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Sermon for 18 November 2012
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THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B + . 18th November 2012. YEAR OF FAITH

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Yes - it is scary. What with modern video reprographics we can begin to imagine the end of Time which our Blessed Lord refers to in the Gospel today. The end of the world will be a truly Cosmic event. There will be no escaping and it will be clearly manifest to all. The Equality lot had better run for it, for the Archangel Michael will be after them for trying to impose his immorality by Law on our nation, abolishing Mariage as between a man and a woman.!

But won't we all be frightened? Our Lord tell us..."in those days, after the time of distress - the sun will be darkened, the moon too, the stars start to fall and THEN THEY WILL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING IN GREAT POWER AND GLORY – HE WILL SEND THE ANGELS TO GATHER HIS CHOSEN...etc. Pray that we will be in the chosen.

The world and the entire universe is a created thing and created things do not last forever. God has given it a timeframe and Christ will come when it is all done and he will be ALL in all and through all and be triumphant. The world as we know it is passing. This is what gave the martyrs such courage. They could see clearly the limitations of this passing world and were full of faith in their Divine Masters ultimate triumph over those who could kill them and torture them. As our Lord himself said to Pilate "You would have no power over me at all unless it was given you from above."

This is always true. We must be always on Christ’s side in our fight with the powers of the Enemy, Satan. He is real and he is the fallen Archangel Lucifer who rebelled against God in Heaven. St Michael put him and his cohort down and they dwell in Hell but wonder around like a lion (St Peter says) looking for people to devour. Make sure we are well protected by our frequent use of the Saving Sacrament of Confession and the Blessed Eucharist. It is the antidote to the Evil One.

No one is happier than the soul who is under the gentle rule of Christ our Lord. That person has gained mastery of his/her own soul and is not buffeted this way and that but is on a smooth course to the Harbour which is Christ in Heaven - the Father and the Spirit - with our Lady and all the Saints. Keep that firmly in your focus and you won’t go far wrong.

Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the Universal King and National Youth Sunday.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly.


CHRISTMAS FAIR SUNDAY 2nd DECEMBER AFTER THE 11AM MASS. DO COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND MAKE SURE YOU BRING THINGS FOR FOLK TO BUY. See notice.

NEW YEAR DRAW TICKETS ARE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. THEY ARE IN BOOKS OF FIVE AND ARE £2.50 PER BOOK. DO TAKE A FEW AND SEE IF YOU CAN COMPETE WITH THE EURO LOTTO AT £45MILLION !!

WEDNESDAY AT 7.30 WE HAVE A MEETING IN THE PRESBYTERY OF THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO RUN THE CHRISTMAS FAIR SO DO COME AND ALL NEWCOMERS ARE WELCOME. Helpers come at 10am ON THE SUNDAY MORNING FOR KEVIN HAS A HUGE DO IN THE CLUB ON SATURDAY SO IT WILL NOT BE FREE ON SATURDAY TO SET UP AS IT USUALLY IS to help set up the goodies from the house to the Stalls in the club.

Calling the OAPs. The Catholic Chaplaincy students at the University of Manchester next to the Holy Name want to invite a group of you to a Christmas Dinner which they will prepare and serve. This will be on Sunday 9th Dec at 12.15pm - please see Fr Tom Connolly OR Fr George is you want to be included. First come, first served!

TUESDAY NEXT Deanery Conference will be held at St Kentigerns and there will be a Concelebrated Mass for the dead of he Deanery at 11.30.





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