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Sermon for 28 August 2011
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TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A READINGS. + 28TH AUGUST 2011.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

What a shock Peter got when having being pronounced as "the rock" upon which Jesus would build his Church - he is called "Satan" from our Lord's lips. "Get behind me Satan, because the way you think is not God's way but man's."

Now - what a come down within a few moments. Peter thought he was being kind - he did not want our Lord, his beloved Master to suffer these terrible predictions Jesus had come out with to the Twelve. After all we know that Peter loved Jesus MORE than the others because our Lord elicited this from Peter on the shore of the lake after the Resurrection and so three times Peter was mandated to care for the lamps and the sheep of the Lord's flock - the entire Church.

So often "Man's way" is not God's way. The Police and the city cannot see that the pride "festival" this week in our city is one which is celebrating a deep, deep rejection of God's plan for us as male and female. The Catholic Church is often alone and the Western world is totally sold on the idea that you can make same sex marriages as you can male and female marriages and all the Banks and Businesses and the Cops all kow tow to the new thinking that this is perfectly normal and should be actually celebrated by manifestations on the streets. It is not a pretty sight to view. Its manifestation is very much against the 6th and 9th Commandments you know.

The so called "Gay Lobby" seems to be all powerful, enacting laws and getting them passed to their exclusive advantage and totally against straight people. We Catholics now cannot have our children adopted within the community of the Faithful because we will not agree to placing our orphaned and abandoned children with a same sex couple.

Parents bring children to watch the spectacle! So many "issues" are like this and many Catholics think we should adapt to this world but our Lord was having none of it. The way of the Cross was the way our Lord knew was marked out for him and through the Cross he knew he would redeem the world. Peter wanted it another way - without the Cross and it was Satan talking. Dear Peter learnt the lesson of the Cross by himself being crucified upside down near what is now Vatican Hill in the great Imperial City of Rome around 64 AD as an old man Ė the first Pope went to his death.

Many choose the easier way and who can blame them or judge them but it is not the way of Jesus Christ who is The Way, Truth and Life. I was watching "The Tudors" and what a bunch of gangsters they were as they began their assault of the Holy Church and the utter corruption of the Court was terrible to see as the innocent were struck down with lies which got them beheaded. Thomas More and John Fisher followed by many others paid the price of standing up the Politically Correct version of that time and they now stand out as saintly men and women to be praised whereas the others are cursed even by history.

Holidays are over for many. I can see by the Collection being back to normal!! (ALMOST) So, make up if you have been away. 20% rise in gas costs are going to mean an extra cost for Church hearting this winter and I will not let our Church get cold.

Schools begin soon. The teachers have a training day and Mass in both Primary Schools. Loreto High did so well in the Exams than ever before and it is a star rising thanks to Mr Dillon and his Team. Roman Catholic 6th Form Colleges of Xaverian and Loreto all did very well in their results. Catholic students should attend the Catholic 6th Forms Colleges - they are for you most of all.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly.


MISSION APPEAL TODAY AT ALL MASSES, FATHER PATRICK DUFFY, FROM THE XAVERIAN FATHERS WILL APPEAL FOR THEIR MISSIONS. PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY FOR THEY ARE GREAT MEN LEAVING ALL THE COMFORTS BEHIND AND BRINGING OUR LORD TO THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW HIM.

WEDDING BELLS Congrats to Amanda Cahill (of our parish) and Stephen Morgan who married this weekend in Monaghan.

OUR THREE YOUTHS, RETURNING FROM MADRID FROM THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH GATHER WITH THE POPE HAVE RETURNED SAFE AND SOUND. NO DOUBT WE WILL HEAR ABOUT IT FROM THEM SOON.

NEW ENGLISH TEXT FOR THE HOLY MASS WILL BE USED FOR THE FIRST TIME NEXT SUNDAY. I HAVE BOUGHT BOOKS FOR YOU TO TAKE AWAY AT £1.50 EACH. THIS CONTAINS ALL THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS AND THE PEOPLEíS PARTS/ A MASS SHEET WILL BE USED FROM NOW ON FOR EACH SUNDAY. PLEASE LEAVE THEM BEHIND FOR THE NEXT MASS IF YOU ARE AT MASS BEFORE THE EVENING SUNDAY MASS. THE BOOKS WE HAVE BEEN USING ARE NOT AVAILABLE.

CARDS ARE GOING TO BE USED FOR WEEKDAY MASSES. We will get used to it and like the changes after a while, I promise you.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 22nd Sunday of A

Priest: Father, let your people's prayer com into your presence, so that by your grace they may be ever more devoted to your service.

Reader: For the world in all its travails and struggles with war, famines and disasters - that it may receive the saving message of the Saviour of all mankind and be reassured about its future in God's hands. Lord hear us.

For all who are marrying this year in our community - that the Lord who brings them together as one will continue to be a presence in their lives. Lord hear us.

For our Christian communities who face direct suffering and deprivation in their following of Christ in Iraq, China, Pakistan that our Lordís words will strengthen them in their suffering for Him. Lord hear us.

For the Holy Father's visit to Madrid that his witness to the truth Christ holds out to us will be strong and vigorous and without fear or hesitation. May our youth come to know our Lord by Pope Benedictís words and presence as Vicar of Christ on Earth. Lord hear us.

For all who are sick that the Lord's loving and healing hand may reach out to them as we care for them: Jean Corrigan, Betty Wallace, Peggy Bohan, Seamus OíHara, Loreto Barnett, Martin Fadian, Sam O'Keefe, Mary Tivnan and Maureen Waring.

Lord hear us.

For all those who have died recently that they may see the face of God in Heaven: Mary Rowley Danny Cassidy, Geraldine Bardon

AND

For all those souls whose anniversaries occur about this time: Eithne and Graham Hulse, Patrick Cahill, Buddy Dickinson, Joe Page, John Smith, Deceased of the Fallon Family (11am).

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

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

Mary saw the glory of the Resurrection because she endured the Cross - may she pray for us her children and bring us to Christ her Son...Hail Mary, full

Priest: Almighty and ever living God, shed the light of your glory on us just as you did long ago, when our Lord Jesus Christ rose on this day and cast his glorious light on the whole world. We ask all these things through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.