SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER A + 25TH MAY 2014. YEAR OF EVANGELISATION.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Only three weeks to go before our Mission is launched and you will hear the voices of the St Patrick's community ringing from the altar inviting you to come to Mission each evening (and morning if you are able). You see the themes for each day and they are all fundamental to the Christian way of life and our discipleship of Christ.
We are planning publicity with Kevin's help on Local Radio and Newspapers and web sites etc so more people will hear the invite. De take those flyers to you street and give them to the doors near you.
The Samaritans who total outsiders to the Jews embraced the new Faith the disciples were preach and all kinds of signs were given as our Lord had promised. The sick were healed, the crippled walked and the demons came out shrieking. We forget to our peril that the church still has priests who practice exorcism - casting out evil spirits from people's souls. I was speaking to a priest who is an exorcist from Liverpool recently. He had amazing stories to tell. He said you have to speak to the person to find out what they have been messing around which allowed the demon to gain entry and then you know how to deal with it to cast it out. Honest - this in the 21st Century but it is true. If it was true in the Apostolic times, why not now? The kingdom of Satan is vanquished by the Risen Christ but, as St Peter says at Night Prayer "he wonders around seeking what souls he can devour..." Do not let him gain entry. Never go to fortune tellers or "weeji" boards or tarot cards and new age practises and other such demonic stuff. You ar temples of God's Holy Spirit- redeemed from death by the Blood of Jesus. Peter and John were sent to that Samaritan town and Confirmed the new Converts by laying hands upon them just as the Church still does in the Sacrament of Confirmation The Seven Fold Gifts and the Twelve fruits were poured out on them and so began the renewal of the face of the earth.
All this to fulfil our Lord's promise : "I shall ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate who will be with you forever." This Spirit of Truth "the world cannot receive". It is a gift from God and is supernatural. He guides in complete truth. St Peter in the second reading warns us of the slander this truth and holding this truth will cause in unbelievers but he tells us to answer the slander with patience and a clear conscience. These times are difficult and soon we will be taken to law for upholding moral teaching of the Church as Divine Revelation. I have been involved in education all my priestly life and I can see what is coming. Peter's words are as applicable today as they ever were.
God Bless you,
Pray for the Mission 15th June beginning.
Father Tom Connolly
90TH BIRTHDAYS OF MY TWIN AUNTS IN CO GALWAY. I WILL BE AWAY NEXT WEEKEND AT THE 90TH BIRTHDAY OF MY AUNTS EILEEN AND MARY. THEY ARE THE LAST OF MY DEAR FATHER'S FAMILY OF ELEVEN BROS AND SISTERS. MARY IS MY GODMOTHER FOR SHE WAS TRAINING AS A NURSE HERE WHEN I WAS BORN AND THEN BAPTISED AT THE ENGLISH MARTYRS.
The Lenten alms. Didn't you do well ? £1224.00. Half, to Aid to the Church in Need and half to Mary’s Meals £612 each then, Thank you and also for the flowers and the Holy Souls....all gone. I give the Holy Souls Masses to poor priest to offer for the Holy Souls.
Fundraising Ceilidh on Friday 13th June in our Club to raise funds for our wonderful and ever growing Marian Procession. Tickets on sale in the porch. Do come - it is a great night for all and show your love for our Blessed Mother too.
BIDDING PRAYER FOR 6TH Sunday of Eastertide - 14 Year A
Priest: Oh Heavenly Father – Christ our Lord has promised us that you would love us and come to us with Your Son and the Holy Spirit. Listen now our ardent prayers which we offer in this Holy Season.
Reader: We pray that the Holy Spirit - the Advocate and the Lord and Giver of life will come on the Church throughout the world in abundance and renew the face of the earth through the new proclamation of the Word. Lord hear us.
For all who are searching for the truth - that the Advocate will nurture their minds towards the path of Christ. We pray for all catechists, teachers and parents and priests who hand on the Faith to the younger generation. Lord hear us.
Help us to receive Christ's commandments with open hearts and docility, so that we may hear and do God's Holy will. Help us to prepare for our PARISH MISSION that we may grow in faith through being part of it. Lord hear us.
Though Christ was innocent he laid down his life for us - may we endure patiently the injuries life throws at us sometimes, after our Lord's example. We pray for those in the Sudan and other places who are faces execution for refusing to re cant the Christian Faith to embrace Islam. Lord hear us.
For all those in Parliament who are working to prevent the immoral Laws from becoming law. May our Members of parliament bring about a change of heart for human truth and dignity for our young people to grow up in culture of Life. Lord hear us.
We commend to God’s loving car those who are sick and have asked for prayer: Tom Cummings, Beeane O'Grady, Kirsty Rafferty, Marie Hopkins, Mary Gallagher and Mary Connolly. Lord hear us.
For all who have recently died: Cath Naughton, Tommy Rowe, Anthony Taylor.
AND For all those souls whose anniversaries fall about now: Seamus McKeown (9am), Michael Ryan, Michael and Linda Connolly, Cath Hillis, Tom Forkan, Sarah Lindley, Stanley Dale and Stuart Dale, Michael Boyd, Brendan Forkan.
May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful Departed thru the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Hail Mary, full of grace..
Priest: Listen O Lord to the prayers of your faithful people as they await the feast of the Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We ask these things through Christ our Lord.