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Sermon for 24 October 2010
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THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C. + 24TH OCTOBER 2010. + MONTH OF THE ROSARY AND WORLD MISSION SUNDAY.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican is an apt one in every age since it comes from the Master's own lips and mind.

Who amongst us would not take comfort from the fact that our Lord praises the one who stood at the back of the synagogue and declared himself before Almighty God as a "sinner" and asks for God's Divine Mercy? He is putting himself in the right position with God. The Publican knows his need and he is not kidding himself or trying to justify himself. Here is a man who simply puts his prayer where it needs to be. Our Lord has said elsewhere that he who humbles himself will be exalted.

The other man stood at the front and told God just how lucky he was to have such a person as he in the synagogue at all. "Look how good I am" he tells Almighty God and begins to list the things he does to keep the commandments and all the things he avoids. His fatal error though is to compare himself to the publican whom he assumes is not half as good as he, the Pharisee. How wrong can you be?

Our Lord tells his listeners that the Publican went back to his home at rights with God - not the Pharisee. So much depends on the inner spiritual attitude of trust and humility with our Lord and the Christian. You don't tell God how good you are - ever - only God knows what is good - you might know that you are one with Him but not simply because you are keeping the Commandments. He loves you with a perfect love and the more humble we are the more our hearts open to his divine Grace.

Today is World Mission Sunday and there is a collection for the World Missions of the Church. Envelopes are left out for you to make a contribution. If you are paying tax put your name and address on on the envelope and your tax will be given to he Missions.

IT WILL SOON BE NOVEMBER AND THE DEAD LISTS ENVELOPES ARE IN THE PORCH. PUT IN THEM ANY NEW MEMBERS OF YOUR CIRCLE WHO HAVE DIED SINCE LAST NOVEMBER AND THEY WILL BE PLACED BEFORE THE ALTAR ALONG WITH THE PREVIOUS YEARS. MASSES WILL BE OFFERED MANY, MANY TIMES FOR THE SOULS OF ALL THOSE YOU HAVE NAMED. IT IS A BLESSED AND HOLY THING TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD. WE WILL DEPEND ON MASSES AND PRAYERS WHEN WE DIE SO SET THE EXAMPLE AND TELL YOUR CHILDREN WHAT TO DO FOR YOU WHEN YOU DIE. MANY YOUNGER ONES DO NOT KNOW THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE MASSES OFFERED FOR YOUR SOULS. MAKE IT CLEAR IN YOUR WILL - I HAVE!!

Pope Benedict - do you like his new picture at the back of church?

I was reading this week a most interesting report of an off the cuff discourse of the Pope on the "false gods" of the modern world. Here they are folks. He traced humanity's historical move away from many gods and focussed on the meaning of Christ's entry into human history. The modern world is faced by an array of destructive powers based on "false divinities that must be unmasked." he said. These include the ideology of terrorism that purports to act in the name of God, drug abuse that devours human lives like a beast, as well as widespread views on marriage that no longer value the virtue of chastity. They include the "anonymous" economic interests, that instead of belonging to man, enslave and even massacre people he said. The battle against such forces was part of the constant struggle of the Church and for the Faith. The foundations of the earth are threatened by our behaviour - climate problems etc. The interior forces are shaken because the outer ones are threatened. Morality and religious values of the right way of living are the way of he believer.

PROCESSION FOR OUR LADY 4TH DECEMBER FROM ST EDWARDS TO ST KENTIGERNS IN HONOUR OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. TIMES AND ROUTE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR IN PLYMOUTH GROVE, ST JOSEPH'S HOME ARE HOLDING AN AUTUMN FAIR ON SAT 6TH NOVEMBER.

A TALK ON THE BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN BY RENOWNED NEWMAN SCHOLOR DR PETER NOCKLES OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD (NEWMANS OLD COLLEGE) AT ST CATHERINE'S CHURCH SCHOOL LANE, DIDSBURY ON WEDNEDAY 27TH OCTOBER AT 7PM.





Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS

Bidding Prayers 30th Sunday of Year C

Priest: God our Father leads us forward with great love towards the joyful day when we enter his rest. We turn to Him now in trustful prayer making known our needs and the needs of the whole world.

For the entire world in all its joys and agonies - that the peoples of the earth may find a way of living in harmony and universal love, in justice and with generosity. We pray especially for those parts of the world who are suffering in wars and internal division and especially Iraq. Lord hear us.

For your Church, as Teacher and Mother - that she may be able to communicate to a hungry world the riches of the Christian Life, lived in Jesus Christ the Saviour and model of humanity. Lord hear us.

For all those resisting the culture of death in clinics where the unborn are terminated or the weak and the elderly hurried to their demise - that they not lose courage and that we as a people will be supportive of them and witness to life. Lord hear us.

Lord, we meet around your table as your family; bless our family life and keep us loving and forgiving to one another always. Lord hear us.

We pray for an abundance of vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life - that your people will not be bereft of shepherds and ministers of the Holy Mysteries. Lord hear us.

For all those of our community who are sick - that God's comfort and healing be with them and those who have the care of them at home and in our Hospitals: Martin Hoysted, Brenda Lynch, Bridget Walsh, Eva Christie, Matt O'Brien, Agnes McKeown, Mary Tivnan, Dominic Stenson, Celia Nally, Betty Wallace, Mary Colbert. Lord hear us.

We pray for the faithful departed that through your mercy they may rest in peace: Sylvia Sharpe, Mary Anne Byrne, Mrs B. Harding, Mr. Wilson AND For all those whose anniversaries fall about now: Mary Higgins, Kathleen Reilly, Paddy Fitzgerald, Kath Connolly, David Royce (7th Anniv), Joseph Devlin, Mary Kennedy, Mary Byrne, Thomas Brady, Mary Higgins, Brian Johnson, Michael Sheerin (VIGIL), Mary Fox (9am), Stanley Dalve, Thomas Biesty, Elsie Connolly, Tom Greally (Sunday 6.30), Michael Sheerin (VIGIL MASS) . Lord hear us.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in Peace. Amen.

Mary is the morning star who ushered in the sweetest light of Christ our Lord - may Mary Most Holy pray for us: O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest: God of Power and Love, look kindly upon these prayers we have made, make good our defects and fill us with a holy desire to serve - all our days. Through Christ our Lord. Amen