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Sermon for 30 October 2011
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THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY A. OCTOBER 31ST 2011. MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

The new Roman Altar Missals have arrived - the large one for the Church and the small one (chapel edition) for the schools. They will duly be inscribed in accordance with the wishes of the donors. If you still owe me - you know what to do! The Main one cost £240 and the chapel on £120) Thank you to those kind people. I know many more offered but they had already gone.

Next Tuesday is the Solemnity of all Saints and it is Holy day of Obligation ie. You must attend the Holy Mass. Wednesday is the feast of All Souls - The Faithful Departed. We never forget the dead my dear people. Always have Mass offered for your loved ones, near their anniversary.

On Thursday we begin the FORTY HOURS of prayer and adoration of our Blessed Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. The altar will be glorious with the light of the numerous candles burning in honour of He who is the Light of the world and my Light too for lifeís pilgrimage. Make sure you keep watch for at least half an hour during that time. The altar at that time is meant to look like a glimpse of heavenly glory. Our Lord today in the Gospel warns us clergy about by hypocritical. To preach to others but not to practise it yourself would be terrible fate for a Priest of the New Covenant never mind one of the Old Covenant. If a Catholic Priest is to be a teacher or a father he must be imitating the fatherhood of God and the Teacher who is Christ the Lord. It cannot be his own opinion.

A priest is a Messenger of God and you must listen to what he says and put into practise what he preaches but only if he is faithful to God's call in his vocation. In fact the sheep do not listen to the voice of a hired man - a false shepherd. How many times in days of persecution we have the true and faithful priests being hounded and hunted and the people succouring them and hiding them. We have a great history in Britain and Ireland from the Penal times. The true people of God would not listen to the official clergy but only to the authentic ones who suffered with the people for the one true faith.

Those clergy were very far from "drawing attention to themselves" in public places and getting others to call them to the best places at the table with great honour. How many of our priests had to go in disguise as stewards or tutors to kinds to hide their true identity. I remember the Archbishop of Saigon coming to Salford University to give a lecture. He had been fourteen years in a prison run by the communists and all that time he communicated by little written messages thrown over the wall to his flock. He offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from his glasses case under his armpit and from memory!! He died a most holy death having been expelled from Vietnam after fourteen years in the prison camp. He had even taught his guards the Hymn to the Holy Spirit in Latin.

St Paul - the great Apostle compares being a priest to being like a mother looking after children, so devoted and protective and eager to hand over only the best Ė "slaving night and day so as not to be a burden". You can hear it can't you from your own parentís lips? Well that is how I feel for you as my people, being your priest. Pray for us clergy. We are getting few and older. Vocations must come forth and increase at some point. I hope young parents will have many children and bring them up in the full love of Jesus Christ so that they too will want to be his priests. Something has got to change and I believe once people start really believing fully in the Catholic Faith - the whole of the Faith - then vocations to marriage and priesthood will abound. I have seen it in other places and it is true. Vocations flow!

God Bless you,

Father Tom Connolly.


MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS. NOVEMBER DEAD LIST ENVELOPES AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. RETURN THEM AS SOON AS YOU CAN.

ST KENTIGERNS SOCIAL CLUB HAS ITS FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY THIS WEEKEND AND KEVIN FITZ IS OFFERING YOU A FREE DANCE WITH EOMON MCCANN BAND IF YOU COME BEFORE 9PM. AFTER THE EVENING VIGIL MASS OF SATURDAY THERE WILL BE FREE EATS IN THE CLUB FOR EVERYONE WHO COMES. SO THERE YOU ARE- FR STANLEYíS GREAT WORK TO BUILD A CLUB TO FUND THE BUILDING OF THE SCHOOL IS STILL SUCCESSFUL AND KEVIN FITZPATRICK IS OUR WONDER CHIEF OVER THERE AND A GREAT SUCCESS YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO THANK HIM ENOUGH.

Father Gabor returned to Budapest on Friday and thanks you all for the welcome and kindness. He thinks the new Mass is wonderful indeed.

Planned giving envelopes will be available soon for St Kentigerns.

NEW DOG - took delivery of a new dog to replace Cranmer. It is Daisy Ė same breed Ė the presbytery dog!

Old Gregorian's: Annual Mass for deceased former pupils and teachers of St Gregory's RC High School, Ardwick Green, Manchester to be celebrated at St. Kentigern's Church, Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, M14 7DW at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 25th November, 2011 followed by a gathering in the St Kentigern's Social Club. Further information from Terry OíNeil 442 6839 or .

St KENTIGERN'S Christmas Fayre is on Sunday 27th November so start now bringing the things you have for sale for the benefit of our parish. Bottles for the Wheel of Fortune, and tombola, soft toys, toys, tins of food, unwanted gifts like Soaps and stuff. Bric-a-Brac, books, CDs, DVDs and such things. If no one in the house leave them (after midday) at the Club. Donít let me down folks. For all interested in Helping out on the day and helping to set up the night before there will be a Meeting this Thursday at 7.30 in the Presbytery.

CLOCKS GO BACK

Second collection at St Kents for Missio - foreign Missions

FATHER GEORGE'S Bishop is coming from Kerala on Wednesday and Thursday to meet with his people from India. There will be a reception in the Social Club at around 7.30pm on Wednesday. His Lordship is very welcome.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers 31st A

Priest: Christ is the shepherd of his flock, he loves and cares for his people. In his name we turn in trust to the Eternal Father for all our needs.

Reader: We thank you for the beauty of creation, may the works of Man not disfigure it but enhance it to your greater glory. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer For all who struggle for the freedom to express their Christian faith that they be given courage in the face of discrimination and demotion. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For the fortieth anniversary of our social club - that we continue to use this great gift and facility for our community, wisely and for the building up and benefit of our wider community. Lord in your mercy.

For the Bishop from India coming to visit Fr George and our parishes this week to meet the many Indian believers - that he will encourage them all and be uplifted by their life of faith and practise. Lord in your mercy. That the Lord will bless and sanctify all priests, purifying them and keeping them strong in Godís Service. Lord in your mercy.

For those weighed down with sickness and suffering: Olivia Baker, Mary Fitzgerald, Kevin Murphy, Maureen Waring, Sam O'Keefe, Ronnie Budgett, Peter Haley, Maureen Smith ..that they may know Godís help through the power of Christís Passion and our charity Lord in your mercy.

To you a thousand years are but a day, take up those who have died with hope in you, and waken them into eternity..: Ann Casey, Kelly Ann Gallagher, Stella Parle, Hugh Gallagher, Margaret Mary Currie and Gerald Fagan.

AND

All whose anniversaries fall about this time: John Caulfieild (11am), Briget Boyle (VIGIL), Ann Williams, Mary Keady and Michael Gallagher.

May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful Departed...

O Mary our Mother fill our hearts with confidence in the power of Your Son. O Mary Conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest: Loving Father, we thank you for you give us. Let us live as servants of one another and of you, to your glory. We ask this throu Christ our Lord. Amen