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Sermon for 22 May 2011
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER A

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

What goes around comes around and guess what??? We are back to giving up meat on Fridays from 12th September. If you are a Veggie like Father George you can carry on gorging yourself on a Friday - joke. No - you veggies have to do another form of Penance like visiting a sick person but don't tell them you are doing this as a Friday Penance will you? They might get upset.

The Bishops decided to bring this ancient practise back which was dropped in 1984 to mark the anniversary of the Papal Visit and to do something to show together - that it is the Day of the Lord's Passion and therefore a day to remember our Lord’s sufferings. It will be interesting for formal Friday night dinners won’t it, when we, like the Jews will now have special Dietary needs!!!

On top of this the New Mass Translation - begun by the Blessed John Paul II many years ago is now complete and is ready to be published. It will not involve many changes for you but the Priest's part will contain a totally new translation from the Latin and I promise you it is very nice to hear and I know you will like it better. I do. You will have to get used to a few changes of wording like "And with your Spirit". This will be given us in written form for all in late Summer. In Scotland and Ireland it is coming sooner. Booklets will be given to you so don't worry. Just read it out.

The Gospel today is one of the ones I often choose for Requiem Masses. "There are many rooms in my Father's house. I am going, to prepare a place for you and when I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me so that where I am you maybe too."

Now what more do you want to know about death and dying and life in heaven? It is all contained in those few words which our Blessed Lord spoke at the Last Supper. It contains the whole purpose of Christ's coming and his mission to bring mankind to heaven by breaking the power of death and the grave forever.

He did this as God made Man by laying down his life blood on the Cross. "You know me and so you know the Father". Knowledge of God - union with the Saviour - Jesus preparing my place in heaven with my name on it and the at my end coming to bring me with him so I am never alone even in my death...what wonderful mysteries - what a transformation for mankind who lived under the curse of death for centuries. The Resurrection has changed it all. The Shepherd has come back to the flock and leads it to eternal pastures.

He feeds us with Himself in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar. "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives IN ME and I IN HIM". You cannot get much closer that that can you so it is no wonder our Lord promises that he will be with us in death and take us by the hand and bring us WITH him. Like holding daddy’s hand isn’t it when you are facing the uncertain and the unknown. Well, we all have to face up to our mortality and this should lift us out of any dread or depression. Life is a great and most wonderful gift - every minute of it but God has given us a life that will now, never end and even our bodies will rise again. After six funerals in five days these truths are deeply embedded in me! May they all rest in peace.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


HOLY NAME CHURCH, OXFORD ROAD . FEAST OF ST PHILIP NERI NEXT WEDNESDAY. SOLEMN VESPERS AT 5.15 AND THURSDAY AT SAME TIME SOLEMN HIGH MASS.

CROWNING OF OUR LADY. WE HAD THE CROWNING OF OUR LADY ON THURSDAY IN SCHOOL AT ST KENTIGERNS. EVERY PUPIL BROUGHT A FLOWER TO PRESENT TO OUR LADY IN THE HALL AS WE SANG EVERY HYMN TO OUR LADY WE KNOW.

WEDDINGS BELLS. EVERY BLESSING ON MARTINA McINTYRE AND PETER HEANEY WHO MARRIED IN THE LORD AT ST EDWARDS ON SATURDAY.

THE NEW ROMAN MISSAL - FOR USE ON THE ALTAR WILL COST £230. IT IS LEATHER-BOUND AND BEAUTIFUL IN ITS PAGES AND GOLD BLOCK AND ILLUSTRATIONS AND RIBBONS AND TABS FOR TURNING PAGES. MAYBE SOME KIND PERSON WOULD LIKE TO BUY IT FOR USE AT THE ALTAR AND IF THEY WOULD I WOULD INSCRIBE IT AS A GIFT FROM YOU. I KNOW IT IS COSTLY BUT I KNOW YOU WILL NOT BE OFFENDED FOR ME ASKING.

Thanks to the generous family who gave me a cheque of £200 to pay for the stained glass window in St Kentigern's which was ruined by a vandal with a ball.

APF MILL HILL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RED MISSION BOXES. A MASS WILL BE OFFERED TO CELEBRATE THIS ON SATURDAY 18TH JUNE AT 12.10 IN SALFORD CATHEDRAL BY BISHOP BRAIN. PLEASE DO COME TO THIS SPECIAL MASS, FOR MANY OF YOU SUPPORT THE MISSIONS HERE.





Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS

Bidding for Easter A 5th

Priest: Christ is the Master, Risen and living forever who leads us all to the kingdom of heaven. We come with confidence to the throne of grace.

Reader. Christ is the Saviour who takes each of us by the hand and calls each of us by name and guides us throughout our lives; may we, his little flock, willingly take up his embrace and with a strong will accompany Him on our Pilgrimage of life. LORD HEAR US. For all who have to sadly part from their loved ones either through emigration or for work or because of persecution and especially our fellow Catholics in Iraq – that they will enjoy a homecoming filled with faithful friendship and love. Lord hear us. For all who are bereaved and long to see the one they have loved. May our Lord’s words and his promises strengthen their faith in eternal life and bodily resurrection. Lord hear us.

In thanks for the great success of the Queen’s visit to Ireland – that a new era of peace and goodwill will come about with the grace of God. Lord hear us.

For all who are sick and feel the loss of strength and wholeness and we commend to Christ’s healing touch all who work in our hospitals and all our sick who have asked for our prayer: Tommy Colbert, Sean Fitzpatrick, Irene Farrelly, Brendan Byrne, Eamon Kennedy, Mary Tivnan, Maureen Waring, Martin Hoysted, Sam O'Keefe. Lord hear us.

Blessed are those who die in the Lord- give eternal life to those who have died recently, Tom Creaby, Paul Sweeny, Seamus de Brett, Marie Gibson,, Barry Todd,, Patricia Gaynard, John McCann

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For all those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Sister Kathleen Colohan, Doctor Patricia Raffertyu, William Howarth, Joan Featherstone, Mary O'Brien

May their souls..

O Mary most Holy, Mother of the Church, Help of Christians we seek your assistance- O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary.

Priest: Listen O Good Master to the [prayers of your faithful people and in your great love, answer them. You lives for ever and ever, AMEN