Message From The Parish Priest
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN CYCLE A RADINGS+ YEAR OF ST PAUL THE APOSTLE. 150TH OF LOURDES.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
The parable of the Darnel and the Wheat continues our Lord's teaching on the nature of life in his Kingdom - the Church. Good and bad exist together and even look much the same from outward appearances. The darnel is sown by the enemy - Satan - the ancient enemy as our Lord calls Satan. He deliberately and intelligently "plants" these bad seeds so that the Church will look as though it is not the good Wheat that the power of God has sown. One only has to look at those who have let down Christ in public life and in history and even in the Bible (Judas) and given grave scandal to the people and the Media make great show of it and act as though all of us are guilty.
It is a real fact that even in the most spiritual of circles you will get bad people who are intent on trouble and sometimes you just have to suffer it. To sort them all out NOW into the Good and the Bad would in fact disturb the roots of the whole fabric so our Lord wisely tells us that we must leave the final sorting out to Him who is the Final judge and then he will send his angels and - well you know the rest. It is not a good outcome for the Bad!
Those who want the Church to be only for the purest of the pure will not find themselves with us on this. They think that all should be perfect or well that way if they call themselves Catholic or come to Mass. Well it is not what our Lord tells us is it so we have to put up with a certain amount of badness in people and still live in hope that God will sort it out in His own way and in His Divine Wisdom.
The other growth parables today are the Mustard Seed which starts dead tiny and grows into a great shrub and gives shelter to all and the other is the Yeast in the flour which starts small but makes the whole dough rise. How our Lord must have looked at Mary his Mother making the bread daily in Nazareth for surely this is where our Lord got his examples from.
Never underestimate the Church. It arises from the ashes again and again through the power of God. The little yeast is so small and yet it makes the whole loaf rise and without it there is very poor bread. The Holy Spirit renews the face of the earth again and again and he raises up people to do it and they come out of the blue when everyone had given up hope. This "growth" principle is at the heart of the Divine nature of the Mystical Body of Christ. The Church is indeed holy because she lives within the Body of the Risen Lord. Jesus said to Saint Paul on the road to Damascus conversion - "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute ME?" So you see you cannot separate the Body of the Faithful from the Body and the Person of the Risen Lord.
Men can stand in the way of this growth and get left behind or marginalised. The growth will go on. How many of the young people of the Church meeting the Pope in Australia this week will be touched by the presence of Christ in his Vicar on earth - Benedict ? Many I can tell you and Fr. Flynn is convinced Vocations will come from this Pastoral Visit. His reports are all good and the young people of our diocese are really gelling well and showing the Aussies how we are in our niche of the Universal Church - the Diocese of Salford founded in 1850!!
God Bless now,
Father Tom Connolly
CHILDREN of both St Kentigern's and St Edward's Parish schools had the Leaver's Masses on Thursday. It is always a bit sad to say goodbye as the children leave us for Secondary School but they must develop and at least they have been happy with us since they began often at 4 years of age. God Be with them all and keep them safe in this dangerous age for youth.
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Bidding Prayers for the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year A Cycle.
Priest: The parable of the tares and the wheat and the enemy of mankind teaches us to cling to the source of all goodness and sweetness - Christ our Lord. We turn in prayer now to the Eternal father for our needs in his Holy name.
Reader: For the youth of the church gathered in Australia with the Vicar of Christ on earth - Our dear Pope Benedict - father of all Christians - that our youth may experience in this huge celebration of the reality of the Universal Faith - a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit's gifts. Give to some of them a gift of a vocation to God's service in the Church. Lord hear us.
For those who are weighed down by the bad things bad people have done to them - that they may find hope in the knowledge that God is the final Judge. Lord hear us.
For all who seeking the truth for their lives - that they may find the Yeast of the community of us Believers a credible witness to the sheer wonder and beauty of living in Christ. Lord hear us.
For those who govern our country that they may seek justice and right for the unborn, for the youth for the children and the frail and desist from the path which leads to misery. Lord hear us.
For our Armed Forces in their hard tasks; that they may fight for good ness, truth and justice, and return safely after their tour of duty to their loved ones. Lord hear us.
For all those who are sick and frail and suffering from life threatening diseases: Michael Lambe (9am), Mary Doherty, Pat Creamer, Canon Denis Clinch, Father Keane, Maureen Waring, Ida Sheehan.
May they find hope in the victory of Christ. Lord hear us.
For all our dead and especially those who have died recently: Rosie Umbule, Jim Dunbar, Nicholas Fox, Patrick O'Donnell.
For all whose anniversaries fall about now..Eddie Kirby, Michael Burke (6.30pm Sunday) Bill McDonough.
May their souls and the souls of all...
O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
O Mother of God keep us strong in faith amidst the evils of the this world. Hail Mary...
Priest: O Heavenly Father - listen to our prayers which in all trust we make in the name of your Only Begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.