Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 21st October 2007
TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN CYCLE C. 21ST OCTOBER 2007 + WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
The power of prayer and its purpose is taught to us today by our Blessed Lord. Jesus says many things about prayer but one very strong thread that comes through so often is the need not to lose faith and to keep praying even when it appears useless and nothing is being responded to by Almighty God.
The unjust judge , corrupted as he is - just to get a bit of peace - grants the poor widow her plea for justice - not for the good reason of justice but so that the woman would stop mithering him. How many men still do that? Our Lord says that sheer persistence won through in the end. Her plea for justice was given in her favour.
How much more will your Heavenly Father grant you what you ask our Lord teaches. Would a father give a child a scorpion instead of a an egg? - no of course not, so then - you who are bad enough know how to give to your children what is good how much more your Father in heaven will grant WHAT YOU NEED.
I suppose there is the nub - God grants us what we need. It won't always be what we want. The young people in the congregation will know that. Very often their parents say no to what they want because it is not good for the youth to be granted what they want for their own GOOD. However the Youth does not always see it that way. God is the same with us.
However - a quick dart to heaven in emergency is no prayer at all. One must have a spiritual attitude to prayer - to be familiar with God - to have him as a friend along with the saints in Heaven. How many of you have your favourite prayers and devotions. I see you with your little prayer books - well dogged by now praying away as you have done for years - how good it is to see. When the storm breaks you are not breaking into prayer as a desperate measure but as one who is never far from the Master in daily conversation and devotion. Don't give up in prayer. Persistence will win through and in the end. You know you might be dead and gone when the prayer is granted so you will witness it from the Kingdom of Heaven which you have by then, inherited. Now is not that a nice note to conclude with?
Fr. Flynn has returned after a great pilgrimage and all the pilgrims have worn out knees and with all the praying.
Father Tom Connolly
Funeral of Mrs Kitty Mahoney will be on Thursday at 9.30pm followed by Committal at Manchester Crem.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE A great way of praying is to go on pilgrimage and there is a coach being arranged to go to Lourdes next year from our group of Parishes and especially for our Youth. There will be an information evening at the Marist Convent, nell Lane on Thursday 29th November at 7 for those sniffers. The dates for Lourdes are 24 July - 2 August. It will be cheaper and the hope is many youth will be able to go.
Marriage Anthony Donnelly and Audrey Murray Married in the Lord at St Kentigerns on Saturday. Many blessing on them both.
Our School got a letter from Ofted Head Office the other day inviting Mr Jackson to receive an award from the Government Education people for being such an excellent school in the midst of the city, setting an example of excellent practise for others. We are given this Logo to put on all our stationery and notice boards as a sign of the esteem our school is held in. So, well done Mr Paul Jackson and his staff for such a great achievement for our children.
FORTY HOURS DEVOTION CANDLES ARE ON SALE. £1 FOR THE ORDINARY ONES AND £10 FOR THE BIG ONES. THEY WILL ALL BURN IN HONOUR OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT DURING THE FORTY HOURS. THIS WILL BE AT ST KENTIGERNS ON THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER TO SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER AND AT 4 PM ON THE SUNDAY END WITH SOLEMN BENEDICTION. PUT A LITTLE LABEL WITH THE NAME OF THE FAMILY OR THE PERSON ON AND STILL IT ON THE END OF THE CANDLE.
Mrs O'Neill received the Coultas Medal for her services to Irish dancing in the UK on Friday in St Kentigerns Parish Centre after a reunion of her pupils and a special Mass offered by Canon O'Connor. Your PP even attended her classes at or near St Peter's Sq. when he was a lad.
Bidding Prayers for the 29th Sunday of the Year C 07
Priest: Our Lord teaches us never to give up in our prayer to him who is the just judge and who vindicates those who put their trust in him.
For all who struggle for justice to be done - that they be given courage to carry on with the help of God. We pray especially for those places in the world where there is no rule of law and where the poor and little people are exploited by unjust laws. Lord in your mercy.
For this Christian community that we never lose faith in the power of Prayer in our relationship with the living God who in the Incarnation has shown us the way of Prayer. Lord in your mercy.
For our Civil Society that the laws passed by our Rulers will reflect the law of God rather than the fashions of the age. Lord in your mercy.
For all the students who have come to our city to study that they may settle in and enjoy their studies and be safeguarded from danger. Lord in your mercy.
Reader : For all our dear sick that the Divine Physician may touch them and strengthen them in their struggle with ill health: Pat Kelly, Mary Colbert, Kitty Higgins, Sheila Delaney, Jean Corrigan, Chrstine Keary , Elizabeth Wallace, Kerry Daly and Peggy Walsh, Patrick McGovern, Michael McDonough, Joe Doyle, Kitty Trayner and Ellie Rose Cloak. Lord in your mercy.
For all those who have died in these last few days and those who mourn them: Kitty Mahoney, Bridget Daly, Rosie Gallighan, Margaret Doherty
For all those whose anniversaries fall about now and whom we have loved in life and forget not in death: John Toner, Elsie Connolly, Rebecca McConville, Marie Murphy, Michael Gallagher, May Kennedy,, David Royle (Sunday EVENING MASS), Stanley Dale, William McLaughlin, Joseph Devlin
May their souls and the souls of...
Mary is the Gateway to Man's Heaven - may she bring us to that blessed place in the company of all the saints - Hail Mary, full of grace...
Priest: O Lord and Eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come in obedience to Jesus to ask for all we need in his Name, listen to our prayer which we make in utter faith,through Christ our Lord.