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Sermon for 6 November 2011
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THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY CYCLE A . + 6TH NOVEMBER 2011.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

This week we have begun the solemn commemoration of the Dead with the feast of All Souls. The doctrine of the Catholic Church is this: when we reach the point of death there is still much to be done for the remission of the damage done by confessed sins (and indeed forgotten ones). The collateral damage to the soul is like the damage on an old, old tree. When it is cut down you can read its history by looking at it rings – the drought years, the wet years, the lightening strikes, the wind breakages the youth digging their penknives into it- the worms or beetles who have chewed at it - it is all there to be seen. So it is with our souls. At the moment of death comes judgement and we are before our Saviour and our Judge. The great book is opened about the good and evil I have done in my pilgrimage of life.

If we have kept faith and not died in mortal sin then there is a little sojourn in Purgatory where we are purified and our sins are remitted due to Christ’s Merits and helped by the relatives and the prayers of all the Saints.

It is a holy place to be and we are called Holy Souls. We no longer choose good or evil, sin and grace - we are beyond all that now. However – we are purified in that place rather like a spiritual physio room where we are made able to be fit for the life of heaven. We could compare Purgatory to the decompression Chamber of the Deep Sea Diver – it enables the diver to live again on the earth’s surface.

If you have been in the dark you need to get your eyes accustomed to the light gradually. That is what Purgatory is. It is painful and we long for the face of Jesus which we glimpsed in the moment of our death and judgement.

The prayers of the faithful on earth can assist us. Our Lady constantly intercedes for the Holy Souls and so do our friends, the Saints of God. In every Mass they are prayed for.

We are in fact still very much part of the Body of Christ. We are the Church "suffering" but we are saved and we know that Heaven awaits us.

So all those names you have written down and the Masses which are being offered and the intercessory prayers uttered will all go towards the speedy release of our loved ones into the glory of heaven. Do not let them wait for our petitions. Calmly and with confidence in God we should say the "Eternal Rest..." prayer for them, each day of this month. Me and Father George will offer many Masses for those souls you have asked us to pray for during this time.

So God Bless and keep your lamps light and be ready for when our Lord calls you in whatever "watch of the night". The Wise ones who waited for the Bridegroom's return (Our Blessed Lord of course) had brought the spare oil for their lamps. In other words they had a great supply of Divine Grace and did not run out of that by the time the Bridegroom arrived and thy were ready with laps lit to "go out to meet him." You must be ready to greet the Heavenly Bridegroom.

The sight of the Altar during the Forty Hours was a spiritual uplift and a delight to the eyes of the souls don’t you think? Each one of those candles had names written on them – living and dead and you wrote that dedication. Each lighted candle was a person's expression of faith in the Eucharistic Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. What sea of Light your faith made present. It was like a little glimpse of Heaven with the beauty of the wax candles and the lovely red and white flower arrangements so thank you all who came to pray. Each class in our school came to pray in the Church during this Forty Hours Devotion. Each light represented a person honouring Jesus. Well done. The church was never empty.

Like the Wise Virgins with God’s help we will all make it in the end.

Father Tom Connolly


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY next Sunday. WE WILL JOIN THE NATION IN REMEMBERING THE WAR DEAD AT THE 11 O'Clock MASS WHICH WILL BE A REQUIEM MASS. THE READING WILL REMAIN THE SAME.

ST EDWARDS: THE 10AM MASS WILL BE A REQUIEM MASS FOR THE WAR DEAD. THE READINGS WILL REMAIN THE SAME THOUGH.

ST KENTIGERN'S CHRISTMAS FAYRE SUNDAY . 27th November after the 11 O'Clock Mass. SEARCH AROUND NOW FOR ALL THOSE UNWANTED GIFTS, THE GROCERIES, THE BOTTLES OF SPIRIT OR SHAMPOO, THE NO LONGER USED TOYS AND BRIC-A-BRAC, SOFT TOYS, WHITE ELEPANT, JAMS, CDs, DVDs books and etc.. AND ANYTHING WHICH WILL SELL. GET BAKING YOU BAKERS FOR THE CAKE STALL I HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM IN THE FREEZER TO STORE THEM! If no answer at the presbytery you can, after midday leave things at the Bar in the Social Club.

There will be Fr Christmas and games for the children to play like Lucky Dip etc. WOULD ALL THOSE WHO NORMALLY HELP or would like to start to help WITH THE FAYRE PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU DID NOT MAKE THE MEETING LAST THURSDAY!

OLD GREGORAINS ARE HAVING THEIR ANNUAL MASS FOR THE DECEASED MEMBERS AT ST KENTIGERNS’ ON FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM .. Refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre and a chance to meet up with old school mates and staff.

FROM THE BISHOP’S DESK. Fr Parkinson from St Bernards to Bishop’s Secretary, Fr Stamp from Bishop’s Sec to PP in St Anne’s Accrington, Fr Michael Kujacz to PP at St Bernards, Burnage. Fr Frncis Keruvelil of Kerala , India to be Assisant to Fr Curley at St Cuthberts. Fr Anthony Kay our Vicar General has been made a Canon along wih Fr Paul Brindle .

Collection- £828.

9TH NOV :THE FEAST OF ST JOHN LATERAN is the celebration of the Pope Benedict's Cathedral in Rome. Many popes are buried there and the head of St John the Baptist is above the High Altar. This feast is kept in every diocese of the Latin Church out of respect for the Holy See of Rome, occupied first of all by St Peter himself – the prince of the Apostles and the first Pope.

GIFT AID AND PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES WILL BE READY SOON. If you give by envelope or Standing Order I can claim the tax you have paid back at the end of the year. The only condition is that you pay tax of some kind and that you give by the special box of envelopes or Standing Order at the bank.

Bishop’s household and Office Second Collection next Week. This will go towards running the Bishop’s Office and house so do be kind to our dear Bishop won’t you. Each of us clergy are taxed £100 for this Need

Dublin Eucharisitic Congress - 10-17 June 2012. www.iec2012.ie online forms on this site. This will be a big International event and the Pope has chosen Dublin for the event for good reasons. The Bishop would like us to go as a delegation from our diocese. Fr Pat Deegan is the coordinator 226 1730 or





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 32nd Sunday abc

Priest: We adore and praise our God who reigns above all the heavens. He is the Lord of all things and before him all creation is as nothing.

Reader: Lord be with us as we start this new week on this Day which you have called your own, move our hearts to seek you and our wills to serve you all our days. Lord in youjr mercy.

Protect our Armed Forces wherever they are and may they stand for integrity and justice in their fight against those who see us as their enemy. Lord in your mercy.

Deepen our awareness of presence in this world; where there is conflict and war, hunger and injustice - help us to work for the good of all and especially our brothers and sisters scattered throughout the nations and for the suffering Catholic church in Iraq. Lord in your mercy.

Help us to always be prepared for when the Heavenly Bridegroom calls us that we will be not be left unprovided with the grace we need to enter the feast of heaven. Lord in your mercy.

For all those preparing for the sacrament of marriage in our community – that they may be given the gift of faithful and fruitful love and unity. May they be a blessing on their children and their children a blessing on them. Prosper family life O Lord and bless it as you blest the Wedding at Cana. Lord in your mercy.

Lord your servants are sick and long for healing and wholeness – we intercede for all our dear ones who are ill or frail and for their carers: - Archana Prasad, Maryu Fitzgerald, Ann Dolan, Mary,Reddington, Veronica Budgett, Maureen Smith, Nan Brown, Baby Tanor Prasad and Baby Francis Xavier Price, Peter Haley, Maureen Waring and Mary Tivnan. Lord in your mercy.

For all those souls who have died recently: - Sister Lucy of the Little Sisters and Sister Elizabeth FCJ, Margaret Mary Currie ,Jack Nestor and Ann Casey and for all the holy souls and all whose anniversaries fall about now and those in the November Lists:- Rita Mary Ryan (11am) , Brendan Ryan (11th Nov 9.30) , Mary and Michael K.McGarrell, Marta Mini-archie Bridget Lambe, (VIGIL) Marjorie Featherstone, Carl Featherstone, Jessica Fagan, Morris and Teresa Cain, Eric Fisher, Adrian Fisher (8th Nov 9.30) Rita Mary Ryan, Margaret Dowling (7th Nov 9.30) Afram Zaer.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed thru the mercy of God, rest in Peace. Mary is the Mother of all the Living and the Helper of the Holy Souls : we honour her: O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest: God our Father we offer you these prayers on this holy day of the Resurrection. In your mercy forgive our faults and perfect within us the gifts you have given in such abundance. Through Christ our. Amen