EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY – Year A
2nd AUGUST 2020
It’s time to go back to Mass
Of all the miracles of Jesus, the feeding of very large crowds by ‘multiplying’ food was spectacular. I think we can say these events were very great miracles. For one, they were witnessed and shared in by a great number of people. Jesus’ other miracles often benefited one person and were witnessed only by a handful. Jesus also often told the people not to tell anyone about that personal miracle. News of the miraculous feedings must have spread far and wide. But however much they were great miracles, they were only a preparation for an even greater miracle, we might call it the Great Miracle of Jesus. That Miracle took place at the Last Supper. In the upper room, Jesus performed all the ritual actions he had employed at the miraculous feedings: he took bread, gave thanks, blessed it, raised his eyes to heaven but on this occasion he turned it into Himself.
Let us be in no doubt at all, the reason why the Last Supper is still the Great Miracle of Jesus today is that on that first event he said to his apostles: ‘Now you continue to do this to make me present.’ The American Catholic Scripture scholar, Scott Hahn, says: note, Jesus didn’t say at the Last Supper, ‘Now go and write a book. He said rather ‘Now, you do this to make me present.’
During Lockdown we were only able to participate in Mass from a distance. We were totally unprepared for this. It had never happened before in our lifetimes. We must learn lessons from the experience in case it has to happen again. Now we need to remind ourselves why it is even more essential to be physically present at Mass than to get to the shops to buy food or to get out for a walk: we get to Mass to get to Jesus. Physically. In our Catholic churches we have introduced new measures, ‘rituals’ you might say, which mean that it is safer to be at Mass than to go to the shops or to put petrol in the car. For most of us now, it’s time to go back to Mass.
MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS
All Masses can be found and live streamed on our Facebook Page and Youtube (Sundays only)
Saturday 6.30pm Special Intentions (KH)
Sunday 10.00am People of the Parish
Sunday 6.30pm Deceased members of the Padre Pio Prayer group
Monday 9.30am Fred Newmarch
Tuesday 7.30pm Patricia Capraro
Wednesday 9.30am David Joseph Bond
Wednesday 12.30pm Requiem Mass for Rita Lockwood
Thursday NO MORNING MASS
Friday 9.30am Joey Nugent
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:
Thursday: 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Friday: 8.30am to 9.30am (with Morning Prayer at 8.30am)
Saturday: 10am to 11am
CONFESSIONS: heard in the garden by appointment. Call 343216
First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3
This is a psalm composed in a period of great want,probably during the exile with the intention of leading the people to discover another hunger – for the bread of that word which God is always willing to give in abundance.
Second Reading: Letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:35, 37-39
If love is stronger than anything, what can be said of the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus?
FEASTS THIS WEEK
Tuesday: St Jean Vianney.
Wednesday: Dedication of the Basilica of Mary Major.
Thursday: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Friday: Blessed Nicholas Postgate.
Saturday: St Dominic.
TRANSLATION OF ‘PANIS ANGELICUS’
Thus the Bread of Angels is made the Bread of man today:
the Living Bread from heaven with figures dost away:
O wondrous gift indeed! the poor and lowly man feeds upon his Lord and Master.
REOPENING OF CHURCH FOR MASS
We are delighted that we are now able to resume the public celebration of Holy Mass on Sundays and weekdays. All the Masses will be celebrated in the Parish Church. Would you please email or phone me if you would be able to assist with the opening and maintaining of the parish church, either as a ‘cleaner’ or as a ‘steward’.
The wearing of face masks in church is obligatory as the seating is slightly less than 2 meters.
BIBLE STUDY will resume in September.
MARY’S MEALS have asked us to share their short You Tube video message: Mary’s Meals Virtual Family Hour. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzZ7jnjQWZY
NURSERY AT ENDSLEIGH HOLY CHILD PRIMARY SCHOOL
Endsleigh has a limited number of 15 hour places available in our nursery for 3 and 4 year olds starting in September. Please contact the school on 853203 for further information. Alternatively email the school on email@example.com
CAFOD CORONAVIRUS APPEAL
CAFOD has launched a coronavirus emergency appeal. The virus has now spread worldwide, with confirmed cases in many countries. The effects on developing countries are likely to be devastating. You can donate at https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Coronavirus-appeal, or make a bank transfer to the parish account and attach a note saying ‘Cafod coronavirus appeal’.
We have received a letter from Cafod thanking the parish for our donation received this month for £648.55.
YOUTH CLUB IS RESTING FOR THE SUMMER
It will resume on Friday 11th September at 7.15pm. Contact Michelle at
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Our Pastoral Assistant and Youth Worker, Alex Corser is coming to the end of the time of his formal employment. This Sunday will be his last weekend as the ‘Pastoral Assistant’. I’m sure you will want to join with me in thanking him for his very generous work, especially for the young people in our schools and parish. During lockdown Alex has been excellent company and shown great flexibility and generosity. Keep him in your prayers.
YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
THANK YOU for last Sunday’s Collection: £756.19
Thank you to all who are managing to support the parish financially during this
difficult time. During the period January to June 2020 our offertory income was
£4000 less than the same period last year. If you are able to make a donation to
help us it would be much appreciated.
Just a reminder how you can support the parish:
• Drop an envelope through the door of 115 Cottingham Rd (when you are out shopping)
• Put aside each week what you can afford and drop it in when passing.
• Write to your bank and set up a ‘Standing Order’. Our account details are as follows:
Barclays Bank, Middlesbrough.
Sort code: 20-56-90,
Account name: Diocese of Middlesbrough
Account number 43496074
FOODBANK RUN BY THE VINEYARD CHURCH ON VULCAN STREET
We support the foodbank run by the Vineyard Church on Vulcan Street, Hull HU6 7PS (01482 343333). They collect on Mondays & Thursdays between 11am & 1pm.
'HOME RETREATS' FROM AMPLEFORTH ABBEY
The Monastic Community is offering a series of simple Home Retreats. Go to www.ampleforth.org.uk/abbey/news (includes text containing the reflections and suggestions).
115 Cottingham Road HULL HU5 2DH
Telephone: 01482 343216
Email address: email@example.com
YouTube: Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel
Fr William Massie (Parish Priest)
Fr Peter Taylor (Assistant Priest)
Alex Corser (Pastoral Assistant)
Everything you wanted to know about coming to Mass on Sunday
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the most important things to remember at this time?
If you or a member of your household have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 you must stay at home. Please do not come to church. If you have been advised to isolate or are particularly vulnerable you must stay at home. If you are 70+ years old you should follow the Government guidelines.
2. When can we return to Sunday Mass?
Sunday Masses will begin on 4/5th July at Our Lady of Lourdes & St Peter Chanel. The Mass times are:
Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30 pm
Sunday Masses at 10.00 am and 6.30 pm
3. Do I have to “book” in order to attend?
No. However, family households and individuals will have to arrive in very good time before Mass begins in order to ensure a seat. We have a maximum number of 79 seats available at each Mass.
4. Will I be able to sit in my usual spot or wherever I like?
No. You will have to wait to be seated by a steward. You will have no choice in where you sit. Available seats will be filled up row by row in an orderly fashion as stewards seat family households, couples and individuals. In this way, we will maintain social distancing and ensure that we can safely seat the maximum number of people.
5. Will there be the same number of seats available as usual?
No. Every second row of seats has been closed off and a strict space of two meters must be kept between every family household or individual and the next family household or individual.
6. Will we need to be recorded in line with the Government’s ‘Test and Trace’ Scheme?
Yes. The Government seeks cooperation in the ‘Test and Trace’ system by our keeping a record of those attending a church at any one time. Each person entering church will be handed a ‘Test and Trace Card’. The completed card ensures a record of those attending church (with their contact number). These will be collected before Mass begins or immediately after Mass and then retained securely for 21 days.
6. Will I be able to use the toilets?
No. The toilets will be locked. Please make sure that you go to the toilet before coming to Mass.
7. Will the church be cleaned?
Yes. The church is cleaned every day, and on Saturday and Sunday there will be an especially thorough cleaning.
8. Which doors must I use to enter the church?
The main doors at the back will be open. You must not enter by any other doors. Two stewards will be at each entrance.
9. What is the first thing that I must do when I arrive?
Pray. As you cross the threshold into this sacred space, thank Jesus for being able to come into His presence and to meet Him again in word and sacrament.
10. What is the second thing I must do?
Sanitise your hands. Please use the single pump of the hand sanitiser which will be available at the entrance doors.
11. And the third thing?
If you haven’t done so already, you may put on your face mask or covering. This can be worn throughout the celebration of Mass.
12. And then what will happen?
Respecting social distancing measures, please queue and wait to be seated by one of the stewards. This may take a little time.
Please remain in your place while you are in church. We must avoid breaking the social distance limit. Please talk to your friends outside church after Mass.
If you or a member of your family are in a wheelchair or have a disability, please make yourself known to a steward and you will be seated immediately in an area reserved.
Please remember, this is new to all of us; and, therefore, we ask for your patience and understanding, and to treat our stewards with respect.
13. Will the celebration of Mass be as normal?
The essential elements, for example, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist will be the same. However, some things will be different, for example, sadly, there will be no music.
14. May I bring my Hand Missal?
You may – but please take it away with you after Mass.
15. Will I be able to receive Holy Communion or come up for a blessing?
Yes, of course. We are now able to receive Christ’s Body and Blood but at this point under “one kind”, that is, the consecrated host which, of course, contains the fullness of Christ’s divine life and love. You will be guided by the stewards row by row and in an orderly and prayerful fashion to receive Holy Communion.
Please sanitise your hands from the portable sanitiser which will be on a trolley in the central aisle wheeled by a steward.
Please maintain social distancing as you process to receive our Lord.
Please receive our Lord’s Body on the throne made with the palms of your hands. You are asked not to receive on the tongue at this time.
Hold your arms at full length and have your palms flat so that the priest or Minister of Holy Communion can place the Body of Christ onto your palm for you to consume reverently. Holy Communion will be distributed in silence.
If you are coming up for a blessing please stand a good distance away from the priest with your hands across your chest and you will receive a simple blessing in silence.
If you are not receiving Holy Communion or a blessing, you also must also come up and follow the people on your row back to your seat. In this way, people will not have to step over or pass close to you as they return from receiving Holy Communion.
16. After I have received Holy Communion or a blessing, what do I do?
Pray from your heart the greatest prayer: “Thank you, Lord.”
17. Which doors must I use to exit the church?
The exit is to the front of the church on the right. You must not exit by any other doors except in an emergency. A steward will be at the door. Please leave the church in an orderly fashion, being particularly aware of social distancing. You may sanitise your hands again as you leave.
18. What about my offering for the running and support of the parish?
We thank you for the offering you give this day. There will be baskets for you to place your offering in as you leave.
If you want to support the parish by standing order or give online, please see the Parish Newsletter or Facebook Page for more information.
19. Newsletter! Will there be a newsletter?
Yes, it’s back. For those who do not wish to access the newsletter on the website, it will be available to pick up and take home at the end of Mass. It has been printed and folded by machine. No hands have touched it. Please take it away with you as anything left in the church will have to be destroyed immediately after Mass.
20. Will I be able to chat to the priests after Mass?
Sadly, not at the moment. For the time being, the priests will not come outside as we would normally do because we do not want to risk people congregating around us and breaking social distance rules. But if you want to speak to us, please do ring. If we can help you in any way, we will.
You are in our prayers and every day we have been lifting you in the Eucharistic arms of the Church to our Heavenly Father. Be assured that we will continue to do so.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. God bless and protect you, your families and friends.