Message From The Parish Priest
THE MOST HOLY TRINITY + 30TH MAY 2010 year cycle C. Year of the Priests.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
It is Trinity Sunday and this is the day when we focus on the very heart of the Christian Revelation - the nature of the Triune God.
We would not expect the true God to be "simple" would we? We are very complex creatures and full of knowledge and the ability to love and to choose and to grow. In all these we reflect the nature of God in whose image we are made above all other forms of His creation. As the Psalmist says "you have man a little less than a god". So much for the Greens who see us as simply Carbon Footprints!
We would not know of the Holy Trinity unless it was for our Lord speaking about the Persons of the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT or ADVOCATE and himself as THE SON of the Father and him existing before "Time". We are talking of deep, deep things here and human language is straining at the edges to express the truth about the Divine Nature. After all we are creatures not God.
It has been the task of the Catholic Church throughout the ages to test the definitions of the Divine Nature to make sure they conformed to the truth revealed by God. Some fell into heresy in order to describe how Christ was divine and human. One would emphasise one to the detriment of the other and so forth. The danger now is that we make Christ out to be a social reformer or teacher of tolerance! We reduce the Christian Faith to being "nice and kind".
God is three and God is One as Cardinal Newman wrote in his famous hymn to the Triune God. All are equal; all have the One nature - the Divine nature. Christ by becoming man is not diminished or limited. It is God who died for us and rose again in his humanity but you cannot separate the humanity from the divinity.
In many places in Europe you will find the main Squares of towns and cities have monuments to the Holy Trinity. This is true of the old Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland, Austria and Malta and Italy.
These are the cities and towns which were either overrun or threatened with takeovers by Islamic armies in the 17th Century or before. They are only too aware of what they were fighting for and struggling with - the very existence of a Christian civilisation. It is all very well to preach tolerance - which usually means tolerance for everybody and everything except Catholic teaching and Christian teaching and morals.
There would be no mercy shown to the Christian inhabitants of Constantinople when it fell. The whole area of Byzantium is now reduced to 100.000 Christians and yet it was an entirely Christian civilisation before it fell to the Islamic Armies. In Spain the Muslims were not forced to be baptised they were simply told to leave and off they went to N. Africa from where they had invaded Spain in the first place. If they had won we would be all very different in our value and lifestyle and dress and belief about God.
All that is history now but history teaches us many lessons. Religion has defined the culture of these islands since Patrick, Augustine, Aidan and Columba came to us bringing the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. The values we have, the pattern of marriage and civil life and so on, are all dictated by Christianity defined as Trinitarian. We need to value more and more our roots and our inheritance.
We have to vote in the European Elections. The M.E.P.s can not even bring themselves to mention the Christian faith in their "roots" of civilisation reference in the Euro Constitution. They mentioned Roman and Greek civilization and the Enlightenment and that was as much as they wanted to say. They are in denial. They walk in darkness, not knowing the where they come from. It is no wonder they force such bad and unjust laws on us believers. The Pope has said that they must find their roots again in the Christian culture otherwise Europe will be lost.
Happy Holy Trinity and remember - Easter duties time finishes today.
Fr Tom Connolly
TO ROME TO JOIN THE HOLY FATHER FOR THE CLOSING CEREMONIES OF THE YEAR OF THE PRIESTS. Me and Fr Flynn, The Bishop and 27 other priests will be going to Rome for this event for 5 days on 8 June. I will pray for you at the tomb of St Peter and your special needs and intentions which I alone know about!!!
FIRST COMMUNION SUNDAYS. Sunday 13th June at the 11am Mass Mr O'Keefe's and Mrs Hame's Class will be making their First Holy Communion . The car park will be very full so avoid parking in it if you are regular - for your own sakes!
Divine Mercy schoolchildren make their First Communion on June 20th Sunday at the 10am Mass. Nice title and the first school in Britain to be named after this title of our Blessed Lord of Krakow appearances.
Happy Half term to our schools.
THE PAPAL VISIT. OUR EVENT IS THE COVENTRY AIRPORT EVENT WHICH IS THE BEATIFICATION MASS OF CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN. ON SUNDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER. AFTER MASS TODAY THERE WILL BE A CARD FOR YOU TO REGISTER YOUR INTENTION TO TAKE UP A SEAT ON A COACH (INC THE TICKET) TO TRAVEL TO THE POPE ON THAT DAY BY COACH ORGANISED THROUGH THE DIOCESE. IT WILL BE HAVING PICK UP POINTS. THIS WILL BE A GREAT EVENT INDEED AND I WANT MANY OF YOU TO REGISTER - YOU RETURN THE SAME DAY. WEBSITE: www.thepapalvisit.org.uk
Association of our Lady of Mount Carmel. A day in honour of Mary Immaculate at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 19th June from 11.00-12.30 Adoation - then Lunch break and the 2.00 Mass, Rosary, Sermon, Benediction and Enrolment in the Brown Scapular close at 5.30. Coach leaves St Edwards at 9.00am, £10. Book with Mary Walsh 474 0964.
NATIONAL SHRINE TO PADRE PIO DAY OF PRAY AND REFLECTION AT PANTASAPH, N. WALES FRANCISCAN CENE. SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER BRING PACKED LUNCH - COACH £13.50 LEAVES FROM ST EDWARDS PROMPT AT 9.00 and RETURNS 5.00PM. ALL BOOKING WITH M. WALSH 474 0964.
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