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Sermon for 11 March 2012

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT. CYCLE B + 11th March 2012.


My Dear People,

Today our Blessed Lord is showing his perfectly righteous anger (not sinful anger) at the abuse of the Holy Temple. The myriad of money changers and animal Marts had turned the Fatherís house - His Fatherís House- into a den of thieves. This means that our Lord knew that many of these merchants were dishonest in their dealing with the people. To cheat or short-change anyone anywhere is a bad and sinful thing but to do this in the name of God and in His Holy Place is even worse isnít it? Somehow wrongdoing in the name of religion is always worse because religion is pure and holy.

Our Lord makes a whip and goes through the whole place overturning the moneychangerís tables and scattering the coins. It was pretty radical really don't you think? The authorities asked by what authority he did these things and then our Lord did not hesitate to describe the Temple as belonging to His Father and then said that he could rebuild it in three days. This we know is a reference to the death of Christ and his lying in the tomb for Three days and nights. His critics did not get that meaning. His zeal would lead to his arrest and death in order supposedly to save the people from the wrath of the Romans but we know it was to save the whole of humanity from their sins.

His Body is that Holy Temple now. It is no longer in stone. It is in his Living Risen Body that we find the Living and True God and we are conjoined to His Body in Baptism and have become living cells in the make up of his Body. We are that Body- that Temple and he is our Head - the chief cornerstone.

In Holy Communion Christ comes to dwell within us and our little bodies are made temples. We too must be zealous for the Fatherís House Ė the Church Catholic, Roman and Universal. We belong to Christ's Holy Body and we must live accordingly. We must do what pleases our Lord if we want to merit the Kingdom of Heaven. That is what we make an extra effort during the Holy Season of Lent. We must not make the Body of the Christ the Church a den of any kind of vice through our deliberate sinning.

St Patrick's Feast is getting near on this next Saturday 17th. It would be a good day to come to Mass and pray for Ireland that the secularists do not win. The nation faces an onslaught who wants to destroy the Church there.

ST PATRICKS NIGHT AT KENTS. Support your parish club on this great dance night. The Manchester Irish Festival is one of the most important events in the calendar for the City of Manchester and the Council and it began with a great evening of entertainment in he Great Hall. It would make you proud to have Irish connections.

I hope the rest of Lent goes well for you.

God bless you all,

Fr Tom Connolly.

FAITH magazine at £1 is on sale in the porch.

PRO LIFE NEWS. You will have read in the News about the Ethical Medics who propose that a new born baby should not have the right to life until it has been checked out and found to be completely, 100% fit for purpose. It is a kind of quality control. The fact that they feel free to write such stuff in a respected Medical Ethics Journal attached to one of the great Universities in the UK shows how far the culture of death the Blessed John Paul 11 described was emerging in the West. Imagine "Infanticide" being made legal? I suppose , as they say, if you can abort up to birth for whatever reason why should the baby who has travelled through the birth canal all of a sudden have the right to have their life protected by law? Where will this all lead to my dear people?

The Pro life Lenten silent witness in front of our local Marie Stopes abortion clinic has, they reckon saved five babes in the womb to remain intact. The would be mums have changed their minds when they saw the demo and the silent Prayer.

Syro-malabar rite Mass in Malayalam language will be held at st Edwards on March 11th at 11.45 and Father George will preside.


40 Days for Life vigils are from 9am to 9pm daily till 31st March inclusive at 5 Wynnstay Grove, Fallowfield, M14 6XG. Visit www.40daysforlife.com

Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for the Third Sunday of Lent B

Priest: God the Father has chosen for himself a people who are born again, not from any mortal seed but from his Everlasting Word. Let us praise his name and this day we call Holy and turn to him in prayer. May we burn with zeal for the Fatherís house - his Holy Church.

Reader: Christ, our life, we were buried with you in Baptism to rise from the dead, lead us this Lent along the new path of life. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer. You went everywhere doing good for everyone, help us to care for the common good of all. Lord in your mercy. Help us to work with others building the human city, but never let us lose sight of the heavenly city - the new heavens and the news earth created by your Son. Lord in your mercy.

Strengthen your Church as it witnesses to the Sacred bond of Marriage between men and women - help us to safeguard, for the good of our society, this sacred bond which you as Creator have designed for the foundation of society. Lord, in your mercy.

Strengthen those struggling with pain and illness and weaknesses of mature years - we pray for Maureen Waring, Margaret Martin, Kathleen Burke, Chris Lydon, Rosemary Linnane, Robert Delaney, Anne Cronin, Sadie McLoughlin, Denis McLoughlin, Barbara Ward, Julie Daly, Ryan Lally and Chris Booth. Lord in your mercy.

May the dying go forward in hope to meet Christ, their judge and redeemer, may they see your face and be happy forever: Thomas Nere-param- bil, Mrs Pat Harrison and Lawrence Leavy AND All those whose anniversaries fall now: Tom Forkan (11am) Daniel McCormack, Ivan Bilyk, Harold Williams, Michael Griffin, Edwards Williams, Stephen Sharples Letitia Jackson May their souls and the souls of all the faithful...

Grant us the protection of your Mother, the comforter of the Afflicted - O mary conceived with out sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Lord God, You have prepared fitting remedies for our weaknesses, grant that we might reach out gladly to claim your assistance in this holy season of Self Denial...Through Christ our Lord.