Message From The Parish Priest
TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME B CYCLE. SEPTEMBER 13TH 2009 + YEAR OF THE PRIEST- 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST KENTIGERN'S SCHOOL.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
We have in today's Gospel account from St Mark (who was the scribe to St Peter) a very moving account of the reaction to our Blessed Lord's prediction of his fate. Our Lord described that he would suffer - grievously at the hands of the religious authorities - even listed them - "the elders, the Chief Priests, and the scribes and be put to death..."
For the poor apostles this was a terrible defeat - indeed an unthinkable outcome. They did not even hear the good bit - that after three days he would rise again. It is amazing how people are selective and only hear sometimes was they want to hear.
Here the apostles had just - through Peter, proclaimed Jesus their Master as THE CHRIST - the Saviour - the Anointed One and our Lord had sworn them to keep quiet about it. He did not want the popular misunderstanding of the nature of the Messiah to be a military and political one as it would have been. Indeed that is exactly what the Authorities stitched up our Lord on - claiming to be a King.
They were so horrified Peter was pushed forward as the Leader to tell our Lord that he had got it wrong ; it was not to be like this. They were on the winning side - not the losing side. Look at the great miracles - our Lord could not be a victim like this.
However - when Peter spoke like this you will notice if you re-read the account that Jesus turned from Peter's face and SEEING HIS DISCIPLES rebuked Peter in those very strict and final words "Get behind me Satan". Now - Peter never forgot that and Mark gives Peter's memory of the moment. I like to think that our Lord, seeing his disciples standing behind Peter knew at that moment that Peter - his first Vicar was trying to jeopardise their salvation and our Lord's Sacred Mission - to suffer and to die for us and our salvation. That was a big rock for Peter. Then our Lord gives us the sublime teaching from his sacred lips - the unique Christian teaching about losing your life in Christ if you are to find it - and to take up the Cross daily and not to avoid it or see it as a curse. To be a follower you have to embrace the Cross with Jesus.
Each of us, as St Theresa teaches us in her short life, has plenty of crosses per day without looking for new ones to do. Life brings crosses and joys you know. If you greet every suffering and set back and deprivation with the words "Thy will be done" or the words to the Sacred Heart : "O Sacred Heart of Jesus , I place all my trust in you, though, in all and despite all" you will experience the help of Christ Himself and really get into that term "follower of mine". It is only those who have borne the cross that enter into life - here on earth and in the world to come. The less cross were bear the more purgatory we will have to do folks.
It is worth it. You will have the crosses in any case - why not turn them into a means of salvation for your own souls and for the souls of others?
With these joyful thoughts I remain... your loving PP,
Father Tom Connolly
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT UNION DAY GREATER MANCHESTER CHAPTER PRESENTS A SOCIAL EVENING ON FRIDAY 16TH OCTOBER IN ST KENTIGERN'S SOCIAL CLUB 8PM TO MIDNIGHT- MUSIC BY LAZY RIVER , FOOD AND RAFFLE £6
Father Flynn's Collection: What a generous parish you are - over £600 collected last week for Father's Farewell Presentation when we get a date. We will probably have a Family Night in the St Kents Club for both Parish communities and present him with the final cheques then. I think this shows your appreciation for the tremendous zeal and love Father has put into the parish and the Schools. Well done.
BIDDING Prayers for 24th Sunday of Year B
Priest: Lord bearing your cross you redeemed the whole world. Give us the vision of faith as we come before you with our needs and the needs of the whole world.
Reader: For the successor of Peter, Pope Benedict, that the Lord may strengthen him in his divine mandate to witness to the Truth of Christ to the whole world - welcome or unwelcome. Lord hear us.
For all those nations weighed down with civil war and hunger and hateful ideologies - that the poor people may be rescued form their miseries. Lord hear us.
For the victims everywhere of terrorism and especially those who grieve over their dead from the 9/11 attack in New York 5 years ago and the London Bombings. Lord hear us.
For all of our community who have to bear the cross daily in every circumstance that they may have the courage to bear it with Jesus Christ our wounded healer. Lord hear us.
As we celebrate the power of the Cross we pray for all those called to teach and spread this Faith in our nation. Help them to engage with our culture and equip us for the task of bringing the faith to all the people and triumph against the nihilism of our culture. Lord hear us.
We commend to God all those who are suffering at this time and especially our sick: Martin Hoystead, Theresa Regan, Betty Wallace, Bridget Boyle and Maureen Moran. Lord hear us.
For all those who have died recently: Danielle Keelan ( Funeral 10.30 Monday) James White (funeral Service ONLY 12.30 Tuesday) Tom Brady, Peter Miskell, Mary Geraghty (11.30 Mass 19th Sept)
For all those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Pat Creamer (9am ) Martin Tivnan (6.30 Sunday), Norma Clavin (Vigil Mass) Mary Bilocha, Tommy Martin and Vera Jennings, Ian Campbell-Turner, Mary and Michael Stenson, Brian Williams, Mary Fagan and Mgt Stewart. Canon O'Brien
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed...
Mary most Holy, you stand now at the foot of countless crosses; assist your children in their prayers to the eternal Father. O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Father of tender Love, listen to the heartfelt prayers of your beloved people and hear and answer them according to your holy will. Through Christ our Lord . Amen.