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Sermon for 8 May 2016
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THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD C. 8th May 2016.. . 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. It 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 and communicates and animates his Body 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 educator in the world); his saving love is communicated in the countless works of mercy and kindness done in His name for Him 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 the Successor of St Peter: Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis in his Encyclical LAUDATE SI. Each one has that special gift of Christ given to the one is who is elected to "Feed my Sheep." In His Holiness' words and addresses and homilies you find in them 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.

PopeFrancis has proclaimed the Year of Mercy and Pope Francis will be ending it in October.

Pope Francis has lined up an International engagement will be the World Youth Day in Cracow, Poland this summer. Some of our own Youth will be going on it with our Youth Officer, Lorraine Leonard.

Our Lord prepared the Apostles for his departure and when he assembled them in the one place he then took leave of them, commanding them 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 may be too..."

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

God Bless you and all your loving families,

Father Tom Connolly.

EXAMS 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 not to get over tense of 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.

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY FOR THE COMMUNICATION OFFICE OF THE BISHOPS. THIS PAYS FOR DEALING WITH THE PRESS AND TV AND RADIO. WE HAVE A STAKE NOW IN THIS . It is v. important for the Church to have people who can inform the Press and Media.

FIRST COMMUNIONS NEXT SATURDAY AT 9AM Masses and 11am Mass FOR ST KENTIGERN’S CHILDREN - NO 11 30 MASS THAT DAY.

ST BEDES COLLEGE HAS A TASTER DAY FOR PROSPECTIVE PARENTS ON SAT 18th JUNE. 9.30am to 12.30 . tel; 226 3323. I KNOW THAT THE COLLEGE IS A MOST EXCELLENT COLLEGE AND PARISHIONERS I KNOW WITH KIDS THERE SAY IT IS THE BEST.

42nd ROSARY RALLY IN FRONT OF ST AUGUSTINES, SATURDAY 21ST MAY 2.30 - 4.PM GUEST SPEAKER: Fr James Cadman (Legion of Mary).

CORNERSTONES NEED A VOLUNTEER DRIVER ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS EVENINGS APPROX 5PM TO 7.30PM TO COLLECT SANDWICHES FROM FROM PRET and EAT. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN VAN FOR YOU TO DRIVE - NOW THERE IS A CHALLENGE IN THIS YEAR OF MERCY - "TO FEED THE HUNGRY" TEL: SISTER LUCY 232 8888. 104B Denmark Rd. M15 6JS






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