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Sermon for 13 September 2015



My Dear People,

We have in today's Gospel account from St Mark (who was the scribe to St Peter) a very moving account of the reaction to our Blessed Lord's prediction of his fate. Our Lord described that he would suffer – grievously at the hands of the religious authorities – even listed them – "the elders, the Chief Priests, and the scribes and be put to death..."

For the poor apostles this was a terrible defeat – indeed an unthinkable outcome. They did not even hear the good bit - that after three days he would rise again. It is amazing how people are selective and only hear sometimes was they want to hear.

Here the apostles had just - through Peter, proclaimed Jesus their Master as THE CHRIST - the Saviour - the Anointed One and our Lord had sworn them to keep quiet about it. He did not want the popular misunderstanding of the nature of the Messiah to be a military and political one as it would have been. Indeed that is exactly what the Authorities stitched up our Lord on - claiming to be a King. They knew that would worry Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor.

They were so horrified Peter was pushed forward as the Leader to tell our Lord that he had got it wrong ; it was not to be like this. They were on the winning side – not the losing side. Look at the great miracles – our Lord could not be a victim like this they thought.

However – when Peter spoke like this you will notice if you re-read the account that Jesus turned from Peter’s face and SEEING HIS DISCIPLES rebuked Peter in those very strict and final words "Get behind me Satan". Now – Peter never forgot that and Mark gives Peter's memory of the moment. I like to think that our Lord, seeing his disciples standing behind Peter knew at that moment that Peter – his first Vicar on Earth (the first Pope), was trying to jeopardise their salvation and our Lord's Sacred Mission – to suffer and to die for us and our salvation. That was a big shock for Peter. Then our Lord gives us the sublime teaching from his sacred lips - the unique Christian teaching about losing your life in Christ if you are to find it – and to take up the Cross daily and not to avoid it or see it as a curse. To be a follower you have to embrace the Cross with Jesus.

Each of us, as St Theresa of the Child Jesus teaches us in her short life, has plenty of crosses per day without looking for new ones to do. Life brings crosses and joys you know. If you greet every suffering and set back and deprivation with the words "Thy will be done" or the words to the Sacred Heart : "O Sacred Heart of Jesus , I place all my trust in you, though, in all and despite all" you will experience the help of Christ Himself and really get into that term "follower of mine". It is only those who have borne the cross that enter into life – here on earth and in the world to come. The less cross were bear the more purgatory we will have to do folks.

It is worth it. You will have the crosses in any case – why not turn them into a means of salvation for your own souls and for the souls of others?

With these joyful thoughts I remain...your loving PP,

Father Tom Connolly.

Your PP's Health. I was sent for a EEG again just to check it out. I still have "blank outs" when I become unaware for a few moments despite the medication. Keep up your prayer for me and novenas. I had my 39th anniversary of Priesthood on 4th September. RUBY NEXT YEAR!!


I GOT A LETTER FROM THE TRUSTEES OF THE DIOCESE OF SALFORD INFORMING US THAT THE DIOCESE IS GOING TO TAX ST KENTIGERN’S £9,800 per annum on top of the £10,000 we have to pay for the Catholic Schools Fund. St Edwards is going to be taxed £1800 - extra. It is based on Income and Deposits in the Parish Bank A/c.. THIS IS TO PAY FOR THE CARE OF RETIRED PRIESTS OF OUR DIOCESE. ALL ARE LIVING LONGER AND WHEREAS BEFORE THE DIOCESE COULD PAY THEM A LITTLE PENSION OR PAY THE FEES FOR THEIR Care Home from the Bank interest accrued by the Diocese of Salford Deposit account – now they are getting hardly any interest on account as you all well know.

We are making an Annual Appeal from now on as started last year for the Sick and Retired Priests of our Diocese of Salford. The Bishop is hoping that some of you may sign a Gift Aid Standing Order or make a provision in your Last Will and Testament for the Fund. All you have to say is that you want the amount to go to the Diocese of Salford Sick and Retired Clergy Fund. That would ensure that those retired priests offered Mass for your soul as their Benefactor. Think about it!!

St Kentigern’s School. We have a great new group of young teachers started at our school under Mrs Harrold's Headship. We had a Staff Mass last week in Church and a whole Junior School Mass last Wednesday. It is such a happy school and the pupils are so contented and happy. These teachers will make their mark I can tell.

St Edwards did the same with and they had a Mass offered by Fr George. We wish them all a successful academic Year ahead. Each week Mass is offered in the schools - Fr George on Tuesdays at 8.20 in The Divine Mercy (Pray for the Head, Mrs Walsh, whose Brother who is seriously ill) and nearly every Wednesday there is a Class Mass in Church from St Kentigern's.

Bidding Prayers

BIDDING Prayers for 24th Sunday of Year B.

Priest: Lord, bearing your cross you redeemed the whole world. Give us the vision of faith as we come before you on this Racial Justice day, with our needs and the needs of the whole world.

Reader: For the successor of Peter, Pope Francis, that the Lord may strengthen him in his divine mandate to witness to the Truth of Christ to the whole world on his Pastoral visit to The United States and Cuba. Lord in your mercy.

For all in Syria, Libya and Iraq weighed down with civil war and hateful ideologies and religious tensions, that the poor people may be rescued form their miseries. We commend to God our fellow Catholics and Christians. Lord in your mercy.

For the victims everywhere of terrorism and especially those who grieve over their dead from the 9/11 attack in New York . Lord in your mercy.

For all of our community who have to bear the cross daily that they may have the courage to bear it with Jesus Christ our wounded healer. Lord in your mercy For our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth on her long reign and Witness to Christian belief. Lord in your mercy.

As we celebrate the power of the Cross we pray for all those called to teach and spread this Faith in our nation. All who work in Race Relations; Help them to engage with our culture and equip us for the task of bringing the faith to all the people and triumph against the nihilism of our culture. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to God all those who are suffering at this time and especially our sick: Christine Booth, Elizabeth Laden, Pat Snype, Mrs Keegan, Peter Ramsbottom, Ann Brady, Mary Molloy. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who have died recently: James Gallagher, Michael Wright, James Hendricks, Michael Connolly, Sylvia Cummins, John Price AND For all those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Thomas and Mary Geraghty, Mary Molloy and Grennan and Molloy family members diseased, Mario Protkk-a, Pat Creamer , Martin Tivnan (VIGIL), Tommy Martin. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed...

Mary most Holy, you stand now at the foot of countless crosses; assist your children in their prayers to the eternal Father. O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary...

Father of tender Love, listen to the heartfelt prayers of your beloved people and hear and answer them according to your holy will. Through Christ our Lord . Amen.