Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 1st July 2007
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C. 1st July 2007.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
On Friday 29th of June we celebrated the Holiday SS Peter and Paul. England has kept this as a holiday of Obligation because of our historical association with the See (Diocese) of Rome.
It was Pope Saint Gregory who sent to these islands the missionaries headed by St Augustine who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in 597. So we make the fact that the Catholic Church was really fully established here by a direct intervention of the famous Pope the cause of special devotion.
The Church had been in these islands before Augustine landed from Rome, via France. However, the Church was scattered and patchy but was in communion with the Pope of Rome but one could say that the mission of St Augustine became the beginning of the English conversion as a Nation in the making, and the adoption of the ways and rites of the Latin Church set our history until 1534, when the authority of the Holy See was rejected and the Act of Supremacy passed.
Our nation can never forget its deepest roots and even though those that rule us are trying to make us believe and to teach their immoral and false ways - we in the spirit of the great Augustine will resist and refuse to believe and to teach that for example civil unions are the same and equal to marriage which is what Mr Johnson, the Minister of Education wants to be taught in Faith schools. Believe me - I have read his speech.
The Church faced Druids and tree worshippers in this land and they often slew our priests and lay people, especially when we were making headway and winning the souls for Christ. So we stand firm with the successor of Peter in the Apostolic Office exercised by St Peter. Both Paul and Peter suffered martyrdom for teaching Christ. We might have a fight but it is hardly our blood they want... just our consent to their gross errors. However - be aware of the times. By law and by force they will try to enforce their immoral teaching and accuse us of non inclusion and discrimination or phobias of many kinds. Jobs might be on the line and even fines so we must be aware of the extent to which the Enemy is trying to subdue us. They are not into "live- let live" brigade but "you will agree with me or else...brigade!" Pope Benedict gave a bit of his mind to our outgoing Premier last week about these developments in the United Kingdom. Good old Pope Benedict - I hope he said "and you won't be received into the Church until you believe all that the Catholic Church teaches and holds to be true."
The Gospel today has James and John wanting to set fire from heaven on the wicked bigots who would not let them pass through because they were Jewish and on their way to Jerusalem. It would be a bit like the pilgrim coach to Knock being prevented from going through some Orange stronghold. Our Lord admonishes them and they find another way. Our Lord is a man of peace and teaches us by his example.
Father Tom Connolly.
THANKS TO ANN TAJIAN (Bohan) for being the Parish Coordinator for the Sacramental programme. Along with the parent helpers she keeps the whole thing on the road with wonderful cooperation between all bodies involved like our esteemed school. The First Communions went very well and we will continue to have two Sundays in the future. So thank you to some of last year's parents who made the suggestion. A great SS Peter and Paul Mass was had for the children on the 29th and they received their Certificates and had a Party afterwards for themselves and their families in our Parish Centre so ably assisted by Kevin Fitzpatrick.
FATHER MATTHEW PALACUVATTIL has arrived form Rome where he is has completed a Doctorate in Scripture at the Gregorian University. So we can expect some erudite sermons! He is on his way back to India to teach in the seminary where there are 180 seminarians. He belongs to an Indian diocese and is here for one month to assist in the Parish. He is most welcome and I know you will make him feel at home. He will get lots of meals out from our Keralan community!!
THIS WEEK IS LIFE SUNDAY AND THE SECOND COLLECTION WILL BE FOR THE BISHOPS CHARITY "LIFE" AND FOR THE LINACRE CENTRE OF ETHICS. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY.
NEXT WEEK IS SEA SUNDAY AND THE SECOND COLLECTION GOES TO THE APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA TO LOOK AFTER CATHOLIC MERCHANT SEAMAN VISITING THESE SHORES.
Both have envelopes to assist your giving and if you pay tax fill them in so the charity can claim the tax back.
BIDDING PRAYERS FOR 13TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C
PRIEST: O Lord and heavenly father - we come to you in the name of your only begotten Son who saves and redeems the world.
Reader: We seek God's protection from those who hate us and desire to plant bombs to destroy life - we pray that all people's who live in these islands will grow together in mutual respect and mutual esteem with God's help. Lord in your mercy.
For good governance of our nation - that those who exercise power and authority over us will do so with respect for human rights and dignity and respect for our religious beliefs and morality. Lord in your mercy.
For all our students who are going home now or finishing examinations that they find success to the work of their minds. Lord in your mercy.
For all preparing for Holy Matrimony - that they will be happy and content and grow in love all the days of their married life. Lord in your mercy.
For Fr. Simon Stamp ordained now to the Priesthood - that he may always be a good shepherd of the souls Christ has entrusted to him in the Ministerial Priesthood. Lord in your mercy.
For all our sick that the Lord in his good ness may raise them up and console them: Sylvia Cummings, Stephen Tivnan, Eileen Egan, Bernard Murry, Sheila O'Keefe, Bill Dunbar, Patrick and Elizabeth Hughes and Mikey Walsh and Karen Bowes.
Lord in your mercy.
For all who have died in Christ recently: Jack Grady
For all those whose anniversaries we remember at that this time: John Byrne, John Dunne, Willie White, Jerome D'Silva, (Sat.) Harry Duggan (9.00) Margaret Burke (11am) Philip Kinsella, Agnes Kivlahan, Kevin Kelly (1st July) Cath and Paddy Kavanagh, Mary Horgan and Bill McClary.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Mary is the Mother of the Saviour - the Queen of Martyrs and Apostles - may she pray for us her children... Hail Mary, full of grace...
Priest: In your mercy Lord you have allowed us the dignity of making known our needs and the needs of the whole world to you our True and Eternal Father. We ask these things through Christ our Lord.