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Sermon for 11 May 2014
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FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER + 11TH MAY 2014 + "GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY". DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND THE CONSECRATED LIFE.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

This is Good Shepherd Sunday for obvious reasons. The Gospel read today is always an extract from our Lord describing himself as the Good Shepherd of the Flock entrusted to him by the Eternal Father.

The Holy Father captured the world's Press recently when he coined the phrase when addressing us priests telling us that we must "smell of the flock" we minister too. You know his meaning. We must be so close to the flock that we are not in any way apart from them - watching over them, sustaining them, comforting them, protecting them from ravenous wolves and fals prophets. A priest or Bishop does not do this by being aloof but by being with the flock.

If you could see in the land of our Lord's birth what Jesus the Good Shepherd is describing in the Gospel today you would understand it even more.

The sheepfold was a stone, walled area where the shepherd would bring their flocks via the one gate to protect them during the night.

The guy looking after the gate knew who he had let in. The shepherds slept with their flocks and in the morning the gate would open and the shepherd would call his flock and the sheep would recognise his voice (even today) and follow. Each Shepherd would do the same.

Our Beloved and Divine Good Shepherd is telling us more. He is not only the shepherd he IS the SHEEPFOLD - the protector and he IS THE GATE which keeps predators out and the flock in, until it is ready to be led out safely under his pastoral care.

If we enter by the true sheepfold (Holy Church) we will find life to the full and great pasture So that is why this is Good Shepherd Sunday and Vocations Sunday - We will have a Collection for the student priests of our diocese next week. Future shepherds of the flock we must pray for. Things are dire with so many grey hairs amongst the clergy - what will happened I know not. Father Sean O'Brien is just the kind of young Shepherd the Church need and I know you agree because you have given him a whacking send of and he deserves it. It was very hard for him to leave here you know - indeed it was very hard for me and Father George too.

I thank Father for all he has done in service of the Sick in MRI and Christies and on the Parishes of St Kentigern and St Edwards. God will go with him and he will shepherd the flock of Christ wherever he is sent by the Bishop. His eloquent sermons have moved us all.

Bon Voyage Father,

God go with you,

Father Tom Connolly and parishioners.


MARRIAGE Course for our Deanery Parishes: the next marriage course here is last Sunday of Jan 2015 and all Sundays of Feb 2015. It is at 2.30pm and held in the Marian Room of St Kentigern's Social Club, Hart Road - next to the Church. MARRIAGE CARE DOES SOME ONE DAY COURSES AT ST AUGUSTINES, ALL SAINTS, OXFORD ROAD 17TH MAY, 28TH JUNE, 6TH SEPT and 18TH OCTOBER. THIS YEAR- 2014. YOU CAN BOOK DIRECTLY WITH DEIRDRE PEDEN ON: 07871 802 336 OR email

CONFIRMATION WILL BE GIVEN SATURDAY 17TH MAY AT 10AM FOR ST KENTIGERN'S CHILDREN AND SUNDAY 18TH MAY AT ST EDWARDS AT 10AM

Golden Wedding - John and Elizabeth Leyden celebrate 50 years of marriage on Friday 16th May. Pope Francis has given them a Papal Blessing and it will be presented at the 9.30am Mass that day in St Kentigerns. God Bless you both always.






Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 4th of Easter.

Let us pray to the Father, the all Powerful God, who raised up Jesus, our Prince and our Saviour. Good shepherd of the Flock - hear the cry of your Holy People who put their trust in you in all their needs.

Reader. On this Good shepherd Sunday we pray for the visible chief shepherd - Pope Francis that he will continue to be strong as the leader of your people in the shoes of the Fisherman. Lord in your mercy.

For all our seminarians training for the priestly ministry, for our religious communities, for the Married people in their sacrament of matrimony - for the families as they grow together in Christ's grace. Lord in your mercy.

That we may be witnesses to Christ in our Baptismal way of living and so be lights in our world of Christ the Shepherd of the flock. Help us to resist the attraction of sin and the glamour of evil. Lord in your mercy.

For all our sick that they will be strengthened by the care of the Lord in his shepherding: Marie Hopkins, John Lawson, Denis McLoughlin, Francis Howarth, Maura McBrien, BeeAnne O'Grady. Lord in your mercy.

For all who have died recently that the gates of heaven be thrown open to them by the Newly Risen Lord: Katherine Mary Bernadette Pettiepiece, Maureen Hope and John Hyland and For all those whose anniversaries fall about now: Paschal Fagan, Anastasia Kinsella, John and Nancy Rowe.

May their souls and the souls of all...O Mary Conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest. Almighty and ever living God, bring us all together to the joy of your heavenly city: so that we, your little flock may follow where Christ our Good Shepherd has gone before us by the power of his Resurrection. Through Christ our Lord.