OUR LADY OF LOURDES & ST PETER CHANEL
HULL UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY
25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
20th September 2020
Finding common purpose in Jesus Christ
Don’t we detect a certain fragmentation in our own country and the wider world? Murmurs of a second Scottish referendum, the dilemmas and demands of Brexit – and the uncertainties that will follow. Very differing ethical outlooks among foreign regimes – China and its oppression of the Uighurs and Christians, deep divisions among western nations. Does it not all come down to the scramble for wealth and influence, the protection of the well-being of a nation? There is not much room left for altruism, concern for the poor and less able.
Once it was thought, if only we were a meritocracy, things would be fairer. The Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel has just published a book, ‘The Tyranny of Merit’, warning that there are too many losers if only the more able get rewarded. Sandel is secular, but he points for a way forward using Aristotle and Catholic social teaching’s idea of the common good.
In today’s parable Jesus seems to warn that if we only see value in money, wages, a livelihood, there will always be some who do better some who do worse. Is this unfair? None of us choose to be born. None of us choose the intellect, abilities we are born with. But having less than others does not have to be painful. In the parable of the workers in the vineyard we can overlook the obvious: the ‘landowner’ makes a personal agreement with each of the workers he sends into his vineyard. The ‘landowner’ is Christ our Lord. If all areas of our life – our home, our recreation, our work, are seen as working for Him, then two things follow: the rest of mankind are not our rivals but our co-workers; and the One we work for is enormously generous.
WELCOME to University students returning to Hull and especially if you are here for the first time. Please introduce yourselves to Fr William or Fr Peter. Despite Covid there is a programme of events prepared. Look out for the CathSoc Stall at Freshers’ Fair during the week and ask for a Term Card.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
All Masses can be found and streamed on our Facebook Page and Youtube (Sundays only)
Saturday 6.30pm Benedict Romson Nazareth
Sunday 10.00am Ammini Thomas (anniv)
Sunday 6.30pm (Student Mass) People of the Parish
Monday 9.30am Ints of Fr Peter Egan (sick)
Tuesday 7.30pm Dominik Osuch
Wednesday 9.30am Noreen Malone & David Fletcher
Thursday 9.30am Kerins & O’Brien families
Thursday 6.30pm CONFIRMATION MASS Fred & Pat Smith
Friday 9.30am A sick young man
Saturday 9.30am Deceased members of the SVP
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 55:6-9 The sinner has no excuse for putting off his conversion. It is
never “too late” whatever we have done – or however long it is since my last
Second Reading: Letter of St Paul to the Philippians 1:20-24, 27 St Paul writes from
prison. He is so united to Christ in his heart that he minds not whether he lives or dies.
This is a sort of “holy” indifference which is really immense trust in God’s personal love.
FEASTS THIS WEEK
Monday: Feast of St Matthew, apostle.
Tuesday: Our Lady of Sorrows.
Wednesday: St Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).
Thursday: Our Lady of Walsingham.
Saturday: Ss. Cosmas & Damian.
APPEAL BY ‘AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED’
WELCOME to Angela Deevey who is visiting the parish THIS weekend to make an appeal for this Catholic charity which supports Catholic and other Christian churches in some of the poorest parts of the world.
TEAMS OF OUR LADY
Have you heard of ‘Teams of Our Lady’? They are a loose ‘family’ of groups of married couples who meet monthly for a simple meal, reflection on their lives that month and prayer. It is simply structured through a Newsletter that is published every few months with readings and prayers. I have been ‘chaplain’ to a ‘Teams’ group for a few years and I think it is a gentle support, both human and spiritual, for married couples and their families. You can learn more by googling ‘Teams of Our Lady GB’. It would be excellent if a few groups of 4 or 5 couples would come together and form some ‘Teams of Our Lady’. Both spouses do not have to be Catholic and you can even draw people in from other parishes! Let me know if you are interested.
BIBLE STUDY HAS RESUMED EACH TUESDAY EVENING at 8.15pm on our YouTube channel.
YOUTH CLUB HAS RESUMED EACH FRIDAY at 7.15pm. Contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will be celebrated here by Bishop Drainey on Thursday 24th September at 6.30pm.
MASS AT THE LADY CHAPEL IN OSMOTHERLY resumes on Saturday 12th September at 3pm. Unfortunately, there will be no hospitality on offer due to the Covid-19 situation. No booking is required.
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
APPEAL BY ‘AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED’
Angela Deevey will be visiting the parish over the weekend of 19th/20th September to make an appeal for this Catholic charity which supports Catholic and other Christian churches in some of the poorest parts of the world.
CAFOD CORONAVIRUS APPEAL
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’.
YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
THANK YOU for last Sunday’s Collection: £1,238.20 (several people were ‘catching up’). Weekly average offertory by Standing Order in August was £205.15
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:
To 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
If you are a tax payer, ask for a set of envelopes and fill in a Gift Aid Form.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
YouTube: Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel
Fr William Massie (Parish Priest)
Fr Peter Taylor (Assistant Priest)