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Sunday 25 June

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses 8.30am  Sung at 10.15am Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX - Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission

Be Not Afraid: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Download Audio File Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Psalm 69:8-10141733-35 Romans 5:12-15 Matthew 10:26-33 Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test. We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in today’s First Reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap and trip us up. For His sake we will bear insults and be made outcasts—even in our own homes, we hear in today’s Psalm. As Jeremiah tells us, we must expect that God will challenge our faith in Him, and probe our minds and hearts, to test the depths of our love. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus assures us three times in today’s Gospel. Though He may permit us to suffer for our faith, our Father will never forget or abandon us. As Jesus ass…

Sunday 18 June 2017

The Solemnity of The Body and Blood of Christ - Corpus Christi
Masses 8.30am   
10.15am Sung concluding with Procession and Benediction
6pm Evening Mass
St Peter's Catholic Church Eastwood Parish, Leigh on Sea SS9 4BX

Word of the ‘Living Father’: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Readings: Deuteronomy 8:2-314-16 Psalm 147:12-1519-20 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That's how Jesus presents it in today's Gospel. He doesn't make it easy for those who hear Him. They are repulsed and offended at His words. Even when they begin to quarrel, He insists on describing the eating and drinking of His flesh and blood in starkly literal terms. Four times in today's reading, Jesus uses a Greek word—trogein—that refers to a crude kind of eating, almost a gnawing or chewing (see John 6:54,56,57,58). He is testing their faith in His Word, as today's First Reading describes God testing Is…

Sunday June 11th

The Most Holy Trinity Masses 8.30 am  10.15am-Sung  Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX
How God Loves: Scott Hahn Reflects on Trinity Sunday
Readings: Exodus 34:4-68-9 Daniel 3:52-56 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 We often begin Mass with the prayer from today's Epistle: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you." We praise the God who has revealed himself as a Trinity, a communion of persons. Communion with the Trinity is the goal of our worship—and the purpose of the salvation history that begins in the Bible and continues in the Eucharist and sacraments of the Church. We see the beginnings of God's self-revelation in today's First Reading, as He passes before Moses and cries out His holy name. Israel had sinned in worshipping the golden calf (see Exodus 32). But God does not condemn them to perish. Instead He proclaims His mercy and faithfulness to His covenant. God loved Is…

Sunday 4th June 2017

PENTECOST SUNDAY Masses - 8.30am  10.15am-Sung  Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX

A Mighty Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost Sunday

Readings: Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 John 20:19-23 The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God's chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21Deuteronomy 16:9-11). In today's First Reading the mysteries prefigured in that feast are fulfilled in the pouring out of the Spirit on Mary and the Apostles (see Acts 1:14). The Spirit seals the new law and new covenant brought by Jesus, written not on stone tablets but on the hearts of believers, as the prophets promised (see 2 Corinthians 3:2-8Romans 8:2). The Spirit is revealed as the life-giving breath of the Father, the Wisdom by…

Sunday 28th May 2017

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord  Holy Day of Obligation Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Masses:   8.30 am         10.15am (Sung)       Evening 6pm 

Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
to his throne above the skies; Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia!
enters now the highest heaven! Alleluia!

Sunday 21st May 2017

Sixth Sunday of Easter Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Masses 8.30 am 10.15am (Sung)  Evening 6pm
Alive in the Spirit: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 8:5-814-17 Psalm 66:1-71620 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21 Jesus will not leave us alone. He won't make us children of God in Baptism only to leave us "orphans," He assures us in today's Gospel (see Romans 8:14-17) . He asks the Father to give us His Spirit, to dwell with us and keep us united in the life He shares with the Father. We see the promised gift of His Spirit being conferred in today's First Reading. The scene from Acts apparently depicts a primitive Confirmation rite. Philip, one of the first deacons (see Acts 6:5), proclaims the Gospel in the non-Jewish city of Samaria. The Samaritans accept the Word of God (see Acts 17:111 Thessalonians 2:13) and are baptized. It remains for the Apostles to send their representatives, Peter and…

Sunday 7th May 2017

4th Sunday in Easter Pray for Vocations
Masses - 8.30am. 10.15am. Going Forth Mass - we welcome the First Holy Communion Children and their families   Evening Mass 6pm.

What Are We To Do? 
Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:1436-41 Psalm 23:1-6 1 Peter 2:20-25 John 10:1-10 Easter's empty tomb is a call to conversion. By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today's First Reading. He is the "Lord," the divine Son that David foresaw at God's right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3132:10-11Acts 2:34). And He is the Messiah that God had promised to shepherd the scattered flock of the house of Israel (see Ezekiel 34:11-142337:24). As we hear in today's Gospel, Jesus is that Good Shepherd, sent to a people who were like sheep without a shepherd (see Mark 6:34Numbers 27:16-17). He calls not only to the children of Israel, but to all those far off from Him - to whomever the…

Sunday 30 April 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter
Saint Peter's -Eastwood Catholic Parish SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Masses 8.30am    Sung at 10.15am      Evening 6pm

Emmaus and Us:Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 2:14,22-28 Psalm 16:1-257-11 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35 We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today's Gospel. Downcast and confused they're making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred. They know what they've seen—a prophet mighty in word and deed. They know what they were hoping for—that He would be the redeemer of Israel. But they don't know what to make of His violent death at the hands of their rulers. They can't even recognize Jesus as He draws near to walk with them. He seems like just another foreigner visiting Jerusalem for the Passover. Note that Jesus doesn't disclose His identity until they they describe how they found His tomb empty but "Him they d…

Sunday 23 April 2017

Saint Peter's -Eastwood Catholic Parish SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission DIVINE MERCYSUNDAY- 2nd of Easter Masses 8.30am Sung at 10.15am Evening 6pm Divine Mercy Devotions at Our Lady of Lourdes church, Leigh on Sea -2.30pm.

April 23rd  2017  is Divine Mercy Sunday. We are welcome to join our brothers and sisters at Our Lady of Lourdes church for this day’s beautiful devotions beginning at 2.30pm.
Saint John Paul II designated the Second Sunday after Easter as “Divine Mercy Sunday.” The title is rooted in the apparitions and locutions of Jesus to a Polish nun named St. (Sister) Maria Faustina who lived from 1905 to 1938. Jesus revealed to her his great desire to show mercy to all humanity, a mercy especially tied to the traditional hour of his death, the three o’clock hour. The devotion has an image of Jesus described from Sr. Faustina’s apparition depicting blue and red rays of light emanating from the side of Christ. They represent his mercy shown in the blood and wate…

Sunday 9th April 2017

Holy Week at St. Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX
PALM  SUNDAY  8.30am Mass with Blessing of Palms 10.15am Solemn Concelebrated Mass with Procession and Blessing of Palms 6pm Evening Mass with Blessing of Palms

The face of the man on the Shroud of Turin

Holy Monday 9.30amHoly Mass 11.30am Ordinariate Chrism Massat Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street London W1.
Temple Tuesday 6.30pm Holy Hour and Confessions 7.30pm Holy Mass-Divine Worship the Missal 
Spy Wednesday 9.30am Holy Mass 10am Confessions 7pm Diocesan Chrism Mass at Brentwood Cathedral
Maundy Thursday 6pm Confessions 8pm Mass of the Lords Supper, Madatum and Watch until Midnight
Good Friday 10am Stations of the Cross 3pm Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
Holy Saturday 8pmThe Easter Vigil and reception of RCIA candidates 
Easter Sunday Masses as usual Sunday times

Sunday 2 April 2017

5th Sunday of Lent Masses 8.30am   Sung at 10.15am  Evening 6pm St. Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Sourhend Ordinaraite Mission
At Lazarus’ Tomb:Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45

As we draw near to the end of Lent, today's Gospel clearly has Jesus' passion and death in view.

That's why John gives us the detail about Lazarus' sister, Mary—that she is the one who anointed the Lord for burial (see John 12:3,7). His disciples warn against returning to Judea; Thomas even predicts they will "die with Him" if they go back.

When Lazarus is raised, John notices the tombstone being taken away, as well as Lazarus' burial cloths and head covering—all details he later notices with Jesus' empty tomb (see John 20:1,6,7