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Sermon for 23 September 2012
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TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR + CYCLE B . + 23rd SEPTEMBER 2012

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

How fortunate we are that the Gospel of the Mass today has our Lord's teaching about becoming child like in our relationship to Him who is our Blessed Lord and Master and who came to serve us and not to be served. Was not Saint Theresa called "of the Child Jesus"? What a prophetic sign that was when she was given that name.

We must do as St Teresa of Lisieux did - become "a little child" and so enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a practise to take on - to learn to depend on our Lord and refer everything to him like a child to a beloved parent.

The more you observe the children the more you realise why our Lord told us to be more child-like in our approach to God in all things. There is an openness in a child and a spontaneity and trust which is so admirable. They do not fear the loving and approachable Eternal Father or his Divine Son Jesus Christ. Their talk and remarks discloses an innocent heart, untouched by sin and uncontaminated by the cynicism of the world they live in. It is surely these qualities which are praised by Christ and used for our instruction "Unless you become like a little child , you cannot enter the kingdom of God."

Our Lord is not telling us to become childish but child-like. St Teresa is now a Doctor of the Church yet she never even went to university. She entered the Carmelite order at an age far too young and lived only into her mid twenties before she died of TB. However she is the most popular saint in the Church and Patron of the Missions - she who never ventured further than her enclosed Carmelite Convent in France. She knew she would be canonised and wrote in her journal that she would spend her heaven doing good on earth. (And she has). She was child-like in her approach to God. Her humility was such that she was able to know she would be a saint without getting big headed. Only after her death did her Journal of a Soul get published and she took the world by storm with her "Little Way". Nothing was too small or insignificant to offer to God in this Little Way. Her notion was that if you waited for the Big Things the small things would pass you by.

So when the Apostles were arguing on the way about who was to be the most important one our Lord gave them a visual lesson and that precious child was enwrapped in our Blessed Lord's arms and held forth as an example to the Twelve. They did eventually learn the lesson for all bar one became saints.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly

THE HOLY NAME You might have heard that Fr Matus and Fr Chris Hilton and the brothers are moving from The Holy Name to St Chad’s Cheetham Hill to begin the Oratory there. The Jesuit Fathers have returned to The Holy Name and a community of Four Priests and a Brother will eventually staff The Holy Name. Father Ian Kelly, Chaplain to the Universities has been given a Sabbatical Year by Bishop Brain in recognition that he has done 27 Years as a University Chaplain between Salford Uni and the Manchester various Universities. The Jesuits will run the University chaplaincy and Church and live next to he Holy Name. Let us all pray that the good work of Fr Kelly and Fr Matus and Hilton will continue through the Ministry of the sons of St Ignatius of Loyola.

CAR WASH. Thank you for the good spirit last Sunday at the St kents car wash to raise funds for the Marian Procession on 6th October. It raised £70.

ST EDWARD'S- THANK YOU TO THE TWO BENEFACTORS WHO HANDED A TOTAL OF £1000 TO HELP COMPLETE THE RE PAINTING OF ST EDWARD’ S CHURCH. THE MEN DOING THE WORK HAVE MOSTLY GIVEN THEIR LABOUR FOR FREE TOO SO THANK YOU INDEED.

ST KENTIGERN'S: STAINED GLASS WINDOW REPAIR. TWO PENSIONERS HAVE GIVEN ME A TOTAL OF £150 TOWARDS THE COST OF REPAIRING THE VANDALISED STAINED GLASS WINDOW TO YOUR LEFT AS YOU COME OUT OF THE MAIN DOOR. I THANK THEM FOR THEIR KINDNESS AND THOUGHTFULNESS.

The Divine Mercy School had Government Inspection on Wed and Thursday last week. We all hope Mrs Walsh and her staff did well for they work very hard for the pupils.

YEAR OF FAITH. I HAVE DECIDED TO GET A Catholic Truth Society Book Stand for our churches so we can offer well written and up to date booklets for you to purchase to increase your appreciation and grasp of the Catholic faith. I want you all to purchase per house the Youth Cat - a simplified book version of the New Catechism of the Catholic Church produced for the International Youth Days with the Pope. It makes wonderful reference for everything you need to know. I will leave samples at the porch and you can order them from me by filling in the forms at the back of church. I will get a supply of them for all who ask.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding for 25th Year B

Priest: Glory be to the One God, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit as we humbly pray for all our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Reader: Almighty father, bring justice to our world- that your people may live in joy and peace. We commend the peoples and the Christians of Iraq, Libya, Palestine and all places of conflict. Lord, in your mercy.

Give to married people the strength of your peace, the guidance of your will and the grace to live together in constant love. Lord in your mercy.

Be the reward of all who have given us their help in this life – grant them the reward of their goodness. Lord in your mercy. For those who murder and kill – for the men and women of violence and ill will – that God may convert them to a new way of life. Lord in your mercy.

For all the retired Priests of our diocese for whom we make the Collection today – that after lifetimes of Service in the Sacred Priesthood they may know our care now in their weakness and old age. Lord in your mercy.

For all the sick that the healing hand of our Blessed Lord comfort them: Enrico Aji-arty, Bong Estrella, Cesar Lingao, Daphne Nativitad, Arlyn Macapinlae, Gladys Daniels. Lord in your mercy

Have mercy on those who have lost their lives and receive them into your rest: The two police women, Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, Jimmy Rogers, Michael Kelly, David Brady, Joe Ramos, Doug Pedley, John Stenson

AND All whose anniversary occurs: Brian Williams, Stuart Dale, Jack Whitley, Donal Francis O'Connell, Bernard Groarke, Thomas Egan

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- pray for us who have recourse to thee- Hail Mary...

Priest: Father, Creator of all that is good, you have called us to work in your world and by cooperation to better the condition of mankind - grant that we may always work together as your children and hear our humble prayers. Through Christ our Lord