Message From The Parish Priest
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER .+ 11TH APRIL 2010.+ DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
All this last week in the daily Sacrifice of the Mass we have been listening to the various Resurrection appearances of our Blessed Lord. You know every year I notice something different.
This year I have sensed a kind of playfulness of our Blessed Lord with the holy women and the apostles. The encounter with Mary of Magdala for example is wonderful. She comes before the sun has really risen in order to wash his slain corpse and she find the tomb empty and, looking in sees two men dressed in brilliant white garments sitting one where our Lord head was and the other where his feet lay. They tell her that he is not there with the rather daft question: "Who are you looking for?" They knew who she was looking for but they want to draw Mary's faith and love out more for her greater joy and surprise. She is still weeping for her Master's body had been stolen when our Lord appears and asks her the same question "Who are you looking for?" Imagine - ? As if our Lord did not know! Then he calls her name in the way that you mother perhaps called your name or your dad - as only they can and which perhaps was unique to them- "MARY" !! Could you not weep at that tender encounter - and kind of Peep- O- Boo of a child and a parent. Next think Mary is clinging to him, hugging him - she was a very touchy feely person you know. Our Lord tells her not to cling to him because he had not yet ascended to the Father - then she will be able to cling to him much closer and especially in the Blessed Sacrament of the Master's Risen Body present to us for all the ages until he comes again in glory. Now then - such is our encounter and he is like that with us you know. Peek a boo our Lord plays with us at times but only to burst our hearts with joy and utter surprise and delight- believe me I am telling you for I have experienced it many times.
You see in the Gospel for today - the game he plays with Thomas - come on then give me your finger - give me your hand, Thomas. Thomas is mortified about his lack of faith but our Lord isn't. He knows why he chose Thomas. Thomas, without touching says the greatest act of Faith - MY LORD AND MY GOD". We should say that when we look upon the Sacred Host raised by the priest at the consecration. And so we come to the shame we all feel about a certain number of corrupt clergy in the Catholic priesthood and consecrated life. The neglect of their Superiors and the cops sometimes in dealing with abuse is utterly shameful and beyond comprehension but the Church is not engulfed in a crisis. The Western world should be with its own sins of abortion and despising of kids; the abolition of Marriage and the kids abandoned. The now intend to corrupt our children even in the schools by telling them how good gay "marriage" is and where they can get a free condom or a contraceptive coil or whatever. This another form of abuse of our children but by the Government and by Law. In GB it has just been announced on Tuesday that OAP's now outnumber school children. What a culture of death reigns here.
The Pope has dealt with this scandal well and indeed changed Church law when he was a Cardinal to speed up the de- frocking of guilty clergy with immediate effect. He is not guilty of what you read in the paper about him as Cardinal in charge of the Congregation of the Faith. I have read the sources and the New York Times, where it originated is lying. Do not believe it. The BBC cannot leave it alone and each day they never miss a chance to broadcast on it. The church has one third of a million clergy and a minute number have been found guilty of this hateful crime and grave sin.
One is too much I know but I am sure you will agree with me that I have only found integrity in such matters in all the good clergy I have ever known - not the slightest hint of such things.
Well - the Easter Message was smoked out a bit this year but not that utter truth that the Lord is Risen- never to die again and we too will live with him for ever: "Whose sins you forgive- they are forgiven".
God Bless you all,
Father Tom Connolly
MARRIAGE: Congrats to Martina Collins and Gerard Lawrence who married in the Lord here at St Kentigern's on Thursday.
CONVERT: Congrats to Mrs Rachel Jackson who is a Senior Teacher in St Kents School who will be received into Full Communion with he Catholic Church today at St Edwards where she has been receiving Instruction in the R.C.I.A for he last 9 months.
In the so called "Wash Up" arrangements, the Sex Education for 5-15 year olds in our schools is now dropped from the Bill going through Parliament. Thanks to SPUC who opposed it and the two Bishops and many priests and parents who wrote opposing the corruption of our children by this false ideology.
BIDDING PRAYERS LOW SUNDAY 2010.
PRIEST. The Doors were closed in the upper room but you entered and filled the apostles with joy at the sight of your bodily presence. Listen O Lord to our confidant prayers which we make now for our needs and the needs of the whole world.
Reader: We pray to God for all, like Thomas, who find faith difficult without touch or proof. Lift the veil from people's eyes so that they may be filled with a lively Easter faith. We commend to God those seeking Instruction. Lord hear us.
For the gift of Christ's most precious wounds on this Divine Mercy Sunday - that all will find consolation and peace in them. We pray that the human person may be respected in embryonic form and the source of true Fatherhood for children be acknowledged. Lord hear us.
For all priests in their ministry of imparting the forgiveness of Christ through the sacrament of penance - that they be true and wise pastors and councillors of souls in the ways of true virtue. Lord hear us.
For all the victims of war in so many parts of our poor world and especially for the victims who are little children. We pray that the suicide bombers cease their evil ways in destroying the innocent. We pray for our Armed Forces and for their safe return. Lord hear us.
For all our sick who have sought our prayers that they may find healing in the wounds of Jesus:- Fr Pat Keane, Martin Hoysted, Mary Cobert, PJ Connolly, Margaret Quinn, Patrik Brett, Mary Page, Philomena Gaughan, John Lyden Maureen Waring, Francis Hinds Lord hear us.
For all those who have died that they may gaze upon the Risen One who has vanquished death forever, William Jackson, Jim Martin, Eileen Murphy
AND For all whose anniversaries fall about now: Patrick Stenson (11am), Cronin Deegan (6:30pm Sunday), Afran Zair.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed...
Mary Most Holy, Mary Mother of the Risen Lord - pray for us your children. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Priest: Watch over your little flock o Lord and guard us from the Ancient Enemy in this Holy Time of Easter and hear and answer our prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.