Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 3rd June 2007
My Dear people,
Today is Trinity Sunday. The Mystery of God is disclosed as Triune. We think of St Patrick and the three leaves of the one plant - the shamrock. But I want to go for another comparison - the human family and the atom.
Life is strange isn't it? Here is the Government of the day telling us all how the young must be taught to "RESPECT" their elders and that failure to do so should lead to grave punishment and yet H.M. Government shows no respect for Marriage and all three political parties failed to mention the word MARRIAGE in their manifestos as far as I am aware. Social Security refers to "Partners" not "Spouses".
The statistics this week is that we have reached the 50% mark of children born outside wedlock. The connection between the lawlessness and criminal behaviour of gangs of youths - boy and girls - and the lack of Marriage in society is not made is it?
How does a child learn RESPECT but from their mother and father? In an ideal world the child has a right to the exclusive love and security of married parents who are seriously committed to one another. Now this does not always work out but at least if it is the aim and the norm, usually one can rescue the situation. However if you never set out on the road to marriage and yet live together and have children - you are on the road to nowhere. Some see Marriage as outdated. No matter how good the intention - statistically you and your offspring are likely to end up with no job, poor housing, bad mental health and low achievement at school. On top of all that he/she is more likely to end up with a record. I need not add of course that you probably will not be brought up as a true Christian even if you are baptised. Me and Fr. Flynn are tempted to throw a party when a couple come for their baby's baptism wearing a wedding ring!
Now - that might be connected with the Feast of the Holy Trinity or it might not! I think it is. In many ways the FAMILY reflects the nature of God. A couple become a Trinity don't they once they give birth to child - they are three in One. One marriage, One Love, and three persons. There is a natural and supernatural connection. We Christians call God our Father and refer to Jesus our Saviour as "the Eternal Son" and the Holy Spirit as the bond of Love. Everything in nature reflects the Triune God who has been revealed to us by the Only Begotten One, the Son of Mary and the Eternal Son of the Father.
These are terms which are drawn from family life - parental titles, births, conceptions, relationships. It is not an accident that Jesus refers us to "Our Father" is it? Mind, Body, Soul makes up the Human Person. The atom - the very building block of all material things is made up of a threesome. Nothing is constituted alone in isolation. Nothing is alone in its make-up. The whole of creation is "in relationship" and these relationships make up the Oneness of an entity. Now you science students among us might see this as bad science but you see my degree is social science not the hard one - but you will forgive me.
The Mystery of the God who made us all and the whole universe must be complex and yet totally simple pure form and spirit. He is not subject to what He has created. We celebrate today the great doctrine, fundamental to all Christians. It is the defining doctrine and it is The Truth and the only Truth and it is revealed to us as a great honour. "What is man that you keep him in mind - mortal man that you care for him?" God has made us a little less than Himself the scripture says in the Psalm. He has raised us up by this sacred disclosure of his Divine Nature and participation of the Divine Nature which we receive fully in Christ in our Baptism.
It might seem a long shot from the Holy Trinity but in the end we are all connected!
Father Tom Connolly
NEXT SUNDAY IS THE SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI READERS PLEASE NOTE. THE SUNDAY AFTER IS 11TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR.
THE PAPAL NUNCIO is having supper in St Edward's Parish at the Marian Community of Reconciliation at the old Presbytery before heading back to London. He will be visiting our diocese for two days from 22 June - 24th June. All the clergy are invited to concelebrate with the Him and the Bishop at the Cathedral on the night of the 22nd. His Excellency Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz is his name and he has been also Nuncio to Cuba. Nuncio is the title the Pope's Ambassador has. The Fraternas are trying to find out his favourite Spanish style dish. He will visit Burnley and will meet with Youth and Family Ministries at the Schoenstatt Centre at Kearsley, St Luke's Centre in Whalley Range, Cornerstones in Denmark Road, the Jericho Benedictines, St Joseph's Longsight parish and the Marian Community of Reconciliation at St Edward's.
NEW DIOCESAN VESTMENT The old one was made for Pope John Paul's visit in 1982 and is well worn now do a new one has been commissioned and all 300 of us will be wearing the new Chasuble on the night of the Nuncio's Mass. See - we are setting the trend in the diocese!
Pray for the sick Clergy: Fr Patrick Quinlan, Denis D Dwyer, Peter Knowles, David Foster, Tony Lawton, Mgr John O'Connor, Fr Michael Hartley Fr Peter Sheehan
NEW APPOINTMENTS FROM THE BISHOP: Fr Raymond McKee as PP in Sacred Heart, Derker. Fr John Dale has been made a Monsignor by the Pope for his services at the Mission Desk for England and Wales (Red Boxes). Rev Simon Stamp who spent some months at St Kentigern's a few years ago will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on Saturday 30th June at 12 noon at the Cathedral.
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES. THERE ARE A FEW PLACES LEFT IN THE HOSPITAL IN LOURDES FOR THE VISIT WITH OUR BISHOP IN JULY. PLEASE SEE ME OR FR FLYNN. 300 YOUTHS ARE GOING AS HELPERS THIS YEAR FROM OUR DIOCESE.
RED MISSION BOXES. £312,639 WAS COLLECTED IN THE SALFORD DIOCESE IN 2006. SEE THE LIST IN THE PORCH AND WE DID VERY WELL.
The diocese has a Liturgy website so look up: www.salfordliturgy.org - It gives notes for readers and commentary on scripture and the Liturgical seasons of the year.
HALF TERM FOR OUR SCHOOLS - HOPE THEY ALL HAVE A NICE LITTLE BREAK.
Bidding Prayers for Trinity Sunday
Priest: God is Three and God is one - we firmly believe and adore the true God and seek his help in all our needs.
O Holy Trinity One God, we commend to your tender love all humanity as it stands in this moment of history - may it turn to you the One and True God and so find Life and Joy in the Spirit. Lord hear us.
We pray for all those who having been baptised in the name of the Trinity have now fallen away and no longer walk with God - that they may find the path of conversion. Lord hear us.
For all who search for the truth that the Holy Trinity may be revealed to them as the very Mystery at the heart of the Universe and at the heart of every man and woman born into this world since time began. Lord hear us.
For our children who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation - that the Spirit may dwell in their hearts forever and make them Holy and filled with the presence of the Living and Triune God. Lord hear us.
For all the Special Ministers who have the privilege of administering to Holy Sacrament of the Altar and to the sick, that they may fulfil their service with devotion. Lord hear us.
Reader: For all who are poorly and weak with illness and we especially pray for: Sylvia Cummings, Eileen Egan, Elaine Farrelly, Stephen Tivnan, Elizabeth Mallett. Lord hear us.
We commend to God's loving mercy those who have died recently, Jack O'Grady, Mary Kathleen Carr, Terry McKessey, Kathleen Colahan, Brendan Forkan, John Cawley, Mr Payne and Joyce Vincent AND For all those whose anniversaries fall about now: Philip Walsh, John Toner, Nora Cahill, Austin and Margeret Bowens, Maurice and Teresa Cain, Christopher Regan, Bernie Crehan.
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 Lord and the giver of life itself when she brought forth Christ to the waiting world - may she pray for us now. Hail Mary...
Holy God - Father Son and Spirit - Listen now to the prayer your people make in confidence on this feast of your Triune Mystery. Help us to enter into this mystery in awe at your presence.. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.