TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C + + 13th OCTOBER 2013.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Well - for those who took part in the Marian Procession on Saturday I don't need to say do I? It was an astounding success with a huge number of the Faithful processing in order to honour our Lady through the most beautiful adorned image of our Blessed Lady of Reconciliation. The flowers were heavenly and the carriers - brave and hardy - some even their bare feet and everybody with crushed shoulders! What a great witness to our Faith. Bishop Brain was impressed. Great devotion to kind of conclude , nearly, the Year of Faith.
Father O'Brien met the image of our Lady at the door of St KENTIGERN'S where the wedding bells were pealing away. A lady came to him in tears wanting to be taken "home" again in the church. How about that then for a grace and how many we will never know about?
The great statue paused at it passed the church of St Edward and the church of St Kentigerns to greet her Son in the Holy Tabernacle. To see the holy image of the Mother of our Saviour bow to her Son in the Blessed Sacrament was very moving indeed my dear people.
So, the first Saturday of October 2014 then...please God we will all be here. We will do it all over again. The Fraternal ladies had friends over from Switzerland for the event.
It is just what Pope Francis has asked for pointed out Father Tim Byron the Jesuit University chaplain at the Holy Name who came with his students. Witnessing to all, of our faith in the Redemption brought about through the Motherhood of Mary. The Word became Flesh and dwelt amongst us.
Gratitude my dear people, gratitude to Almighty God, is in short supply.
If the account of the ten lepers had not taken place it would have to be invented one old priest told me once. In his experience he said only one in ten gave thanks. Some people are just give, give give and they get little thanks even from their own family is that not the case? I trust it is not YOU!!! Our Blessed Lord was never left alone was he? Folk have a way of sucking you dry if you let them. Our Lord was hurt by the Nine who cleared off having got what they wanted.
We have an amazing capacity to ask God for everything, receive everyday Godís abundant gifts and then to turn against him when misfortune comes our way. God only gets blamed for the "bad" bits and not for the vast majority of good gifts he bestows on the just and the unjust.
The lepers pleaded and they were cured instantly and only one thought of saying thank you and he was not a proper Jew but a foreigner. Have you any idea how much our Lord annoyed his hearers by saying that it was the Samaritan who came back to give thanks? They were despised by the people of Israel as apostates and worse than the Romans.
To give thanks to God all the time and everyday is an attitude we must cultivate in our prayer. The first prayer of Adoration should ensure that we acknowledge Godís greatness and his goodness to us. To pray is to expand the heart and see things from Godís view so to speak.
Our Lady was the supreme example of gratitude in the soul when she proclaimed the Magnificat - "My Soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour for behold He has done great things for me and holy is his name."
Oh what an immaculate heart Our Blessed Lady had and has- such pure praise had never been heard on earth and she was already the mother of God when she spoke those words. So Ė let us always thank God above all things and at all times, bad and good and count the blessings.
"O JESUS, THROUGH THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, I OFFER YOU ALL THE PRAYERS, THE WORKS, THE SUFFERING AND THE JOYS OF THIS DAY FOR ALL THE INTENTION OF YOUR DIVINE HEART IN THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, IN THANKGIVING FOR YOUR FAVOURS, IN REPARATION FOR MY SINS, FOR THE INTENTIONS OF ALL MY RELATIVES AND FRIENDS, AND IN PARTICULAR FOR THE INTENTIONS OF THE HOLY FATHER. AMEN."
God bless you all,
Father Tom Connolly
THE GUILD OF CATHOLIC DOCTORS. This provides professional support in matters of conscience affecting your career. See notice at the porch of the church. The next meetings and annual mass is at 11.30 20th October at St Winifred's church, Mauldeth Rd, Heaton Mersey. SK4 3NB.
FORTY HOURS DEVOTION - the lists are up and we would ask you to sign up for One Hour watch before the Blessed Sacrament during this time.
PRIESTS HAVE A TITLE AND IT IS "FATHER". USE IT PLEASE - NO FIRST NAMES. IT REMINDS US OF WHAT WE ARE TO YOU AND YOU TO US. WITH RESPECT- LET US RESTORE GOOD HABITS.
APF Red Boxes for the Missions realised £500. Thanks as ever to all our supporters, Best Wishes, Raymond Cawley (Treasurer)
FF friendsfirst = an Introduction service for all ages for Christians www.friends1st.co.uk Why not try this you lonely hearts??