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Sermon for 11 November 2012
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THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY. CYCLE B +11TH NOVEMBER 2012. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY. YEAR OF FAITH

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Today is Remembrance Sunday and we have the main Mass today as a Requiem for all the War Dead. Many of you will have relatives who have died in the Wars of the last Century and some even those of this present series of conflicts. One thing is for sure - as long as man is on earth, conflicts will be present and the Armed Forces take the brunt of the hard decisions those who govern us have over such matters.

Today we commend the War Dead of our Nation to the Lord's loving and tender mercy. One thing for sure is that those who died in the last world war died defending our nation and our neighbours from the terrible tyranny of National Socialism and then Marxist-Leninism. These were really evil systems and had to be defeated. If we did not defeat them we would have become enslaved by a totally false and immoral way of living.

Sadly our nation is being let down by those who lead us. The Courts recently turned down the Applications from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds in its application (on behalf of the whole English and Welsh Church) for exception from the Equality Law which forces our Children's Societies to allow adoption by gay couples of the Catholic children put in their hands for Adoption. The Church pleaded our religious rights to bring up our orphans in our Catholic Faith - a right that is as old as the end of the Penal Laws. Well it was turned down completely with severe criticism of our reasoning by the Judge. Our War dead did not die for this kind of Society you know. The last ones who ordered the closure of Catholic Institutions were the Communists and the Fascists. Maybe this should tell us something of the anti Christian agenda of the Political culture. It is organised against Pro Life and Family. They intend to do away with the word "father" and "mother" our "spouses" in official documents so watch out for the agenda and be aware so that our people did not and presently, do not die in vain upholding principles worth dying for.

I doubt if those dying for the freedom of their country ever thought that some of the abuse of that freedom that goes on now was what they were fighting for. When I was a hospital chaplain I remember an old man who was "bed-blocking" because they could not find a Home for him responding by saying "But you lot found me a place on the Western Front!" He was a survivor from the Battle of the Somme. As Kipling said - "the poor bl**** Infantry." And it is still the same isn't it? The armed Services are sent to War and often lack basics like boots and radios and yet their lives are at stake. Their housing at home here is poor - I have seen it. A soldier's life is as precious as any other. Anyway we pray for them today at the Principal Mass. Thank God VC's are still been won by extraordinary valour. I had a member of my family in Australian army who won a VC. May it always be so.

Our Blessed Lord's comments about the people putting their money in the collection at the Temple tell us a lot. The wealthy gave but out of their surplus - the widow gave all she had - the widow’s mite. Now, we must take it that this lesson is not about whether you give enough in the collection (but you might reflect upon that too), but more to do with the inward attitude which reflects a kind and generous heart. I suppose it is a danger that if you have a lot you are more conscious of conserving it. It is certain that those with little give more that they can afford in proportion. Our Lord knows your heart and he knows your secret acts of generosity and he knows if we are mean too!!! Nothing is hidden. The widow came out well, didn't she, and she did not know our Lord was watching her when she put her last coin in. Mother Teresa used to say that you will never know what the providence of God is like unless you make yourself experience it. How true that is.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


NOVEMBER DEAD LISTS. There is still time to return your dead Lists envelopes and the name s will be placed in the Book and Masses are offered for all those whose names are written down.

HOSPITAL - The chaplain to MRI tells us that it is best if you ask the nurse to get the RC Priest when you come in because it takes a long time for your presence to become known to the Chaplain. This is true even when you are asked your Religion when you are clerked in. 07827886307. Father Morrough O'Brien is being moved to the Bolton Hospitals as Chaplain and we thank him for his work in Christies and MRI. The Oratory Fathers are going to help at Christie Hospital from their new home in St Chad’s Cheetham Hill.

FORTY HOURS. SUNDAY AFTER NOON SOLEMN ENDING OF THE 40 HOURS WITH BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. Can I thank you all for responding so well to the Watching and Praying Rota, faithfully kept to and to our school whose teachers have been bringing the children to witness the wonderful scene of he Lord in the Eucharist exposed for so long for our Adoration. A little foretaste of Heaven. Each candle you saw lit had a name or names written on it and burned in honour of our Lord’s really and truly Present. What a nice thing to know.

ST KENTIGERN'S CHRISTMAS FAYRE IS EARLY THIS YEAR SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER SO AS TO AVOID OTHER PARISHES FAYRES. IT BEGINS AFER 11AM MASS. DO SEND IN LOTS OF THINGS TO SELL - GROCERIES, ALCHOHOL BOTTLES FOR THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE, TOMBOLA GIFTS, PLANTS, BOOKS , CD , DVDS, GOOD AS NEW TOYS, GAMES ANYTHING TO SELL. ANNUAL DRAW TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT NEXT SUNDAY AT ALL MASS £2.50 PER BOOK FOR FIVE TICKETS.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 32nd Sunday

Priest: We adore and praise our God who reigns above all the heavens. He is the Lord of all things and before him all creation is as nothing. On this remembrance Sunday we pray for our nation.

Reader: Lord be with us as we start this new week on this Day which you have called your own, move our hearts to seek you and our wills to serve you all our days. Lord in your mercy.

Protect our Armed Forces wherever they are and may they stand for integrity and justice in their fight against those who see us as their enemy. Lord in your mercy.

Deepen our awareness of presence in this world; where there is conflict and war, hunger and injustice – help us to work for the good of all and especially our brothers and sisters scattered throughout the nations and for the suffering Catholic church in Iraq and Syria, Lord in your mercy.

Help us to always be prepared for when the Heavenly Bridegroom calls us that we will be not be left un-provided with the grace we need to enter the feast of heaven. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who govern our financial resources - for our sound stewardship of the resources God Has given us, for the gift of the right use of Money and to know how to use it in a way which is pleasing to God. Lord in your mercy.

Lord your servants are sick and long for healing and wholeness - we intercede for all our dear ones who are ill or frail and for their carers: for all the invalids and wounded of the present conflicts: We commend to God - Rosella Devlin,Ann Dolan and Mary Tivnan. Ronnie Molloy, Chris Lydon, Anthony Dwyer, Fr. McGarry, Anne Marie Martin, Mary O'Rourke. Bridie Ahern, Brgid McLoughlin, Ann Cronin, Lord in your mercy.

For all those souls who have died recently: Anne Bowens (11am Month's Mind - Canon Joe Carter, Brendan Ryan, Margaret Cox, Keith Donnelly and for all the holy souls and all whose anniversaries fall about now and those in the November Lists: Marjorie Featherstone, Carl Featherstone, Jessica Fagan, Eric Fisher, Adrian Fisher (8th Nov) Mary Davies, Teresa and Maurice Cain, Ann Williams.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed thru the mercy of God, rest in Peace.

Mary is the Mother of all the Living and the Helper of the Holy Souls, we honour her: O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary.

Priest: God our Father we offer you these prayers on this holy day of the Resurrection. In your mercy forgive our faults and perfect within us the gifts you have given in such abundance. Through Christ our. Amen