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Sermon for 10 February 2013
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C + YEAR OF FAITH + 10TH FEBRUARY 2013.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Well it is has been Passed the First Reading the terrible Bill re defining marriage and we will continue to fight. Our MP Sir Gerald Kaufman voted with the Ayes. One would imagine he would have supported us with so many Catholics and Muslims in his area but we will see. The Holy Gospel today is truly full of extraordinary symbols and meanings.

You will notice that our Blessed Lord is busy, standing with the crowds pressing around him listening to the word of God (LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THEY WERE LITERALLY LISTENING TO THE DIVINE WORD HIMSELF THE SECOND PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY AND THE ETERNAL SON OF THE FATHER!)

However – that is an aside. I want you to notice that our Lord saw the empty boat nearby and realised he had a solution to the crowds pressing on him. He made a request to Peter the fisherman who had not been part of the crowd listening to the Master. I wonder why Peter was not part of that crowd? Maybe something told him that if he did - he would be caught!

He and his partners were out of the boats washing the nets of the weeds for the next fish (they still do that on the lake of Gennesaret). He asked Peter to take him on board and push out a little so he could address the crowd without being squeezed. Little did Peter know that this was the beginning of a totally new life. As our Lord said at the end of this episode and encounter "From now on I will make you fishers of men".

After our Lord had finished with the crowds he turned to Peter - Simon and told him to put into the deep and pay out your nets – the ones still drying out! Peter almost said - waste of time - we’ve tried all night and caught nowt. The crucial item to note is this – Peter submitted to Jesus' command to pay out the nets. "If you say so." These words of St Peter indicate why our Lord had chosen him to be the chief Apostle and the first Pope. The rest is history. The boat of Peter which is a symbol of his Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church is filled to overflowing with the catch of fish. This boat you can see if you look at the Year of Faith Symbol near our Lady's Altar in church. The miraculous draught of fishes was a sign of the new boat of Peter which would haul into Christ Divine net, millions of faithful souls to know our Lord and to love him and to be happy with him in this world and in heaven. You see – it is all through the Lord’s command- "pay out your nets and you will catch..." And he does. The TWO boats are almost sinking with the weight and they have to call out to their other companions to come and help them (the cooperation in the Apostolate you see) to bring the fish in.

Peter's reaction is totally understandable - On his knees and holding our Blessed Lord around his knees he shouts "Leave me - I am a sinful man..." so overcome he is by this draught of fish. However our Lord reassures him immediately like he did when the same Peter walked on the water towards him during the Storm on the same lake when our Lord’s hand grasped his as he began to sink.

So - do not be afraid – pay out your nets Blessed John Paul said in the Jubilee Year of 2000AD. They left everything including papa and went after him; James and John too. This was the beginning and it has never stopped and we are at it today in this Holy Mass are we not. "I am with you always – yes to the end of time."

What a world we live in is such need of redemption. It needs to be caught in Christ's net to be brought in from being lost.

God Bless you all as we move towards Lent next Wednesday with the Ashes.

Fr Tom Connolly


Blessed Pope John Paul in the Jubilee year addressed us all with that title "Pay out your nets".


Our Legion of Mary which meets on a Tuesday at St Kentigern's attended a meeting on the year of Faith recently.

ASH WEDNESDAY IS NEXT WEDNESDAY MASS 9.30 AND THE EXTRA MASS IS AT 7PM AT ST KENTIGERN'S, ALL WITH ASHES. THE SCHOOLS WILL ALSO HAVE MASSES WITH ASHES TOO. TRY TO GET TO MASS THAT DAY WON'T YOU? IT IS A FASTING AND ABSTINENCE DAY ON ASH WEDNESDAY WHICH MEANS NO MEAT FOR ANYONE. FASTING MEANS ONE FULL NON-MEAT MEAL AND TWO SMALL SNACKS, FOR THE HEALTHY PEOPLE THAT IS. STATIONS OF THE CROSS WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY AT 4PM WITH BENEDICATION FOR THE WHOLE OF LENT. PLEASE TRY TO COME TO THAT DEVOTION. WE MUST MAKE AN EFFORT IN LENT TO ATTEND CHURCH WHERE WE GIVE OUR TIME TO OUR LORD AND ENTER INTO HIS PASSION AND DEATH TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF HIS RESURRECTION.

HELP SAVE LIVES!!!

40 Days for Life Campaign 13 February (Ash Wednesday) to 24 March 2013

The campaign: 1. SAVES LIVES OF BABIES. 2. Assists mothers (and fathers) who are ambivalent about their decisions to choose life for their babies. 3. Assists mothers and fathers suffering post abortion trauma. 4. Helps to convert those working in the abortion industry. 5. Closes abortion clinics. 6. Brings many blessings to campaign participants.

YOU can pray outside the clinic, or failing this, to pray at home/work etc.

Leaflets at the back of church.

Telephone 07786 562635/07909 920739. Email

Alternative:

A LENTEN PRAYER

40 Days for Life Campaign 13 February (Ash Wednesday) to 24 March 2013

Please take a leaflet from the back of the church and visit www.40daysforlife.com/manchester-uk

Come to Wynnstay Grove for an hour to pray for mothers and their unborn children.

Information: 07909 920 739 or




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