TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME - CYCLE C + 12TH SEPTEMBER 2010.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
The Vicar of Christ on earth - Pope Benedict will soon be with us. It is an historic moment for us Catholics. It is the first State Visit of a Pope. H. H. is here because H.M. The Queen invited him through her PM. Tell the pundits that when they complain about the cost - far less than the G8!! He will witness to Jesus in the midst of our cynical and impure society and will surprise them all - even those who actively seek not to welcome him like Channel 4! Take no notice of them - they are minnows. We must listen to him too with great attention. Take one of the free books so you can follow it on TV or Computer.
Today we have three parables of God's tender and loving mercy.
Our children learn two of them for their First Confession. They learn about the Lost Sheep and the rejoicing over the One out of the Hundred which left the flock but was found. They then learn about the Prodigal Son too and the love of his father for him despite his terrible betrayal. In this I tell you the children rejoice for they begin to learn then about the mercy of God.
Only Jesus Christ - the Son of God - the Word made flesh who has come from the Father - come from Heaven itself - only He can really tell us accurately the disposition of the "heart and mind of God" towards the sinner. Some would say that the Father is too soft with the prodigal son who has wasted his father's money and property on a really sinful life style. After all the elder brother tells us what the younger one spent his money on and he was right. However Jesus Christ tells us that the father's attitude to the younger son is one of profound and tender love, pity and compassion.
The father looked out for him each day. When the son appeared on the horizon, feeling so sorry for himself and hoping he will be let back in the household as a servant - the father actually runs out to him and embraces him and kisses him and smothers him really with love.
He does not "deserve" it - of course not. You might say the father would be justified in giving him a bit of a cold shoulder for a few days and making him sweat. However - that is not God's heart to the sinner - no matter how grave the sin. He wants the sinner back. Jesus has paid the price of our sins with his Blood so we do not have to "pay the fine" as it were. He has paid the price. The son came back because he had had a enough of bad living and was reduced to being a beggar. Well the humility needed to come and say sorry without condition to your father having sinned so seriously against him is itself a sign of the young man's true sorrow. What caused him to return was poverty and hunger and guilt but he knew in some way that his father would not shut him out. May be he was a bit surprised at the ease with which the father received him. It is a favourite subject of great painters- "The Prodigal's Return". It is the greatest parable of Jesus on the forgiveness of God and we must do likewise must we not with our children?
Read it and read it again and be consoled by it and you prodigal sons and daughters out there - take note and do likewise. You are one Confession away from reunion with the Heart of Jesus who is the harbour of all hearts and their consolation and only hope. AMEN to that!!
Father Tom Connolly P.P.
OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM ASSOCIATION CELEBRATION AT SALFORD CATHEDRAL. FRIDAY SEPT 24TH ROSARY AT 7.00PM. MASS AT 7.30 PM. MAIN CELEBRANT IS BISHOP BRAIN.. After Mass- refreshments SERVED IN THE CLOISTERS.
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BIDDING PRAYERS 24TH C
Priest. We have a compassionate Father who, through his Son reconciles the world with Himself. He knows all our needs for he has made us. We pray for our needs now.
Reader. For all who stand in need of the father's loving forgiveness that they will have the courage and grace to surrender once more into the arms of the Loving Father and through the Sacrament of Penance find themselves again. Lord hear us.
For the work of Sister Renata's Congregation of Missionionaries of the Holy Spirit who are sent out to preach the gospel to all the nations - bless them and all missionaries who devote their lives today to spreading Christ's love. Lord hear us.
For the success of the Pope's Visit to our country this week that his witness and his words and presence will attract many lapsed back and bring many seekers of he ruth nearer to enlightenment. Lord hear us.
Help those who are sick and in pain to know that the Father cares for them for he loves hem as he loves his own Son: Kevin Cullen, Mary Colbert, Martin Hoysted, Nora Deegan, Ida Sheehan, Thomas Mimnagh, Betty Wallace, Iain Emberson. Lord hear us.
We pray for those who have gone before us, signed with the sign of the Cross - that they may rise with Christ in power when his voice resounds again through the universe "It is consummated". Nora Dwyer, Kathleen Adamus, Michael McDonagh, Bridget Mooney
For Those whose anniversary occurs about this time, Pat Creamer (9am), Chrissie Lee, Katherine Clarke, Norma Clavin (VIGIL) Canon O'Brien, Father Anthony Gallagher, Bill Browne, Tommy Martin, Edward Fadian, Anna Foran, Infant Ronan Donnelly, Sean McCleary and the Victims of the 9/11 Attack on New York May their souls and the souls of...
Mary is the Mother of Hope and the Star leading to the Son of God most High - we salute her. O Mary, conceived without sin- pray for us who have recourse to thee. HAIL MARY
Priest: Holy Father and Lord, you will that your Son Jesus Christ should be the price of our salvation. Listen to the prayers of those he has redeemed at so great a price. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.