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Sermon for 7 February 2016
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C + YEAR OF FAITH + 7TH FEBRUARY 2016 - YEAR OF MERCY .

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST.

My Dear People,

Now on to the wonder freshness of the Gospel at today's Mass.

One can feel the energy and the urgency of our Lord as he begins his Divine Mission. He leaves the synagogue and goes straight to Andrew and Simon Peter's house. You see our Lord did not leave the family out when he chose the apostles. St John Bosco's (1888) mother almost co-founded the Salesian Order with her son even though she was simply on paper his housekeeper. So Jesus shows great concern for Simon Peter’s mother in law who was ill with the fever. He goes in and takes her by the hand and helped her up and she waited on them and made the dinner. What a day.

Then in the evening the crowds are outside with all their sick waiting for him to heal them. Those of you who have been to Lourdes know what the crowds are like bringing their sick. Our Lord is in total control you will notice. Each of the miracles were signs of his Divine power. Early and before dawn Jesus got out of bed and left for a lonely place to pray. Our Lord teaches us by example and in this gesture our Lord taught us all to pray in the best part of the day - the early part and to pray away from the hub - to find our own "silence" where we can be alone with him and learn to speak to the Father in his Name and to see others through the eyes of the Saviour. Indeed in these ways we learn again and again to see the events of life through the heart and eyes of Jesus.

Our Lord knew the crowds were looking for him but he had to move on to minister to the other thousands waiting to hear.

Our world is waiting to hear the message of salvation and hope. The West has lost its moral compass and its way. There is a vacuum and the hearts of many men and women are broken with the anguish of it all. The world will listen to saints like Mother Blessed Teresa of Calcutta because she is a witness first hand to love of Christ. It was she who said that the greatest poverty is not to know Christ.

Let us urgently move forward then - pressing on in our pilgrimage of life and of faith in this Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. God bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly

ASH WEDNESDAY IS NEXT WEDNESDAY MASS 9.30AM. THE EXTRA MASS IS AT 7PM AT ST KENTIGERN'S, ALL WITH ASHES. THE SCHOOLS WILL ALSO HAVE MASSES WITH ASHES TOO. TRY TO GET TO MASS THAT DAY WON'T YOU? IT IS A FASTING AND ABSTINENCE DAY ON ASH WEDNESDAY WHICH MEANS NO MEAT FOR ANYONE. FASTING MEANS ONE FULL NON-MEAT MEAL AND TWO SMALL SNACKS, FOR THE HEALTHY PEOPLE THAT IS UNDER 65. STATIONS OF THE CROSS WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY AT 4PM at St KENTIGERN'S WITH BENEDICTION FOR THE WHOLE OF LENT. PLEASE TRY TO COME TO THAT DEVOTION. WE MUST MAKE AN EFFORT IN LENT TO ATTEND CHURCH WHERE WE GIVE OUR TIME TO OUR LORD AND ENTER INTO HIS PASSION AND DEATH TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF HIS RESURRECTION. WE MUST ALSO GO TO CONFESSION VERY SOON. DO NOT LEAVE IT TO EASTER. ALL OF US SIN AND TOO FEW CONFESS!!!

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE BEGINS TOO IN LENT TO FOCUS ON SAVING LIVES FROM ABORTION. Go to https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/manchester-2/. St Kentigerns is going to remain open for prayer during these vigils focussed on Marie Stopes Clinic.

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK. Feast of our Lady of Lourdes on Thursday. 11 February - the anniversary of our Lady's first Appearance to St Bernadette. Anointing of the Sick will take place after the Gospel that day in both parishes.






Bidding Prayers

Bidding 5th Sunday C

Priest: God's gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power and love and self control. With complete confidence then we pray:

Reader By the power of the Holy Spirit Mary brought Christ into the world: through the Church renewed, may Christ be born again today in the hearts of all humanity. Lord in your mercy.

Father may your Spirit lead us forward out of solitude: may he lead us to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, to proclaim the Word of Light, to reap together the harvest of life. Lord in your mercy.

Let all our striving for your Kingdom this Lent not fall short through fear; may we be alive with the Holy Spirit and our homes be the pledge of a world redeemed. Lord in your mercy.

For the war torn regions of the world and especially in Syria where so many of our fellow believers have been forced to leave all behind- for all the victims of war and violence- deliver us good Lord. Lord in your mercy.

For the Engaged couples beginning their Marriage Course today – that they may made blessed union all their days. Lord in your mercy.

For vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life – that the Lord's call may fill the arms of the fishers of men with the souls God has created to be caught in Christ's net. Lord in your mercy.

Give the sick the courage and hope they need- Kathleen Grimes, Mary Cannon, Christine Booth, Irene Farrelly, Mary Cannon.

For all those called by God to their eternal reward this week: Colin Ratcliffe, Denis McLoughlin, Terence Bagnall, John Farrelly, Mary Kelly AND For the souls whose anniversary we hold: Afram Zaira, Beghan Gorgis, Sabri Dawood, Beryl Kennedy, Mariem MIKA, James McCarron, (11am) Maureen Galvin (9am), Waseem Gorgis, Sabia Gorgis, Thomas Burke (9.30 Feb 12th) Ann Kinsella, (VIGIL), Charles Williams .

MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED...

O Mary Conceived without sin. R/ Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Our lady is Queen of the Apostles: HAIL HOLY QUEEN, MOTHER OF MERCY...

Priest: O heavenly Father , hear and answer the prayers of your beloved family. Through Christ our Lord.