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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…

Sunday 4th September 2016

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.15am Sung Concelebrated Mass at St. Peter's, Eastwood Parish. Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission We welcome Fr Dominic O'Toole, Redemptorist Priest, and some time member of this parish.


Counting the Cost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  PLEASE VISIT:   https://stpaulcenter.com/
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Readings:
Wisdom 9:13-18
Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17
Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17
Luke 14:25-33
Like a king making ready for battle or a contractor about to build a tower, we have to count the cost as we set out to follow Jesus. 
Our Lord today is telling us upfront the sacrifice it will take. His words aren't addressed to His chosen few, the Twelve, but rather to the "great crowds" - to "anyone," to "whoever" wishes to be His disciple.
That only makes His call all the more stark and uncompromising. We are to "hate" our old lives, renounce all the earthly things we rely upon, to choose Him above every p…