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Sermon for 6 September 2015
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TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B + 6TH SEPTEMBER 2015.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

If you look at the old Hospital for the Deaf and Dumb in Grosvenor Street –All Saints – next to the old cinema on the Corner, you will see over the Gothic arch a lovely carving of the miracle we have just heard about in the Gospel assigned to this Sunday. You can see it better from the top deck of a bus coming from town.

The old building is going into a ruin now having passed through many uses. However the carving stands out as a witness to the Victorian people who built it. They saw the work of helping the deaf and the dumb as part of and indeed an expression of Christ's Ministry to the deaf and the dumb of his day. Nowadays wonderful things are done by people with these handicaps. The sign language is so efficient and many learn it and the computer has transformed communication- even inventing an artificial voice and implants in the skull so people can hear.

However the world of the deaf and dumb has not always been like that and the malady must have meant isolation for so many – cut off from the "hearing" and "talking" world. It still is not an easy thing to contend with is it? Our Lord released the man from this isolation in private. Our Lord took him apart from the crowd and did something unusual – he put his fingers into the man's ears and put spit from his mouth into the mouth of the man. Then the man could hear and talk normally and there was great rejoicing.

In the Liturgy of Baptism we still re-enact this sign of our Lord. After Baptism and the anointing with the Chrism, the minister of Baptism touches with sign of the Cross the little lugs of the tiny child and blesses the little lips with the prayer that through these senses the child might learn to love and praise God. Isn’t that a nice gesture, going right back to this miracle of our Blessed Lord.? You see there is none as deaf and dumb as those who have no faith. No Faith means Deaf to God and unable therefore to pray or give thanks or ask for your needs or the needs of your neighbours.

Be patient with the deaf. I am getting deaf in my right ear!! It is the fact that my right ear hears Confessions of the Faithful in St Kentigern's confessionals and St Edwards!!! Poor sight too might often be misinterpreted as "You ignored me!"" when the poor person accused of such a thing actually could not see you!

Think about it. Never talk in the presence of a deaf person with the presumption that they cannot hear you either. Many a relative has made this error and been left out of the Will!! In dying they say the last sense to go is the hearing. I always speak to the person when I am administering the Last Rites to tell them who I am and what I am going to do for them even when they appear unconscious, for you never know. I once asked a 90 years old "unconscious" man to squeeze my hand if he could hear me and he gave it a right grip. He was one of the only surviving workers from the original Ford Motor Company Factory built in Europe in Cork – now then- he a piece of our industrial history.

Next Sunday the Bishops want us to think of "hospitality and sanctuary for all." I am very impressed by the good relations so many of you have with neighbours who come from foreign parts to reside here. Some streets around here have only have three original households and those who have come from abroad are praised by these old parishioners as wonderful people who help them in every way and are most kind. That is the heart of racial justice – Christian love to all who are my neighbours. We have had so many second collections I don’t want to have another but I will send a Donation on your behalf to the Bishops Fund for Racial Justice.

God bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


SOUTHERN CEMETERY MASS ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED WITH 275 PEOPLE AND SIX PRIESTS AND WE ALL PRAYED FOR THOSE BURIED THERE AND THOSE CREMATED ALSO NEARBY.

WELCOME TO REV ALAN TELLEZ AGUILAR, A DEACON STUDYING IN ROME PREPARING FOR PRIESTHOOD FROM MEXICO. HE IS HERE FOR THE MONTH TO IMPROVE HIS ENGLISH SKILLS

WELCOME BACK TO FATHER GEORGE FROM HIS BREAK IN INDIA AND FAREWELL AND THANKS TO FATHER DAVID WHO HAS BEEN HELPING ME IN THE PAST FIVE WEEKS. HE RESUMES HIS WORK IN THE SCHOOLS OF SALFORD AND IS NOW CHAPLAIN TO ST PETERS’ (GORTON) HIGH SCHOOL. HE IS GOING TO DO A MASTERS IN .EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY FOR HE IS SO INVOLVED IN SCHOOLS. LUCKY SCHOOLS IS ALL I CAN SAY.

RCIA. CONVERT CLASS BEGINS SOON. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM AND HAND IT IN TO US OR SEE ONE OF THE CLERGY. There is no obligation – you are not forced to become a Catholic you know. You come to find out.

MARRIAGE CLASSES. All those marrying in the next 12 months should see the priest to fill in forms and book dates. The course of Preparation is mandatory.

YEAR OF MERCY has been proclaimed by the Pope and we are having a good start by the Marian Procession on 3rd October. At 11 am.






Bidding Prayers

Priest: On this holy day of the Resurrection we give thanks to God the Father who reconciled the whole universes to himself in Christ His Beloved Son.

Reader: We thank you for the beauty of creation: may the work of man no disfigure it but enhance it to your greater glory. Lord in your mercy.

We Thank the good God for all the good things we enjoy- teach us to be grateful and to use them well. Lord in your mercy. Teach us to seek the things which please you our God then we shall find you in all that we do. Lord in your mercy.

For all the refugees escaping from the Islamic nations like Syria who are at war within and without - that some solution will be found to rescue them from such despair. Lord in your mercy.

For our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second - in thanks for the longevity of her Reign and Christian Witness.. Lord in your mercy.

Lord, as we journey towards the Promised Land, feed us with the bread from Heaven, quench our thirst for living Water with your Holy Spirit’s outpouring in the Synod on the family to be held in Rome next month. Lord in your mercy.

For all our sick that the Lord in his great tender love with comfort them and heal them: Mary and Ronnie Mollloy, Michael Nolan, Elizabeth Laden, Maura McBrien, Mrs Keegan, Patrick Mahoney, Denis McLouglin, Patrick Snype, Annie Brady, Agnes Benson. Lord in your mercy.

To you 1000 years are like a single day: take up those who have died with hope in you and waken them into eternity: Michael Connolly, Owen Breheny, Mary Gallagher (6.30 Sunday MONTHS Mind)

Those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Maria Joseph, Hanna Doona, Norma Clavin, Finbar and Mary Sheehan, Canon O'Brien (VIGIL), Sean Cleary (8th) David Brady (2nd Anniv), Martin Tivnan (12th vigil)

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

O Mary you are the new Eve- the mother of all the Living- pray for us, your children in Christ. O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Priest: O Lord and Heavenly Father listen to the heartfelt prayer of your people. Thru Christ our Lord.