Message From The Parish Priest
TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME + CYCLE B READINGS. 23rd AUGUST 2000. YEAR OF THE PRIEST
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Firstly can I remind you of the Requiem Masses being offered on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August for all those buried in Southern Cemetery at 11am near the RC Chapel. Bring a seat if you need one. If it looks like rain bring an umbrella.
Moston Cemetery and Wardley Cemetery are also hosting Mass at 11am on the same day. If wet for Moston Mass, go to St Dunstan's.
Today in the holy Gospel we have our Lord's sublime teaching at the conclusion of this Chapter 6 of the Gospel according to John.
He was willing to lose even the Twelve Apostles if they could not trust his word on his real presence in the Blessed Sacrament. The followers who had been devoted to our Lord said "This is intolerable language" and so it is. It is the Mystery of Faith. The Bread and the Chalice raised at Mass is not Bread and Wine any more after it is consecrated by a true Priest. It is changed into Christ's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. You see and taste bread and wine. The reality is THIS IS MY BODY- THIS IS MY BLOOD - TAKE AND EAT TAKE AND DRINK. This is our Lord's command. You must eat the flesh and blood of the Lord until he comes again in Glory if you are to live with His life. It is the Presence sacrament through which Jesus comes into our souls as well as our Tabernacles. It is the food sacrament for he comes at the Bread which brings us eternal life. It is the Sacrifice sacrament because it is Jesus's offering on the Cross continued through space and time and becomes the sacrifice which takes away the sins of the whole world.
Now that is a lot to take in isn't it but it is totally true. Jesus Christ is bodily present in his risen state and therefore can pass into the bread and wine like he passed through the locked doors of the upper room to greet the apostles on Easter Day.
For Jesus to turn to the Twelve and say "Will you too go away..." is amazing. He was willing to lose them if they did not pass this test of faith. They did not know how Jesus would give us his flesh and blood to eat. Peter's answer is the one you would expect from the first Pope "Lord to whom should we go? You have the message of eternal life and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God". How about that for a perfect act of faith? Good Saint Peter - always says the right thing in the end and sums the faith up for all of us believers just like pope Benedict.
May we never take Jesus' Presence for granted and especially in making a good Holy Communion and giving proper attention to our thanksgiving after we have received Holy Communion. Reverence the Presence of Jesus in the Tabernacle of he Altar when you enter the Church by genuflecting well.
Hope you have all had a little break from the drudge of routine this summer.
Father Tom Connolly.
Bidding prayers for 21st Sunday of Year B
Priest:The sublime Gift is Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - with such a great gift he will refuse nothing we ask from his Father in his Holy Name.
Reader:Through the gift of Christ in Communion may our unity be increased and all men believe because of the unity we live in our faith as Catholics. Lord hear us.
For the persecuted brethren burnt out of their villages in India and in Pakistan and Iraq recently - that the good Shepherd may watch over them and protect them from those who hate them for their faith in Christ. Lord hear us.
We pray for all who share in the Priestly Ministry in this Year of the PRIEST. May all priests be faithful to the High Priest in their celibate calling to love Christ and his people above all other love. Lord hear us.
For the sick, who rely on the Lord coming to them to strengthen them: Martin Hoysted, Mary Royle, Kevin McNulty, Fr. Pat Keane, Agnes Halligan, Marjorie Walsh, Teresa Regan, Bridget Boyle, Maureen Moran, Bernard Cummings, Paul Bell, Maureen Waring, Brendan Enniss, Rachel Butt. Lord hear us.
For all those who have died, that Christ may show them his Holy Face in the bliss of Heaven: Tom Brady, Mary Williams, Zoltan Molnar, Mary O'Shaughnessy, Mary Mackesey, Margaret Walsh, Jimmy Collins, Frank Murphy, Martin Horan, Jimmy Durkin, Paddy Joe Murphy
John Bohan (11am) Kathleen McHugh (9am) Afram Zaer, John Smith, John Kennedy and Charles Heeran
May their souls and the souls of...
Mary is the mother of all the living and the one who gave us her Divine Son. O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee. HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE...
Priest: Listen O Lord to these payers and petitions of the Holy People of God and hear and answer them through Christ our Lord. Amen.