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Sermon for 18 September 2011
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TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME. + 18th SEPTEMBER 2011. cycle A

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

The Largesse of God!! How kind and generous is Almighty God. How small we are in the context of the great Universe and yet God has humbled Himself and come down to us through Mary to reveal to us his nature and to give us a share in the Divine Nature. Modern man cannot find this possible. He says that even if God did exist we could never know him and certainly he would not care for us in every detail of our lives. The very idea of the Creator Lord being also our Brother (in Jesus) and our Eternal Father is beyond imagination. Yet our religion tells us again and again from the lips of the only one who can tell us (God made Man) that we are the supreme object of God's tender and detailed love. He watches over us and gives us wonderful gifts each day.

His generosity does not follow rational lines as the Labourers in the Vineyard discovered. The ones who worked in the heat of the day for 8 hours get the same wage as the ones who spent only a few hours in the cooler part of the afternoon. The lesson is this - it is not a lesson in industrial relations...the lesson is that God will never give up even on the one who puts off entering the work of the harvest. For some the return to God might come later in life and they can grow in grace very quickly after the forgiveness of sins. Look at the Ugandan Martyrs. Some of these lads were still under instruction in the Faith when they were burnt alive and were therefore baptised in their own blood. Matt Talbot spent his life under the booze cloud but in the end became a "saint".

Our Lord is preparing the apostles for the entry of the Gentiles into his Church. The Church of the new Israel would not be by physical descent from Abraham but by Baptism into Christ. The Non Jews would become part of God's Chosen People centuries after the time of Abraham and they would receive even greater graces from God as they Jews had before them.

This did not come easily to those who listened to the Divine Master. When our Lord says "the last shall be first..." they would have been offended. Our Lord points to generosity of the Landowner and the owner of the Vineyard is Christ and his Vine is US - "I am the Vine and you are the Branches." The Vineyard was an ancient reference to Israel the Vineyard of the Lord and Israel was the vine which yielded good fruit or bad fruit. The Prophets would say that the Vineyard of Israel had produced sour grapes or that the weeds had been allowed to grow and the hedge protecting it had been broken and no one had repaired it. Well - we can readily understand this symbol in the light of history.

Today we pray that those who have come at the ninth hour will feel as welcome as those who have borne the heat of the day. God will not be outdone in generosity.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


OPEN EVENING AT LORETO HIGH SCHOOL WILL BE THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER FROM 6.30 - 8PM THE RESULTS THIS YEAR WERE BETTER THAN EVER - GOING UP EACH YEAR. 85% OF THE STUDENTS ACHIEVED 5 (A*-C) INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS. I urge all catholic parents to send their children to this excellent Catholic school which provides a Catholic Education for the Whole Person and provides religious and moral Instruction in the Catholic Faith as we do at St Kentigern's and Divine Mercy school. Catholic parents should send their children to the schools provided by our Church.

If you are St Edwards the High School is another great school- St Peters.

FALLOWFIELD CREDIT UNION. THE AGM WILL BE HELD ON TUES 22ND SEPTEMBER BETWEEN 8PM AND 9PM. PLEASE MEMBERS - ATTEND THIS MEETING WHERE A REPORT WILL BE GIVEN AND AN ACCOUNT OF THE EXCELLENT AND UNPAID WEEKLY WORK DONE FOR THE C.U. BY THOSE WHO RUN IT. I WILL BE ON A PILGRIMAGE TO ST THERESA'S PLACE WITH THE BISHOP AND CLERGY FOR 4 AND A HALF DAYS SO I WILL NOT BE THERE. HOWEVER I DO SUPPORT THE CREDIT UNION AND AM A MEMBER. IT IS A GREAT WAY OF SAVINGING YOUR DOSH AND BORROWING WHEN YOU NEED TO IN AMOUNTS THE BANKS WOULD BE INTERESTED IN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE OFFICERS WHO SO UNSELFISHLY EACH WEEK SERVE THE MEMBERS IN THEIR NEEDS. Fr Connolly

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION WILL begin 3rd November to Sunday 6th November. CANDLES WILL BE ON SALE NEXT WEEK FOR THIS ANNUAL DEVOTION AND EXPRESSION OF LOVE AND FAITH IN OUR LORD IN HIS PRESENCE IN THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR.

Thanks to the people who have given me nearly £300 toward to decorating of the Church. It cost nearly £6000 and a great job has been done. The woodwork and the gold on the high altar has all been washed and it was full of soot believe me, I saw it. The Only thing left is to re-varnish the doors.

Mass of the Dead for Father George's father next Saturday at 11.30am





Bidding Prayers

Bidding prayers for 25 th Sunday of the Year A

Priest: O heavenly Father - we come to the throne of divine mercy in heartfelt trust, seeking your help in all our needs.

Reader: That God's generous mercy be understood by our generation so that many will have the courage to turn to God. We pray especially for those who have fallen away from practise of the faith. Lord hear us.

We pray for all those who have suffered the loss of those dear to them - especially for widows and widowers that God may Comfort them. We pray for the victims of the anti catholic riots in India . Lord hear us.

We pray for all who work on the soil and for the fruits of the land and the sea at this harvest time. We thank the Lord for the fertility of the earth. Lord hear us.

For the sick we pray that God will help them and comfort them: Betty Wallace, Maureen Waring, Mary Molloy, Mary Tivnan, Sam O'Keefe, Ann McKenna, Margaret Flatley, Peggy Banahan, Peggy Bohan, Ernie Booth,, Highie Foran Dave Clegg, John Price and Eddie Kenny. . Lord hear us.

For those who have died: John Donellan, Derick Black and for all those whose anniversaries fall now: Pat McCormack, Pat Creamer, John Hunt, Martin Tivnan (VIGIL), Infant Ronan Donnelly, Tommy Martin, Jack Whitely and Bridie Kelly

May their souls and the souls...

Mary is the mother of all the living and the help of Christians - may she pray for us her children: Hail Mary...

O Mary, conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

PRIEST: O Lord, hear the prayers your servants offer you from your precious vineyard of your Holy Church and hear and grant our prayers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.