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Sermon for 29 June 2014
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SOLEMNITY OF SS PETER AND PAUL. + 29TH JUNE.2014 + Year of Evangelisation.

MESSAGE FROIM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Mass today is the Solemnity of Peter and Paul. This nation received the Christian faith from the Successor of St Peter - Pope Gregory the Great when he sent St Augustine to England to convert the Angles as we were called then. We are directly connected then to the successor of the Apostle who was martyred in Rome by being crucified upside down. St Paul was beheaded in Rome for he was a Roman citizen.

You will remember the story of the monk who became Pope. Gregory was walking in the market in Rome when he saw these people on sale as slaves. They were blond haired and very fair in contrast to the dark Mediterranean looks of the locals. He asked about them and was told that they were "Angles" and he responded by saying "not Angles but Angels."

When he was elected Pope (590-604) he never forgot these fair haired slaves on sale and sent missionaries to what is now known as England. He sent Augustine with nine others. Augustine nearly gave up several times in his attempts to even get to our shores with storms on the English Channel. He waited for several attempts to cross. Pope Gregory had to encourage him in this unique Mission.

Augustine was a Benedictine Monk and founded the diocese of Canterbury and sent the monk Paulinus up North to York where he founded the York Minister and both of these two great Monk-Bishops converted and Baptised the local kings and the people followed. Then we became Missionaries to Germany and Holland. The Catholic faith spread like a fire and in no time at all monasteries were founded and dioceses and parishes were established.

In the Great Hall of Manchester Town hall you can see the murals of this beginning of the Catholic Faith in the North of England depicting Paulinus Baptising in the river.

No doubt if Khartoum had a town hall to decorate the Saintly Founder of the Sisters who make the Mission appeal to us today would be depicted. That is where the great missionary Bishop Daniel Comboni died and he is now a saint of God. He spent all his energies bringing the Faith and fighting the slavery of his day so a new Africa could emerge.(Please be generous)

So may the great Saintly Pope Gregory the Great, Successor of St Peter in the Holy See of Rome, pray for us as a people now. May the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul who shed their blood in the city of Rome for the truth of Christ pray for us. May St Peter who was made the supreme Pastor of the Flock of Christ (us) when Jesus said to him "You are Peter and on this Rock I will build my Church." and "You will be the strength of your brethren" and "what you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven." pray for us. May we be loyal and submissive to Pope Francis and listen to his sublime teaching and heed his warnings as Supreme Pontiff (Bridge builder - connector). May our Catholic Faith make us not afraid of going against the fashion and the trends of the age.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


FATHER JOHN ADO FROM NIGERIA WILL ARRIVE ON TUESDAY FOR TWO MONTHS OF the summer Supplying whilst Fr George is absent in India. He is most welcome. Those from Nigeria in the parishes please make him feel at home won't you? Bring out the yams.

First Communions went very well last Sunday and 54 pupils made their First Holy Communion. I would like to thank the school and Mrs. Anne Tajian- the Sacramental Coordinator WITH Miss Colleen McLoughlin for the work put in to prepare these children and Mrs Jeske. They had a Certificate Awarding Mass on Friday evening in our church followed by a Party in the Parish Centre. A great evening was had by all.

THE CATENIANS ARE HOLDING THEIR PRESIDENT'S SUNDAY AT THE 11 AM MASS AT ST KENTIGERN’S TODAY. THE BROTHERS ARE MOST WELCOME AND I HAVE RESERVED SOME FRONT BENCHES SO THAT THEY CAN BE TOGETHER AS GROUP. THEY WILL DO THE READING AND THE BIDDING PRAYERS TOO.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - James Oliver Barton will be making his First Holy Communion at the 11am Mass. Congratulations James. Fr Keane was going to then got v ill.

MISSION RED BOXES SUMMER COLLECTION. COLLECTORS ARE ON THEIR WAY ROUND. ALL MONIES TO BE IN BY 2ND JULY PLEASE. Mrs C. Booth (Sec)






Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR SOLEMNITY OF SS PETER AND PAUL 14

Priest: We pray to Christ who built his Church on the rock of Peter , and sent his apostles as witnesses to his victory over death and the hell.

Reader: Lord, you prayed that the faith of Peter might not fail and that he would, after his return, be the "the strength" of his brethren - the other apostles - we pray for your Vicar on earth - Pope Francis - that you will continue to strengthen us all by his teaching and pastoral care. Lord in your mercy.

You chose Paul to proclaim the good news to all the nations; be with the Comboni Sisters in their work of bringing the Christian Faith to the nations. Like St Paul and Peter may we be committed to communicating our faith to others. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for world Youth Day in Cracow, Poland - that this international gathering around the successor of St Peter may be a moment of grace for the youth of the Church. Lord in your mercy.

When the disciples feared the Ship was sinking, you commanded the sea and it was calm, protect your church in the midst of trouble and give her the peace the world cannot give. Lord in your mercy.

After the resurrection you gathered your church around Peter - gather all the peoples now into the unity for which you prayed that in communion with Pope Francis we may all grow in holiness and truthfulness. Lord in your mercy.

You gave the apostles the power o heal the sick and through Saint James showed us the Sacrament of the Sick - we pray for all our sick: Denis McLoughlin, Pat and Cath Banahan, Tom and Brenda Lynch, Pauline Behan, Maureen and Kath Ward, Eileen McCormack, Marie Hopkins, Maureen Joyce, John Lawson, Jim Leonard, Brenden Byrne. Lord in your mercy.

You entrusted the Keys of your Kingdom to your Church - open the gates of life to the dead who put their trust in you and we pray for all those who have died recently - Maureen Rowe, Kathleen Deveraus, Susan Kelly AND For those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Paul Sweeny, (11am), Cath Naughton (MONTH'S MIND 6.30 pm SUN), Gerry Doyle (VIGIL), Pat Molloy and Molloy and Grennan families deceased, (9am) Angela Derrig, Philip Kinsella. May their souls and the souls...

O Mary Conceived without sin. / R Pray for us who have recourse to thee. O Mary, Queen of the Apostles intercede for us now. HAIL MARY...

Priest. Almighty and ever-loving God – through SS Peter and Paul you first taught the your Church the Christian faith; listen now to our heartfelt prayer on this feast of the holy apostles, Peter and Paul. Through Christ our Lord.