THIRTIETH SUNDAY A READINGS. . 26TH October 2014 + MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
Love of God and neighbour is fundamental to our religion. The works of charity instituted by the Church in every age of mankind is a terrific tribute to the faith of the People in God in the Divine teaching of the Master.
It is a bit different is it not to be actually "Commanded" to love. We tend to think of "love" being a free act of spontaneity and yet we know that love can grow from a small beginning.
When we were children we learnt that God "was worthy of all my love". May be at the time we did not fully understand what we were being taught but one thing is for sure if you do not teach your children to Love God with all their heart and soul and strength and their neighbour as themselves then they will never learn. It comes form the parent’s lap I think.
Is this a heard commandment - one difficult to keep? I think not. From the earliest of years one learns that one MUST LOVE GOD and if you are directed to God and taught how is has revealed himself to us in Christ Jesus, how Jesus suffered and died on the Cross for us - how God created us and gave us breath in our lungs and life - and created everything in the wonderful nature and universe around us - why would we not learn to love Him?
Keeping the commandments shows my love for God. "It is not those who say to me 'Lord, Lord' who will enter heaven but those who DO THE WILL OF MY FATHER."
You see we are not left rudderless to make up our own purpose. God chose to create us in his own image and likeness. By his own free will he created us out of love. It was God who wanted to share his life with us and invite us to intimacy and friendship with him. So with John the Apostle, our diocesan patron - we can truly know that "God love us first". So God gives us a reason to respond to his initiative. He began this wonderful adventure of being a human being with all that that entails.
What a wonderful gift life is and even better the gift of eternal life in Jesus through Baptism and the Holy Spirit. You can see in the first reading from the book of Exodus how great the Jewish revelation was about how we were to deal with people.
How neglected some of that Judeo-Christian ethic is neglected today. The less people know and love their creator the more unloving and unappreciative and insensitive they become. It stands to reason that if you don't love God you will find the rest of love business a bit tedious and lacking clarity and focus. It all becomes a bit of a game of chance.
My foundation for life is this "God made me to know him and to love in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next". Recognise that? All of you over 45 will - it is the old Penny Catechism answer to "Why did God make me?"
My dear people it is still true and we must make it a rule of life - to love, to love and to love again. If you make that the measure of your life you will change the world and make Christ present in many more places and situations. As The Little Flower said "I will be LOVE in the heart of the Church." Look what effect she has had who died of TB, young, in an obscure convent in France? That is what the love of God and neighbour can do. God indeed is totally worthy of all my love.
God Bless you,
Fr Tom Connolly.
FORTY HOURS DEVOTION BEGINS IN THIS PARISH FROM THURSDAY.
6TH NOVEMBER TO SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER.
CANDLES ARE ON Sale WHICH WILL BE USED FOR THE ADORATION AT £2 AND £5.
PLEASE COULD EACH FAMILY BUY ONE OR TWO AND LABEL THEM WITH THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO WISH TO PRAY FOR TO OUR LORD PRESENT IN THE HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR. PURCHASE TODAY SO YOU WILL BE SURE.
November dead lists envelopes are at the back of church for your use in the Month of the Holy Souls. Place the names of those who you wish us to pray for with a Mass offering and all will be complete. It is a good and wholesome things to pray for the souls for the dead.
The Fraternas at St Edwards are celebrating the visit of their Superior General on Friday 7 and there will be a Mass for their 10th Anniversary of Foundation at 7pm
My Dear People, We still need lots of gifts from you which we can sell at the Charity Dance for Mary's Meals so do search around and see what you have and hand it in to the Presbytery either at St Kents or St Edwards. This feeds and educates the poorest kids on the planet and all under our Lady's mantle with no fat cats at the top pocketing big salaries if you get my meaning!!! Fr Tom Connolly
ROME - FOR HALF TERM- THIS Monday TO Friday I AM MAKING A PILRIMAGE TO THE ETERNAL CITY WITH FATHER MARK FAIRHURST MY OLD FRIEND. I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AT THE TOMBS OF THE SS PETER AND PAUL AND ST JOHN XX111 AND ST JOHN PAUL II
Bidding for 30th A
Priest: You must love God and neighbour above all things – we seek divine assistance in all our needs.
Reader: Lord help us to put love at the centre of our lives so that we may love as you love and so make the world a more blessed place. Lord in your mercy.
For all those so hurt by life that they find it difficult to love or forgive wrongs done to them - that our Lord's words from those who drove in the nails, "Father Forgive them" may resound in our minds and souls. Lord in your mercy.
For the Synod on the Family that the Church will be always faithful to the Master's teaching Lord in your mercy.
For all our dear sick and those who care for them Sam Martin, Gerald Vince, Mary Farrelly-Stiles, Peter Ramsbottom. Lord in your mercy.
For all our dead and especially in this November month Commemorating the Holy Souls in Puratory that we pray for: Eileen Higgins, Tony Connelly, Noel Byrne AND Those whose anniversaries occur around this time: Tom Greally (VIGIL), Phyliss Walsh (6 30 SUNDAY), Bridget Boyle (11.30 Sat), Elsie Connolly, Tommy Brady and Brian Johnson (9AM), Peter Chacko (11AM), Fiesty Kane, William McLoughlin and all the Holy Souls in our November Mass Novena Lists.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, thru the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Mary you are the Mother of the Redeemed stand by us now in our pilgrimage to the kingdom of Heaven..Hail Mary.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Listen to the prayer of your faithful people O Lord. Thru Christ our Lord.