St. Joseph's and St. Edmund's Southampton

THIS WEEK (16th December 2018)

Thoughts for the week:


  1. “What must we do?” people ask John the Baptist in today’s Gospel.  His answer is basically to be ‘honest’, to be ‘people of integrity’ and to be ‘generous’ in response to others.  Are we?  Are you?  Am I?
  2. “The Lord God in in your midst” Zephaniah says (1st reading).  Yes he is where we are, where you are, where I am!!  Do we look and live as if we believe it?  If ‘yes’, when and how? if ‘no’, why not?
  3. “There is no need to worry” St Paul writes (2nd reading).  Yet we do!  Why do we?  Can you/me not simply trust God?  What is stopping us?                   Vincent Harvey


Parish Theme: 'Disciples..........'...........watch this space

TODAY...............16th December

Jingling Bells at 3pm in St Edmund.  An opportunity to sing carols and donate clothes for the homeless.  Come along.............


Advent Penitential Service TUESDAY.............TUESDAY

St Edmund on Tuesday, 18th December, at 7.30pm.  As we reflect upon ‘Mary, carrier of the Word’ so we consider how we nourish God’s Word in our lives and, like Mary, ‘carry’ God’s Word into the world.  There will be seven priests to celebrate the ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation’ if you wish to avail yourself of the Sacrament in preparation for the celebration of the ‘Incarnation’, the ‘Word made Flesh’, the ‘birth’ of Christ into our lives and the life of the world.

Parish Pilgrimage 2019     After a wonderful pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in June another one is planned for 8 - 15 October 2019 to Malta, led by Father Vincent and Godfrey.  For information please contact Godfrey Doyle via the Parish Office.


Pope Francis’ Intention for December: Evangelisation: In the Service of the Transmission of the Faith     The people who are involved in the service and transmission of faith may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time


A PARISH MISSION IN 2019…………update……… A team of ten parishioners and clergy met last Wednesday to discuss the mission from Ascension to Pentecost 2019 (30th May – 9th June) around the theme of ‘Discipleship’: To Encounter, To Follow, To Abide and to Evangelise. A team is being set up to plan the Mission/Retreat so that as a Parish we can deepen our faith and recommit ourselves to our discipleship.    2019 is also Father Vincent’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination: a reason, if one needs it, to celebrate and deepen that discipleship we all are called to.


The Mission Prayer "I thank you almighty and ever loving Father for you have created me in such a way that I am able to experience and become a source of your merciful presence to my neighbour. Give me a renewed desire and the courage to be still in your presence. Allow your Holy Spirit to renew my inner-life. As I grow ever more conscious of my vocation to be a Disciple of your Son Jesus, with Mary as my companion on this journey; may your Light shine more brightly within me, your Love be shared more widely through me and my Gospel Witness be profound. Amen"



Sick and in Hospital?

If a family member is going into the General Hospital please let your local priest know (in case they require ‘Anointing’ before being admitted); also inform the Hospital Chaplaincy requesting a visit by the Team and, if appropriate, Holy Communion (or to arrange to attend the afternoon Mass in the Hospital)








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