Message From The Parish Priest
NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME+ C + 8th AUGUST 2010.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit - be it the second watch of the night or the third - stand ready." These holy words of our Saviour ring in our ears don't they? "Stand ready" - ready for what?? Stand ready for the Master's return. In a way Jesus refers to the ordinary experience of life in his era - the servant and the Master situation. If the Master is away for a long time the servants might play up and think he will never come back and so neglect their duties. "Blessed in the servant whom the Master finds faithfully at his duties" our Lord says.
What this is really about in parallel is the moment of our meeting after our death or at death with our Blessed Lord. We must be ready for the Master's return whether at the end of Time or my own end of Time - the conclusion of my life.
With so many dying in the two parishes these last two weeks it is very appropriate. So - I hate to be a misery - but you do not know neither the day nor the hour so stand ready and be dressed for action for when the Master (our Lord) returns. The lamp must be lit - that is the lamp of faith - the light of faith and love in the soul - sanctifying grace. Your heart must not have grown cold and your actions should be ones that go to serve the Divine master - not the Enemy - the Ancient Enemy, Lucifer. We must be loyal to Jesus and belong to him and keep to his Divine Teaching which is our freedom and our guarantee of happiness. Unity with Pope Benedict, Christ's Vicar on earth is essential. Faithfulness when so many leave the life of faithfulness to the Church of God is indeed a great virtue.
If you know of any who are sick and should see a priest do not be a afraid of letting one of us know. So often folk die without seeing a priest or are sick for along time and never get Communion. You would be doing a spiritual work of mercy if you contacted us about them.
This is true of all of us. If you learn that you are suffering from a life threatening illness - seek the Sacrament of the Sick - the anointing. So often this sacrament is the one which will give you courage and hope in overcoming the illness. It will help you to full of faith in the midst of suffering and so remain with your lamp of faith intact and brightly burning.
In our city many poor souls die such violent deaths and it leaves us all with a hurt and a shadow. You know evil deeds deeply effect the social fabric of the society we belong to. Frank Duff, the Founder of the Legion of Mary used to say that if a big number live in mortal sin in a street, one can feel it . So when a large criminal element commits great evils even though I am not the victim, nevertheless I, as an individual feel the badness. "Ask not for whom the bell tolls - it tolls for thee" John Donne said. It is even worse for those who experience such things first hand. They come into contact with it directly and it is fearful.
Jesus tells us not to be overcome by evil. Do not let it overwhelm you or dominate you. Our Lord has vanquished evil - it is doomed to its own destruction and will not win in the end. Only our Lord's Resurrection wins in the end. So - think about that and believe it.
Father Tom Connolly
FAITH MAGAZINE IS ON SALE AT £1.
FR MAURICE MURPHY CELEBRATED 70 YEARS AS PRIEST LAST WEDNESDAY AT THE LITTLE SISTERS. IS THAT NOT A RECORD? I WENT TO SEE HIM WITH FR FERNANDEZ AND WE HARDLY GOT A WORD IN SUCH WAS HIS ALERTNESS AND CONNECTION.
REQUIEM MASS IN SOUTHERN CEMETERY AND ST MARYS, WARDLEY and St Joseph's WILL BE HELD IN THE OPEN AIR ON Bank Holiday Monday 30th August at 11am. Bring a fold up chair and umbrella.
Pope's Mass of beatification in Birmingham. Would those who are going please pay "St Kentigern's Parish A/C" £25? Inc cost of coach and Pilgrim Pack. Pay £10 if you are down for London, Hyde Park Vigil. Inc day pass for London Transport.
GAPOLUNYA FOUNDATION APPEAL.Lydia writes: This is a thank you to all parishioners and friends that supported our Fund Raising. I am happy to announce that we raised £2000 towards our Project. God Bless you all. There is hope because of people like you. Take care...Lydia Ina (Founder) 613 7985
ALLOTMENT HOLDERS. REMEMBER YOUR CLERGY WHEN YOU ARE CUTTING THOSE JUICY CABBAGES AND DIGGING THOSE LOVELY SPUDS AND PICKING THOSE RUNNER BEANS AND SALAD THINGS WON'T YOU?
BIDDING PRAYERS FOR 19th Sunday of the Year C
Priest: Let us pray to Almighty God, by whose love all people are sustained and restored.
Reader: May Jesus the great Shepherd protect his flock the Church and lead those back who have strayed from his teaching. Grant to all the grace of true repentance and the joy of knowing forgiveness. Lord hear us.
As the peoples wander like lost sheep - guide them into the way of peace - grant them the vision of your Holiness to those who seek to destroy the virtue of Faith especially in our youth. Lord hear us.
Give us the grace to sympathise with those who are in sorrow and life's crosses - make quick to go out to others in compassion to those in need of our support. Lord hear us.
Comfort those who are sad because the ones they love are far from them - bless the lonely, the widowed and those exiled from their land. Lord hear us.
For those who are sick that the Good Lord may be with them and help of them to bear their suffering: Martin Hoysted, Mary Colbert, Mary Moran, Betty Wallace, Annie Carney, John Lydon, Sheila Ansboro. Lord hear us.
Grant rest and peace to all the dead, through the mercy of Christ who came into the world to save us all and we pray for those who have died recently: Patricia McCarthy, Thomas Cosgrove and Samuel Johnston and all whose anniversaries fall about now: Molloy and Grennan Families, Duffy Family (SUNDAY EVENING), Rosemary Nolan, Mary Greenhalch, Patricia McGregor, Herbert Littlewood, Sarah Russell, Roseann McFarlane, Edward Russell, Bridie Fergus and Tony Hallinan.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Our Lady was Assumed into Heaven Body and soul and is the first fruits of Christ's victory over death - we salute her and honour her: O Mary, Conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Priest: Listen to our humble prayer O Lord as we gather around this holy altar and in your mercy raise us up and increase our faith. Through Christ our Lord.