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Sermon for 4 October 2015
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TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY B. + Year of Mercy . + 4TH OCTOBER 2015.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

How many people get this teaching of our Blessed Lord wrong when it comes to divorce.

The Church lost England as a Catholic nation because of King HenrynVIII’s demand for a divorce (1530's) and the Pope of the day said that he could not have a divorce for his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon was validly married to him. He tried to get all the universities of Europe to rule and judge on the matter in his favour but the Holy Father would not have it. So – Henry set up his own Church with a subservient Archbishop in Thomas Cranmer who immediately granted him a divorce, then another and another and another and so it went on – as the old joke says "I won’t keep you long".

Marriage is made by God. Man perverted it by marrying more than one wife in polygamy or practised sequential bigamy . Elizabeth Taylor said that she never slept with a man who was not her husband!!

Once you start divorce, people see it as a solution to their problems which it isn't. But we are referring to divorce AND RE MARRIAGE. Sometimes you have to get the civil effects of a divorce to get on with your life or to protect rights or property or the welfare of children etc. However it is not permissible or according to God's Law to take another spouse – "till death do us part"... this is meant to be a solemn oath to God as well as to your spouse in marriage.

Once divorce and re marriage becomes common and easy then the sacred bond becomes trivial and is cheapened and that is why so many couples do not marry these days even though they have the fruits of marriage in children, family life and sexual relations. Who can blame them when divorce is made "no fault" and dead easy. I once asked a father why he would not marry after I had baptised their third child and he responded to me by saying – "Why break up a winning team?" What could I say? I told him that with God's grace he would make a good marriage but to no avail.

It is against the Natural Law to have divorce. The fruits of it we see in the lives of the children ruined by having to experience separation from parents they love. Even when the children are grown up they are crucified by split up of mature parents. I have seen it happen and its fruits are untold suffering. It is also a question of JUSTICE. To break a vow – to impoverish your spouse, to make your spouse live apart from you and to take another to love and cherish instead is deeply destructive of human happiness and can never be made right. Cabinet Ministers galore divorce. Jack Straw did it after nearly 30 years of marriage. It does not make it right.

Is it any wonder that in this Gospel today ends with the touching of children by our Blessed Lord's sacred hands? The parents brought their kids to our Lord just as they do to the Holy Father in America and Cuba today for them to be "touched" and be blest. It is these very children who weep for their dad or mum when divorce takes place.

If you break the Natural Law there are grave consequences. It is like putting sand instead of petrol in the engine – it won’t operate. That is one of the sicknesses of our age. Christian couples have a job witnessing to the beauty and God given blessing of Marriage and married life. It is one of the great Blessings of the Creator not lost by original sin.

If a marriage lacked some essential elements like "Consent" you can bring it before the Bishop and he will judge if it was a valid marriage bond or not. Sometimes a Decree of Nullity is granted and the person can marry again in Church. If this is you – see one of he clergy to begin with and he will take you through each step in a helpful fashion.

Long live Marriage -- three cheers for married couples.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly

PRAYER AFTER HOLY COMMUNION.

O MY JESUS, I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE RECEIVED YOUR FLESH TO EAT AND YOUR BLOOD TO DRINK, BECAUSE YOU HAVE SAID IT AND YOUR WORD IS TRUE. ALL THAT I HAVE AND ALL THAT I AM ARE YOUR GIFTS AND NOW YOU HAVE GIVEN ME YOURSELF.

MARIAN PROCESSION.

I WRITE THIS BEFORE THIS HAS TAKEN PLACE BUT I HOPE AND PRAY THAT ALL WENT WELL. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE ORGANISERS AND TO THE FRATERNAS COMMUNITY WHO GAVE IT THEIR ALL.

FIRST COMMUNION CHILDREN OF OUR PARISH AND SCHOOL WILL BE AT THE 11AM MASS NEXT SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER TO BE PRESENTED AS CANDIDATES AND WILL RECEIVE A LIGHTED CANDLE

Little Sisters of the Poor will be selling Draw tickets after Mass next week. Support their great work with the Elderly please. Fr Tom.

Farewell to Mexican Deacon Allan who flies back to Rome to finish his studies on Sunday 4th Oct. Thanks for all his cheerful help and support and companionship.






Bidding Prayers

Bidding 27th B

Priest: God is ever creative and he holds all things in being. Let us turn to him in confidence and seek his help in all our needs.

In thanks for the success of the procession of the Holy Mother through our streets.

Reader: For all who involved in the sacrament of marriage – that couples offer themselves generously to one another in holy Matrimony and so fulfil the will of Christ and bring security and fidelity to the children born of their union. That the Synod on the Family in Rome will be a blessing on us all. Lord in your mercy.

For those whose hearts are hurt by people who have let them down – that they may come out of the shadowlands to light, joy and peace in Christ. Lord, in your mercy.

We give thanks for the Order of created things - you have blessed us with, the resources of the earth you created and the gift of human life transmitted through the love of man and woman. Lord in your mercy.

We acknowledge man's sharein your continuing work of creation- we thank you for the gifts to humanity of inventive skill and creative vision. Lord in your mercy.

For the success off the Year of Mercy proclaimed by the Holy Father, Pope Francis – that all of us will take this invitation seriously and grow in love and mercy in our personal relationships. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for all who are homeless ns especially families who are refugees in the wars of Syria and Iraq and other trouble spots and those in our own nations- families searching for places to make a home. Lord in your mercy.

For who share Christ's Passion in their illness: Jim Mahon, Peter Ramsbottom. Christe Booth, Ronnie and Mary Molloy, Aiden Kennedy, Elizabeth Layden, Pat Snype, Michael Nolan, Denis McLouhlin, Patrick Mahoney. Lord in your mercy .

Life was your first gift to us- may those who have recently died come to fullness of life with you: Mrs Mary Molloy, John Byrne, Freddy Flynn, Sean Fahey, Marie Theresa Foxcroft AND THOSE HOLY SOULS WHOSE ANNIVERSARIES FALL NOW - Ciss Connolly (Vigil), John Morris (Junior) (10th Oct 11.30am) Michael O'Boyle, Afram Zaer, Austin Brady (9am). May their souls and the souls of all the faithful dept through the mercy of God.

O Mary Conceived with out sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest : Shed your clear light on our hearts, Lord, so that walking continually in the way of your commandments, we may never be deceived or misled. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN