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Sermon for 28 October 2012



My Dear People,

We are getting near to change and decay period when nature reminds us of he mortality of all created things including ourselves! What better time to celebrate the Light of Christ as we gather around the Lord Present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar where our altar is transformed with our candles alight and radiating light in honour of Jesus present in the Sacrament.

Now - the week after this one we have the FORTY HOURS DEVOTION. The Blessed Sacrament will be solemnly exposed for our Loving Adoration from THURSDAY 8th November at 8.30am - 9.00 pm each day until we end with Benediction and Vespers at 4pm on Sunday 11th. There is a space for your name on the rota sheets stuck on the window in the porch near the candles for sale. There are still spaces and I think it is your name that is missing so see to it that you watch and pray for at least 30 minutes during this solemn time of prayer and adoration in our parish.

The candles are £1.50 and the very large ones £12. With your written label upon them they will be all burnt in honour of the Blessed Sacrament Exposed. Forty Hours always brings great blessings on the parish.

I am sure you have heard it all before from me but I am going to remind you about the Solemnity of All the Saints. Where they are, we hope to be. The way to heaven is to do our Blessed Lord's will, and to love him and following his Church's teaching faithfully. The saints we celebrate on All Saints are all those who are not canonized officially. They comprise all those millions of souls who have walked this earth and are now with God in Heaven. They will be people we have known and members of our families. I bet everyone reading this can think of quite a few "saints" they have known in this life. I know many because I am privileged as their priest to know just how close some folk have been to God. What a blessed and holy life so many folk live and if I said that to them they would cry out their protestation that they are poor sinners. I know they are but they are holy poor sinners! The BLIND BEGGER in the Gospel was like that. Our Lord said: "Your faith has saved you" and then he could see again. Think of that man's inner life for him to call Jesus by his most wonderful and true title "Son of David"...one of Godís Little People. They exist everywhere in every parish and community.

The Blind man is depicted getting cured over the Royal Eye Hospital in Oxford Road. "Lord that I may see" is one of the prayers used whilst pilgrims await their turn at the Baths in Lourdes. It is not so much against the blindness of the eye but the blindness of the heart to Faith. The Blind Man in the Gospel had his faith strengthened as well as his sight. Touching the eyes used to be a sacramental in the anointing of the dying to say sorry for the times we have sinned with those eyes! It tells us to make sure we use what sight we have for the good and not for sin. Thank God for your sight.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly

PRAYING FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED is wholly pleasing to God and our prayers and Masses offered for them will surely speed the Holy Souls from the state of being purified in Purgatory to the fullness of heavenly joy. Their prayers can help us too. Envelopes are available at the back of Church. In these you can place the lists of the dead you want prayed for and Masses offered for and they will be done. Many Masses are offered by the priests of the Parish for the Holy Souls on our November Dead Lists in the parish. The lists will be kept before the altar during the Month of the Holy Souls.

FRIDAY 2nd November is the COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED. MASS IS AT THE USUAL TIME OF 9.30AM. Priests offer three Masses that day.

Year of the Faith. I HOPE YOU LIKE THE BANNER COMMEMORATING THE Year of the Faith and hung up in St Kentigerns and St Edwards abnd the schools.

Father Gabor from Budapest is visiting me as he does at this time of the year. He is a parish priestand teaches Canon Law and St Thomas Aquinas to seminarians in Budapest and arrived on the anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising against the Communist persection in 1956.


MARIST CENTRE,NELL LANE, CHORLTON: "We remember their Faith" an hour of prayer for loved ones who have died. We live, We love, We let them go...home to God. 3-4pm Sunday 4th November. All are welcome just come. All you bereaved Ė take the advantage and go. Fr Connolly.

Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers 30th Sunday of the Year B

Priest: Christ is the Light of the world and the light for all to see and to walk in the way of salvation. We turn to the His Eternal Father in the name of His Only Begotten One. Reader: For all who will begin the path of enlightenment in the Course of Instruction in the Faith, beginning soon in our parish - that those who begin will receive the light of faith from Christ with joy. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who suffer the loss of their sight - for the Blind throughout the world - that our Lord may lead them with his innermost light. We pray for all who work for the blind and partially sighted - the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and the many societies who work to save sight here and in the third world. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to God those engaged couples preparing for Marriage that they may be truly made one in Christ in the Sacrament of Unity. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to the help of Almighty God those of our community who are sick and those who care for them: Debbie Egan, Peter Bradley, Michael Nolan, Anthony Dwyer, Peter Ramsbottom, Mr Azicate, Anne Marie martin Kathleen Burke, Margaret Martin. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who have been called to eternal life in these last few days: Ann Bowens, Josephine Smith, Peter Mulvanney, Beryl Daniels, Trevor Jones, Andrew Moore AND For all all those souls whose anniversaries fall about this time:. Mary Higgins, (VIGIL), Elsie Connolly, Margaret Ryan, William McLoughlin, William and Edith Selby, Amy Rock, Edith Sharples, Afram Zaer, Bridget Boyle (VIGIL MASS), Mary Elizabeth Keady, Stephen Sharples, Tom Grealy (11am).

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Mary is the woman of the Apocalypse who is clothed with the sun, perfectly reflecting without blemish the beauty of her Divine Son - we seek her help in our needs. O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of Grace...

PRIEST: God our Eternal Father, listen to the humble prayers of your people gathered around the holy altar and accept our sacrifice of praise in all our needs. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.