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Sermon for 15 January 2012
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SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Year B cycle. + 18th January 2012 .

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

"The Church is alive and the Church is young. She holds within herself the future of the world and therefore shows each of us the way towards the future." These are the words from the Inauguration of Pope Benedict which he spoke in his homily that day. At the Pope's Youth Gather last summer we witnessed to the youthfulness of the Church and the fecundity of its womb in Baptism.

In the call of the Apostles we hear our Lord's voice attracting the youthful future apostles to his side to work with him for the salvation of souls. Two sets of brothers - James and John and then, today Andrew and Simon Peter are called. They have that enthusiasm which only young people have for they are not jaundiced by failure or fear of failure. Neither are they cynical and worldly wise. They accept our Lord’s call to the Apostolic Ministry without a care in the world. Off they go and follow him with simple faith and confidence. They don’t ask about the outcome nor do they seek assurances. They have found the Messiah and they are going to follow him. Jesus knows who he is calling. The Chief Apostle – the first to exercise the Office of the Papacy was Simon and straightaway the Lord gave him the new name “Peter”. Jesus looked hard at him Saint John tells us. He was a witness to this. Three years later John and Peter would be running together from the Upper Room to witness the Empty Tomb on the first Easter Morn. Little did they know what was going to happen to them.

It is still true is it not that young people have no fear? They get on with it and forge ahead. Couples getting married have no idea what married life might bring but they are buoyed up by their love and optimism and face all things together with each other – then they can handle the whole world. New parents are the same. Young priests are the same and young consecrated people - they too know no bounds and communicate the joy of the Lord and the wonderful gift of knowing him and being his priest or consecrated to him in the Vows of Religion.

What power there is when these elements operate! I feel again and again our youth lack the leadership they need from others just a few years older than themselves. Even to organise them into a football team is something they long for but few adults are around to offer. The GAA in our area is so good that like and Irish Dancing Classes and the City Football Academy and St Kentigern's school Sports (Mr Neilson) for they lead youngsters out of themselves to join with others in the pursuit of excellence. Father Flynn too is very good at leading the youth as can be seen in his great chaplaincy work at the Salford Universaity Chaplaincy and Father George at Divine Mercy Primary School.

So Pray for the youth. God loves them with a special love for their youth. Pray that the Church will be enabled by young apostles of our time, to show Her love and concern for them and that they will not lack leadership which will galvanise them as Catholic Youth so that they can play their part to play in the process. Pray for vocations that young men like Peter and Andrew may experience the calling the Lord to the Sacred Ministry.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


FAITH MAGAZINE is on sale at the porch for £1. I recommend for a bit of brain stretching reflection on the nature of faith and the lack of it in Britain at the moment. If you have done further education you should manage the articles.

FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES WILL RECEIVE THEIR COPY OF A GOSPEL NEXT SUNDAY AT 11AM MASS AT ST KENTIGERNS.

The CRIB OFFERING is for the Catholic Children's Rescue Society. CARITAS SALFORD They wrote a lovely letter thanking you for the wrapped gifts for the children at Christmas. It was signed by Sister Rita.

ST EDWARDS - CAN I THANK MICHAEL GEOGHAGAN FOR HIS TREMENDOUS GIFT TO OUR PARISH OF THE NEW CRIB FIGURES. I KNOW YOU WILL AGREE- THEY ARE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FIGURES I HAVE EVER SEEN SO THANK YOU MICHAEL.

St Alphonsus Parish Centre, Powell St, Off Ayres Rd Old Trafford = a Fund raing evening for CORNERSTONE CHARITY Fri 3rd Feb at 7.30pm Tickets £2 =Bar and Raffle Tickets from Fr Pat Deegan 226 1730.





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