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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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September 2019

First Holy Communion Programme – 16-09-2019

Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

First Holy Communion Programme September 2019 to June 2020 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Mondays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below…

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Worship Together – Littleway Healing Ministry – 16th September 2019

Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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This Monday 16TH  September at 7.30PM we continue Our Worship Time in the church hall (finishes at 9.00pm) Healing Service; It will be our best time to format a group of people with all the Christian Charisms to share, and to receive; to increase and to deepen. ALL ARE VERY WELCOME!!! Following on from our Praise and Worship and healing service on last Monday I am really looking forward to seeing more of you on this coming Monday the 16th…

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Saint Robert Bellarmine

Sep 17
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Story (October 4, 1542 – September 17, 1621) When Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570, the study of Church history and the fathers of the Church was in a sad state of neglect. A promising scholar from his youth in Tuscany, he devoted his energy to these two subjects, as well as to Scripture, in order to systematize Church doctrine against the attacks of the Protestant Reformers. He was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain.…

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Parish Devotion for September 17th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Tuesdays

Sep 17
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Mary of Sorrows

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Daily Readings Tuesday 17th September 2019

Sep 17
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 17 September 2019 Tuesday of week 24 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop, Doctor  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Sir 36: 18 Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel. Collect: Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve…

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Daily Services Tuesday 17th September 2019

Sep 17
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Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Sep 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Joseph of Cupertino’s Story (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663) Joseph is most famous for levitating at prayer. Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for the friary mule, Joseph began his studies for the priesthood. Though studies were very difficult for him, Joseph gained a great deal of knowledge from prayer. He was ordained in 1628. Joseph’s tendency to…

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Parish Devotion for September 18th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Wednesdays

Sep 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Saint Joseph

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Daily Readings Wednesday 18th September 2019

Sep 18
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 18 September 2019 Wednesday of week 24 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Sir 36: 18 Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel. Collect: Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of your mercy, grant that we may serve you with all our heart. Through…

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Daily Services Wednesday 18th September 2019

Sep 18
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Saint Januarius

Sep 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Januarius’ Story (c. 300) Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian’s persecution of 305. Legend has it that Januarius and his companions were thrown to the bears in the amphitheater of Pozzuoli, but the animals failed to attack them. They were then beheaded, and Januarius’ blood ultimately brought to Naples. Reflection It is defined Catholic doctrine that miracles can happen and are recognizable. Problems arise, however, when we…

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Parish Devotion for September 19th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Thursdays

Sep 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Our Lord on the Cross

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Daily Readings Thursday 19th September 2019

Sep 19
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 19 September 2019 Thursday of week 24 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Januarius, Bishop, Martyr  or Saint Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Sir 36: 18 Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you, that your prophets be found true. Hear the prayers of your servant, and of your people Israel. Collect: Look upon us, O God, Creator and ruler of all things, and, that we may feel the working of…

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Daily Services Thursday 19th September 2019

Sep 19
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Saints Andrew Kim Taegon Paul Chong Hasang and Companions

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

Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions’ Story (d. between 1839 – 1867) This first native Korean priest was the son of Korean converts. His father, Ignatius Kim, was martyred during the persecution of 1839 and was beatified in 1925. After Baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to the seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country through Manchuria. That same year he crossed the Yellow Sea to Shanghai…

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Parish Devotion for September 20th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Fridays

Sep 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Mary of Sorrows 2

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Daily Readings Friday 20th September 2019

Sep 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 20 September 2019 Friday of week 24 in Ordinary Time (Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, and Paul Chong Hasang, and their Companions, Martyrs ) Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: The blood of the holy Martyrs was poured out for Christ upon the earth; therefore they have gained everlasting rewards. Collect: O God, who have been pleased to increase your adopted children in all the world, and who made the blood of the Martyrs Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gǒn and his companions…

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Daily Services Friday 20th September 2019

Sep 20
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Saint Matthew

Sep 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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From such an unlikely situation, Jesus chose one of the foundations of the Church, a man others, judging from his job Saint Matthew The Tax Collector

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Parish Devotion for September 21st 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Saturdays

Sep 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Rosary of Our Lady

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Daily Readings Saturday 21st September 2019

Sep 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 21 September 2019 Saint Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist - Feast  Liturgical Colour: Red. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Matthew 28: 19-20 Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, says the Lord. Collect: O God, who with untold mercy were pleased to choose as an Apostle Saint Matthew, the tax collector, grant that, sustained by his example and intercession, we may merit to hold firm in following you. Through our Lord…

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Daily Services Saturday 21st September 2019

Sep 21
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Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions

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

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions’ Story (1600 – September 29 or 30, 1637) Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and…

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Daily Readings Sunday 22nd September 2019

Sep 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 22 September 2019 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever. Collect: O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord…

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Daily Services Sunday 22nd September 2019 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 22
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Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

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

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina’s Story In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul’s pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter’s Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new saint for his prayer and charity. “This is the most concrete synthesis of Padre Pio’s teaching,” said the…

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Parish Devotion for September 23rd 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Mondays

Sep 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Mary of Sorrows

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Daily Readings Monday 23rd September 2019

Sep 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 23 September 2019 Monday of week 25 in Ordinary Time (Saint Pius of Pietrelcina ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 131: 9 Your priests, O Lord, shall be clothed with justice; your holy ones shall ring out their joy. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace, gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son and, by means of his ministry, renewed the wonders of your mercy, grant that through his intercession…

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Daily Services Monday 23rd September 2019

Sep 23
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Blessed John Henry Newman

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

Blessed John Henry Newman’s Story (February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890) John Henry Newman, the 19th-century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent theologian in both Churches. Born in London, England, he studied at Oxford’s Trinity College, was a tutor at Oriel College, and for 17 years was vicar of the university church,…

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Parish Devotion for September 24th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Tuesdays

Sep 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Mary of Sorrows

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Daily Readings Tuesday 24th September 2019

Sep 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 24 September 2019 Tuesday of week 25 in Ordinary Time (Our Lady of Walsingham ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Hail, Holy Mother, who gave birth to the Kingwho rules heaven and earth for ever. Collect: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as in the mystery of the Incarnation the blessed and ever-Virgin Mary conceived your Son in her heart before she conceived him in the womb, so we, your pilgrim people, rejoicing in her motherly care, may welcome him…

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Daily Services Tuesday 24th September 2019

Sep 24
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Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin

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

Saints Louis Martin and Zélie Guerin’s Story (August 22, 1823 – July 29, 1894; December 23, 1831 – August 28, 1877) Born into a military family in Bordeaux, Louis trained to become a watchmaker. His desire to join a religious community went unfulfilled because he didn’t know Latin. Moving to Normandy, he met the highly-skilled lace maker, Zélie Guerin, who also had been disappointed in her attempts to enter religious life. They married in 1858, and over the years were blessed…

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Parish Devotion for September 25th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Wednesdays

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

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Daily Readings Wednesday 25th September 2019

Sep 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 25 September 2019 Wednesday of week 25 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever. Collect: O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through…

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Daily Services Wednesday 25th September 2019

Sep 25
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Blessed Paul VI

Sep 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Pope John Paul VI

Blessed Paul VI’s Story (September 26, 1897 – August 6, 1978) Born near Brescia in northern Italy, Giovanni Battista Montini was the second of three sons. His father, Giorgio, was a lawyer, editor, and eventually a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. His mother, Giuditta, was very involved in Catholic Action. After ordination in 1920, Giovanni did graduate studies in literature, philosophy, and canon law in Rome before he joined the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1924, where he…

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Parish Devotion for September 26th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Thursdays

Sep 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Our Lord on the Cross

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Daily Readings Thursday 26th September 2019

Sep 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 26 September 2019 Thursday of week 25 in Ordinary Time  or Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever. Collect: O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may…

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Daily Services Thursday 26th September 2019

Sep 26
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Saint Vincent de Paul

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

Saint Vincent de Paul’s Story (1580 – September 27, 1660) The deathbed confession of a dying servant opened Vincent’s eyes to the crying spiritual needs of the peasantry of France. This seems to have been a crucial moment in the life of the man from a small farm in Gascony, France, who had become a priest with little more ambition than to have a comfortable life. It was the Countess de Gondi (whose servant he had helped) who persuaded her…

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Parish Devotion for September 27th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Fridays

Sep 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Mary of Sorrows 2

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Daily Readings Friday 27th September 2019

Sep 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 27 September 2019 Friday of week 25 in Ordinary Time (Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Luke 4: 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me and sent me to preach the good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted. Collect: O God, who for the relief of the poor and the formation of the clergy endowed the Priest Saint Vincent de Paul with apostolic virtues, grant,…

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Daily Services Friday 27th September 2019

Sep 27
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Saint Wenceslaus

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

Saint Wenceslaus’ Story (c. 907 – 929 If saints have been falsely characterized as “other worldly,” the life of Wenceslaus stands as an example to the contrary: He stood for Christian values in the midst of the political intrigues which characterized 10th-century Bohemia. He was born in 907 near Prague, son of the Duke of Bohemia. His saintly grandmother, Ludmilla, raised him and sought to promote him as ruler of Bohemia in place of his mother, who favored the anti-Christian factions.…

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Parish Devotion for September 28th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Saturdays

Sep 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Rosary of Our Lady

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Daily Readings Saturday 28th September 2019

Sep 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 28 September 2019 Saturday of week 25 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Wenceslaus (Wacław), Martyr  or Saints Laurence Ruiz and his Companions, Martyrs  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever. Collect: O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon…

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Daily Services Saturday 28th September 2019

Sep 28
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Saints Michael Gabriel and Raphael

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

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael’s Story Angels—messengers from God—appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named. Michael appears in Daniel’s vision as “the great prince” who defends Israel against its enemies; in the Book of Revelation, he leads God’s armies to final victory over the forces of evil. Devotion to Michael is the oldest angelic devotion, rising in the East in the fourth century. The Church in the West began to observe a feast honoring Michael and…

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Daily Readings Sunday 29th September 2019

Sep 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 29 September 2019 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Dn 3: 31, 29, 30, 43, 42 All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy. Collect: O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy, bestow,…

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Daily Services Sunday 29th September 2019 – 2th Sunday in Ordinary ime

Sep 29
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First Holy Communion Programme – 29-09-2019

Sep 29 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

First Holy Communion Programme September 2019 to June 2020 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Mondays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below…

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Saint Jerome

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

Saint Jerome’s Story (345 – 420) Most of the saints are remembered for some outstanding virtue or devotion which they practiced, but Jerome is frequently remembered for his bad temper! It is true that he had a very bad temper and could use a vitriolic pen, but his love for God and his son Jesus Christ was extraordinarily intense; anyone who taught error was an enemy of God and truth, and Saint Jerome went after him or her with his mighty and…

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Parish Devotion for September 30th 2019 – Month of Sorrows – Mondays

Sep 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Mary of Sorrows

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Daily Readings Monday 30th September 2019

Sep 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 30 September 2019 Monday of week 26 in Ordinary Time (Saint Jerome, Priest, Doctor ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 1: 2-3 Blessed indeed is he who ponders the law of the Lord day and night: he will yield his fruit in due season. Collect: O God, who gave the Priest Saint Jerome a living and tender love for Sacred Scripture, grant that your people may be ever more fruitfully nourished by your Word and find in it…

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Daily Services Monday 30th September 2019

Sep 30
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First Holy Communion Programme – 30-09-2019

Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

First Holy Communion Programme September 2019 to June 2020 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Mondays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below…

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October 2019

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

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

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story (January 2, 1873 – September 30, 1897) “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.” These are the words of Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 1st October 2019

Oct 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 1 October 2019 Tuesday of week 26 in Ordinary Time (Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Deut 32: 10-12 The Lord led her and taught her, and kept her as the apple of his eye. Like an eagle spreading its wings he took her up and bore her on his shoulders. The Lord alone was her guide. Collect: O God, who open your Kingdom to those who are humble and to…

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Daily Services Tuesday 1st October 2019

Oct 1
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Feast of the Guardian Angels

Oct 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Feast of theGuardian Angels

The Story of the Feast of the Guardian Angels Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers real and imagined. Yet guardian angels are not only for children. Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer, and to present their souls to God at death. The concept of an angel assigned to guide and nurture each…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Oct 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 2 October 2019 Wednesday of week 26 in Ordinary Time (The Holy Guardian Angels ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Dn 3: 58 Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all for ever. Collect: O God, who in your unfathomable providence are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us, hear our supplication as we cry to you, that we may always be defended by their protection and rejoice eternally in their company.…

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Daily Services Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Oct 2
United Kingdom
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Saint Theodora Guérin

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

Saint Theodora Guérin’s Story (October 2, 1798 – May 14, 1856) Trust in God’s Providence enabled Mother Theodore to leave her homeland, sail halfway around the world, and found a new religious congregation. Born in Etables, France, Anne-Thérèse Guerin’s life was shattered by her father’s murder when she was 15. For several years, she cared for her mother and younger sister. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1823, taking the name Sister Saint Theodore. An illness during novitiate left her with…

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Daily Readings Thursday 3rd October 2019

Oct 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 3 October 2019 Thursday of week 26 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Dn 3: 31, 29, 30, 43, 42 All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy. Collect: O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing…

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Daily Services Thursday 3rd October 2019

Oct 3
United Kingdom
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Saint Francis of Assisi

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

Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story (September 26, 1182 – October 3, 1226) Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit, and without a sense of self-importance. Serious illness brought the young Francis to see the emptiness of his frolicking life as leader of Assisi’s youth. Prayer—lengthy and difficult—led him to a self-emptying…

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Daily Readings Friday 4th October 2019

Oct 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 4 October 2019 Friday of week 26 in Ordinary Time (Saint Francis of Assisi ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Francis, the man of God, left his home behind, abandoned his inheritance and became poor and penniless, but the Lord raised him up. Collect: O God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility, grant that, by walk ing in Francis’ footsteps, we may follow your Son, and, through joyful charity, come to be united…

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Daily Services Friday 4th October 2019

Oct 4
United Kingdom
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Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

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

Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska’s Story (August 25, 1905 – October 5, 1938) Saint Faustina’s name is forever linked to the annual feast of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and the Divine Mercy prayer recited each day at 3 p.m. by many people. Born in what is now west-central Poland, Helena Kowalska was the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925.…

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Daily Readings Saturday 5th October 2019

Oct 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 5 October 2019 Saturday of week 26 in Ordinary Time  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Dn 3: 31, 29, 30, 43, 42 All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgement, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy. Collect: O God, who manifest your…

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Daily Services Saturday 5th October 2019

Oct 5
United Kingdom
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Saint Bruno

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

Saint Bruno’s Story (c. 1030 – October 6, 1101) This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed. No doubt both the founder and the members would reject such high praise, but it is an indication of the saint’s intense love of a penitential life in solitude. Bruno was born in Cologne, Germany, became a famous teacher at Rheims, and was appointed…

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Daily Readings Sunday 6th October 2019

Oct 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 6 October 2019 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Est 4: 17 Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires…

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Daily Services Sunday 6th October 2019 – 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Oct 6
United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 06-10-2019

Oct 6 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

First Holy Communion Programme September 2019 to June 2020 for St Swithun's  & Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children. Our Parish's programme will start in September and there will be a number of sessions on both Mondays and after the 10:15am Sunday Mass at St Swithun's.  It is important that you return the form below…

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Our Lady of the Rosary

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

The Story of Our Lady of the Rosary Saint Pius V established this feast in 1573. The purpose was to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto—a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716. The development of the rosary has a long history. First, a practice developed of praying 150 Our Fathers in imitation of the 150 Psalms. Then there was a parallel practice…

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Daily Readings Monday 7th October 2019

Oct 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 7 October 2019 Monday of week 27 in Ordinary Time (Our Lady of the Rosary ) Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Luke 1: 28, 42 Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Collect: Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an…

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Daily Services Monday 7th October 2019

Oct 7
United Kingdom
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Saint John Leonardi

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

Saint John Leonardi’ Story (1541 – October 9,1609) “I am only one person! Why should I do anything? What good would it do?” Today, as in any age, people seem plagued with the dilemma of getting involved. In his own way, John Leonardi answered these questions. He chose to become a priest. After his ordination, he became very active in the works of the ministry, especially in hospitals and prisons. The example and dedication of his work attracted several young laymen…

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Daily Readings Tuesday 8th October 2019

Oct 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 8 October 2019 Tuesday of week 27 in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Est 4: 17 Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and…

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Daily Services Tuesday 8th October 2019

Oct 8
United Kingdom
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Saint Denis and Companions

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

Saint Denis and Companions’ Story (d. 258?) This martyr and patron of France is regarded as the first bishop of Paris. His popularity is due to a series of legends, especially those connecting him with the great abbey church of St. Denis in Paris. He was for a time confused with the writer now called Pseudo-Dionysius. The best hypothesis contends that Denis was sent to Gaul from Rome in the third century and beheaded in the persecution under Emperor Valerius…

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Daily Readings Wednesday 9th October 2019

Oct 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 9 October 2019 Wednesday of week 27 in Ordinary Time  or Saints Denis, Bishop, and his Companions, Martyrs  or Saint John Leonardi, Priest  or Blessed John Henry Newman, Priest  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Est 4: 17 Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are…

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Daily Services Wednesday 9th October 2019

Oct 9
United Kingdom
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Saint Francis Borgia

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

Saint Francis Borgia’s Story (October 28, 1510 – September 30, 1572) Today’s saint grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and quickly advancing in his career. But a series of events—including the death of his beloved wife—made Francis Borgia rethink his priorities. He gave up public life, gave away his possessions, and joined the new and little-known Society of Jesus. Religious life proved to be the right choice. He felt drawn to spend…

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Daily Readings Thursday 10th October 2019

Oct 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 10 October 2019 Thursday of week 27 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Paulinus of York, Bishop and Missionary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Est 4: 17 Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who in the…

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Daily Services Thursday 10th October 2019

Oct 10
United Kingdom
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Saint John XXIII

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

Saint John XXIII’s Story (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963) Although few people had as great an impact on the 20th century as Pope John XXIII, he avoided the limelight as much as possible. Indeed, one writer has noted that his “ordinariness” seems one of his most remarkable qualities. The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was always proud of his down-to-earth roots. In Bergamo’s diocesan seminary,…

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Daily Readings Friday 11th October 2019

Oct 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 11 October 2019 Friday of week 27 in Ordinary Time  or Saint John XXIII, Pope  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Est 4: 17 Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your…

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Daily Services Friday 11th October 2019

Oct 11
United Kingdom
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Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

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

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos’ Story (January 11, 1819 – October 4, 1867) Zeal as a preacher and a confessor led Father Seelos to works of compassion as well. Born in southern Bavaria, he studied philosophy and theology in Munich. On hearing about the work of the Redemptorists among German-speaking Catholics in the United States, he came to this country in 1843. Ordained at the end of 1844, he was assigned for six years to St. Philomena’s Parish in Pittsburgh as…

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Daily Readings Saturday 12th October 2019

Oct 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 12 October 2019 Saturday of week 27 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Wilfrid, Bishop and Missionary  or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Est 4: 17 Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will. For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all. Collect:…

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Daily Services Saturday 12th October 2019

Oct 12
United Kingdom
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Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher

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

Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher’s Story (October 6, 1811 –  October 6, 1849) Canada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Durocher’s life. Its half-million Catholics had received civil and religious liberty from the English only 44 years before. When Marie-Rose was 29, Bishop Ignace Bourget became bishop of Montreal. He would be a decisive influence in her life. He faced a shortage of priests and sisters and a rural population that had been largely…

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Daily Readings Sunday 13th October 2019

Oct 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 13 October 2019 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 129: 3-4 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel. Collect: May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the…

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Daily Services Sunday 13th October 2019 – 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Oct 13
United Kingdom
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Saint Callistus I

Oct 14
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Saint Callistus I’s Story (d. 223) The most reliable information about this saint comes from his enemy Saint Hippolytus, an early antipope, later a martyr for the Church. A negative principle is used: If some worse things had happened, Hippolytus would surely have mentioned them. Callistus was a slave in the imperial Roman household. Put in charge of the bank by his master, he lost the money deposited, fled, and was caught. After serving time for a while, he was released…

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Daily Readings Monday 14th October 2019

Oct 14
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 14 October 2019 Monday of week 28 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Callistus, Pope, Martyr  Liturgical Colour: Green. Entrance Antiphon: Ps 129: 3-4 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But with you is found forgiveness, O God of Israel. Collect: May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who…

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