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Sunday 22nd July 2007

My Dear People,

It is a rare event thank God, for me to have to ask you to support with your prayers the family and kinfolk of Beverley Samuels, Kisha (18) and Fred (13) who were so cruelly removed from this life by a terrible act of violence against them in their own home last week. I know the whole Fallowfield/Rusholme community find it very hard to take on board the tragedy of such magnitude with such a desperate waste of young life with so much going for them and a great future opening up for those young people.

The wheels of the administration of justice are thorough but slow so the whole terrible story will eventually come out in the courts no doubt but in the meantime bear them up on eagles wings with your heartfelt prayers PLEASE. May they receive a special gift from God to get through this terrible burden of sorrow and distress at the loss of three lovely persons. Both of them were pupils at St Kentigern's Primary school and today (19th) would have been Fred's Fourteenth Birthday.

We gathered on Thursday morning outside the house in Thelwell and had some prayers for Fred and his sister and mum and then Fred ( the dad Senior) had brought a few hundred helium filled balloons and after asking our Blessed Mother of Sorrows who stood by the foot of the Cross to stand by with us and Bev's family at the foot of this cross and reciting the Our Father and Hail Mary we sang Happy Birthday dear Fred and let the balloons rise to heaven as a symbol of our heartfelt prayers. It was a humble and deeply moving little memorial for the young lad's 14th Birthday outside where he lived and moved and had his being. I would say over 130 people were present.

May God have mercy on them all. May he deliver this city of ours from those in our midst who hold human life so cheap and who murder with such cruelty. Too many are murdered in our city - too many hate filled hearts and minds roam our streets thinking they are big men when in fact they are Satan's own battalion and will end their days joining Satan where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth...for murderers and such cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven can they unless they seek repentance with their whole hearts.

We live in troubled times my dear people and such evil deeds get closer to home. In St Kentigerns and St Edwards we have had murders recently and now all the classmates of these two young people are intimately experiencing the horrors of murder for themselves - closer to home than we are comfortable with eh? Pray that our Police will pursue such evil doers and bring them to justice. Pray that we do not get overcome with evil so that our loves grows cold or cynical.

May we take our dear Lord's words to heart "Martha, Martha, you worry and fret about so many things..." In these difficult times we trust in the Master all the more - don't we? Who else can we cling to?

I am off for 2 weeks so be good to Father Flynn.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


Syro-Malabar Rite Mass will be celebrated at 6.30pm on Saturday 28th July at St Edward's Church by Father Matthew.

MARTIN and MARGARET HOYSTED WISH TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED "STARS IN YOUR EYES" FOR KIDS IN OUR PARISH CENTRE ON SATURDAY. IT RAISED 900 FOR FRANCES HOUSE AND CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S RESCUE SOCIETY. MAY BE WE SHOULD MAKE THIS AN ANNUAL EVENT.

FATHER JOHN CHIMAN FROM INDIA WHERE IS A P.P (AND HE IS A FRIEND OF FATHER JOHN CRASTA WHO HAS BEEN HERE FOR A FEW YEARS VIA LOUVAIN, BELGIUM) HAS ARRIVED TO HELP OUT FOR TWO MONTHS AND HE IS MOST WELCOME AND ALLOWS ME AND FATHER FLYNN TO BE ABLE TO TAKE BREAKS AND TO SHARE OUT THE PASTORAL WORK MORE EVENLY. FATHER JOHN IS VERY WELCOME. HE WILL SUPPLY ST KENTIGERN'S AND ST EDWARDS until 20th September.. THOSE OF INDIAN ORIGIN MIGHT LIKE TO INVITE HIM FOR SOME LOCAL CUISINE TASTING!

WELCOME TO FATHER RAFAL OF GDANSNK IN POLAND. HE IS IMPROVING HIS ENGLISH AND ARRIVES ON THE 3RD AUGUST AND HE WILL BE HELPING OUR TOO FOR A FEW WEEKS. MAKE HIM WELCOME AND ANY POLISH PEOPLE READING THIS MIGHT WISH TO TREAT HIM!!

FATHER GABOR RETURNED TO Budapest on Thursday.




Bidding Prayers

Bidding prayers for 16th Sunday of the Year cycle c 07.

Priest: Lord - you have taught us to seek your help in your loving providence for all our needs. We come to you in trust and hope.

Reader: For our nation as it faces great danger from those who hate us that our armed forces will uphold good government and the cause of a just peace. Keep them safe and may they return home to their families. Lord Hear us.

For the Universal Church in all the places where she faces persecution especially in China and Pakistan , The Sudan and so many places - protect your people O Lord. Lord hear us.

For the family and friends of victims of violence and murder that their poor hearts be not broken but that the work of those commissioned to help them pastorally will be successful in their great hurt and loss. Lord hear us.

For all consecrated persons who live the life of the cloister that their spiritual energy may refresh our world. We commend to God all those living the evangelical councils. Lord hear us.

For we who worry and fret and forget our Lord loving hand in our lives that we may learn to put prayer first and experience the help of the Living and True God- Lord hear us.

For all who lie sick and for the dying we pray: Jean Corrigan Stephen Tivnan, Patrick Blackett, Kevin McNulty, Larry O'Conner

Lord hear us...

For all those who have died recently...Beverely Samuels, Keesha and Fred Wizzart, Rosemary Hibbert, John Duffy, Patrick Hall, Kathleen Whelan and for all those whose anniversary occurs about this time: Eddie Kirby, (Sunday evening) Margaret Boyd and Thomas Hannon (Vigil Mass) John Joe Lally, Cath Hoysted, Celia and Martin Glynn and Bill McDonagh.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. O Mary mother of Consolation - draw near to us your children in your role as consoler of the afflicted and strengthen our faith. Hail Mary, full of...

Priest: O Loving Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - you listen to the heartfelt prayers of your children. Be with us now in our great need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.