SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
7th & 8th December 2019
“Produce the appropriate fruit…”
John the Baptist cut a fierce image, as a group of Pharisees and Sadducees came to him for baptism: “Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming?” His words cut deeply. He could read their hearts. Theirs was no genuine, humble spirit of repentance but perhaps just a desire not to be seen as missing out on something. What might people think if they didn’t also go for baptism?
There is not much risk nowadays of people attending Mass simply to avoid the criticisms of others. Perhaps we might benefit this Advent from asking ourselves what our motivation really is. Is the practice of our faith a seeking to live out a relationship with God? One problem with the Pharisees was that for them religion was largely the keeping of rules and regulations and they would do no more than was necessary. John the Baptist challenged them: if you have faith, “produce the appropriate fruit”.
What might the appropriate fruit of a relationship of God be? The first reading at Mass this morning lists those qualities that the Spirit of God will bestow on the Messiah when he comes – wisdom, insight, counsel, power. Just as impressive is the spirit of reconciliation described later in the reading: “The wolf lives with the lamb… They do no hurt, no harm, on all my holy mountain”. If these words make us think of relationships in our lives that need healing, that we can do something to heal, then this is where the grace of God is needed to help the appropriate fruit to grow. The Baptist’s challenge is to make our faith make a difference to the way we live, the way we relate to others. It can, it should, it will do this if our faith is a relationship with the living God.
Response to the Psalm:
In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Please note the extra weekday Masses. All Masses are in the Church unless otherwise stated.
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT Year A
Sat 6.30 pm Fred Newmarch, R.I.P.
Sun 10.00 am People of the Parish
Sun 6.30 pm
Mon 9.30 am David Bond, R.I.P.
Tues 7.30 pm in Chaplaincy
Wed 8.00 am in Chaplaincy
Wed 9.30 am
Thurs 9.30 am
Thurs 7.30 pm in Chaplaincy
Fri 9.30 am Irene & Ken Moon & liv.& dec’d Fox families
Sat 9.30 am in Chaplaincy
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Sat 6.30 pm Intentions of Beryl Taylor
Sun 10.00 am People of the Parish
Sun 6.30 pm
ADORATION OF THE NOTE EXTRA TIMES FOR
BLESSED SACRAMENT CONFESSIONS
Thursday, 6.30pm - 7.30pm Saturday 10am – 10.45am in Chaplaincy
Friday, 8.30am – 9.30am Saturday 5.15pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am - 11am Sunday 5.45pm – 6.15pm
CAFOD ADVENT SERVICE
There will be a CAFOD Advent Service this Sunday, 8th December, at 3 pm in St. Charles Church. All are welcome. (See notice in porch.)
Loose Plate £233.89; Envelopes £341.50, Total £575.39. Thank you.
MASS IN THE ‘EXTRAORDINARY FORM’ EVERY THURSDAY EVENING
It is now celebrated at the University Chaplaincy every Thursday evening at 7.30pm.
Every Tuesday evening, 8.15 – 9.00pm after 7.30pm Mass for a closer look at the gospel reading of the previous Sunday. All are welcome to the Chaplaincy Common Room.
If any family has any old white albs (even old ones) at home please return them to the sacristy for cleaning etc. New cassocks are very expensive.
We are looking for volunteers to assist with book-keeping for the parish finances. If you able to help please contact Fr Massie.
PARISH CHRISTMAS DRAW 15th December
Donations please for the Hamper Draw for which there is a list of appropriate items in the Church porch. Please return ticket stubs and money. This year Our Lady’s Bookshop will have a stall.
TOMBOLA PRIZES, CAKES AND BUNS are also needed. Please leave Tombola prizes either in the Social Club before or after 10am Mass on Sundays or give to a priest or Council member. Cakes and buns for the Cake Stall should be brought on the day. Helpers on the day also will be needed. Contact Therese Hubbard on 07736 258506 for further information.
The Church will be decorated for Christmas after the 9.30am Mass on Wednesday 18th December. Please come along to help even if you can only spare half an hour.
SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION
With visiting priests: Wednesday 18th December 7pm to 8pm. We’re all sinners – we all need God’s forgiveness. As Catholics we have an infallible means of receiving it in this Sacrament. As we gain great consolation and peace in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, so there is a similarly wonderful encounter through confession. Please come.
PLEASE RETURN RAFFLE TICKET STUBS AND MONEY ASAP, as well as any unsold tickets.
CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS on sale at all our churches. There is a special free Advent Magazine in this week’s Catholic Herald.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES IN MAY 2020
For 67 years, the Diocese of Middlesbrough has been travelling to Lourdes each summer for days of pilgrimage: prayer, penance and great fraternity. Many friendships have begun in Lourdes and even marriages. The dates next year are 22nd to 29th May. There are many different ways of travelling – by coach with Fr Colman or by plane from Teesside. If you would like further information, pick up a Booking Form from the back of church.
‘WALK WITH ME’, A Journey of Prayer for Advent & Christmastide booklet is now available in the church porch. Price £1. A booklet of daily readings and reflections to help us discover Christ anew during this advent and Christmastide period.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SUMMER 2020 The next meeting for parents & children is on Thursday 16th January at 6.15pm at 113 Cottingham Road.
CONFIRMATION SUMMER PREPARATION
The next meeting for the young people who have signed up will be on Wednesday, 11th December 6pm at the Chaplaincy, 113 Cottingham Road. Speak to Fr Peter or Alex for further information.
PEDESTRIANS, ESPECIALLY ELDERLY, PLEASE NOTE
Please be aware that there have been muggings in this area and take particular care not to carry bags, phones or money in plain sight and, if possible, do not walk alone.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Sunday 15th December Christmas Draw, Tombola, Cakes & Our Lady’s Bookshop
Wednesday 18th December 10.00 am. Decorating the tree
Wednesday 18th December 7.00 – 8.00 pm, Advent reconciliation
Thursday 19th December St Mary’s Carol College Service
Saturday 21st December 10.00 am. Cleaning the Church.
Christmas Eve 7.30 pm Carols and Mass
Christmas Day 8.30 am. & 10.00 am.
ROTAS FOR MASS AND LINEN
7th / 8th December
Readers: 6.30: A. Pollock, T. Doto 10.00: L. Hines, L. Caparo
Communion: 6.30: O. Reading, P. Barron, T. Doto
10.00: T. Hubbard, K. Lavelle, K. Leahy, A. Kalombe, R. Pipkin
Linen: S, Teixeira-Damaso
Readers: 6.30: O. Reading, C. Hines 10.00: P.Perera, M. Justice
Communion:6.30: A. Pollock, H. Rice, F. Carroll
10.00: P.Perera, T. Carruthers, S. Murambya, Br.J.McAllister, K. Croughan
Linen: F. Carroll
To book the Parish Hall: please contact Tim or Gwen Carruthers on 805457.
Fr William Massie (PP) Tel: 342519 / 343216
Fr Peter Taylor
Parish Office: 119 Cottingham Road, Hull HU5 2DH
Parish website: ollspc.com
Parish email: email@example.com