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Father Marcin is away on his 2 week holiday after the Easter period. We wish him a peaceful break.
My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Today, 3rd Sunday of Easter, we contemplate another apparition of Christ Resurrected, this time after evangelist Joan’s most impressive chapter twenty first, all of it full of sacramental references, totally alive for the Christian community of that first generation, the same one that collected the evangelical testimony of the very Apostles.
After the Easter events, the Apostles seemed to go back to their usual chores, as if they had forgotten the Master had transformed them into “fishers of men”. A mistake the Evangelist willingly admits when he says that —despite having tried their best— «they caught nothing that night» (John 21:3). It was the disciples’ night. All the same, the appearance, at dawn, of the Lord completely overturned everything. Simon Peter, that had previously taken the responsibility for the unprofitable fishing, now pulls the net completely full: one hundred and fifty three fishes is the outcome, a figure which is the addition of the numeric values of Simon (76) and of ikhthys (=fish, 77). Quite significant!
And, when, under the glorified Lord’s protective gaze and with his authority, the Apostles exert, with Peter’s primacy —explicit in the triple avowal of his love for the Lord— their own evangelizing mission, the miracle happens: “they fish men”. If out of their living environment, fish die, human beings also die if nobody brings them out of the darkness and of the asphyxia of an existence away from God and surrounded by absurdity, and take them to the light, the air and the warmth of life. Of Christ’s life that He, himself, nourishes from the beach of his Glory, splendid figure of the Church sacramental life and, primarily, of the Eucharist. It is in the Eucharist the Lord gives us personally the bread and, with it, He also gives himself to us, as the presence of the fish suggests; fish, which for the first Christian community, was a symbol of Christ and, therefore a Christian symbol, too.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
Jesus’ question, “Do you love me more than these?” is a pointed reminder of Peter’s pledge to lay down his life for Jesus, even if the other Apostles might weaken (see John 13:37; Matthew 26:33; Luke 22:33). Jesus then explains just what Peter’s love and leadership will require, foretelling Peter’s death by crucifixion (“you will stretch out your hands”).
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 5th 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 stops now for the final parts of Lent 2019 – We will restart on the 17th May 2019 with a showing of “God’s not Dead 3“
Is God really good all the time? Where is God when bad things happen? Can Christ really heal the broken-hearted? A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life’s darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope. A deadly fire rips through St. James Church, devastating the congregation and Pastor Dave. Adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy to kick the congregation off campus. The escalating controversy creates a dilemma for the small church – can Christians fight for their rights and be the light for Christ at the same time?
GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope.
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|
|7TH July 2019 SUNDAY||10:15am Mass||Thanksgiving Mass together with the previous year First Communion Children||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|11th July 2019 Thursday||5.00pm to 6.30pm||Session XV – Following Jesus Christ & the ways to be involved||St Swithun’s RC Church Southsea|
|14TH July 2019 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: 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: 5th May April 2019 : Mary McKenna, Gertrude Lyons, Noel Hegarty, Edward Hoare, Margaret Hoard, Joseph Agius, Ronald Eric Ball, Dorothy Rogers, Harold Pringle, Margaret Utton, Norah Blockley, Norma “Pat” Wood, Leslie Harold Bremmer, Sean Bowman, Mark Imperiali, Canon Patrick O’Leary (former PP), John (Jack) Mason, Thomas Woods, John Singer, Emerientiana (Reini) Goss, John Francis Caine, Francis John Hadley Grady, Charles Peyton, Anna Greenway, Jane Sands, John Porter, Marion Gash, Sarah Jayne Payne, Joan Empson, Lawrence Lawes, Catherine Walsh, James Halstead, Barry Hickey, Robert Frazier, Margaret Bolt, Walter (Wally) Puddick, Patrick O’Leary, Doreen Lord, Joseph Talt, Henry James Hampton, Harry Suter Ellul, William Curry, Paul Vella, Florence Bisson and Margaret Mary (Maire) Bristow, 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.
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