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Sermon for 19 February 2012
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SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B +19TH FEBRUARY 2012.

MESSAGE FROM YOUR PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Whenever I hear the Gospel of the man paralyzed men lowered through the roof on a stretcher I think of his four friends. I know that and have been part of the hard work to get a paralyzed person ready for anything which involves "going out". At Lourdes with the sick pilgrims- one has to start very early if you want to get down to the Baths for 10am! Those of you who look after the housebound loved ones know what I mean. Everything is a major event and you have to apply yourself with great planning for things like a visit to the Specialist.

Now these four friends had heard that our Blessed Lord was in the neighbourhood and were determined to bring their paralyzed friend for our Lord to Heal. And lo and behold the crowd around the house where our Lord was preaching was such that had not got a chance to bring their friend in. So in their "refusal to be beaten" mode (their faith our Lord called it) - they take drastic measures and climb on the roof to remove the tiles Ė hoist their friend up and lower him down Ė plonk in front of the Divine Physician.. Seeing their FAITH Jesus responds "My Child your sins are forgiven - I order you to get up and walk." He did just that and picked up the stretcher and walked out in front of them all.

Putting aside the mindless legalism of those who questioned the power of Jesus to forgive sins we have to admire the manís four friends. We all need the faith of our friends and fellow parishioners and our family to carry us through the painful times of our lives when we suffer from one suffering or another, be it illness or loss or let down. How many times one is so ill one cannot utter a prayer and is the prayer of the heart and the prayer of the Church and our friends which carry us to the "roof" and strip the tiles and we are lowered in the stretcher of other peopleís faith (prayers) where our Lord is waiting for us. He will tell us "My child- Get up!"

I once met a stranger in Southern Cemetery and she said she had nearly died and when she recovered she could read all the Mass cards people had sent her to show they cared for her and loved her in her great sickness. She told me just how grateful she was and how she had experienced the power of all those prayers when she herself was helpless.

So we must be like those four friends who brought their crippled pal to Jesus. What a work of mercy they did on that day. I know so many of your, my dear parishioners who do the same each day for the ones you have to love and care for because they can no longer look after themselves. Don't lose courage. Our Lord is with you and what you do for them you do to HIM.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


BISHOP BRAIN had to have a pace maker fitted in emergency recently and has to take 6 weeks rest. Pray for him wonít you Ė our dear Father in God.

ARCHBISHOP PATRICK KELLY of Liverpool CELEBRATES HIS GOLDEN JUBILEE OF ORDINATION TODAY - HE USED TO BE OUR BISHOP.

C.A.F.O.D WANT US TO KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOW PROMISED TO MATCH, POUND FOR POUND WHAT THE PEOPLE DONATE TO CAFOD. PETERíS PENCE IN OUR DIOCESE LAST YEAR RAISED £5,437 TO GIVE TO THE HOLY FATHER FOR HIS UNIVERSAL MINISTRY.

ASH WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK AND IT IS A DAY OF FASTING AND NO MEAT FOR ALL . LENT BEGINS. THE SICK AND FRAIL DONíT NEED TO FAST - JUST - NO MEAT. TRY TO GET TO MASS WON'T YOU? SEE THE EXTRA MASSES THAT DAY IN THIS BULLETIN. FASTING MEANS ONE FULL MEAL AND ONLY 2 SMALL SNACKS. STATIONS OF THE CROSS WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER MASS AND ON SUNDAY AT ST KENTIGERN'S THERE WILL BE AT 4PM STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding prayers for 7th Sunday of Year B

PRIEST: Father , you look upon the face of Christ your Beloved Son and we are His Mystical Body. Listen now in your mercy to the prayers we make in faith in all our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Reader: Father of Tender love, you have taught us to know you and to love you in all things; be with your Church now and help it to be faithful to your teaching and to witness before the world the power of your love. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For all engaged couples preparing for the sacrament of matrimony Ė that they will make good and lasting unions and bring much happiness and joy to their marriage and receive the gift of children. Lord in your mercy.

For all the newly born in our parish and in our world - that these children- so dear in Godís sight - may be cherished and loved all their days. We pray for our schools on half term last week that they return safe and sound. Lord in your mercy.

For all who find it difficult to pray in their time of illness - that the prayers and faith of their friends will bear them up and support them. We pray for the medical profession that they will be instruments of God. Lord in your mercy.

As the Holy Season of Lent begins we pray for the grace to hear our Lordís words spoken over us "YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN - RISE UP" Lord in your mercy.

For all who lie sick and especially those paralysed, that our Lord's healing touch may heal them: Betty Mahoney, Joe Sweeey, Kathleen Burke, Mrs Josie Serridge, Mary Burke, Gerry Featherstone, Tom Cummings, Mary Fitzpatrick, Lauren Wryne, Paschal Fagan, Maureen Waring andBishop Terence Brain. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to God's mercy the souls of all who have died recently: Robert Cawley, (Wed 7pm, Thursday 9.30), Maureen Ann Johnson (Mon 27th at Midday) Sarah Makin, Catherine Cawthorne, Terry Earley AND For all those whose anniversary of death falls about now: Michael Boyd, (VIGIL), J.L. Grimes, Owen Lambe (9am), Sarah Cahill, and Afram Zaia and family.

MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE. AMEN.

O Mary Conceived without sin. /R Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Mary's faith was always pleasing to God for she placed all her hope in him...let us pray now for her motherly protection in our need as we begin Lent. Hail Mary...

Priest: God our loving Father, we have come to you in the name of your beloved Son in all our needs and the needs of the whole world. Listen to the prayer of your people. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.