Sunday 25 June

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

Be Not Afraid: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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

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

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

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

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…

Sunday 28th May 2017

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord  Holy Day of Obligation Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Masses:   8.30 am         10.15am (Sung)       Evening 6pm 

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
to his throne above the skies; Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven! Alleluia!

Sunday 21st May 2017

Sixth Sunday of Easter Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Masses 8.30 am 10.15am (Sung)  Evening 6pm
Alive in the Spirit: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 8:5-814-17 Psalm 66:1-71620 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21 Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) . He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, to dwell with us and keep us united in the life He shares with the Father. We see the promised gift of His Spirit being conferred in today's First Reading. The scene from Acts apparently depicts a primitive Confirmation rite. Philip, one of the first deacons (see Acts 6:5), proclaims the Gospel in the non-Jewish city of Samaria. The Samaritans accept the Word of God (see Acts 17:111 Thessalonians 2:13) and are baptized. It remains for the Apostles to send their representatives, Peter and…

Sunday 7th May 2017

4th Sunday in Easter Pray for Vocations
Masses - 8.30am. 10.15am. Going Forth Mass - we welcome the First Holy Communion Children and their families   Evening Mass 6pm.

What Are We To Do? 
Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:1436-41 Psalm 23:1-6 1 Peter 2:20-25 John 10:1-10 Easter's empty tomb is a call to conversion. By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today's First Reading. He is the "Lord," the divine Son that David foresaw at God's right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3132:10-11Acts 2:34). And He is the Messiah that God had promised to shepherd the scattered flock of the house of Israel (see Ezekiel 34:11-142337:24). As we hear in today's Gospel, Jesus is that Good Shepherd, sent to a people who were like sheep without a shepherd (see Mark 6:34Numbers 27:16-17). He calls not only to the children of Israel, but to all those far off from Him - to whomever the…