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Sermon for 4 March 2012



My Dear People,

One of our Lenten charities is Aid to the Church in Need. It is applied for in all the parts of the world where Christians are suffering. That can hunger or lack of catechisms or Chapels. They can be people and clergy in prison or where they have had everying burnt down by the mobs. In Syria the Catholics at Mass hug each other not knowing if they will be alive the following Sunday.

Those Catholic Christians ( for the most part) who are helped by Aid to the Church in need certainly would have been buoyed up by the Transfiguration Gospel from the Mass of the Sunday today.

Sometimes our Lord lifts the veil a little on the mundane and everyday world and reveals to us his dear children a little glimpse of the reality of things as they are in Godís eyes.

No one could see the hidden glory surrounding our Saviour when he walked on this earth but on top of that high Mountain with Peter, James and John - the great stalwarts of the infant Church - he reveals the glory that surrounds him at all times as the Holy Son of God and the Divine person.

At every offering of the Holy Mass you cannot see the reality of the Consecration when through the words of Institution spoken by the validally ordained priest - Jesus Christ becomes bodily present on the altar under the appearances of the bread and wine.

It is no longer bread or wine but the Lord's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - ever presenting the One, never to be repeated Sacrifice of Calvary in our space and time. Though the sacrifice of the Mass is unbloody Ė it is the sacrifice Jesus made and commanded the apostles to "do this" in commemoration of Him. He enacted the Bloody sacrifice of the Good Friday Cross "on the night before he died". This was to be our means of comfort and nourishment and holiness until he would come again in glory. It would plead for "the forgiveness of sin", That is why it is so important to attend the Mass. Our Lord commanded it. He said if you donít eat and drink of my body and blood you cannot have life in you. "The one does eat my body and drink my blood - lives in me and I live in him and I will raise him up on the last day." So you see it comes back to the ultimate reality - life in heaven with God.

As I said - we don't often have a Transfiguration experience but they do happen and we must remember them and take the lesson. Our Lord showed his Divine Glory to strengthen the Apostolic college against the scandal of the Crucifixion. We need the comfort of the presence of Christ in the Holy mass to strengthen us against the challenges of the hostile world.

So - the next time you get distracted at Mass - look at the scene on the altar and see the angels surrounding the Divine Person - present on the Altar - see Christ offering Himself in the Blood of the Eternal Covenant "which is shed for you and for all, for the remission of sin". And is doing so - see the Ultimate and only lasting Reality.

Hope Lent goes well.

Father Tom Connolly PP

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE. See each Saturday outside the Abortion Clinic in Wynnstay Grove Opposite Sainsbury's. This a silent witness. One lady emerged shouting that she had changed her mind and the baby was to be kept!

Bidding Prayers


Priest: In the transfiguration of the Lord, we see an image of what the risen body will be like in all its glory. Filled with confidence in the Lordís everlasting goodness we pray for all our needs.

Reader. For all who find faith hard at times - that our Lord will lift the veil of his divine Presence for them and give them a glimpse of the life of the world to come where we are all called to dwell in inexpressible light of the Risen Christ. Lord hear us.

For the difficulties of our world with it mounting debts and lack of credit and loss of jobs, - that in all this confusion we might not lose sight of the goods of the earth that the Lord provides for us in all our days. Lord hear us.

For the Little Sisters of the Poor at St Joseph's Home on their 150th Anniversary of foundation, that their apostolic work in caring for the frail and the elderly will be truly blessed by God and that they be granted abundant vocations to the their Consecrated Life. Lord hear us.

For all involved in Catholic education - that we be preserved from those enemies of the Church who would destroy our schools and corrupt our young people with immoral teaching about marriage and gender. Lord hear us.

For all our sick that the Good ness of the Lord may touch them in their suffering and pain and loss of health, Denis McLoughlin, Betty Wallace , Chris Lydon, Ann Bowens, Mary Burke, Maureen Waring, Rose O'Sullivan, Kathleen Burke, Joe OíReilly Lord hear us.

For all the dead and especially those who have died recently - Veroica Nagy, (VIGIL) Thomas Roach, Gerry Featherstone, Tony Perival, Maureen Duffy, John McGuinn, Lawrence Levy, Sarah Regan, Helen Sweeney (am Sun) AND For all those we have loved in life and do not forget in death on their anniversaries: Danny McCormack, Letitia Jackson, Tim Nash and Eamon Cahill, Elsie Gillen Dylis and William Urry, Mary Morrin.

May their souls and the souls of...

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

Priest: O Lord and heavenly Father, in this holy season of Lent Ė teach to love the things of heaven and live in this passing world with out hearts set on the world to come. Hear and answer our heartfelt prayers, though Christ our Lord. Amen.