THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
15th/ 16th December 2018
As recipients of mercy we must be merciful ourselves
Sometimes our faith simply makes many demands of us: “If any one has two tunics he must share with the man who has none...” And this is only John the Baptist, the forerunner of the one who would say that the rich will find it very hard to get into heaven. If we ever find ourselves feeling resentful we must check ourselves with the thought that the Lord is never outdone in generosity. If something is demanded then much more has already been given. The ‘treasure’ given is the ‘gospel of Christ’. But what is this? It means 'good news'. And what is the 'good news' of Christianity? It is something very wonderful. The first disciples of Jesus borrowed the word 'gospel', in Greek 'Evangelion', from their own culture. The 'Evangelion' was the proclamation of a great military victory by messengers of the victorious general of the Imperial army. The greatest victory known to humankind is that of Christ over the twin enemies of sin and death. John the Baptist foresaw the good news of the forthcoming victory. Christ won the victory and the Church proclaims this ‘good news’ still.
For this reason John's message is urgent and practical: Share... don't be dishonest in your work... To soldiers: do not use excessive violence. Christ's victory is over the sin that affects every aspect of our lives and so every aspect of our lives must be affected by our preparations to receive him. John promises a conquest that lies still in the future. For us that conquest is available now, although the final battle will be on the last day when Christ will have subdued all that opposes him and be “all in all.”
Christ's victory is nothing less than the re-working from within of a new humanity, a ‘new creation’. Throughout Advent we have seen that the Church, Christ's Church, is like a ‘field hospital’ which applies the medicine of God's mercy. The new humanity that springs forth from the old now resembles the New Man who is Jesus Christ. And so having received Mercy we must show mercy, in whatever small and humble ways that are available to us.
Please help to distribute the leaflets with the Christmas Mass Times to your neighbours & family
Response to the psalm: Sing and shout for joy, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
All Masses in the Church unless otherwise stated.
THIRD SUNDAY of ADVENT
Sat 6.30 pm Bernard Taylor, R.I.P.
Sun 10.00 am People of the Parish
Sun 6.30 pm Student Mass ***Note – this will be the last Sun. Evening Mass until Sun.13th Jan.
Mon 9.30 am
Tues 7.30 pm in Chaplaincy
Wed 9.30 am
Thurs 6.15 pm in Chaplaincy
Fri 8.30 am Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Fri 9.30 am St. Peter Canisius Stella Gordon, R.I.P. in Chaplaincy
Sat 10.30 am
FOURTH SUNDAY of ADVENT
Sat 6.30 pm Gerard O’Brien, R.I.P.
Sun 10.00 am People of the Parish
ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE
will be held on Wednesday, 19th December, at 7.00 pm. with visiting priests.
ST. MARY’S COLLEGE CAROL SERVICE will be held in the Church at 7.00 pm on Thursday, 20th December. All welcome. (The usual Thursday evening Mass will therefore be offered in the Chaplaincy at 6.15 pm. and on Friday morning Mass will also be in the Chaplaincy)
REQUESTS FOR PRAYERS AND MASSES FOR THE LIVING
Unfortunately, due to GDPR, we are told by our insurers that we are not allowed to include the names of those who are sick on our Parish Newsletter, unless they have given written consent. The same applies for Masses offered for those who are living. We are allowed to give the name of the donor only. This means that we will need to increase our stock of Mass cards so that people will know that they are being prayed for or having Masses said.
LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION
Loose Plate £329.25 SVP £213.19
Envelopes £371.33 Raffle £262.01
Total: £700.58 Thank you.
PETER TAYLOR will be ordained as a Deacon at St Mary’s Cathedral, Middlesbrough, on Sunday 13th January at the 10.00am Mass. There will be cars going up. Please sign the list at the back of church if you would like to attend.
FR GERARD BURNS, SM
Fr Gerard is celebrating his Golden Jubilee of priesthood (50 years) here THIS SUNDAY at the 10am Mass. There are refreshments to follow in the Hall. It is a pleasure and so appropriate that he comes here for this important event.
CHRISTMAS DRAW AND FAIR – THIS SUNDAY, 16th DECEMBER!
After Mass at 11am in the Parish Hall. Please bring any donations for the Cake Stall to the Parish Hall before Mass. Many thanks.
The Draw will take place at approx. 11.30am. Please come along and support this important Parish event.
CHRISTMAS PREPARATION – CHURCH CLEANING AND TREE DECORATING – Saturday, 22nd December at 11.00 am
If you are free, please come along and help to clean the church and decorate the tree in readiness for Christmas. Many hands make light work!
HULL CATHOLIC YOUTH CLUB
The first meeting of the new Hull Catholic Youth Club will be on Friday 18th January in the Parish Hall, 7 – 8.30 p.m. It is for young people from the Hull Catholic Parishes, year 5+. More information to follow.
DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
The annual Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place from 24th – 31st May 2019, flying from Durham Tees Valley airport. See poster for details.
A three day Faith Winter Session “Christ Our Eucharist” – for young Catholics (aged 15 +), 27th – 29th December at Stoneyhurst College, Lancashire. See Fr William for more details.
TAI CHI CLASS will begin in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, 9th January, 10.30 – 11.30 am. Discount available for payment per month. See poster for more details.
MASS TIMES FOR CHRISTMAS
Christmas Eve Carols from 7.30pm. Mass at 8.00 pm.
Christmas Day Mass at 10.00 am.
ROTAS FOR MASS AND LINEN
15th /16th December
Readers: 6.30: O. Reading, Sr.S. Morrison 10.00: Br.J.McAllister, P.Pushparajah
Communion: 6.30: F. Carroll, Sr.S. Morrison, J. O’Hare
10.00: R. Barlow, Br.J.McAllister, P. Perera, C. Lavelle, A. Muragwa
Linen: A. Pollock
Readers: 6.30: H. Cunnah, A. Pollock 10.00: L.Hines, L. Capraro
Communion: 6.30: O. Reading, P. Barron, T. Doto
10.00: A. Bentley, T. Hubbard, K. Lavelle, K. Leahy, R. Pipkin
Linen: F. Carroll
To book the Parish Hall: please contact Tim or Gwen Carruthers on 805457.
Fr. William Massie (PP) Tel: 342519 / 343216
Parish Office: 119 Cottingham Road, Hull HU5 2DH
Parish website: ollspc.com
Parish email: firstname.lastname@example.org