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My sisters and brothers in Christ,
Today, Jesus’ voice is brought to us by the evangelist saint Luke who, during this time of the liturgical year belonging to the “C” cycle, will be joining us. Luke writes his friend Theophilus, so that you “may know the truth of all you have been taught” (Luke 1:4). If that is why Luke is writing his friend, then we should better start pondering over the importance of the Gospel of our Lord —Word alive! and, therefore, always brand new— every day.
Today, the Word of God introduces Jesus the Master, when “He began teaching in the synagogues of the Jews” (Luke 4:15). He stood up, and like any other preacher, started to read a fragment of the Scriptures. A fragment that, precisely then, was accomplished… the great words of prophet Isaiah were being fulfilled; not only: all the words, all the contents of the Scriptures, whatever the prophets had been announcing is now being concreted by reaching its fulfilment in Jesus. It is no longer irrelevant whether to believe or not in Jesus, because it is the “Spirit of the Lord” who has anointed and sent him over.
Through His Word, God’s message is good news to the poor, proclaims liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; frees the oppressed and announces a promise of salvation. It is a message filling with hope all mankind. We, children of God in Christ by virtue of our baptism, have also received his holy anointment to participate in his mission: namely, to bring this message of hope to all Mankind.
By mulling over the Gospel that brings consistency to our faith, we can see Jesus preaching in a different way than the other masters: “He taught and his message had authority” (cf. Luke 4:32). Because He preached with his amazing deeds, with his example, by giving testimony and, finally, by offering his own life for all of us. We are supposed to do the same; we cannot just limit ourselves to words: our love for God and our brothers is in bad need of our deeds and examples. As a mother trying to guide our steps for that purpose, the Church proposes The Works of Mercy —seven spiritual and seven corporal—, which can indeed be very valuable for us.
We see this week that Jesus, in his first sermon, tells His people that he is the Lord through the scripture that He reads to them. Unfortunately many won’t see past the man they grew up with and know. We too can sometimes find it difficult to look past the man we hear about in the Gospels and so we should strive, through prayer, Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, to see Him as Our Lord and Messiah.
with Blessings Father Marcin Drabik
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 27th January 2019 till the 28th February 2019
Or Go to our Parish Events Diary and search a specific date or event here https://stswithuns.org.uk/events/
Our Parish Cinema is back for 2019 starting on the 1st February. All films are shown in St Swithun’s church hall following Friday evening mass at 7:00pm. Film’s start genrally around 8:10pm with tea and coffee provided. ALL ARE WELCOME ! Here’s the current list – click on the links to see more details on the films being show themselves.
|Date||Time||Film Title||Location||Post Link||Pic|
|Friday 1st February 2019||8:10pm||‘I CAN ONLY IMAGINE’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 8th February 2019||8:10pm||‘POPE FRANCIS – A MAN OF HIS WORD’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 22nd February 2019||8:10pm||‘CROSSROAD – Where fates collide, one Road appears’ (2012)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
|Friday 1st March 2019||8:10pm||‘A QUESTION OF FAITH’ (2018)||St Swithun’s church hall||Click here to see a clip of the film|
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Thank You so much for our last session based on the Sacrament of Baptism. Thank You for all your comments, support, decisions, booked personal meetings with me to discuss a very important things on our journey of faith.Our Next session will be held on 31st January 2019 (THURSDAY) from 5pm to 6.30pm. Session VIII will cover- “THE SACRAMENT of CONFESSION” – Institution & History.
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 Baptismal Programme 2019 Next Session (see above for full programmes)
Please, note that it is expected from the Parents & God -Parents to practice their faith, which also means to attend Sunday Mass regularly. Next session is on 7th February, Thursday from 6.45pm to 7.45pm in the Presbytery (105 Waverley Rd);
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.
Please pray for those who are ill especially: Charlie Albert Matthews, Eileen Inkpen, Ann Ford, Colin Lennard, Piam Brown Ward, for all the children suffering and their poor families with them, Aileen Hopkins, David Shields, Bob Guy, Ms Sini Chacko, Shirley Parker, Kathleen Jones, Heidi Badnell, Rosemary Devonald, Dominic, Carol Langsford, Pat Groom, Stan Whitnell, Eileen Inkpen, Rory McCreesh, Eddie Coppani, Peter Softely, Tony Denny, Betty Foster, Bobby, Eileen Stewart, Joan Smith, John Williams, Margaret Bager, Fred Vuksani, Tom & Lily, Greta Kemp, Magda K, Mary Wallis, Micheline Thompson, Pat Needham, Margaret Badger, Rosemary Ashton, Anne Sullivan, Catherine Morgan, Jo Wheeler and Josephine Butler.
And all whose anniversaries occur at this time: 27th January: Kathleen McDonald, Mary Kennedy, Violet Coomber, Lily Westcott, Johanna O’Connor, Blanche Feeney, Alfred Holmes, Mary Teresa Hoile, Edith Mary Padian, Cometesse Noel de Robien, Elizabeth Lilian Beales, Catherine Mary Rooney, Rose Bailey, Ronald Joseph Moore, James Thomas Perren, Patricia Lily Mo, Margaret Sutton, Winifred Eileen Mary Bailey, Bridget Scanlan, William Boyle, Dominic Cosgrave, Johanna Chappell, Matthew Robert Eyton, Kenneth William Forteath, May Ellen Stevens, Winifred Bailey, Alice Rosina Sheppard, Gerald Peter Pollard, Thomas Anthony English (“Tony”), Marion Madden, Irene Gladys Bailey, Robert Barrett, Maud Andrews, Gladys Mary Miller, Maria Andrews, Bernard Joseph Browne, Mary Rayner, John Ernest Sargent, Anthony John Woodiffe, Mary Kennedy, John Oxton, Albert William English, William Henry Donkin, Kath Scott, William George Hunter, Eileen Patricia Milford, Christopher Alexander MacDonald, John Waller, Judith Mackay, Hilda Kathleen Vincent, Elizabeth Duxbury, Jane Hammond, William Jarrot, James Joseph Brennan and Winifred Mary Ault, 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
A big THANK YOU to our sponsors who contribute to our Parish costs
“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.