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Sermon for 24 August 2014
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TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A. + 24TH August 2014.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

The Gospel today is one that is engraved upon my heart and memory. From my earliest years at Bishop Bilsborrow Memorial School (English Martyr's School really) I learnt this text from our good teachers: "THOU ART PETER AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NEVER PREVAIL AGAINST IT. TO YOU I GIVE THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. WHAT YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN; WHAT YOU LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN". Now – I know that off by heart. These words are in gold mosaic letters in Greek and Latin around the wall of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

With these words to Simon Peter our Blessed Lord assigned a final and abiding Authority figure in his Church based up Peter’s Faith. It was not "flesh and blood" that had revealed to Peter the true nature of Jesus Christ (Christ the Son of the Loving God), but as our Lord says - "My Father in Heaven". Now imagine that. Little old Peter - Simon to his friends - the fisherman - the widower the brov of Andrew – and our Lord tells him that "My Father has revealed this to you."

Yes it is true. Peter was chosen as the first Pope because the Father, revealed to him through his Profession of Faith. All the Popes I have known: Pope Pius XII, St John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, John Paul I and Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and now; Pope Francis, on the Throne of St Peter have all been "Chosen by the Father". All of them have been giants of holiness and wisdom in their time.

This special grace is given to the Holy Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church. The Pope is a gift from the Lord's own heart. He knew we would need a Supreme Vicar - representing Him to the whole of his Body on earth and to the wider world too of non believers. See how our nation melted in the presence of Pope Benedict in September 2010. All the hostility and hostile questioning ceased and the nation listened to him and welcomed him with the most profound respect and even a sense of awe in his presence. See Pope Francis' visit to South Korea and the million who attended the Mass.

All institutions of men and women need a structure and a means of practising authority and discipline for the good of the community whether it is a trade union or a political party or a football club or a school. With weak leadership you are done for. A divided house cannot win our Lord said - indeed, it falls. Those who have split from the Catholic Unity with the Pope have ended up splitting and re-splitting because the divine sanction and authority has no real expression. Henry VIII made himself Supreme Head of the Church in England and so became his own Pope. Results - disaster. Without the true Pope people become their own Pope and what a mess that gets you in.

You are bound to believe that the Pope is preserved from misleading us in Faith and Morals when he speaks to the Universal Church in his position of Supreme Head of the Church on Earth on a matter grave enough to warrant such a pronouncement. The last time this was exercised was when Saint John Paul stated that it was not the Lord's will or within the power of the Church to bestow Holy Orders on women.

Thank God for the gift of the Papacy. May we always show our love and esteem for the Holy Father given to us by God to care for us and watch over us and safeguard us from the wolves. Pray for "Peter" of our Day - Francis.

God bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly

FATHER JOHN ADIO WENT TO LONDON ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO SEE THE QUEEN BUT HE FOUND HIS FRIEND IN AND SO HE HAD A SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF THE FAMOUS PLACES AND MONUMENTS SO HE CAN GO BACK TO NIGERIA AND SAY "I SAW."






Bidding Prayers

Bidding 21st A

Priest: Christ is the Head of his Body the Church, and we are the members of that body: gathered around the sacred altar we pray in His Holy Name for all our needs. Reader: May your Church be a light to the nations, the sign and source of your power to unite humanity. May she lead humanity to the mystery of your love. Lord, in your mercy.

Guide the Pope and the bishops of the church and grant them the gifts of unity, of love, and of peace. Lord in your mercy.

Lord give peace to our troubled world especially in Iraq and Syria and those brothers and sisters there who are Christian and who need our help. Give your children security of mind and freedom from anxiety. Lord in your mercy.

Help us to bring your compassion to the poor, the sick, those who are alone, the unloved; lead us to find you in the coming week. Lord in your mercy. Be with the sick and strengthen them and place your healing hand upon them. We commend : Peter Ramsbottom, Kevin Tanswell, Holly Walls, Agnes Halligan, Joanna Dunbar, Thomas Dunne.nLord in your mercy.

Awaken the dead to the glorious resurrection: may we be united with them at the end of time: We pray for those who have died recently, Mary Pook, Francis Dwyer, Canon Steward Ansboro AND All whose anniversaries fall about this time: Mary Geraghty, Bridie and Tom Greally (VIGIL), Tom Brady (9am), John Smith, Sarah McAllister, Annie Downey, Rosemary Nolan, Johnny Howard, Seamus O'Hara, Gregory Leach, Joseph Kearney, Patrick Cahill, Kearney family, Keggan Family and the forgotten Souls.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful...

Mary is is the mother wo brings us all together we greet her: O Mary conceived without sin... Hail Mary.

Priest: Heavenly Father, hear the heartfelt prayer of your people and in your mercy answer them. We ask this through Christ our Lord.