Message From The Parish Priest
THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B + YEAR OF THE PRIEST. 15th November 2009.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
Yes - it is scary. What with modern video reprographics we can begin to imagine the end of Time which our Blessed Lord refers to in the Gospel today. The end of the world will be a truly Cosmic event. There will be no escaping and it will be clearly manifest to all. Ed Balls had better run for it, for the Archangel Michael will be after him for trying to impose his immorality by Law on our school children!!
But won't we all be frightened? Our Lord tell us ..."in those days, after the time of distress - the sun will be darkened, the moon too, the stars start to fall and THEN THEY WILL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN GREAT POWER AND GLORY - HE WILL SEND THE ANGELS TO GATHER HIS CHOSEN...etc. Pray that we will be in the chosen.
The world and the entire universe is a created thing and created things do not last forever. God has given it a timeframe and Christ will come when it is all done and he will be ALL in all and through all and be triumphant. The world as we know it is passing. This is what gave the martyrs such courage. They could see clearly the limitations of this passing world and were full of faith in their Divine Master's ultimate triumph over those who could kill them and torture them. As our Lord himself said to Pilate "You would have no power over me at all unless it was given you from above."
This is always true. We must be always on Christ's side in our fight with the powers of the Enemy, Satan. He is real and he is the fallen Archangel Lucifer who rebelled against God in Heaven. St Michael put him and his cohort down and they dwell in Hell but wonder around like a lion (St Peter says) looking for people to devour. Make sure we are well protected by our frequent use of the Saving Sacrament of Confession and the Blessed Eucharist. It is the antidote to the Evil One.
No one is happier than the soul who is under the gentle rule of Christ our Lord. That person has gained mastery of his/her own soul and is not buffeted this way and that but is on a smooth course to the Harbour which is Christ in Heaven - the Father and the Spirit - with our Lady and all the Saints.
Keep that firmly in your focus and you won't go far wrong.
Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the Universal King and National Youth Sunday.
Father Tom Connolly.
CHRISTMAS FAIR NEXT SUNDAY AFTER THE 11AM MASS. DO COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE SURE YOU BRING THINGS FOR FOLK TO BUY. See notice.
NEW YEAR DRAW TICKETS ARE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. THEY ARE IN BOOKS OF FIVE AND ARE £2.50 PER BOOK. DO TAKE A FEW AND SEE IF YOU CAN COMPETE WITH THE EURO LOTTO AT £45MILLION !!
WEDNESDAY AT 7.30 WE HAVE A MEETING IN THE PRESBYTERY OF THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO RUN THE CHRISTMAS FAIR SO DO COME AND ALL NEWCOMERS ARE WELCOME. Helpers come at 2.30pm Saturday to help set up the goodies from the house to the Stalls in the club.
Calling the OAPs. The Catholic Chaplaincy students at the University of Manchester next to the Holy Name want to invite a group of you (13) to a Christmas Dinner which they will prepare and serve. This will be on Sunday 6th Dec at 2.30 and transport will be laid on if you need it. Places are limited so please see Fr Tom Connolly is you want to be included. First come, first served!
TUESDAY NEXT Deanery Conference will be held at St Kentigerns and there will be a Concelebrated Mass for the dead of the Deanery a Midday.
Bidding Prayers 33rd Sunday
Priest: Lord accept these prayers we offer you and grant that your Church may experience the power of your Holy Spirit and receive an answer to all our prayers.
Reader: For the whole world and especially the Middle East and Iraq and Afghanistan - that the conflicts and wars of mankind may never lead us to despair for Peace in the world. O Prince of Peace come to our aid and the aid of our fellow men and women and fellow Christians who suffer in these conflicts. Lord hear us...
For all our youth - so precious in God's eyes - that they may experience the love of the Lord for them and experience our love for them. Safeguard them from the pitfalls that can so hurt them and damage their relationships. Lord. Lord hear us.
For all who are dying in our parish communities that the fear of death may be lifted from their hearts and that they will know the power of your saving love and hold their heads high. Lord hear us.
For our Armed Forces and especially members who are our parishioners - that they may return home after their tour of duty safe and well to their families. Lord hear us.
For all those who are suffering and sick and for those who care for them: Elizabeth Wallace, Martin Hoysted, Teresa Regan, Peggy Forkan, Tony Phelan, Maureen Waring, Father Wilson, Father Keane, Tom Sharkey, Mary Teresa May. Lord hear us.
For all those who have died recently : Bernard Cummings, Mary Davis, Mary Fox (9am Month's Mind Mass)
AND for all those souls in Purgatory and on the November dead lists and those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Sean Daly (Vigil) Adrian Fisher, Jessica Fagan, McKenna and Mim-na families, Anthony Gillen , Patrick Russell.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace . Amen.
Mary is the Hope of all Believers and the true light for the souls in purgatory, we honour her: O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...
Priest: O Lord we commend ourselves and all our expressed needs and the needs of the whole world to your loving Providence. When you come in Glory, count us as one of your flock. Hear and answer us in your great mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.