Finance 100 Club
Baptism First Holy Communion
Gallery Food for Thought
Stained Glass in St Swithuns
Over the past few years, we have been gifted with the beautiful decoration of our church through stained glass windows. Each of these tells a unique story about the life and history of St Swithun's Church. To find the story behind each window, you can read all about them here.
On the 6th January 2013 we remembered the 20th Anniversary of Sean Devereux. Photos from the memorial mass can be found here. For information on the continuing work of the Sean Devereux Children's Fund, please visit their website at http://www.seandevereux.org.uk
The Laws of Marriage
The Coalition Government is expected to present its consultation paper on the proposed change in the legal definition of marriage so as to open the institution of marriage to same-sex partnerships
The laws of marriage as they currently stand form a fundamental basis for the culture of our society and a change would diminish the understanding of the purpose of marriage; the complementarity of male and female and that marriage is intended for the procreation and education of our children.
A Letter on Marriage from the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales can be downloaded from here.
During the weekend of the 13th/14th August, Father Dominic read a letter discussing the Friday Penance, and the Bishops of England and Wales's vision to see this call to Witness become, once again, a powerful part of our faith. The letter can be downloaded from here
An Introduction to The New Missal
During the weekend of the 28th/29th May, Father Dominic read a letter to the congregation regarding the new missals to be introduced later this year. The letter can be downloaded from here
The Diocese have prepared a handover leaflet to guide us through the changes of the new missal. These can be downloaded from here:
- Diocese Guide to New Missals
- Pastoral Letter on The Missal
- Why A New Translation
- The Lord be with You
- Penitential Act
- The Creed
- Liturgy of the Word
- Preparation of the Gifts
- Preface Dialogue
- Holy Holy
- Take This
- Sign of Peace and the Lamb of God
- Invitation to Communion
- Go Forth
St Swithun's Christmas Video
A short video with our Christmas message from Fr Dom, Deacon David and Carole
The Papal Visit, by Bishop Crispian
A letter regarding the Papal Visit by Bishop Crispian can be downloaded and read from here
Who Was Cardinal Newman?
Choosing the Common Good
The Bishops today launched Choosing the Common Good to present key themes in Catholic Social Teaching as a contribution to the wide-ranging debate about the values and vision that underpin our society.
The document anticipates the forthcoming general election, but the Bishops argue that finding a shared vision for society is more urgent than the detail of particular party policies. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). The Bishops argue that social issues cannot be left only to government to solve, but are the responsibility of all.
“The virtues form us as moral agents, so that we do what is right and honourable for no other reason than that it is right and honourable, irrespective of reward and regardless of what we are legally obliged to do. Virtuous action springs from a sense of one’s dignity and that of others, and from self-respect as a citizen. It is doing good even when no-one is looking.”
The document is available to download as a PDF from here.
St Swithun's 40th Anniversary
Congratulations to St Swithun's Church, who celebrated it's 40th anniversary this June. The homily by Jeremy Garratt is available to be read here. Thank you to everyone involved for making it such a special occasion. Photos from the celebration can be found in our gallery.
Human Fertilisation & Embryology Bill
The letter from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor regarding the human fertilisation and embryology bill as read out by Father Dominic over the weekend of the 24th/25th November can be read again here.
- HFE Parish Briefing Pack
- HFE Briefing Pack Dec '07
- Covering Letter from Archbishop Smith to Parish Priests
- Flyer regarding 2008 public meetings
The latest letter (Feb 2008) from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor regarding the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is available to read from here along with a list of local MPs for people to communicate their views with.
The statement from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor for the livesimply Advent Service on 1st December can be downloaded from here.
The Lord's Prayer
Deacon David's altered version of an article by Fr Flor McCarthy S.D.B. exploring the emotion behind our Lord's Prayer is available to download from here.