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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B . In the Year of the Priest. 2nd AUGUST 2009.


My Dear People,

The summer holidays are upon us and numbers are down as people go away for a break.

The folk in the Gospel today went on a break across the sea of Galilee to look for our Lord who had shown himself so great when he had multiplied he loaves and the fishes. They were after more of he same - free food in any age is received with gladness after all. However there is a barb to this account.

Our Lord tells them that they are only coming because they got free bread and that they should rather work and seek the bread that lasts for ever. Our Lord is talking about the Blessed Sacrament of course. Now we know that because we are believers. The apostles would have heard our Lord's words but not understood - at least not until the Last Supper when he said over the bread "This is my Body - take and eat".

Just look at the way Jesus unfolds this new revelation which has been brought to the fore by the response he got from he feeding of he five thousand. It is not Moses (Manna) who gave you bread from heaven. It is my Father who gives you bread from Heaven - the TRUE bread which has down from heaven and gives life to he world... Remember always that our Blessed Lord was born in Bethlehem which means "house of Bread" for it is the land where most of the wheat grew to feed Israel.

Now - Jesus is revealing that he himself is the "true bread , come down from heaven". He was born of the Virgin Mary and truly came down from heaven to earth. He is existed before time began - he is the Eternal Son - there was never a time when he was not and yet he has come down from heaven and is the bread which gives life to the world.

Thousands of priests offer the Holy Mass everyday - and the Bread comes down from heaven and gives life o the world. The Mass is offered - the sacrifice of praise is made and the Bread of he Lord's Risen life comes to us and gives us life. Every tabernacle is a locus of eternal life emanating from the Blessed Sacrament.

The people said "Give us that bread always" and Jesus says "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE". What more proof do we want that our Lord is truly present as the Bread of life under the appearances in the Mass of the host and the chalice?

What a wonderful unfolding of the mystery. Our Lord allows them to dialogue with him and gently shows them who is the Bread which they can eat and never again be hungry. This bread is Jesus Himself in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. In this year of The Priest - remember that at the heart of every priest's life there is the Mass from which we receive the Bread that lasts forever. Pray that all priest will celebrate, daily the Mass, with zeal and loving devotion. Pray that many more young men will respond to the vocation to be a Priest. Pray that we will never be let without the Bread that comes down from heaven.

Safe hols and safe return,

Father Tom Connolly




REQUIEM MASS FOR ALL THOSE BURIED IN SOUTHERN. This will take place near the Catholic section chapel on Bank Holiday Monday 11am on 31st August. Bring your own seat.


St Therese of Lisieux. Her Relics are coming to our diocese on Saturday 26th September. We have organised a coach to go to witness with the Bishop and the Clergy of our Diocese to this great visitation and to pray. Many divine graces will be given to those who go with their special intentions. I promise you The Little Flower still works many miracles and favours from her place in heaven. She said that she would grant many favours from heaven. There is a card at the back of church for you to sign up for a place on the coach. I want as many of you to go as possible. St Edwards and St Kentigerns are going as one group. We will have a Novena to St Theresa beforehand. Father Ian Kelly, Manchester University and MMU Chaplain will be preaching at some of the Masses at St Kentigerns this weekend or next.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE. The Bishop is in Lourdes this week with over 600 pilgrims from our diocese. They will be praying us all in an hour of prayer next week. We will have the Lourdes hymn again at the end of Mass.

ORDINATIONS Two young men have been ordained deacon for our diocese and will be ordained priests next year; they are Revv Anthony Sudlow and Sean O'Brien. Pray for more!! Father Frank Jennings has retired as chaplain to the Burnley Hospitals.

HIDDEN GEM The Bishop has declared that every visit to Exposition at St Mary's Mulberry Street in the Year of Priests will be dedicated to the prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood.

Thank you for your comforting on the sudden death of my dear cousin from Ballinasloe Vincent Creavan. The Funeral was on a Sunday Morning Mass at St Michaels and the whole town seemed to be there with Military bearers - he had just retired from the Irish Army. Fr Tom

Bidding Prayers

Bidding prayers for 18th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B.

Priest: Christ is the true Bread come down from heaven to give life to the world. In the Mass he gives us Himself. We approach the Eternal Father in his Name for all our needs.

Reader: For the Church Universal in its life in the world - that She may always faithfully give men and women the bread of life and so give them the food which lasts forever the Body and Blood of the Saviour. Lord hear us.

For the year of priests - that it may being joy and gladness to he priestly vocation and help all priests realise the dignity and gift of their unique calling to be other Christ's in the midst of God's Holy People. Lord hear.

For all couples preparing for marriage and celebrating Marriage jubilees, that the Lord may bless them in the years ahead, and keep them loving and loyal in their unique friendship. Lord hear us.

For all who are fighting against euthanasia that the victory for the pro death lobby this week will be met by the voices of truth and integrity. Help us all to appreciate the gift of life in sickness and in health. Lord hear us.

We commend to God our dear sick and frail that the good Lord may give them courage to face life's trials and we pray for Maureen Waring, Agnes Halligan, Marjorie Walsh, Martin Hoysted, Rachel Butt, Marie Sadat Brendan Enniss, Mary Pook, Maureen Moran, Tom Brady Teresa Regan

Lord hear us.

We pray for the eternal happiness for those who have died recently to the Lord of Life: Martin Collins, Patrick Lawson, Bridget McGuiness, Patrick Crehan. Vincent Craven, John McDermott, AND For all those souls whose anniversaries occur about this time: Margaret Boyd (Vigil) David Royce, Doris Connolly and Bob Walsh

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful...

O Mary mother of the Bread of life - pray for us. O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest. O Lord and eternal Father who gave us your Eternally Begotten Son as our Bread of Life - listen to the heartfelt pray for all your people who come to you in their need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.