Message From The Parish Priest
TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY OF YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME B "YEAR OF THE PRIEST"
27TH SEPTEMBER 2009.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
Next Friday is Family Fast Day and I would like parents to explain to their young ones the need for us as Believers to share our money with the hungry and the needy in the corporal works of mercy which is also to cloth the naked and feed the hungry and shelter the homeless poor and so on. The envelopes are at the back of the Church.
Our Lord's admonition today is as severe as he could make. "If anyone is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, it would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a great mill stone around the neck!!".. Now you cannot get much tougher than that and this is from the lips of the Incarnate Word - the Sinless one - the one who is the light of the world and its Saviour. So it is a severe warning.
What does our Lord mean by that? Why does he put such great emphasis on this one thing? Well it is fundamental is it not? To put off a child from the way of faith is to destroy that which God has made. How many adults today neglect their duties to their little ones and , following their own desires neglect their little ones and prefer their own interests? Many, I am afraid. With people not marrying and bearing children they often find that a few years down the line the father has done a runner and the poor kids find that daddy is no longer present to them in the way he was before. Even some mums have left too in my experience. God designed marriage for our good and by and large it takes two parents to bring up kids. Now the powers that be have made it legal for a child to have two females on the birth certificate as "Mothers" - what a farce. What damage is done to the "little ones" as they grow up with two men or two women as "parents" - it defies belief but that is what the government has made a legally binding item of law and in so doing closed sown Catholic adoption services. Fr Flynn was telling me that the University Catholic Society cannot appear on its own platform at the Uni because to be affiliated to the Student Union you have to suscribe to the Abortion Reform Society and every other immoral cause they support so it is hard luck for the RCs. We are nicely excluded from public life - reminds me a bit of totalitarianism. This is the cost of witness these days to the truth. The Catholics stand alone - believe me - as a Body.
There is more to come with the suicides thing. The Law officers have come up with a wonderful ruse of making assisted suicide legal. They say as long as you don't benefit from the will and the person is not being forced to take their own lives - you can go ahead. Can you imagine trying to prove the case. The one who is dead will not be around to witness. The ones alive will certainly say that granny wanted to go and had had enough and who can say otherwise? It is a charter for murder. How rotten is the body politic? All this affects our children you know and the general state of the nation. Pope John Paul called it the culture of Death. We kill 200,000 a year in abortion and now we going to do it at the other end. Sin is a great evil and institutionalised sin is even worse because it teaches the people that if it is legal it is okey to do and it is not. God's law is paramount and if people keep defying it there will be big trouble for that community and I think we already experience this "big trouble".May the visit of St Theresa's holy remains bless us and our city and our country and bring us back to the Lord our God so that we avoid being "thrown into hell where the worm does not die no the fire go out." to quote our Blessed Lord.
Now - that should cheer you all up!!
Father Tom Connolly
FATHER PARKINSON IS BEING INDUCTED AS PARISH PRIEST OF ST BERNARDS ON 9TH OCT AT 7.30. MAY GOD BLESS HIM.
FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES. The Special Mass to inscribe them and to sign them up for the Sacramental Programme will be on Sat 3rd Oct at the 6.30 Vigil Mass. They will be given a candle lit to remind them of the Baptismal Promises.
FAITH MAGAZINE IS ON SALE AT £1 AT THE BACK OF CHURCH IN St Kentigerns.
ST KENTIGERNS NEEDS EXTRA DRIVERS FOR THE MINIBUS TO BRING THE FRAIL TO MASS ON A SUNDAY AT 11. IT MEANS YOU BEING HERE AT 10.10 TO DO THE TWO TRIPS. TOM COLBERT WILL TAKE YOU ROUND THE HOUSES. AND YOU DELIVER BACK AFTER THE MASS. YOU MUST BE UNDER 70 AND HAVE A CLEAN DRIVER'S LICENCE. PLEASE SEE ONE OF THE CLERGY OR MR COLBERT.
XAVERIAN COLLGE WILL BE HAVING TWO OPEN DAYS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS ON SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER FROM 10.30 - 2PM AND SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER 12.30 - 4PM. THE DAYS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE CAMPUS AND DISCUSS POSSIBLE COURSES AND OTHER MATERS WITH TEACHING STAFF AND SENIOR TUTORS. FO FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT XAVERIAN COLLEGE ON 224 1781. Support Catholic Education- (fr T.C.).
BIDDING PRAYERS FOR TWENTYSIXTH SUNDAY B.
Priest: At this moment of Divine Beatitude as the saint of God, Theresa of the Child Jesus' relics are sojourning in our Diocese we seek the abundant gift of Divine love which she lived and which she taught in her journal and in her life. May our prayers of petition be heard as St Theresa will help us.
Reader: In the saints we have our friends in heaven who care for us on earth on our Pilgrim way - may the prayers of St Theresa help us to plumb the depths of the love God has for us all and have the grace to respond to it. Lord in your mercy. Hear our Prayer.
The way of spiritual childhood is given to us all in the example of Theresa's life - be with us and all our dear children in the struggle of life that we may trust in God in all things. Lord in your mercy.
May the world of nuclear weapons not over take us in Iran - bring all our Armed Forces home after their struggles - safe and sound. Lord in your mercy.
For all the new students in our midst who are away from their homes for the first time - that they may make friends quickly and be successful in their studies. Lord in your mercy.
We commend to God the sick and the frail - St Theresa spent all her life in ill health - may her prayers touch our sick and help them to offer their sufferings up with Jesus on the Cross- Peggy Forkan, Martin Hoysted, Peter Huten, Don Halliday, Maureen Waring, Eva Christie, Maureen Moran, Jean Corrigan, Bridget Boyle. Lord in your mercy.
For all those who have been born through death to eternal life, that they may enjoy the company of the saints in heaven: Tom Brady, John McNicholas, Patrick McGoff, Gary Devine, Hanna Dalzell
For all those souls whose anniversary falls bout this time: Jim Hannah (6.30 Sunday), Bill Everitt (VIGIL). Mary Finan, Francis Dutton, Vera Jennings, Stuart Dale, Eileen Kennedy, Austin Brady (9am) Rosemary Nolan, Miskell Family, Anna Downey, Cyril Dunne, Bernard, Catherine and Brian Grourke
May their souls, O Mary Conceived without Sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Priest: Lord you always listen to the prayers of your children in their needs. We approach your throne of mercy with St Theresa's support. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.