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Sermon for 3 May 2015



My Dear People,

Next Saturday 9th May at 10am the First Communion children of St Edward's parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. On Saturday 16th May the children of St Kentigern's Parish will be Confirmed. The words of our Saviour will become true for them. "I shall pray to the Father and he will send you the Spirit of Truth who will remind you of everything I have said to you."

These children are the tendrils of the Great Vine of the Holy Universal and Apostolic Church. Jesus is the Vine and we are his branches. We live with His life. His sap runs through our being. That sap is the Holy Spirit himself who is given to us from above. He is the first Gift of the newly Risen Christ. Our Lord breathed on the Apostles when he came through the locked doors of the Upper Room. He said "Peace I give you." Breathing on them He said "receive the Holy Spirit - whose sins you forgive they are forgiven. Those whose sins you retain, they are retained."

This wonderful Gift of God is won by our Blessed Lord's suffering and death. His side, pierced on the cross opened for us the treasures of Divine grace. As the Fathers of the church have said - our Lord's wounded side on the cross was the purse torn open to pay the price of our Redemption. Jesus redeemed us at great cost you know. He is the Incarnate Word - the Creator of all things and yet out of love he died for us a most cruel death.

The Vine is one and the unity Jesus bestows on his Church is also a great gift. This unity of the vine and the branches guarantees that the sap of God's life runs through our spiritual lives. The consequences of sin are that we cut off this life saving sap and what happens? Well our Lord tells us – it is obvious - we get cut off and the branch dries up and is good for nothing.

We will bear much fruit if we remain part of him. I pray that the children being Confirmed will grow in Faith and withstand the temptations of the world to cut off and go it alone. The modern culture is an atomised one – each one for himself and it is not the way of the Christian. We live as one – united with one another though our unity with Jesus in the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us and keeps us in harmony with Himself - the Great Vine.

What a joy it is my dear people to live with His life. To hear these words today addressed to each and every one of us is a great gift and a great joy – "I am the vine, you are the branches". Imagine that for a picture of unity and togetherness with our Blessed Lord. We can relax if we can take this on board and know that apart from Him we can do nothing. So – hang in there folks and enjoy just being part of his Vine.

When I made my First Communion I had to colour in a picture of the Vine and the Branches and I have never forgotten that in my First Holy Communion I could experience firsthand being so much more part of the Vine which is Jesus.

God Bless you all.

Father Tom Connolly

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Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 5th Sunday of Eastertide 2015.

Priest: O Lord and Heavenly Father, of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come to you in the name of your Holy Son who the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Reader We pray for the Church – that Vine which is Christ the Lord- that its members may live deeply the life Christ has won for them by his death and resurrection. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who are dying and may be afraid – that our Lord’s words today may give them great confidence that he will return to accompany us to the place he has prepared for us in heaven. Lord in your mercy.

To see Jesus is to see the Father – may the Lord grant us purity of heart so that we may truly see the Father and understand the gifts that Christ Jesus has won for us through the Paschal Mysteries– we pray for a greater spiritual maturity. Lord in your mercy.

For all the nations who are in turmoil and difficulty for Syria for Iraq and Pakistan especially for our fellow Catholics in those Countries – for all whom God has created and who experience war and strife. – give peace to our times O Lord. Lord in your mercy.

For the poor victims of the Nepal earthquake that our help will reach them. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to the mercy of God all our dear sick who have sought our prayers: Mrs Zaer, Michael Nolan, Patrick Grimes, Licy Mal-a-door, Algis Kup-sties, Christine Booth, Mark Colbert, Denis McLoughlin, Marian Farrelly, Ann Brady, Elizabeth Layden, Aiden Kennedy. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for all who have died recently that they may see God’s Holy Face and Live in love in his Presence: Josie Colohan and her daughter, Donna, Pam Winter, Annie Nolan, Joseph Toner, Nicholas Elliott AND For all those souls whose anniversaries fall about this time: Brendan Forkan , Sarah Lindley, Patrick Sweeney, (11am), James – Jim- Kane (Sunday 6.30pm), Patricia Byrne, Rosa Zadorozny, Kathleen McCloskey.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace Amen.

O Mary Conceived without Sin / Response/ PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE. Hail Mary.

Priest: O Loving Father – give us the grace of always acknowledging your Son as the Way the Truth and the Life and hear our heartfelt prayers. Through the same Christ our Lord . Amen.