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Sermon for 20 November 2011
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SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL KING. + 20th NOVEMBER 2011.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

The feast of Christ the King brings in the end of the Ecclesiastical Year which goes from the First Sunday of Advent, next week to the Solemnity of Christ the King each year. The Liturgical Cycle as it is called, takes us through our Blessed Lord's foretelling - his arrival, his birth, the Magi, the Shepherds etc through to his youth and the Divine Teachings of the Master – his suffering, miracles, persecution – passion, death and Resurrection - Ascension and OUR Lord's sending of the Paraclete. By the end of the year - today - we are looking forward to the End Time when Christ will come from the heavens, clothed in power and great glory to judge us all – the living and the dead. His Kingdom will have no end. "Everyone will see Him." It will not be a hidden affair like the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

In-between all these events in our Lord’s life we celebrate the saints lives, in Our Lady’s Assumption – he Immaculate Conception – the feasts of SS Peter and Paul etc. So, if we attend the Mass week in week out, each year we will have re-lived the great Redemptive mysteries of our Lord's life on earth to the point where he establishes his Church. We are the living members of that Church – Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

It is National Youth Sunday too so we pay homage to our youth and tell them how much they are loved and respected and how much we look to them for the future.

This Feast was brought in in the 1920's to counteract the rise of dictatorships which demanded the adherence of the populace and wanted them to abandon the Christian Faith and indeed were determined to wipe it out - Think of the rise of the Fascist and the Communists – both atheistic and anti Christ. The Pope said recently that the next anti Christ will be an environmentalist! These people demanded you believe their falsehoods. They write their own Programme for mankind. Think of the attempt to make Marriage a legal reality amongst same sex couples. Think of the kids left unadopted because the poor couple do not fit into the P.C. world of the Social Work Department !

The Rulers will have a lot to answer for you know when Christ judges us as He will. They are bringing in "Regulations" now – which will make it impossible to hold Catholic or Christian beliefs about marriage and family life from the Christian standpoint. If a person/student feels that the speaker or the lesson is hostile to their orientation they can call the Police. I can see the day when we will - in our schools - be forced by law to teach marriage and civil partnerships as equal. It is very unlikely that our Catholic Children's Rescue Society (Caritas now) and the 8 others similar organisations in the Church in this country will survive the adoption rules which operate in the future within a Catholic ethos. They have lost in the Courts so far and it has cost them a small fortune in Legal fees. Imagine refusing good parents the chance to adopt because the Catholic Adoption can only recommend a child to go to married people (or single) Unless we agree to place Catholic children with same sex couples we will not get funding and be guilty of a crime. I tell you now – that by the time five years are up we will have priests in goal for teaching the Catholic and Christian Faith and its Morals. We need as a Church to "test" these things to see if we can get them on restriction of religious freedom. Trafford Council has forbidden the celebration of Christmas in its schools according to a parent I know in Flixton.

When Christ will come again he will judge. Our generation with its slaughter of the innocents and the terrible cruelty to babies who are tortured to death whilst the Civil authorities look on. They will have to answer before the pure truth of Christ. May the Lord have mercy upon them and upon us all. We live in difficult times don't we? What will be the eventual outcome? Our Lord will be triumphant – that we can be sure of. Christ is still the Universal King but as he said to Pilate "My kingdom is not of this world – if it was I would not be standing here in front of you." Remember that – Pilate's empire crumbled but Christ’s did not and it won't now. We belong to him and he is the Victor.

God Bless you all for Advent next Sunday.

Father Tom Connolly


COME TO THE CHRISTMAS FAIR WE HOLD ON SUNDAY NEXT AT MIDDAY IN THE PARISH CENTRE AND HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH LOADS OF BARGAINS TO BE HAD A FEW GAILIC COFFEES TO BE SUPPED and a fine time will be had by all. There is time to bring in those Bottles of booze for the Bottle stall and tombola prizes. TODAY I ASK YOU TO TAKE A FEW BOOKS OF RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THE NEW YEAR DRAW AND SELL THEM.

God bless,

Father Tom Connolly

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE FOR FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN WITH INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS IS ON SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER AT 4 PM HERE IN CHURCH. YOU COULD MAKE THIS YOUR ADVENT CONFESSION.

KEVIN FITZPATRICK HAS WON THE "CHARITY CLUB OF THE YEAR" AWARD AT THE "CLUB MIRROR" ANNUAL AWARDS HELD IN THE PALACE HOTEL COMPETING WITH 15,000 OTHER SOCIAL CLUBS IN BRITAIN. SHOWS YOU HOW LUCKY WE ARE IN HAVING KEVIN TO RUN OUR CENTRE. CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN AND THANK YOU.

DON THE CARD GAME IS PLAYED EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE OUR CLUB AND AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS TURKEYS AND JOINTS OF MEAT. WHY NOT COME ALONG AND ENJOY THE CHANCE AND THE PRIZES.

THE OFFERTORY GIFT ENVELOPES FOR THE YEAR ARE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. THOSE WHO ARE IN THEGIFT AID OR STANDING ORDER HAVE THEIR NAMES ON THEM IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. THE BLANKS BOXES DO NOT, AND IF YOU USE A BOX PLEASE TAKE ANY OF THE BLANK ONES. WE HAD LOTS OF GAPS - HENCE THE REORDERING. Thank you for your help. Fr Connolly.

OLD GREGORIANS HAVE THEIR ANNUAL MASS ON FRIDAY AT 7.30 FOLLOWED BY A DRINK AND A BITE IN THE CLUB.

THE BROTHERS OF THE DIDSBURY CIRCLE OF CATENIANS HAVE THEIR ANNUAL MASS AT 11AM TODAY TO PRAY FOR THE SOULS OF THEIR BRETHREN.





Bidding Prayers

Christ the King Bidding prayers.

Priest: On this solemnity of Christ our Universal king - we come to pay him homage and to offer our faithful service and to seek his help in our universal need.

On this Youth Sunday we pray that all our youth may realise the esteem and love have for them in Christ. Lord hear us.

Reader: For all the nations gathered on this earth of ours that they may learn to live with one another in mutual respect and harmony and particularly we ask the work of the United Nations Organization and Commonwealth will be a force for good in our world. Lord hear us.

That the Laws of our country and of other nations may be in accord with the Divine Law as revealed by God and His only Son. Lord hear us.

We commend to God our Youth who are our joy and consolation. We pray that they may find in Christ their Friend, their Brother, their Mentor and their God. Lord hear us.

We pray for all Prisoners of conscience – and especially for those of the Faith who suffer persecution for following the Church’s social teaching– in the cause of right for the sake of Christ and we commend them to Christ the Liberator. Lord hear us.

That Christ the King may conquer our illnesses and comfort us in our wounded nature and restore to health those who are sick, Mary Gallagher, Maureen Waring, Mary Tivnan,, Molly McGoldrick, Mrs Dunne, Ava Barker, Gerry Featherstone, Lord hear us.

May Christ the King bring to eternal life in His Kingdom the souls of those who have died: Peter Dillon, Tom Brackett, Billy Doyle, Kathleen Keegan, Maria Comerford, Tommy Walsh, Helena Marioni, Marie Claire Marguerite, Colum

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For all those whose anniversaries occur at this time and all those on the November Dead List, Frances Swann, (11am), George Halligan, Patrick Russell, Margaret and Michael Cullen and Mary Ekllen Brady.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Mary is the Mother of the Great King and reigns with him in the Kingdom of Heaven – may she pray for us her children on this great feast of her Son’s Kingship…Hail Mary, full of grace...

Lord our God and Universal Kind to love you is to reign with you. Listen to our prayer which we make in trust and in humility and as we commend our Youth to your care, bring us all to eternal life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.