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Sermon for 9 October 2011
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TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR Cycle A BISHOP BRAIN’S VISITATION TO ST KENTIGERNS.. . 9th OCTOBER 2011.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Now the Gospel today is that of the invited Wedding guests and their refusal to attend.

Have you ever been insulted by some one wasting your precious Wedding Invitation by not turning up or telling you they are too busy to attend?

How ungrateful and ungracious these people can be. Well - our Lord is talking about a greater thing than a wedding feast. He is talking about the kingdom of Heaven and the Heavenly Banquet. He is talking about the Wedding Feast of the Lamb Himself in the Kingdom of Heaven - Eternal Life.

Imagine refusing that? It is no wonder the King got mad. This is especially true when they not only had better things to do but actually got so annoyed with the invitation given that they actually murdered some of the servants bearing the Invitations (the Prophets, Saints and the martyrs).

So the consequence is eternal darkness for them and the chattering of teeth - hell - Agh! But it is true - there is no half way house for them. The guy without the wedding garment has always raised questions. You see in our Lord's time everyone got a wedding garment given to them as they came into the wedding feast. So they guy was not a bona fide guest. It is interpreted as one lacking the Baptismal Garment which was freely available but he refused and so is thrown out by the angel bouncers.

So - there we have it. It is a parable about people who make choices and some choices are so negative against the invitation from God to enter into friendship with him that they end up losing everything and it is their own free choice. You could say that we make a God of "FREE CHOICE" BUT WHAT IS THE USE OF CHOICE IF YOU DO NOT CHOOSE RIGHTLY? To worship choice is idolatry. The important choice is to obey God not to choose not to!! Now that is basic is it not? However there are those in Government and the professions who think that choice is above morality and they are badly misguided. So remember – you and I are all invited to the King’s Wedding - don't miss out. Don't use your God given freedom to refuse the invite.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly.

FORTY HOURS AT ST KENTIGERNS AND ST EDWARDS PARISHES: THURSDAY 3RD NOVEMBER TO SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER HAVE THE FORTY HOURS DEVOTION. THE WATCHING AND PRAYING SLOTS ARE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH AND THE CANDLES ARE ON SALE AT £1.25 AND THE VERY LARGE CANDLES AT £10 PLEASE DO NOT LET THE SIDE DOWN AND BOOK THAT HOUR YOU WILL REMAIN BEFORE THE LORD IN THE HOLY SACRAMENT AND KEEP WATCH IN HIS SACRED PRESENCE. THE CHILDREN OF OUR SCHOOL WILL MAKE THEIR VISITS CLASS BY CLASS.

The latest Collection for the APF – the Red Mission Boxes for the Missions abroad was £ . "Many thanks for your generosity, and as ever for the hard work of the all our agents. Next Collection will be early January. God Bless" Raymond Cawley (Treasurer).

NEXT WEEK IS WORLD MISSION DAY. There will be a Second Collection and envelopes are in the benches this week for you to use next week for this Foreign Missions Collection.

ANNUAL MASS COUNT THIS WEEK and next three- YOU MAY SEE A PERSON LOOKING AT YOU. DON'T WORRY THEY WILL HAVE A LITTLE COUNTER IN THEIR HAND AND THEY WILL BE COUNTING HEADS. USUALLY WE HAVE 600 + AT SUNDAY MASS IN ST KENTIGERNS AND 300 + AT ST EDWARDS SO WE WILL SEE IF WE ARE INCREASING OR DECREASING. THE SHORTAGE OF PRIESTS WILL CERTAINLY MEAN PROBABLY ONLY ONE SUNDAY MASS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

MINI BUS DRIVERS - we need more drivers for the bringing of the old and frail to the Sunday Mass at 11 am at St Kentigerns. You have to be 21 - 70 and a clean license. The more agree to help the less times it will be yr turn!! See one of the clergy





Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR 28TH SUNDAY YEAR A.

PRIEST: May we receive the Lord's Invitation to the feast of Heavenly communion with grace and joy as we come to him with all our needs.

Reader: For all those who feel left out of the life of the church for whatever reason and who long to enter the wedding feast. We pray that they will be open to receiving the Wedding garment of Sanctifying grace and live in Christ’s mystery of love. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For all people getting married - that they be loving and faithful all the days of their married life and be fruitful and generous with the gift of children. Lord, in your mercy.

For our Father in God - Bishop Brain - as he visits this community of the Faithful that he will be encouraged by our faith and love. Lord, in your mercy.

For the persecuted Church in India, Iraq, Pakistan,and China whose members have suffered death and destruction of their homes for being Christians - that those who seek to destroy the Christians will be themselves changed in their hearts. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to God all those who lie sick or who have grown frail: Baby Tanor Prasad, Gerry Featherstone, Ronnie Budgett, Peter Haley, Maureen Waring, Jean Corrigan, Loreto Barnett. Lord in your mercy.

May Eternal light shine on those who have died recently: Juli ann Maxwell, Mary Burke, Eileen McCormack, Seamus O'Hara

AND

On all those whose anniversaries occur : Johnny Morris, Mario Mini-archie, Betty Kennedy, Stuart Dale, Francis Dalton, Vera Jenning, Margaret Ryan, Brian Conlan, Brian McCloskey, Maureen Byrne.

MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD...

O MARY CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN. /R PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE. HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE...

Priest: O Lord and merciful Father, listen to the prayers of those you have so kindly invited to the wedding feast of your Son and hear and answer our prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.