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Sunday 10th December 2017

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Second Sunday of Advent Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Straighten the Path:Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of AdventDownload Audio FileReadings:
Isaiah 40:1-59-11
Psalm 85:9-14
2 Peter 3:8-14
Mark 1:1-8 Our God is coming. The time of exile – the long separation of humankind from God due to sin – is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today’s liturgy. Isaiah in today’s First Reading promises Israel’s future release and return from captivity and exile. But as today’s Gospel shows, Israel’s historic deliverance was meant to herald an even greater saving act by God – the coming of Jesus to set Israel and all nations free from bondage to sin, to gather them up and carry them back to God. God sent an angel before Israel to lead them in their exodus towards the promised land (see Exodus 23:20). And He promised to send a messenger of t…

Sunday 3 December 2017

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First Sunday of Advent Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Watch for Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of AdventDownload Audio FileReadings:
Isaiah 63:16-1719
Psalm 80:2-315-1618-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37 The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading. In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne – to save and shepherd His people. Today’s readings are relatively brief. Their language and “message” are deceptively simple. But we should take note of the serious mood and penitential aspect of the Liturgy today – as the people of Israel recognize their sinfulness, their failures to keep God’s covenant, their inability to save themselves. And in this Ad…

Sunday 26th November 2017

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Our Lord Jesus Christ The King Masses  8.30am    10.15am concluding with Benediction     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

When the End Comes: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the KingDownload Audio FileReadings:
Ezekiel 34:11-1215-17
Psalm 23:1-35-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-2628
Matthew 25:31-46 Many saints and Church leaders have seen a connection between Christ’s words in the Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King (see Matthew 25:31-43) and His promise to be present in the Eucharist (see Matthew 26:26-29Mark 14:22-25Luke 22:15-20). For instance, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say of her work with the destitute: “In Holy Communion we have Christ under the appearance of bread. In our work we find Him under the appearance of flesh and blood. It is the same Christ. ‘I was hungry, I was naked, I was sick, I was homeless.'”

Sunday 19th November 2017

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33 rdSunday in Ordinary Time Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Settling Accounts:Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio FileReadings:
Proverbs 31:10-1319-2030-31
Psalm 128:1-5
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Matthew 25:14-30 The day of the Lord is coming, Paul warns in today’s Epistle. What matters isn’t the time or the season, but what the Lord finds us doing with the new life, the graces He has given to us. This is at the heart of Jesus’ parable in today’s Gospel. Jesus is the Master. Having died, risen, and ascended into heaven, He appears to have gone away for a long time. By our baptism, He has entrusted to each of us a portion of His “possessions,” a share in His divine life (see 2 Peter 1:4). He has given us talents and responsibilities, according to the measure of our faith (see Romans 12:3,8).

Remembrance Sunday 12 November 2017

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32 nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses  8.30am    10.15am - of Requiem     6pm
'We Will Remember them' _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission



Members of the Wedding: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings:
Wisdom 6:12-16
Psalm 63:2-8
1 Thessalonians 4:13-17
Matthew 25:1-13 According to marriage customs of Jesus’ day, a bride was first “betrothed” to her husband but continued for a time to live with her family. Then, at the appointed hour, some months later, the groom would come to claim her, leading her family and bridal party to the wedding feast that would celebrate and inaugurate their new life together. This is the background to the parable of the last judgment we hear in today’s Gospel. In the parable’s symbolism, Jesus is the Bridegroom (see Mark 2:19). In this, He fulfills God’s ancient promise to join himself forever to…

Sunday 5th November 2017

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31stSunday in Ordinary Time Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm We welcome Fr Lee Bennett as Principal Celebrant at the 10.15am Mass _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission




Calling the Fathers: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings:
Malachi 1:14-2:28-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-913
Matthew 23:1-12 Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed off from God. In a word, Israel’s leaders failed to be good spiritual fathers of God’s people. Moses was a humble father-figure, preaching the law but also practicing it – interceding and begging God’s mercy and forgiveness of…

Sunday 29th October 2017

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30 thSunday in Ordinary Time Masses  8.30am    10.15am     6pm _______________________________________
St Peter's Catholic Church, Leigh on Sea EASTWOOD PARISH Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Love Commanded: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings:
Exodus 22:20-26
Psalm 18:2-44751
1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Matthew 22:34-40 Jesus came not to abolish the Old Testament law but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17) And in today’s Gospel, He reveals that love – of God and of neighbour – is the fulfillment of the whole of the law (see Romans 13:8-10). Devout Israelites were to keep all 613 commands found in the Bible’s first five books. Jesus says today that all these, and all the teachings of the prophets, can be summarized by two verses of this law (see Deuteronomy 6:5Leviticus 19:18). He seems to summarize the two stone tablets on which God was said to have engraved the ten commandments (see