OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST; UNIVERSAL KING. + NATIONAL YOUTH DAY Year of the Priest. + 21ND NOVEMBER 2009. Cycle c.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear people,
On a rather "unspiritual" note can I just remind you that we have the parish Bazaar next Sunday beginning after the 11am Mass. I hope you all come in great numbers. Have A an Irish Coffee and have a go on the Wheel of Fortune and see Father Christmas and buy a CD or something and Meet your old friends.
AND so we come to the Solemnity of Christ the King and National Youth Sunday. Here is the ideal of all the young generation. Christ is the model and the mentor for each rising generation. If Christ's Universal rule is to be re-established the hearts and minds of the Youth, have to be sparked up.
This feast was instituted in the 1920's, when the world was experiencing the rise of many evil regimes of the communist or fascist kind which threatened the whole of humanity.
Pope Pius XI was engaged in teaching the truth against "Pure Race - eugenics" and artificial contraception. Folk like Hitler and Stalin and Mussolini were all strutting their stuff as though they were God Almighty and demanded the obedience of their populations. The Catholic Church stood out against these evils and was alone in many ways. Eugenics was the idea that you could breed the poor and the thick out of existence by selective "breeding". To do this you had to have control of how people had their babies and many of the women's lib heroes of today were full of this effort to abolish the lower classes who were unintelligent or handicapped ACCORDING TO THEIR JUDGEMENT. Marie Stopes was a pioneer of this horror. Our local abortion clinic is named after her! The handicapped were to be quietly done away with as non productive. The Jews were seen to be vermin and the Slavs were to be slaves. It is a lot like now where the weak can either be aborted or commit suicide.
Indeed in the end it took the deaths of millions to put the terrible beast that was born, down. It has arisen in the first place because of the negation of Christianity and particularly Catholic Christianity in the old continent of Europe. Russia was the first to fall and then many followed. It was during this time that the great persecution of the Church in Mexico began when all churches were closed and priests outlawed by the Masonic secular arm of the Mexican ruling class. Everywhere dictators were rising preaching a gospel of hate and they all persecuted the Catholic Church which stood against them in proclaiming Jesus Christ as the only One to be adored. Dictators always want to be worshipped you know.
It is difficult for us to imagine the atmosphere of those days if you did not live through them. The storm clouds of war were everywhere and in the end after the terrible slaughter of the First World War, within twenty two years it had begun all over again. Sadly are in the same culture of Death nowadays.
Our Lord is truly a King and he witnesses to this in front of Pontius Pilate himself. "Yes I am a King" Jesus says and we are his subjects and acknowledge him as our Lord don't we? We are not to serve those who would tell us by Law to tell our children about how they can commit serious sin. We are not to bend the knee to the ruling ideas of our time. The Pope told the Bishops not to be afraid of speaking the truth even when it is unpopular. Some public officials now lose their jobs because the Christian beliefs will not allow them to act in certain ways.
The image of the Last Judgement of our King is that of the Shepherd - King. Our Lord tells us in picture form what it will be like when He comes again in glory to judge the Living and the Dead. All the good and bad we have done will be accounted for in a great audit. The King will come, escorted by the angels and take his seat on the Throne - (all signs of Kingship) and all THE NATIONS will be assembled.
You see there is a kind of community aspect to this - a nation will be gathered with many other nations-states and the people of these nations will be sorted. They will be sorted like a shepherd sorts the sheep from the goats. The criteria for judgement is if we have done the Corporal works of Mercy:
1. to feed the hungry, 2 to give drink to the thirsty, 3 to clothe the naked, 4 to harbour the harbourless, 5 to visit the sick, 6 to visit the imprisoned, 7 to bury the dead. The list is summarised by our Lord in his description. So we have a clue don't we about what we must do to express our love and obedience to Christ our Universal King. So many in our parish do just that and the work of the Universal Church is the greatest outpouring of love on humanity from the heart of Christ. Long may it be.
Father Tom Connolly
The new year of the Church begins next Sunday with the First Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the Advent Wreath . For Readers note is Year A Cycle.
NEW YEAR DRAW TICKETS ARE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. PLEASE TAKE A FEW AND SELL THEM.
ALMANACS ON SALE FOR 2011 AT £3.00 This gives you the whereabouts of every priest you ever knew and the times of Mass everywhere and loads of Information about he Diocese of Salford. DO BUY ONE.
"Walk with Me" Advent booklet from the Bishop is free - one for each household.
PLANNED GIVING BOXES WILL BE AVAILABLE A WEEK ON SUNDAY.
NEXT SATURDAY - THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT. THE POPE HAS ASKED EVERY PARISH TO HAVE AN HOUR OF PRAYER TO GIVE THANK TO GOD FOOR CREATING THE HUMAN RACE AND GIVNG EACH OF EXISTENCE. FROM 8.30 PM - 9.30 PM THERE WILL BE EXPOSTITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ENDING WITH EVENING PRAYER FOR LIFE.