Message From The Parish Priest
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C+ YEAR OF THE PRIESTS. + 2ND MAY 2010.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
MY DEAR PEOPLE,
Today our Risen Lord tells us that we as a community of the Faithful will be marked by our love for one another. When you think of the corporal works of mercy and the spiritual works of mercy you begin to understand just how marked Christianity is by the outpouring of help, tender love and compassion. Not many people know that the Catholic Church (despite the untrue propaganda) helps more people with AIDS than any other organisation in the world.
It therefore makes it even more sad that our Bishops have to write this Statement below. No Bishop in our country has been found guilty of covering a perverted member of the clergy around and yet they judge that it is needed for whatever reason they have. You will read it today in this bulletin and take note of it.
We have just buried Father Pat Keane, the retired Parish Priest of Burnage and you could never imagine a better and more kind and pure soul. The few who are corrupted and corrupting cast a shadow over us all. I am still proud to be a Catholic Priest and I have never found any kind of hostility in this neck of the woods for appearing as a priest - no not even from the drinking students on Wilmslow Road!!
God Bless you all,
Fr Tom Connolly
Statement by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales
Child abuse in the Catholic Church has been such a focus of public attention recently, that we, the Bishops of England and Wales, wish to address this issue directly and unambiguously.
Catholics are members of a single universal body. These terrible crimes, and the inadequate response by some church leaders, grieve us all.
Our first thoughts are for all who have suffered from the horror of these crimes, which inflict such severe and lasting wounds. They are uppermost in our prayer. The distress we feel at what has happened is nothing in comparison with the suffering of those who have been abused.
The criminal offences committed by some priests and religious are a profound scandal. They bring deep shame to the whole church. But shame is not enough. The abuse of children is a grievous sin against God. Therefore we focus not on shame but on our sorrow for these sins. They are the personal sins of only a very few. But we are bound together in the Body of Christ and, therefore, their sins touch us all.
We express our heartfelt apology and deep sorrow to those who have suffered abuse, those who have felt ignored, disbelieved or betrayed. We ask their pardon, and the pardon of God for these terrible deeds done in our midst. There can be no excuses.
Furthermore, we recognise the failings of some Bishops and Religious leaders in handling these matters. These, too, are aspects of this tragedy which we deeply regret and for which we apologise. The procedures now in place in our countries highlight what should have been done straightaway in the past. Full co-operation with statutory bodies is essential.
Now, we believe, is a time for deep prayer of reparation and atonement. We invite Catholics in England and Wales to make the four Fridays in May 2010 special days of prayer. Even when we are lost for words, we can place ourselves in silent prayer. We invite Catholics on these days to come before the Blessed Sacrament in our parishes to pray to God for healing, forgiveness and a renewed dedication. We pray for all who have suffered abuse; for those who mishandled these matters and added to the suffering of those affected. From this prayer we do not exclude those who have committed these sins of abuse. They have a journey of repentance and atonement to make.
We pray also for Pope Benedict, whose wise and courageous leadership is so important for the Church at this time.
In our dioceses we will continue to make every effort, working with our safeguarding commissions, to identify any further steps we can take, especially concerning the care of those who have suffered abuse, including anyone yet to come forward with their account of their painful and wounded past. We are committed to continuing the work of safeguarding, and are determined to maintain openness and transparency, in close co-operation with the statutory authorities in our countries. We thank the thousands who give generously of their time and effort to the Church's safeguarding work in our parishes and dioceses.
We commit ourselves afresh to the service of children, young people and the vulnerable in our communities. We have faith and hope in the future. The Catholic Church abounds in people, both laity, religious and clergy, of great dedication, energy and generosity who serve in parishes, schools, youth ventures and the care of elderly people. We also thank them. The Holy Spirit guides us to sorrow and repentance, to a firm determination to better ways, and to a renewal of love and generosity towards all in need.
22 APRIL 2010
Bidding Prayers for Fifth Sunday of Easter C
PRIEST: Father - you glorified your Son with the glory he had before the world began and all through his death and resurrection. May we rise above the sufferings you send us with a spirit of faith in the power of the resurrection and eternal life.
Reader: Our Lord calls us his "LITTLE CHILDREN". MAY WE ALWAYS BE TRULY HIS CHILDREN IN OUR WAY OF LIVING AND LOVING. Lord hear us.
That we may be empowered to live in our lives the new commandment given to us by Jesus before his death of loving , just as he loved us. We pray especially for those who have hurt us or have been unjust to us. Lord hear us.
We commend to God all who are called to witness to the power of Christ's love in the Missions fields of the Church and we particularly pray for our fellow believers in Pakistan who suffer much . Lord hear us
For the Jewish people who first heard your Covenant that they may find its fulfilment in the Resurrection. Lord hear us.
We ask the Lord to guide us in the General Election that we recognise the Christian moral issues as well as economic ones. Lord hear us.
We commend to the healing hands of the Risen Lord all our sick and those who care for them: Perry and Preston McDonagh, Martin Hoysted, Mary Colbert, Margaret Levy, Margaret Quinn, P J Connolly, Gerry Gallagher, Eddie Kenny, John Lydon, Maureen Waring, Philomena Gaughan.Lord hear us.
Christ vanquished the power of death - bring to resurrection and eternal life those who have died - Mary Page, Liam Keating, Sean Barnes. Afram Zaer and those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Elizabeth Coughlin, (VIGIL MASS), Marjorie Griffin, Marjorie Garrett, Stuart and Stanley Dale, Anastasia Kinsella, Sarah Lindley (6.30 Sunday )
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of... Mary is the Mother of all the living. O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. HAIL MARY...
Priest. Look on your People with kindness and through the celebration of the Easter mysteries - bring our faith to its fulfilment in heaven. Hear and answer our prayers. Through Christ our Lord.