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Christmas at St Peter's Eastwood

A Very Happy Christmas to you all!
Mass times 
The members of the Southend Ordinariate Mission will be attending parishes where Ordinariate Clergy are presiding. Fr. Lee Bennett celebrates a 7:30 pm. Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at St John Fisher and a 9am Christmas Day Mass for those who wish to support our 'home-base!' at St John Fisher Catholic Church.

Fr. Jeff celebrates masses at St Peter's, Eastwood SS9 4BX 

24th December-  6pm. Vigil Mass with our young families
10:30-11:30pm Confessions 11:30pm Carols... 12 Midnight Solemn Mass of the Nativity of the Lord

25 December Christmas Day -of Obligation
8:30 am. Mass of the Dawn 10:15am. Mass of the Day No Evening Mass

26 December-  11am. Mass of St Stephen- protomartyr

Sunday 27 December- Feast of the Holy Family  Masses 8:30am. 10:15am & 6pm.

Dear friends,
Goodness abounds!
I recently read with much interest, the Christmas message from  Douglas Crosby, OMI Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops…

Sunday 20th December 2015

4th Sunday of Advent Please join us for: 11am. Solemn Mass at St John Fisher Catholic Church Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Woolnough
7pm. A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols Seasonal Refreshments will be served after the service.

A Mother’s Greeting: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Download Audio File Readings:
Micah 5:1-4
Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19
Hebrews 5:5-10
Luke 1:39-45 (see also “The ‘New Ark’”) On this last Sunday before Christmas, the Church's Liturgy reveals the true identity of our Redeemer:
He is, as today's First Reading says, the "ruler...whose origin is from...ancient times." He will come from Bethlehem, where David was born of Jesse the Ephrathite and anointed king (see Ruth 4:11-171 Samuel 16:1-1317:1Matthew 2:6).

God promised that an heir of David would reign on his throne forever (see 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Psalm 89; Psalm 132:11-12).

Jesus is that heir, the One the pr…

Sunday 13th December

Third Sunday of Advent 'Gaudate-Rejoice! 11am Solemn Mass at St. John Fisher Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant: F. Bob White

Scott Hahn's Biblical reflection, visit:
Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18
Isaiah 12:2-6
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18 The people in today's Gospel are "filled with expectation." They believe John the Baptist might be the Messiah they've been waiting for. Three times we hear their question: "What then should we do?" The Messiah's coming requires every man and woman to choose - to "repent" or not. That's John's message and it will be Jesus' too (see Luke 3:35:3224:47).

"Repentance" translates a Greek word, metanoia (literally, "change of mind"). In the Scriptures, repentance is presented as a two-fold "turning" - away from sin (see Ezekiel 3:1918:30) and toward God (see Sirach 17:20-21Hosea 6:1). This "turning" is more than att…

Sunday 6th December


11am. Solemn Mass  at St John Fisher-Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Celebrant : Fr. Lee Bennett

The Road Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Advent

Readings: Baruch 5:1-9
Psalm 126:1-6
Philippians 1:4-6,8-11
Luke 3:1-6

Today's Psalm paints a dream-like scene - a road filled with liberated captives heading home to Zion (Jerusalem), mouths filled with laughter, tongues rejoicing.

It's a glorious picture from Israel's past, a "new exodus," the deliverance from exile in Babylon. It's being recalled in a moment of obvious uncertainty and anxiety. But the psalmist isn't waxing nostalgic.

Remembering "the Lord has done great things" in the past, he is making an act of faith and hope - that God will come to Israel in its present need, that He'll do even greater things in the future.

This is what the Advent readings…