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Sunday 15th July 2007

My Dear People,

The great news is that our Primary school, St Kentigern's has won the championship in the Manchester Schools Athletics this week and therefore will go on to represent Manchester at the Greater Manchester Schools Athletics. Congratulations to one and all.

School holidays are near and a very successful year for St Kentigern's again - thanks to Mr Jackson and all his staff - record marks in the SATS and way over the national and city average results proves how excellent is the education our children receive.

With an "Outstanding" Ofsted Report from the Inspector of Schools we have the final accolade and Mr Jackson and his staff can rest secure on the great support and esteem of us all and indeed gratitude for all that is done for our children.

Thomas Aquinas school is becoming Loreto High and Mr Wylie is retiring this summer and Mr Luke Dillon - used to be a teacher at Kents and was Head at St Johns is now taking on the role of Director of the new Loreto High. Fr. Flynn is a very active Chaplain there assisted by Ada from the Marian Community of Reconciliation.

The Good Samaritan is the famous parable given to us today. It is about practising mercy and kindness to the stranger in need as opposed to just helping the friends we know.

The Samaritans still exist as a people. They are kind of half Jewish. They were not liked by the Jews of our Lord's time which is why our Lord chose a Samaritan to be the one who looked after the poor man who was beaten and robbed.

The victim was Jewish because he was on his way from Jerusalem. The priest and the Levite passed by because often robbers would lie down in the road to attract the passer by who might stop and who would then be attacked as he stopped to tend the supposed victim. The same things happen nowadays here in our city and in many countries. The man murdered in Australia with his girlfriend in tow, stopped because the alleged murderer seemed to be broken down in his vehicle in the middle of nowhere. The Bishop of Middlesbrough was representing CAFOD in Brazil and he stopped to attend to a broken down car with the bonnet up and then was robbed of all the cash he was bringing for the project CAFOD sponsoring.

The point is there is risk in reaching out to others but our Lord tells us that NEED is the key to charity to ones neighbour. Those who are in NEED have a right to our assistance. But that is a big problem. Why? Most people who ask for help are not in NEED but are subsidising their addiction with what they beg from you. It is better to help Cornerstones than give to street beggars.

But we must think also of our own family and parish. Do we put ourselves out to help anyone? I as your Parish Priest could do with more of your help in ministering to the parish but I often get a smile but NO when I ask. Think of what you can do and then reach out and do it and you will be fulfilling the Lord's teaching.

You will see the Good Samaritan carved on the front of the MRI near the clock on Oxford Rd. The builders of that hospital were Christian people and saw the hospital as an extension of the work of the Good Samaritan - done in the name of Christ. The folk running it now would be shot at dawn if they attempted to put a Christian theme in sculpture on an NHS building wouldn't they? What a hard hearted nation we have become as we leave Christ out of our national life.

God Bless,

Fr Tom Connolly


FATHER GABOR IS HERE FOR TWELVE DAYS AND I KNOW YOU WILL MAKE HIM WELCOME He returns on 20th.

LEGION OF MARY. 34TH ROSARY CRUSADE. SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2.30 - 4.30 PLATT FIELDS PARK. SPECIAL THEME IS PEACE AND RECONCILIATION THAT THEY MAY ALL BE ONE. WITH A GUEST PREACHER. DO COME FOR YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO GIVE WITNESS.

APF/MILL HILL MISIONS RED BOXES. WE ARE MARVELLOUS AT OUR SUPPORT FOR THE GREAT WORK AND TASK OF SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST'S CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD. A FEW COLLECTORS HAVE HAD TO DROP OUT AND OTHERS HAVE DOUBLED UP AND TAKEN ON THE EXTRA BURDEN SO WELL DONE. THE LAST ROUND COLLECTED WAS 781. Ramund Cawley (Treasurer)

Mr Wyllie is retiring after 37 years teaching in Manchester. A farewell is taking place at the Police Centre at Hough End on Wed 18th July at 7.30. Well done Mr Wyllie. You have served us well.

THE BELLS, THE BELLS, HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT THE BELLS ARE OFF? The chip inside the switch gear has gone for a burton and the technician spent two hours to discover that it would have to go back to the factory to be re-set and repaired so heaven knows when it will come back.

Ruben and Paolo who are seminarians in Rome will be spending some days here from 20th July so if you see two new faces say "Hello". Pray for their perseverance. Ruben was at Manchester University doing a Post Graduate in Engineering and the decided to try his vocation and has just done his first year.




Bidding Prayers

Bidding prayers for 15th Sunday of the Year cycle c 07.

Priest: Lord you come to the human race as the Good Samaritan came to bandage our wounds and to restore us to health. Listen now in your mercy to our prayers.

Reader: That we know how to be good neighbours to those who are in need of our help and especially in the family of the parish. Lord hear us.

For all who are good Samaritans to their fellow men and women - for the work of the anti suicide group called the Samaritans - that many despairing souls may be prevented from taking their own lives by their help. Lord hear us.

For the caring professions and especially the doctors and nurses and health care workers in our local hospitals as they "bind up the wounds"- give them great skills and a care and love for those to whom they minister . Lord hear us.

We pray for the clergy of the church who are called to minister Christ's healing touch to bruised souls and bodies that they will have the heart of the master in ministering to his people. Lord hear us.

We pray for those who are suffering illness and especially, Patrick Blackett, Jean Corrigan, Malcolm Hainsworth, Karen Bowes, Mary Boylan, Stephen Tivnan, Eileen Egan, Stephen Hughes, Kevin McNulty, Patrick Cawley, Bernard Murray, Mikey Walsh. Lord hear us.

For all who have died recently that they may enjoy the glory of the vision of God in Heaven ...the Wizzart family murder victims, Rosemary Hibbert, Nora Power,

AND

For all whose anniversaries fall about now: Sean Mannion (Vigil) Margaret Brennan (Sunday Evening), Eddie Kirby, John Joe Lally, Cath Hoysted,, Kathlen Sharkey

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed though the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Mary is the healer of the mystical Body of Her Son and so often reaches out to us in miracles of healing - we honour her and pray: Hail Mary...

Priest: Lord and eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - listen to our prayers which we make in total trust in your loving providence, Through Christ our Lord. Amen.