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SEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

22nd / 23rd February 2020

Be perfect as your heavenly Father

Quite a few years ago, a well known priest of Hull, Fr Anthony Storey gave a talk in the upper room of the Rose & Crown pub in Beverley. He’d been enthused by a book entitled, ‘The Power of Sacrifice’. Fr Storey was a man of immense love and compassion and so when he shot off strong, stinging words, he got away with it. At one point during the talk, he remarked, ‘Don’t bother coming to Mass unless you’ve come to sacrifice yourselves!’

Behind this is good theology. As we hear in the gospel reading, Our Lord, Jesus, wishes to raise the bar of good behaviour higher than where Moses left it. Before it had been enough simply to demand only equal restitution: if someone has taken your goat, demand only a goat in return – don’t burn down their house and slaughter all their livestock. Hence the saying an eye for an eye…

But we are now members of Christ Jesus. We’re called to live in the Kingdom of Heaven now. Jesus goes beyond what natural justice demands. Self-assertion is replaced by self-lessness. We practice this new standard of love of neighbour seven days of the week. We practice this new standard of love for the Lord every time we come to Mass. Gazing upon the cross we see depicted the self-offering of Jesus, the love of Jesus. We are called to love as self-lessly. Hence the bluff remark of Fr Storey.

Response to the Psalm
The Lord is compassion and love

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
All Masses are in the Church unless otherwise stated.

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Sat        6.30 pm         Intentions of Anna Doto
Sun     10.00 am        Special intention
Sun      6.30 pm         Students’ Mass
Mon     9.30 am         Intentions of Fr Massie
Tues     7.30 pm         Eileen & Terry Coward, R.I.P. in Chaplaincy
Wed     8.00 am           in Chaplaincy
Wed      9.30 am ASH WEDNESDAY
John Malone, Robert Whitelegg, Joanne Whitelegg & John Carney, R.I.P.
Wed      7.30 pm
Thurs      9.30 am       Helen Lewis, R.I.P (birthday)
Thurs      7.30 pm       Mass in the ‘Extraordinary Form’ in Chaplaincy
Fri           9.30 am        Special Intention (DJ)
Sat          9.30 am
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
Sat        6.30 pm         Bernard Taylor, R.I.P. (wedding anniv. on 21st)
Sun    10.00 am          Special intention
Sun      6.30 pm          Students’ Mass

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Thursday, 6.30pm - 7.30pm (Chaplaincy),

Friday, 8.30am – 9.30am.

Saturday, 10.00am to 11.00am (Chaplaincy).

CONFESSIONS
Saturday 10.00am to 10.45am (Chaplaincy); 5.15pm – 6pm,

Sunday 5.45 – 6.15pm.

WEEKEND COLLECTION
     Loose Plate         £252.73
     Envelopes           £417.00
    Total:                    £669.73           Thank you.

Next weekend there will be a 2nd collection for Sick and Retired Priests.

SACRISTAN NEEDED
Would anyone be willing to help in the sacristy before and after our two weekend Masses? Please see Fr William for more information.

MEETING FOR ALL ALTAR SERVERS
On Saturday 29th February at 12.00 noon in church there will be a meeting and training session for all altar servers. Please confirm – to priests or Alex – that you can come.

CAN SCIENCE EXPLAIN EVERYTHING?
A theoretical physicist explores science and faith: Prof Ard Louis from Oxford University: on Tues 3 March at 7.30pm in the Allam Lecture Theatre, Esk Building. Entry by ticket only (free): the-hull-lectures2020.eventbrite.co.uk

‘LECTIO DIVINA’ LED BY BISHOP DRAINEY
Our bishop will be leading a session of lectio divina at the Marist Hall on Wednesday 11 March at 7pm. ‘Lectio divina’ is a deeper, spiritual reading of a passage of sacred scripture.

LECTIO DIVINA
Monday mornings at 11.00 am prompt at 11 Dawson House (Endsleigh)
Tel: Sr Sue Morrison 07799 176000.

LENT
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 26th February. The parish Lent Planner, listing all the extra devotions and events, is now available. Also, ‘Walk with me’ booklets are in the Church porch @ £1 each. They offer a short daily reflection throughout Lent.

DISCOVER AND CELEBRATE THE ‘JOY OF THE GOSPEL’
This is the title of a recent Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis. The Hull Evangelisation Team is leading meetings at St Mary, Queen of Martyrs, on the Tuesdays of Lent, 7 to 8pm, beginning Tues 3rd March, to explore the message.

NOTICE FROM BISHOP DRAINEY
“Until the risks of the Coronavirus spreading improves may I suggest that you
suspend the sign of peace and not distribute Holy Communion from the Chalice.” We are now following this advice in the parish & chaplaincy.

FAMILY PRAYER GROUP
Would there be interest in starting a family prayer group to meet monthly? Please contact Fr William or Fr Peter who will introduce you to the other couples.

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE AND TRAINING EVENT LED BY SPUC
This is for all ages: to help people going from being pro-life in conviction to pro-life in action. It is on Saturday 7 March in Newcastle. For further info, see the posters in the porch and talk to Fr William or email katherinehampton@spuc.org.uk.

BIBLE STUDY
Every Tuesday evening, 8.15 – 9.00pm in the Chaplaincy Common Room.

RE-DEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS DOWRY OF MARY
At the end of March, the bishops of England will re-dedicate England to Our Lady under the ancient title of ‘Dowry of Mary’. This will take place at Westminster Cathedral in London, Walsingham and in every Catholic cathedral in the country. As preparation for this, we are invited to make a personal ‘consecration’ to Jesus through Our Lady, following the spirituality of St Louis Marie de Montfort. This follows a simple 33 Days of Prayer, beginning on 21st February. Booklets (“33 Days to Morning Glory”) are now available at the back of church. Also available, in the CTS Display (inside church), are some prayer cards for the Angelus.

ADORATION THROUGH THE NIGHT 10TH TO 11TH MARCH
As last year, we will be having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament through the night after evening Mass at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th March until 8am Mass the next morning. It will be in the chapel at 115 Cottingham Road, the heating will be on and refreshments in the kitchen. Please be generous with the Lord who dwells in our midst 24/7 in this Sacrament of Love. There are lists to sign up for an hour or half hour in the church porch & chaplaincy.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SUMMER 2020 The next meeting for parents & children is on Thursday 5th March at 6.15pm at 113 Cottingham Road.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
The next meeting for the young people who have signed up will be on Wednesday, 4th March at 6pm in the Chaplaincy, 113 Cottingham Road.

COMMISSIONING DAY 2020
The next Commissioning Day for Lay Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers will be on Saturday 9th May at Our Lady’s, Acomb, York.

PARISH COUNCIL AGM
You are all invited to an Open Meeting (our Annual General Meeting), after 10.00 am Mass, in the Parish Hall on Sunday 8th March. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

ELECTION TO THE PARISH COUNCIL
The annual election of five people will take place at the Parish Open Meeting on Sunday 8th March. Each year, five of the ten elected members of the council come to the end of their two-year term and new ones are sought. If you would like to volunteer yourself, please complete a volunteer form and put it in the box in the church porch by Friday 6th March. For more information contact Fr Massie or Therese Hubbard.

EUROPEAN CITIZENS WHO HAVE MADE THEIR HOMES HERE AND WISH TO REMAIN
A message from the English and Welsh bishops:
All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK are required by the government to apply through its Settlement Scheme to continue living, working and accessing services here. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. Details and links to the application process can be found at: gov.uk/eusettledstatus. Please bring this to the attention of friends, family members and fellow parishioners who may need to apply. Information on assistance for those who may have difficulty applying is available at: gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales stands in solidarity with all European citizens who have made their homes here. They are a valued part of our parishes, schools and communities.

ROTAS FOR MASS AND LINEN
22nd / 23rd February
Readers: 6.30: T. Doto, T. Birmingham 10.00: P. Pushparajah, S. T-Damaso
Communion under one kind only
Linen: F. Carroll

 29th Feb / 1st March
Readers: 6.30: D. Coward, A. Pollock 10.00: L. Capraro, C. Yates
Communion under one kind only
Linen: M. Hill

To book the Parish Hall: please contact Tim or Gwen Carruthers on 805457.

Fr William Massie (PP) Tel: 342519 / 343216
Fr Peter Taylor (Assistant Priest)
Alex Corser (Pastoral Assistant)
Parish Office: 119 Cottingham Road, Hull HU5 2DH
Parish website: ollspc.com
Parish email: ollandspc@gmail.com