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Sermon for 11 September 2011
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TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME. CYCLE A. (Racial Justice Sunday) 11th September 2011.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Today the Gospel is about the Mercy of God. What a great comfort it is when we hear our blessed Lord talk about forgiving infinitely. Seventy-seven times mean forever for seven was a sacred number. Peter thought he was being generous answering his own question with "seven times". But God IS MERCY itself. It is not a quality of God - in a mysterious way since the Incarnation Jesus Christ IS the mercy of God.

We have to have regard for the story our Lord tells of the unjust servant who was forgiven all his debts. It is very important. The servant when faced with a judgement and a punishment for his wrong doing pleads for forgiveness from his Master and the Master takes pity on him and wipes the debt off. Notice that the servant does ask for the forgiveness of the Master. He does not tell lies and state that it was a "mistake" or an error or a temporary lapse of judgement. He throws himself on the Master’s mercy and receives it without hesitation.

Well so it is with the mercy of God. It is not imposed on us you know. We can hide from it like Adam and Eve did when they tried to evade God and his quest for them after original sin.

It is the same for us in our dealings with others and theirs with us. Sometimes we are the victim of a great hurt and injustice maybe from someone. If they will not ask for forgiveness then it cannot be granted because you cannot impose it. However - the attitude of the Christian believer is that one is always disposed to showing mercy and forgiveness at the first sign of return and even when it is not asked for - the door of one's heart is always disposed to mercy like the Father of the Prodigal Son who ran towards the son and embraced him as soon as he appeared with sorrow in his heart and on his lips.

Indeed this is so important for the mercy we dish out is the mercy we will receive from our Heavenly Father. So - think carefully and reflect and be reconciled if you need to be and they are willing. Then we will be like our Heavenly Father who lets his sun and rain fall upon the just and the unjust. Mercy wins many over and forgiveness gives the soul a freedom and a joy.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


OUR LADY'S BIRTHDAY. The MANGALOREAN KONKANI COMMUNITY had a great celebration at on Saturday at a special Mass for the Indians Catholics of areas as far as Nottingham. Pray for the Catholics of India some of whom are being murdered and their churches and institutions torched at times by Hindu extremists. I thank them for the £50 donation to the parish.

OPEN DAYS AT ST BEDE'S COLLEGE : Tues 6th Oct 6pm – 8pm. NOVEMBER 5th : Open Morning 9.30 – 12.30. and 14TH NOV 6PM-8PM. TEL 226 3323. MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE and MEANS TESTED.

DISABILITY. Tell us if you are in need and we are failing to provide for your needs.

38th ROSARY CRUSADE ANNUAL CRUSADE – WAS HELD IN PLATT FIELDS ON SATURDAY.

Collection: £885 , Gift Donations for the Re-decorating £95, Minibus Driver Martin Hoysted.

COST OF FUEL. We have had notice that the Industrial Price of Gas for our Diocese and Parish will rise. NOW THAT INVOLVES THE CHURCH AND THE PARISH. I will put the heating in the church on at 14-15 C, in winter, twenty four hours, so that the church is always just warm and does not heat up from cold, so no water starts running down the walls and ruining the new paintwork. We will have to increase the collection a little bit to pay what will be 25% increase. I only have the house heated for 4 hours per day and the rest of the time we wear thermal and woollens.

SEPTEMBER 11TH The memory of the Twin Towers etc. - all that loss of innocent life which is why we remember the victims today and sing The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

FATHER MARTIN WOULD LIKE TO SAY FAREWELL IN THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR THE GREAT HELP HE HAS BEEN AND FOR HIS STIMULATING COMPANY





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 24th Sunday

Priest: O Lord and Eternal FATHER, LOOK UPON US WITH MERCY AND HEAR THE PRAYERS WE MAKE IN OUR GREAT NEED.

Reader: On the Anniversary of the Pope’s Pastoral and State Visit to our country - that his teaching will go deeper into our souls and that the restored Friday Abstinence Penance may be fruitful . Lord hear us.

For Father Martin as he returns to his studies in Rome that he will blessed by the Lord for his work amongst us. Lord hear us.

For family life and for the unity and peace in the home. We pray for spouses that they may always make up and forgive – for the offspring that they help to create a peace and goodness in their home. Lord hear us.

For the mercy of God to be more widely known and acclaimed - that sinners may have the confidence to return to the arms of Christ, and that enemies be reconciled. Lord hear us.

On this Racial Justice Sunday that all who work truly for good relations between the various cultures we come from, be blessed with the success only the Holy Spirit can bestow. Lord hear us.

For all the sick that our Lord's healing hand may touch them and strengthen them: Maureen Waring, Sam O'Keefe, Mary Molloy, Mary Tivnan, Peggy Banahan, Ernest Booth. Lord hear us.

For all who have died recently that they may know God's Mercy: Ann Doogan, Martin Fadian, Father George's Father, C. J. Joseph and for all whose anniversaries fall about this time: For the Victims of the 9/11 Attack on America, Mary and Thomas Cummings, Beryl Kennedy, Norma Clavin VIGIL MASS, Canon O'Brien, Finbar Sheehan, Sean McCleary (9am), Martina and Selena Breheny (11.00 Sept 11th), Joseph Kearney, Gregory Leach, Bridget Mooney, Joseph Mallin, Bernard Cummings May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Mary is known as the Mother of Mercy, may her prayers assist her children as we cry in out in our need. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. ..Hail Mary, full of..

Priest: It is your will Lord God to show us your mercy and love. Grant that with this help from on high we may find the courage to seek you and your will with all our hearts. Grant these prayers and petitions through Christ our Lord. Amen.