Showing posts from December, 2016

Sunday 1st January 2017

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

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

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
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

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
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

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…