FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT. + 28th NOVEMBER 2019. ADVENT SEASON BEGINS. THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
THIS WEEKEND IS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT AND OUR CHRISTMAS FAYRE IS ON THIS SUNDAY AT MIDDAY - I HOPE YOU ALL COME FROM BOTH ST KENTIGENS AND ST EDWARDS PARISHES. IT IS ALWAYS A GREAT SOCIAL OCCASION TOO. I THANK ALL THE HELPERS FOR SORTING THE GOODS OUT AND THE KIND PEOPLE WHO SENT THE GOODS.
On a more serious note...
Dealing with a young drug addict at my door the other day I was struck by the slavery suffered by the not so young (anymore) man. He had been on crack cocaine for a long time and robbed people each week to buy the stuff.
One of the demons of the West Pope Benedict talked about in his new book (Seewald) is the demon of drugs which the false and empty lives of Westerners cause them to be drawn to drug abuse as recreation. Then their lives ruined by addiction. The suppliers in the poor world are also consumed by the demon of the violent cartels which make criminal conspiracies almost parallel with the Government of that nation. They murder anyone who sands in their way of the drug trade. It is difficult to Stay Awake when you are in the clutches of such things and many are.
Our society is blighted by the poppies of Afghanistan and what failed at the gates of Vienna and the battle of Lepanto may now beat societies which have all but abandoned the Christian Faith.
Advent brings a strong beam of hope into this darkened world. "Stay Awake" our Lord declares - you do not know when the Son of man will come. In the days of Noah people carried on as though there was no tomorrow and the symbol of the Great Flood is still with us as the consequences of not keeping the Covenant with the Living God who made us.
So it is now and the words written on the walls of the city of Jerusalem: "The law will go out from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem" (Isaiah 2:5) is still true for the new Jerusalem is Christ's Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and the word of the Lord goes out from it to the whole world.
I was reading a book on Hitler recently and so many of the witnesses of those times who were anything but Catholics said that the only body which taught systematically and with great logical argument against the annihilation of the Jews and the handicapped adults and children was the Catholic Church. No one else gave systematic argument to the evil doing in the midst of the Nazi all enveloping ideology which all the Police Chiefs and University officials and Judges and Medics went along with. Just like now isn't it? And our Lord speaks to us and to the whole world through the lips of our Mother the Church - through the Vicars of Christ - the many amazing Popes we have had over the last one hundred and fifty years The Church is used to being a lone voice in the wilderness like John the Baptist but it does not stop it proclaiming Christ and his divine Rule and His ultimate victory.
Now - there is something to be thinking about for you all. Thanks you for reading this.
Happy Advent - nearly Christmas already!
Father Tom Connolly
ADVENT READING A Word in Season is at the back of church - one per household - for Advent reading. It is free, given by the Bishop.
ORDINATION Fr Sean O'Brien was ordained Priest at St Hugh of Lincoln Parish in Stretford last week. By Bishop Brain...another priest for our Diocese of Salford thank God.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE THIS SUNDAY AT MIDDAY - DO COME AND ENJOY.
NEXT SATURDAY THERE IS A PROCESSION IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY IMAMACULATE LEAVING ST EDWARDS AT 10AM AND ENDING WITH MASS AT ST KENTIGERNS AROUND 11.30 - MIDDAY DEPENDING ON HOW FAST WE ARE IN THE PROCESSION. WOULD THE ALTAR SERVERS PLEASE COME AND I NEED SOME STRONG MEN TO TAKE TURNS IN CARRYING HE STATUE. ALL MEET AT ST EDWARDS 13 THURLOE ST WHERE THERE IS PARKING BEHIND THE CHURCH. COME INTO THE GARDEN AND GO ROUND THE BACK OF THE PRIEST'S HOUSE.