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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

Sunday 22 October 2017

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29thSunday 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

Caesar and the King: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings:
Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Psalm 96:1,3-57-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21 The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today’s Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11Romans 13:1). In effect, God says to every ruler what he tells King Cyrus in today’s First Reading: “I have called you . . . though you knew me not.” The Lord raised up Cyrus to restore the Israelites from exile, and to rebuild Jerusalem (see Ezra 1:1-4). Throughout salvation history, God has used foreign rulers for the sake of His chosen people. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to reveal God’s power (see

Sunday 8th October 2017

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27thSunday 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
Living on the Vine: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileIsaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:912-1619-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43 In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God. And the symbolism of today’s First Reading and Psalm is readily understood. God is the owner and the house of Israel is the vineyard. A cherished vine, Israel was plucked from Egypt and transplanted in a fertile land specially spaded and prepared by God, hedged about by the city walls of Jerusalem, watched over by the towering Temple. But the vineyard produced no good grapes for the wine, a symbol for the holy lives God wanted for His people. So God allowed His vineyard to be overrun by…

Sunday 1 October 2017

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26thSunday 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
The Humble Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeDownload Audio FileReadings:
Ezekiel 18:25-28
Psalm 25:4-9
Philippians 2:1-11
Matthew 21:28-32 Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin? This is the question that Jesus takes up in the parable in today’s Gospel. The first son represents the most heinous sinners of Jesus’ day – tax collectors and prostitutes – who by their sin at first refuse to serve in the Lord’s vineyard, the kingdom. At the preaching of John the Baptist, they repented and did what is right and just. The second son represents Israel’s…