Eighth Sunday A + 2nd March 2014.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Lent will soon be with us. We only have a few more days to go before Ash Wednesday 5th March and then the Season of Penance will be upon us in order for us to be prepared spiritually for the Great Feast of All Feasts - The Resurrection of our Saviour from the dead. Ash Wednesday is a Day of Fasting and No Meat. Only one modest meal and 2 collations. We will be marking Lent with Stations of the Cross each Sunday at 4pm with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. We will have the short Stations after Mass on Wed and Fridays of Lent in the weekday. Decide what you are going to do. Almsging is one thing you must do -Mary's Meals is ours as a Parish and Family Fast Day. Then, Prayer and Penitential. We must give ourselves dead serious to daily prayer and to disciplining our bodily appetites. What will you "give up"?
The Gospel today is a good one to prepare for Lent for it is about the right relationship between our Bodily NEEDS - food and clothes and our spiritual needs - and our Lord gives as an example.
Jesus says to each of us "Why are you worrying about what to EAT and what to WEAR?" The body is more of a gift to you than what you wear - Life, a greater gift than what you PUT INTO YOUR MOUTH!
This great truth becomes a reality does it not when we are very sick? Everything you got your thrills from before become totally worthless if only your body or the mind could return to health.
It needs to be said you know. The food and slimming industry is worth millions each year and yet most people in the world find it a challenge to get enough nourishment into their stomachs. Mary's Meals is a great success because it answers a terrible need; food for the Body and food for the Mind and Soul (Catholic schooling).
Those of you who love nature appreciate what our Lord is saying when he tells us that the birds of the air and the flowers of the field are more glorious in their "clothing" than royalty. The Creator has given them this loveliness and they do not worry about it - they just show their glory. The beauty of a child is without measure and reflects God in all his Goodness.
Mother Teresa was no pin up was she but she was utterly magnetic in her attraction. Where ever she went the crowds and the Press gathered to catch a glimpse. The Habit they wear - the white tunic with the white and blue stripe on the veil she designed and each nun has only two of them and a plastic bucket for a suitcase! Radical eh? One of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s sayings was "Do something beautiful for God".
So our Lord says - set your hearts on doing the right thing and all these other needs of the body - food and clothes will be answered and met by God loving and generous hand.
Do not worry and fret - God is looking after you. Do not worry about the future - each day has enough to go on - Trust in God. Set your hearts on Christ's Kingdom and everything will be just right - Honest - I know.
Every grace and blessing,
Father Tom Connolly
The Fraternas (the Marian Community of Reconciliation) who work in our Diocese and live in St Edwards got their final approval as a community of Women of Consecrated Life three years ago from their Bishop in Peru. Happy Anniversary to all the Fraternas.
MISSIONARY SERVANTS OF THE MOTHER OF GOD UP COMING RETREATS.
14-16 MARCH "BEING A CHRISTIAN IN THE NEO PAGAN ERA." ST WINEFRIDE’S GUEST HOUSE. HOLYWELL CH8 7LS.
21-23 MARCH "THE BEAUTY OF GOD: PURITY AND MERCY." Abbotswick house of prayer (BRENTWOOD CM14 5SH).
2-4 MAY "BEING CHRISTIAN IN THE NEO PAGAN ERA": DROMANTINE RETREAT CENTRE NEWRY BT34 1RH
9-11 MAY "THE BEAUTY OF GOD: PURITY AND MERCY" PANTASAPH RETREAT CENTRE : CLWYD CH8 8PE
SEE POST AND BOOKLETS IN THE PORCH. SEE GAP YEAR OPPORTUNITY 17-32 YEARS.
RETREATS AT BOAR BANK HALL, GRANGE OVER SANDS: or 01539 532288
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 12-26 APRIL BOOK EARLY FOR THIS.
21-23 MARCH "GREAT CHRISTIAN THINKERS" LENTEN RETREAT FOR EDUCATORS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
2-9 AUGUST "CATHOLIC Social Teaching" HOLIDAY AND STUDY WEEK, PRAYER AND COMMUNITY FOR Catholics 20- 40s
13-20 Sept "Thinking Scripture" - Gospel according to St Matthew.
6-9 OCTOBER "Freedom and HOPE" - REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS FOR ALL WHO WORK WITH PRISONERS.
28-30 NOV "HOPE IN HEALTH" (COMMUNICATION) FOR ALL CATHOLICS WHO WORK IN HEALTH CARE UNDER 40'S
ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES WITH DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES. ST EDWARDS 9.30AM
ST KENTIGERNS 9.30 AND 7PM.
HOLY NAME 1.05PM AND 7PM
CONFESSIONS DAILY AT THE HOLY NAME MONDAY TO FRIDAY 12 -1PM WITH EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.
Walsingham: Mary Walsh has organized a Pilgrimage Monday 23rd June – Friday 27th June. Bed, Breakfast and Evening Meal. Visiting Wells by the Sea. £286 including Coach fare. Enquiries Mary Walsh 0161 474 0964.
Bidding Prayers 8th A Sunday of the year.
Priest: God, our Loving Father - listen to the prayer your people offer from the depth of their need for they ask you in Faith and in the name of your Only Son, our Lord.
Reader: For the Universal Church, the holy and beloved Bride of the Lord, spread in a holy union through out the world – we pray especially for those suffering persecution for the Faith, lay people, seminarians, clergy, Catholic Activists and catechists in many parts of the world – that God will strengthen them and give them fortitude and endurance. Lord in your mercy.
For married people everywhere - that they will be open to new life, open to renewed love, open to the stranger, open to the Lord in their holy sacrament. We commend to God the engaged couples completed their Marriage preparation in our Deanery. Lord in your mercy.
We pray for all those mourn the loss of their loved ones in death that God may be their consolation and their comfort. Lord in your mercy.
For those enslaved to any addiction that they may be delivered. Lord in your mercy.
We seek the Prince of Peace for the Ukraine - that there will be no war. Lord in your mercy.
We pray for those weighed down in sickness and ill health that the healing touch of Jesus our Risen Lord will afford them hope in their suffering: Sarah McHale, Julie Brown, John Lawson, Denis McLoughlin, Kirsty Kennedy, Mrs Kennedy. Lord in your mercy.
For all the dead who have been called to God recently: Paul Inneregbu, Margaret Flately, Hughie Foran, George Nagle AND For all those souls whose anniversaries fall about this time: Tommy Mimnagh (VIGIL), Edward and Bridget O'Malley, Afram Zaer, Sabre Dowood, Anesa Gorgis, Rehan Gorgis, Marream Mekaill, Wasem Gorgis.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Mary is the Bride of the Holy Spirit and the type of our Mother the Church in her perfect beauty as Christ's Bride- we pray to our Mother: O Mary conceived without sin...pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of...
Priest: Listen to our heartfelt prayer O Lord and in your mercy answer them according to your will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen