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Sunday 27th May 2007

PENTECOST SUNDAY.

My Dear people,

Today is the Birthday of our Holy Mother the Church. She began really in the womb of the Blessed Virgin but today she was "launched" as it were on a waiting world. Christ had come "in the fullness of time" so it was the time chosen by God for the greatest effect. The roads and trade routes of the Roman Empire were able to accommodate the Apostles and the disciples' mission to carry them as far as India (St Thomas).

You will notice how the house - the Upper Room- was shaking with movement and the sounds of wind and the ball of flame and then the tongues of flame - came. Fire and wind - elements which move and carry and purify. The wind you cannot see except in its effects and the same for the Holy Spirit. You cannot see him but you can see his effects.

When the first Martyrs of the English Reformation - the Carthusian monks of Smithfield gathered in the choir stalls on hearing of their closure and mass arrest - the Holy Spirit came upon them in a most sweet and calm breeze as they sang Vespers. Every single monk was executed in the end - some left to literally starve to death in prison and others publicly executed. The Holy Spirit fortified them.

He is always there in those moments when we could go either way. He draws and nudges and hints and sometimes grabs us by the hair as he did so often with St Peter.

He is the One whom Jesus promised to send from Heaven when he got back to the Father. "I will ask the Father and he will send you the Holy Spirit who will remind you of everything I have said to you". He still does.

The Catholic Church can never forget God's Word. Individuals might take no notice of it and deny it, but the Church will never deny the truth as revealed by God because the Holy Spirit will always be there to "remind". He keeps us in unity and he is the power which comes on the bread and wine and at Holy Mass and "changes" the elements into the Body and Blood of the Lord.

He is the one who elects a new Pope and directs him so that he will never lead us astray in matters of Faith and Morals. It is guaranteed. It is not us being clever which achieves this. It is the promise of Jesus - my Church will be built on rock and the devil will never win against it. Christ looks after his own flock. In the lives of the saints we see the Holy Spirit at work in wonderful ways.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit which our children have just been given at Confirmation are Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgement, Courage, Knowledge, Reverence and fear and awe in God's Presence. The Fruits are, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self control. Where these are present in people's hearts you will be assured of the Holy Spirit's Divine Presence. Where you fgind them absent - watch out - the devil is at work!!

The children will next be making their first Communion.

Pray for them and their parents that they will make good Catholics when they mature and bring the Faith to others.

CROWNING OF OUR LADY IN ST KENTIGERNS SCHOOL TOOK PLACE AT 2.00 THIS TUESDAY. EACH FAMILY SENT THEIR CHILD WITH SOME FLOWER(S) FOR THIS HAPPY OCCASION.

Father Tom Connolly


READERS It is Trinity Sunday next Sunday. The last for making Easter Duties.

THE NEW VESTMENTS have now all being purchased and I thank you for the gift. Sorry for those who came too late but there will be another opportunity for a new Cope soon.

St Edwards ONLY One Vestment was purchased so 4 remain.

THE BISHOP PUT A CHALLENGE TO THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO COME UP WITH ART REPRESENTING PEACE AND JOY AND ST KENTIGERNS WON THE FIRST PRIZE. IS THERE NO STOPPING OUR WONDERFUL SCHOOL? THE EXHIBITION to BE HELD IN THE CATHEDRAL CLOISTERS.

Father Carr's mother died on Tuesday in Hospital. Father Carr is PP in St Marie's Bury. Pray for her soul and for Father whose dad died when he was small and he is the only child.

HOLYWELL AND LLANDUDNO 8th AUGUST WITH MARY WALSH. VISIT THE HOLY WELL OF ST WINEFRIDE AND AFTER NOON BY THE SEA IN WELSH WALES - INCL OF 3 COURSE LUNCH AT THE QUEENS HOTEL ALL FOR 17. HOW DOES MARY DO IT? DEPT FROM ST EDWARDS AT 9 15AM . TEL 747 0964 AFTER 9PM. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

Rescue Society Annual Garden Party 16th June at 1pm on the lawn of the HQ, 390 Parrs Wood Rd, Didsbury. Do come all of you and enjoy this great family day. It ends at 4pm and there are loads of bargains and fun and games.