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TWELTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN CYCLE A READING + 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY APPEARING IN LOURDES. + FIRST COMMUNION SUNDAY PART ii. 22ND JUNE 2008.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Here is the message of Cardinal Tomko to the International Eucharistic Congress being held now in Vancouver, Canada and his words make a good re-emphasis on the Message I gave last week. Miss Warsicks class make their First Communion at the 11am mass today and they are most welcome.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly



Cardinal: If They Understand the Mass, They'll Come


International Eucharistic Congress Opens in Quebec


QUEBEC, JUNE 16, 2008 (Zenit.org).- If Catholics really understood the meaning of Sunday Mass, they wouldn't miss it, Cardinal Josef Tomko said at the opening of the 49th International Eucharistic Congress.

Cardinal Tomko, the Pope's special envoy for the event, presided Sunday at the opening mass of the weeklong congress in Quebec. He will also preside at the closing Mass on June 22, during which Benedict XVI will address the participants live via satellite.

Some 11,000 pilgrims, 50 cardinals and more than 100 bishops have gathered for the inaugural Mass of the congress titled, "The Eucharist, the Gift of God for the Life of the World."

"The Eucharist is a gift of God," said Cardinal Tomko. "Not as an object, as the other gifts of God, but a very special one, because the gift of God himself.

"The Eucharist is Christ himself, a Person with his divine and human nature, given to us. It is the body and blood of the Risen Christ present with us under the sacramental signs of the bread and wine."

Life of the world

The cardinal explained: "Before leaving this world, Jesus wanted to leave to his Church and to the whole humanity the gift of his Presence. He has chosen the form of the bread and wine. Since the beginning of his public life, in Capernaum, he has promised the bread of life: 'The bread I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.'

"On the eve of his passion, in the Cenacle he took the bread and solemnly declared: 'This is my body given up for you.' And he said over the wine: 'Drink from it, all of you, this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.'

"He has accomplished only a few hours in advance of and in a bloodless, sacramental manner, the sacrifice offered in bloody way on the Cross at Calvary. Jesus therefore instituted the Eucharist as his redemptive sacrifice. The Eucharist is a sacramental form of the sacrifice of Jesus on cross, Cenacle and Calvary are just one sacrifice 'for the life of the world.'"

"This sacrifice happened only once," added the papal legate, "but Jesus wanted to apply and to perpetuate it through the centuries. Therefore he gave a commandment to his apostles: 'Do this in memory of me.'

"It is a memorial and a command: not only to remember him with speeches and words, but to do what he has done."

2,000 Years

"From that time," said Cardinal Tomko, "the priests of his Church accomplish this sublime command doing the same action and pronouncing the same words. Through 2,000 years the same words of Jesus consecrating the bread and wine resounds."

"In each celebration of the Mass," he said, "Jesus Christ himself is present with us in the situation of sacrifice as the lamb of God who takes away the sins of our world, of our community, our sins."

"It is not a show, not a pure commemoration or remembrance," he stressed, "it is sacramental representation of this salvific event, a persevering memorial bringing its fruits to the faithful."

The cardinal added, "If we understand in depth the meaning of our weekly Eucharist, we will revise our frequentation to it. It will become clear for us why the martyrs of Abitine in Northern Africa declared to the pagan judge: 'We cannot live without the (Sunday) Eucharist' -- "Sine Dominico non possumus vivere" -- and why they offered their lives for this conviction."


NEXT WEEK THERE WILL BE A SECOND COLLECTION TO HELP THE TWO YOUTH PILGRIMS GOING WITH OUR DIOCESE AND FROM OUR PARISH TO THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH MEETING WITH THE POPE IN SYDNEY. FR. FLYNN IS PART OF THE DELEGATION AND WILL LEAVE ON 4TH JULY. THOMAS LYTHE AND DAMIAN NUTHALL ARE GOING FROM THIS PARISH AND LOUISE KEEGAN IS GOING IN HER OWN RIGHT AS IT WERE. THEY DID THE SPONSORED WALK FROM WARDLEY HALL TO THE CATHEDRAL AND CAME THOROUGH ALIVE AND UNMUGGED SO THEY DESERVE WHATEVER YOU CAN GIVE THEM! (Kath and Pilar or Monica--Miss this out for this week please)

Next Week a young Polish priest, newly ordained two weeks ago will return to our Parish where he came for a summer to improve his English some years ago. He will offer a "First Mass" for us on the Feast of St Peter and Paul 29th June. He is Father Marcin Kosenioski from Warsaw. I hope you don't mind but I think it would be nice to have a second collection for him to mark this event. He will give his first Blessing to all at the end of the Masses next week - Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul.

A STATEMENT FROM THE CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S RESCUE SOCIETY OVER THE CLOSURE OF ADOPTION SERVICES BECAUSE OF THE NEW LAW NOT ALLOWING THE CHURCH TO CHOOSE ONLY HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES TO ADOPT. "From January 2009 the Rescue Society will no longer be recruiting, assessing or approving adoptive applicants but all our other services , i.e. fostering, post adoption support, single mothers and baby homes and children's residential care are set to continue. There are plans to merge Catholic Welfare Services with the Rescue Society which will create a new Charity which will help both children and vulnerable adults. Our commitment to children will not waver. The Society will remain a Catholic Agency working on your behalf for the children and families of our Diocese so we need your support still." Cathy Batt (Director)

APF. RED MISSION BOXES SUMMER COLLECTION - ALL MONIES TO BE IN BY 2ND JULY PLEASE. MRS C. BOOTH (Sec)

SPORTS- ST KENTIGERNS RAN AWAY WITH ALL THE PRIZES FOR SCHOOL SPORT S AT THE CITY STADIUM LAST WEEK OF ALL THE CATHOIC SCHOOLS OF THE CITY COMPETITION.

FATHER PATRICK KEANE, PP OF ST BERNARD'S BURNAGE HAS RESIGNED THROUGH ILL HEALTH. HE HAS BEEN A MOST WONDERFUL PASTOR OF SOULS SO PLEASE KEEP HIM IN YOUR PRAYERS.




Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 12th Sunday of the Year A

In you O Christ is the source of Light and in you we see Light - may the Father enlighten our pathways through life as we turn to Him in confident faith for all our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Lord we pray for the nations - those of the European Economic community as they try to find new ways- those of Africa and Iraq as they face the problems of social cohesion and development, those of the United States as the church defends the dignity of marriage and family life. For all those places where war and conflict are endemic - we pray to the Lord of Peace. Lord hear us.

For the children making their first holy communion this Sunday - that the Lord of the Eucharist will fill them with his divine Life and grace and call ones of these boys to the priesthood to serve the body of Christ. Lord hear us.

For more vocations to the Priesthood and the consecrated life so that the People God has created may hear proclaimed from the housetops the glorious gospel of Jesus. Lord hear us.

For all our dear students as they sit their examinations that the Holy Spirit may guide them and give them recall and ability to do justice to their studies. Lord hear us.

Lord, heal your servants in their weakness: Father Keane, Betty Wallace, Patrick Creamer, Paschal Fagan, Kevin Devanny, Mary Greenhalch, Agnes Halligan, Mario Mini-archie, Mr Lyons, Francis Condliffe. Lord hear us.

For all those who have been called by God to eternal life in these last few days: James Sullivan, Baby Luke Stephen Suggett and Mary Prunty

AND

For all those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Tony Walsh, Joe Moran, Afram Zair, John Rowe, Paddy Kennedy, Kevin Kelly, Frank McCaul, Michael McHugh, Philip Kinsella, Brian Shelton and Joe Moran.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Mary is the true tabernacle of God the Most High - the boast of our Race - may her prayers help us now: Hail Mary, full of...

Priest: O Lord and Heavenly Father listen to the prayers of your faithful people and in your tender mercy, hear and answer them. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.