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Sermon for 15th September 2013
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TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY YEAR C YEAR OF FAITH

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

What a wonderful Gospel Message the Church who is our Mother puts before us today - "the Lost Sheep" and the "Prodigal Son".

Both these stories have deeply affected our civilisation have they not? The mercy of God is exposed by the only One who could, with authority, explain how God's heart works towards those who have left the right path. First of all the lost sheep: It is the one you have lost you go out to eh? It is true in life for us. When I was lost in Woolworths as a kid my mother left the other two brothers and came screeching round and found me and admonished me for "not holding onto the pram"? I could see the relief on her face at finding me and I was glad to that I was no longer lost and I had my mother back with me. That is how God is with the stray soul who leaves the flock. Our Lord seeks that one out and place it on his shoulders (our Lord literally did that carrying his Cross) and rejoices with the neighbours. That is how God is.

The Prodigal son: His cheek was terrible was it not? He asked for his share of the estate before the dad had kicked it. Even now that would be bad news would it not? The father is prodigal with his kindness and gives the son his share only for the lad to go off and waste it on a sinful life.

In the end he is reduced to feeding the pigs. Bear in mind that the Jews could not even touch a pig for it was an unclean animal so it was even worse for the young man. He then came to his senses only when her realised he had fallen so low that he could not get any lower.

With a very lack lustre motive he heads off back home to tell his father that he would simply be a servant in his father's house and estate..."Treat me as your Servant". But notice this key element my dear people. These are the words coming forth from the mouth of Jesus Christ. "Whilst he was still a long way off" (in true sorrow for his sin as well as in miles) what happened? "His father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy and clasped him." The rest is history!

Can you imagine just how that lad felt the Father's love? He ran to the boy and hugged him and kissed him and ordered his dignity to be restored- with the best clothes and shoes and a ring on his finger (no doubt that had been sold) and killed the fatted calf and called everyone to rejoice at the prodigal's return. This was not JUSTICE was it? It was Mercy incarnate. The father in the parable is our Lord himself.

I often think of the Nine First Friday devotion fallen out of use sadly. Jesus promised St Margaret Mary that if a Christian heard Mass and received Confession and communion on nine first Fridays of the month - they would have the grace of final repentance and entry into heaven. Easy eh? Our Lord in the Sacred Heart wanted us to focus on his immense love for mankind and for each and everyone of us. The love of God attracts and wins us over in the end. We are not to be like the older brother who just resented the fact that his brother did not get his just deserts. He says more or less, "You never did this for me did you?" The father says- "my son all I have is yours but we must rejoice for your brother was dead (in mortal sin) and now he has come back to life - was lost and is found". If that does not move you to tears- my dear people, nothing will.

You parents might has boys and girls who are now doing the same although I am sure you are wise enough not to part with your estate just yet. Yet I know many a parents who has paid off huge debts kids have run up to keep them out of trouble so it is still a living story isnít it?

Pray for the mercy of God to be experienced as a great reality in the hearts of us all and then we will be rejoicing. Blessed John Paul, who will be canonised I believe on the Sunday after Easter wrote an Apostolic Letter on the Mercy of God. It is well worth reading it.

God Bless,

Fr Tom Connolly.


ME DRIVING Now folks , Iíve had a few more blank outs as I call them so I will not be back driving in January. I am selling my car therefore. Pray for me that the Specialist will find the right solution to stop these partial front lobe seizures as they are called. I never am aware I have had one until someone tells me! So Ė Ive bought a lite bike so watch out for me. Every bike I have had gets stolen eventually!!! Fr Connolly.

MASS ON THE SATURDAY OF THE MARIAN PROCESSION AT ST KENTIGERNS WILL BE AT 10AM - 6TH OCTOBER SO WE CAN GET THERE AT ST EDWARDS FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT PROCESSION OF FAITH IN OUR STREETS . THIS IS ESPECIALLY NEEDED AND APPROPRIATE FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH ENDING.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 24th Sunday c

Priest: O Lord and Eternal FATHER, LOOK UPON US WITH MERCY AND HEAR THE PRAYERS WE MAKE IN OUR GREAT NEED.

Reader: That the mercy of God will be displayed in the work for a peaceful negotiation in Syria and for the Pope's intervention that the world leaders will listen his solemn warning. Lord in your mercy.

For the great work of welcoming those who have fallen away from the practise of their faith on this Home Mission Sunday. May we find new ways of drawing the lapsed back to the heart of Jesus and his Church in the Holy Mass - Lord in your mercy.

We pray for family life and especially for the unity of the home. We pray for spouses that they may always make up and forgive - for the offspring - that they make up and forgive after quarrels and that they help to create a peace and goodness in the home. Lord in your mercy.

For the mercy of God to be more widely known and acclaimed and celebrated in our lives and in the sacrament of confession and on this Sunday of the Prodigal Son - that sinners may have the confidence to return and that enemies be reconciled. Lord in your mercy.

On this Home Mission Sunday that all who work truly for good of the Church and for its mission in our islands may be blessed with fruitfulness - we pray especially for those who catechise in our parish communities adults and in our schools - the teachers of our children. Lord in your mercy.

For all the sick that our Lord's healing hand may touch them and strengthen them: Christian Roar, Michael Connolly, Chris Lyden, Bridie Gohery, Tom and Brenda Lynch, John Birchall, Mrs Keegan and Jim Short. Lord in your mercy.

For all who have died recently that they may know Godís Mercy: Ben O'Shea-Mulligan, Peter Walsh, John Grogan, Elizabeth Delaney, Ray Burrows and for all whose anniversaries fall about this time: Martin Tivnan (VIGIL), Ronan Donnelly, Tommy Martin, Bill Everett May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Mary is known as the Mother of Mercy, may her prayers assist her children as we cry in out in our need. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of...

Priest: It is your will Lord God to show us your mercy and love. Grant that with this help from on high we may find the courage to seek you and your will . with all our hearts. Grant these prayers and petitions through Christ our Lord. Amen.