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Sermon for 10 April 2011

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT IN CYCLE A . + 10th April 2011. 40th year of our Social Club.


My Dear People,

Next week is Palm Sunday and Palms will be blest at each Mass but the Principal Mass at 11am will be special for our First Communion children because they will gather outside the church with their palms and we will bless the Palms and they will process into the church singing Hosanna to the King of Kings. It might be a bit crowded Ė well I hope it will be. They will each receive a Crucifix on a red ribbon. It signified the love of Jesus poured out for them in order to be able to give them the Supreme Gift of Himself in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

THE RAISING OF LAZARUS is our Lordís greatest and final miracle and caused his enemies to begin the plot to end his life. Is it not amazing that our Lordís miraculous intervention to raise his dead friend Lazarus results in wicked and evil men deciding to kill him who is the Lord of Life? Things donít change do they? It is not that long since the same enemy of mankind tried to end the life of Pope John Paul II.

The raising of Lazarus is a new order of miracle for it finally puts the seal on our Lord credentials as the Only Son of the Father Ė the Chosen One. He is not only Lord over nature such as the Storm at sea, the sick servant, the withered hand, the bleeding woman the water into wine. He is Lord over Death itself- manís ancient enemy which only came into reality after Original Sin.

Here is Christ in full view of the multitude and with a loud voice commanding Lazarus to "Come Out". He does so stumbling because he has still the bandages binding him from his burial rites.

"Unbind Him- let him go free" is our Lordís second command and it is meant on a deeper level than simply the loosening of the bonds of bandages - more in reality the loosening of the bonds of Death itself begins here. The unbinding that comes with a good Confession for one in mortal sin also is symbolised here.

Lazarus died a natural death again later on after our Lordís resurrection but he stands as a symbol of the weakness of deathís bonds now that Christ is here with us. He has overcome death with his own death and so we are faced with a rosy future Ė death has no power over us anymore. Death is a temporary thing Ė interrupted in no time by the intervention of Christ on the last Day when he will command the dead to leave their graves and they will.

The enemies of the Church do exactly the same today. They try to annihilate us by making falsehoods against us and then they close us down by law and regulation and persecution Ė all in the name of progress.

Well - there is no going back. Our Lord has won the victory and death has no power anymore for it is vanquished forever. Yes we hurt when people we love, die, but we do not weep as though we will never see them again in the land of the living. The Holy Souls are living you know Ė they are living beings as are the sanctified in Heaven. We are all part of Christís glorified and Risen Body and he is victorious over all those enemies of humanity. He is the Lord of life.

Passiontide begins and soon Holy Week will be upon us. Make sure you take a Holy Week and Easter Card from the back of the Church.

God bless,

Father Tom Connolly

Mrs Patricia Mimnagh and family thank you for all the Prayers and Masses and Letters of condolence many sent over the sad loss of Tommy. The Vigil Mass this weekend is Tomís Months Mind Mass.


Sam and Sheila O'Keefe thank everyone for the warmth and welcome they received at the Vigil Mass last week on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding.

CHANGES IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOLY MASS. These will come in in Sept Oct this Year. Here is an example Ė the I CONFESS

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Bidding Prayers for 5th Sunday of Lent Year A

Priest: At the voice of the Son of Man, the dead will leave their graves. At His command Lazarus came out from death. May the powerful command of our Saviour be heard throughout the Church as we come to the Father in His name with all our needs and the needs of the whole world, groaning for redemption.

Reader: For all those who are facing death and dying Ė that the voice of Jesus may console them and give them hope and confidence that he will be there for them in their hour of need. Lord hear us.

For all medical staff who comfort the sick and the dying that their care for the sick may reflect the presence of Christ in those who are suffering. We pray especially for the medical staff residing in our parish. Lord hear us.

For the bereaved and especially those recently bereaved and for all our Armed Forces who face death daily - that all may be comforted and helped. May we not turn away from anotherís sorrow. Lord hear us.

For Family Life that this be protected in its God Given dignity and uniqueness. May our families be a source of strength for us all and give us a strong identity and sense of security. Lord hear us.

For all those who have sought our prayers - and we pray for the sick: Irene Farrelly, Mary Tivnan, Betty Wallace, Martin Hoysted, Mrs Mary Molloy, Patrick McBride, Michael Connolly, Agnes Ryan, Maureen Waring. Lord hear us.

We commend to God those who have died recently: Freddy Morgan, John Joseph Reilly, Michael Byrne, Paul Joseph Ryan, John Thomas Byrne AND For all those whose anniversary of death falls about this time: Tommy Mimnagh (vigil), Patrick Stenson (11am), Mary Kerrigan May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen.

Mary Most Holy you were one of the first witnesses to the resurrection of your Son Ė help us follow Him from Calvary to Heaven. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest: Listen Lord to the prayer of your Faithful who come to you with great confidence, believing in your Son as the Way, the Truth and the Life and the light of the grave. Hear and answer our heartfelt prayer. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.