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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Today, we celebrate the solemnity of the mystery at the centre of our faith, where everything originates from and where everything returns to. The mystery of the unity and of God, and at the same time, his subsistence in three equal and yet, different Persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: unity in communion and communion in unity. In this great day, we must realize that his great mystery is ever present in our lives: from the very Sacrament of our Baptism —which we have received in the name of the Holy Trinity— till our participation in the mystery of the Eucharist, which is made for the glory of the Father, by his Son Jesus Christ, thanks to the Holy Spirit. And it is also the signal by which we Christians recognize one another: the sign of the Cross, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The mission of the Son, Jesus Christ, consists in the revelation of his Father, whom He is the perfect image of, and in the gift of the Spirit, which has also been revealed by the Son. Today, the proclaimed evangelic reading shows it up to us: the Son receives everything from the Father in perfect unity: “All that the Father has is mine”, and the Spirit receives all that the Spirit is from the Father and the Son. “Because of this —says Jesus— I have just told you, that the Spirit will take what is mine and make it known to you” (Jn 16:15). And in another part of this same chapter (Jn 15:26): “When the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about me”.
From all that, let us learn the great and comforting truth: the Holy Trinity, far from being distant and aloof, comes to us, dwells within us and transforms us in its interlocutors. And this, through the Spirit, which guide us into the whole truth (cf. Jn 16:13). The incomparable “Christian dignity”, which, St. Leo the Great, at times, speaks about, is this: to keep God’s mystery within us and, thus, revel in our Earth of our own Heavenly “citizenship” (cf. Phil 3:20), that is, into the Holy Trinity’s bosom
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
In today’s Liturgy we’re swept through time in glorious procession—from before earth and sky were set in place to the coming of the Spirit upon the new creation, the Church. We begin in the heart of the Trinity, as we listen to the testimony of Wisdom in today’s First Reading. Eternally begotten, the first-born of God, He is poured forth from of old in the loving delight of the Father.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 16th June 2019 till the 30th June 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here https://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
The future programs for all of the sacramental programmes will appear here after the summer holidays.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Thank You so much to those Children and their Parents, who took a part of our Holy Week’s celebrations, and Easter joy. The rest of the programme can be found below
|2nd May 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 2”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|23rd May 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XIII-“Structure and the meaning of the particular parts of the Holy Mass”
Receiving and getting familiar with the Mass & Prayer Books which children receive during the session)
|St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|2nd June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|6th June 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XIV – “The Holy Body & Precious Blood of Christ”||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|9th June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|16th June 2019 Sunday||after 10:15am Mass||Rehearsals of the First Confession & The First Holy Communion Celebration||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|18th June 2019 TUESDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session only for parents/carers – Theology of the Body||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|21st June 2019 FRIDAY||6.00pm – 8.00pm||Final Rehearsal Followed by the Holy Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Benediction||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|22ND June 2019 Saturday||11.30am||FIRST SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION FOR CHILDREN||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|23RD June 2019 Sunday||12.00 noon or AT 3pm (TBC)||FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS – AT 12.00 noon or AT 3.pm (TBC)||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|30TH June 2019 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Receiving the Certificates of the Holy Communion||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|6th July 2019 THURSDAY||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XV – Following Jesus Christ & the ways to be involved||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|7TH July 2018 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass together with the previous year First Communion Children||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14TH July 2018 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass and receive a special gift from Fr Marcin||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
Please, have with You always your rosary beads – the wooden ones for the practice.
SHORT REMINDER FOR THE PARENTS OF THE FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN – Please, attend the sessions with your children, because they are organised on the way to make your life a little bit easier do not create another, separated sessions just with the Parents. All the Parents should stay for the sessions with the children, please, please.
The next Baptismal Preparation Sessions are:
|13th June,2019 Thursday||6.45pm to 8.00pm||2nd Session||St Swithun’s RC Church Presbytery 105 Waverley Rd Southsea|
|30th June 2019 Sunday||at 10.15am Sunday Mass||Introducing the children to the Community of the Church and the First Anointing with the Catechumens’ Oil||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14th July 2019 Sunday||at 10.15am Sunday Mass||SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
Please, notice that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly.
The late, great Cardinal Basil Hume OSB, when ordaining new priests in the Diocese of Westminster, used always to remark on how people would presume that the men being ordained had been tested to see if they were strong enough. No, suggested Dom Basil, the question must always be, “is this man weak enough to be a priest?” Those of us in Christ’s church who are ordained priests know the truth of that; we know that we are to try to minister to weakness, surrounded by weakness and from our own weakness. If we don’t know that, or can’t do it, then we fall into the evil of clericalism, which is about power, not weakness and is exactly the opposite of the late Cardinal’s prerequisite for ordination. It is a great grace for us priests to know that, in the church’s largest prayer-group, we are prayed for, this month, through the Pope’s intention.
Gracious Father, I contemplate your presence among us. Help me to do all things for the greater good of all people. Help me to remember, today and every day, that my sacred baptism graced me with a share in the common priesthood of all believers. May I not forget the priests who minister to me, my family and my community; that I may support them, encourage them and pray for them. I offer to you today all my thoughts, words, deeds and all that am for this, and all, the intentions of Pope Francis this month. Our Father… Glory Be …
and for those in Our Own Parish…..
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Brian Boulter, Charlie Albert Matthews, Aileen Hopkins, Ann Ford, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kevin & Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Patrick McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 16th June 2019 : John Topham, Modestino & Modestina Giordano, Apollo, Martha Carroll, John St John, Margaret Mullen, Annie Connors, Don Broomhead, John Fitzsimmonds, Sheila Diana Smith, John Morgan, Winifred Wilkinson, Sheila Strong, Olive Sandell, Monica Ellul, Thomas Vincent Webb, John Wesley Davis, Philip Clarke, Rose Emily Madeline Collins, Tina Brooks, Marie Celine Crispin, Emily Jardine, Colin Whent, Blanche de Curzon, Diana Smyth, Norman Jones, Violet Page, Elizabeth Mary Jones, Christine Jones, David Darling, Mary Jane Meades, Richard Eugene Mullen, Cecilia (Sheila) Jenkins, Tom Treacy, Florence Aherne, Stuart Campbell, Marie Theresa Barber, Nadia Armenise, Robert Steel, Zoe Lloyd, Mary Thornton, Dorothy Ryder, Phoebe Warren, John Bergin, Edna Bailey & Wilfred George Maynard, Lizzie and Patrick McSharry ,Gemma Litchfield and Jozef Michalczuk.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
“CAN-DO CHRISTIANS” A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MARCIN
Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dear Friends: I would like to share with You some things which are about our Parish and for our Parish. I’m absolutely sure, that You have noticed how many things already happen in our Parish to help in our spiritual grow to love God more and more in His Word to us, in His Sacraments for us (which is His real presence among us). We also go out to meet those who still searching for God, or who were not so lucky to have personal contact with Jesus Christ.
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs