Message From The Parish Priest
Sunday 17th February 2008
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT + CYLE A READINGS. + 17TH FEBRUARY 2008.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
Last week you showed yourselves so generous in breaking the record for second collections by raising £740 for AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED. You also spent £374 on books etc and so the grand total was £1,187.00. So well done and you will see the letter from Anthony and Brigid O'Neill thank you all for giving to such a great cause.
Those Catholic Christians (for the most part) who are helped by Aid to the Church in need certainly would have been buoyed up by the Transfiguration Gospel from the Mass of the Sunday today.
Sometimes our Lord lifts the veil a little on the mundane and everyday world and reveals to us his dear children a little glimpse of the reality of things as they are in God's eyes.
No one could see the hidden glory surrounding our Saviour when he walked on this earth but on top of that high Mountain with Peter, James and John - the great stalwarts of the infant Church - he reveals the glory that surrounds him at all times as the Holy Son of God and the Divine person.
At every offering of the Holy Mass you cannot see the reality of the Consecration when through the words of Institution spoken by the validally ordained priest - Jesus Christ becomes bodily present on the altar under the appearances of the bread and wine.
It is no longer bread or wine but the Lord's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - ever presenting the One, never to be repeated Sacrifice of Calvary in our space and time. Though the sacrifice of the Mass is unbloody - it is the sacrifice Jesus made and commanded the apostles to "do this" in commemoration of Him. He enacted the Bloody sacrifice of the Good Friday Cross "on the night before he died". This was to be our means of comfort and nourishment and holiness until he would come again in glory. It would plead for "the forgiveness of sin", That is why it is so important to attend the Mass. Our Lord commanded it. He said if you don't eat and drink of my body and blood you cannot have life in you. "The one does eat my body and drink my blood - lives in me and I live in him and I will raise him up on the last day." So you see it comes back to the ultimate reality - life in heaven with God.
As I said - we don't often have a Transfiguration experience but they do happen and we must remember them and take the lesson. Our Lord showed his Divine Glory to strengthen the Apostolic college against the scandal of the Crucifixion. We need the comfort of the presence of Christ in the Holy mass to strengthen us against the challenges of the hostile world.
So - the next time you get distracted at Mass - look at the scene on the altar and see the angels surrounding the Divine Person - present on the Altar - see Christ offering Himself in the Blood of the Eternal Covenant "which is shed for you and for all, for the remission of sin". And is doing so - see the Ultimate and only lasting Reality. Hope Lent goes well.
Father Tom Connolly PP
FUNDRAISER CAILEDH to send young adults to Sydney for the Holy Father's International Youth gather in August 2008. This will take place at St Kentigern's Social Club, 8pm on Sunday 24th February entry £3. Please come and support our Youth of St Kentigerns and St Edwards.
OLD XAVERIANS. The annual Dinner of the Manchester Old Xaverians will take place on Saturday 8th March 2008 at the G.M.P. Social Club Hough End, Chorlton. All ex students and staff are invited to attend. The tickets are only £20 pp and are available from Bill Clarke on 01625 500713.
LALLY SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCING. ARE CELEBRATING 50 YEARS TEACH IRISH DANCING ON MAY 4TH 2008 WITH A DINNER-DANCE AT LANCASHIRE CRICKET CLUB. MANY PUPILS STARTED THEIR DANCING AT ST KENTIGERN'S OVER 30 YEARS AGO WHEN THE CLUB WAS A SMALL HUT. WHEN THE NEW SCHOOL OPENED THE CLASS WAS TRANSFERRED THERE AND THEN BACK AGAIN TO THE MODERNIZED CLUB. HERE MANY WORLD DANCERS TRAINED AND PERFORMED OR MADE A CAREER FROM IRISH DANCING. CALLING ALL PAST PUPILS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO MAKE IT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. TO OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FOR TICKETS TO CELEBRATE THIS OCCASION PLEASE CONTACT EILEEN ON or 07970646303. Tickets will be on sale at £35 pp.
BIDDING PRAYERS FOR 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT CYCLE A 08.
PRIEST: On this day of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Tabor we reflect on the nature of Christ and in earnest and faith filled prayer we approach the Divine Mercy for all our needs.
Reader: For all those who need the veil lifting for them to see the mercy and goodness and beauty of the Godhead in their lives - that God will disclose himself to them and so fulfil the hope laid up in human hearts. Lord hear us.
For the persecuted Church of God : that the sight of Christ's human body transformed in the Divine Light may give them hope and courage in their suffering and deprivation. We pray especially for those imprisoned for the faith in China and for the suffering Christians of Iraq. Lord hear us.
For God's people in this holy season of renewal of sprits - that the Lord's Lenten graces may visit and enliven our faith and our charity towards all. Lord hear us.
For those weighed down with guilt and sin - that the sight of Christ's glory may give them the confidence to return to Him and find life to the full. We pray especially for those of our own families who have lapsed from the practise of their faith. Lord hear us.
For the Engaged Couples on our deanery marriage; course that they will make loving and faithful spouses for one another. Lord hear us.
For the sick and the suffering and the dying that God may touch them and help them find hope in bearing the cross of suffering ill health: Vincent Corley, Mary Pook, Sheila Devanney, Mary Colbert, Peggy Walsh, Elizabeth Wallace, Kevin McNulty, Joe Christie, Michael Boyd, James Brady, Kate Hopkins, Patrick Creamer, Father Pat Keane, Rosaline Condon, Kitty Higgins, Bernard Murray and Hugh Kelly.
Lord hear us
For those who have died recently we pray for: Mary Power, John Paschal Fagan, George Hurst, Tereena Vincent O'Brien, Mick Donnellan, Betty McGinty, Ron Cummings AND For all those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Tom Burke, McDermott Family, Bridget Hyland, Michael Joyce, Margaret Walsh, James and Ellen Hopkins, Johnny Degnan, John O'Reilly, Elizabeth Cassidy, Mary Mannion, Beryl Kennedy, MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL.
Mary is the Protector of all Christians - may her prayers support us now. Hail Mary, full of grace...
Priest: God our Father - you sent your only begotten Son into this world to be its true light. Pour into our hearts the spirit of adoption so that we may truly be your sons and daughters. Hear and answer our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.