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Newsletter: 14th April/15th April 2018 - 3rd Sunday of Easter
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Office Proper

Newsletter - 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Commentary for the 3rd Sunday of Easter

In the commentary for this Sunday's liturgy, Fr. George affirms that the most important teaching of the readings is the forgiveness of sins. This is the reason why Jesus sacrificed Himself on the Cross for us. He was a propitiation for our sins which He atoned for on the Cross. 

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Catechism on the Blessed Virgin

A true understanding of Mary and her role in salvation can come only from a full understanding of Scripture and the portrayal of Mary in Scripture. The Old Testament is full of a variety of texts, prophecies, celebrated persons and symbols which preannounce and describe the figure and mission of Our Lady as Mother of the Saviour. To find out more about the prophecies, symbols and figures that manifest Mary's role in the divine plan of salvation, read this article taken form the book, "Who is Mary?", written by Fr. Gabriele M. Pellettieri.

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.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

We just opened accounts on Twitter and Instagram. It isn't going to be easy understanding how to use the full potential of these applications for the glory of God and salvation of souls, but we are getting there. Meanwhile we ask you to follow us on here on Twitter and here on Instagram

Save the Date - Rosary on the Coast of the British Isles

We all know that the Rosary on the Coast will take place on Sunday 29th April at 3.00 pm. There will be two meetings for the Rosary in our area, one at St Mary's Gosport and one at St Mary's Portchester; both of which churches are on the coast. Further details will be available in due course. Visit www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk for more information, including details of the designated gathering points along the coast.

Guild of St. Clare

Finally, the Guild of St. Clare will meet for the first time on Friday 20th April, between 4pm and 6pm. Another meeting is scheduled for Saturday 21st April, between 10pm and 12pm.

The guild has been created primarily for the youth to help them build positive relationships with each other, the church and our community. The group will create works of arts and crafts starting with embroidery, which the final item/items will be on display and used within the church. Adults are more than welcome too, as they can pass on crafting knowledge and expertise to others. 

Donations of arts and craft items like wool, materials, threads, needles, art paint, etc, are welcome.

For more information, please contact Maxine Corlette: 07967780354

Silent Retreat Day

April 20, 2018

On Saturday 21st April, Father Serafino will lead a silent retreat day at St Columba’s Church, from 9am until 5pm. The subject matter of the retreat is: "An Introduction to the Latin Mass". All are welcome. There will be a shared lunch, drinks will be provided and a donation basket will be displayed for contributions. If you wish to attend, please register online by clicking the button below.

Parish Bingo Night

April 20, 2018

On Saturday 21st April, from 7pm to 11pm, there will be a parish bingo evening with a buffet in St. Mary's Hall, to raise money for the ongoing church renovations. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £3.50 for children (5-12 years old). Tickets are available for purchase from the parish office.

Nightfever

April 27, 2018

Our next NightFever evening is on Saturday 28th April, starting at 7.30pm (after the 6pm Mass) in St Mary’s Church. As Catholics, it is so important for us to share the amazing love and mercy of our God with those who do not know Him, and NightFever is such a wonderfully simple way of doing this. Everyone is warmly invited to come and just sit or kneel and be still in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. NightFever is such a special and precious time with so many blessings available to us if we just open our hearts to God and allow ourselves to experience His love. The evening ends at 10.30pm with Benediction. If you are able to assist at NightFever in any way, please contact Mike Slater on 02392 554537. Even just 30 minutes of your time could change lives forever!

March 4 Life UK 2018

May 04, 2018

The March 4 Life UK will be held in London this year on Saturday 5th May and it will start from the Parliament Square. Since, this is a First Saturday, Holy Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church at 8:30am. Interested participants will then travel to London by minibus, arriving well before the march sets off from Parliament Square. If you are interested in coming, please, register for the event by clicking this link: March 4 Life UK 2018.

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