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Sermon for 26 July 2015
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SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR . B 26TH JULY 2015. + CYCLE B "Life Sunday" and Day of Prayer for Vocations.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Holiday time is here. A few days away enables one to reflect a little more about where you are going in life in Christ as a Priest and a Christian. The crowds following our Lord were on a "day out" by the looks of it.

In the Gospel today is the famous miracle of the Feeding of he five thousand.

Since the days of the underground Church in the Catacombs, the Miracle of the loaves and the fishes has always meant for us the gift of Christ's Body in the Bread of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy and Most Adorable Eucharist.

In Christ’s hands there is enough for all to eat plenty and in Christ's hands now he gives us his own self as the Bread of Eternal life. In Christ's hands all things become possible even though the apostles just gave up on the amount of bread which would be needed to feed the thousands. They obeyed the command of Jesus and all were fed and plenty left over. Now, there is a lesson which can be applied to every part of life eh? The Saint’s lives and works demonstrate this all the time. They achieve the impossible against all the odds.

If our Lord could make the bread and the fish go round then he will never leave us without. Mother Theresa used to say that we will never experience God's loving providence if we do not allow him to demonstrate it by trusting hearts that he will provide. She knew how much she was looked after by her Divine Master. In the whole world - even the most hard nosed would melt when faced with a request from Mother Theresa and give, and she would have enough then to minister to the poorest of the poor as her Sisters still do - and her brothers in Miles Platting.

In our Lord's hands everything is possible. Whole nations are converted in no time at all. Teenagers are converted to the sweet and delightful path of virtue attracted by Christ's pure invitation. In our Lord's hands everything becomes abundant and plentiful and overflowing. It was an amazing thing that after all those folk had been fed there was twelve baskets left over of the scraps. All these things have a deep meaning you know.

That is why this miracle stands for so much more than the immediate effect. It is symbolic of the way God works. He takes our humble offering of a few loaves and fish and makes of our offering so much more than we could have ever done. I feel that very much with being His priest. My poor humanity was offered, on 4th September 1976, (40 years in 2016) and Jesus, by the laying on of hands and the Form of Words by Bishop Holland, transformed my humble and inadequate manhood to the dignity of the priesthood so that I can do His Priestly work in such an abundant way - ministering Jesus Christ to my brothers and sisters in a way that is out of this world in fulfilment and satisfaction. After wards you knelt before the Bishop and he anointed my hands with Chrism for my hands would be used for sacred purposes from then on such as blessing the sick, anointing the dying and the new borns - laying hands on folk in prayer- holding the Body of Christ and offering Him in the Sacrifice of the Mass. Father Kevin Murphy who was ordained by Bishop Arnold last Saturday will have the same feeling I know. Congratulations to him too for the abundant blessings given to a new priest.

You can imagine in the early days of the church when the Roman Greek paganism was so strong everywhere - that Christ's little flock read this miracle in the light of just how much Jesus would do with their little offering. Little did they know how the Christian Faith would replace all those horrible Gods and Goddesses and their vile and impure practises within a few generations.

So - folk - whatever it is – place your inadequate offering in our Blessed Lord's hands and see what he will do. The saints experienced this and you will too. I am sure many of you, my dear parishioners have already experienced it in your Christian lives.

God Bless,

Father Tom Connolly.


WELCOME TO FATHER DAVID PEMBER (Holy Ghost Father) WHO WILL BE SUPPLYING HERE FOR THE SUMMER TO REPLACE Fr George. Fr David normally works in schools of the diocese of Salford.

ROSARY CRUSADE see last week.

Father George has gone to Kerala – India for his annual holidays.

LOURDES - The diocese with the Bishop will be in Lourdes from this Friday,31st July to 3 rd August They will be praying for the sick of our diocese when they are at the Holy Shrine of Our Lady who appeared to St Bernadette in February 1858 many times. Immaculate Mary hymn will be sung at the end of Mass today.

TODAY IS SUNDAY FOR LIFE. THE SECOND COLLECTION WILL BE TO FUND THE LINACRE CENTRE FOR ETHICS. A CATHOLIC RESEARCH BODY WHICH DEFENDS HUMAN LIFE THROUGH SCIENTIFIC ARGUMENT AND RESEARCH. THE BISHOPS DRAW ATTENTION, TO ATTEMPTS TO ASSIST THE DYING BY KILLING THEM BY ASSISTED DYING BILL sponsored by Rob Marris MP) due to be debated on 1st September in the House of Commons. www.dayforlife.org REMEMBER TO WRITE TO YOUR MP TO TELL THEM YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BILL FOR IT WILL LEAD TO ACTUAL TAKING AWAY A SICK PERSON'S LIFE WITH FULL INTENT. CONSENT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO ATTAIN AND PEOPLE CAN SOMETIMES BE CONFUSED AND SOME RELATIVES MIGHT BE EAGER TO GET THEM DEAD SO THEY CAN GET MORE CASH FROM THE SICK PERSON’S ESTATE!!! IT HAPPENS NOW, BELIEVE ME. HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON SW1






Bidding Prayers

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF YEAR B. "LIFE SUNDAY"

Priest: Our God is a generous giver of LIFE and blesses us in abundant ways. He will not refuse the prayers of his children, for his Son has taught us to pray. We come to him in faith and trust.

Reader: For the Universal Church in all its needs and circumstances on this LIFE SUNDAY - that its life in Christ will bear fruits that will feed the whole of humanity’s hunger for truth and true love. Lord in your mercy. Lord in your mercy.

For all who suffer from he lack of sustenance for life and especially those where there is famine and political corruption or war, especially in Syria - that the poor may have their fill and have justice given to them. Lord in your mercy.

For our Society, on this Sunday for Life, that it will begin again to Value the Gift of Life from the Womb to the death bed as a gift of God to be honoured and protected and nurtured. Lord in your mercy.

For the Pilgrims of the diocese of Salford who travel on Friday to Lourdes with our Bishop to do Prayer and Penance, bringing their sick and to Pray for us all, that all may have a spiritually fruitful pilgrimage. Lord in your mercy.

For all our sick - that our Lord's healing hand may touch them: Kathleen O'Malley, Sheila McDonnell, Denis and Tony McLaughlin, Michael Nolan, Mary Molloy, John Boyle, Sylvia Cummins, Christine Booth, Elizabeth Leyden. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to the Divine Mercy all those who have been called by God recently to eternal life: Gilda Royce, Mary Gallagher, Tom O'Sullivan, Michael Burke AND For all those whose anniversaries fall about this time: Eddie Kirby (VIGIL), Phil Walsh (6.30), Sarah Doran, Brendan Ryan, (11am Bithday Memento), Charles Imob-hio, Emma Martin and Michael Cahill.

MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS...

O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest: O Lord and Heavenly Father, listen to he heartfelt prayers of your faithful people on this Sunday for LIFE. Give us the patience in suffering hardships after the example of your only Son. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.