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Sermon for 9 June 2013
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TENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C . + THE YEAR OF FAITH. 9TH JUNE 2013.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PREIST.

My Dear People,

Our Lord is the one who expressed sorrow for the widow who was carrying out the body of her only son for burial. "Do not cry" he said. He then put his healing hand on the stretcher that the dead son was on and said "Young man - I tell you to get up." This words are addressed us in the Gospel as we hear it read today. Jesus is the the Divine Healer and all mankind stands in need of his healing touch. Those who prided themselves on being okey Our Lord's reply that he had come to call and to heal all and especially those who needed most the Divine Mercy to be shown to them.

There are so many folk out there who would be saints if they were able to hear the Faith proclaimed to them and they would turn to God and live outstanding lives in his presence but they don't hear and nobody is telling them so they cannot respond.

On the Friday after Corpus Christi - the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated. Our Lord appeared to St Margaret Mary who was a late vocation to the Visitation Order of nuns in France. Jesus had prepared her for an extraordinary mission and her life story is like a Hollywood film. However, our Lord appeared to her many, many times even before she entered the nuns (even as a 9 year old) so he prepared her heart and soul for the mission he was giving her which was to spread the devotion to our Lord under the image and the title of "The Sacred Heart". This was in the 1670's.

Our Lord told Margaret Mary that the hearts of men and women had grown cold towards him and that his heart was on fire with love for mankind. He showed the visionary the image of his Sacred Heart. On top was a black and empty Cross which was being engulfed in flames emerging from the top of his heart. Around the heart was the crown of thorns and the wound from the Centurion’s lance which was visible and still bleeding. Jesus said that this image of himself with his red and white garment and his hand pointing to the Heart on fire with love was to be printed and spread throughout the Christian world.

He made various promises to the Saint. He said that he would protect the homes of believers who had this image of the Sacred Heart installed in their homes and honoured it; hence the custom of consecrating the new homes of believers to the Sacred Heart and placing the names of the domestic family at the bottom of the picture. Often a red light is burnt 24/7 in front of it.

He also promised that if the Christian went to Mass and Confession and Communion on the Nine First Fridays of each month consecutively that he would give that person the grace of final repentance before they died. That was our Lord's Promise.

All of this was done so that the Doctor of our souls - Jesus - could minister to the ones he loved so much. He wanted to inflame our hearts with the divine love by this image of his tender and plentiful MERCY. People in those days used to go to Holy Communion only twice a year because they thought that they were not worthy enough!! Well – we would never go if that was the case eh?

A bit like the modern 20th Century devotion of the DIVINE MERCY and St Faustinia - all of this was our Lord's practising from his place at the heart of the Trinity his bountiful mercy to all mankind. We are all called by him to taste of this Mercy which is without end and yet many refuse to acknowledge that they even have any need of it at all!!!! They say that they are okay. They must be mad to say they have no need.

If the hearts of the men and women of the 1670's had grown cold, what would our Lord say to us now? May we be open to the loveliness of the Heart of Jesus on fire with love for us and may we bask in its warmth and its heat. He has invited us "Indeed, I have come to call sinners". So – there you have it.

God bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly.


SISTER LUCY AT CORNERSTONE, DENMARK RD, IS LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER DRIVER - TO COLLECT SANDWICHES GIVEN AWAY BY SHOPS IN TOWN ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAY AND FRIDAYS BETWEEN 3.15PM AND 5.30. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS OR CAN DO ONE OF THOSE DAYS, PHONE SISTER LUCY ON 232 8888. THIS NEW APPEAL IS BECAUSE THE ONE WHO RESPONDED TO THIS ADVERT in 2008 WAS MRS MARIAN KEARNEY-SHAW (MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON HER SOUL) AND WHO DIED RECENTLY. SHE READ THIS AND RESPONDED TO THIS NEED SO I HOPE SOMEONE HERE REPLACES MARIAN.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR AT PLYMOUTH GROVE. ST JOSEPH'S HOME. INVITE YOU ALL TO THEIR FUND RAISING STRAWBERRY FAIR AT 1PM ON SATURDAY 22nd JUNE. Loads of things to entertain and to eat - Bric a brac, tombola, strawberries and cream, raffle, fun.

FIRST COMMUNIONS SUNDAY 23 JUNE 12.30 SPECIAL MASS AND THE PLACE WILL BE HEAVING.

Our schools of St Kentigern and Divine Mercy have just completed their half term holidays. Welcome back to the last term young people and enthusiastic teachers and staff!!





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 10th Sunday

Priest: O God our Heavenly Father listen to the prayer we make in the name of your Son who taught us to ask for all our needs in His Holy Name.

Reader: That in this Month of the Sacred Heart the people of God may become more aware of the Heart of Christ on Fire with love for mankind and that many may find this an encouragement to return to their faith. Lord in your Mercy. R/Hear our prayer.

We pray Be mindful of your Church; keep her free from evil and make her perfect in your love. Lord in your mercy. /R.

We pray for the hard of heart who see no need of God in their lives and who have closed themselves to his divine and healing presence – that their hearts be softened and that they may fine peace. Lord in your mercy. R/

For all your people standing in need of the touch of Christ the doctor of the soul that he may minister to us in all our many needs and the needs of those we love. Lord in your mercy. R/

For all our sick that the Divine Healer may touch them and encourage them in their illnesses to trust in him: James Arthur Davenport, Allan Anderton, Pat and Kath Banaghan, Celia Farren Mary Everett, Mary Tivnan, Mary Molloy, Celia Maguire, Eileen Dillon and Joe Doyle. Lord in your mercy. R/

May the Sacred heart of Jesus welcome and give peace to all those who have died recently: Marian Kearney- Shaw, Christine Martin, Kevin Mannion, Peggy Doyle, James McCartan, Seans Lyons, Ramus Williams AND For all those souls whose anniversaries occur at this time: Nora Cahill (11am), Joseph Kearney, Phil Walsh (Sunday 6.30) John and Mary Corcoran, Michael McHugh, Tony Walsh (VIGIL), Charlene Stokes (aged 8 - 8th Anniv.) May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Mary is the mother of us all - the new Eve who stood faithfully by our Lord in all his trials- may she pray for us her children. Hail Mary, full of grace.

Priest: Lord in the heart of Jesus we find healing and welcome and the harbour of our souls. May his promise see us through to heaven. Through Christ our Lord.