Message From The Parish Priest
PASSION SUNDAY 28TH MARCH 2010. CYCLE C + YEAR OF THE PRIESTS.
And so we begin Holy Week and I hope that it will be truly a holy Week in your life. This week we will be listening each day in the Holy Mass and the Divine Office to the threatening clouds of hatred and ill-will which threaten to overcome the Saviour.
Forces of great evil were arraigned against the Holy One of God and they are now arraigned against his Holy Church. In the Western world of the democracies marriage is being reduced to a stump so that few even bother with it. The Divine Law is set aside for an experiment in which animal and human genetic material will be reproduced and destroyed and where some babies will not even have a biological father but two persons called "mother" or "father" officially on the Birth Certificate. What a formal lie for the State to tell a child. Child Protection is spoken about everywhere and yet a new Law will soon force children even in Primary schools to learn about same sex partnerships and abortion and contraception. Strange times when the very nature of the human person is so disordered supposedly for research. The Nazis did the same but they were hung for it.
God is noting their activities and they will not pass from this world without true judgement. Christ will be vindicated as he was and is in the Resurrection and will not be mocked.
He will not be mocked either as long as the Church has a Pope like Pope Benedict. His letter to the Irish Church is an example of what the Good Shepherd wants His people to know. Those who covered up the abuse of children and youth and those who perpetrated such crimes will have to own up he says, and submit to the appropriate tribunals. He has declared a Penance for the whole Church in Ireland that they are to offer all their Friday Penances and fasts for the next whole Year for a plea to Almighty God to renew His Holy Church in that island of saints and scholars. Read the Pope's letter to the Irish. It is at the back of Church.
This week we will see our Lord enter the Holy City on the back of a young colt and with the people going wild with joy - waving palm branches and throwing their cloaks on the ground for the Holy One to walk on. Other voices by Good Friday will be shouting with great hatred - "crucify him!"
We will experience on Spy Wednesday the devil entering Judas's soul and his plotting with the authorities to betray Jesus for 30 silver pieces and with a kiss as a sign.
We will follow Christ on Maundy Thursday Instituting the Priesthood and your clergy will renew their vows of service to the Bishop in the Mass of Chrism when the three Holy Oils will be consecrated by Bishop Brain for use in the whole diocese. On Thursday night we will gather for the Commemoration of the First Mass - and the washing of the Feet and the Stripping of the Altars and the watching with Christ in His Agony before the Altar of Repose.
On Good Friday, at 11am, we will see the children of St Kentigern's School put on a devotional children's Stations of the Cross. At 3pm we will all gather to venerate at the feet of the Crucified and hear his Passion and make the Great Prayer of Intercession and receive Him in Holy Communion.
At sun down on Saturday - Holy Saturday the altar will appear glorious again and the Easter bells with peal and the announcing that Christ is Risen will be sung forth in the whole Church. The Easter bonfire will be lit and the Easter Candle and the Water will be blessed and we will renew Baptismal vows. All these things will mark the Holy Week of 2010 and will continue to consecrate the time each year it passes for as long as God gives us life on this earthly pilgrimage.
So - do try to join in these Sacred Actions as much as you are able particularly the Holy Triduum of Maundy Thursday evening, Good Friday at 3pm and Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil. B and Q is not a Church despite the streams of folk heading there on Good Friday. Make time for prayer and reflection. Take the Easter leaflet and see the many times you can be helped to pray in the spirit of the holy season and so imbibe deeply at Christ's breast and be nourished in the depths of one's being.
Father Tom Connolly
HOLY COMMUNION CHILDREN WILL LEAD THE PALM PROCESION AT THE MAIN MASS TODAY ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
Bidding Prayers for Palm Sunday
Priest: This is the Day when our Lord entered in triumph into the Holy City. Let us walk with him now on the way of the Cross - asking the Father for all our needs in His Name.
For the Universal Church on this Passion Sunday - that our joyful celebration of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem as the Messiah may encourage all who follow His way and the way of all Christians. Lord hear us.
For all who walk the way of the cross and especially the persecuted Church in China and Pakistan, Iraq and Palestine. And we commend all God's people who stand up against the spirit of the world with its anti life and anti child mentality and its atheistic secularism. Lord hear us.
For our First Communion children and their families who play a special part in today's celebration - that their young hearts may receive with great Joy Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrament of the altar. Lord hear us.
Jesus is gentle and humble of heart- grant us something of His pity, something of his kindness and something of his patience to all men. Lord hear us.
We pray for all who are called to suffer in the way of the Cross that they may have the confidence to trust in Christ in the midst of illness and disability: Madeline Coleman, Martin Hoysted, Mary Colbert, Maureen Waring, Jean Corrigan, PJ Connolly, Margaret Levy.
Lord hear us.
Lord, giver of life, remember those who have died in these last few days: grant them the glory of the Resurrection: Michael Anthony McDonagh, Mary Royle, Tuck Lalor, Dean Masom, Liz Wills
For all those souls whose anniversaries occur about this time:- Anne Radcliffe, (VIGIL), Noel Bohan (11am), Afram Zaer, Tom and David Kennedy, John Joe Coughlin, Agnes Ita Walsh, Martin Regan, Ronnie Lockett, Jimmy White, William Serredge, Moira Serredge,, Evelyn, Bridget and James Kelly.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Our Lady stood by her Son from Bethlehem to Calvary and so experienced the joy of Easter Morn. May her faithful example warm our hearts as we move into these days of Holy Week.
O Mary Conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...
Priest: Lord, the children of Jerusalem welcomed you as Christ the King - may we welcome you as our Saviour and Lord as we make these prayers to you who live and reign forever and ever. Amen