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Sermon for 13 May 2012
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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER + 13TH MAY 2012 + Month of the BVM

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Our Lord promises a great thing today. He tell us that if we love him and keep the commandments then he will come to us and live or abide In us - he will make his home in us. That is an extraordinary promise isn't it? Why should the one who created me and all the universe make such a fuss of little me? Well - the answer is that Love is like that. It makes the object of that love feel like a million dollars.

In the theological language of the Church this happening - this fulfilled promise of Christ is called "the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit". It is the heart of the Christian understanding of the union of Almighty God and there the Divine Nature with the human soul or person.

It comes about through the beginning of Baptismal Grace and is further bonded in confirmation and the continuous reception of the sacraments and especially the Holy Sacrament of the Altar - the holy Eucharist.

It is the dignity of the human person that is raise up in all this. We actually share in the Divine Life. Our Lord tells us today that he has CHOSEN US - not the other way round. He says YOU ARE MY FRIENDS - NOT MY SERVANTS - I HAVE REVEALED EVERYTHING TO YOU. This is what friends do eh? They reveal themselves to each other. This could not come about unless the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us. We would not have the capacity for this kind of sharing in Godís glory and THE Divine love of the Saviour's intimate friendship without the grace.

For this reason the Church itself can know and love God and know the Divine Teaching as well. For the Church too as the Body of Christ has as her "soul" the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in order to be mother and teacher of the nations. When Pope Paul VI signed the documents of the Second Vatican Council he wrote the words : "We and the Holy Spirit teach... Signed : Paul - Bishop of the Universal Church." That would be very presumptuous would it not if it was not true that the promise that Jesus Christ made would be fulfilled. He had taught the apostles that the Gift of the Holy Spirit on his Church would in his words: "Teach you everything and remind you of everything I have said." Now - there it is Ė the basis for the Catholic Church's confidence in proclaiming the truth on Faith and Morals to a world not always willing or happy to hear it. In the end - the Church has Christís promise that he will be with her until the end of time and that the hell or evil powers will never overcome it. Thanks be to God as we prepare for the departure of our Lord's bodily presence as it was for forty days after the Resurrection.

Next Sunday is Ascension Day not Thursday as it used to be.

God bless you,

Father Tom Connolly


THE BBC on Bank Holiday Monday made a big thing about the Association of Irish Priests voting to do away with priestly celibacy and etc...you know the usual drill. I ran my priest cousin in Longford to ask about it. He told me that he belonged to this Association but had never been asked about this motion. He reckoned if there were 100 priests present at all they would be lucky. Seeing the footage they all looked like Father Ted!

ERROR Ė Confirmations are today at St Edwards - not last Sat at 10am - that was St Kents. Sorry about that folks. The Bishop is not here this year so he has delegated the Parish Priest to confer the Holy Spirit.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE St Kentigern's children who were Confirmed on Saturday and to the St Edward's children who will be Confirmed today - Sunday.

ST ANTHONY'S CENTRE FOR CHURCH and INDUSTRY, TRAFFORD PARK. Lots done for the unemployed and those seeking skills for work- download http://www.stantonyscentre.org.uk/resources.php. If you have a specific need contact us or tel 848 9173. SEE THE NEWS LETTER IN THE PORCH.

WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY is next Sunday. Collection for the Press office of our Bishops. Prayer, O GOD, WHOSE WORD IS TRUTH AND IN WHOSE LIGHT WE SEE LIGHT, GUIDE THOSE WHO TELL THE STORY OF OUR TIMES THROUGH WORD AND IMAGE. MAKE THEM SEEKERS AFTER TRUTH AN D ADVOCATES OF HUMAN DIGNITY. GRANT DISCERNMENT TO ALL WHO RELY ON THEIR LABOURS and AS WE CONFRONT THE PAIN and PROMISE OF THIS WORLD, AWAKEN IN US A SENSE OF WONDER AT YOUR PRESENCE and OF LONGING FOR YOUR PEACE. AMEN. Foster parents being looked for by the catholic children ou our diocese Ė see 21 May at Salford Cathedral Centre 11am, 2 00pm etc Talks every hour or so.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for the SIXTH Sunday of Easter B.

Priest: Christ our Lord has chosen us and called us his friends. He promised to make his home within us. Let us pray to the Eternal Father in His name for all our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Reader: You call us Friends - help us always to be a faithful friend to you especially when trials beset us and we are under stress. May our fidelity be your grace to us. Lord hear us.

For all our friends - we ask a blessing on all the good friends God has given us in this life and ask him to watch over them and protect them and reward them for their gifts of friendship. Lord hear us.

For those suffering from diseases which make friendships difficult to sustain and especially mental illnesses that they may delivered from their isolation. Lord hear us.

For all who lie sick or who are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses that God may reach out and touch them in their hour of need: Anges Halloran, Kathleen Burke, Margaret Martin, Father Fallon, Gerry Doyle, Chris Lydon, Mary Fitzpatrick, Mary Tivnan. Paschal Fagan, Ann Bowens, Sadie McLoughlin and Denis McLoughlin and Mary Molloy.

Lord hear us.

For all those whom God in his wisdom has called forth from this life in this last week: Rose ann O'Sullivan, Maureen Waring, Hannah Maria Devanny, James Kain, Pat Williams, Patrick Joseph Wright

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For all those souls who anniversary of death occurs about this time: Seamus McKeown (9am), Marjorie Griffin ( Sun 6.30pm), Tom Creaby, Hugh McCluskey, Eileen Thompson, May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

O Mary Immaculate,you were the closest and the most intimate friend of your Divine Son - intercede for us your beloved children. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace.

Priest: God our Father, you come to us in your Sonís friendship and you grant us a share in your Divine life; listen to the heartfelt prayers of your children and hear and answer them in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.