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My Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ
Today, before the celebration of the Ascension and Whitsun, we read once more the words of the so called sermon of the Last Supper, where we should see the different ways to present a unique message, insofar as it all emanates from the blessed union of Christ with the Father and from God’s will to associate us closely to this mystery of love.
One day, St. Therese of the Child Jesus was offered several gifts for her to choose one but quite decidedly, despite her youth, she said “I choose everything!”. When she grew older she realized that choosing everything actually meant desiring to be love and devotion in the Church, for a body without love would be totally meaningless. The mystery of God’s love, is a concrete, personal love incarnated within the Son Jesus, who gives us everything: Himself, his life and his deeds are the best and clearer God’s message to us.
From this love encompassing everything is where “peace” is born from. A word that, today, we all dream about: we want “peace” but alarm and violence surround us. Peace will only be achieved if we turn towards Jesus, as He gives us his peace as a fruit of his total love. Though He does not give it as the world does (cf. John 14:27), as the peace bestowed by Jesus is not made of calm unconcern, but just the opposite: of a solidarity that becomes brotherhood; of a capacity to take a look at ourselves and at others with new eyes, as the Lord does, and thus, forgives us. A great serenity overflows us and helps us to see things just as they actually are, not as they look like. And by following this way we shall reach happiness.
“The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of all that I have told you” (John 14:26). In these last days of Easter let us beg to open up to the Holy Spirit; we received it when we were baptized and confirmed, but now we must —as a last gift— make the Spirit to spring up from within us to take us where we would not have dared by ourselves.
with Blessings and prayerful best wishes, Father Marcin Drabik
The first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem we hear about in today’s First Reading, decided the shape of the Church as we know it. Some Jewish Christians had wanted Gentile converts to be circumcised and obey all the complex ritual and purity laws of the Jews. The council called this a heresy, again showing us that the Church in the divine plan is meant to be a worldwide family of God, no longer a covenant with just one nation.
Keep up with what’s Happening in our Parish over this coming Year
Scroll through to see all the events happening from the 26th May 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/
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:
2nd Session -13th 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.
Please, notice that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly.
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: 26th May 2019 : John Topham, Patrick McCartan, Mary Friel, Kathleen Bowman, Barbara Jean Owen, Geoffrey Harold Gaylord, Ellen Hogan, Matthew Barrow, Helen Gee, Agnes Pattie, William Powell, Michael Thomas Purtill, Stanislaw Wiklent, Mavis Doyle, Margaret Gregg, Elizabeth Bessant, Alan James Muir, Terence Maiben, Frank Victor Cassey, Catherine Mason, Frank Thomas, John Owens, Nellie Vi Adams, Catherine Frances Mason, Hannah Stockbridge, Mary Croucher, Ann Milburn, Lilian Diment, Joseph Bonenburg, Agnes Mountfield, Nora Joan Smith, Philip Lyons, Patrick Gallagher, John Preston, Audrey McKenna, Margaret Curtis, Victoria May Carey, William Lamb, Etheldreda Camilla Tann (Camilla), 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