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Sermon for 15 June 2014


My Dear People,

Today is Trinity Sunday. The Mystery of God is disclosed as Triune. We think of St Patrick and the three leaves of the one plant – the shamrock. Our Week of Mission begins today with the St Patrick’s Community speaking at every Mass inviting you to come and participate in the Life of Christ and be therefore inserted into the very Mystery of God's Being. All this is not us being clever- it is our Lord revealing the secrets of the Godhead to us by becoming Man.

In many ways the FAMILY reflects the nature of God. A couple become a Trinity don’t they once they give birth to child - they are three in One. One marriage, One Love, and three persons. There is a natural and supernatural connection. We Christians call God our Father and refer to Jesus our Saviour as "the Eternal Son" and the Holy Spirit as the bond of Love. Everything in nature reflects the Triune God who has been revealed to us by the Only Begotten One, the Son of Mary and the Eternal Son of the Father.

These are terms which are drawn from family life - parental titles, births, conceptions, relationships. It is not an accident that Jesus refers us to "Our Father" is it? Mind, Body, Soul makes up the Human Person. The atom - the very building block of all material things is made up of a threesome. Nothing is constituted alone in isolation. Nothing is alone in its make-up. The whole of creation is "in relationship" and these relationships make up the Oneness of an entity. Now you science students among us might see this as bad science but you see my degree is social science not the hard one- but you will forgive me.

The Mystery of the God who made us all and the whole universe must be complex and yet totally simple pure form and spirit. He is not subject to what He has created. We celebrate today the great doctrine, fundamental to all Christians. It is the defining doctrine and it is The Truth and the only Truth and it is revealed to us as a great honour. "What is man that you keep him in mind - mortal man that you care for him?" God has made us a little less than Himself the scripture says in the Psalm. .He has raised us up by this sacred disclosure of his Divine Nature and participation of the Divine Nature which we receive fully in Christ in our Baptism.

The Mission Prayer we have been saying now for a month. My ardent hope is that the St Patrick's Community Mission Team will lift our hearts and help us to know and love our Lord more and more. John Pridmore's Account of how he left the Gangland to Join the Flock of Christ will be a powerful one. The three schools are each going to have an assembly to hear the Team invite them to the Evening at the Church. We are all connected!

Happy Feast,

Father Tom Connolly



MARY'S MEALS Franca Rizzo writes - Mary's Meals has reached the grand amount from our group of £7000 last year. Thanks all the people for their support along the way. The new Kitchen is built with all the equipment it needs next to the school In Miambe Primary with 390 pupils.

ST EDWARDS Today at the 10am Mass we will bless Julia and Barrie Drummond on their Golden Wedding anniversary. Fr Mulholland took their Marriage Vows in St Edwards on 20th June 1964. Now how about that then? God bless them both and all their loved ones today.

The diocese has a Liturgy website so look up www.salfordliturgy.org.uk. It gives notes for readers and commentary on scripture and the Liturgical seasons of the year.

Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for Trinity Sunday 2014.

Priest: God is Three and God is one - we firmly believe and adore the true God and seek his help in all our needs.

O Holy Trinity One God, we commend to your tender love all humanity as it stands in this moment of history - may it turn to you the One and True God and so find Life and Joy in the Spirit. Lord in your mercy.

For Our Parish MISSION and the St Patrick's Community who lead it, that we may respond in grace to the invitation to come and listen and so gain strength in our faith. Lord in your mercy.

For all who search for the truth that the Holy Trinity may be revealed to them as the very Mystery at the heart of the Universe and at the heart of every man and woman born into this world since time began. Lord in your mercy.

For all our dear students sitting Public Examinations or Job Interviews - to give them calmness and recall. Lord hear us.

For our children who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and will soon make their First Holy Communion, that the Spirit may dwell in their hearts forever and make them Holy and filled with the presence of the Living and Triune God. Lord in your mercy.

For all the victims of the terrible violence is Iraq and Syria and beyond and especially for the persecuted Church whose grave suffering and martyrdom is a daily occurrence- deliver them O Lord. Lord in your mercy.

Reader: For all who are poorly and weak with illness and we especially pray for: Frank O'Neill, Mary Gallagher, Denis McLaughlin, Eileen McCormack, Mrs Keegan, Denis McLaughlin, Marie Hopkins, John Lawson, Be-Anne O'Grady, Kirsty Rafferty. Lord in you mercy.

We commend to God's loving mercy those who have died recently: Mary Collins, Tommy Colbert, Tommy Rowe, Beverley Thompson and Margaret Fitzgerald AND For all those whose anniversaries fall about now: Eileen Thompson, Tom and Brenda Forkin (11am), Groarke Family and Collins family deceased , Michael McHugh, John Silk (VIGIL), Martina and John Mitchell.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Mary is the Mother of the Lord when she brought forth Christ to the waiting world - may she pray for us now: O Mary, conceived without sin. /R Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest: Holy God - Father Son and Spirit – Listen now to the prayer your people make in confidence and in holy hope. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.