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Sermon for 5 October 2014
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TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A. 5TH OCTOBER 2014. MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Over seven days ago I returned from the Holy Shrine of Fatima in Portugal where I had spent five days with sixteen other priests of the Diocese of Salford including one you know well , Father Sean O'Brien.

What a place. Our Lady in her Immaculate Heart and in her image of the Lady of the Rosary appeared many times to the three little shepherds. The brother and sister were Francisco and Jacinta along with their cousin Lucia.

Whilst they were minding their sheep and having had their lunch and saying their rosary a kind of white mysterious figure appeared but there were no clear features and they said you could see through the figure. This was spring 1916 and it was a preparation for this figure to become clear for it was an Angel of Peace sent by God to prepare the way for our Lady under the title "Immaculate Heart".

He appeared to them and kneeling bent his head to the ground and said "My God I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You. I ask pardon for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you." The Angel came again and said this : "MOST HOLY TRINITY, FATHER SON AND HOLY SPIRIT, I ADORE YOU PROFOUNDLY, AND OFFER YOU THE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST, PRESENT IN ALL THE TABERNACLES OF THE WORLD, IN REPARATION FOR THE OUTRAGES, SACRILEGES AND INDIFFERENCE WITH WHICH HE IS OFFENDED. AND THROUGH THE INFINITE MERITS OF HIS MOST SACRED HEART AND THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, I BEG THE CONVERSION OF POOR SINNERS." THE CHILDREN NEVER FORGOT THAT PRAYER.

Our Lady began to appear to them often and taught them to offer every suffering for the conversion of sinners. Many souls were going to hell because there was nobody to pray for them. The persecution those children suffered from scoffers who thought they were liars was incredible. Our Lady had told Francisco and Jacinta that she would take them to heaven soon. Indeed having reached the heights of holiness they died most painfully of TB and influenza offering their little lives for the conversion of sinners. They were nine and ten. Lucia was told she would have to remain a little longer to spread the message of our Lady's Immaculate Heart and how people must pray the Rosary for the conversion of sinners. Lucia lived to 95 and gave the church her memories of the visions in obedience to the Bishop and the Pope. The book make profound reading. The message is clear – there is no heaven unless we are converted on earth NOW. The way of the Christian is disciplined and does not come cheap.

The Prayer we say after each of the Decades of the Rosary comes from our Lady's lips dictated to the children - "Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy." This originates in the visions of Fatima and is now universal is it not ?

In that shrine you can see the bullet which St John Paul was shot with and it is preserved in the lovely Crown placed on our Lady's head on the 12/13 the of each month for that is when she appeared, by appointment with the children. A million people turn up each month. The new Basilica can hold 9000 seated and Pope Benedict Consecrated it before he retired.

You know my dear people, learning about the little shepherds made our Lord’s saying all the more real... "unless you become like little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven."

Offer all you do and your prayers and sacrifices to the Most High the Angel told them and they did. Jacinta and Francesco were beatified on 13th May 2000 by St John Paul, the youngest Blessed for years- so many miracles had been worked from heaven by their intercession. That was also the anniversary of the attempt on the Pope’s life- 13th May. He always said it was our Lady of Fatima's finger had deflected the second bullet.

I am going to place our Lady of Fatima's statue for October in the niche of our Lady in Church. I’ll tell you about the "SECRET of Fatima" next week.

I prayed ardently for you all - in all conditions, young, babes, teens, married, retired, sick, those who asked me for a favour from our Lady like the gift of a child. This I did - a lot so I hope you feel the effects.

Fr Tom


NEW BISHOP WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN IS BISHOP JOHN ARNOLD AT PRESENT ASSISTANT TO CARDINAL NICHOLS IN WESTMINSTER- WE WELCOME HIM OF COURSE.

MARY'S MEALS are having a Dance fundraising to feed the poor. It will be on Sat 8th Nov at St Kentigern's - the place to be, Hart Rd - Joe Casserley and The Last Drop plus DJ Raffle, Auction and Tombola. £2.50 (£5 on the door) from 7.30pm. Please donate things for the Tombola and raffle. Tickets can be had the door of the church next week or at the Club and Presbytery anytime.

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Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 27th Sunday of Year A

Priest: O master of the Vineyard, come and visit this family of yours and may we bring forth the fruits of our faith to your greater glory. Hear and answer our humble petitions.

Reader: For the Household of the Faith in all its manifestations in the world - that as God's Household we will bring forth the fruits which please God and bring peace to our souls. Lord in your mercy.

For our Bishop John Arnold our new Bishop from the 8th December and for all bishops and clergy who are in charge of the Vineyard of Christ - that they be wise and holy - cultivators of good fruits on the Vine which is Christ the Lord. Lord in your mercy.

That our Heavenly Father - the vinedresser - will prune us with watchful care so that the church becomes more vigorous and effective in bringing others to know Christ and find life in abundance Lord in your mercy.

For all our seminarians - that they will persevere in their vocation and become zealous apostles in the vineyard of the future. Lord hear us.

We pray for all new parents - that they will find joy in the new life God has given them and bring them up in the Catholic Faith. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for all missionaries that the fruits of their labours will show forth a in new civilisation of Love. May our Procession in Mary’s Honour bring glory to your name in our streets. Lord in your mercy.

For all our sick: Mary Farrelly-Stiles, Rev Father Creaton, Marie Whitely, Mary McLoughlin, Gerald Vince, Thomas Moran, Denis and Anthony McLoughlin, Josie Ryan, Julie Brady, Peter Ramsbottom, Brendan Byrne, Pat and Peggy Banahan. Lord in your mercy.

For all who have died recently: Macaulay Moran, Katherine Ellis, Bill Davies, Ann Dolan, Frank O'Neill and David Livings AND For all those whose anniversaries occur at this time: John Morris Junior, (11.30 Mass on Oct 11th), Ciss CONNOLLY (vigil) , Bill Everett and Peter Cleary. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of....

Mary most Holy, Mary Inviolate - pray for us in the Vineyard of Christ your Son - O Mary, conceived without sin. /R Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of...

Priest. O Lord and Heavenly Father - you sent us your only Son to redeem humanity - listen now to these heartfelt prayers we have made in his Name - through Christ our Lord. Amen.