Message From The Parish Priest
THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME. CYCLE B + 8TH NOVEMBER 2009. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY. YEAR OF THE PRIEST
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Today is Remembrance Sunday and we have the main Mass today as a Requiem for all the War Dead. Many of you will have relatives who have died in the Wars of the last Century and some even those of this present series of conflicts. One thing is for sure - as long as man is on earth, conflicts will be present and the Armed Forces take the brunt of the hard decisions those who govern us have over such matters.
Today we commend the War Dead of our Nation to the Lord's loving and tender mercy. One thing for sure is that those who died in the last world war died defending our nation and our neighbours from the terrible tyranny of National Socialism and then Marxist-Leninism. These were really evil systems and had to be defeated. If we did not defeat them we would have become enslaved by a totally false and immoral way of living.
Sadly our nation is being let down by those who lead us. The European Court recently ruled that it was illegal for Italy to allow Crucifixes in State Buildings. The last ones who ordered down the Crucifixes were the Communists and the Fascists. Maybe this should tell us something of the anti Christian agenda of the EEC culture. It is organised against Pro Life and Family so watch out for the agenda and be aware so that our people did not and presently, do not die in vane upholding principles worth dying for.
I doubt if those dying for the freedom of their country ever thought that some of the abuse of that freedom that goes on now was what they were fighting for. When I was a hospital chaplain I remember an old man who was "bed-blocking" because they could not find a Home for him responding by saying "But you lot found me a place on the Western Front!" He was a survivor from the Battle of the Somme. As Kipling said -" the poor bl**** Infantry." And it is still the same isn't it? The armed Services are sent to War and often lack basics like boots and radios and yet their lives are at stake. A soldier's life is as precious as any other. Anyway we pray for them today at the Principal Mass. Thank God VCs are still been won by extraordinary valour. May it always be so.
Our Blessed Lord's comments about the people putting their money in the collection at the Temple tell us a lot. The wealthy gave but out of their surplus - the widow gave all she had - the widow's mite. Now, we must take it that this lesson is not about whether you give enough in the collection (but you might reflect upon that too), but more to do with the inward attitude which reflects a kind and generous heart. Eliza Doolittle's father would accept half a Crown as a reward but no more because he was afraid of becoming "careful" with his money if he had more. I suppose it is a danger that if you have a lot you are more conscious of conserving it. It is certain that those with little give more that they can afford in proportion. Our Lord knows your heart and he knows your secret acts of generosity and he knows if we are mean too!!! Nothing is hidden. The widow came out well didn't she and she did not know our Lord was watching her when she put her last coin in. Mother Teresa used to say that you will never know what the providence of God is like unless you make yourself experience it.
How true that is.
God Bless you all,
Father Tom Connolly
NOVEMBER DEAD LISTS. There is still time to return your dead Lists envelopes and the names will be placed in the Book and Masses are offered for all those whose names are written down.
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FORTY HOURS. SUNDAY AFTER NOON SOLEMN ENDING OF THE 40 HOURS WITH BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. Can I thank you all for responding so well to the Watching and Praying Rota, faithfully kept to and to our school whose teachers have been bringing the children to witness the wonderful scene of he Lord in the Eucharist exposed for so long for our Adoration. A little foretaste of Heaven. Each candle you saw lit had a name or names written on it and burned in honour of our Lord's really and truly Present. What a nice thing to know.
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Bidding Prayers for 32nd Sunday
Priest: We adore and praise our God who reigns above all the heavens. He is the Lord of all things and before him all creation is as nothing.
Reader: Lord be with us as we start this new week on this Day which you have called your own, move our hearts to seek you and our wills to serve you all our days. Lord hear us.
Preserve the clergy from the vices of the Pharisees - may they be humble servants of Christ and like the widow at the temple treasury; openhearted and kind. Lord hear us
Protect our Armed Forces wherever they are and may they stand for integrity and justice in their fight against those who see us as their enemy. Lord hear us.
Deepen our awareness of presence in this world; where there is conflict and war, hunger and injustice - help us to work for the good of all and especially our brothers and sisters scattered throughout the nations and for the suffering Catholic church in Iraq. Lord hear us.
For all those preparing for the sacrament of marriage in our community - that they may be given the gift of faithful and fruitful love and unity. May they be a blessing on their children and their children a blessing on them. Prosper family life O Lord and bless it as you blest the Wedding at Cana. Lord hear us.
Lord your servants are sick and long for healing and wholeness - we intercede for all our dear ones who are ill or frail and for their carers: Martin Hoysted, Tony Phelan, Peggy Forkan, Maureen Waring, Father Wilson, Tom Sharkey. Lord hear us.
For all those souls who have died recently: - Bridie Boyle and Mary Keady
AND for all the holy souls and all the Dead of the two World Wars and other conflicts on this Remembrance Sunday and all whose anniversaries fall about now and those in the November Lists: Bridget Lambe (VIGIL) Marjorie Featherstone, Carl Featherstone, Samuel and Kathleen Cole, Elise Gillen, Kathleen Colohan, Emily and William Jones, Bridget White, Paddy White and Marjorie Woods. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed thru the mercy of God, rest in Peace.
Mary is the Mother of all the Living and the Helper of the Holy Souls - we honour her: O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Priest: God our Father we offer you these prayers on this holy day of the Resurrection. In your mercy forgive our faults and perfect within us the gifts you have given in such abundance. Through Christ our. Amen