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Sermon for 12 October 2014
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TWENTY EIGHT SUNDAY OF YEAR A. 12TH OCTOBER 2014 + MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

MY Dear people,

My life as a pastor of souls has been filled in these past days with the sorrow of families burying their most dearly beloved and committing them to our Redeemer. Our belief in the Resurrection and the life of the world to come must be very real if we are to get through these trials in our life. The Children of Fatima had many. Lucia knew that our Lady had said that her beloved cousins Blessed Francisco and Blessed Jacinta would "be taken to heaven" soon and they were. Lucia felt that loss hugely and mourned deeply but offered it up as part of her suffering for the salvation of souls and with the sure and certain hope that they were in heaven as our Lady had promised it.

Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the children shepherds on 13 May 1917. They were looking after their flock when they saw a flash of light and thought thunder was coming so started heading down the slopes to get away - then another flash of light and there she was "A lady more brilliant than the sun" on top of an holmoak tree from whose hands hung a white rosary. She asked the little shepherds to return to that spot (Cova da Iria) for five consecutive months on the 13th day. They did so on 13 June, July, September and October. On 13 August the children had been arrested by the atheist Free Mason Prefect of the town and jailed and been threatened with boiling oil unless they told him what was happening. They kept their secret. So our Lady appeared on the 19th August and promised them a miracle she would perform to show everyone the truth of her message from Jesus about praying the Rosary for the Conversion of sinners and making the offering to God of all the crosses you had to bear for the salvation of souls and to honour her Immaculate Heart.

The last Apparition was the 13th October and up to 70,000 people had gathered in anticipation of the miracle. It was to be the miracle of the sun. The rain poured down very hard so that everyone was soaked to the skin and it went on and on for hours. Some left the place in disgust. At the 13th October apparition Mary said she wanted to be known here as "Our Lady of the Rosary". And that a chapel was to be built here in her honour. (You should see it now).

The Miracle of the sun - the sun, resembling a silver disc, could be gazed upon without difficulty and, whirling on itself like a wheel of fire, danced from place to place, up and down and seemed to be about to fall on the earth. 70,000 people saw it. It was reported in the newspapers at the time by reporters who were unbelievers and very hostile to religion but could not deny the witness of their own eyes. Guess what? After the sun stopped dancing – all the people were bone dry.

Our Lady appeared again to Sister Lucia 13,14 June 1929 requesting the the Devotion of the Five First Saturdays (to pray the rosary, confess and receive Holy Communion. It is said that Pope Pius XII had a similar apparition in the Vatican.

The last Secret of Fatima, sealed until 2000 was the prediction that "a priest in a white cassock, stoned and hated was seen prostrated with blood soaking through the white cassock." There can be no doubt that this was Saint John Paul II in the attempted assassination. That was predicted by our Lady in 1917 to the three children. Our Lady told them that God wanted to establish in the world devotion to "my Immaculate Heart". "If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved...sacrifice yourself for sinners and say many times, whenever you make some sacrifice - O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

So the Wedding Garment is sanctifying Grace and it is freely bestowed but must be accepted. You cannot get to the Heavenly wedding Feast without one. Our Lord has said it.

God Bless you and keep you all,

Fr Tom Connolly


Blessed John Henry Newman's Prayer

GOD HAS CREATED ME TO DO HIM SOME DEFINITE SERVICE.

HE HAS COMMITTED SOME WORK TO ME WHICH HE HAS NOT COMMITTED TO ANOTHER.

I HAVE MY MISSION.

I MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT IT IS IN THIS LIFE, BUT I SHALL BE TOLD IT IN THE NEXT.

I AM A LINK IN A CHAIN, A BOND OF CONNECTION BETWEEN PERSONS.

HE HAS NOT CREATED ME FOR NAUGHT.

I SHALL DO GOOD; I SHALL DO HIS WORK.

THEREFORE I WILL TRUST HIM.

WHATEVER I DO, WHEREVER I AM, I CANNOT BE THROWN AWAY.

IF I AM IN SICKNESS, MY SICKNESS MAY SERVE HIM.

IF I AM IN SOROW, MAY MY SORROW SERVE HIM.

HE DOES NOTHING IN VAIN.

HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS ABOUT.






Bidding Prayers

Bidding for 28th Sunday A

Priest: In the Church, God has made known to us his hidden purpose; to make things one in Christ. Let us pray that his will may be done.

Reader: We give thanks to God for the presence and the power of the Spirit in the Church, guide the Fathers of the Synod on the Family, meeting in Rome and may they encourage the Christian dispensation on marriage and family life in their teaching. Lord in your mercy.

We give God thanks for all whose work proclaims God’s love - help us all to serve the communities in which we live and move- especially our neighbours and fellow workers. Lord in your mercy.

Father - care for all who serve you as Ministers of your word and sacred mysteries; may they bring your whole family to unity for which Christ prayed. We commend to God Fr Connolly and Fr George. Lord in your mercy.

Father, people are experiencing the ravages of war and hatred : grant peace to the middle East - deliver or fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria from the annihilation they face. Grant they they may know the peace left as a gift by your Son. Lord in your mercy.

Reach out to touch the sick and console, strengthen them and heal them: Agnes Halligan, Gerald Vince, Mary Farrelly-Stiles, Anthony and Denis McLoughlin, Peter Ramsbottom, Josie Ryan, Marie Whitely, Sam Martin, Mary McLoughlin. Lord in your mercy.

Fulfil the hopes of those who have fallen asleep in Christ recently and bring them to that final resurrection when Christ will be all in all: Ann Dolan, Kath Ellis, Bernardine Probert, Biju Augustine, Tony Conneely and Lily McColgan AND Those whose anniversaries occur at this time: John Morris Junior, Ann Bowens (11am) Teresa Hamilton (9am), James Leonard. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Mary is our Lady of the Rosary - we salute her and honour her. Hail Mary, full of grace.

Priest: Listen to the prayers of your faithful Lord and in your tender mercy hear and answer them. Thru Christ..