Jesus has Risen; truly Risen.
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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Christ has risen; truly risen. May the Easter morning fill your hearts with God’s blessings as well as with His joy and merciful love shinning from His Resurrection.
The “seeing and believing” of the disciples must also be our aim. We renew our paschal faith. That Christ be our Lord in everything we do. Let his Life revitalise ours and let us renew the grace of the baptism we have received. Let us become his apostles and disciples. Let us be guided by love and announce to all our happiness to believe in Christ. Let us be hopeful witnesses of his Resurrection.
So Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ Jesus has Risen; truly Risen. As St John Paul II said: ‘Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song’. May the Easter Morning fill your hearts with God’s blessings as well as with His joy and love shinning from His Resurrection.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
Have a blessed week from all at St Swithuns and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Southsea.
Thank You EVERYONE for your support, help – during this busy time of our most beautiful celebrations of Triduum Sacrum in the Holy Church. Thank You for all your kind cards, generous gifts, donations and Easter offering. You are just unbelievable. THANK YOU FROM WHOLE MY HEART – Father Marcin Drabik
Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today’s Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.” What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that He hadn’t been carted off by grave robbers, who usually stole the expensive burial linens and left the corpses behind. But notice the repetition of the word “tomb”—seven times in nine verses. They saw the empty tomb and they believed what He had promised: that God would raise Him on the third day.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 21st April 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”
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 !
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Thank You so much for our last session, which finally prepared not only the children for the Sacrament of Confession, but was also a call to all of us to repent through this special presence of Lord with His sacramental forgiveness. Our Next Meeting will be held on 2nd May 2019 (THURSDAY from 5:00pm to 6:30pm) and will be about “Session XII- “INSIDE THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST part 2″
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 – April 2019
Merciful Father, I thank you for your presence in my life and your immense love. May my heart become more like the heart of Jesus and may this union of hearts be reflected in the way I interact with my colleagues, my family, friends and strangers. I offer you my day, in union with the Heart of Jesus, for the Church and the intentions of the Holy Father. Our Father …
Pope Francis’s Prayer: May he Lord help all the little ones and the poor of our world to continue to believe and trust that the Kingdom of God is at hand, in our midst, and is ‘justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Rom.14:17. May He sustain all those how, day by day, strive to combat evil with good, with words and deeds of fraternity, respect, encounter and solidarity. We ask all this in the power of the crucified and risen Lord – Amen.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: 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: 21st April 2019 : Edward Thompson, Marie Moakes, Modestina Giordano, Mary Proctor, Marie Kelleher, James Murphy, Joan McCartan, Annie Brain, Stanislaw Kukulka, known as Kaye, Thomas Madigan, Elsie Elizabeth Sainty, James Murphy, Marie Garrett, Kathleen Golden, Jan Uruski, Anne-Marie Georgette Milins, Ivy May Rankin, Joseph Row, Kathleen Nurse, Wiliam Richard Alfred Crouch, Sonia Robina Francis Willy-Firth, Anthony Thomas English, Maureen Stella Creamer, Kathleen Donnelly, Mabel Rosser, Harry Matthews, John Andrews, Jane “Jenny” Murphy, Eileen Arnold, Thomas Doyle, Thomas McAlpine, Mary Harty, Arthur Kennett, Margaret Childs, Dolores Smith, Gertrude Stroud, George William Tuft, Rose Ballard, Walter Martin, Anne Littler, Provost Robert Scantlebury, John McEwan, Alice Causon, Susan Mary Simms, Stephen O’Neill, Maria Meilak, Gertrude Topham, Rena Shearman, Angela Priest, Joseph Quigley, Brenda Terry, Meredith Reid, Thomas Farrell, Annette Millicent Probert and Janecckle Margaret Eleanor Dennis, 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