Message From The Parish Priest
TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME + 30th AUGUST 2009. CYCLE B Readings. + YEAR OF THE PRIEST.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
"Clean and unclean" - these categories mark the great world religions you know - or did until our Lord came to us and pronounced all things to be clean. St Peter had to be given a vision of the sheet with all the animals in it. A voiced said "kill and eat" and St Peter said "I cannot - they are unclean." God said "Who said they are unclean?" From then on the dietary laws of the old Covenant were abolished. Even today there are many religions which forbid certain animals to be eaten or even any kind of flesh and are effectively veggies. The Muslims and the Jews do not touch pork.
Our Lord teaches us that it is not the food that goes in the mouth that makes us unclean but rather the things which emerge from a man's heart or even his soul. It is there that the evil intentions are formed and Our Lord lists them. Here they are:- fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, pride and folly. All these evils come from within - not from outside through food. Think upon that. What would our Lord say about the Gay Pride Procession in Manchester !?
Fr Tom Connolly
Father John Flynn. This will be his last Sunday offering Holy Mass for us in this Parish as the Assistant Priest after exactly three years of Pastoral Ministry. He began on this Sunday three years ago. I have asked him to write the "MESSAGE" this week and I thank him from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful work he has done here and for the personal support and friendship we have had together. WE WILL HAVE A RETIRING COLLECTION FOR HIM NEXT SUNDAY AT ALL THE MASSES AT ST KENTIGERNS AND ST EDWARDS. I will invite Father Flynn back soon to the club one Sunday night so we can give him his gift from you generous folk as he takes up the post of Chaplain at the University of Salford and Diocesan Press Officer.
FATHER PINTO returns this week on the 3rd Sept and I want to thank him for the two months of really helpful Supply he has done in order to allow me and Fr Flynn and Fr George to take vacation. He will be studying in Rome from October. He will come back here to offer Mass for the Indian Catholics for our Lady's Birthday.
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES BEGIN THIS WEEK. The Divine Mercy School will take the former pupils of St Edwards and Bishop Bilsborrow and a fine building it is too in Maine Rd. Loreto High did well t GCSE and all is in hand and if Catholic parents continue to send their children, the school will do brilliantly with them. We wish all staff and students a good term ahead. Xaverien VI Form College did brilliantly again - well done to all.
GOLDEN WEDDING Well done Margaret and Tommy Sheehy on their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Papal Blessing in on its way.
FULL IRISH RADIO SHOW AND IRISH FESTIVAL AND FAMILY DAY OUT SUNDAY 30TH AND MONDAY 31ST AUGUST AT BURNAGE RUGBY CLUB, VARLEY RD INDUST ESTATE, BATTERSEA RD HEATON MERSEY, STOCKPORT, SK4 3EA. FROM NOON UNTIL 6PM ADULTS £5 CHILDREN £2.50
The Legendary Larry Cunningham, Kevin Prendergast, The Ranchers, Michael Muldoon, Keegan-Kennedy dances, Jimmy Cricket - after the show at St Kentigern Social Club Hart Rd Fallowfield with the majority of the acts above appearing there - Gaelic foot ball competition - hot and cold food, family fun races, bouncy castle and MORE ON MONDAY RATTLE AND REEL. LALLY SCHOOL OF DANCING, THE BECKETS, SHAKE THE BARLEY, OLLIES MULOOLEYS LEGENDARY TRAD DISCO PLUS TWO SURPRISE GUESTS AND MANY MORE THINGS - COME ALONG AND HAVE A GREAT DAY OUT - LOADS OF STALLS
BIDDING PRAYERS FOR 22 SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B
Priest: My dear friends let us pray to the Lord who has made all of us clean through the cleansing waters of Holy Baptism that from pure hearts we may seek the Lords help in all our needs.
Reader: The great religions of the BOOK - that the God of Abraham may bring all to Christ his Son. We pray for all who are called to leave their own nations to bring that message to a waiting world abroad and we pray for the missionary work of the SMA Fathers. Lord hear us.
For all our fellow Christians who are persecuted and especially for those seven churches in Iraq destroyed by fanatics who hate us - for the Christian and fellow Catholic people of Iraq in their hour of need. Lord hear us.
For the economic situation and for all whose jobs are going or have gone - that they do not lose hope - that life itself is still a great and wonderful gift. Bring jobs for people to earn their bread Lord. Lord hear us.
For those who parade glorifying immorality - that the Good Shepherd may bring home the wondering sheep. Lord hear us.
For our priest Father John Flynn, that the Lord who has called him to Priestly service may continue to fill him with his gifts and guide him in the new apostolate assigned to him by the Bishop. Lord hear us.
For all who are weighed down by sin that they may approach our Lord in the Holy sacrament of Penance and find pardon and peace for their souls. Lord hear us.
For all our dear sick that the Lord in his power may heal them and restore them if it is his holy Will: Martin Hoysted, Maureen Waring, Maureen Moran, Paul Bell, Bridget Boyle, Bernard Cummings, Brendan Enniss, Fr. Pat Keane, Jean Corrigan, Teresa Regan, Kathleen Donnelly Lord hear us.
May God let his face shine upon us and let his face shine upon those who have died: Kathleen Walsh (Vigil Month's Mind), Mary Geraghty (9am), Deceased Membes of the Molloy and Grennan Families (11am), Tommy Brady, Michael Fox, Olive Walsh AND
For all those who we have loved in life but do not forget in Death - Patrick Cahill, Joseph Malynn. Joe Page. Mary Woodworth and Barry Smith.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed...
Mary is the one God Chose to bring His Son to a waiting world - O Mary, conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of Grace...
Priest: O Lord and Eternal Father of Mercies - you to listen to our heartfelt prayer. In your tender love for Christ's flock- hear and answer our petitions which we make through Christ our Lord. Amen.