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Sermon for 27th October 2013



My Dear People,

Two days ago it was the 48th anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act 1967. The number of children who have taken out of the mother's womb and not allowed to develop into the fullness of human life has reach endemic proportions. One quarter of all conceptions end up in abortion and that is not counting the "morning after pill" which prevents any conceived life to survive. We know for sure than a baby can be aborted because of its gender and that this is legal even though the Act itself was supposed to be very clear about the limit to abortion. The numbers sound like the roll call of European Jewry during the Nazi genocide. The population the size of New York has gone from our midst without seeing the light of day. Nearly 200,000 per year in our country alone are aborted and each one of these babes had reached a stage of development which you and me passed through without harm in our mother's womb all that time ago.

The ones who passed the Bill in Parliament are mostly dead. Lord Steel the Liberal peer as he is now, was simply David then - the son of a Church of Scotland minister. He pioneered the bill and the then Wilson Government under Richard Crossman Health Sec gave it government Time in the Commons otherwise it would have been talked down and be lost.

A year had to elapse so that doctors who had never been taught how to do such a heinous crime like abortion, learnt how to perform the operation. It was meant to stop back street abortions and the death arising out of them. Only 11 deaths were ascribed to back street abortions in the year preceding the Bill so that was a lie to say it was a big social or ethical problem. For Ireland now it has gone the same way. They say only if the mother threatens, suicide. What? All you have to do is say the words and the baby will be taken away. Very simple eh? Yet Ireland had a referendum some years ago forever banning ABORTION - so much for democracy.

No one could have imagined that it would become as common and routine as it has become. We need immigrants to do the work because each year 182,000 human lives are done away with. These are fellow citizens' lives - they should be with us now, working along side us, in our schools as pupils or teachers.

Is it any wonder that people in the caring professions are becoming more callous and uncaring towards the ones in their care? The standard of "love thy neighbour" has fallen beyond belief. I believe it is all to do with the great sin in our midst which everyone keeps quiet about - the annihilation of a generation every year, year in year out. What kind of effect does that have on medical and nursing people do you think and on Joe Public in general? It has a rotting effect. The whole business stinks. They do not even keep to the Law - they abort at will with no reason other that "I don't want this child of mine". How terrible, terribly sad. When God looks on us what does he see but a broken and divided society - turned inward on itself, trying to spend its way out of grave moral problems thinking that money will buy care and love and dedication to duty. The infected hospitals we keep hearing about are only a symptom of the infection in the body politic.

There is hope - There is at least a debate now going on as to whether it is right to abort after 20 weeks since babies have been know to survive at that age or because you are a girl child. But heaven knows when our society will see the catastrophe that the 1967 Act has been. Maybe it will take a cataclysmic happening to make us utterly revise our value system which has become so rotten that even natural justice is now not recognised and we all know that the world of administration has left its brain behind at the door of Reason. The Pope has said that the next Anti-Christ will be a Health and Safety agent and an Environmentalist!! Watch out. Advent is coming and it might be "The One!"

Fr. Tom Connolly

Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers 30th Sunday of Year C

Priest: God our Father leads us forward with great love towards the joyful day when we enter his rest. We turn to Him now in trustful prayer making known our needs and the needs of the whole world.

For the entire world in all its joys and agonies - that the peoples of the earth may find a way of living in harmony and universal love, in justice and with generosity. We pray especially for those parts of the world who are suffering in wars and internal division and especially Iraq. Lord in your mercy.

For your Church, as Teacher and Mother - that she may be able to communicate to a hungry world the riches of the Christian Life, lived in Jesus Christ the Saviour and model of humanity. Lord in your mercy.

For all those resisting the culture of death in clinics where the unborn are terminated or the weak and the elderly hurried to their demise - that they not lose courage and that we as a people will be supportive of them and witness to life. Lord in your mercy.

Lord, we meet around your table as your family; bless our family life and keep us loving and forgiving to one another always. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for an abundance of vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life - that your people will not be bereft of shepherds and ministers of the Holy Mysteries. Lord in your mercy.

For all those of our community who are sick - that God's comfort and healing be with them and those who have the care of them at home and in our Hospitals: Tom Cummings, Denis McLoughlin, Margaret Collins, Brendan Byrne, Mary Tivnan, Mary Everrett,, Mary Molloy, Michael Connolly, Frances Howarth,Angela Dower Carna Mutch. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for the faithful departed that through your mercy they may rest in peace: Bernard Patrick Donavan, Carlos Mendez and Phyllis Walsh AND For all those whose anniversaries fall about now: Bridget Boyle (VIGIL), John Morris (11.30) 26th, Jimmy Clarkson (11am), Judy George, Teresa Hamilton, William McLoughlin, Ann Casey Lord hear us.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in Peace. Amen.

Mary is the morning star who ushered in the sweetest light of Christ our Lord may Mary Most Holy pray for us: O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest: God of Power and Love, look kindly upon these prayers we have made, make good our defects and fill us with a holy desire to serve - all our days. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.