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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Today, Jesus invites us to love one another. In our complex world, too. Complex because good and evil are being mixed and mingled together. We often feel tempted to look at our world as our misfortune, as a piece of bad news, whereas we Christians, instead, are responsible for bringing out, to this violent and unfair world, the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Yes, indeed, Jesus tells us “love one another. Just as I have loved you” (John 13:34). And, a good way to love one another, to put God’s Word into practice, is to announce, always and everywhere, the Good News of the Gospel, which is nothing else but Jesus Christ!
“But we have this treasure in clay vessels”, Saint Paul tells us (2Cor 4:7). But, what treasure is this? That of the Word, that of the very God, and we happen to be its clay vessels. Yet, this treasure is too precious for us to keep for ourselves. We have to divulge it: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations (…) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt 28:19-20). In fact —as the Holy Father has written— “Those who have come into genuine contact with Christ cannot keep him for themselves, they must proclaim him”.
With this confidence in God, let us announce the Gospel and, let us do it with all our available means and wherever we can: by word of mouth, by our deeds and thoughts, through newspapers, Internet, in our work and with our friends… “Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near” (Phil 4:5).
Therefore, and as His Holiness John Paul II emphasizes, we must use the new technologies, openly, without beating around the bush, to spread as much as possible the Good News of the Church today, because only if our kindness is known to all, only by changing our heart, we shall achieve that our world changes too.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
By God’s goodness and compassion, the doors of His kingdom have been opened to all who have faith, Jew or Gentile. That’s the good news Paul and Barnabas proclaim in today’s First Reading. With the coming of the Church—the new Jerusalem John sees in today’s Second Reading—God is “making all things new.” By our love we glorify the Father. And by our love all peoples will know that we are His people, that He is our God.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 19th May 2019 till the 31st May 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here https://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see ” Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” on 24th May 2019 at 8:10pm
Big science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom … What they forgot is that every generation has its Rebel! That rebel, Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) travels the world on his quest, and learns an awe-inspiring truth, that educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure and even fired, for the crime of merely believing that there might be evidence of design in nature, and that perhaps life is not just the result of accidental, random chance. To which Ben Says: Enough! And then gets busy. NOBODY messes with Ben.
It’s a movie that Ferris Bueller would take the day off to go see. What freedom-loving student wouldn’t be outraged to discover that his high school science teacher is teaching a theory as indisputable fact, and that university professors unmercifully crush any fellow scientists who dare question the prevailing system of belief? This isn’t the latest Hollywood comedy; it’s a disturbing new documentary that will shock
All films are shown in St Swithun’s church hall following Friday evening mass at 7:00pm. Film’s start generally around 8:10pm with tea and coffee provided. ALL ARE WELCOME !
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 after Easter 2019 are:
1st Session – 23rd May, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
2nd Session -6th June, Thursday from 6.45pm to 8.00pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
30th June- at 10.15am Sunday Mass in St Swithun’s church – Introducing the children to the Community of the Church and the First Anointing with the Catechumens’ Oil;
14th July 2019 Sunday at 10.15am Mass – SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM.
Prayer of the Month – May 2019
As St.Ignatius of Loyola always recommended, when we take some time to pray, we should always begin by pausing to become aware of God’s gaze upon us; God already looking at us, beholding us, wanting to share God’s own being with us. At this time in particular we can remind ourselves of the Risen Christ’s joy and glory and the Trinity’s desire always to be with us, inviting us to participation in that glory.
God of kindness, you created your children to live united to You, in communion with one another. In this month of May, with Pope Francis and all of us in his personal prayer network, we pray to you for the Christians of Africa, so that they open themselves to your presence and to your reconciling action in the midst of the divisions of this world. May your grace move hearts to forgiveness and mercy, with a sincere desire for that dialogue that builds peace and nurtures hope in the future, in particular of the poorest and the young. Our Father…
Please pray for those who are ill especially: John Topham, Andrea Halloran, 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: 19th May 2019 : Christopher Smith, William Foulkes, George Hurley, George Wood, Cecilia Raven, Marshall Callender, Mary (May) Nelson, Mary Bryant, John O’Reilly, Herbert Arthur, William Holt, Ronald Cecil Read, Jennie Coombes, Norah Blake, Violet Demmen, Samuel Orme, Frank Wills, Edward (Ted) Docker, Mary Newell, Eleanor Mary Edwards, May Lilian Eileen Mary Ann Myall, Dorothy Cull, Margaret Perrin, Susan Aston, James Holland, David Link, Margaret Evelyn Weldon, Yvonne Theodora Questel, Dora Moss, Teresa Hughes, Dorothy Lewis, Angela Morgan, Stanley Arthur Groom, Anne Summerfield, Anne Bamberger, Margarita Alt, ‘Ron’ MacDonald, Emily May Whittaker, Kathleen Donnelly, Thomas Maher, Richard Stanick, Winnifred Bartlett, George Green, Patrick “Mick” O’Leary, Violet Caudrey, Theresa Mundy, Marianne Busuttil, Leslie Herbert Wheeler, 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