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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT C. YEAR OF MERCY. 6TH DECEMBER 2015

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

What lovely pictures we all enjoyed during this week - the Duchess of Cambridge's own Photos of her daughter Princess Charlotte. It doesn’t seem that long that the entire world News Media – stacked outside St James's Palace and then the King Edward VII Hospital. Notice no one was talking about and embryo when the Duchess was pregnant – it was a BABY. Let us never forget this. Our Lord was a BABY too in gestation in his mother’s womb. "Blessed is the fruit of thy womb" we say in the Hail Mary don't we.

The whole of Ireland is now in a struggle with the culture of death which cannot wait to bring in the ability to destroy these little lives gestating as they are. They want abortion in Ireland to "bring Ireland up to date". You must know that 200,000 abortions a year here are for social reasons – not medical. It is always the same – which ever country- you cannot have selective abortion. If you have it – it opens the floodgates. Since 1967, millions of little lives have gone- destroyed by places like the Marie Stopes Clinic whose daily task is to destroy new life in the womb. Now the Amnesty International which was founded to fight for political prisoners has turned its campaigning to Northern Ireland. It went to the High Court for a judge to declare that it was against human rights for N Ireland to not allow abortion except in grave exceptions. They won. So the "Human Rights" of the baby in the womb is totally disregarded as "human life" at all. Such is the devil's lies. Pray that Ireland has the courage to say No. It has the safest neo natal rate in the world because doctors are wanting the baby to be and have life and act accordingly.

Human life is still treasured and in the womb. The whole campaign is supported by the Media and Politicians who cannot wait to get their hands on the offspring of the womb. They are all like Herods but only worse. Herod wanted to destroy baby Jesus and murdered a lot more trying to eliminate the risk. Our modern Herods just believe in the principal that it is "a woman's right to choose". It is not anyone's right to CHOOSE to destroy another life. The last words Saint Pope John Paul II spoke as he boarded the aircraft taking him from Irish soil was "Ireland- semper fidelis - always faithful." I witnessed the Saintly Pope saying those words and I will never forget them. I pray that his prayers from heaven will help the struggle to keep Ireland "Always faithful" now at this present moment.

The Health Minister says that we must train our Nurses in COMPASSION. Imagine having to say that? You would imagine it goes with the job eh? But in my opinion once you take away the Christian ethic from society through measures like the 1967 Abortion Act – you begin to destroy the fabric of the Christian culture. Compassion is a Christian virtue - unknown in pagan times. Well the effects are beginning to be seen. You cannot have the Christian ethic without the Christian faith that goes with it. Virtues grow in rich soil of the Faith and are nurtured by Faith in Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten One who made us in HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS.

The new Chief Executive of the Girl Guides is an ex Abortion and Contraceptive Lobbyist in her career. Great background eh for the formation of youth??? Straight away she is going to eliminate the "Serve God..." part of the Girl Guide Promise. This will be done for diversity reasons – so atheists do not feel left out. It is ok for believers to be left out then! My dear people - the forces of secularism – atheism are very strong and we must resist them in the YEAR OF MERCY. The devil has no mercy but pretends he is like he did to Eve in the Garden. Our society is in his grips at the moment believe me what with the abolition of Marriage as between man and woman etc.

"Prepare the Paths- make the ways straight" says John the Baptist today in the Gospel. The Holy Father wants us to deepen our understanding of our Catholic Faith so that we are able to cope better with the making the paths straight. How can we help others to find Jesus, born in Bethlehem if it is not rooted in hearts and minds. We do not have to be clever – but we can all increase our understanding. I've placed some booklets at the back of church to help you in this way. I do not notice them selling like hotcakes - so think about it and ACT on it please. They are very cheap.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


KEVIN FITZPATRICK, YOU KNOW IS THE MAN IN CHARGE OF ST ST KENTIGERN'S SOCIAL CLUB.. GUESS WHAT? – AT THE NATIONAL CLUB MIRROR MAGAZINE AWARDS LAST THURSDAY WEEK HE WAS AWARDED THE TWO TOP PRIZES THAT CAN BE AWARDED – KING OF CLUBS AND MANAGER OF THE YEAR. AS ALL KNOW WHO HAVE HAD DEALINGS WITH Kevin- these awards could not be given to a better man. On behalf of the whole parish community I thank him and Tina and the staff for the great work.

YEAR OF MERCY The Pope opens the Year on the feast of the Immaculate Conception – 8th December. That evening at 7 the children of our school will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation – Forgiveness- Confession for the first time.

On Wednesday 9th December I am opening the Year of Mercy with the showing of the Film of the OCEAN OF THE DIVINE MERCY in the Marian Room at 7.30 pm. There will be an opportunity venerate the relic of St Faustinia who received the Vision of the Lord as The Divine Mercy. Tea and Coffee will be served. I plead with you to be there to open this Year Of Mercy. Fr Connolly

PIETY STALL: A big thank you to all who supported our lovely selection of Religious and Personal Christmas cards etc - great value. Refreshments after the 11am Mass in the Marian Room is going well. Volunteers still needed who can spare an hour on a Sunday. We thank Freshers – our local shop for their donation towards refreshments. Volunteers contact Kay 225 0925. (Chloe won the prize for the best Picture). Thanks.

The Crib: The Bishop has suggested we put up the Crib early but leave it empty to increase our longing to to see Him born so we will do that and the same with the Tree.






Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Priest: "Console my people, console them" the Lord announces through Holy Isaiah to all of God's People and in every age. May our Lord's coming in the feast of Christmas console us and give us joy and confidence.

Reader: For all in the Church of God who are called by God to announce the Good News of Christ everywhere and especially for our new Bishop, John Arnold as he begins his ministry as the Eleventh Bishop of Salford. May their words be blest with success and may the proclamation of the word warm the hearts of all the faithful. Lord in your mercy.

Like John the Baptist – many who proclaim the way of virtue are mocked and vilified for not accepting sin for what it is. Give brave hearts to us all who face derision and mockery and misunderstanding for holding and teaching Christian moral beliefs. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for the young ones making their First Confession this weekend that they will never forget the Lord’s power to forgive our sins when we repent. Lord in your mercy.

May your people never forget that You are coming Lord and that a thousand years is like a Day to you. May you find us watching and ready when you call us. Lord, in your mercy.

We commend to Christ the Healer all those we love who are ill: Patrick Snype, Sheila Scannell, Elizabeth LAYDEN, Julie Brady, Sam Murray, Mary Farrelly Stiles, Agnes Halligan, Denis McLoughlin, Christine Booth. Lord in your mercy.

For all who have died in the peace of Christ and especially: Ged Vince, Hannah Doonan,, Sheila Doonan and Peter Varley Oddy AND For all those we have loved in life and do not forget in death and whose anniversaries occur about this time: Bridgie Walsh (VIGIL), Mary Mullen, (Sunday 6.30pm) , Doreen Cahill, (11am), Martin Murray, Margret Nuthall, Veronica Lawson, John Heneghan, Michael McDonagh, Mary Christina Geraghty, Brian Geraghty, John Charles McKenna, Peter Duddy.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed.

O Mary Conceived with out sin – pray for us who recourse to thee. In the Immaculate Conception God created human nature anew - may the Immaculate Queen pray for us now: Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest: Father in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin a new day dawned form on high. Renew in our own day the signs and wonders of all the years and hear and answer our heartfelt prayers. Through Christ our Lord.