FIFTH SUNDAY A + 6TH FEBRUARY 2011.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
It is a short Gospel today but one which is full of promise and hope.
Our Lord, who knows his own Church (his Body) through and through explains its effectiveness by comparing it to the effect of a city built on a Hill (can't miss it), a lamplight in a dark room (can't miss it) and salt in your food (you can taste it).
In other words - where Jesus has true disciples who love him and worship him as God and the Saviour of the world, then these people as a community and as individuals will shine out in the midst of everything else.
It is an essential sign of spiritual health that the Body of Christ present on earth fills those outside with wonder at the great things done in the works and the lives of believers. Our Lord says that "seeing your GOOD WORKS they may give praise to your Father in Heaven."
So the world needs to be able to SEE the goodness and the good works done by the followers of Christ. So for example - the Catholic church world wide today gives care and treatment to more AIDS sufferers than any other Organization. This is a fact. Most of the Leprosy sufferers in the world today are helped and healed by the Catholic Church - another example.
We always have to ask ourselves how our witness is in the sight of men is. Do those outside see your Good Works so that they praise the God of the Christians?
St John Bosco the founder of the Salesians who died in 1888 transformed the life of the youth of Turin and then the youth of many cities throughout the world. He founded industrial schools for the poor kids left with no education and no future. He founded an order of Nuns to do the same for the girls. Thousands joined the new Order and took the gift of education and formation of neglected youth to a new level of excellence. He changed the world as did all the saints.
Look at Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in our own day and the soon to be beatified (in May) Pope John Paul II. In India a bye word for charity is "Who do you think I am? Mother Teresa?" Did her light shine? It shone so brightly that the whole world saw her funeral on the Telly. I was once in Glasgow when Mother Teresa visited a new foundation and she was mobbed by tens of thousands who came out to set their eyes of this giant of Christ's love for the poor and the outcast. She was setting up a shelter for broken and boozed up women from the streets of Glasgow. The Sisters would go out and bring them in to their shelter and care for them.
So you see the light does shine for the world to see and its shines out in our lives too if you love Jesus and you must make sure it shines. If you love Him things change and like salt (or the lack of it) you cannot miss it. So get shining everyone!
Fr Tom Connolly
Today the BISHOP LAUNCHES THE NEW CHARITY OF OUR DIOCESE THAT COVERS THE OLD RESCUE SOCIETY AND THE CATHOLIC WELFARE, CORNERSTONES AND other SOCIEITES THAT NEEDED A NEW SHAPE.
An envelope will be given to you today. Take it home and put some cash in it and if you pay tax fill in your name. If you do not pay tax leave it blank. RETURN IT NEXT SUNDAY. CARITAS IS THE NEW NAME FOR THE CHARITIABLE WORKS OF THE DIOCESE IN ITS MANY FORMS FROM SHELTERING SINGLE MOTHERS AND THEIR BABES TO FEEDING AND CLOTHING THE HOMELESS. THE RESCUE SOCIETY IS NOW SUBSUMED UNDER ITS TITLE - SALFORD CARITAS. Bishop Brain wants to see all these works of Christ's people be effective and focussed. Do be generous won't you?
MARY COLBERT: Tom and his family want to thank you for all the letters and cards and Masses given at the death of Mary. They wish to thank you for your huge presence at the Reception or the Funeral Mass. Mass will be offered for your Intentions.
Bidding 5th A
Priest: God's love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his Only Son that we might have life in him. He is he light which illumines the darkness. We are able to love because he loved us first and so we pray.
Reader: We have been sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit,: confirm us in your service and help us to bear witness to you in the society in which we live and have our being. Lord hear us.
Let us pray for the work of CARITAS DIOCESE OF SALFORD AND FOR ALL WHO WORK FOR THE NEEDY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN OUR DIOCESE AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. MAY OUR EFFORTS BE SUPPORTED TO THAT TOGETHER WE CAN BRING ABOUT THE LIGHT OF CHRIST. Lord hear us.
Before He suffered He longed to eat he Passover of the Holy Mass with his apostles - as we take part in this Holy Sacrifice let us pray for those fellow believers in Iraq, China, Pakistan, Eygpt and all other places where they are killed and blown up for their attending the Mass. Lord hear us.
We pray for all families who are caring for their sick members. May they continue to find the courage and strength to minister loving care and we particularly pray for the MRI, Christie and Wythenshawe Hospitals and our sick: Marian Johnson, Lillian O'Moore, Martin Hoysted, Betty Wallace, Mary Tivnan, Allan Little, Maureen Waring, Margaret Bruen. Lord hear us.
Remember Lord all those who put their trust and hope in you while they lived - through the passion and death of your Son grant them the remission of all their sins and a place of Light and Life: Una McLoughlin, Coreen McGovern, Mary Colbert, Deila Connolly, Enda Devavanny, Barbara Wannopp, Helena OLEJNI-CZIAK, Dominic Stenson and For those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Ida Sheehan (11am), Mellissa Jones, Arthur Wannopp, Marjorie Feathstone, Mary King, Judith Brook, Brian Geraghty, Caitlin Bor-cheeds, Teresa George, Tom Burke, Maureen Galvin (9am).
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