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Sermon for 19 April 2015
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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTERTIDE B. - 19th APRIL 2015. +

Message from the Parish Priest

My Dear People,

These appearances of Our Blessed Lord after his Resurrection are full of the real detail that the various seers could retell. It is a first hand witness of those heady days after the Easter rising when everywhere the apostles and the disciples kept seeing Jesus and speaking with him. He spent forty days teaching them and telling them how all the events of the Passion were foretold in the Psalms and the prophets and were fulfilled in Him – the Lord of Life. Everything came alive for the apostolic college and the followers of our Lord as they listened to him and saw his wounds gaping in the hands, and side. They were so dumbstruck that our Lord had to ask them if they had anything for him to eat!! This was to show that his body was real. They found some grilled fish and he ate it in front of them. This is the kind of detail we are given by the Evangelist, inspired as they were by the Holy Spirit with not a word wasted.

Before the Reformation in our country, folk used to have painted on a canvas the Five Wounds of Christ and would wind it round like a rolling blackboard and meditate and venerate one by one each wound. I saw such an example in the National Gallery in the Millennium Exhibition in London. It had been hidden by a persecuted Catholic family and it had been handed on from one generation to the next.

The Wounds of our Lord were and indeed are very important. He still bears them does he not? He did not remove them for effect. He showed them his hands, feet and side. It was of huge import that this was the same body which had been so terribly mauled and tortured and abused for us and for our salvation. They were important enough for the early Church to recount our Lord showing them his sacred wounds often. "Through His wounds we are healed."

These wounds have been reproduced on a few saints including St Francis of Assisi and St Pio (Padre Pio and St Paul in some way). So they have a deeper meaning than just the marks left by the nails. They connect the very real crucifixion with the greater reality of the glorified risen body of our Holy Redeemer.

Each believer has to carry the marks of suffering too. Each of us has our stories to tell or to hold within. The wounds of loss of one we have loved, the wounds of illness borne, the wounds of a failure of love in marriage or a family, the wounds of no job or being let down or hurt. We must rise above them and yet we don't deny them. They are part of what we are now. Pray to the Risen Lord for courage and faith to bear life's suffering.

These forty days after Easter were utterly foundational for the Catholic Church's apostolic faith deposit. Our Lord took great care in appearing to them and Teaching them and they never forgot the lessons they learnt and the Catholic Church will never forget those lessons and will continue to faithfully teach them as our Lord taught. These develop with every era but it is the same material for salvation is it not? Human Persons on the pilgrimage of life looking for the purpose of their being and wanting to know why they are here and what life and suffering, and good and bad are about. As Pope Francis has said so often – the Faith makes you happy!

May the joy of the Resurrection fill our hearts with Easter Joy.

Father Tom Connolly.


NEW HEAD TEACHER FOR ST KENTIGERN'S SCHOOL. MRS HARROLD HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE NEW HEAD AND I KNOW THAT SHE WILL DO A GREAT JOB FOR OUR SCHOOL AS SHE HAS FOR OTHER SCHOOLS SHE HAS LED. I WELCOME HER WITH GREAT WARMTH OF HEART AND THANK HER FOR TAKING US ON! Father Connolly.

CORNERSTONES, DENMARK RD. The day centre for the poor and needy thanks you for the help you have given in Lent.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS IS NEXT SUNDAY – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY BECAUSE THE GOSPEL TALKS ABOUT OUR LORD AS THE GOOD SHEPHERD. A COLLECTION WILL BE TAKEN FOR THE ECCLESIASTICAL EDUCATION FUND WHICH PAYS FOR THE TRAINING OF PRIESTS FOR OUR DIOCESE OF SALFORD. SO BRING A LITTLE EXTRA WITH YOU OR A CHEQUE.

Two to be ordained this year are from the parish of St Edwards - Rev Kevin Murphy (he composed a lovely Hymn to St Kentigern) to go from being a deacon now to being ordained Priest this summer and Michael Deas who will become a deacon in early July. This is a great compliment to our parish is it not- two ordinations this year!! You must have been praying. Without young priests we will be very poor off eh?






Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for Third Sunday of Easter 19th April 2015

On the Road to Emmaus the disciple's hearts burned within them as they heard Christ expound the Faith to them. May our hearts burn with the same love as we confidently approach the throne of Divine Mercy in our need and for the needs of the whole world.

For all who are preparing for Marriage this year that the Lord in his Risen Glory may shine his light upon them and keep them in his peace all the days of their lives. May they live to see their children’s children. Lord in your mercy.

For all who are preparing to give birth or who have just given birth - that the good Lord will protect their little ones and may they be welcomed into this world with joy and thanksgiving. Lord in your mercy.

For all who suffer from sad depression we pray that the Risen Lord may enlighten their hearts and minds as he did to the disciples on the Emmaus Road so that they will see in the face of Christ newly risen, a source of optimism. Lord in your mercy.

For the Fellow Christians of Iraq and Syria and Pakistan who are suffering greatly for their faith with murder and exile and dispossession. That our charity reaches them and shows our love in Christ. Lord in your mercy.

For new vocations to the Priesthood and the consecrated life so that the People of God will always experience the pastoral care of the Saviour. Lord in your mercy.

For all who are sick and those who are dying we pray – that Jesus in his great and tender mercy will visit them and re-assure them in their hour of need: Mary Fitzpatrick, Peter Ramsbottom , Elizabeth Leyden, Licey- Mile- adoor, Algis Kup-stys, Marian Farrelly, Christine Booth Mark Colbert, Aiden Kennedy, Ann Brady, Mary Moran, Michael Nolan and all the sick: Lord , in your mercy.

We commend to the loving mercy of God those who have died: Mike Walsh, Mrs Margaret Peet AND For all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Mary Kerrigan, (sat 11.30 April 25th). Father Pat Keane, James Radcliffe, and Anne Radcliffe, (VIGIL), Joan Crosby, Paddy Lydon, Margaret McDonough and Eileen Brady.   MONTH'S MIND: James and Mike O'Rourke.

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.

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord..

Priest: O merciful God, in the Glory of the Resurrection you have transformed mankind’s future. Hear and answer our prayers as we come to you in the confidence which filled the apostles when they "saw the Lord". Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.