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December 2019

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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The Story of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity. In 1854, Pius IX solemnly proclaimed: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant…

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First Holy Communion Programme – 08-12-2019

Dec 8 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

First Holy Communion Programme September 2019 to June 2020 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Mondays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below…

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Saint Juan Diego

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

Saint Juan Diego’s Story (1474 – May 30, 1548) Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31, 2002, for the canonization of Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II celebrated the ceremony at which the poor Indian peasant became the Church’s first saint indigenous to the Americas. The Holy Father called the new saint “a simple, humble Indian” who accepted Christianity without giving up his…

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St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School – Prep for Advent’s Sacrament of Confession

Dec 9 @ 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
St Swithuns Catholic Primary School, Taswell Road
Southsea, Hampshire PO5 2RG United Kingdom

Monday 9th December 1.15pm to 3.00pm preparation the students of St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School for Advent’s Sacrament of Confession; St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School

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Blessed Adolph Kolping

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

Blessed Adolph Kolping’s Story (December 8, 1813 – December 4, 1865) The rise of the factory system in 19th-century Germany brought many single men into cities where they faced new challenges to their faith. Father Adolph Kolping began a ministry to them, hoping that they would not be lost to the Catholic faith, as was happening to workers elsewhere in industrialized Europe. Born in the village of Kerpen, Adolph became a shoemaker at an early age because of his family’s…

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St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School – Advent’s Sacrament of Confession

Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St Swithuns Catholic Primary School, Taswell Road
Southsea, Hampshire PO5 2RG United Kingdom

Tuesday 10th December 2.00pm to 3.00pm Our Students will receive Advent’s Sacrament of Confession; St Swithun’s Catholic Primary School

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Parish Youth Club Timetable 2019

Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

  Our Youth Club will meet every week, on Tuesdays – from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Dear Children and our Dear Youth Our special room which will be dedicated for the meetings with You, during our Altar Servers’ Meetings, Youth Meetings, Sunday School, First Communion preparation sessions and the lessons for Polish Children about the history of their country, gramma of their native language and catechesis is still under the re-construction. So, please be patient. Our ‘good souls’ of our Polish…

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Hear God’s Voice – Tuesday Dec 10th 2019

Dec 10 @ 7:40 pm - 9:00 pm

On Tuesdays, from 7.40pm to 9.00pm we are coming back to our SCRIPTURE MEETINGS - ‘HEAR GOD’S VOICE’. Our next meeting will be on the 5th November 2019 This is a very special and different way to read God’s Word - we continue the journey with St Mark’s Gospel. We ask The Holy Spirit to lead us, to open us for the things which He would like us to notice, to focus on, to put into the action. ALL ARE…

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Polish & Mix Couples Marriage Preparation

Dec 10 @ 9:10 pm - 10:30 pm
Marriage rings

Please will those couples preparing for marriage with Faher Marcin please join us on Tuesday 10th December 9.10pm to 10.30pm Preparation for Marriage for the Polish and mix-couples will take place in the Presbytery – 105 Waverley Road, Southsea  

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Saint Damasus I

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

Saint Damasus I’s Story (304 – December 11, 384) To his secretary Saint Jerome, Damasus was “an incomparable person, learned in the Scriptures, a virgin doctor of the virgin Church, who loved chastity and heard its praises with pleasure.” Damasus seldom heard such unrestrained praise. Internal political struggles, doctrinal heresies, uneasy relations with his fellow bishops and those of the Eastern Church marred the peace of his pontificate. The son of a Roman priest, possibly of Spanish extraction, Damasus started…

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