th 2018

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

Monday of week 15 in Ordinary Time or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 16:15 As for me, in justice I shall behold your face; I shall be filled with the vision of your glory. Collect O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who for the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is…

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Daily Services Monday 16th July 2018

Jul 16
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Francis Solano

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

Saint Francis Solano’s Story (March 10, 1549 – July 14, 1610) Francis came from a leading family in Andalusia, Spain. Perhaps it was his popularity as a student that enabled Francis in his teens to stop two duelists. He entered the Friars Minor in 1570, and after ordination enthusiastically sacrificed himself for others. His care for the sick during an epidemic drew so much admiration that he became embarrassed and asked to be sent to the African missions. Instead he…

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