To truly understand what Jesus did at the climax of his life—and what the Catholic Church does at every Mass—we must understand the importance of blood sacrifice to Judaism in Jesus’ time. Everything that Moses did at Mt. Sinai, and all that was done for a thousand years in the temple, was summed up by Christ’s ultimate blood sacrifice on the Cross, offered for the reconciliation of God and humanity. And this ultimate lifeblood of God, sprinkled by Christ the high priest once for all, is what the Mass re-presents and makes sacramentally present to us.
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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ!!! We are reminded in this week’s Gospel of the power of the real presence of Christ who fed the 5 thousand both physically and spiritually. We too experience this miracle each time we go to Mass and receive the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Today is the greatest day for a Christian’s heart, because, after celebrating the institution of the Eucharist on the Holy Thursday, the Church now is trying to exalt this revered Sacrament, to make us adore it without limit. “Quantum potes, tantum aude…”, “dare to do your best”: this is the invitation St. Thomas Aquinas makes us in a wonderful hymn of praise to the Eucharist. And, in a most admirable way, this invitation sums up what our heart’s feelings should be before Christ’s true presence in the Eucharist. To reciprocate such a humble, hidden, and so impressive donation, whatever we can do will never be enough. The Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth hides under the Sacramental species and offers himself to us as the food that feeds our souls. He is bread of angels and food of wayfarers. And it is bread of life we are being abundantly given, as the bread to avoid the weakness of those following him was miraculously multiplied to be distributed without any measure: “They ate and everyone had enough; and when they gathered up what was left, twelve baskets were filled with broken pieces” (Luke 9:17).
In front of this overabundance of love our reaction can never be stingy. An attentive and deep gaze of faith to this Divine Sacrament, must necessarily give way to a grateful prayer and to a passionate heart. In his sermons, St. Josemaria used to repeat the words a certain venerable bishop addressed to the priests he had just ordained: “Treat him well for me, treat him well!”.
A quick conscience examination will help us realizing what we are to do to treat the Sacramented Jesus more delicately: the cleanliness of our soul —it must always be in grace to receive him—, the correctness of what we wear —as a sign of love and reverence—, the frequency with which we come closer to receive him, the number of times we visit him in the Tabernacle… Our attentions with our Lord in the Eucharist should be countless. Let us fight to receive and treat Jesus Sacramented with the purity, humility and devotion of his Blessed Mother, with the spirit and the fervour of the saints.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
The Eucharist fulfills the offering of Melchizedek. It is the daily miracle of the heavenly high priesthood of Jesus. It is a priesthood He conferred upon the Apostles in ordering them to feed the crowd, in filling exactly twelve baskets with leftover bread, in commanding them on the night He was handed over: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Through His priests He still feeds us in “the deserted place” of our earthly exile. And by this sign He pledges to us a glory yet to come. For as often as we share in His body and blood, we proclaim His victory over death, until He comes again to make His victory our own.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 22nd June 2019 till the 31st July 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here https://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
The future programs for all of the sacramental programmes will appear here after the summer holidays.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 (See above for full programmes)
Thank You so much for our celebrations this weekend. Please, do not forget, that on the next Sunday 30TH June -we will introduce the children to the Community of the Church where they will also receive their special FIRST COMMUNION CERTIFICATES during the Mass at 10.15AM. Please, remember to come dressed in your First Communion robes/tunics and take your place as during your First Communion celebration.
Our next Session will, take place on 4TH July (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm, and we’ll focus on the Following Jesus Christ & the ways to be involved.
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 are:
30th June- at 10.15am Sunday Mass in St Swithun’s church we will have the First Anointing with the Catechumens’ Oil; and then on 14TH JULY 2019 SUNDAY at 10.15am Mass –
|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: 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: 23rd June 2019 : Apollo Badran, Kathleen Cronin, Margaret Walton Dale, Mary Murray-Dudgeon, Dorothy Ada Nicholls, Eddie Flewitt, Denis Whooley, Joseph Malbon, Herbert Ormerod, Denis O’Regan, Wilfred Maynard, Bertram Godwin Ray, Elizabeth Sweeney, Kathleen Wren, Dorothy Wadeson, Patrick Hannon, Dennis Foster, Margaret Simpson, Lesley Cassey, William Patrick Doyle, Thomas Nolan, George Wyatt, Terence (Bob) Bell, Frederick Kirkham, Michael John Kettle, Lucy Stephens, Anthony Osiel, Kenneth Nevin, Daniel Flaherty, Alice May Phasey, Michael Russiter Erlynne, Doreen Tighe, Timothy Kennedy, William Salter, Freda Wyatt, Frederick William Salter, Valentino Fontana, Michael Anthony Young, & William White, 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