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Sunday 16 July 2017

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses: 8.30am      10.15am        6pm
St Peter's Catholic Church Eastwood Parish Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

The Word’s Return: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Timehttps://stpaulcenter.com Download Audio File Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm 65:10-14
Romans 8:18-23
Matthew 13:1-23 Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially. Again we see, as we did last week, that the kingdom’s mysteries are unfolded to those who open their hearts, making of them a rich soil in the which the Word can grow and bear fruit. As we sing in today’s Psalm, in Jesus, God’s Word has visited our land, to water the stony earth of our hearts with the living waters of the Spirit (see John 7:38Revelation 22:1). The firs…

Sunday 9th July 2017

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sea Sunday) Mass 8.30am  Sung Mass at 10.15am Evening Mass at 6pm
St Peter's Catholic Church Parish of Eastwood Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

A Yoke for the Childlike: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Download Audio File Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm 145:1-28-1113-14
Romans 8:911-13
Matthew 11:25-30
Jesus is portrayed in today’s Gospel as a new and greater Moses. Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10). And Moses gave Israel the yoke of the Law, through which God first revealed himself and how we are to live (see Jeremiah 2:205:5). Jesus too is meek and humble. But He is more than God’s friend. He is the Son who alone knows the Father. He is more also than a law-giver, presenting himself today as the yoke of a new Law, and as the revealed Wisdom of God. As Wisdom, Jesus was present before creation as the…

Sunday 2 July 2017

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Morning Mass 8.30 am Sung Mass 10.15am  Evening Mass 6pm St. Peter's Catholic Church - Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea.
To Find Our Lives: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Download Audio File 2 Kgs 4:8–1114–16 Ps 89:2–3,16–19 Rom 6:3–4,8–11 Mt 10:37–42 The Liturgy this week continues to instruct us in the elements of discipleship. We’re told that even the most humble among us have a share in the mission Christ gives to His Church. We’re not all called to the ministry of the Apostles, or to be prophets like Elisha in today’s First Reading. But each of us is called to a holy life (see 2 Timothy 1:91 Thessalonians 4:3). At Baptism our lives were joined forever to the cross of Christ, as Paul tells us in today’s Epistle. Baptized into His death, we’re to renounce sin and live for God in Christ Jesus. We are to follow Him…

Sunday 25 June

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses 8.30am  Sung at 10.15am Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX - Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission http://stpetereastwood.org

Be Not Afraid: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Timehttps://stpaulcenter.com
Download Audio File Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Psalm 69:8-10141733-35 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test. We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in today’s First Reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap and trip us up. For His sake we will bear insults and be made outcasts—even in our own homes, we hear in today’s Psalm. As Jeremiah tells us, we must expect that God will challenge our faith in Him, and probe our minds and hearts, to test the depths of our love. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus assures us three times in today’s Gospel. Though He may permit us to suffer for our faith, our Father will never forget or abandon us. As Jesus ass…

Sunday 18 June 2017

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The Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ - Corpus Christi
Masses 8.30am   
10.15am Sung concluding with Procession and Benediction
6pm Evening Mass
St Peter's Catholic Church Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX





Word of the ‘Living Father’: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-314-16 Psalm 147:12-1519-20 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That's how Jesus presents it in today's Gospel. He doesn't make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at His words. Even when they begin to quarrel, He insists on describing the eating and drinking of His flesh and blood in starkly literal terms. Four times in today's reading, Jesus uses a Greek word—trogein—that refers to a crude kind of eating, almost a gnawing or chewing (see John 6:54,56,57,58). He is testing their faith in His Word, as today's First Reading describes God testing Is…

Sunday June 11th

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The Most Holy Trinity Masses 8.30 am  10.15am-Sung  Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX
How God Loves: Scott Hahn Reflects on Trinity Sunday
Readings: Exodus 34:4-68-9 Daniel 3:52-56 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 We often begin Mass with the prayer from today's Epistle: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." We praise the God who has revealed himself as a Trinity, a communion of persons. Communion with the Trinity is the goal of our worship—and the purpose of the salvation history that begins in the Bible and continues in the Eucharist and sacraments of the Church. We see the beginnings of God's self-revelation in today's First Reading, as He passes before Moses and cries out His holy name. Israel had sinned in worshipping the golden calf (see Exodus 32). But God does not condemn them to perish. Instead He proclaims His mercy and faithfulness to His covenant. God loved Is…

Sunday 4th June 2017

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PENTECOST SUNDAY Masses - 8.30am  10.15am-Sung  Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX www.stpetereastwood.org

A Mighty Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost Sunday


Readings: Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 John 20:19-23 The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God's chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21Deuteronomy 16:9-11). In today's First Reading the mysteries prefigured in that feast are fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles (see Acts 1:14). The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised (see 2 Corinthians 3:2-8Romans 8:2). The Spirit is revealed as the life-giving breath of the Father, the Wisdom by…