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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Today, the day of Pentecost, the fulfilment of the promise Christ made the Apostles is finally accomplished. The evening of that Easter day He breathed on them and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). The Holy Spirit’s arrival on the Day of Pentecost renews and brings this gift to plenitude in a solemn way and with external manifestations. Thus, culminates the paschal mystery.
Jesus conveys the Spirit into the disciples to create a new human condition while producing unity. When man’s arrogance made him think he could defy God by building the Babel tower, God mixed their languages, so they could not understand each other anymore. With the Pentecost it just happens the contrary: on the grace of the Holy Spirit, people from the most varied origins and languages can understand the Apostles.
The Holy Spirit is the intimate and personal Master who guides the disciple towards the truth, who motivates him to do good, who consoles him in the pain, who transforms him intimately, while giving him a new strength and capacity.
The first day of the Pentecost of the Christian era, the Apostles were gathered around the Virgin Mary, while praying. The recollection, and the praying attitude, are necessary to receive the Spirit. “And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them” (Acts 2:2-3).
They remained full of the Holy Spirit and, bravely, they started to preach. Those fearful men had been transformed into courageous preachers unafraid of gaol, torture or martyrdom. Which should not surprise us, for the Holy Spirit’s strength dwelt within them.
The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, is my soul’s soul, the life of my life, the entity of my entity; it is my sanctifier, the guest in my deepest interior. To reach maturity in a life of faith our relationship with Him must be, time and again, more conscientious, more personal. In this celebration of the Pentecost we must have the doors, deep down us, wide open.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15–21; Deuteronomy 16:9–11). The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised (see 2 Corinthians 3:2–8; Romans 8:2). As God fashioned the first man out of dust and filled him with His Spirit (see Genesis 2:7), in today’s Gospel we see the New Adam become a life-giving Spirit, breathing new life into the Apostles (see 1 Corinthians 15:45, 47).
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 9th 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/
Our Parish Cinema invites you all to see “ Faith like Potatoes” next Friday on 14th June 2019 – Go to our event page here to see full details
When a farmer gives his life to Christ, he finds not only transformation but a new direction, becoming the “South African Billy Graham.”
Based on the inspiring true story of Angus Buchan’s autobiographical book, Faith Like Potatoes was adapted for the big screen by award winning actor and director, Regardt van der Bergh, and weaves together the moving journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest. This inspiring true story of a rugged South African farmer, Angus Buchan, is set in the turbulent hills of the KZN Midlands. Angus’ manic quest for material success is slowly transformed into a wild love for God and people, as he wrestles with faith, hope, natural disasters and tragic personal loss.
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: 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: 9th June 2019 : John Topham, Patrica Hopkins RIP, John David Simms, Alice Mullins, Kenneth Mack, Joseph Nolan, William Cunningham, Margaret Peggy Waterman, Nora Margerie Vivien, Amy Gilligan, Wladyslaw Bijos, Edgar Green, Elizabeth Beach, Evelyn Mary O’Brien, Joseph Henry Grover, Elizabeth Molloy, Frances Mary Dehe, Veronica Mary Norris, Canon Brian Scantlebury, John Magrane, John Boden, Susan Caulfield, Peter Hostler, Patrick Vincent Vallely, Norman Jackson, Alice Hickey, Emiliy Main, Alice Coote, Margaret Ward, Richard Googan, Elizabeth James, Theresa Blockley, Kathleen Ursula Simpson, Margaret Christine Geary, Olwynne Cora Clarke, Philomena Weeks, Eugeniusz Tluszcz, Philippus Balzan, Joseph Hacker, Frances Howard, Thomas Sinnott, George Cole, Stanislaw Prus, George Duncan & Eva O’Connor, 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