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Sermon for 24 April 2016
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER C + YEAR OF MERCY+ 24TH APRIL 2016.

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Saint John saw "a new heavens and a new earth - the city will be beautiful as a lovely bride and men's tears will be wiped away - no more death - no more mourning."" How about that then as a Promise?

This is what the Holy Church looks forward to half way through Eastertide. This vision of John is never lost and sustains the Church throughout the ages. In SPE SALVI , Pope Benedict's letter on page 69 states that suffering in this world stems partly from our finitude and partly from the mass of sin which has accumulated over the course of history and continues to grow unabated today.

Pope Francis states the same in his Year of Mercy decree. We are unable to shake off the power of evil which we plainly see and which is a constant source of human suffering. Only God is able to do this: only God who personally enters human history by making himself Man and suffering within history. So hope for the world's healing has emerged in history through our faith. Pope Benedict went on to say though– it is a hope- not yet fulfilled; hope that gives us courage to place ourselves on the side of the good even in what seems to be hopeless situations – aware that in the external course of history the power of sin will continue to be a terrible presence.

Now this is how we must see the Gospel we read at Mass today. It is the end almost of the Last Supper and our Lord has given himself superabundantly and intimately to the apostles IN THEIR First Holy Communion (This is my Body - take and eat.) in the Upper Room - the Cenacle and what does John tell us? At that very moment "When Judas had gone" Jesus said "now has the Son of Man been glorified". He uses the phrase our Lord used exclusively when addressing the Twelve: "MY LITTLE CHILDREN...I will not be with you much longer – (parting gift then) you must love one another just has I have loved you."

Even when Judas was going out to sell our Blessed Lord for 30 pieces of silver, our Lord is talking about himself being GLORIFIED. You see the Christian way is different. Even in the midst of betrayal and deception our Lord is not at all perturbed; in fact he is already talking about his Passion being his Glorification. So we must see our lives in this light.

There are plenty of Judas’s around even now and they come in all kinds of colours. They go out into the darkness to destroy God Made Marriage between male and female - destroy the innocence of boys and girls in Primary school with falsehoods and they continue to destroy 200,000 babies conceived every year before they can be born into life. Evil takes on new personas in each generation you know, but we must not lose our vision or our hope. In God's good time all will be restored in Christ and he will reign forever and ever.

God Bless you all,

Father Tom Connolly


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Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for 5th Sunday of Eastertide 2016 C.

Priest: O Lord and Heavenly Father, of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come to you in the name of your Holy Son who the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Reader: We pray for the Church - that Mystical Body which is Christ the Lord - that its members may live deeply the life Christ has won for them by his death and resurrection. Lord in your mercy.

For all those who are dying and may be afraid – that our Lord's words today may give them great confidence that he will return to accompany us to the place he has prepared for us in heaven. Lord in your mercy.

To see Jesus is to see the Father - may the Lord grant us purity of heart so that we may truly see the Father and understand the gifts that Christ Jesus has won for us through the Paschal Mysteries - we pray for a greater spiritual maturity. Lord in your mercy.

For all the nations who are in turmoil and difficulty for Iraq and Syria and especially for our fellow Catholics in those nations - for all whom God has created and who experience war and strife and homelessness and exile and drowning - give peace to our times O Lord. Lord in your mercy.

That we as members of Christ's body show his love to the world by the disposition of our hearts and our actions. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to the mercy of God all our dear sick who have sought our prayers: Fr. Fallon, Tom Lynch, Eileen Ramsbottom, Michael Nolan, Christine Booth. Lord in your mercy.

We pray for all who have died recently that they may see God's Holy Face and Live in love in his Presence: Frances Howarth, James Wynne, Mary Connolly, Peter Byrne, Maureen Carlisle, Jim Boyle, Betty Carrie.

AND For all those souls whose anniversaries fall about this time: Josephine Blake, Judy George(11am), Tom Connolly, Rose O'Sullivan, Patricia Byrne, Stanley Cain, Mary Kerrigan (Sat), Barbara Nolan, Joseph Toner, Margaret Nuthall (6.30 pm Sunday) John Costello (27th)

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 / Response/ PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE. Hail Holy Queen.

Priest: O Loving Father - give us the grace of always acknowledging your Son as the Way the Truth and the Life and hear our heartfelt prayers. Through the same Christ our Lord . Amen.