Message From The Parish Priest
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR. + 1ST AUGUST 2010.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
It is good to be back after one week away. I was in a lovely little cove in the most Easterly part of the Spanish nation - Menorca and happened to be there on the feast of St James the Apostle and he is the local saint of the Parish.
What fun they had with a procession through the streets after the Mass in national costume. They had a visitation of a group of riders on a local kind of breed of black horses - all stallions - which were ridden with amazing skills and did all kinds of tricks. The riders all wore a smart and ancient uniform and attended Mass whilst the horses were looked after outside the church.
There was a great funfair for the families and loads of kids and teenagers came and no trouble or drunkenness at all was seen at least by me!! The local food was being served with a drink which consisted of Gin and Lemon-juice was being consumed everywhere. But you see Spain is still blest with family life and folk marry and tend to stay married when they have their kids so it shows - God's Plan actually works for our happiness.
The last Rider was the Parish Priest himself who got a big ovation and wore a different kind of uniform from the rest but was a good a rider as any. Don't ask me to ride a horse. I tried it in Ireland when I was 12 and nearly broke every bone!
I always have time to reflect on human life when I am on a lazy holiday. One cannot help but observe the kinds of passing fellow pilgrims as we all re create ourselves and enjoy the change and the rest. We all share a common humanity - young and old.
I am particularly struck by the families with young kids and the dynamic of being parents and being a child with siblings and to see the reactions and responses families make within one another's circle. Family life is so, so precious isn't it? I can remember with great warmth and gratitude the wonderful summers, spent on my grandparent's farm in Co Galway. This City of Manchester kid was chasing the cockerel and gathering the eggs in hidden parts of parts of barns. We gathered in the hay or turned it. We helped Uncle Joe bring in the turf, dried out in the August sun. We make the tea and took up the brack to the men harvesting - we watched the cows being milked, the pigs fed, and saw the horse being watered and we joined in the Angelus and the Rosary with my maiden aunt Tess (then) and uncle Joe and granny and granddad. What a dream it was.
Caravan in North Wales too, with my mother and my aunt Ethel - the lovely beaches and the rocks and dunes and sea and hearing the wind around the caravan at night. All these precious experiences showed me I was loved and cared for by those close to me. It never entered my head that I was not! I was always with one or two of my brothers as well.
This is the "Storing up of the treasure in Heaven" isn't it? The time and love people invest in children and virtue is stored up in Heaven. Shrouds don't have pockets and our kids are our treasure. We should not "spoil" them but we should love them tenderly and give them good formation for life. Riches will not guarantee anything. Having the Dosh helps of course. Without it we are hard up - but it must not be all and the end all. This is what our Lord is teaching us in the holy Gospel today. Long live Married Life and God Bless all you mummies and daddies who give such good formation to your little ones - it will come back to you like bread on the water- believe me - it is worth the struggle!
Fr Tom Connolly
PAPAL VISIT. THE LISTS ARE FINALIED NOW AND CLOSE. SAY THIS PRAYER FOR THE VISIT OF POPE BENEDICT WON'T YOU. HE IS A MOST WONDERFUL AND WISE UNIVERSAL PASTOR AND SPEAKS WITH THE HEART AND MIND OF THE OUR BLESSED LORD. HE SOES NOT SPEAK AS THE WESTERN CULTURE SPEAKS. THAT CULTURE IS DOOMED TO FAILURE. EVEN THE SUMPREME COURT JUDGES HAVE LOST THE PLOT ENTIRELY.TYPE HERE THE PRAYER FOR HE PAPAL VISIT I HAVE ENCLOSED.
WELCOME BACK TO FATHER GEORGE AFTER HIS MONTH AT HOME.
WELCOME TO FATHER PAUL FERNANDEZ O.P WHO IS SUPPLYING UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST- WE ARE SO GRATEFUL. HE PRESIDED AT THREE FUNERALS AT ST EDWARDS WHEN I WAS AWAY LAST WEEK!
37th Annual Rosary Crusade. Sat 11th Sept 2.30 - 4.30 in Platt Fields Park - near the church of Holy Trinity, Plat. Fr Connolly is the guest Preacher. Special theme - PEACE AND RECONCILIATION THAT THEY ALL ME BE ONE! (LEGION OF MARY)
SALFORD DIOCEE PILGRIMAGE TO LADYEWELL NEAR PRESTON ON SATURDAY 4TH SEPT BEGINNING AT 2PM LED BY CANON ANTHONY McBRIDE. MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT 2PM IN THE NEARBY ST MARY'S CHURCH. TEA WILL BE SERVED AT 4PM AND DEPARTURES AT 4.30. IF A FEW WANT WE COULD USE THE MINIBUS. LET ME KNOW. FR T
FRANK McKee's Month's Mind Mass will be ---- wait and see
Bidding prayers for 18th Sunday in Ordinary time C.
Priest: Let us praise Christ the Holy God and ask that we may serve him in justice and holiness all the days of our lives.
Reader: We pray for the Universal church in all its many existences throughout the world - the persecuted church, the church weighed down with injustices or disasters - those deprived of freedom and dignity for the fidelity to the Pope in Underground China- for all Christians - Lord hear us.
Lord may we weigh carefully the good of this world and value them in a way which does not distract us from the supreme love of God as my final goal and my final end. Lord hear us.
For the success of the Holy Father's visit to Britain - that Pope Benedict's words and gestures maybe understood in the spirit of Christ and his Gospel. Lord hear us.
For all those families suffering the death of those they love - for parents who have lost their children as babies or as adults - for spouses who are widowed. Lord hear the cry of your people and comfort them in their need. Lord hear us.
For all who are going or are on holiday at this time - that they return safe and sound and refreshed in mind and in body and spirit.. Lord hear us.
For all the sick and those who are at he shrine of the Immaculate Mother in Lourdes with our Bishop on the Diocesan Pilgrimage at this time.
That the Lord may strengthen them and restore them: , Lord hear us. Martin Hoysted, Mary Colbert, Gerry Driscoll, Michael Connolly, Nora Deegan, Sheila Ansero, Ethel Jones, Betty Wallace, Mary Sherratt, John Lydon. Lord hear us.
For all who have died recently that they may gaze upon the Beatific Vision of God forever: Rose McLoughlin, Bridie Keary (VIGIL MASS MONTH'S MIND), Frank McKee, Ted Tierney, Anne Bracken, Patricia McCarthy.
For those whose anniversaries fall about now:.Harry Comiskey, 11 am Mass , Michael Cahill, Peggy Gordon (9AM), Margaret Boyd (6.30 Sunday night), Kathleen Walsh.
May their souls and the souls of all...
Mary is the one who appeared to Bernadette in Lourdes and mother of all the living and the first fruit of the Lord's salvation. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. - Hail Mary..
Priest: Father, in the World of human need it was your will that your Son should serve and not be served to give and not to count the cost. Accept our prayers and help us to be like Him. Through the Same Christ our Lord. Amen.