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Sunday 15th April 2007

Low Sunday

This is the Pope's Sermon for Easter Sunday:

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 8, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The resurrection of Christ gives hope to a world afflicted by natural disasters, disease and violence, said Benedict XVI in his Easter message.

After celebrating Easter Mass today, and before imparting the blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city of Rome and the world), the Pope read a message in which he said that "natural calamities and human tragedies that cause innumerable victims and enormous material destruction are not lacking."

"Through the wounds of the Risen Christ we can see the evils which afflict humanity with the eyes of hope," the Pontiff said from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to the crowds gathered in the square below on a sunny morning.

Hundreds of millions more people, in 67 countries, followed the event on radio or television.

Benedict XVI said in his message that his "thoughts go to recent events in Madagascar, in the Solomon Islands, in Latin America and in other regions of the world."

Catastrophe

"I am thinking of the scourge of hunger, of incurable diseases, of terrorism and kidnapping of people, of the thousand faces of violence which some people attempt to justify in the name of religion, of contempt for life, of the violation of human rights and the exploitation of persons," he said.

In particular, the Pontiff mentioned the several regions in Africa undergoing a "catastrophic" humanitarian situation, including Darfur and surrounding nations.

The Holy Father also mentioned the scourge of violence in Kinshasa in Congo, and in Somalia and Zimbabwe.

Benedict XVI said that "peace is sorely needed" in many places in the world, including East Timor, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

The Pope continued: "In the Middle East, besides some signs of hope in the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian authority, nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees.

"In Lebanon the paralysis of the country's political institutions threatens the role that the country is called to play in the Middle East and puts its future seriously in jeopardy."

Christian exodus

The Holy Father then added: "I cannot forget the difficulties faced daily by the Christian communities and the exodus of Christians from that blessed land which is the cradle of our faith. I affectionately renew to these populations the expression of my spiritual closeness."

The Pope continued: "By his rising the Lord has not taken away suffering and evil from the world, but has vanquished them at their roots by the superabundance of his grace.

"He has countered the arrogance of evil with the supremacy of his love."

After reading his message, Benedict XVI wished the world a happy Easter in 62 languages and imparted his blessing "urbi et orbi."

In English, the Pope said: "May the grace and joy of the Risen Christ be with you all."

In the afternoon the Holy Father departed for the summer papal residence at Castel Gandolfo, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Rome, to rest for a few days.

The Pontiff will return to Rome before his 80th birthday, April 16, and the second anniversary of his election as Pope, April 19.

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 8, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The disbelief of Thomas was a fortunate event that led to the discovery of the true face of God, said Benedict XVI during his Easter message.

Speaking from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica today, the Holy Father reminded the faithful that after the Resurrection, "Thomas remained doubtful and perplexed."

The Pope said: "When Jesus came for a second time, he said to him: 'Put your finger here and see my hands; and put out your hand and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing!'

"The apostle's response is a moving profession of faith: 'My Lord and my God!' We too renew that profession of faith of Thomas."

The Pope said: "I have chosen these words for my Easter greetings this year, because humanity today expects from Christians a renewed witness to the resurrection of Christ; it needs to encounter him and to know him as true God and true man.

"We may all be tempted by the disbelief of Thomas. Suffering, evil, injustice, death, especially when it strikes the innocent such as children who are victims of war and terrorism, of sickness and hunger, does not all of this put our faith to the test?"

Purification

The Holy Father continued: "Paradoxically the disbelief of Thomas is most valuable to us in these cases because it helps to purify all false concepts of God and leads us to discover his true face: the face of a God who, in Christ, has taken upon himself the wounds of injured humanity.

"In fact, by his rising the Lord has not taken away suffering and evil from the world but has vanquished them at their roots by the superabundance of his grace.

"He has countered the arrogance of evil with the supremacy of his love. He has left us the love that does not fear death, as the way to peace and joy."

The Pope added: "United to him and ready to offer our lives for our brothers, let us become apostles of peace, messengers of a joy that does not fear pain -- the joy of the Resurrection."



DIOCESE OF SALFORD PILGRIMAGE TO LADYEWELL SHRINE 2007-04-12 SATURDAY 19TH MAY BEGINNING AT 2PM LED BY MONSIGNOR MARK DAVIES V.G.

PROCESSION FROM ST MARY'S CHURCH, FERNEYHALGH LANE. TIME FOR QUIET PRAYER AND CONFESION ENDING WITH BENEDICTION. REFRESHMENTS AT 4PM

Easter Duties can be made from now until Trinity Sunday .ie Confession and Communion.

FATHER RAY MATUS SILVER JUBILEE. You all know the Rector of the Holy Name and the great work he has done to save the Holy Name for the people and diocese and to develop a wonderful Sacred and Solemn Liturgy so we congratulate him on his 25 years of Priesthood.

Sick same as last week Brendan Foran

Lately dead: Joan Costello, Eileen Kelly, Sheila Dunne, Margaret Humphries (funeral @ 9.30 17th April ) Martha Doolan (funeral 9.30 - 19th April) Brendan Walsh.

Anniv. Tom Connolly, Eileen Brady (Vigil) Cronan Deegan (11am) Margaret McDonough, Johnny Lochery, David Royce.

ST KENTIGERN'S SCHOOL I can now tell you it is Official - our school got the highest mark a school can get at the recent Government Inspection and was judged "Outstanding" in every area of the curriculum. That means top marks for every part of school life from Teaching and Learning and Management and Governance etc. It is a great tribute to the leadership of Mr Paul Jackson and his staff and to all our dear children who respond so well to the education imparted. We have only the Religious Education to be inspected now and in Catholic schools this is done by a different Inspector.

FATHER FLYNN is taking a break for a week so Mass might be a bit interrupted or at a different time at St Edwards - see the door of the church for notice or phone 224 4664.




Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS LOW SUNDAY 07

PRIEST: The Doors were closed in the upper room but you entered and filled the apostles with joy at the sight of your bodily presence.. Listen O Lord to our confidant prayers which we make now for our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Reader: We pray to God for all, like Thomas, who find faith difficult without touch or proof. Lift the veil from people's eyes so that they may be filled with a lively Easter faith. We commend to God those under Instruction. Lord hear us.

For the gift of Christ's most precious wounds - that all will find consolation and peace in them. Lord hear us.

For all priests in their ministry of imparting the forgiveness of Christ through the sacrament of penance - that they be true and wise pastors and councillors of souls in the ways of true virtue. Lord hear us.

For all the victims of war in so many parts of our poor world and especially for the victims who are little children. We pray that the suicide bombers cease their evil ways in destroying the innocent. We pray for our Armed Forces and for their safe return. Lord hear us.

For all our sick who have sought our prayers that they may find healing in the wounds of Jesus: Brendan Foran, Maureen Galvin, Elaine Farrelly, Lord hear us.

For all those who have died that they may gaze upon the Risen One who has vanquished death forever - Joan Costello, Martha Doolan, Margaret Humphries, Eileen Kelly, Sheila Dunne, Brendan Walsh and Michael Fenton.

AND For all whose anniversaries fall about now: Tom Connolly, Eileen Brady (VIGIL) Cronan Deegan (11) Margaret McDonough, Johnny Lockery, David Royce.

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

Mary Most Holy, Mary Mother of the Risen Lord - pray for us your children. Hail Mary..

Priest: Watch over your little flock O Lord and guard us from the Ancient Enemy in this Holy Time of Easter and hear and answer our prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.