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Sermon for 28 February 2016
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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT + 28th February 2016. Holy Year of Mercy .

MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH PRIEST

My Dear People,

Thank you for coming in good numbers to the Deanery Station Mass on Thursday at St Catherine's.

It was a great ecclesial occasion for so many of the priests of our Deanery (13 local parishes) and the religious to come together with the people of God around the altar of the Lord. The next one is next Thursday, 3rd March at 7pm at St Cuthbert's.

In the Gospel today we hear of a massacre that Pilate committed against some rebels. He mixed their blood with the blood of their sacrifices and this was considered dreadful. However our Lord uses the occasion not to support the anger of the reporters but to call all to repentance. He mentions a few other local disasters that had occurred like the tower falling, killing eighteen and tells his listeners that they too will die unless they change their ways. Don't put it off till tomorrow for there might be no tomorrow. Go to Confession very soon this Lenten Season won't you and take our Lord's warning seriously.

We must remember that in the year 70 AD many of our Lord's listeners would still be alive when the Roman armies surrounded the Holy City and starved them into submission. A bit like Aleppo today, they destroyed all the building and trees outside the walls of the Holy City of Jerusalem and basically sacked it and reduced it to rubble, and drove into exile those who had not committed suicide. To the shock of the Romans most had committed suicide when they breached the Walls. This was all because they had rejected the time of their visitation by the Messiah - Christ our Lord. Our Lord could see it all. He wept over the City remember? If they had accepted him then may be the Holy City would have stood and all would be well but they did not and what happened.

I wonder what warning our Lord gives to our world now? The politicians in many ways have lost the plot and are caught up in political correctness. They cannot even find it to give married couples a tax break because this would make singles parents feel bad. The fact that so many kids go astray because they have no father and mother working together for them counts for nothing even though our society picks up the enormous bill for the social care of these kids. In fact those who govern us subsidise the practise of not marrying by making them lose money if they do marry and they say we are imposing our morals!!

In so many ways they corrupt the youth with their "education programmes" about gender and relationships which basically set out to corrupt the innocent and set them into sinful ways. Believe me I have seen the programmes and you would be horrified.

There is a kind of hostility to the things of God and religion in the very air we breathe and in Lent we have to kind of lift this pollution off the face of the earth by our spiritual input. May our Lord bless our efforts in being fruitful parts of the Lord’s own Vine - the Church and may we bear fruit pleasing to our Divine Master. He deserves all our love does he not?

God bless you and keep you all,

Father Tom Connolly


THE FUND RAISING LUNCH LAST SUNDAY IN OUR SOCIAL CLUB IN AID OF THE LITTLE SISTER'S HOME WAS ATTENDED BY 145 FOLK AND WE ALL ENJOYED A THREE COURSE MEAL - SERVED BETTER THAN A HOTEL AND THE TABLES WERE BEAUTIFUL TOO. THANK YOU TO KEVIN FITZPATRICK AND HIS STAFF.

MARRIAGE COURSE ENDS THIS SUNDAY - 28 COUPLES HAVE ATTENDED SO PRAY FOR THEM THAT THEY WILL BE THE WONDERFUL GOD FILLED FUTURE OF THE HOLY CHURCH BRINGING LIFE AND HAPPINESS INTO OUR WORLD.






Bidding Prayers

Priest: Father, may we hear your voice this Lent and pass with Christ from death to life; may we celebrate the Easter feast then with great joy and love.

Reader: Lord, teach us to live by your Spirit, and help us to bring faith to those who doubt. Lord in your mercy.

May the knowledge of Christ penetrate our minds and our hearts; may it find expression in all our ways of living during the Holy Season of Lent. Lord in your mercy .

Purify our Mother the Church on earth in these days of salvation - make Her a living witness of your Divine Presence in the world. May the Cross light up the darkness of our world. Lord in your mercy.

Shed the light of of your knowledge on scientists and artists: let their work make men and women more open to the coming of your kingdom. Lord in your mercy.

For the Refugees and migrants - that they may find a safe harbour. Lord in your mercy.

Look on those who no longer walk with you because of scandal or Sin; may they return to you in the sacrament of Confession. Lord in your mercy.

For the sick and the suffering who have a share in Christ's Passion – be with them O Lord and raise them up:.Agnes Benson, Michael Nolan, Mary Moran, Father Fallon, Canon O'Conner, Irene Farrelly, Aiden Kennedy, Pat Snype, Christine Booth, Michael Nolan , Barbara Nolan AND Grant to the dead a place in heaven, let them share the happiness of Mary and all the saints in Heaven: for Paul Curry and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Michael Boyd (VIGIL), Afram Zaer, Thomas Mim-nagh, (March 6th), Pat Groake (28th March), Noel Bohan (11am), Eammon Cahill (3rd March), George Nagle , Edward and Bridie O'Malley, Father Alex Wyse. May their souls and the souls of...

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Priest : Watch over your Church Lord with unfailing compassion in all our needs which we have expressed and since left to ourselves we can do little, direct us in the way of salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen