THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C + NOVEMBER 3rd 2013. MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
The days of the Forty Hours devotion are nearly here, concluding with Solemn Benediction next Sunday afternoon at 4 pm. I do hope many will be able to come to end this extraordinary time of peace and grace which our Lord has released on the community during this time. Every class in our School should be making a visit if Mrs Thornton, the new Head allows them. For twenty years the children have made a visit with their teacher during Thursday and Friday and it was always great to hear the children's voices raised in prayerful adoration. This year for the first time objections about safe guarding children crossing the road seems to be problematic but I hope it can be resolved. St Edwards will have their Forty Hours Devotion at the same time.
Each of those candles you so carefully bought and labelled represents a heart filled with fervent faith. How else can one explain 600 candles being burnt in honour of the Divine Presence in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar?
Each flame is a mark of a warm and loving heart as it reaches out to the Lord in humility and prayer. The name are like a roll call of your loves including babes and kids and parents and grandparents, spouses, living and dead—all names are written on those candles and each one is a sign of a person's faith and love. Together on the altar they combine to form a sea of light and warmth and peace and beauty - an anticipation for when we shall be in Heaven and adoring in an unbroken moment the adorable beauty of the Living and Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. What a great treat we have to look forward to. How many of our loved ones are already enjoying that Divine Radiance when God is All in All.
The Holyday of All Saints on Friday last celebrated that reality. In the end, that is what it is all about. That is the path we are on- the path to heaven opened for us by our Lord’s Sacred Passion.
For the Holy Souls we had another Commemoration this week - the Feast of the Commemoration of all the Dead. The Month began on Friday with All the Saints. We celebrated all those of our fellow Christians (and others) who are now in Heavenly Bliss. And now we pray in November for all the Holy Souls who are waiting for Heavenly Bliss.
The souls suffer our lack of prayer for them. They are holy and will go to Heaven but they are being purified of the dross that was left in them at the moment of death. Like the deep sea diver coming up - Purgatory is like the De-compression chamber. It is like covering the eyes until they can take the Light of God in Heaven.
But it is painful in Purgatory and the Holy Souls depend on our petitions. No Christian should fail to have a Mass offered for the Dead of their family during this Month.
Me and Father O'Brien and Fr George will be offering our Mass most days for the Holy Souls you have written in the Book of Remembrance and the Masses for the Dead handed in, so do not delay and let your relatives down.
The Holy Souls cries out to you "Hey, our Bridie - when are you going to have a Mass offered for me ? - I am wanting to get out of here and go to my Lord, our Lady and all the saints in Heaven!!"
The Mass is the greatest Prayer on earth for it is Christ's own High Priestly prayer for the human race for He is the Head of the Human Race. Do not underestimate the power of this sublime Offering.
Zachaeus had the wonderful words of Jesus addressed to him after his conversion - "Today Salvation has come to this house!" He had longed to see Jesus and was a short man so climbed a tree but our Lord knew what plan he had for him.
May this month of prayer and this Forty Hours of loving adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament mean for us that a new measure of our Lord's gift of salvation has been given to us as a community and as individuals?
With every grace and Blessing,
Father Tom Connolly
CHRISTMAS FAYRE AT ST KENTS THIS YEAR IS on SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER AT 12 NOON – 6PM. WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE A MORE FOCUSSED ARRANGEMENTS BASED ON SPONSORED STALLS ALONG WITH THE TRADITIONAL BOTTLE WHEEL OF FORTUNE ETC, "PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT", CAKE STALLS, BIG PRIZES WITH CELEBRITY GUEST. FATHER CHRISTMAS . MUSIC WITH JIB. SO PLEASE START GETTING BUSY NOW BY SEARCHING FOR THINGS FOR US TO SELL OR YOU TO MAKE ETC. BRING THEM TO THE CLUB OR PRESBYTERY.
THIS YEAR WE ARE GOING IN FOR A CAR BOOT SALE TOO SO THAT HALF THE CAR PARK WILL BE CORDONED OFF FOR THIS PURPOSE. CAR BOOT SALES ARE VERY POPULAR.
Bidding Prayers 31st Sunday of Year C
Priest: The Lord seeks us out to show us the path of life and call us by our name like he did with Zaccheus. We offer him our Prayers.
Reader: For all those like Zaacheus who search for Christ and want to know Him - that they may find in the life of us Christians an example of Knowing Christ our Saviour in the way we live. Lord in your mercy.
That this year of Faith, soon coming to an end, will make our parish's relationship with Christ the good Shepherd even more secure. Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For the poor, the hungry, the homeless , the sick, the aged, the lonely, the grieving, those out of work and those who have no one to pray for them: that God will draw close to them, raise them up and answer their needs. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
For all our sick, that Christ the Healer will reach out them in their illness: Irene Farrelly, Maura McBrien, Denis McLoughlin, Tom Cummings, Michael Connolly, Carna Mutch, Mary Molloy, Pat Aldcroft. Lord in your mercy.
For all those who have been called by God to eternal life recently that they may find their place in heaven- Phyliss Walsh, Carlos Mendez, Bernard Donavan, John Spillane, Joseph Anthony Cravagan, Muriel Chiswell AND For all those holy souls whose anniversaries we recall at this time and commend to God: Teresa Hamilton, Marta Mini-archie, Tom Kelly, Mary Keady, Adrian Fisher, Lily Williams, John Scannell.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, thru the mercy of God rest in peace.
O Star of the Sea Pray for your children. O Mary Conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.. Hail Mary...
Priest: Loving Father, you love and care for us; you attend to our every need. Shine on our lives with your healing rays. We ask this through Christ our Lord.