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Sunday 1st January 2017

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The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Masses 8.30am  Solemn 10.15am Evening 6pm A very Happy New Year to you all! Children of God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Mary, Mother of God Readings:

Numbers 6:22-27

Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8

Galatians 4:4-7

Luke 2:16-21
Today we give thanks to Mary, the Mother of God. Her response to the angel, born of a humble heart, brought us life and salvation in the Child conceived in her womb.
From before all ages, God had destined her for this decisive role in salvation history. She was to be the woman who in the fullness of time would bear God's only Son, as Paul tells us in today's Epistle.
In times past, God spoke to His chosen people, the Israelites, through prophets (see Hebrews 1:1-2), and imparted His blessings upon them through His priests, as we hear in today's First Reading.

But now, He has sent His Son—to reveal His glory and His kingdom, to make His way of salvation known to all nations, as we sing i…

Christmas and New Year at St Peter's Eastwood

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24th DecemberVigil Mass 6pm 12 Midnight: Mass of the Nativity and Blessing of the Crib preceded by Carols at 11.30pm.  Priest available for confessions from 10.30pm. 25th December Christmas Day 8.30am. Mass of the Dawn 10.15am. Mass of the Day.
St Stephen's DayMonday 26 December Holy Mass 10am Friday 30 December Feast of the Holy Family9.30am Holy Mass Saturday 31 December 9.30am Mass followed by Exposition and confessions until 10.30am. SUNDAY 1st January 2017 Mary Mother of God Masses 8.30am 10.15am & 18.00pm







Sunday 18th December

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4th Sunday of Advent 10.15am Sung Concelebrated Mass at Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Celebrant Fr Bob White Preacher Fr Jeff Woolnough 6pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in aid of Havens Hospice Sponsored by the Southend Ordinariate Mission


God Is With UsScott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent Download Audio File
Readings:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24
The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed (see Romans 16:25-26).

This is the "Gospel of God" that Paul celebrates in today's Epistle—the good news that "God is with us" in Jesus Christ. The sign promised to the House of David in today's First Reading is given in today's Gospel. In the virgin found with child, God himself has brought to Israel a saviour from David's royal line (see Acts 13:22-23).

Son of David according to the flesh, Jesus is the Son of God, born of the Spirit. He will be a…

Sunday 11th December 2016

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3rd of Advent-Gaudete Sunday10.15am Sung Mass at Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission                                       Here is Your God:Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent Download Audio File
Readings:
Isaiah 35:1-6,10
Psalm 146:6-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11
John questions Jesus from prison in today's Gospel—for his disciples' sake and for ours.

He knows that Jesus is doing "the works of the Messiah," foretold in today's First Reading and Psalm. But John wants his disciples—and us—to know that the Judge is at the gate, that in Jesus our God has come to save us.

The Liturgy of Advent takes us out into the desert to see and hear the marvelous works and words of God—the lame leaping like a stag, the dead raised, the good news preached to the poor (see Isaiah 29:18-20; 61:1-2).

The Liturgy does this to give us courage, to strengthen our feeble hands and make firm our weak knees. Our hearts can easily becom…

Sunday 4th December

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2nd Sunday of Advent 10.15 am. Sung Mass at Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant, Fr. Jeff Woolnough - Preacher, Fr. Bob White
Kingdom Come:Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Advent Download Audio File Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Romans 15:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12 "The kingdom of heaven is at hand," John proclaims. And the Liturgy today paints us a vivid portrait of our new king and the shape of the kingdom He has come to bring.

The Lord whom John prepares the way for in today's Gospel is the righteous king prophesied in today's First Reading and Psalm. He is the king's son, the son of David—a shoot from the root of Jesse, David's father (see Ruth 4:17).

He will be the Messiah, anointed with the Holy Spirit (see 2 Samuel 23:1; 1 Kings 1:39; Psalm 2:2), endowed with the seven gifts of the Spirit—wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

He will ru…

Advent Sunday 27th November 2016

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First Sunday of Advent 2016 Sung Mass 10.15am. at St. Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Celebrant Fr Bob White -Preacher Deacon Richard Cerson Said Masses at 8.30am and 6pm. In a Dark Hour:Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday in Advent Download Audio File Readings:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-9
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44
Jesus exaggerates in today's Gospel when He claims not to know the day or the hour when He will come again.

He occasionally makes such overstatements to drive home a point we might otherwise miss (see Matthew 5:34; 23:9; Luke 14:26).

His point here is that the exact "hour" is not important. What is crucial is that we not postpone our repentance, that we be ready for Him—spiritually and morally—when He comes. For He will surely come, He tells us—like a thief in the night, like the flood in the time of Noah.

In today's Epistle, Paul too compares the present age to a time of advancing darkness and night.

Though we sit in the darkness, overshadowed by dea…

Sunday 20th November 2016

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. 10.15am. Sung Mass concluding with Benediction Saint Peter's Catholic Church Parish of Eastwood Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr Jeff Woolnough - Parish Priest & Group Pastor



Kingdom of the SonScott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King Download Audio File
Readings:
2 Samuel 5:1-3
Psalm 122:1-5
Colossians 1:12-20
Luke 23:35-43
Week by week the Liturgy has been preparing us for the revelation to be made on this, the last Sunday of the Church year.

Jesus, we have been shown, is truly the Chosen One, the Messiah of God, the King of Jews. Ironically, in today's Gospel we hear these names on the lips of those who don't believe in Him—Israel's rulers, the soldiers, a criminal dying alongside Him.

They can only see the scandal of a bloodied figure nailed to a cross. They scorn Him in words and gestures foretold in Israel's Scriptures (see Psalm 22:7-9; 69:21-22; Wisdom 2:18-20). If He is truly King, Go…

Sunday 13th November 2016

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33rd in Ordinary Time REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10.15am. Solemn Mass of Requiem for the War Dead Masses of the Ordinary Sunday 8.30am & 6pm. ‘Today’ is the Day... Scott Hahn Reflects on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Timehttps://stpaulcenter.com/ Download Audio File Readings:
Malachi 3:19-20
Psalm 98:5-9
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19
It is the age between our Lord's first coming and His last. We live in the new world begun by His life, death, Resurrection and Ascension, by the sending of His Spirit upon the Church. But we await the day when He will come again in glory.

"Lo, the day is coming," Malachi warns in today's First Reading. The prophets taught Israel to look for the Day of the Lord, when He would gather the nations for judgment (see Zephaniah 3:8; Isaiah 3:9; 2 Peter 3:7).

Jesus anticipates this day in today's Gospel. He cautions us not to be deceived by those claiming "the time has come." Such deception is the background also for today's Epistle (s…

Sunday 6th November

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time10.15 am. Sung Concelebrated Mass at St. Peter's, Eastwood Parish.Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant: Fr. Michael Halsall - Preacher: Deacon Richard CersonAlso Masses at 8.30am & 6pm To Rise Again: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File
Readings:
2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14
Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15
2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5
Luke 20:27-38
With their riddle about seven brothers and a childless widow, the Sadducees in today's Gospel mock the faith for which seven brothers and their mother die in the First Reading.

The Maccabean martyrs chose death—tortured limb by limb, burned alive—rather than betray God's Law. Their story is given to us in these last weeks of the Church year to strengthen us for endurance—that our feet not falter but remain steadfast on His paths.

The Maccabeans died hoping that the "King of the World" would raise them to live again forever (see 2 Maccabees 14:46).

The Sadducees d…

Sunday 30th October 2016

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15 am. Sung Mass at St. Peter's home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr. Bob White Lover of Souls:Scott Hahn Reflects on the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File
Readings:
Wisdom 11:22-12
Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2
Luke 19:1-10
Our Lord is a lover of souls, the Liturgy shows us today. As we sing in today's Psalm, He is slow to anger and compassionate towards all that He has made.

In His mercy, our First Reading tells us, He overlooks our sins and ignorance, giving us space that we might repent and not perish in our sinfulness (see Wisdom 12:10; 2 Peter 3:9).

In Jesus, He has become the Saviour of His children, coming himself to save the lost (see Isaiah 63:8-9; Ezekiel 34:16).

In the figure of Zacchaeus in today's Gospel, we have a portrait of a lost soul. He is a tax collector, by profession a "sinner" excluded from Israel's religious life. Not only that, he is a "chief tax collec…

Sunday 23 October 2016

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am Sung Mass at St. Peter's, Eastwood SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant -  Fr Jeff Woolnough 



No Favourites: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Visit : https://stpaulcenter.com/ Download Audio File
Readings:
Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
Psalm 34:2-3,17-19, 23
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14
Jesus draws a blunt picture in today's Gospel.
The Pharisee's prayer is almost a parody of the thanksgiving psalms (see for example Psalms 30,118). Instead of praising God for His mighty works, the Pharisee congratulates himself for his own deeds, which he presents to God in some detail.
The tax collector stands at a distance, too ashamed even to raise his eyes to God (see Ezra 9:6). He prays with a humble and contrite heart (see Psalm 51:19). He knows that before God no one is righteous, no one has cause to boast (see Romans 3:10; 4:2).
We see in the Liturgy today one of Scripture's abiding themes—that God "k…

Sunday 16th October 2016

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am. Sung Mass at St. Peter's, Eastwood Parish. Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr. Michael Halsall

Hope From on High: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File
Readings:
Exodus 17:8-13
Psalm 121:1-8
2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Luke 18:1-8
The Lord is our guardian, beside us at our right hand, interceding for us in all our spiritual battles.

In today's Psalm we're told to lift our eyes to the mountains, that our help will come from Mount Zion and the Temple—the dwelling of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Joshua and the Israelites, in today's First Reading, are also told to look to the hilltops. They are to find their help there—through the intercession of Moses—as they defend themselves against their mortal foes, the Amalekites.

Notice the image: Aaron and Hur standing on each side of Moses, holding his weary arms so that he can raise the staff of God above his head. Moses is being shown here as a f…

Sunday 9th October

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am Sung Parish Mass at St Peter's Eastwood Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr Jeff Woolnough Also Masses 8.30am & 6pm Blessed John Henry Newman Pray for us ! Returning Thanks:   Scott Hahn Reflects on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File Readings:
2 Kings 5:14-17
Psalm 98:1-4
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Luke 17:11-19
A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today.
There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha's time, but only Naaman the Syrian trusted in God's Word and was cleansed (see Luke 5:12-14). Today's Gospel likewise implies that most of the ten lepers healed by Jesus were Israelites—but only a foreigner, the Samaritan, returned.

In a dramatic way, we're being shown today how faith has been made the way to salvation, the road by which all nations will join themselves to the Lord, becoming His serva…

Sunday 2nd October 2016

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am Sung Mass at St. Peter's, Eastwood SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Said Masses at 8.30am and 6pm.

Life By Faith:
Scott Hahn Reflects on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Readings:
Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4
Psalm 95:1-2,6-9
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Luke 17:5-10
Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today's First Reading the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).

We are to live by faith in Christ who loved us and gave himself on the Cross for us (see Galatians 2:20).

The world, though, can seem to us as seventh-century Judah seemed to Habakkuk—in the control of God's enemies. The strife and discord we face in our own lives can sometimes cause us to wonder, as the prophet does, why God doesn't seem to hear or intervene when we cry for help.

We can't let our hearts be hardened by the trials we undergo. As today's Psalm reminds u…

Sunday 25th September 2016

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time10.15am Sung Mass(Thanksgiving for the Harvest) said masses at 8.30am & 6pm St. Peter's Catholic Church, Eastwood Parish SS9 4BXHome to the Southend Area Ordinariate MissionCelebrant Fr Jeff Woolnough -Parish Priest A Great Chasm: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File
Readings:
Amos 6:1, 4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
1 Timothy 6:11-16
Luke 16:19-31
The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today's Liturgy—not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door.

The complacent leaders in today's First Reading feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom of Israel (see Amos 5:6), collapses around them.

The rich man in today's Gospel also lives like a king—dressed in royal purple and fine linen (see 1 Maccabees 8:14).

The rich man symbolizes Israel's failure to keep the Old Covenant, to he…

Sunday 18th September 2016

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am. Sung Concelebrated Mass at St. Peter's Eastwood -home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission. Principal celebrant: Fr. Michael Halsall


Prudent Stewards: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File
Readings:
Amos 8:4-7
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
Luke 16:1-13
The steward in today's Gospel confronts the reality that he can't go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment, must give account for what he has done.

The exploiters of the poor in today's First Reading are also about to be pulled down, thrust from their stations (see Isaiah 22:19). Servants of mammon or money, they're so in love with wealth that they reduce the poor to objects, despise the new moons and Sabbaths—the observances and holy days of God (see Leviticus 23:24; Exodus 20:8).

Their only hope is to follow the steward's path. He is no model of repentance. But he makes a prudent calculation—to use his last hours in charg…

Sunday 11th September

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am. Sung Concelebrated Mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Said Masses at 8.30am and 18.00pm. Seeking the Lost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Download Audio File Readings:
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10
The episode in today's First Reading has been called "Israel's original sin." Freed from bondage, born as a people of God in the covenant at Sinai, Israel turned aside from His ways, fell to worshipping a golden calf.
Moses implores God's mercy, as Jesus will later intercede for the whole human race, as He still pleads for sinners at God's right hand and through the ministry of the Church.
Israel's sin is the sin of the world. It is your sin and mine. Ransomed from death and made His children in Baptism, we fall prey to the idols of this world. We remain a "stiff-necked people," resisting His will for us…