Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 12th August 2007
NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME+ C + 12 AUGUST 2007.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit - be it the second watch of the night or the third - stand ready." These holy words of our Saviour ring in our ears don't they? "Stand ready" - ready for what?? Stand ready for the Master's return. In a way Jesus refers to the ordinary experience of life in his era - the servant and the Master situation. If the Master is away for a long time the servants might play up and think he will never come back and so neglect their duties. "Blessed in the servant whom the Master finds faithfully at his duties" our Lord say.
What this is really about in parallel is the moment of our meeting after our death or at death with our Blessed Lord. We must be ready for the Master's return whether at the end of Time or my own end of Time - the conclusion of my life.
With so many dying in the two parishes these last two weeks it is very appropriate Seven have died since I returned on Saturday and not all were of the age where you might say it could be expected. So - I hate to be a misery - but you do not know the day nor the hour so stand ready and be dressed for action for when the Master (our Lord) returns. The lamp must be lit - that is the lamp of faith - the light of faith and love in the soul - sanctifying grace. Your heart must not have grown cold and your actions should be ones that go to serve the Divine master - not the Enemy - the Ancient Enemy, Lucifer. We must be loyal to Jesus and belong to him and keep to his Divine Teaching which is our freedom and our guarantee of happiness.
Faithfulness when so many leave the life of faithfulness to the Church of God is indeed a great virtue. If you know of any who are sick and should see a priest do not be a afraid of letting one of us know. So often folk die without seeing a priest or are sick for along time and never get Communion. You would be doing a spiritual work of mercy if you contacted us about them.
This is true of all of us. If you learn that you are suffering from a life threatening illness - seek the Sacrament of the Sick - the anointing. So often this sacrament is the one which will give you courage and hope in overcoming the illness. It will help you to full of faith in the midst of suffering and so remain with your lamp of faith intact and brightly burning.
So many families have been bereaved this week and so I pray for them along with Fr John Chiman that God will comfort you.
The triple funeral took place on Friday at the Holy Name of Bev Samuels and her children, Kisha (18) and Freddy (13). Amazing event it was with so many coming to mourn for their young lives being tragically taken away. What a cross to have to carry for all those who were so close to them for they were a very extended family indeed. Bev's mother and grandparents I have know since I was a schoolboy at Bishop Bilsborrows Primary School which was then the parish school for English martyrs and Our Lady's Meadow Street. For them to die such violent deaths leaves us all with a hurt and a shadow. You know evils deeds deeply effect the social fabric of the society we belong to. Frank Duff, the Founder of the Legion of Mary used to say that if a big number live in mortal sin one can feel it . So when a large criminal element commit great evils even though I am not the victim nevertheless I as an individual feel the badness. It is even worse for those who experience such things first hand. They come into contact with it directly and it is fearful.
Jesus tells you not be overcome by evil. Do not let it overwhelm you or dominate you. Our Lord has vanquished evil - it is doomed to its own destruction and will not win in the end. Only our Lord's Resurrection wins in the end. So - think about that and believe it.
Father Tom Connolly
Wed 15th August is a Holy day of Obligation. Mass times are 6.30pm (Vigil) Tuesday, and 9.30am and 7pm on Wednesday.
THANKS TO FATHER RAFAEL FROM POLAND WHO RETURNED ON FRIDAY TO HIS NATIVE LAND - FOR HIS HELP.
Fr John Chiman is here until 20th of September thanks be to God so his service here allows me and Fr Flynn a break. Fr Flynn is away now on a well earned rest.
FAITH MAGAZINE IS ON SALE AT £1.
News from the BISHOP: BISHOP BRAIN WILL ADMINSTER THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION TO A SMALL GROUP OF ADULTS AT 6.30PM ON THE 22 AUGUST AT ST EDWARDS CHURCH. SEE ME OR FR CHIMAN WIF YOU NEED CONFIRMING...PRONTO.
"GOOD ENDING" retreat for health carers professionals to do with death and dying. It will be at Boerbank hall, Grange over Sands 14-19 Jan 2008 at £250.
Clergy Retirements; Fr Martin Brogan and Fr John Rowan.
Since Canon Clinch and Canon Carter have reached 75 they now retire from the Chapter of Canons of our Diocese.
REQUIEM MASS IN SOUTHERN CEMETERY AND ST MARY'S, WARDLEY and St Joseph's WILL BE HELD IN THE OPEN AIR ON Bank Holiday Monday 27th August at 11am. Bring a fold up chair and umbrella.
Pray for the sick priests: Fathers, Tom Mulheran, Patrick Quinlan, Denis Dwyer, Peter Knowles, Tony Lawton, Mgr John O'Connor, Michael Hartley, Peter Sheehan, Terry McCann .
Appointments: Fr Foster to St Mary's Chipping, Fr McGrane to St Michael's Whitefield, Fr Firth to St Ann,Crumpsall asst, Robin Colpman to St Cuthberts, asst, Simon Stamp to the Cathedral asst. New students to the Priesthood for this September - keep praying folks - two is not enough to replace the dying!!
£604 Collection, Minibus Driver: ERIC