SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR . B 29TH JULY 2012. + CYCLE B "Life Sunday".
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST
My Dear People,
Holiday time is here. A few weeks ago I was absent for five days in Rome (Where I prayed for you all at The Tomb of Saint Peter under the High Altar of St Peterís Basilica).
In the Gospel today is the famous miracle of the Feeding of he five thousand.
Since the days of the underground Church in the Catacombs, the Miracle of the loaves and the fishes has always meant for us the gift of Christís Body in the Bread of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy and Most Adorable Eucharist.
In Christ's hands there is enough for all to eat plenty and in Christ's hands now he gives us his own self as the Bread of Eternal life. In Christ's hands all things become possible even though the apostles just gave up on the amount of bread which would be needed to feed the thousands. They obeyed the command of Jesus and all were fed and plenty left over. Now, there is a lesson which can be applied to every part of life eh?
If our Lord could make the bread and the fish go round then he will never leave us without. Mother Theresa used to say that we will never experience Godís loving providence if we do not allow him to demonstrate it by trusting hearts that he will provide. She knew how much she was looked after by her Divine Master. In the whole world - even the most hard nosed would melt when faced with a request from Mother Theresa and give, and she would have enough then to minister to the poorest of the poor as her Sisters still do - and her brothers in Miles Platting.
In our Lord's hands everything is possible. Whole nations are converted in no time at all. Teenagers are converted to the sweet and delightful path of virtue attracted by Christ's pure invitation. In our Lordís hands everything becomes abundant and plentiful and overflowing. It was an amazing thing that after all those folk had been fed there was twelve baskets left over of the scraps. All these things have a deep meaning you know.
That is why this miracle stands for so much more than the immediate effect. It is symbolic of the way God works. He takes our humble offering of a few loaves and fish and makes of our offering so much more than we could have ever done. I feel that very much with being his priest. My poor humanity was offered and Jesus, by the laying on of hands and the Form of Words by the Bishop, transformed my humble and inadequate manhood to the dignity of the priesthood so that I can do his work in such an abundant way - ministering Jesus Christ to my brothers and sisters in a way that is out of this world in fulfilment and satisfaction. (Fr Flynn celebrated his Sixth Anniversary on Sunday last).
You can imagine in the early days of the church when the Roman Greek paganism was so strong everywhere - that Christ's little flock read this miracle in the light of just how much Jesus would do with their little offering. Little did they know how the Christian Faith would replace all those horrible Gods and Goddesses and their vile and impure practises within a few generations.
So - folk - whatever it is Ė place your inadequate offering in our Blessed Lord's hands and see what he will do. The saints experienced this and you will too. I am sure many of you, my dear parishioners have already experienced it in your Christian lives.
Father Tom Connolly
ROSARY CRUSADE Platt Fields. Saturday 8th September between 2.30 pm - 4.30pm. Near Church of Holy Trinity, Platt Lane. Please come and witness to the Faith.
Father George has gone to Kerala - India for his annual holdays
LOURDES - I will be in Lourdes for the rest of this week Ė go on Tuesday and retn on Monday. Needless to say I will pray a LOT for you ALL and especially the sick in that most blessed Place where our Lady appeared to St Bernadette. We are with our Bishop on the Salford Diocese Pilgrimage.
WALSINGHAM - A COACH TO Walsingham for www.youth2000.org Festival (includes families) leaves Manchester Thursday 23 August and returns on Monday 27 August £28. Contact 0161 264 8884 /07926 808545 for details . MARY HALL
TODAY IS SUNDAY FOR LIFE. THE SECOND COLLECTION WILL BE TO FUND THE LINACRE CENTRE FOR ETHICS. A CATHOLIC RESEARCH BODY WHICH DEFENDS HUMAN LIFE THROUGH SCIENTIFIC ARGUMENT AND RESEARCH. THE BISHOPS DRAW ATTENTION, IN THE LIGHT OF THE LONDON OLYMPICS, TO THE WONDER OF THE HUMAN BODY AS MADE BY GOD.
AT ST EDWARDS - NO MASS NEXT WEEK MON Ė FRI. FR CONNOLLY IN LOURDES.
Mr and Mrs Peter and Helen Walsh and family would like to thank parishioners for their presence at the Requiem Mass/Evening Reception of their late son Francis Walsh. RIP. They would also like to thank you for the numerous Mass cards and letters of condolence at their sad Bereavement. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your Intentions.
FAREWELL TO SAMITH NATH OUR SEMINARIAN,WHO RETURNS TO ROME ON TUES AND THEN GOES ON TO TURIN FOR A MONTH ON A PARISH THERE. HE HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL HELP AND A GREAT PRESENCE. HE WILL, PLEASE GOD BE ORDAINED DEACON NEXT SUMMER AND THEN GO HOME TO SRI LANKA HIS HOME TO BECOME A PRIEST. THANK YOU SAMITH WE WILL MISS YOU. SEMINARIAN , JOSE ARRIVES THIS WEEK FROM ROME TOO- THE SAME SEMINARY AS SAMITH. HE WILL STAY HERE FOR AUGUST AND IS SPANISH. HE IS MOST WELCOME.
NEXT WEEK THE COMBONI FATHERS ARE MAKING A MISSION APPEAL. FR FRANCO WILL BE SPEAKING AT ALL THE MASSES AND A SECOND COLLECTION WILL BE TAKEN FOR THE FOREIGN MISSIONS.