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Sunday 1st June 2008

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Re: the debate about fathers being dispensable in the new fertility Bill before parliament: I got this tit bit from the Times during the week. Two of the senior Ministers in the Government, Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt wrote in their Paper:

"THE FAMILY WAY: A NEW APPROACH TO POLICY MAKING":

Men who wish to be involved in child nurture and who wish to provide for the nurturer child dyad will negotiate their way in to this arrangement by contract. It cannot be assumed that men are bound to be an asset to family life, or that the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social harmony and cohesion."
My dear people - this is now soon to be law. These two no doubt feminists have got their way in Government and their opinion has been made into the Law of the land. We are sleepwalking into something dreadful. So fathers are not a natural blessing or an asset to family harmony are they? So what role for the fathers then? Hence all these abandoned kids crying for their dads when the two ministers have dictated that fathers are not really part of the family.

God help us.

The Church our Mother, always listens to the Word of God and bases its faith on the Word made flesh. Our Lord described that Church as "built on a rock". He said "to Simon-Peter "You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell will never prevail against it...". Now the wind can blow and the gales rise up and the floods hit but the structure is built on rock and it will not collapse in the face of the enemy.

The church has many enemies and we seem to be the target because on the whole Catholics as an organised, united and Universal body who stand up to the falsehoods been spouted and made into Law. The Church is hated for it because it dissents and gives very good arguments and those who rule don't want an argument; they want submission and surrender. The Church will not give it. We will give up adoption of Children if we have to break the moral law to survive as a Catholic Rescue Society. That is only one example.

You see as our Lord says it not sufficient to say "LORD, LORD" but no - you have to do the will of the Father. In doing the will of God you will have to pay the cost believe me.

The Church is in good hands with Pope Benedict and we pray that during the month of the Sacred Heart (Feast last Friday) the warmth of Christ's love will enter into all our hearts and fill them with confidence for the struggle ahead. Those of you with young families - be very careful with what the NHS will try to do through the education system. You will need your wits around you all the time and be vigilant.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly

THE RESCUE SOCIETY GARDEN PARTY. THOSE OF YOU WHO BAKE HOW ABOUT BAKING FOR THE CAKE STALL THAT DAY ?

BISHOP HALLAND WOULD HAVE BEEN 100 ON THE 8TH JUNE. THAT SUNDAY THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL MASS IN THE CATHEDRAL CELEBRATED BY THE BISHOP AT 5.30PM. REFRESHEMNTS AFTER.

BISHOP TERENCE DRAINEY OF MIDDLESBOROUGH WHO WAS A PRIEST OF OUR DIOCESE IS COMING TO SALFORD CATHEDRAL FOR A CELEBRATION OF HIS ELEVATION AND THAT IS OPEN TO ALL AT 7PM ON FRIDAY 13TH JUNE. REFRESHMENTS AFTERWARDS

New cassocks and cottas for St Kentigern's Servers soon - watch this space.

POPE'S YOUTH GATHERING IN SYDNEY. We have Thomas Lyth , Damian Nutthall and Louise Keegan going as our young parishioners with over 100 other young people from our diocese with the Bishop and Father Flynn The two lads did their sponsored walk from Bishops House to the Salford Cathedral and I would hope you could spare them a Fiver to help to cover costs. Make Cheques out to St Kentigern but cash will do fine. We have to pay for them with a little subsidy from the diocese and the parish so be kind and supportive won't you?

CHURCH CLEANING we need more cleaners - each Wed after 9.30 Mass we clean and dub and scrub and polish and hoover and we need more help - just come please.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 9th Sunday of the Year A

Priest: The Rock is Christ and in him we place all our trust and turn to the Eternal Father in his Holy name for all our needs and for the needs of all mankind.

Reader: The rock of faith is our strength - safeguard the faith of the Church and those who govern it as overseer-Bishops - that in union with Rock of Peter we may face the world and overcome it. Lord hear us.

For our children preparing for their first Communion that they may have a profound faith in the Presence of our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Lord hear us.

For all those who govern our country that they may pay more respect to the ten commandments and to the Christian revelation. Lord hear us.

For all who are undergoing Instruction in the Faith - that they may find the rock which is Christ and drink deeply from it and delight in the discovery of the truth in the gift of Faith. Lord hear us.

For all our students undergoing Public Examinations, that they may do themselves justice. Lord hear us.

For our sick - that they may put their trust in the Saviour who suffered with them and died for them in great agony of body and mind. We pray for Pat Creamer, Mary Page, Fr. Keane, Paschal Fagan, Betty Wallace, Maureen Waring, Mary Greenhalch.

Lord hear us.

For all who have died recently we pray that they may see the Beatific Vision and be eternally happy in the kingdom of Heaven. We pray for Baby Harvey James Nash, Nora Eileen Booth, John Hyde, Jessica Wiseman, Evelyn Rabbett

AND

For all those we have loved in life and not forget on their anniversaries of death: we pray for Jack Grady (11am Year's Mind) Marie (Murphy) O'Keefe, Molly Crone, George Bressington

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God...

O Mary, Conceived without Sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Mary Immaculate, Star of the New Evangelisation - pray for us your chidren: Hail Mary...

Priest: O God and Heavenly Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ - listen to the heartfelt cry of your people as we come to you in our great need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.