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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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May 2019

Saint Bernardine of Siena

May 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Bernardine of Siena’s Story (September 8, 1380 – May 20, 1444) Most of the saints suffer great personal opposition, even persecution. Bernardine, by contrast, seems more like a human dynamo who simply took on the needs of the world. He was the greatest preacher of his time, journeying across Italy, calming strife-torn cities, attacking the paganism he found rampant, attracting crowds of 30,000, following St. Francis of Assisi’s admonition to preach about “vice and virtue, punishment and glory.” Compared with…

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Parish Devotion for May 20th 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Mondays

May 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Our Lady of Silence

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Daily Readings Monday 20th May 2019

May 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Monday 20 May 2019 Monday of the 5th week of Eastertide  or Saint Bernardine of Siena Priest  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: The Good Shepherd has risen who laid down his life for his sheep and willingly died for his flock alleluia. Collect May your right hand O Lord we pray encompass your family with perpetual help so that defended from all wickedness by the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son we may make our way by means of your…

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Daily Services Monday 20th May 2019

May 20
United Kingdom
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Saint Cristobal Magallanes and Companions

May 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions’ Story (d. between 1915 and 1937) Like Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, S.J., Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools, and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Cristóbal established a clandestine seminary at Totatiche, Jalisco. He and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-28). All of…

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Parish Devotion for May 21st 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Tuesdays

May 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Hail Holy Queen

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Daily Readings Tuesday 21st May 2019

May 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Tuesday 21 May 2019 Tuesday of the 5th week of Eastertide  or Saint Christopher Magallanes and his Companions Martyrs  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Rv 19: 5; 12: 10 Sing praise to our God all you who fear God both small and great for now salvation and strength have come and the power of his Christ alleluia. Collect O God who restore us to eternal life in the Resurrection of Christ grant your people constancy in faith and hope that…

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Daily Services Tuesday 21st May 2019

May 21
United Kingdom
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Saint Rita of Cascia

May 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Rita of Cascia’s Story (1381 – May 22, 1457) Like Elizabeth Ann Seton, Rita of Cascia was a wife, mother, widow, and member of a religious community. Her holiness was reflected in each phase of her life. Born at Roccaporena in central Italy, Rita wanted to become a nun but was pressured at a young age into marrying a harsh and cruel man. During her 18-year marriage, she bore and raised two sons. After her husband was killed in…

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Parish Devotion for May 22nd 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Wednesdays

May 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Prayer to St Joseph

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Daily Readings Wednesday 22nd May 2019

May 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Wednesday 22 May 2019 Wednesday of the 5th week of Eastertide  or Saint Rita of Cascia  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 70: 8 23 Let my mouth be filled with your praise that I may sing aloud; my lips shall shout for joy when I sing to you alleluia. Collect O God restorer and lover of innocence direct the hearts of your servants towards yourself that those you have set free from the darkness of unbelief may never…

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Daily Services Wednesday 22nd May 2019

May 22
United Kingdom
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Saint Gregory VII

May 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Gregory VII’s Story (c. 1025 – May 25, 1085) The 10th century and the first half of the 11th were dark days for the Church, partly because the papacy was the pawn of various Roman families. In 1049, things began to change when Pope Leo IX, a reformer, was elected. He brought a young monk named Hildebrand to Rome as his counsellor and special representative on important missions. Hildebrand was to become Gregory VII. Three evils plagued the Church then:…

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Parish Devotion for May 23rd 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Thursdays

May 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
The Holy Eucharest

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Daily Readings Thursday 23rd May 2019

May 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Thursday 23 May 2019 Thursday of the 5th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ex 15: 1-2 Let us sing to the Lord for he has gloriously triumphed. The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation alleluia. Collect O God by whose grace though sinners we are made just and though pitiable made blessed stand we pray by your works stand by your gifts that those justified by faith may not lack…

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Daily Services Thursday 23rd May 2019

May 23
United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 23-05-2019

May 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

May 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi’s Story (April 2, 1566 – May 25, 1607) Mystical ecstasy is the elevation of the spirit to God in such a way that the person is aware of this union with God while both internal and external senses are detached from the sensible world. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi was so generously given this special gift of God that she is called the “ecstatic saint.” Catherine de’ Pazzi was born into a noble family in Florence…

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Parish Devotion for May 24th 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Fridays

May 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Litany of the Cross

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Daily Readings Friday 24th May 2019

May 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Friday 24 May 2019 Friday of the 5th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Rv 5: 12 Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honour alleluia. Collect Grant us Lord we pray that being rightly conformed to the paschal mysteries what we celebrate in joy may protect and save us with perpetual power. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you in the…

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Daily Services Friday 24th May 2019

May 24
United Kingdom
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Saint Bede the Venerable

May 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Bede the Venerable’s Story (c. 672 – May 25, 735) Bede is one of the few saints honoured as such even during his lifetime. His writings were filled with such faith and learning that even while he was still alive, a Church council ordered them to be read publicly in the churches. At an early age, Bede was entrusted to the care of the abbot of the Monastery of St. Paul, Jarrow. The happy combination of genius and the instruction…

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Parish Devotion for May 25th 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Saturdays

May 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Prayer to overcome temptation

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Daily Readings Saturday 25th May 2019

May 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saturday 25 May 2019 Saturday of the 5th week of Eastertide (Saint Bede the Venerable Priest Doctor ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Sir 15: 5 In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding and clothed him in a robe of glory alleluia. or: Ps 36: 30-31 The mouth of the just man utters wisdom and his tongue tells forth what is just; the law of…

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Daily Services Saturday 25th May 2019

May 25
United Kingdom
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Saint Philip Neri

May 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Philip Neri’s Story (July 21, 1515 – May 26, 1595) Philip Neri was a sign of contradiction, combining popularity with piety against the background of a corrupt Rome and a disinterested clergy: the whole post-Renaissance malaise. At an early age, Philip abandoned the chance to become a businessman, moved to Rome from Florence, and devoted his life and individuality to God. After three years of philosophy and theology studies, he gave up any thought of ordination. The next 13 years were…

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Daily Readings Sunday 26th May 2019

May 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Sunday 26 May 2019 6th Sunday of Easter  Liturgical Colour: White. If the Ascension of the Lord is going to be celebrated next Sunday the alternative Second Reading: and Gospel: shown here (which would otherwise have been read on that Sunday) may be used today. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Is 48: 20 Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth: The Lord has freed his people alleluia. Collect Grant almighty God that we…

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Daily Services Sunday 26th May 2019- 6th Sunday of Easter

May 26
United Kingdom
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Saint Augustine of Canterbury

May 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Augustine of Canterbury’s Story (? – May 26, 605) In the year 596, some 40 monks set out from Rome to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Leading the group was Augustine, the prior of their monastery. Hardly had he and his men reached Gaul when they heard stories of the ferocity of the Anglo-Saxons and of the treacherous waters of the English Channel. Augustine returned to Rome and to Gregory the Great—the pope who had sent them—only to be…

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Parish Devotion for May 27th 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Mondays

May 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Our Lady of Silence

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Daily Readings Monday 27th May 2019

May 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Monday 27 May 2019 Saint Augustine of Canterbury Bishop - Feast  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 17:50; 21:23 I will praise you Lord among the nations; I will tell of your name to my kin alleluia. Collect Almighty God who by the mission of the Bishop Saint Augustine of Canterbury called the English people into the wondrous light of the Gospel: grant through his intercession we pray that faithful to that same gospel proclaimed we may strive to make known…

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Daily Services Monday 27th May 2019

May 27
United Kingdom
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Venerable Pierre Toussaint

May 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Venerable Pierre Toussaint’s Story June 27, 1766 – June 30, 1853) Born in modern-day Haiti and brought to New York City as a slave, Pierre died a free man, a renowned hairdresser, and one of New York City’s most well-known Catholics. Plantation owner Pierre Bérard made Toussaint a house slave and allowed his grandmother to teach her grandson how to read and write. In his early 20s, Pierre, his younger sister, his aunt, and two other house slaves accompanied their…

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Parish Devotion for May 28th 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Tuesdays

May 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Hail Holy Queen

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Daily Readings Tuesday 28th May 2019

May 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Tuesday 28 May 2019 Tuesday of the 6th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Rv 19: 7 6 Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to God for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns alleluia. Collect Grant almighty and merciful God that we may in truth receive a share in the Resurrection of Christ your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever.…

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Daily Services Tuesday 28th May 2019

May 28
United Kingdom
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Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

May 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat’s Story (December 12, 1779 – May 25, 1865) The legacy of Madeleine Sophie Barat can be found in the more than 100 schools operated by her Society of the Sacred Heart, institutions known for the quality of the education made available to the young. Sophie herself received an extensive education, thanks to her brother Louis, 11 years older and her godfather at baptism. Himself a seminarian, Louis decided that his younger sister would likewise learn Latin,…

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Parish Devotion for May 29th 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Wednesdays

May 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Prayer to St Joseph

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Daily Readings Wednesday 29th May 2019

May 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Wednesday 29 May 2019 Wednesday of the 6th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 17: 50; 21: 23 I will praise you Lord among the nations; I will tell of your name to my kin alleluia. Collect Grant we pray O Lord that as we celebrate in mystery the solemnities of your Son’s Resurrection so too we may be worthy to rejoice at his coming with all the Saints. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son…

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Daily Services Wednesday 29th May 2019

May 29
United Kingdom
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Saint Joan of Arc

May 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Joan of Arc’s Story (? January 6, 1412 – May 30, 1431) Burned at the stake as a heretic after a politically-motivated trial, Joan was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920. Born of a fairly well-to-do peasant couple in Domremy-Greux southeast of Paris, Joan was only 12 when she experienced a vision and heard voices that she later identified as Saints Michael the Archangel, Catherine of Alexandria, and Margaret of Antioch. During the Hundred Years War, Joan led French troops against the…

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Parish Devotion for May 30th 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Thursdays

May 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
The Holy Eucharest

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Daily Readings Thursday 30th May 2019

May 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Thursday 30 May 2019 The Ascension of the Lord - Mass of the Day  (see also Vigil Mass) Liturgical Colour: White. These Readings are for the day of the feast itself: Entrance Antiphon: Acts 1: 11 Men of Galilee why gaze in wonder at the heavens? This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go alleluia. Collect Gladden us with holy joys almighty God and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving for the Ascension…

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Daily Services Thursday 30th May 2019

May 30
United Kingdom
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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

The Story of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969, in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord and precede the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more…

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Parish Devotion for May 31st 2019 – Month of Our Lady The Blessed Virgin – Fridays

May 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Litany of the Cross

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Daily Readings Friday 31st May 2019

May 31
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Friday 31 May 2019 The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 65: 16 Come and hear all who fear God; I will tell what the Lord did for my soul alleluia. Collect Almighty ever-living God who while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb inspired her to visit Elizabeth grant us we pray that faithful to the promptings of the Spirit we may magnify your greatness with the…

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May 31
United Kingdom
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June 2019

Saint Justin Martyr

Jun 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Justin Martyr’s Story (c. 100 – 165) Justin never ended his quest for religious truth even when he converted to Christianity after years of studying various pagan philosophies. As a young man, he was principally attracted to the school of Plato. However, he found that the Christian religion answered the great questions about life and existence better than the philosophers. Upon his conversion he continued to wear the philosopher’s mantle, and became the first Christian philosopher. He combined the…

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Parish Devotion for June 1st 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Saturdays

Jun 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Saturdays

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Daily Readings Saturday 1st June 2019

Jun 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 1 June 2019 Saturday of the 6th week of Eastertide (Saint Justin, Martyr ) Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 118: 85, 46 The wicked have told me lies, but not so is your law: I spoke of your decrees before kings, and was not confounded, alleluia. Collect O God, who through the folly of the Cross wondrously taught Saint Justin the Martyr the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, grant us, through his intercession, that, having rejected deception and…

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Jun 1
United Kingdom
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Saints Marcellinus And Peter

Jun 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saints Marcellinus and Peter’s Story Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of the Church to be included among the saints of the Roman Canon. Mention of their names is optional in our present Eucharistic Prayer I. Marcellinus was a priest and Peter was an exorcist, that is, someone authorized by the Church to deal with cases of demonic possession. They were beheaded during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Pope Damasus wrote an epitaph apparently based on the…

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Daily Readings Sunday 2nd June 2019

Jun 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 2 June 2019 7th Sunday of Easter  Liturgical Colour: White. In some dioceses the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated today. If this applies to you, please reconfigure Universalis to use the appropriate local calendar. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 26: 7-9 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face; hide not your face from me, alleluia. Collect Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, who…

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Daily Services Sunday 2nd June 2019

Jun 2
United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 02-06-2019

Jun 2 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions

Jun 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions’ Story (d. between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887) One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages, aged 13 to 30, from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment for refusing the ruler’s demands. Charles first learned of Christ’s teachings from two retainers in…

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Parish Devotion for June 3rd 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Mondays

Jun 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Mondays

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Daily Readings Monday 3rd June 2019

Jun 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 3 June 2019 Monday of the 7th week of Eastertide (Saints Charles Lwanga and his Companions, Martyrs ) Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Wis 3: 6-7, 9 As gold in the furnace, the Lord put his chosen to the test; as sacrificial offerings, he took them to himself; and in due time they will be honoured, and grace and peace will be with the elect of God, alleluia. Collect O God, who have made the blood of Martyrs the…

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Daily Services Monday 3rd June 2019

Jun 3
United Kingdom
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Blessed Angeline of Marsciano

Jun 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Angeline of Marsciano’s Story (1377 – July 14, 1435) Blessed Angeline founded the first community of Franciscan women other than Poor Clares to receive papal approval. Angeline was born to the Duke of Marsciano near Orvieto. She was 12 when her mother died. Three years later, the young woman made a vow of perpetual chastity. That same year, however, she yielded to her father’s decision that she marry the Duke of Civitella. Her husband agreed to respect her previous…

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Parish Devotion for June 4th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Tuesdays

Jun 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart 2

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Daily Readings Tuesday 4th June 2019

Jun 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 4 June 2019 Tuesday of the 7th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Rv 1: 17-18 I am the first and the last, I was dead and am now alive. Behold, I am alive for ever and ever, alleluia. Collect Grant, we pray, almighty and merciful God, that the Holy Spirit, coming near and dwelling graciously within us, may make of us a perfect temple of his glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives…

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Daily Services Tuesday 4th June 2019

Jun 4
United Kingdom
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Saint Boniface

Jun 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Boniface’s Story (c. 675 – June 5, 754) Boniface, known as the apostle of the Germans, was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life to the conversion of the Germanic tribes. Two characteristics stand out: his Christian orthodoxy and his fidelity to the pope of Rome. How absolutely necessary this orthodoxy and fidelity were is borne out by the conditions Boniface found on his first missionary journey in 719 at the request…

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Parish Devotion for June 5th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Wednesdays

Jun 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Litany of Saint Joseph

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Daily Readings Wednesday 5th June 2019

Jun 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 5 June 2019 Wednesday of the 7th week of Eastertide (Saint Boniface, Bishop, Martyr ) Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Phil 2: 30 This Saint went as far as death, handing over his life to destruction for the work of Christ, alleluia. Collect O God, who raised up the holy Bishop and martyr Saint Boniface from the English nation to enlighten many peoples with the Gospel: of Christ, grant, we pray, that we may firmly hold and confidently profess…

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Daily Services Wednesday 5th June 2019

Jun 5
United Kingdom
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Saint Norbert

Jun 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Norbert’s Story (c. 1080 – June 6, 1134) In the 12th century in the French region of Premontre, Saint Norbert founded a religious Order known as the Praemonstratensians or the Norbertines. His founding of the Order was a monumental task: combating rampant heresies–particularly regarding the Blessed Sacrament, revitalizing many of the faithful who had grown indifferent and dissolute, plus effecting peace and reconciliation among enemies. Norbert entertained no pretensions about his own ability to accomplish this multiple task. Even with…

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Parish Devotion for June 6th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Thursdays

Jun 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Eucharist

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Daily Readings Thursday 6th June 2019

Jun 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 6 June 2019 Thursday of the 7th week of Eastertide  or Saint Norbert, Bishop  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Heb 4: 16 With boldness let us approach the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace as a timely help, alleluia. Collect May your Spirit, O Lord, we pray, imbue us powerfully with spiritual gifts, that he may give us a mind pleasing to you and graciously conform us to your will. Through our Lord Jesus…

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Jun 6
United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 06-06-2019

Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
First Holy Communion 2018 Children Photo

o First Holy Communion September 2018-2019 Programme for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Thursdays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below to our team here at the parish so we can ensure your child is on our programme. Our First Holy Communion Programme Dates for 2018-2019 we will be adding…

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Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter

Jun 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

 Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter’s Story ( May 20, 1907 – August 9, 1943) Called to serve his country as a Nazi solider, Franz eventually refused, and this husband and father of three daughters–Rosalie, Marie and Aloisia–was executed because of it. Born in St. Radegund in Upper Austria, Franz lost his father during World War I and was adopted after Heinrich Jaegerstaetter married Rosalia Huber. As a young man, he loved to ride his motorcycle and was the natural leader of a…

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Parish Devotion for June 7th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Fridays

Jun 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Prayer for Healing

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Daily Readings Friday 7th June 2019

Jun 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 7 June 2019 Friday of the 7th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Rv 1: 5-6 Christ loved us and washed us clean of our sins by his Blood, and made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, alleluia. Collect O God, who by the glorification of your Christ and the light of the Holy Spirit have unlocked for us the gates of eternity, grant, we pray, that, partaking of so great a gift,…

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Daily Services Friday 7th June 2019

Jun 7
United Kingdom
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Saint William of York

Jun 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint William of York’s Story (c. 1090 –  June 8, 1154) A disputed election as archbishop of York and a mysterious death. Those are the headlines from the tragic life of today’s saint. Born into a powerful family in 12th-century England, William seemed destined for great things. His uncle was next in line for the English throne—though a nasty dynastic struggle complicated things. William himself faced an internal Church feud. Despite these roadblocks, he was nominated as archbishop of York…

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Parish Devotion for June 8th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Saturdays

Jun 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Saturdays

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Daily Readings Saturday 8th June 2019

Jun 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 8 June 2019 Saturday of the 7th week of Eastertide  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Acts 1: 14 The disciples devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with the women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his brethren, alleluia. Collect Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who have celebrated the paschal festivities, may by your gift hold fast to them in the way that we live our lives. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives…

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Daily Services Saturday 8th June 2019

Jun 8
United Kingdom
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Saint Ephrem

Jun 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Ephrem’s Story (c. 306 – June 9, 373) Poet, teacher, orator, and defender of the faith, Ephrem is the only Syrian recognized as a doctor of the Church. He took upon himself the special task of opposing the many false doctrines rampant at his time, always remaining a true and forceful defender of the Catholic Church. Born in Nisibis, Mesopotamia, he was baptized as a young man and became famous as a teacher in his native city. When the…

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Daily Readings Sunday 9th June 2019

Jun 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 9 June 2019 Pentecost - Mass of the Day  (see also Vigil Mass (Extended) and Vigil Mass (Simple)) Liturgical Colour: Red. These Readings are for the day of the feast itself: Entrance Antiphon Wis 1: 7 The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said, alleluia. or: Rm 5: 5; cf. 8: 11 The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Spirit of God…

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Daily Services Sunday 9th June 2019

Jun 9
United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 09-06-2019

Jun 9 @ 10:15 am - 12:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
First Holy Communion 2018 Children Photo

o First Holy Communion September 2018-2019 Programme for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Thursdays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below to our team here at the parish so we can ensure your child is on our programme. Our First Holy Communion Programme Dates for 2018-2019 we will be adding…

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Blessed Joachima

Jun 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Joachima’s Story (1783-1854) Born into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite nun. But her life took an altogether different turn at 16 with her marriage to a young lawyer, Theodore de Mas. Both deeply devout, they became secular Franciscans. During their 17 years of married life they raised eight children. The normalcy of their family life was interrupted when Napoleon invaded Spain. Joachima had to flee with…

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Parish Devotion for June 10th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Mondays

Jun 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart Mondays

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Daily Readings Monday 10th June 2019

Jun 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 10 June 2019 Monday of week 10 in Ordinary Time (Mary, Mother of the Church ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: The disciples devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Collect O God, Father of mercies, whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross, chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother, to be our Mother also; grant, we pray, that with her loving help, your Church may be more fruitful day by…

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Daily Services Monday 10th June 2019

Jun 10
United Kingdom
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Saint Barnabas

Jun 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Barnabas’ Story (c. 75) Barnabas, a Jew of Cyprus, comes as close as anyone outside the Twelve to being a full-fledged apostle. He was closely associated with Saint Paul–he introduced Paul to Peter and the other apostles–and served as a kind of mediator between the former persecutor and the still suspicious Jewish Christians. When a Christian community developed at Antioch, Barnabas was sent as the official representative of the church of Jerusalem to incorporate them into the fold. He…

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Parish Devotion for June 11th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Tuesdays

Jun 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Sacred Heart 2

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Daily Readings Tuesday 11th June 2019

Jun 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 11 June 2019 Tuesday of week 10 in Ordinary Time (Saint Barnabas, Apostle ) Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Acts 11: 24 Blessed is this holy man, who was worthy to be numbered among the Apostles, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. Collect O God, who decreed that Saint Barnabas, a man filled with faith and the Holy Spirit, should be set apart to convert the nations, grant that the Gospel:…

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Daily Services Tuesday 11th June 2019

Jun 11
United Kingdom
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Blessed Jolenta (Yolanda) of Poland

Jun 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Blessed Jolenta of Poland’s Story (c. 1235 – June 11,1298) Jolenta was the daughter of Bela IV, King of Hungary. Her sister, St. Kunigunde, was married to the Duke of Poland. Jolenta was sent to Poland where her sister was to supervise her education. Eventually married to Boleslaus, the Duke of Greater Poland, Jolenta was able to use her material means to assist the poor, the sick, widows, and orphans. Her husband joined her in building hospitals, convents, and churches…

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Parish Devotion for June 12th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Wednesdays

Jun 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Litany of Saint Joseph

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Daily Readings Wednesday 12th June 2019

Jun 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 12 June 2019 Wednesday of week 10 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Ps 26: 1-2 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; whom should I dread? When those who do evil draw near, they stumble and fall. Collect O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what…

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Daily Services Wednesday 12th June 2019

Jun 12
United Kingdom
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Saint Anthony of Padua

Jun 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saint Anthony of Padua’s Story (1195 – June 13,1231) The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony’s life. Over and over again, God called him to something new in his plan. Every time Anthony responded with renewed zeal and self-sacrificing to serve his Lord Jesus more completely. His journey as the servant of God began as a very young man when he decided to join the Augustinians in Lisbon, giving up a future of…

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Parish Devotion for June 13th 2019 – Month of Sacred Heart of Jesus – Thursdays

Jun 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Eucharist

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Daily Readings Thursday 13th June 2019

Jun 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 13 June 2019 Our Lord Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest - Feast  Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: cf. Heb 7:24; 9, 15 Christ, Mediator of the New Covenant, has an eternal priesthood because he remains for ever. Collect O God, who for the glory of your majesty and the salvation of the human race, made your Only Begotten Son the Eternal High Priest, grant that, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, those whom he has chosen as ministers…

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