FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT. + 27TH November 2008. + CYCLE B READINGS.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Advent is with us once more and the voice of the one crying in the wilderness is heard once more as John the Baptist invites the whole of humanity to turn to God and be reconciled.
Our Lord tell us to "stay awake" to be ready for when the Master returns. The Master of the house is of course our Blessed Lord - the Divine Saviour of the world...the Divine Word.
How much our fallen world needs to hear this invitation from our Lor'’s lips. He was destined to give his life as a ransom for many for he offended the powerful and the mighty and the immoral. What would Our Lord say to our Lawmakers who at this juncture pass deeply offensive laws against the Divine and Natural Law and defy God and mock those who believe in God and follow his ways? What would our Lord make of the Bankers who have loaded us with money in loans which they had only on a promise and not in reality? Surely the Master would have made a good parable out of this mess and the greed and avarice is displays. There is suddenness about this financial crisis which is almost Biblical in its suddenness and surprise that everyone is expressing. Just when there was to be an end to “Boom and Bust” we have Boom and Bust from morning till night. I have met many people this week who have lost their jobs and times are very hard for many people. Laurel and Hardy would have a good script here – "what do you call this mess" the fat man would say.
However we are full of hope. The world's riches cannot be relied upon now can they? May be when folk see the alternative as the Catholic way of life they will embrace the faith more fervently and men and women of good will be drawn to us by mutual sympathy. Many converts come to the Faith you know because of the Catholic teaching being so clear and unmuddled. If you do not stand for anything nobody stands for you. In Advent, the voice of the Baptist is the voice of all you humble people who simply live faithfully by Christ’s teaching and who are imbibed with his Holy Spirit. John’s voice is heard in the figure of good Pope Benedict XVI, in your priests, in your parents who pass onto to their dear children the Catholic and Apostolic faith. Hearts must turn to Christ and embrace him if they are to find their true home and harbour.
The massive intervention of God in history was prepared for by a mighty prophet and he was the last Old Testament prophet. He leapt for joy when he was in Elizabeth’s womb when Our Lady’s voice cried out to her kinswoman a blessing. Jesus was present in Mary’s womb and so the first Visitation was taking place. He was filled with the Holy Spirit before he was born therefore.
Advent will be a good time for us. Make sure you have the booklet given by Bishop Brain to each household and use it for each day of Advent and Christmastide. Make a good Confession.
Have a blessed Advent.
Father Tom Connolly
NEW YEAR DRAW TICKETS £2.50 PER BOOK OF FIVE. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE AND SELL AND RETURN TO ME FR CONNOLLY.
THE CHRISTMAS FAYRE WILL BE HELD TODAY (SUNDAY) AND CAN I ASK YOU TO COME IN GREAT NUMBERS AND FIND A GREAT BARGAINS. THERE IS LOADS OF GOOD STUFF AND REALLY GOOD STUFF TOO AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING SUCH AN EFFORT TO PUT THINGS TO TOGETHER AND TO BRING THEM IN FOR SALE. YOU ARE A GREAT AND GENEROUS PEOPLE.
A big thanks to all of you who worked so hard on Saturday setting up and sorting all the goods handed in. Thanks to all who are helping out on the stalls and one the monies and the food at the CHRISTMAS FAYRE TODAY. So call in and have some lunch too and Gaelic Coffee.
GIFTS FOR NEEDY KIDS AS ALWAYS WE HAVE A CUSTOM OF YOU WRAPPING NICELY A MODEST PRESENT WITH A GIFT LABEL ON SAYING "TO A SPECIAL BOY/GIRL" WRITE IN THE AGE RANGE TOO SO A 12 YEAR OLD IS NOT GIVEN A TOY FOR A 4 YEAR OLD! BRING THEM TO MASS AND PLACE THEM NEAR THE SACRED HEART SHRINE WHERE THE CHRISTMAS TREE WILL GO AS ADVENT ADVANCES. WE NEED THESE WELL BEFORE CHRISTMAS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT BE DELIVERED OR DISTRIBUTED ONCE CHRISTMAS GET TOO NEAR. THEY GO TO THE CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S RESCUE AND THE HOMELESS FAMILIES UNIT IN FALLOWFIELD AND SOME KIDS WE KNOW IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY.
First confessions next Sunday at 4pm