TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY OF YEAR C + YEAR OF FAITH. 8TH SEPTEMBER 2013.
Message from the Parish Priest.
My Dear People,
"What man can know the intentions of God?" Thus speaks the book of Wisdom about man's fragility in knowing his/her path through this life to the kingdom of Heaven.
You hear Saint Paul writing in the second reading as an Old Man from his prison where he is in chains for the sake of the Faith he preached. He calls himself a "prisoner of Christ" - a kind of play on words for he is truly a prisoner for Christ as well as of Christ. He is full of concern and love for Philemon and is parting with the help of his helper, Onesimus, who was so close to Paul he described him as "part of my own self."
Here is a model of one who knew the cost of discipleship. St Paul could not be accused like the man who started to build a structure and had to pack it in because he had not worked out the cost needed for the building project and so looked a fool. (Things don't change do they?).
The King going out to war is very current is it not? Mr Cameron had not counted the cost of getting the support of the House of Commons for the intervention in Syria in support of the USA. He is now snubbed by Obama at the summit in Moscow and the French President is granted an audience with the American President and Mr Cameron not! You can see what comparison our blessed Lord is making and the folk listening to him were like us you know. Don't go to war if you cannot win and you have got to measure the strength of the enemy against your own forces. If they don't match you "sue for peace" - in our terms today would be "A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION".
Now where does this get us? We have to do the same. Let us be wise and aware of the cost of being a Roman Catholic in today's world. We are out of kilter and we will be considered out of date and our religion mocked and misrepresented. That is the cost of being one of Jesus Christ's followers. Be real. The world is not going to love you for being a follower of him who is the Crucified and Risen one. In fact the world in its worst way will have it in especially for us for we get in the way of progress and progressive thinking. Archbishop Welby has already said so and argued that our moral teachings will have to adapt to the modern under 35 year old ideas. I feel like saying and what when you get a new set of under 35s, do we revise again? The way of Christ the Holy Father constantly refers to and with good examples. If you can get Zenit on your computer do so and you will read his addresses and they are those of a pastor well and truly.
You cannot be my disciple unless you give up all your possessions our Lord ends with today. He does not mean your car or your laptop. He refers to any THING which gets in the way and becomes an alternative to loving and following the Master.
May God in his goodness bring us all to our destination intact and together.
God Bless you all,
Fr Tom Connolly
A WORD FROM YOUR PRIEST. I BOOKED A 49 SEATER COACH IN FULL EXPECTATION THAT BETWEEN TWO PARISHES, ST KENTIGERN AND ST EDWARD AND IN THE YEAR OF FAITH AND WHEN WE HAVE BEEN ASKED BY THE POPE TO EARNESTLY PRAY FOR AVERSION OF WAR IN SYRIA, WE WOULD BE ABLE MORE OR LESS FILL IT. AT THE TIME OF PRINT THE NUMBERS ARE 16!!! NOW PLEASE, PUT YOURSELVES OUT AND SACRIFICE THE SACRED THING CALLED TIME AND COME ON THIS ONE DAY OF PILGRIMAGE. FR TOM CONNOLLY
From St. Kentigern's Social Club: Please see the Charity Night flyer for the 4th of October for Keira O'Connor.
Bidding Prayers 23 Sunday C
Priest: We pray to the Father, who sent his Holy Spirit to bring new light to the hearts of us all. He is ever creative and has established humanity male and female and many races. On this Day dedicated to Racial Justice we ask God to hear our prayers.
Reader: Lord we thank you for the order of created things: you have blessed us with the resources of the earth and the gift of human life: may we esteem these things and treasure these gifts as a community. Lord in your mercy.
We give thanks for man's share in your continuing work of creation in the sciences and the arts and humanities; may our inventive skill develop us for your greater glory. Lord in your mercy.
We pray for all the nations of the world on this Sunday dedicated to Racial Justice. We pray for our fellow Christians who are suffering so much in Syria and the whole Syrian nation that you may change hearts and may those with power, work for peace. May they hear Pope Francis's plea for negotiation. Lord in your mercy We pray for those who by war, are made homeless, for families searching for safe refuge from war and driven into become refugees. May the Christ child who was a refugee in Egypt come to their aid. Lord in your mercy.
For the Year of Faith Pilgrimage with our diocese next Saturday to our Blessed Mother's Holy Shrine in Ladywell - that our pilgrimage will bring us many blessings. Lord in your mercy.
Our Lord bore his suffering as an example for us all let commend those who are sick to his loving care: Margaret Duggan, Denis McLoughlin, Jim Leonard, Frances Howarth, Mary Leyden, Mary Tivnan, Mary Everrett, Mary Towey, Christina Heneghen, AnnShaw, Mavis Ruth Ward, Maeve Collins and Margarita Teresa Crewe. Lord in your mercy.
Life was your first gift to us: may those who have died come to its fullness in you: Jim Neary, Dorothy Clinton AND Those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Sean McCleary, (9AM), Norma Clavin, (VIGIL), Mary Finbarr Sheehan, Canon O'Brien, Thomas Roche, Patrick O'Boyle, Martin Tivnan, Eileen Fitzgibbon.
Mary is the mother of the Church and Queen of peace: O Mary conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...
Priest: Lord look with favour on the family you love, give true freedom to us who believe in Christ and bring us all to our heavenly home. Through Christ...