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Sermon for 1 July 2012
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THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME: CYCLE b READINGS . + 1st July 2012.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Last Friday the 29th June - was a Holyday - SS Peter and Paul. It is a Holyday in England because the Catholic Faith was given to us directly from Pope Saint Gregory sending missionary Benedictine monks from Italy, St Augustine, St Paulinus - in fact, from the Monastery of St Andrew in the city of Rome to convert the Anglo Saxons. They succeeded more than could have been hoped. In nine years St Augustine - the first Archbishop of Canterbury had established many diocese and religious houses and places of Christian formation and learning. The Faith became like a fire spreading and enlightening the whole land and eventually formed the basis of a unitary country called England! It was the same in Europe too. In the Dark Ages when civilisation had broken down and the learning of ancient Greece and Rome with its cities and roads were in ruins the Irish monks began putting out their conicles skin boats towards Europe and brought the Catholic faith back to Germany and Switzerland and parts of Austria. They had preserved in their libraries the learning of the Greeks and the poets and the classics and they were the protectors of this great deposit of civilisation.

So you see -when Europe was lost - the Christian Faith brought it back to life and gave it structure and purpose and unified the society. They were all joined up in the one Catholic Faith. It is no wonder the European Constitution original mention of the Christian faith was rejected by the French and the Dutch. Yet it did not deserve to be approved, with its denial of the word Christian in its wording. It referred to Greek and Roman civilisations and the Enlightenment (French revolution etc) but could not say the word "Christian". In a way it was in denial. Europe is somewhat sick and does not know how to go forward. It has a dwindling population and no longer has a unitary set of values for its people to live by. Folks we have a problem and it is not just the Euro.

The Pope has said that there needs to be a new missionary spirit in the Church of Europe to evangelise our nations again. He has proclaimed a YEAR OF FAITH to begin in October. You will hear more about this soon.

Well, our Lord's words about a person not being worthy of Him if he was not willing to leave family etc behind and follow him is as true now as ever. Those Roman monks and Irish monks never saw mummy and daddy again did they? When St Boniface left Crediton to bring the Faith to the Germanic tribes - he never returned to Devon. Columba never returned to Ireland when he went forth to Scotland to convert the Picts. How many of own missionaries even up to the 1950's ever saw home more than once or twice when they left the docks at Southampton. Parents could die and they could never get back - not for weddings either. They left all to follow Jesus Christ and spread the Faith. Most of them died there.

Think of all the lay people who emigrated and kept the Faith and spread it through the USA, Canada, Australia, etc. If they had been too tied to home and the familiar they would never have left these shores eh? They took the Faith and spread the faith in and through family life and children.

Think of the riches they received in hearing about Jesus our Lord. Here he is healing people even by the touch of his garments. Here he is taking the little girl by the hand - Talitha Kum - "Little girl - get up." The next thing she is skipping and our Lord has to remind the astonished parents that their little girl needs to eat (having been dead!). It is no wonder the Faith spread through the world so quickly after Pentecost. The whole world was transformed by our Lordís Divine presence and communication of the gift of Redemption.

I look with gratitude on all those people, married, single, widowed, consecrated, or clergy who have given up so much for Christ and his kingdom and considered it a wonderful privilege to do so and never thought God owed them a favour. You have to lose your life to find it.

Fr Tom Connolly.


Vigil Mass. Mrs Class is helping at this Mass as a demonstration of the unity between the parish, the school and the home. It is part of our teacher's efforts to encourage the children to attend Sunday Mass.

A.P.F. RED MISSION BOXES SUMMER COLLECTION. COLLECTORS ARE ON THEIR WAY ROUND, ALL MONIES TO BE IN BY 12th JULY. THANK YOU. MRS. C. BOOTH (SEC).

FATHER MARTIN ASTUDILLO IS HERE WITH US AS HE WAS LAST YEAR. HE HAS COME TO HELP IN THE TWO PARISHES FOR THE SUMMER TO RELIEVE ME AND FR GEORGE AND I WELCOME HIM AND MUCH APPRECIATE HIS HELP. HE IS DOING POST GRADUATE STUDIES IN ROME.

WE ALSO WELCOME A SEMINARIAN FROM ROME ALTHOUGH HE HIS HOME NATION IS SRI LANKA. HIS NAME IS SAMITH NATH - EASY TO REMEMBER AND HE IS GOING TO HELP OUT IN THE APOSTOLIC TASKS IN THE PARISH FOR A MONTH OF JULY. HE IS VERY WELCOME.

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA COLLECTION NEXT SUNDAY.

ORDINATIONS. FRANKIE MULDREW AND NATHAN HORNE ARE BEING ORDAINED DEACONS SATURDAY 30TH DEC. FRANKIE WAS HERE AS A SEMINARIAN TO GAIN EXPERIENCE A FEW YEARS AGO. WE PRAY FOR THEM. THEY WILL MAKE GOOD PRIESTS I KNOW.

CATENIAN ASSOCIATION today have their Presidentís Sunday Holy Mass at St Kentigerns with lunch served by Kevin Fitzpatrick afterwards. Mr Jim Milnes is the president this year and he and the brethren are very welcome,. They will be doing the Readings And Bidding Prayers.





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