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Sermon for 23 November 2014
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SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL KING. A + 23 rd NOVEMBER 2014.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

The feast of Christ the King brings in the end of the Ecclesiastical Year which goes from the First Sunday of Advent, next week to the Solemnity of Christ the King each year. The Liturgical Cycle as it is called, takes us through our Blessed Lord's foretelling – His conception, His arrival, His birth, the Magi, the Shepherds , the Angels choirs in the night sky etc through to His youth and the Divine Teachings of the Master - His suffering, miracles, persecution – passion, death and Resurrection and Ascension and OUR Lord's sending of the Paraclete at Pentecost. By the end of the year - today – we are looking forward to the End Time when Christ will come from the heavens, clothed in power and great glory to judge us all - the living and the dead. His Kingdom will have no end. "Everyone will see Him." It will not be a hidden affair like the Incarnation in Bethlehem.

In-between all these events in our Lord's life we celebrate the saints lives, in Our Lady's Assumption - the Immaculate Conception - the feasts of SS Peter and Paul etc. So, if we attend the Mass week in week out, each year we will have re-lived the great Redemptive mysteries of our Lord's life on earth to the point where He establishes his Church. We are the living members of that Church – Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

It is National Youth Sunday too so we pay homage to our youth and tell them how much they are loved and respected by us all and how much we look to them for the future.

This Feast was brought in in the 1920s to counteract the rise of dictatorships which demanded the adherence of the populace and wanted them to abandon the Christian Faith and indeed were determined to wipe it out - Think of the rise of the Fascist and the Communists - both atheistic and anti Christ. The Pope said recently that the next anti Christ will be an environmentalist! These people demanded you believe their falsehoods. They write their own Programme for mankind. Think of the attempt to make Marriage a legal reality amongst same sex couples. Think of the kids left un -adopted because the poor couple do not fit into the P.C. world of the Social Work Department !.. In many walks of life now you cannot hold publically the teaching of Christ and his Holy Church on moral issues. You are considered to be a bigot so you have to be silent or lose the job.

The constant attempt to bring in the murder of the sick and the old by so called "mercy killing" is an attempt to frame a law which will MAKE and Demand a medical person to do the dirty deed. Pope Francis re stated this last week- it is a grave sin he said.

The Rulers will have a lot to answer for you know when Christ judges us as He will.

They are bringing in "Regulations" now - which will make it impossible to hold Catholic or Christian beliefs about marriage and family life from the Christian standpoint. If a person/student feels that the speaker or the lesson is hostile to their orientation they can call the Police. I can see the day when we will – in our schools – be forced by law to teach marriage and civil partnerships as equal. It is very unlikely that our Catholic Children’s Society (Caritas now) and the 8 others similar organisations in the Church in this country will survive the adoption rules which operate in the future within a Catholic ethos . They have lost in the Courts so far and it has cost them a small fortune in Legal fees. Imagine refusing good parents the chance to adopt because the Catholic Adoption can only in conscience arrange a child to go to married people (or single). Unless we agree to place Catholic children with same sex couples as well, we will not get funding and be guilty of a crime. We need as a Church to "test" these things to see if we can get them on restriction of religious freedom.

When Christ will come again He will be our judge. Our generation with its slaughter of the innocents and the terrible cruelty to unborn babies will have to answer to our Lord. They will have to answer before the pure truth of Christ . May the Lord have mercy upon them and upon us all. We live in difficult times don’t we? What will be the eventual outcome? Our Lord will be triumphant – that we can be sure of. Christ is still the Universal King but as he said to Pilate "My kingdom is not of this world – if it was I would not be standing here in front of you." Remember that – Pilate's empire crumbled but Christ’s did not and it won’t now. We belong to Him and He is the Victor.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


READERS: Next Sunday is Year B

THE CHRISTMAS FAIR is ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 7th AT MIDDAY IN ST KENTIGERN'S CLUB AND WE WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH LOADS OF BARGAINS TO BE HAD A FEW GAELIC COFFEES TO BE SUPPED, FR CHRISTMAS TO BE VISITED and a fine time will be had by all. There is time to bring in those Bottles of booze for the Bottle stall and tombola prizes. TODAY I ASK YOU TO TAKE A FEW BOOKS OF RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THE NEW YEAR DRAW AND SELL THEM.

STALL RUNNERS - WOULD ALL HELPERS PLEASE COME AT 2PM ON SATURDAY 6th TO SET OUT THE HALL FOR THE CHRISTMAS FAYRE.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE FOR FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN WITH INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS IS ON SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER AT 4PM HERE IN CHURCH.

Father Gabor from Budapest is most welcome.

DON THE CARD GAME IS PLAYED EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE OUR CLUB AND AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS TURKEYS AND JOINTS OF MEAT. WHY NOT COME ALONG AND ENJOY THE CHANCE AND THE PRIZES.

THE OFFERTORY GIFT ENVELOPES FOR THE YEAR ARE STILL AT THE BACK OF CHURCH. THOSE WHO ARE IN THE GIFT AID OR STANDING ORDER HAVE THEIR NAMES ON THEM IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. Thank you for your help. Fr Connolly.

OLD GREGORIANS HAVE THEIR ANNUAL MASS ON FRIDAY 28th AT 7.30 FOLLOWED BY A DRINK AND A BITE IN THE CLUB.






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