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Newsletter: 12th May/13th May 2018 - 7th Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Week III

Newsletter - 7th Sunday of Easter

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Commentary for the 7th Sunday of Easter

In the Gospel, "Jesus prays to the Father that all His apostles will be kept in the Father’s name and be one with Him and the Father: “And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou has given me; that they may be one, as we also are.” (Jn 17:11) Jesus will not leave His followers as orphans; He has sacrificed His life for them, and they are one with Him and the Father".

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Catechism on the Blessed Virgin

The Blessed Virgin Mary was espoused to St. Joseph that he may protect her integrity and be a foster father to the Son of God. Read this article by Fr. Gabriele Pellettieri and find out more about the motives of Our Lady's marriage to St. Joseph.

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

Marching for Life with a Contagious Joy

"Life is the premise of a society truly human", and for this reason everyone should stand up for life. According to Fr. Serafino M. Lanzetta, the recent March for Life held for the first time in London had one very noticeable characteristic: the feeling of joy which he described as contagious and produced reactions from passers-by and onlookers.

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Spiritual Retreat

May 11, 2018

On 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.

Confirmations

May 18, 2018

Congratulations to Denis, Ryan and Molly, who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Saturday, 19th May, at St John’s Cathedral. Please keep them in your prayers.

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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