Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 16th December
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT + 16TH DECEMBER 2007+ CYCLE A READINGS. "Gaudete Sunday" Rose Vestments
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
The figure of John the Baptist comes to us strongly in the Liturgy of the Word this week for the third Sunday of Advent- "Guadete Sunday" after the first word s of the mass in Latin "Rejoice in the Lord always - again I say, Rejoice".
Why does the Church say this? Because Christ's birthday is very near. We are very, very near the moment when the Incarnation entered into human history and was born in time as it were. Time began again when the first Catholic Emperor, Constantine was converted. In addition to making Sunday a Holy Day and day of rest, He also fixed 25th December for the celebration of Our Lord's birth to show the importance of this event which changed the whole course of human history.
The Incarnation has a profound effect on the way we think about ourselves you know. They say that the very works of art which were produced after the spread of the Christian Faith showed in the aspect of the person's face features a new life and anew direction - filled with a purpose and a hope.
John questions Jesus from prison and our Lord tells the messengers to tell John what they see - the Lord's miracles as proof that he is the One who was to come. John in his prison was in great difficulty to know that his mission was completed - that Jesus could Increase and John, Decrease as he said.
John had prepared the way and was to pay for it with his life. We must wait as John did. We must be patient. God's plan is moving ahead and mankind is being saved and man is being brought to heaven. We live in a tiny section of the great TIME God as created and it is difficult sometimes for us to see in perspective where we are going and along which road. God has us all in his Providential hands. Our Lady surely had to keep saying this as her dear and Divine Son was found to have no nice place to be born in and then driven out by those who wanted murder him into a foreign land and eventually even losing him for three days. That is not counting - the shepherds - the Wise men and the odd gifts. You see - it is no wonder the Church holds our Lady up to us as a "Model of Faith and Love".
The children have been putting on Nativity Plays in school and they are amazing in the way they can tell the same story through so many idioms. I salute them and the staff for the great work they have done. It has been truly inspiring and personally uplifting.
Have a good Advent.
Father Tom Connolly.
CRIB AND TREE ARE UP IN ST KENTIGERNS. YOU WON'T FORGET THE PRESENTS WILL YOU?
CHURCH CLEANERS ALL ARE ON DUTY NEXT WEDNESDAY TO GET THE CHURCH PERFECT FOR CHRISTMAS FEAST.
CHRISTMAS CARD WITH TIMES OF EVERYTHING FOR CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. TAKE ON AND GIVE THEM OUT TO OTHERS WHO DO NOT COME TO MASS.
The Christmas Novena begins on the 16th December until Christmas Eve - it is in honour of the Infant Jesus and will be recited each day at the daily Mass after the Gospel.
St Kentigern's kneelers have had an awful lot of pounding over the 20 years they have been done and the knees must be taking the strain so you will be glad to know that I am getting them re-upholstered by the same firm which did the seating in our Club. Some will be done before Christmas. The cost is £2000 + and is the best estimate by nearly half.
BIDDING PRAYERS FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT A
PRIEST: The Lord our God is coming: let us put aside fear, and look forward to the future with courage.
Reader: Christ is the one longed for by the nations - Lord, come this Christmas and fill the emptiness of men's hearts and fill them with the hope of redemption.. Lord hear us.
Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and End of all thing and all human History - may his coming bless these times of ours to bring forth the shoots of justice and goodness in mankind. Lord hear us.
We pray for the Armed services of our country and their families as they serve abroad and in places of armed conflict. Protect their young lives and bring them home safe and well. May justice follow in the path of conflict Lord hear us.
For expectant Mothers today that they will be able to look forward with great hope in Christ for the future of their unborn child. Bless all the mothers of our community. Lord hear us.
For all whose faith has suffered damage through scandal or sin or for whatever reason - that the feast of Christmas may bring them back to their father's house. Lord hear us.
For all our dear Sick that the Lord in his tender mercy may be with them in their suffering and they, in union with him: Michael Kelly, Michael Boyd, Thelma Moran, Mary Connolly, Robert Clayton, Mary Colbert, Peggy Walsh, Maureen McGough, Elizabeth Wallace, Donna Quinn, Kevin McNulty, Kerry Barlow. Lord hear us.
For all those who have died recently, Philomena Finn, Eddy Sherry, Teresa Cauchie, Mrs Burke, Patrick Crowley, Margaret Stukkle, Mary Lundy, Mary Gannon, Lena Dugdale and Margaret Lowry.
For all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Patrick Joseph Hyland, (11am), James and Rose McKenna, Edward Cassidy, Mary Mullen, Biniaha George, Michael McHugh, Austin and Delia Kelly, Tom Edmundson, Margaret and Thomas Wade, Josephine and Garcia Connolly
May their souls and the souls of all...
Mary is the one who was with our Saviour from Bethlehem to Calvary - may she pray for us now - Hail Mary...
Priest: Lord, hear our prayer and grant that we who await in faith the coming of your Son may be rewarded by being part of his company in heaven. Where he lives forever and ever. Amen.