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Sermon for 17 March 2013
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT IN YEAR C. (St Patrickís Day) + 17TH MARCH 2013

WEEK OF THE MISSION FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH- BY FR IAN KELLY

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

So we have a new Pope. He has taken the name, Pope Francis. He was Archbishop of Buenos Aries. The Holy Spirit has chosen him to be the Supreme Pastor of the Holy, Roman and Catholic Church and the Vicar of Christ. What an enormous task is laid upon his frail shoulders eh? But remember we offer prayer for the Pope to God everyday at every Holy Mass offered throughout the world. He is a member of the Society of Jesus - the first Jesuit to be elected Pope. The good Jesuit Fathers at the Holy Name will be rejoicing eh? His background just shows you how the Holy Spirit prepares a man for the great Destiny he had in store for him. A Latin American Pope is wonderful news. He is an ardent proclaimer of the Truth of Jesus Christ our Saviour. We viewed the Telly together, me and Fr O'Brien and Fr George and we knelt for the Holy Fatherís first Blessing. He will do wonderful things for Christ.

As you can see, the sacred images are covered in purple Mother Church enters into the final days of Passiontide and Holy Week. There is a very good scene in Mel Gibson's Film, THE PASSION OF THE CHIRST. Just As our Lord begins his suffering - after his arrest - you see Our Lady, in great travail kneeling down in the Temple and kissing the sacred floor and saying "Let it begin". Only a Catholic could put that phrase on Mary's lips for it is surely true, though not in the Scriptures, that she was always preparing for "this hour" - the "hour" that our Lord referred to at the Marriage Feast at Cana in Galilee, three years beforehand "My hour has not yet come". Our Lord refers to this "hour" when he pray "Father, save me from this hour - and yet it is for this hour that I have come."

The Temple of Jerusalem was a sacred place for the People of Israel. Our Lord loved it and often visited it as we hear in today's Gospel Reading: "At Day break he appeared in the Temple again." It was the same Temple our Lord was Presented in when the holy man Simeon prophesied the rejection of the "Light of Israel". This prediction that he would cause the "falling and the rising of many in Israel" was always surely laid up in Mary's heart? Did not St Luke tell us that "As for Mary, she stored up all these things in her heart."? The Church you know has the heart of Mary and so she too stores these things in her collective heart. Throughout the world "it now begins". Next Sunday - Palm Sunday you will see the stark and visual reminder with the purple covering those things which make our Church adorned and lovely, the statues and the Crucifix. The Church will be changing gear and ditching in order to concentrate the mind.

The great stream of Divine Mercy which is released and poured on the world through His Passion and Death is anticipated in the story today of the woman caught in the very act of adultery. Our Lord saves the woman from the two faced judgement of the men - the usual suspects, the Scribes and the Pharisees. Those words of Jesus "Go away and do not sin any more" will console many a sinner and draw them back to the merciful Saviour...whose blood is poured out and offered "for the forgiveness of sin" (the words of consecration of the chalice).

So let us take heed and make a good Confession for Easter and so fulfil also our Easter Duties - Confession, Communion between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday. Let us allow our Lord to show us his Divine Mercy. May we all experience the death to sin which brings us to Easter Joy.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly


MISSION

I REGRET TO TELL YOU THAT Father Kelly has been struck down with the same bug the Queen has had and so our Year of Faith Mission is off for the time being. I am so sorry for him and I have had holy cards printed to commemorate the Mission too - all wasted now. It can't be helped can it ? I hope Father recovers soon. As you can imagine he feels gutted too.

THE DIVINE MERCY NOVENA begins on Good Friday and ends on Easter Sunday.

NEW LIGHTING In St Kentigerns. You might notice how much brighter the Sanctuary is. Some new lighting was added last week.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE WITH THE BISHOP AND THE DIOCESE, I WILL BE GOING TO LOURDES WITH THE DIOCESE THIS YEAR AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME WE HAVE BOOKING FORMS IN THE SACRISTY OR YOU CAN GO ONTO THE WEBSITE OF THE DIOCESE OF SALFORD. (30TH JULY).





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers 5th Lent C

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us thank our Saviour and pray with confidence to the one who takes away our sins.

Reader: Lord, make us keep our bodies free from sin - grant us the spirit of purity, may the Hoy Spirit dwell within us always. Lord in your mercy.

For our new Holy Father Pope Francis the First - that he who you set over us as the Chief Shepherd of the flock on earth will be upheld by our prayers and our love for him. Lord in your mercy.

Teach us to offer ourselves this day for the serving of our fellow men and strengthen us in the works of mercy. May our Lenten Alms giving come to the help of the hungry and needy in the war torn regions of our world through Aid to the Church in Need and Maryís Meals. Lord in your mercy.

Grant that we may hunger for the food of eternal life and give us the Bread of your Word and of your Body in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Lord in your mercy.

For the people of Ireland on the feast of the Apostle of that nation - Saint Patrick - that they who brought the Faith to every continent on earth may now be faithful to Christ and his Church in their homeland. Lord in your mercy.

For all who lie sick and frail and know their need for Christ's healing touch- we commend to God: Geraldine Mimnagh, Baby Remy Chin, Marie Kavanagh, Mick Cassidy, Jeffrey Gaynord, Kathleen Burke, Michael Connolly, Mary Tivnan. Lord in your mercy...

For those who have gone to God in this last week that they may be granted the Vision of the Glory of God: Phyllis Smith, Joseph Lee, Margarita Teresa Radcliffe, Denis Keyes, David Lyons and Patsy Hand AND all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Leticia Jackson, Gregory Leach, Christopher Keegan, Jane and Philip Keegan, Michael Kelly, Peter Kinsella, Kathleen Lomax (18th), Michael Griffin (6.30pm), John Scannell, Stephen Sharples (Vigil), Mattie Daly (11am).

Mary is the refuge of sinners- may she pray for us now: Hail Mary...

Priest: In your mercy Lord, guide our wayward hearts and hear our prayers made in faith. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen