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Sermon for 20th October 2013
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TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY C + MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY + Year Of Faith+ 20TH OCTOBER 2013.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Our Blessed Lord holds out to us this week the example of the lazy and corrupt Judge who could not be bothered to stir himself to administer justice to a poor widow who was being "done" by some crook. He does not praise his corruption but he points out that even for such an unjust judge as he, persistent complaining by the widow moved him to resolve the grievance and to do her justice against her enemy.

Now, our Lord says - if an unjust judge is eventually moved by the persistence of the widow’s petitions, then HOW MUCH MORE IS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER GOING TO LISTEN OUR PERSISTENT PRAYERS?

Now, this takes some understanding. Jesus is not saying that God is like an unjust judge. He is pointing to the persistence of the widow who never gave up. In our prayers and in our prayers for particular needs we must never give up.

Persistence shows our faith you know. Anyone pagan can ask for God's help in an emergency for a day or so but it takes a faithful and believing heart to constantly bring to God a need or a situation that does not seem capable of resolution. How St Augustine’s mother - St Monica - troubled the Bishop of her diocese and every monk she knew to pray for her son who had lapsed and gone astray and was living out of wedlock with his girlfriend. In the end the Bishop had had enough of her petitions and told her that God would not leave unanswered the tears of a mother. St Monica took this to be a message from God and lo and behold - her son on visiting Milan popped into the Cathedral and found St Ambrose the Bishop of that city offering the Holy Mass. The music of the sacred Chant and the words of St Ambrose converted the young Augustine who later on became Bishop of Hippo in North Africa eventually and is now one of the four Fathers of the Western Church.

There is an answer to prayer. I know many a mother’s prayers have been answered in a similar vein and the secret is - that they never gave up; "even when He delays to help them" - our Lord's own words guide us here.

Sometimes the delay is for our good. Because God delays, does not mean that he is not acting or responding or listening. We must see all these from the perspective of eternity. God will see justice done. We must have faith that this is so in the face of so many contradictions and seeming triumphs for our ancient Enemy.

When I was at High School our Deputy Head every day at Assembly used to make us pray for Cardinal Mindzenty who was locked up at the time by the Communists who had tortured him and at the Uprising in 1956 the Cardinal had been released only to have to take refuge in the American Embassy. There he remained a Prisoner for Christ. If he has stepped outside he would have been back in a Communist jail. We prayed for 5 years but eventually well after the Deputy Head had died and we had left school, the Cardinal was delivered. Persistence in prayer, demonstrates our faith in God and his care for us. Our Lord assures us in this Parable of the "Unjust Judge" how persistence wins in the end. Now – go for it!!

God Bless you,

Father Tom Connolly


WELCOME TO FATHER GABOR FROM BUDAPEST , HUNGARY. AS YOU KNOW HE IS A P.P. IN BUDAPEST AND IS A GOOD FRIEND OF FR CONNOLLY. HE IS HERE FOR A Twelve day BREAK. HE TOOK ME TO CARDINAL MINDZENTY'S GRAVE WHEN I WAS IN HUNGARY.

NO WEEKDAY MASS AT ST EDWARDS ON Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday next week. Mass on Monday and Friday.

PARISH W.C. - UNLIKE ST EDWARDS WHICH HAS SUPER LOO ARRANGEMENTS, ST KENTIGERN'S DOES NOT. BUT MOST MASS TIMES AT WEEKEND COINCIDE WITH OUR SOCIAL CLUB BEING OPEN EXCEPT FOR SUNDAY MORNING. SO, I HAVE HAD THE TOILET BELOW PRESBYTERY BACK DOOR REPAINTED AND RE- LIT WITH SOFT MUSIC. SO BE CAREFUL OF THE STEPS IT WILL BE OPEN FOR THE 9 AND 11 MASSES ON SUNDAY. GO CAREFULLY NOW AS THE STEPS ARE STEEP AND HIGH. HOLD ON TO THE RAIL.





Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers 28th Sunday C

Priest: Oh Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you come to us in your Son bringing solace and healing. Hear now the prayers your faithful people make in the name of your Son.

Reader:- We pray for a resolution to the problems in Iraq and Israel and especially for all who serve in our Armed Forces that they may finally restored to their families and enjoy the freedom of God's Children. Give us peace in our time O Lord and protect us from all who hate us. Lord in your mercy.

For the work of the church in healing lepers and all weighed down with disease; that its work may never fail for lack of funds from us. Lord in your mercy.

For us as a Christian people that we will be a people who give thanks to God each day for the gift of Life, the gifts of creation and the Gift of His Only Son. Lord in your mercy.

For all our efforts through CAFOD to reach out to need; May our family fast help our needy brothers and sisters and teach us the meaning of true justice and fraternal living. Lord in mercy.

For all who are sick and in need of our prayers and for those who care for the sick: We pray for Denis McLaughlin, Mrs Burke, Phyllis Walsh, Brendan Byrne, Kathleen Grimes, Angela Dowel, Christian Roher, Mary Tivnan, Frances Howarth. Lord hear us.

Blessed are those who have died in the Lord. We pray for those who have died recently: Margaret Bruen, David Joseph Bradley and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Thomas Nolan, Betty Kennedy, Matt Clinton, John Toner, Margaret Ryan, James Leonard, Michael Gallagher. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace . Amen.

The Mother of God is the one light of our salvation which shines out forever in a heart free from sin. Her Magnificat is the prayer of gratitude unsurpassed. We honour her now: O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest: Listen to our humble and heartfelt pray O Lord which we make in the name of your Son who healed the ten and received the thanks of One. Through Jesus Christ who lives for ever and ever. Amen.