Message From The Parish Priest
FIFTHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME+ 13TH JULY 2008. + YEAR OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Is it not sad that when the western world is crying out for more babes because the population is aging fast, the MPs and MEPs are attempting TO lower the need for two doctors to sign the execution certificate for an abortion to go ahead and wanting it to be the job of a nurse? The International Family Planning Association and Stonewall want 5 year oldS instructed in schools about the dangers of pregnancy (teen age type).
Dobson and his many cohorts - ex Health Minister and failed candidate for London Mayor - never ceases to amaze me with his evil intentions for our young children. God save us from our enemies. The late Pope wrote some very moving and analytical reflection on the good and evil battle over the unborn child and he of course understood it as an insider being the victim of great violence or would-be assassin. It is the same hatred for human life which causes nations to abort its young like we do and those same people loath Almighty God. There will be no civil peace in our nation when this great evil is practised in our midst. No wonder the teenages are killing each other - we have made life cheap so why shouldn't they?
Let us pray that we can enjoy civil peace in our country. St Paul in the 2nd reading talks about this world being "delivered from its slavery to decadence to enjoy the freedom and the glory of the children of God." How much we need to long for that state of blessedness.
The Parable of the Sower is a very apt one for the season. The fruits of people's sowing are now being enjoyed or endured! If you neglect a garden or an allotment - you will see the fruits - brambles, weeds, saplings growing - things gone to seed or out of control. The Divine Gardener sees all these things. We used to have little books of devotion you will remember - they were called the "Garden of the Soul". In them they used to have all kinds of useful prayers and methods to tend to the garden of your souls and to keep down the weeds. I always think it is better to keep out weeds not by keeping the soil clean but by filling it with abundant good things. That is the way of the Virtues. The virtues demonstrate the ways we love the good God Almighty God is always sowing in the human soul seeds of hope and salvation and devotion. The devil sows discord and disharmony and chaos. We pray "deliver us from evil" and we mean it. The great antidote to the vices is the virtues and the grace of the reception of the most Blessed Sacrament and the use of the Sacrament of Confession. Our inner most souls will not then get choked by the "cares and lure of riches of this world" as the Lord Himself warns us in the Gospel today.
We pray that we will be people who provide a good reception to the seed which God sowed in us in Baptism. We will be good and fruitful soil bringing forth good in due season and producing a harvest of good things - 50 fold - 100 fold.
Father Flynn has sent me texts and emails from Sydney and pictures of our young pilgrims from St Kentigerns and St Edwards'. All goes to plan and this week they are taking part in a Teaching the Catholic Faith Seminars around the city and meeting with the parishes and the people of the Australian Church. It will be a great moment when the Pope joins them but I doubt if the TV here will bring much coverer age. Fox News of Sky often has good coverage in depth.
We had Nine funerals in the last 10 days - can you believe it? May they all rest in Peace.
Father Tom Connolly.
REQUIEM MASS for all those buried at Southern Cemetery (Catholic Section) on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August at 11am. Bring your own seat.
SATURDAY 6TH SEPT. Led by Mgr Davies VG, A Pilgrimage to Ladyewell the Lancashire Shrine of our Lady beginning at 2pm opening with Adoration, Confessions and Benediction. If you would like to go we might take the parish minibus. Let me know - 11 places.
APOSTOLATE OF THE SEA COLLECTION TODAY. SORRY FOR ALL THE 2ND COLLECTIONS BUT THEY ARE FOR GOOD CAUSES. THIS ONE PAYS FOR THE SPIRITUAL SUPPORT GIVEN TO SEAFARERS WHO VISIT OUR PORTS. MANY OF THSE ARE ENTIRELY CATHOLIC AND A PRIEST GOES ON BOARD TO HEAR CONFESSIONS AND OFFER MASS AS WELL AS LAY CHAPLAINS AS PASTORAL CARERS. USE THE ENVELOPES IF YOU ARE A TAXPAYER AND FILL IN THE SLIP/ THANKS.
FATHER CLFFORD PINTO ARRIVES LAST SATURDAY AND NOW JOINS FATHER MATTHEW TO SUPPLY FOR US AND ST EDWARDS. HE IS STUDYING IN LOUVAIN, BELGIUM. HE IS MOST WELCOME AND I AM GRATEFUL TO THE TWO INDIAN PRIESTS. WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO LOOK AFTER ST BERNARD'S PARISH ON TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS , FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS SO WE WILL ALL HAVE OUR WORK CUT OUT WON'T WE?
Rev Sean Reilly was Ordained Priest in Liverpool on Friday last 10th July. He lived in the presbytery of St Kentigerns for a year during his last year at Manchester Uni. We wish him God's Blessing. I was there to witness it and he will make a great priest. Perhaps I will get him to say a "First Mass" here.
Priest: The Farmer only sows good seed. May we God's people, be one day worthy to be gathered into the Master's Harvest. May the Good Lord who sows the seed in our hearts always find a lively response to his work within us so that we may bear a good harvest as we come to him with our needs and the needs of the whole world.
Reader: We pray for the Universal Church - the fertile field in which the Divine Farmer has sowed the good seed of Faith - may She always bring forth from people's hearts, the virtues which enable people to flourish and develop through Faith. Lord hear us.
For all those who have died and suffered injury and loss on the 3rd Anniversary of the London Terrorist bombings - May they find healing and recovery. Lord hear us.
For the Holy Father Pope Benedict as he prepares for the World Youth Day in Sydney and for our young parishioners, Damian and Patrick and Lorraine who are with him - that the pastoral visit of the Pope to the Youth of the Church may increase faith and love in them. Lord hear us.
For all going on holidays - that they may find peace and relaxation from the daily toil and return, safe and sound. Lord hear us.
For social peace in our Land that we be delivered from the hands of those who hate us and that those who hate us will have their hearts changed and learn to treat others as they would want to be treated. Lord hear us.
For all our sick that the Lord may strengthen them in their weakness: Betty Wallace, Kevin McNulty, Pat Creamer, , Maureen Waring, Joe and Eva Christie, Mary Greenhalch, Brendan Byrne, Mario Mini-archie, Michael Needham, Celia Farren, Jim Dunbar, Ida Sheehan. Lord hear us.
For all those souls who have died recently: Roy Barnard, Patrick McCabe, Patrick Mills, Josie O'Brien, Rosie Omobee AND for all those whose anniversaries fall about this time: James Sullivan, (month's Mind 6.30 SAT) John Joe Lally, John Mannion (Mon), Paddy Fahey (9am Sun).
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
O Mary, Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
MARY MOST HOLY PRAY FOR YOUR CHILDREN. HAIL MARY...
PRIEST: Listen to our heartfelt prayers O Lord and may we shine like the sun in the kingdom where you are Lord for ever and ever. Amen