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Sermon for 6th October 2013

TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY C + 6th October 2013. Year of Faith.


My Dear people,

The great news is that the Marian Procession bearing witness to the Mother of God's Only Son was a great success with devotion and numbers and tender love outpoured for our Blessed Mother of the Reconciliation. Borne through the streets of Rusholme and Fallowfield and held aloft for all to see was a great sight. I thank the committee who have worked so well together and made a big joint effort to organise this and overcome all obstacles with great tactical skills. I thank my fellow Clergy for supporting us too and where they could joining us.

Soon, will be holding our annual, FORTY HOURS DEVOTION, 7th to Sunday the 10th November with Solemn Vespers and Benediction.

Candles are on sale at the porch for you to label and they will be used to honour the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration.

It is always a wonderful thing to behold the altar ablaze with light during this devotion and to see our children coming to the church just before their half term to make a visit with their teacher to our Lord, present in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

You will find rotas next week at the porch which will ask you to watch for ONE HOUR with our Lord so that at no time will the church be empty. All these spaces have to be filled so have a look and put your name down as you always do and you will be rewarded in abundance for watching with Christ. Jesus said to the Apostles in the Agony in the Garden - "can you not watch one hour with me?"

You may label the candles you buy with your own family name or individuals alive or dead. There are some large, large candles (30 x 1.1/4) which are £10 but they are in limited supply. The 12inch by 3/8 candles are £2.

The First Communion Children will begin their St KENTIGERN'S parish preparation this weekend at the Vigil Mass 6.30pm and 20th October 10am Mass at St Edwards led by Fr George mostly from the Divine Mercy School.

The Readings at Holy Mass today are not easy ones to understand. The basic thing is this: Does Jesus Christ have to be grateful to us for us doing the right thing? Has God got to be grateful? Is not virtue its own reward? Do we need another motive?

Jesus calls upon the example of the social mores of his own day: The Master and the Servant. The Master does not have to be grateful to the Servant for doing his job does he? He will appreciate it surely but the Servant is only doing what is his duty. You could say that about your children. You don't expect them to thank you formally for looking after them when they were young. It is natural for you to look after them and it has its own reward. Thus it is the same for Virtue. At the end we trust in the Master whose will be are simply DOING and it has its own reward.

With every blessing,

Father Tom Connolly

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY was Friday 4th October. Please bring your offering for the poor and leave it in the collection or the letter box. It will remain open for a few weeks.

MARRIAGE IN 2014? If it is your intention to marry in 2014 please you need to see one of us priests to arrange paperwork and pastoral preparation. The Pre Marriage Course is run here at St Kentigern's Presbytery for our area parishes and begins last Sunday of January at 2.30 in the Parish Centre and goes on for all the Sunday of February. It is 5 sessions on a Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm. You must see your own Priest first before you begin our Joint Preparation.

The following persons were all invited to the Irish Embassy in London for a reception by the Minister for Tourism. They are all well known in our community too.
Ann Bowen for Community Care - Mayo

Kevin Fitzpatrick for the Ballina “Gathering” in Co Mayo in the Summer and the the Co Mayo Golfers to Co Kerry and Lawrence Heneghan for services to Manchester Mayo Association. Well deserved and well done.

Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 27th Sunday C

Priest: O God our heavenly Father – we come to this sacrifice of prayer and praise with hearts intent upon seeking your holy will in all things.

Reader: We pray for our country with its diverse peoples – that we may live in harmony and mutual respect as children of the One God who is Father of us all. Lord in your mercy.

For those who struggle to have Faith in God and his Church; for those who doubt the truth taught us by Christ,- that he who is the Way and the Truth will strengthen our weak faith and bring us together in confident trust in God’s power. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who being instructed in the Faith and especially the children of our parish who begin their time of preparation for their First Communion– that they may grasp with the help of the Holy Spirit, the Mystery of Christ and so find happiness and peace. Lord in your mercy.

For all pregnant mothers that they will be happy with the prospect of bearing a child and welcome it as our Lord welcomed his little ones and gave each a guardian angel. Lord in your mercy.

For all our dear sick and those who care for them: Pamela Sutton, Baby Cody, Philomena Bradshaw, Pat Aldcroft, Agnes Benson, Carna Mutch, Mary Tivnan, Margaret Duggan.Lord in your mercy.

And for all those who have died recently and those families who mourn for them: David Joseph Bradley, Kathleen Fender, Mary Nelson, Robin Cliff and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: , Ciss Connolly, (VIGIL) Ann Bowens (11am), Brian Williams, Jack Whitley, Sarah McAllister, Afram Zair Teresa Hamilton May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen.

Mary Most Holy, Mary most loving – pray for your children who seek Christ’s help: O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest: Lord, accept these prayers we offer you and grant that your Holy Church may experience the power of your saving life. Through Christ our Lord