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Advent Sunday 27th November 2016

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

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
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

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 Time 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

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
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…