Message From The Parish Priest
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF YEAR C + 18TH JULY 2010.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
This week has seen the Retirements of three great educators in our diocese - Martin Lochery, the Director of the Diocesan School's Commission, Mr Paul Jackson, the Head of St Kentigerns' and Mr Paddy Heneghan, the Head of The Divine Mercy and once head of St Edwards. It is the end of an era as they say. Huge thanks are due to the dedication and hard work and talent they have brought to their respective callings. Thousands of our children and staff have benefited from an excellent and Catholic Education experience.
The two sisters mentioned into the Gospel stand for the active and contemplative life of the Church.
Martha and Mary were the sisters of Lazarus who our Lord raised from the dead. Our Lord often used to spend the night at their house with no doubt Peter, James and John. They loved the Master to bits as you can see from the Resurrection encounter with Mary in the Garden when she mistook Him for the gardener. "Do not touch me" Jesus exclaimed to Mary as she clinged to his knees, "for I have not ascended to my Father". You see the "clinging" to Jesus in this was to stop and we and Mary would cling to him in a much closer way - in faith he would be always with us and in Communion - actually - WITHIN us.
However - that was in the future. This is the moment when Jesus decided to come and stay, and Martha and Mary were dead busy preparing for the Master but when he came - Mary forgot her domestic duties and went and sat at the Lord's feet listening to him and his words with rapt attention.
Martha seeing that her sister was no longer scurrying around shouts to Jesus "Lord do you not see my sister is a lazybones, leaving it all to me??"
Jesus gives the famous reply interpreted in so many ways over the years. "Martha, Martha, you worry and fret over so many things, yet few are needed, indeed ONLY ONE - and it is Mary who has chosen the better part."
Now, think about that. To do the serving or to sit at the Master's feet and contemplate - which is it to be? Well - you have to do both don't you - but not when Jesus is sitting in your living room - you don't go wasting time in the kitchen. Mary is praised by Jesus for her excellent choice. There is a time and a place is there not and Martha missed it and she did not succeed in getting our Lord to take her side.
Prayer time is not wasted and is not in competition - it is complimentary and gives meaning and value to your work. In the end it is "the better part" - superior to all other activity.
Please pray for the success of the Pope's Visit.
God Bless whilst I take a week off,
Father Tom Connolly
SCHOOL HOLS Hope the children and staff have a good break and come back safe and sound. In Sept.
PAPAL VISIT: The Church has asked us to appoint a Pilgrim Rep who will take on board all the numbers from our 20 deanery parishes and sort out how many seats each parish will have on the 6 coaches assigned to our St Kent's Pick up point at 3 a.m, Sunday 19th Sept.
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME AND IF NEED BE RECHECK YOUR ABIILITY TO TRAVEL - CROSS YOUR NAME OFF TODAY IF YOU DECIDE THAT IT IS TOO MUCH FOR YOU. THE COST OF THE PILGRIM PACK IS £25 INCL OF TRANSPORT. THIS IS A METTER OF URGENCY.
IF YOU WISH TO GO TO LONDON HYDE PARK EVENT ON THE ON SATURDAY 18TH SEPT - LATE MORNING THE PARK WILL BE OPEN - THE VIGIL ENDS ABOUT 9PM. YOU WILL NEED TO GIVE IN YOUR NAMES AND PHONE AND EMAILS IF POSSIBLE IN THE LONDON LIST AT THE PORCH. YOU WILL STILL NEED A PILGIM PACK AND IT WILL COST £10 and INCLUDE A TUBE AND BUS PASS. YOU MAKE YOUR OWN WAY THERE BUT I HAVE TO FIND A LEADER FOR YOU WHO YOU MEET UP WITH AT A PRE ARRANGED POINT AND HE/SHE LEADS YOU TO THE SECURITY PERSONEL AND SHOWS ALL YOUR PASSES - THIS IS STATE SECURITY MEASURES I SUSPECT - YOU WILL HAVE TO BE PATIENT.
I HAVE ASKED ALLAN QUINLAN TO CARRY THE BANNER OF OUR PARISH IN WESTMINSTER ALONG WITH 3000 OTHERS PARISH BANNERS FROM ENG AND WALES. ST EDWARDS I HOPE ONE OF THE FRATERNAS WILL CARRY AS THEY ARE GOING TO WESTMINSTER.
PLEASE GOD IT WILL WORK OUT. PATRICK CAHILL HAS AGREED TO BE PILGRIM LEADER FOR THE BEATIFICATION MASS IN BIRMINGHAM. I WILL GIVE HIM THE LISTS AND HE WILL HAVE TO WORK OUT HOW MANY OF YOU WHO WANT TO GO CAN ACTUALLY GO ON THE 6 COACHES GIVEN FOR OUR 20 DEANERY PARISHES. Tel 07770 433 057. email
MRS PAULINE EMBERSON. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HER FOR PREPARING AT SHORT NOTICE THREE ENGAGED COUPLES FOR MARRIAGE AND INSTRUCTION OF SOME OF THEM IN THE FAITH AND FOR BAPTISM.
Bidding Prayers for the 16th Sunday of year C.
Priest: Lord - you have taught us to seek the better part in listen ing to he voice of your Only Son in Bethany: in your loving providence hear our petitions for all our needs.
Reader:- For our nation as it faces great danger from those who hate us that our armed forces will uphold good government and the cause of a just peace. Keep them safe and may they return home to their families. Lord Hear us.
For the Universal Church in all the places where she faces persecution especially in China and Pakistan , The Sudan, Iraq and so many places - protect your people O Lord. Lord hear us.
For the Holy Father's visit to Britain - that his words and presence will move souls to God. Lord hear us.
For all consecrated persons who live the life of the cloister and contemplation that their spiritual energy may refresh our world. We commend to God all those living the evangelical councils. Lord hear us.
For we who worry and fret and forget our Lord loving hand in our lives that we may learn to put prayer first and experience the help of the Living and True God- Lord hear us.
For all who lie sick we pray: Mary Sherratt, Betty Wallace, Ethel Jones, Francisca Poko, Martin Hoysted, Ronnie Molloy, Iain Emberson, Tom Mimnagh. Mary Colbert, John Lyden, Nora Deegan.
Lord hear us
For all those who have died recently: Bernard Judge, Pat Kelly, Frank McKee, Pauline Prosser, Pat Sullivan, Ann Yard, Michael McDonagh and for all those whose anniversary occurs about this time: John Jo Lally (11am), P J Connolly (Months Mind Vigil Mass), Owen Tomeny (6.60 Sunday), John Fitzgerald, Padraig Heneghan, Bill McDonagh.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
O Mary , Woman of faith - draw near to us your children in your role as model of faith and charity. O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of Grace...
Priest: O Loving Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - you listen to the heartfelt prayers of your children. Be with us now in our need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.