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Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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September 2020

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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Daily Readings Sunday 20th September 2020 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 20
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 20 September 2020 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 Jesus…

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Daily Services Sunday 20th September 2020 TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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

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

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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Daily Readings Monday 21st September 2020

Sep 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 21 September 2020 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 Jesus…

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Daily Services Monday 21st September 2020

Sep 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Monday 21st September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Mondays

Sep 21
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Mary of Sorrows

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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 Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Sep 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 22 September 2020 Tuesday 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 our…

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Daily Services Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Sep 22
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Tuesdays

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

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Parish Youth Group & Confirmation Candidates – 2020

Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on 14th January 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 21st January 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 28th January 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 8th September 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 15th September 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 22nd September 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 29th September 2020 at 4:00 pm

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

Our Youth, very inspiring People, a huge hope for the future. Thank You Girls & Boys for every minute spent together this year . With You it is such an Adventure Our Youth Club will meet every week, on Tuesdays – from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.   Meetings Dates to Note for 2020 The meetings will be also dedicated for all the Confirmation Candidates (those who are AT LEAST 13 years old). The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on the…

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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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Daily Readings Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Sep 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 23 September 2020 Saint Pius of Pietrelcina on Wednesday of week 25 in Ordinary Time 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 Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Sep 23
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Wednesday 23rd September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Wednesdays

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

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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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Daily Readings Thursday 24th September 2020

Sep 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 24 September 2020 Our Lady of Walsingham  on Thursday of week 25 in Ordinary Time Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Hail, Holy Mother, who gave birth to the King who 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…

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Daily Services Thursday 24th September 2020

Sep 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Thursday 24th September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Thursdays

Sep 24
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Our Lord on the Cross

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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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Daily Readings Friday 25th September 2020

Sep 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 25 September 2020 Friday 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 our…

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Daily Services Friday 25th September 2020

Sep 25
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Friday 25th September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Fridays

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

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Timetable for First Communion Children – Practice for First Confession

Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Dear parents You will have received a letter from Fr Marcin regarding the arrangements for First Confession and First Communion. Because COVID 19 has confronted us with unexpected issues, Fr Marcin has taken into account the reality that some families already feel safe enough to come to church for Mass each week . Therefore he decided that he should arrange Holy Communion in two or maybe three separate cohorts starting with this group whose parents already feel safe enough. This…

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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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Daily Readings Saturday 26th September 2020

Sep 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 26 September 2020 Saturday of week 25 in Ordinary Time  or Saints Cosmas and Damian, 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 love of you and of our neighbour,…

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Daily Services Saturday 26th September 2020

Sep 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Saturday 26th September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Saturdays

Sep 26
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Rosary of Our Lady

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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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Daily Readings Sunday 27th September 2020 – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 27 September 2020 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, we…

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Daily Services Sunday 27th September 2020 TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sep 27
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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First Holy Communion Programme – 27-09-2020

Sep 27 @ 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 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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Daily Readings Monday 28th September 2020

Sep 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 28 September 2020 Monday of week 26 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Wenceslaus (Wacław), Martyr  or Saints Laurence Ruiz and his Companions, Martyrs  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:…

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Daily Services Monday 28th September 2020

Sep 28
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Monday 28th September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Mondays

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

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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 Tuesday 29th September 2020

Sep 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 29 September 2020 Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels - Feast Liturgical Colour: White. Entrance Antiphon: Cf. Ps 102: 20 Bless the Lord, all you his angels, mighty in power, fulfilling his word, and heeding his voice. Collect: O God, who dispose in marvellous order ministries both angelic and human, graciously grant that our life on earth may be defended by those who watch over us as they minister perpetually to you in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,…

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Daily Services Tuesday 29th September 2020

Sep 29
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Tuesday 29th September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Tuesdays

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

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Parish Youth Group & Confirmation Candidates – 2020

Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on 14th January 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 21st January 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 28th January 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 8th September 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 15th September 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 22nd September 2020 at 4:00 pm

One event on 29th September 2020 at 4:00 pm

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

Our Youth, very inspiring People, a huge hope for the future. Thank You Girls & Boys for every minute spent together this year . With You it is such an Adventure Our Youth Club will meet every week, on Tuesdays – from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.   Meetings Dates to Note for 2020 The meetings will be also dedicated for all the Confirmation Candidates (those who are AT LEAST 13 years old). The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on the…

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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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Daily Readings Wednesday 30th September 2020

Sep 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 30 September 2020 Saint Jerome, Priest, Doctor on Wednesday of week 26 in Ordinary Time 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 Wednesday 30th September 2020

Sep 30
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Wednesday 30th September 2020 – Month of Sorrows – Wednesdays

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

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October 2020

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 Thursday 1st October 2020

Oct 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 1 October 2020 Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin, Doctor on Thursday of week 26 in Ordinary Time 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 Thursday 1st October 2020

Oct 1
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Thursday 1st October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Thursdays

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

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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 Friday 2nd October 2020

Oct 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 2 October 2020 The Holy Guardian Angels on Friday of week 26 in Ordinary Time 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 Friday 2nd October 2020

Oct 2
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Friday 2nd October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Fridays

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

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Timetable for First Communion Children- First Confession for children

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

Dear parents You will have received a letter from Fr Marcin regarding the arrangements for First Confession and First Communion. Because COVID 19 has confronted us with unexpected issues, Fr Marcin has taken into account the reality that some families already feel safe enough to come to church for Mass each week . Therefore he decided that he should arrange Holy Communion in two or maybe three separate cohorts starting with this group whose parents already feel safe enough. This…

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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 Saturday 3rd October 2020

Oct 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 3 October 2020 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 almighty power…

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Daily Services Saturday 3rd October 2020

Oct 3
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Saturday 3rd October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Saturdays

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

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Timetable for First Communion Children – Practice for First Holy Communion

Oct 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Dear parents You will have received a letter from Fr Marcin regarding the arrangements for First Confession and First Communion. Because COVID 19 has confronted us with unexpected issues, Fr Marcin has taken into account the reality that some families already feel safe enough to come to church for Mass each week . Therefore he decided that he should arrange Holy Communion in two or maybe three separate cohorts starting with this group whose parents already feel safe enough. This…

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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 Sunday 4th October 2020 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 4 October 2020 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 of…

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Daily Services Sunday 4th October 2020 TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Oct 4
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Timetable for First Communion Children – First Holy Communion celebration

Oct 4 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom

Dear parents You will have received a letter from Fr Marcin regarding the arrangements for First Confession and First Communion. Because COVID 19 has confronted us with unexpected issues, Fr Marcin has taken into account the reality that some families already feel safe enough to come to church for Mass each week . Therefore he decided that he should arrange Holy Communion in two or maybe three separate cohorts starting with this group whose parents already feel safe enough. This…

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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 Monday 5th October 2020

Oct 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 5 October 2020 Monday 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 the…

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Daily Services Monday 5th October 2020

Oct 5
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Monday 5th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Mondays

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

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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 Tuesday 6th October 2020

Oct 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 6 October 2020 Tuesday of week 27 in Ordinary Time or Saint Bruno, 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 the Lord of all. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass…

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Daily Services Tuesday 6th October 2020

Oct 6
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Tuesday 6th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Tuesdays

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

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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 Wednesday 7th October 2020

Oct 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Wednesday 7 October 2020 Our Lady of the Rosary on Wednesday of week 27 in Ordinary Time 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 Wednesday 7th October 2020

Oct 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Wednesday 7th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Wednesdays

Oct 7
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Our Lady of the Rosary Icon

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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 Thursday 8th October 2020

Oct 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Thursday 8 October 2020 Thursday 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 the…

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Daily Services Thursday 8th October 2020

Oct 8
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Thursday 8th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Thursdays

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

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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 Friday 9th October 2020

Oct 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Friday 9 October 2020 Friday 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 Friday 9th October 2020

Oct 9
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Friday 9th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Fridays

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

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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 Saturday 10th October 2020

Oct 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Saturday 10 October 2020 Saturday of week 27 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Paulinus of York, 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…

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Daily Services Saturday 10th October 2020

Oct 10
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Saturday 10th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Saturdays

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

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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 Sunday 11th October 2020 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Sunday 11 October 2020 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 unity…

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Daily Services Sunday 11th October 2020 TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Oct 11
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL 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 Monday 12th October 2020

Oct 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Monday 12 October 2020 Monday of week 28 in Ordinary Time or Saint Wilfrid, Bishop and Missionary 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…

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Daily Services Monday 12th October 2020

Oct 12
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Monday 12th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Mondays

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

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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 Tuesday 13th October 2020

Oct 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Tuesday 13 October 2020 Tuesday of week 28 in Ordinary Time  or Saint Edward the Confessor, King  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,…

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Daily Services Tuesday 13th October 2020

Oct 13
St Swithun’s Church, 105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
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Parish Devotion for Tuesday 13th October 2020 – Month of The Holy Rosary – Tuesdays

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

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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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