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Sermon for 24th November 2013
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SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL KING. + 24th NOVEMBER 2013.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

The feast of Christ the King brings in the end of the Ecclesiastical Year which goes from the First Sunday of Advent, next week to the Solemnity of Christ the King each year. The Liturgical Cycle as it is called, takes us through our Blessed Lord's foretelling - his arrival, his birth, the Magi, the Shepherds etc through to his youth and the Divine Teachings of the Master – his suffering, miracles, persecution – passion, death and Resurrection- Ascension and OUR Lord's sending of the Paraclete. By the end of the year – today – we are looking forward to the End Time when Christ will come from the heavens, clothed in power and great glory to judge us all – the living and the dead. His Kingdom will have no end. "Everyone will see Him." It will not be a hidden affair like the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

In-between all these events in our Lord's life we celebrate the saints lives, in Our Lady’s Assumption – her Immaculate Conception – the feasts of SS Peter and Paul etc. So, if we attend the Mass week in week out, each year we will have re-lived the great Redemptive mysteries of our Lord’s life on earth to the point where he establishes his Church. We are the living members of that Church – Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

It is National Youth Sunday too so we pay homage to our youth and tell them how much they are loved and respected and how much we look to them for the future.

This Feast was brought in in the 1920s to counteract the rise of dictatorships which demanded the adherence of the populace and wanted them to abandon the Christian Faith and indeed were determined to wipe it out-. Think of the rise of the Fascist and the Communists – both atheistic and anti Christ. The Pope said recently that the next anti Christ will be an environmentalist! These people demanded you believe their falsehoods. They write their own Programme for mankind. Think of the rushed through change to make Marriage a legal reality amongst same sex couples. Think of the kids left un -adopted because the poor couple do not fit into the P.C. world of the Social Work Department!.. In many walks of life now you cannot hold publically the teaching of Christ and his Holy Church on moral issues. You are considered to be a bigot so you have to be silent or lose the job. The constant attempt to bring in the murder of the sick and the old by so called "mercy killing" is an attempt to frame a law which will MAKE and Demand a medical person to do the dirty deed.

The Rulers will have a lot to answer for you know when Christ judges us as He will. They are bringing in "Regulations" now - which will make it impossible to hold Catholicor Christian beliefs about marriage and family life from the Christian standpoint. If a person/student feels that the speaker or the lesson is hostile to their orientation they can call the Police. I can see the day when we will - in our schools - be forced by law to teach marriage and civil partnerships as equal. It is very unlikely that our Catholic Children’s Society (Caritas now) and the 8 others similar organisations in the Church in this country will survive the adoption rules which operate in the future within a Catholic ethos. They have lost in the Courts so far and it has cost them a small fortune in Legal fees. Imagine refusing good parents the chance to adopt because the Catholic Adoption can only in conscience arrange a child to go to married people (or single). Unless we agree to place Catholic children with same sex couples we will not get funding and be guilty of a crime of discrimination.

I tell you now – that by the time five years are up we will have priests in goal for teaching the Catholic and Christian Faith and its Morals. We need as a Church to "test" these things to see if we can get them on restriction of religious freedom. Trafford Council has forbidden the celebration of Christmas in its schools according to a parent I know in Flixton.

The latest figures from the National Census is that ten years ago 72% said they were "Christian" now it is 59%. That is a big drop.

When Christ will come again he will come as judge . May the Lord have mercy upon them and upon us all. We live in difficult times don't we? What will be the eventual outcome? Our Lord will be triumphant – that we can be sure of. Christ is still the Universal King but as he said to Pilate "My kingdom is not of this world – if it was I would not be standing here in front of you." Remember that – Pilate’s empire crumbled but Christ’s did not and it won’t now. We belong to him and he is the Victor.

God Bless you all for Advent next Sunday.

Father Tom Connolly.


COME TO THE CHRISTMAS FAIR WE HOLD ON SUNDAY NEXT AT MIDDAY IN THE PARISH CENTRE AND HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH LOADS OF BARGAINS TO BE HAD A FEW GAILIC COFFEES TO BE SUPPED and a fine time will be had by all. There is time to bring in those Bottles of booze for the Bottle stall and tombola prizes, CAKES, ETC ETC.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE FOR FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN WITH INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS IS ON SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER AT 4 PM HERE IN CHURCH. YOU COULD MAKE THIS YOUR ADVENT CONF.

DON THE CARD GAME IS PLAYED EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE OUR CLUB AND AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS TURKEYS AND JOINTS OF MEAT. WHY NOT COME ALONG AND ENJOY THE CHANCE AND THE PRIZES.

THE OFFERTORY GIFT ENVELOPES FOR THE YEAR ARE AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. THOSE WHO ARE IN THEGIFT AID OR STANDING ORDER HAVE THEIR NAMES ON THEM IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. IF YOU ARE A TAXPAYER AND HAVE NOT FILLED IN THEG FIT AID DECLARATION- PLEASE SEE ME, FR CONNOLLY. THE PARISH CAN GET BACK THE TAX YOU HAVE PAID ON EACH POUND BY YOU GIVING THOUGH A NUMBERED ENVELOPED OR STANDING ORDER. YOU CAN STILL TAKE A BOX WHICHY HAS NO NAME ON AND MAKE IT YOUR ONW FOR EACH SUNDAY COLLECTION. DEAD EASY. Thank you for your help. Fr Connolly.

DIOCESE OF SALFORD ANNUAL DIRECTORY IS ON SALE AT £3. IT CONTAINS EVERY BIT OF INFORMATION YOU MAY NEED AND THE ADDRESS OF EVERY PARISH, THE PRIEST AND MASS TIMES AND SCHOOLS ETC. DO BUY ONE.

PARISH DIARIES ARE FREE AT THE PORCH.

WALK WITH ME is a little prayer book with a page for each day of the Holy Season of Advent right through to the New Year 12th January. This is a great and easy way of doing something extra to prepare for our Blessed Lord's Coming and to celebrate the Epiphany . They are very cheap at £1





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