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Sunday 29th January 2017

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses 8.30 & 10.15am Evening 6pm St Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Area Ordinariate Mission The Blessed Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time https://stpaulcenter.com/reflections/the-blessed-path-scott-hahn-reflects-on-the-fourth-sunday-in-ordinary-time Download Audio File Readings:
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-10
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12
In the readings since Christmas, Jesus has been revealed as the new royal son of David and Son of God. He is sent to lead a new exodus that brings Israel out of captivity to the nations and brings all the nations to God.
As Moses led Israel from Egypt through the sea to give them God's law on Mount Sinai, Jesus too has passed through the waters in baptism. Now, in today's Gospel, He goes to the mountain to proclaim a new law—the law of His Kingdom.
The Beatitudes mark the fulfillment of God's covenant promise to Abraham—that through his desce…

Sunday 22 January 2017

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Masses 8.30 & 10.15am (sung) Evening 6pm Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission History Redeemed: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time https://stpaulcenter.com/reflections/history-redeemed-scott-hahn-reflects-on-the-third-sunday-in-ordinary-timeDownload Audio File Readings:
Isaiah 8:23-9:3
Psalm 27:1,4,13-14
1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17
Matthew 4:12-23
Today's Liturgy gives us a lesson in ancient Israelite geography and history.
Isaiah's prophecy in today's First Reading is quoted by Matthew in today's Gospel. Both intend to recall the apparent fall of the everlasting kingdom promised to David (see 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Psalm 89; Psalm 132:11-12).
Eight centuries before Christ, that part of the kingdom where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali lived was attacked by the Assyrians and the tribes were hauled off into captivity (see 2 Kings 15:29; 1 Chronicles 5:26).
It marked the beginning of t…

Sunday 15th January 2017

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Masses 8.30am 10.15am (Sung) Evening 6pm Celebrant & Preacher Fr Jeff Woolnough                                       Perfect Offering: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time https://stpaulcenter.com/reflections/perfect-offering-scott-hahn-reflects-on-the-second-sunday-in-ordinary-time Download Audio File Readings:
Isaiah 49:3,5-6
Psalm 40:2,4,7-10
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
John 1:29-34
Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today's First Reading.
He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: "'You are My servant,' He said to Me."
Servant and Son, our Lord was sent to lead a new exodus —to raise up the exiled tribes of Israel, to gather and restore them to God. More than that, He was to be a light to the nations, that God's salvation may reach to the ends of the earth (see Acts 13:46-47).
Before the first exodus, a la…

Sunday 8th January 2017

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The Solemnity of The Epiphany of The Lord Saint Peter's Catholic Church SS9 4BX Masses 8.30am   10.15 am (Solemn)   6pm with the Blessing of Epiphany Water and chalks


Epiphany Blessings… Dear friends, Since my arrival in the parish back in 2011, our parish has blessed Epiphany water and chalks - on the Feast of the Epiphany - for the blessing of our homes. I invite you to adopt this custom in your family. The family gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance:20 + C + M + B + 17. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus Mansionem Benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+”…