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Sermon for 17 May 2015
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THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD. 17th May 2015. WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Our Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead but he now reigns over all from the throne of Glory in Heaven with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In that place of bliss and perfect love and order – Christ our Risen Lord awaits us. He animates his Church on earth with the Gift of the Advocate. This is the Advocate he said to the Apostles that he would send – the Spirit of Truth who WOULD REMIND THEM OF EVEYTHING HE HAD TAUGHT THEM. That is how the Church is able to function today and have its Being as the Bride of Christ on earth. Animated with the Holy Spirit, Christ speaks and loves through her Sacred Ministry. The saving Sacraments of the New Covenant are universally celebrated for the salvation and sanctification of souls. His word is taught and explained to countless millions (the Catholic Church is the largest single educator in the world); his saving love is communicated in the countless works of mercy and kindness done in His name for and for His sake every minute of the twenty-four hours. You might be surprised that the Catholic Church cares for more sufferers from AIDS than any other single body. I have said that before but it needs repeating. Without the Charity poured out from the heart of Jesus the world would dry up altogether.

The spiritual ecology of this earth of ours has a most gifted Spiritual Head in the person of Pope Francis as President Obama remarked when Pope Francis was the instrument of opening the barrier between Cuba and the United States. . In the Pope’s words you find a celebration of the truth as you find nowhere else one the face of the earth. The Holy Spirit is certainly "on him" and he speaks the words Christ wants us to hear in order to be enlightened and comforted whilst he is away from us and until He COMES IN GLORY.

Pope Francis has proclaimed the Year of Mercy beginning in October. Your priests are preparing for it and each Bishop has to give the Programme for that diocese to square up to the communication of the Catholic teaching on God's Mercy in new and attractive ways. How can people be saved if no one is telling them about Christ and his Church and way of life? Modern man stands thirsting for the truth and often the Catholic believer is in no fit state to communicate the saving message of Christ to that needy person. So, our Faith has to be sharpened up so the Year of Mercy will be an opportunity for us all to do that, priest and people. Bishop Arnold has written to us looking for ideas on how to celebrate the Year of Mercy. Watch this space.

Our Lord prepared the Apostles for his departure and when he assembled them in the one place he then took leave of them commanding to go to all the nations to preach the word and to baptise and he promised to be with the Church until the end of time. Today Christ has gone to Heaven to await us. He has gone away only to return. He has gone away only to "prepare a place for us". He has gone away but promises to "return to take you with me so that where I am, you maybe too.."

Now that is worth living for isn't it? A Happy Feast of Ascension to you all.

Father Tom Connolly.

CONGRATULATION TO THE 50 YOUNG ONES CONFIRMED AT ST KENTIGERN'S ON SATURDAY 16TH MAY AND 19 AT ST EDWARD'S THE SATURDAY BEFORE.

EXAM PRAYER FOR STUDENTS (YOU WILL FIND COPIES ON A CARD AT THE PORCH OF THE CHURCH):

For the intercession of St Martin de Porres for exam success.

Loving Saint Martin ask God to bless my examinations and my hopes for the future year. Obtain for me light and strength to make full use of all the gifts given to me. Help me not to get over tense or confused so that I can use well the knowledge I have acquired. May the Holy Spirit guide me so that I can go forward in courage, hope and joy and give a worthy service to God and my neighbour all the days of my life.

TODAY COMMUNICATION SUNDAY . THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOPS. IT DEALS WITH THE PRESS AND TV AND RADIO. It is v important for the Church to have people who can inform the Press and Media. SEE FREE PRAYER CARD AT THE CHURCH PORCH.

BUILDING WORKS: IN ST EDWARD'S HALL WILL BEGIN SOON. THE DAMP VIRUS WILL HAVE TO BE CURED FIRST WITH VENTILATION IN THE WALLS AND THEN SCAFFOLDING ERECTED TO PAINT THE CEILING ETC. THE SCAFFOLD ALONE WILL BE OVER £2000.

BBQ FRO ST EDWARDS AT £4 FOR ADULTS AND £1 FOR KIDS. IF WEATHER IS BAD WE WILL HAVE IT IN THE HALL OTHERWISE PLATT FIELDS.

Feast of St Philip Neri will be celebrated at St Chads Oratorian Church - Cheetham Hill Rd M8 8GG by the Bishop- Solemn Pontifical Mass at 5.30 on Tuesday 26th May. On Bank Holiday Mon 25th May St Chads will have a BBQ at 2pm in their garden followed by Solemn First Vespers of St Philip - Sublime music guaranteed.






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