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Sermon for 21 October 2012
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TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B 21ST OCTOBER 2012. YEAR OF FAITH.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

The Twelve Apostles were like children sometimes. We hear them today, grown men, discussing which one is he king of the castle. The Sons of Zebedee , dear St John and his bruv - James - had got their dear mother to deal a serious bit of ear wigging and PR for her sons - the zealots as they were called because of their politico strong ideas vis a vis the Romans. (They were strong Nationalists and wanted the Romans to go home).

It is sad really to listen to the whole episode when you reflect on the fate and destiny of these two apostles. They did not know what they were asking for did they and at this point did not really understand our Blessed Lord’s mission and purpose. Hence our Lord speaks kind words to them - "You do not know what you are asking for..?" Indeed they did not. "Can you drink that cup that I must drink and be baptised in the same baptism (of blood and suffering) that I will be baptised with???" They say that they can but with the attitude they have at this moment they will not be able to. After Pentecost -all became possible and our Lord knew it of course which is why he strings their mother along a bit, and plays on words rather than tell her to Get Lost - It is then that the rest hear about what has been going on with James and John and they are mad with the brothers. However our Lord corrects them all and gives us the great teaching which has created a new civilisation of love - - that to be great, men and women in the Christian dispensation have to becomes the servants of all. You know that the Pope’s title is "SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD".

So that it what it is all about – not high places on the left and the right in the ruling class but to be humble servants of all – indeed our Lord uses the word “SLAVE”. He then shows that the example he gives us is exactly that. The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) came to serve, not to be served and to GIVE his life as a ransom for MANY. So how can we follow a different path? We must find our fulfilment in our love and service of our brethren. Parents after all spend themselves in service of their children don’t they and think nothing of it and their love and care bears fruit in lovely young people.

Our Lord's way is the way of service and humble service at that. When all is complete at the end of my life I can only say to our Lord "Here I am - I was only doing your will."

We hope to hear those words from our Lord's own lips in Heaven "Well done good and faithful SERVANT - come and enter into the joy of your Lord". I say that over every grave before the body gets lowered into it. Now there is something to look forward to and to cheer us up as we begin the dark night s again and the old CH boiler gets turned up.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


POOR BOX - I GAVE £200 TO Cornerstone Centre in Denmark Rd £700 to Mary’s Meals, £100 to CARITAS (SALFORD).

ST ANTHONY NOVENA - I am beginning soon the Saturday Novena to St Anthony at the 11.30 Mass for vocations and for whatever other intentions you wish yourselves who are making the Novena. St Anthony is a powerful Saint as you all know. At St Edwards we will pray the St Anthony Novena on Fridays.

CHRISTMAS CARDS – BUY THEM FROM OUR CARITAS (SALFORD) FOR A AS LITTLE AS 10 FOR £3.50 OR FROM AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED. CATALOGUES ARE IN THE PORCH. REMEMBER DO NOT BUY NON CHRISTIAN CHRISTMAS CARDS - YOU ARE A BELIEVER - DEMONSTRATE IT - NO FIR TREES OR SANTAS!!!

CHRISTMAS FARE IS GOING TO BE ON SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER SO START SORTING THINGS TO BE SOLD WILL YOU? Thanks.

GRAVE STONES When planning your inscription I would like to ask to use "Pray for the soul of.." or "Sacred Heart of Jesus , Have mercy on the soul of..." OR "Our Lady of **** Pray for..." OR "Of your Charity pray for the soul of...". This is the Catholic tradition and I would ask you to be more faithful to it. It means that every time some passer by reads the stone they will automatically utter a prayer for your beloved. Now does not that make a slot of sense? TC

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION WILL TAKE PLACE Wednesday 7th to Sunday11th November AND CANDLES ARE ON SALE. I WANTED TO KEEP THEM TO £1 EACH BUT THEY HAVE GONE UP LIKE EVERYTHING SO THEY ARE NOW £1.50 AND £12 FOR THE Huge Ones. (30x1. 3/8ths) They are 25% bees wax and there is a disease amongst the bee population. They are ON SALE NOW. SO BUY ONE LABEL IT AND BUT IT IN THE PURCHASED BOX. THEY WILL BE BURNED IN FRONT OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND YOUR NAMES WILL BE WRITTEN ON THE LABELS – THE LIVING AND THE DEAD OF YOUR FAMILY AND CIRCLE.

For the Year of Faith the church will remain open from 7.30am, to 4pm The CTS book stall is there for you to purchase books to deepen your Catholic Faith.

THE NOVEMBER DEAD LISTS ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE PORCH FOR USE IN THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS, TAKE ONE NOW AND THEN YOU WILL BE READY. GRAVE LIGHTS ARE ON SALE WHICH LAST FOR 3 DAYS IF YOU LEAVE THE METAL TOP ON. THEY ARE BY OUR LADY'S VOTIVES.





Bidding Prayers

29th Sunday in Year B BIDDING PRAYERS

Priest: The Son of man came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. In his Holy Name and in this Year of Faith Proclaimed by Pope Benedict - we seek the Father's help in all our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Reader: For all those who hold office bearing authority in the Church of God, that they will, with firmness and charity, exercise that office in fear of God and not in awe of human respect. Lord in your mercy.

For all who hold political office in our land - that they will be ever more aware that they have to answer to the Supreme Law maker - Almighty God. Lord in your mercy.

For all parents and teachers: that they may be fair and kind and just in their dealings with the young. Lord hear us.

For all who live in nations and in States who find themselves oppressed by the Authorities - especially in Muslim countries and in China, that they may put themselves under the protection of the Just One who died for us all. Lord in your mercy.

For all our sick we pray - that the Divine Physician may touch them and make them whole again: Chris Lydon, Eileen McCormack, Kathlen Burke, Brigid McLoughlin, Margaret Martin, Margaret Burke, Ann-Marie Martin, Mrs Keegan, Anthony Dwyer, Peter Ramsbottom, Beryl Daniels, Trevor Jones, Mary O'Rourke, Michael Nolan, Mr Azicate.

Lord in your mercy...

For all who have died recently that they may see the Face of God: Anne Bowens, and Josephine Smith and Peter Mulvanney, Francis Higgins (9am, MONTH’S MIND MASS) AND All those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Elsie Connolly, Jimmy Clarkson (11am), Noreen Byrne, Brian McCluskey, David Royce, Paddy Fitzgerald, Stanely J. Dale, Afram Zaer, Michael Gallagher, Tom Nolan, Anne Casey, Maureen Byrne, Bridget Rafferty.

May their souls and the souls of...

MARY Our Mother and mother of humanity – help us as we pray to the Lord - O Mary Conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest: O God and Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - listen now to the heartfelt prayer of your Church and hear and answer our prayers. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.