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Sunday 8th July 2007

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C. 8TH JULY 2007.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

When Pope Benedict XVI was elected he delivered a lovely sermon to the College of Cardinals. It was published by the CTS because the Pope's first sermon is very meaningful. He asked for the prayerful support of us all and said that he felt serene about accepting his Election to the Papacy because our Lord had comforted him in a kind of enormous outpouring of consolation. He also mentioned in the sermon a line from the Gospel of today's holy Mass. He implored us to pray for him that he would be a good shepherd of the flock Christ had entrusted to his care and that he would safeguard them against the wolves, bent on devouring the flock of Christ.

That is pretty strong stuff for a Pope to say in his first Homily. He was telling his Cardinals that he expected their help in safe-guarding the flock of Christ for he was not able to do it alone. Each Bishop was to take seriously this safe-guarding the flock from the wolves.

My dear people, the wolves do not come in wolves' clothing you know. They can often be even clergy of the Church and people employed by the Church in official positions. Over the years I have known many a person - sometimes even nuns, appointed to advise the Catholic schools for example about the teaching of our Religion.

In my judgement many of them have been ravenous wolves - watering down the faith of the Church to make it more "modern". One of these nun advisors went around the schools of a diocese telling teachers not to teach about the Infant Jesus because the children will get stuck in this mode and not with the adult Jesus. What rubbish! - she had problems with the reality of the Incarnation. I could go on about those who denied Guardian Angels - those who did not want the English martyrs taught in class, those that forbad the Church's term "transubstantiation" to be used with the First Communion children because it was a "head trip". These are all matters of Christian Doctrine - I won't go into the struggles about Christian Morality otherwise I would be writing a book. Needless to say - the wolves do not always come looking like wolves at all. In fact those who come to us hating us and wanting us to be diminished or abolished are easier to deal with for one can see the enemy clearing marked "Wolf".

So - I understood the Pope's plea. He had stood shoulder to shoulder with John Paul for Twenty - five years as the Head of the Congregation of the Faith - dealing with all kinds of deviant teaching and writing from so many continents and regions so he knew what was going on.

Our Lord warned the disciples that he was sending them out like lambs among wolves. How threatening can you get? But - the harvest is rich for those who do go out and fight those wolves and bring Christ's beloved flock into the sheepfold which is Christ Himself - the one who won against the Devil on behalf of all humanity. He is victorious and He is the Victor and the Chief Shepherd of the flock.

Pray for us priests who are charged with safe guarding the flock of Christ from the modern wolves. Wolves don't like being called that you know and they fight back!

"Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven".

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


MRS SHEILA CARTMEL 'S CLASS ARE AT THE VIGIL MASS TONIGHT TO DO THE READING AND PRAYERS AND OFFERTORY AND TERESA THE CLASSROOM, ASSISTANT TO THIS CLASS IS HELPING TOO WITH THE MUSIC. THE CHILDREN ARE MOST WELCOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL WHICH DOES SUCH A GREAT WORK OF TEACHING THE CATHOLIC FAITH.

NATIONAL SHRINE OF PADRE PIO Sunday 23rd September at Pantasaph N. Wales. 10.30 welcome. 11 am Rosary. Midday Holy Mass.. 2pm Talk, 3pm Holy Hour. Bring packed lunch - tea etc provided. Cost for the coach etc is 13.50 - coach leaves St Edwards at 9.15am. all booking to Mary Walsh 474 0964.

SEAMAN'S MISSION COLLECTION TODAY AT ALL MASSES. PLEASE USE THE ENVELOPES IF YOU PAY INCOME TAX BUT GIVE FOR THE SAKE OF THE MANY CATHOLIC SEAFARERS WHO NEED THE MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH AS THEY CALL AT THE PORTS OF GREAT BRITAIN.

Father Gabor from Budapest will arrive on Sunday night for his annual visit to me for a little holiday from his parish duties in St Martin parish by the Danube. Welcome Father Gabor.




Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR 14TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

Priest: The great Shepherd of the flock of Christ invites us into his protection and his loving pastoral care. We follow his command to ask His Father for everything we need in his Holy Name.

Reader: Deliver us O Lord from our enemies and those who wish to destroy us. Uphold the Christian religion and those fighting for our country in particular the universal Father of all Christians Pope Benedict in his protection of the Holy people. Lord hear us.

For those poor souls who have given themselves over to the pursuit of fanatical violence that the good Lord may set them free through the sweetness of the Holy Spirit. Lord hear us.

For those who have left us and no longer walk with Christ the true Shepherd - for many of our offspring who no longer walk with Christ - that he may bring our children back to The Way, the truth and the Life. Lord hear us.

For the victims of the great floods who have lost their homes: that they may be helped and comforted by all who are charged with the care of the vulnerable. Lord hear us.

We pray for all those who suffered loss of family and friends or suffered injury as we near the anniversary of the London Bombings that God will save them and raise them up. Lord hear us.

For those who are sick and suffering that the Lord may touch them with his sacred hand : Jean Corrigan, Malcom Hainsworth, Mary Horgan, Karen Bowes, Mary Boylan, Stephen Tivnan, Eileen Egan, Stephen Hughes, Kevin McNulty, Patrick Cawley, Bernard Murray and Mickie Walsh.

Lord hear us.

For all those who have died recently: Rosemary Hibbert, John Tobin, Joe Collins, Brendan Forkan and for all those whose anniversary falls about this time: Richard Fitzgerald, (11am Mass) and those who died in the London Transport bombs and Baby Martin Breheny, Birthday remembrance.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy..

Mary is the mother and Protector of the Church and the one who is a model of charity and faith for us all - we salute her - Hail Mary...

Priest: Lord and Heavenly Father, without your grace we can do nothing. Hear and answer these humble prayers we make to you in the Name of your Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ who lives for ever and ever. Amen.