Message From The Parish Priest
TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME + 7TH SEPTEMBER 2009. Year b = RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
If you look at the old Hospital for the Deaf and Dumb in Grosvernor Street - All Saints - next to the old cinema you will see over the Gothic arch a lovely carving of the miracle we have just heard about in the Gospel assigned to this Sunday.
The old building is going into a ruin now having passed through many uses. However the carving stands out as a witness to the Victorian people who built it. They saw the work of helping the deaf and the dumb as part of and indeed an expression of Christ's Ministry to the deaf and the dumb of his day. Nowadays wonderful things are done by people with these handicaps. The sign language is so efficient and many learn it and the computer has transformed communication - even inventing an artificial voice and implants in the skull so people can hear. Father Morrisey's sister had one fitted.
However the world of the deaf and dumb has not always been like that and the malady must have meant isolation for so many - cut off from the "hearing" and "talking" world . It still is not an easy thing to contend with is it? Our Lord released the man from this isolation in private. Our Lord took him apart from the crowd and did something unusual - he put his fingers into the man's ears and put spit from his mouth into the mouth of the man. Then the man could hear and talk normally and there was great rejoicing.
In the Liturgy of Baptism we still re-enact this sign of our Lord. After Baptism and the anointing with the Chrism, the minister of Baptism touches with sign of the Cross the little lugs of the tiny child and blesses the little lips with the prayer that through these senses the child might learn to love and praise God. Isn't that a nice gesture going right back to this miracle of our Blessed Lord? You see there is none so deaf and dumb as those who have no faith.
Be patient with the deaf. I am getting deaf in my right ear!! Poor sight too might often be misinterpreted as "You ignored me!" when the poor person accused of such a thing actually could not see you! Think about it. Never talk in the presence of a deaf person with the presumption that they cannot hear you either. Many a relative has made this error and been left out of the Will!! In dying they say the last sense to go is the hearing. I always speak to the person when I am administering the Last Rites to tell them who I am and what I am going to do for them even when they appear unconscious.
Second collection FATHER JOHN FLYNN - THIS IS THE SUNDAY WE MAKE A SECOND COLLECTION FOR FR FLYNN. I KNOW YOU WILL SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION OF THE SERVICE HE HAS DONE IN THE PARISHES OF ST KENTIGERN AND ST EDWARD AND THE SCHOOLS AND ESPECIALLY ST EDWARDS AND LORETO HIGH. HIS MINISTRY HAS PRODUCED SUCH A WONDERFUL RESPONSE OF FAITH AND LOVE OF GOD IN THE YOUTH. YOU CAN SEE FROM WHAT FATHER WROTE LAST WEEK HOW MUCH HE DESERVES OUR GRATITUDE. BEING A UNIVERSITY CHAPLAIN DOES NOT BRING IN A GREAT SALARY YOU KNOW. THE DIOCESE KEEPS US CLERGY ON THE BORNERLINE OF TAX CREDITS!! (almost a joke there )
Today the Bishops want us to think of Racial Harmony and Justice. I am very impressed by the good relations so many of you have with neighbours who come from foreign parts to reside here. Some streets around here have only have three original households and those who have come from abroad are praised by these old parishioners as wonderful people who help them in every way and are most kind. That is the heart of racial justice - Christian love to all who are my neighbours. We have had so many second collections I don't want to have another but I will send a Donation on your behalf to the Bishops Fund for Racial Justice.
God bless you all,
Father Tom Connolly
RCIA. CONVERT CLASS BEGINS SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER IN THE HALL AT ST EDWARD'S CHURCH THURLOE STREET.M14 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH PLEASE SEE ONE OF THE CLERGY. There is no obligation - you are not forced to become a Catholic you know. You come to find out.
MARRIAGE CLASSES. All those marrying in the next 12 months should see the priest to fill in forms and book dates. The course of Preparation is mandatory and will take place in the afternoon of the last Sunday of January and all the Sundays of February at 2.30 - 4pm. It takes place in the Marian Room of St Kentigern's Social Club and is for all the couples marring in the local Catholic Parishes.
ST. THERESA'S RELICS. OUR PARISHES HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED 10.15AM ON SATURDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER. THE COACH WILL LEAVE HART ROAD AT ABOUT 9.30 ISH AND REURN ABOUT 1.30PM THERRE IS A MIDDAY MASS AT THE CATHEDRAL ALL WHO HAVE SIGNED UP - TURN UP. IF YOU CANNOT THEN LET ME KNOW SO I CAN GIVE YOUR PLACE TO SOMEONE ELSE. WE HAVE 65 SO FAR. YOU CAN GO ANYTIME PRIVATELY. THE CATHEDRAL WILL BE OPEN THROUGHOUT 24 HOURS.
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