Message From The Parish Priest
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C + 11TH JULY 2010.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
The President has appointed a new Supreme Justice, Member of the Supreme Court who is so pro abortion you would have to search to find a more enthusiastic one. Partial birth abortion is her big thing. She loves to see babies heads crushed as they come out of the womb. Under Clinton she wrote the Law making it more "the better course to follow" in legal terms. We call this Western Civilisation? The tragedy is that President Obama in appointing her (and so many of her ilk) will usher the deaths of more black babes in the USA than ever before - so much for Civil Rights.
The parable of the GOOD SAMARITAN is forever in stone on the Carving bas relief frontage of the Manchester Royal Infirmary. The founders of that Hospital saw their work for the treatment of the sick as a continuation of the work of the Good Samaritan - binding up the wounds, pouring oil and vinegar into them - and making the victim or the sick person comfortable. Vast sums were raised from voluntary giving and many a doctor gave services free. Nobody got refused for lack of wealth. It was an age before the First World War when the Christian Faith permeated our culture and Islam had not shown its face here and all the others "isms". There will be no Christian symbol on any new Government building because it would be seen as divisive or offensive to others. One would be led to think that the Christian religion is not "BY LAW ESTABLISHED" which it is. The Head of State, our Queen, has to profess belief in the Church of England - a Christian religion. The House of Commons has a C of E chaplain and the Upper hourse has C of E Bishops as members.
However - let come to the point. The answer to "Who is my neighbour?" is given by our Blessed Lord in a way one could never forget.
The story is easy to understand - my neighbour is the one who needs my help - even though a Jew was not expected to have any dealing with Samaritans in our Lord's time Jesus makes it clear that religious divisions are disregarded when it comes to human need. Such is he Christian Faith.
But it goes deeper. The man who was robbed and beaten stands for the poor old humanity. The Samaritan is the one who represents Jesus Christ. He comes and finds us in this condition. He picks us up and put us on his own shoulders and his donkey (his body) and carries us. He pours the healing ointment of the sanctifying grace into the wounds - Baptism and the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar - his wine is the Precious Blood which acts as a disinfectant to our wounded nature. He carries us to the INN. What is the INN but the Holy Church of God - who takes us in and looks after us with our Lord's largesse (grace) until he comes again.
Such is the deeper meaning of the Parable. All the Parables have a deeper theological depth beyond the obvious moral of the story and at that deeper level it is only the believer can take it on board. I remember some young ones when I asked them the meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son told me it was about not wasting your money !!
By the way Frankie Mulgrew our Seminarian can do a great Mime in front of the Primary School kids of the Prodigal Son. He had staff and kids captivated for Assembly last week.
God Bless you all,
Father Tom Connolly
WEDDING BELLS. SAMANTHA BEVAN and ROBERT DERBY ARE GETTING MARRIED ON SATURDAY NEXT. CONTGRATUATIONS TO THEM.
SILVER WEDDING: CONGRATS TO DAXA and DEREK ROBSON WHO HAVE THEIR SILVER WEDDING ON 10TH JULY.
LEAVERS MASS AT 10.15 ON THURSDAY IN ST KENTIGERNS AND AT THE DIVINE MERCY SCHOOL 11AM ON FRIDAY. WE WISH OUR DEAR CHILDREN WELL AS THEY MOVE ON TO NEW SCHOOLS TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION.
MR JACKSON HAD HIS LEAVING MASS ON FRIDAY 9TH. What a man! What a Head! You know as well as I do if you have had a child at St Kents in the last ten years that he has made all the difference. We have been through a lot together - including Industrial Tribunals but all worthwhile and to improve the education of our children. It did improve immensely gaining OUTSTANDING in every area of school life and OUTSTANDING in nearly every area in the last one a few weeks ago. Few Manchester schools have achieved that my dear people. Mr Jackson is consulted by so many in Education about how he has achieved such great things for our children. It is an inspiration to see him at work. He is full of new ideas and tasks right up to the end of his professional career. In Sport too he has made our school excel to the point where we simply keeping winning everything that we enter. We wish him a long and happy and healthy retirement with gratitude in abundance. Fr Tom