TWENTY NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B
18TH OCTOBER 2015. WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.
My Dear People,
The Twelve Apostles were like children sometimes. We hear them today, grown men, discussing which one is he king of the castle. The Sons of Zebedee , dear St John and his bruv – James – had got their dear mother to deal a serious bit of ear wigging and PR for her sons – the zealots as they were called because of their politico strong ideas vis- a- vis the Romans. (They were strong Nationalists and wanted the Romans to go home).
It is sad really to listen to the whole episode when you reflect on the fate and destiny of these two apostles. They did not know what they were asking for did they? At this point of time, did not really understand our Blessed Lord's mission and purpose. Hence our Lord speaks kind words to them - "You do not know what you are asking for...?" Indeed they did not. "Can you drink that cup that I must drink and be baptised in the same baptism (of blood and suffering) that I will be baptised with???"
They say that they can but with the attitude they have at this moment they will not be able to. After Pentecost- all became possible and our Lord knew it of course, which is why he strings their mother along a bit, and plays on words rather than telling her to Get Lost.
It is then that the rest hear about what has been going on with James and John and they are mad with the brothers. However our Lord corrects them all and gives us the great teaching which has created a new civilisation of love - that to be great, men and women in the Christian dispensation, have to becomes the servants of all. You know that the Pope's title is "SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD".
So that it what it is all about – not high places on the left and the right in the ruling class but to be humble servants of all – indeed our Lord uses the word "SLAVE". He then shows that the example he gives us is exactly that. The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) came to serve, not to be served and to GIVE his life as a ransom for MANY. So how can we follow a different path? We must find our fulfilment in our love and service of our brethren. Parents after all spend themselves in service of their children don’t they and think nothing of it and their love and care bears fruit in lovely young people.
Our Lord's way is the way of service and humble service at that. When all is complete at the end of my life I can only say to our Lord "Here I am – I was only doing your will."
We hope to hear those words from our Lord's own lips in Heaven "Well done good and faithful SERVANT – come and enter into the joy of your Lord." I say that over every grave before the body gets lowered into it.
Now there is something to look forward to and to cheer us up as we begin the dark nights again and the old CH boiler gets turned up.
God Bless you all,
Father Tom Connolly.
CHRISTMAS CARDS – BUY THEM FROM OUR CARITAS (SALFORD) FOR A AS LITTLE AS 10 FOR £3.50 OR FROM AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED. CATALOGUES ARE IN THE PORCH. REMEMBER DO NOT BUY NON CHRISTIAN CHRISTMAS CARDS - YOU ARE A BELIEVER – DEMONSTRATE IT – NO FIR TREES OR SANTAS!!!
GRAVE STONES When planning your inscription I would like to ask to use "Pray for the soul of..." or "Sacred Heart of Jesus , Have mercy on the soul of..." OR "Our Lady of **** Pray for..." OR "Of your Charity pray for the soul of...". This is the Catholic tradition and I would ask you to be more faithful to it. It means that every time some passer by reads the stone they will automatically utter a prayer for your beloved. Now does not that make a slot of sense?
FORTY HOURS DEVOTION WILL TAKE PLACE Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th November AND CANDLES ARE ON SALE. I WANTED TO KEEP THEM TO £1 EACH BUT THEY HAVE GONE UP LIKE EVERYTHING SO THEY ARE NOW £1.50 AND £12 FOR THE Huge Ones. (30x1.3/8ths) They are 25% bees wax and there is a disease amongst the bee population. They are ON SALE NOW. SO BUY ONE LABEL IT AND BUT IT IN THE PURCHASED BOX. THEY WILL BE BURNED IN FRONT OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND YOUR NAMES you must write ON THE LABELS – THE LIVING AND THE DEAD OF YOUR FAMILY AND CIRCLE.
For the Year of Mercy the church will remain open from 7.30am, to 4pm The CTS book stall is there for you to purchase reading matter to deepen your understanding of God's Mercy..
THE NOVEMBER DEAD LISTS ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE PORCH FOR USE IN THE MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS, TAKE ONE NOW AND THEN YOU WILL BE READY. GRAVE LIGHTS will be ON SALE NEXT WEEK WHICH LAST FOR 3 DAYS IF YOU LEAVE THE METAL TOP ON. THEY ARE BY OUR LADY'S VOTIVES.
Bidding Prayers for the 29th Sunday of the year. B
Priest: Christ is the Lawgiver and the Supreme Judge. We come to the Father in His Name – seeking his help in all our needs.
Reader: For the Church Universal in its great mission for bringing Christ to the waiting multitudes that she be delivered from any evil obstacle in that mission. We pray for the Synod in Rome on the Family. Lord in your mercy.
For those Political systems which demand the submission of their populations and who deny God his rightful place in the society and who deny believers the freedom to worship God – we pray especially for the many Bishops in prison in China. Lord in your mercy.
That we may give to Caeasar the things that are Ceasar's and not deny Almighty God the things that are rightfully His. We pray for the Faith to know the difference. Lord in your mercy.
We commend to the tender loving mercy of God all those in our community who are lying sick or disabled: "Simon", Helen Walsh, Miss Mary Molloy and Ronnie Molloy, Christine Booth, Patrick Mahoney, Michael Nolan, Denis McLoughlin, Aiden Kennedy, Mrs Keegan. Lord in your mercy.
We commend to God those who have been called from this life recently : Bridgie Moneghan, Mrs Mary Molloy, Father Early, George Coombs, Robert Davis, Sandra Ward, Michael O'Connor.
And for all the souls whose anniversaries fall about this time: Johnny Byrne, Bridget Boyle , Judy George.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee.
O Mary most Holy, Mary most Pure – listen to the prayers of your people...Hail Mary, full of grace.
Priest: God all powerful Father, may the life you give us increase our love for you and keep us in the joy of the light of your kingdom - Hear and answer our heartfelt prayer. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.