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Sermon for 7 August 2011
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NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR + A 7th August 2011.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

August they say is a silly month for news and other trivia but for some it is the most important part of the year - the family holiday. It is always wonderful to behold mothers and fathers playing with their children and seeing the children bask in the love of their parents and brothers and sisters, happy and care free.

For me my holiday was a real relaxation one with serious chill out on the coast of Naples underneath the watchful eye of the volcano Vesuvius - the volcano which destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD

The Gospel today is such a lesson for the Church. Like a storm tossed boat she moves through the waters of this world, bearing within it the Saviour of mankind, Jesus Christ our Lord. He appears to be asleep. We cry out with the Apostles, "Lord save us or we will perish" and we are full of fear. I am full of fear when I see that the Catholic priesthood is a dying breed. There is no Church without priests and there are too few of us. But - I must not be afraid. Christ in the barque of Peter and headed by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict - we will continue to bear Christ in the heart of the boat and he will not allow our craft to sink even if it might appear to be overwhelmed sometimes by the power of the tempest and the wind and the sea. Not for us to be called "men of little faith" eh?

The situation in Ireland is bad for the Church with the Prime Minister demanding the Seal of Confession be broken and bitterly attacking the entire Church for every ill in Irish Society. He and his mates want to take over from the Church the schools and hospitals for nowt and form the youth of Ireland in Secularism – "No God". Believe me that is the plan. He is very anti Church. The Church is made up of us all - the Mother Teresa's and the great sinners. It suits the politicians to kick us and blame us all for the sins of a few. He even attacked the person of the Holy Father as though Pope Benedict had anything to do with the diocese of Cloyne.

We must have confidence. The Church headed by the modern Peter is the same boat which Peter left beseeching his Divine Master to beckon him. As he felt the force of the waves he took his eyes and focus off our Lord and experienced that sinking feeling. But you will notice that although Peter panicked the Master ‘s hand was there straightaway and held Peter and in an instant they we in the boat and the wind fell. Peter experienced a supernatural intervention there you know. Pope John Paul, Blessed John Paul 11 used to say “Push out into the deep”. He id it by example and look what he did for God in a world which did not exactly go along with his teaching. Let us meditate on this account and apply it to the Church in Salford.

The Bishop and the Diocese are in Lourdes this week with the many sick and they will be praying for us all and the rest of the sinners as our Lady told Bernadette. Nine hundred pilgrims I think.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


REQUIEM MASS FOR THOSE BURIED IN SOUTHERN CEMETERY WILL BE CELEBRATED IN THE CATHOLIC SECTION ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, 29 AUG AT 11AM. IF IT RAINS IT WILL BE AT ST. AMBROSE'S. Bring a folding chair with you.

CORNERSTONES Denmark Rd, ANNUAL REPORT IS ALSO IN THE PORCH.

XAVARIAN COLLEGE: If you are worried about examination results, or already know that you would like to re-sit GCSE's for Am levels in a warm, supportive environment where you will excel, contact Admissions at Xavarian College. We can offer advice and a comprehensive range of courses to suit all needs. Phone 0161 224 1781.

CORNERSTONES DAY CENTRE WOULD LIKE YOU TO DONATE. Tinned meats, ham, corned beef etc, Tuna, Jam and Marmalade, Bics, Tea Bags and Coffee, Large Cheeses, Large Marge or Butter packs, Soups tinned, Toilet Rolls, Sugar, Tinned Veg and good quality, dry cleaned clothing and bedding and crates of Gin.(joke)

Shayne ward attended the funeral Mass of his aunt Mrs Eileen Ryan on Tuesday. He was in our Club after the burial at Southern and he even sang there. What a coup for Mr Kevin Fitzpatrick.. I got chatting to him and he seemed to me a thoroughly nice and gentle and humble young man.





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