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Sermon for 30 September 2012
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TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY year B

30TH SEPTEMBER 2012.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Next Saturday we have at 11am the apportunity to walk in the Procession of Our Blessed Lady from St Edwards via St Kentigerns into Platt Fields. I hope all of you who can be free at that time will come to join in this witness to our Christian Faith in streets dominated by the outward signs of religions far from the Catholic way of life and Faith. It will witness to our faith in Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, made man through Our Lady. Do come - don't let me down will you? So much energy and planning has gone into this.

The Child in our Midst

Our Lord's admonition today is as severe as he could make. "If anyone is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, it would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a great mill stone around the neck!!". Now you cannot get much tougher than that and this is from the lips of the Incarnate Word - the Sinless one - the one who is the light of the world and its Saviour. So it is a severe warning.

The abuse scandal of a very minute number of priests is the devil's secret weapon you know. The demons must be cackling all the way to the Pit for such a terrible evil to be done on God's young ones. One is too many eh?

What does our Lord mean by that? Why does he put such great emphasis on this one thing? Well it is fundamental is it not? To put off a child from the way of faith is to damage or even sometimes destroy that which God has made. How many adults today neglect their duties to their little ones and, following their own desires neglect their little ones and prefer their own interests? Many, I am afraid. With people not marrying and bearing children they often find that a few years down the line the father has done a runner and the poor kids find that daddy is no longer present to them in the way he was before. Even some mums have left too in my experience. God designed marriage for our good and by and large it takes two parents to bring up kids. (There are exceptions of course).

Now the powers that be have made it legal for a child to have two females on the birth certificate as "Mothers"! The French President is pushing through a new law which forbids the words "Father" or "Mother" on the birth certificate - it is simply "parent". What damage is done to the "little ones" as they grow up with two men or two women as "parents" - it defies belief but that is what the government has made a legally binding item of law and in so doing closed down Catholic adoption services.

Fr Flynn was telling me that the University Catholic Society cannot appear on its own platform at the Uni because to be affiliated to the Student Union you have to subscribe to the Abortion Reform Society and every other immoral cause they support so it is hard luck for the RCs. We are nicely excluded from public life - reminds me a bit of totalitarianism. This is the cost of witness these days to the truth. The Catholics stand alone - believe me - as a Body. In fact in a few years time the statements I have just made will make me liable for prosecution under the Equalities Act.

There is more to come with the suicides thing. The Law officers have come up with a wonderful ruse of making assisted suicide legal. They say as long as you don't benefit from the will and the person is not being forced to take their own lives you can go ahead. Can you imagine trying to prove the case. The one who is dead will not be around to witness. The ones alive will certainly say that granny wanted to go and had had enough and who can say otherwise? It is a charter for murder. How rotten is the body politic? All this affects our children you know and the general state of the nation. Pope John Paul called it the culture of Death. We kill 188,000 a year in abortion and now we going to do it at the other end. Sin is a great evil and institutionalised sin is even worse because it teaches the people that if it is legal it is okay to do and it is not. God's law is paramount and if people keep defying it there will be big trouble for that community and I think we already experience this "big trouble".

Now that should cheer you all up!!

Father Tom Connolly


FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES. The Special Mass to inscribe them and to sign them up for the Sacramental Programme will be on Sat 6TH Oct at the 6.30 Vigil Mass. They will be given a candle lit to remind them of the Baptismal Promises.

FAITH MAGAZINE IS ON SALE AT 1 AT THE BACK OF CHURCH IN St Kentigerns.

LOURDES day trip for the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. Solemnity Sat 8th December form Manchester Airport - 08.10 check in and back in Manchester for 9.35pm. Cost £285 MANCUNIA 790 6838

CARITAS DIOCESE OF SALFORD IS HAVING AN OPEN DAY AT HOLY CROSS SIXTH FORM COLLEGE IN BURY ON SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER. THE DAY IS FOR CELEBRATING THE RICH VARIETY OF CHARITABLE WORKS (WORKS OF MERCY) WITHIN OUR DIOCESE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK AND SHARE EXPERIENCES. A KEY ASPECT IS A MARKET PLACE WHERE PARISH BASED GROUPS ENGAGED IN SOCIAL ACTION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ARE INVITED TO SET OUT THEIR STALLS AND SHOWCASE THEIR WORK. ALL THIS SHOW CHARITY (LOVE). I DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO. YOU CAN GET THE TRAM.

CHRISTMAS CARDS PRODUCED BY CARITAS CAN BE ORDER - SEE THE LEAFLET AT THE BACK OF CHURCH 10 FOR £35.

XAVERIAN COLLGE WILL BE HAVING TWO OPEN DAYS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS ON SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER FROM 10.30 2PM AND SUNDAY 21st OCTOBER 10.30 2PM . THE DAYS ARE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE CAMPUS AND DISCUSS POSSIBLE COURSES AND OTHER MATTERS WITH TEACHING STAFF AND SENIOR TUTORS. FO FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT XAVERIAN COLLEGE ON 224 1781. Support Catholic Education- (FR. T.C.)

CAFOD family fast day Friday. Take an envelope from the porch and return next week.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding for 26th Sun B

Priest: Let us make our prayer to the God of our salvation because all our hope rests in him.

Reader: Protect the Little Ones of our earth - protect them and watch over them and save them from those who seek to harm them and use them or corrupt them. Lord in your mercy.

For all who will participate in the Marian Procession next Saturday that they will truly witness to their faith and find a response in those watching this faith -event honouring the most Holy Mother of God. Bless all those who have worked to prepare for this procession with success and fine weather. Lord in your mercy.

May the unity of the Church be formed by love and understanding- gather us together through the gifts of your Holy Spirit. Lord in your mercy.

Help men to create a community where justice and peace may flourish- be with us less we labour in vain. Lord in your mercy. For thanksgiving for the harvest- for the fruits of the earth and the sea which the Creator Lord bestows in such super abundance. Lord in your mercy

For all the sick who seek the help of our prayers of intercession in their pain and discomfort and struggle- especially the dying: Beryl Daniels, Ann Bowens, Father McGarry, Peter Ramsbottom,, Anthony Dwyer, Eileen McCormack, Maria Caru-ana, Kathleen Burke, Margaret Martin- strengthen them and raise them up. Lord in your mercy.

Be mindful of the dead, especially those we have known- have mercy on those who have given us, in life, their help and love: Michael Kelly, Kate Gormally, Chris Walker,, Madeline Standon, and Evelyn Brady AND For all those whose anniversaries occur at this time: Austin Brady, (9 am) John Morris Junior VIGIL, Tom Egan, Pat and John Rafferty, Deceased members of the Rafferty Family, Eileen McCormack, Bill Everett, Jim Hennah. MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL...

O MARY, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN, PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE. Hail Mary...

Priest: Lord, in answer to our prayer, give us patience in suffering hardships after the example of your Only-Begotten Son, who lives for ever and ever. Amen.