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Sermon for 3 February 2013
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FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C + YEAR OF FAITH 3RD FEBRUARY 2013.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Well - we all heard last week our Lord making a big impression at he Nazareth synagogue. He sat down having read the prophesy concerning the Messiah and then he opened his mouth and began to speak.

Wait for it - the crowd did not warm to what he said and they rose up in a foul rage and bundled him out and tried to throw him down a cliff. In other words - they hated him - our Saviour.

His Church is being treated like that now by those who hate us. The rich and powerful gay lobby and the feminists see the Catholic Church (and some other faiths) as the last bastion of prejudice or discrimination against them. They cannot ever understand that anyone in their right mind would ever think that the moral agenda they have is not the total truth which everyone must be forced to believe in like Smoking is Bad for your Health. We are not homophobic - we believe in the Commandments and one is not free to choose your own morality or make up a new moral law contrary to God. It is like saying murder is ok. But of course there are some who want it to be ok if you call it "Mercy Killing" eh?

They wish to enact this new Marriage law that we must teach our children and youth even in Faith schools that such things are perfectly normal and must be accepted as equal to marriage etc. This will be included in the legal syllabus for our schools - laid down by Law I tell you. Mr Gove has stated that although he would want to protect religious schools from having to teach this as Normal the European Court of Human Rights might over rule and then we are in a terrible position. The teacher will be expected to get the pupils to talk about gender stereotyping – you get the meaning?

Seemingly this is all agreed to be agreed if the same sex Marriage Bill becomes Law. Religious faith will be of no consequence. Our children will be forcibly indoctrinated by the false ideology of those who rule us. Even Elton John said he felt sorry for his surrogate baby because it will know its mammy.

But the real problem is the deep and angry rejection of the rights of the Believer to bring their children up in the Faith and the Moral teaching of Christ and his Holy Church. They fly in the face of us. Having forbidden us to have our children adopted by Male and Female couples only - they now move in to eradicate fundamental Christian teaching on Male and Female, Fertility and Chastity, Self Control and mutual Respect. We are expected (the cheek) to teach their new Morality - utterly untested and against the 10 Commandments and the Teaching of the Catholic Church. They would not leave Jesus alone and they will not leave us. They want to throw us of a cliff to silence us so that we will be prosecuted for being bigots if we don't go along with them.

It is a sad time for our country and pray my dear people that this rot which is being operated against our Christian Culture will be defeated by a free vote of MPs. Do write or email Sir Gerald Kaufmann MP and tell him you expect him to support our moral stance for male and female marriage only.

Do not be deceived - Jesus Christ is hated by these people. Judgement will come upon them one day. They say that Marriage is such a good thing they want everyone to have it. By saying that they show their ignorance and stupidity. Because Marriage is indeed a great "Good" given by the creator - it is a great good because of the way we are designed- male and female for each other and for the procreation of our race. That is what Marriage is- you cannot give it to another use and call it Marriage...

Good news - 59 couples began the Marriage Course last Sunday in the Marian Room of our Social Club. It will continue for the rest of the month. Say a little prayer for them won't you? That can only be GOOD NEWS eh?

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


DEFEND REAL MARRIAGE

The government has now launched a Bill to redefine Marriage - first vote will be Tues 5th Feb. Before that write or email your MP (Sir Gerald Kaufmann for around here) before Tues afternoon. Ask him to vote against the "programme motion" which seeks to cut short the debate on the Bill. The switch borad of the House of Commons is 020 7219 3000 or email from the Website www.writetothem.com – scroll down to "contact your MP" link. Our Bishops have made it very clear that this Bill becoming law will surely make it illegal for our teachers and priests to teach in the Public Forum that same sex Marriage is immoral. House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

»Letter from Fr. Tom to Gerald Kaufman




Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers 4th Sunday of Year C

Priest: "They all marvelled at his gracious words". Listening to your word we are filled with confidence Lord as we approach the throne of grace and mercy in all our needs.

Reader: That the liberating words of our Lord and Saviour will be spread throughout the world by trustworthy and effective messengers of the gospel in our own day. Help all catechists and teachers and priests to be eloquent in their words explaining the Catholic faith. Lord in your mercy.

For all those undergoing instruction in the faith at this time that they will find in the world made flesh abundance of new life and love. Lord in your mercy.

For the welfare of our children and orphans looked after by our Catholic Children's Rescue society - that this society be safeguarded in its work and find a way to continue its work despite the new legal ban on Catholic Children’s Adoption societies. Lord in your mercy.

For deliverance from the evil forces of Secularism moving now against the Church in our country on every front in welfare and education and marriage - that this new enemy be vanquished by the power of Christ. Lord in your mercy.

Our Lord slipped through the mob. We pray for all the victims of mobs and violent conspiracies that they be comforted and healed. Lord in your mercy.

Be with all the Engaged Couples who begin their Marriage Course here today for our Deanery Parishes and keep them loving and united. Lord in your mercy.

For all our dear sick and those who care for them we pray for: Agnes Hallighan, Peggy Forkan, Mrs Keegan, Kathleen McGarr, Agnes Benson, Michael Connolly, Ann Cronin, Ronny Molloy, Ann Brady, Joseph Calvi, Chris Lyden. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who have died recently: Mary Ann McGrail, Edith Veronica Moore, Floyd Williams. Baby Erin Cooke AND For all those whole anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Dunne (9am) John Heneghan, Thomas Ignatius O'Rourke, (( Fri at 9.30), Beryl Kennedy and Delia Connolly.

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

Mary – your are the mother of the Saviour and felt his hurt as the crowd turned on him - look to us now and protect your Faithful ones. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest: Lord, hear and answer these heartfelt needs of your People who gather around the altar as your family. Through Christ our Lord.. Amen.