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THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C. 27th June 2010.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

On Tuesday 29th of June we celebrate the Holiday SS Peter and Paul. England has kept this as a holiday of Obligation because of our historical association with the See (Diocese) of Rome.

It was Pope Saint Gregory who sent to these islands the missionaries headed by St Augustine of Canterbury. (620) So we make the fact that the Catholic Church was really fully established here by a direct intervention of the famous Pope the cause of special devotion.

This year at the end of the Year of the Priests ceremonies in Rome we gathered for the first two days a very short distance from the Monastery of St Andrew - the very one Augustine left from with his eight other monks to come to England.

The Church had been in these islands before Augustine landed from Rome, via France. However, the Church was scattered and patchy but was in communion with the Pope of Rome but one could say that the mission of St Augustine became the beginning of the English conversion as a Nation in the making, and the adoption of the ways and rites of the Latin Church set our history until 1532.

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Our nation can never forget its deepest roots and even though those that rule us are trying to make us believe and to teach their immoral and false ways - we in the spirit of the great Augustine will resist and refuse to believe and to teach that for example civil unions are the same and equal to marriage.

The Church faced Druids and tree worshippers in this land and they often slew our priests and lay people, especially when we were making headway and winning the souls for Christ. So we stand firm with the successor of Peter in the Apostolic Office exercised by St Peter. Both Paul and Peter suffered martyrdom for teaching Christ. We might have a fight but it is hardly our blood they want, just our consent to their gross errors. However - be aware of the times. By law and by force they will try to enforce their immoral teaching and accuse us of non inclusion and discrimination or phobias of many kinds. Jobs might be on the line and even fines so we must be aware of the extent to which the Enemy is trying to subdue us. They are not into "live- let live" brigade but "you will agree with me or else,brigade!" Pope Benedict gave a bit of his mind to our outgoing Government some months ago by Equality Laws of Mrs Harman. Good Pope Benedict - they did listen didn't they- a bit. Let us hope his words during this visit will open people's minds and hearts to Jesus Christ.

The Gospel today has James and John wanting to set fire from heaven on the wicked bigots who would not let them pass through because they were Jewish and on their way to Jerusalem. It would be a bit like the pilgrim coach to Knock being prevented from going through some Orange stronghold. Our Lord admonishes them and they find another way. Our Lord is a man of peace and teaches us by his example.

God Bless

Father Tom Connolly.

The First Communions went very well. A great Friday Night Mass was had for the children on the 25th and they received their Certificates and had a Party and Family Disco afterwards for themselves and their families in our Parish Centre so ably assisted by Kevin Fitzpatrick.

FATHER Paul FERNANDEZ O.P. On the 1st July arrives from Rome where he is studying at the Dominican Faculty called the Angelicum University. He is a Dominican Friar (OP stands for Order of Preachers) so we can expect some erudite sermons! Father is from India.

WELCOME TO FRANKIE MULGREW, A SEMINARIAN OF OUR DIOCESE ABOUT TO ENTER HIS FOURTH YEAR IN SEPEMBER. HE IS SENT HERE FOR A MONTH TO ASSIST AND GAIN A BIT OF PASTORAL EXPERIENCE TOO. HE WILL BE BACK FOR A LONGER PERIOD IN THE NEW YEAR AS PART OF HIS FORMATION. HE IS VERY WELCOME ESPECIALLY NOW FR GEORGE IS IN INDIA FOR THE NEXT 4 WEEKS.

APF RED MISSION BOXES. SUMMER COLLECTORS ARE ON THEIR WAY ROUND; ALL MONIES AND BOXES IN BY 7TH July. Thank you. Ms C. Booth Hon Sec.

LEGION OF MARY (OUR LADY OF KNOCK PRAESIDIUM ) MEETS NOW IN THE PRESBYTERY ON A TUESDAY AT 7.30PM. ALL FELLOW APOSTLES WELCOME.




Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR 13TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

PRIEST: O Lord and heavenly father - we come to you in the name of your only begotten Son who saves and redeems the world.

Reader: We seek God's protection from those who hate us and desire to plant bombs to destroy life - we pray that all people's who live in these islands will grow together in mutual respect and mutual esteem with God's help. Lord in your mercy.

For the success of the Holy Father's visit - that his presence amongst is will be a source of access to Christ Himself.

For good governance of our nation - that those who exercise power and authority over us will do so with respect for human rights and dignity and respect for our religious beliefs and morality. Lord in your mercy.

For all our students who are going home now or finishing examinations that they find success to the work of their minds. Lord in your mercy.

For all preparing for Holy Matrimony or have recently celebrated it - that they will be happy and content and grow in love all the days of their married life. Lord in your mercy.

For all our sick that the Lord in his good ness may raise them up and console them: Martin Hoysted, Mary Colbert, Eddie Kenny, Joanne Cullen, Betty Wallace, John Lydon, John Higgins, Mary Foulds, Iain Emberson.

Lord in your mercy.

For all who have died in Christ recently Gerry Gallagher, Bernard Crawly, Bernard Murray, Bridie Keary.

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For all those whose anniversaries we remember at that this time:.Jack Grady (VIGIL) Margaret Burke, Kevin Kelly (1st July), Cath and Paddy Kavanagh, Phillip Kinsella. Michael McDonagh, C.J. Thomas, Margaret Sebastian, Zoe Robinson. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Mary is the Mother of the Saviour - the Queen of Martyrs and Apostles - may she pray for us her children. O Mary Conceived without sin, Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace.

Priest: In your mercy Lord you have allowed us the dignity of making known our needs and the needs of the whole world to you our True and Eternal Father. We ask these things through Christ our Lord.