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Sermon for 6 July 2014
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FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR IN ORDINARY TIME.+ CYCLE A. + . 6TH JULY 2014.. Month of the Sacred Heart. Peter's Pence Sunday.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

It is very providential that the Gospel of today's Mass has the humility of our Saviour as its object.

God stooped to us and heard our cry the Psalmist says. Think of the humility of Christ our Lord. He set aside his infinite glory as God in order to embrace the human condition – our human condition and my humanity. Think of the love the Father has lavished on us St John says – by letting us be called "God’s children – for that is what we are." How did we come to be his children? Well our Lord through his Passion and Resurrection grafted us into his Holy Body and made us one with him like adopted children get joined to the new parents and become one in the family.

By our own nature we could not have done this. It is a gift of God because he loved us and loves us.

We stoop down to children when they are little so that we can be at their level and be face to face with them. We make funny sounds that will attract them and amuse them in order to encourage them and relate to them. That is what God has done for us. He came to our level – he came to us as a baby and then as an infant, child and youth and man.

I was in Mexico City some years ago seeing the Museum of Mankind and frightened to death by the Monster Gods kept on display from the era before Christianity, who devoured the hearts of thousands of young men every year to keep god's sweet sweet.

How sweet the yoke of Jesus Christ. What liberation from past religions of the fear of ghosts and ancestors and animals and objects. The wonderful news that God has become one with us in Bethlehem was liberation and bestowed a great dignity on that great continent as it did in Europe.

Humility is not one of the non Christian religion's virtues outside the Judeo-Christian culture. Here we have the Lord himself gently inviting us to come to him and telling us that he is lowly and humble of heart.

And why should we come? We should come to Jesus because we will find a great grace “ you will find REST for your souls.” Is that not the goal of every person to find rest in their innermost selves? Indeed it is so

But – for us to receive these spiritual gifts and consolations we have to be little ones in the presence of the Lord. Jesus bursts forth in pure joy when he thanks his Father for revealing these things not to the cleverdicks, but the child-like and even clever people in this light have to be childlike. So it is not brains – big or small that get you to heaven but trust and openness and child likeness in the Lord's presence.

Now – that is not too difficult is it?

God bless,

Fr Tom Connolly


WELCOME TO FATHER JOHN ADEDAMOLA ADIO. HE IS HERE TO HELP IN THE PARISHES UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST (THANK GOD). Father John is the Archbishop's Secretary back home in Ibadan, Oyo State , Nigeria so he knows a lot!! What I mean is that Archbishop's choose their Secretary's carefully so you know Father John is excellent.

BROTHER CYRIL OF XAVARIAN COLLEGE WHO DIED IN THE U.S A .RECENTLY HAD A MEMORIAL MASS OFFERED ON WEDNESDAY FOR THE REPOSE OF HIS SOUL. MANY CAME TO ST EDWARDS FOR THAT MASS FOR HE WAS SO WIDELY RESPECTED FOR THE GREAT LEADERSHIP HER EXERCISE FOR THE GOOD OF SO MANY IN HIS TIME. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

MARY'S MEALS CONTINUES TO DO WELL IN ITS SERVICE TO FEED AND EDUCATE THE POOR. £2112.66 HAS BEEN COLLECTED THROUGH THE BOXES AND IN OUR AREA SINCE APRIL 17TH – JUNE 17. GOOD THAT IN IT??

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION: IT WILL BE OURS AGAIN IN THE AUTUMN BUT ST CHAD’S CHEETHAM HILL ARE HOLDING THEIRS’ AND THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! IT STARTS ON FRIDAY 18TH JULY – SUNDAY 20TH JULY FRIDAY IT BEGINS AT 7AM AND THROUGH THE NIGHT UNTIL SATURDAY AT 8.30PM AND CONTUNIED ON SUNDAY 8.30AM - 11 .30 AM. FATHER MATUS AND THE ORATORIAN COMMUNITY ARE DOING A WONDERFUL APOSTOLIC TASK AT ST CHADS. DO GO AND SEE HOW THE RESTORATION PROGRESSES.






Bidding Prayers

Bidding 14th

Priest: The great Shepherd of the flock of Christ invites us into his protection and his loving pastoral care. We follow his command to ask His Father for everything we need in his Holy Name for he redeemed us with his Precious Blood.

Deliver us O Lord from our enemies and those who wish to destroy us. Up hold the Christian religion and in particular the universal Father of all Christians, Christ's Vicar, Pope Francis in his protection of the Holy people of God. Lord in your mercy.

For those who have left us and no longer walk with Christ the true Shepherd – for many of our offspring who no longer walk with Christ – that he may bring our children back to The Way, the truth and the Life. Lord in your mercy.

For all the young apostles of our generation as they set out into the world to bring Christ's light and love to those who wait for his coming. We commend our Teachers who impart the Faith in our schools, THE NEW Religious Movements in the Church of apostolic life. Lord in your mercy.

For the Seafarers who visit our ports in need of Spiritual assistance from Port Chaplains. Lord in your Mercy.

For those suffering from unemployment that they do not lose heart and see in their energy the means to cooperate with the creating and Almighty God. Lord in your mercy.

For those who are sick and suffering that the Lord may touch them with his sacred hand : Mary Towey, Kathleen Nealon, Agnes Gilsenan, Brenda Quinlan, Joan Hamilton, Mary Gallagher, Denis McLoughlin, Kath and Pat Banahan, Frances Howarth, Mary Everett, Mary Tivnan. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who have died recently that they may see the face of the Lord Jesus:- Denis Bradley, the Victims of the Iraq and Syrian wars and for all those whose anniversary fall about this time: Johnny Byrne, Kathleen and Patrick Kavanagh, Josie Molloy, Phil Walsh (Sunday evening 6. 30pm), Francis Walsh ( 6.30pm Sat VIGIL MASS), Jerome de Silva (11am) , Father Gerard Molloy, deceased members of the Crehan family.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy.

Mary is the mother and Protector of the Church and the one who is a model of charity and faith for us all – we salute her - O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary.

Priest: Lord and heavenly Father, you have established us in the children of Jesus. Hear our prayer in his Holy Name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen