Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 11th March 2007
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT Cycle C
My Dear People,
Thank you for coming in good numbers to the Deanery Station Mass on Wednesday. It was a great ecclesial occasion for so many of the priests of our Deanery (13 local parishes) and the religious to come together with the people of God around the altar of the Lord. Father Ian Kelly is the Preacher for all these Masses and the next one is next Wednesday at St Catherine's Didsbury when the Bishop will preside. The Mini Bus will leave at 7.05pm for Didsbury.
In the Gospel today we hear of a massacre that Pilate committed against some rebels. He mixed their blood with the blood of their sacrifices and this was considered dreadful. However our Lord uses the occasion not to support the anger of the reporters but to call all to repentance. He mentions a few other local disasters that had occurred like the tower falling, killing eighteen and tells his listeners that they too will die unless they repent and change their way. We must remember that in the year 70 AD many of his listeners would still be alive when the Roman armies surrounded the Holy City and basically sacked it and drove into exile those they did not kill by the sword and all because they had rejected the time of their visitation by the Messiah - Christ our Lord. If they had accepted him then may be the Holy City would have stood and all would be well but hey did not and what happened - happened.
I wonder what warning our Lord gives to our world now? The politicians in many ways have lost the plot and are caught up in political correctness. They cannot even find it to give married couples a tax break because this would make single parents feel bad. The fact that so many kids go astray because they have no father and mother working together for them counts for nothing even though our society picks up the enormous bill for the social care of these kids. In fact those who govern us subsidise the practise of not marrying by making them lose money if they do marry and they say we are imposing our morals!! In so many ways they corrupt the youth with their "education programmes" about relationships which basically set out to corrupt the innocent and set them into sinful ways. Believe me I have seen the programmes and you would be horrified.
There is a kind of hostility to the things of God and religion in the very air we breathe and in Lent we have to kind of lift this pollution off the face of the earth by our spiritual input. May our |Lord bless our efforts in being fruitful parts of the Lord's own Vine - the Church and may we bear fruit pleasing to our Divine Master.
Father Tom Connolly
COLUMBAN FATHER TOM RYAN WAS DLEIGHTED WITH THE WARMTH WITH WHICH YOU GREETED HIM AND FOR THE SUBSRIPTIONS TO THE "FAR EAST". The collection came to £518.
NEW HEAD FOR ST THOMAS AQUINAS. I want to tell you that I was part of the Panel of Governors which appointed Mr Luke Dillon of St John's Primary, Chorlton to the Headship of St Thomas Aquinas which will be configured as a new school in the near future. Great changes are planned and I would ask you Catholic parents to really consider sending your child this year to this new school. Mr Dillon like Mr Jackson is a very successful Head and known to be so far and wide around our city so he brings a great wealth of experience to the situation. Thanks to the new (ish) Chair of Governors, Dr Martin O'Conner who has worked so hard for the school since he took over.
Priest: Almighty and ever Living God, In You is the fountain of eternal life and no one is refused the life giving water through which you save the world. Listen Lord to the prayers of the faithful.
Reader: For the places in the world where catastophies are happening and where folk are left without shelter, clothes or nourishment - that the corporal works of mercy practised by us as a community may bring relief in the name of the Lord. Lord hear us.
Reader: For all those undergoing Instruction in the Catholic Faith - that as they near their reception or baptism this Easter - they may know the sweetness of the Lord and always rejoice in the faith they profess with us. Lord hear us.
For our Holy Father Pope Benedict - that as Vicar of Christ he will show forth the power of the Petrine Office in service of the whole Church. We pray for all those in union with the Holy See that they may build up this unity as the most certain will of Christ. Lord hear us.
For all who are victims of exploitation in their bodies - and especially women - preserve them O Lord in holy purity and give us all a greater love for the virtue of chastity so that we may serve you in greater freedom. Lord hear us.
For all our sick and those who look after them and who minister to their needs: Ged Mannion, Elaine Farrelly, Ed Williams, Madge Mahoney, Kathleen and Sean Whelan, Margaret Towey, Elizabeth Mallett, Sr. Marie and Sr. Lucy and Michael McDonagh...Lord hear us.
We commend to God's tender mercy the souls of all who have died recently:Michael Ackroyd, Nell Mullins, John Croake, Michel Keary, Mrs Ratchford, Brendan Walsh and Richard Moran.
AND: All those souls whose anniversaries fall about this time: John Scannell, Leticia Jackson, (vigil) Harold Williams, Sheila Driscoll, Thomas Carpenter (11), Seamus Crawford (9am) Patrick Dolan and Marjorie and Michael Griffin.
MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE . AMEN.
In the Immaculate Conception our Lady showed forth the power of God in all its radiant beauty. May the Sinless one who is full grace help us now - her children. Hail Mary, full of grace...
Priest: Hear the prayers we make O Lord our God and draw us to the Heart of your Divine Son so that we may always find refreshment at the fountain of Life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.