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Newsletter: 05th May/06th May 2018 - 6th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Week I

Newsletter - 6th Sunday of Easter

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Commentary for the 6th Sunday of Easter

What does it really mean to love? As Fr. George observes in his commentary for the Sunday liturgy, "Today, there is so much talk of love in the world, but there seems to be no real understanding of love, because God is not part of the lives of so many who speak of love. St John tells us, 'He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is love.' (I Jn 4:8)".

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Catechism on the Blessed Virgin

What is the Immaculate Conception and can this teaching be found in Sacred Scripture? Yes. Actually, "The first privilege that Our Lady received from God in view of her divine Maternity was to be conceived Immaculate". To have been conceived immaculate means that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin.

Read this article taken from the book, "Who is Mary?", written by Fr. Gabriele M. Pellettieri.

Marriage & Family Life: The Great Battle

In this article, Deacon Andrew Carter gives a historical perspective on the situation regarding marriage and family life today. A look at history helps us realise that there are strong forces in motion intent on the destruction of Christian civilisation, specifically by the destruction of marriage and family.

You can read this article by clicking the button below.

Spiritual Retreat

May 11, 2018

Next Saturday, 12th May, Father Serafino will lead another silent retreat day at St Columba’s, this time to reflect on the topic of “Our Lady and the Sacrament of Penance”. The day begins with the Holy Rosary at 9am, and concludes at around 4.30pm. Please bring your own packed lunch. To book your place, please call the parish office, or register on the parish website.

Parish Film Night

May 24, 2018

Our next parish film night will be on Friday 25th May, beginning at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Hall. The film is “Siege Lord II: Day of the Siege”, an historical epic about the 1683 Battle of Vienna, in which the armies of the Holy Roman Empire fought to defend Christian Europe against a massive Ottoman invasion force.

Marian Procession

May 25, 2018

To mark the end of the Marian month of May, Father Serafino will be leading a special public procession along the Gosport high street in honour of Our Lady on Saturday 26th May at 12 noon. Latin Mass will be celebrated as usual in St Mary’s at 9.30am, followed by Marian consecrations and Brown Scapular enrolments for those who wish to deepen their relationship with the Mother of God.

Filipino Night

May 25, 2018

Our next fundraising evening is on Saturday 26th May in St Mary’s Hall. This is a Filipino Night with a buffet dinner, live music and traditional dance. Tickets cost £10 per adult or £3 for children over six (children under six go free), and can be purchased from the parish office.

International Pro-Life Holy Hour

On Thursday April 12th, the Pro-Life Movement of St. Mary's Church launched a weekly live-streamed International Holy Hour to pray for the ending of abortion. The initiative was also featured in an article on LifeSiteNews.com. In the words of Fr. Serafino M. Lanzetta, “Our pro-life Holy Hour is an initiative aiming at creating a chain of people around the world to pray together for the sake of human life so that it might be acknowledged by everyone as a mystery, naturally and supernaturally, to be honoured and respected”.

Join us at St. Mary's Church every Thursday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm to pray for the ending of abortion. You can also tune in live to Radio Immaculata and participate in the Holy Hour.

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