Fourteenth Sunday - Year A
5th July 2020
St Paul's Letter to the Romans
A commentary by Fr Raniero Cantalamessa
For the next eleven weeks, the second reading at Sunday Mass will continue to be taken from St Paul's letter to the Romans. The Franciscan priest, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa has written a fine commentary on this important book. Here are some of his opening remarks:
The runner arriving breathlessly in the town square from the battlefield doesn't begin by giving an orderly account of the development of events and neither does he waste time on details. He goes straight to the point and in a few words gives the most important piece of news which everyoneis waiting to hear. If a battle has been won, he shouts:"Victory" and if peace has been made, he shouts "Peace!" St Paul, chosen to announce the word of God, behaves in the same way at the beginning of his Letter to the Romans. He comes as the herald of the greatest event in the world, as the messenger of the most splendid of victories, and hastens to tell us, in a few words, the most beautiful news ever told: To all God's beloved people in Rome who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! (Rom 1:7) And what news! He is saying: God loves you...peace has been made between heaven and earth...have grace! When we hear or read these words we become witnesses to the first breaking of the good news to the world; we relive the moment in which the Gospel 'exploded' in all its greatness and newness, for the first time in history. No other considerations, not even that of our unworthiness, must be allowed to disturb our hearts and distract them from this joyous certainty until they have been filled with this first and most important message: that God loves us and is offering us this very day his peace and grace as fruits of his love.
As soon as we withdraw into ourselves a little and set about reforming our lives, we quickly realise how much time, conflict and bad habits have hardened us. Iron doesn't bend which it is cold. It must first be heated by fire to soften it. We want to warm ourselves in God's love. We will then be able to b ear the hammering of God's word without hardening our hearts because it's possible to bear anything when we feel loved.
MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS
Saturday 6.30pm Deceased members of the SVP
Sunday 10.00am People of the Parish
6.30pm Deceased members of the Holtby family
Monday 9.30am Fred Newmarch
Tuesday 7.30pm Gladys Calonia
Wednesday 9.3oam Alan Smart & living & dec'd members of the Fox family
1.30pm Requiem Mass for Tony Barmby
Thursday 9.30am (OF) Special Intention (C.H.)
7.30pm (EF) Basia Otrebska
Friday 9.30am Intention (K.H.)
Saturday 11.45am Deceased members of Padre Pio Prayer group
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: (live-streamed)
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: Zechariah 9:9-10 The true Messiah King will enter his cit not in a Daimler costing millions but on a donkey. 'He will proclaim peace for the nations'. After all the bloodshed in the founding, defence and fall of Israel recounted in the Old Testament, this must have sounded almost impossibly wonderful. It still does. If only the hearts and minds of each of us were attuned to the Lord's voice.
Second Reading: Letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:9, 11-13 In St Paul, 'to live unspiritually' means to confine oneself to human strength and goals. 'To live spiritually' is to rely on Christ and belong to him. He exhorts us to live spiritual lives, put an end to the misdeeds of the body and live.
FEASTS THIS WEEK
Monday: St Maria Goretti. Thursday: St Augustine Zhao Rong & companions. Saturday: Feast of St Benedict, Patron of Europe.
OUR PARISH CHURCH IS OPEN EVERY DAY THIS WEEK
We are opening the church for TWO HOURS DAILY, BETWEEN 6PM AND 8PM. In the light of these guidelines, 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'.
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.
Please take note of important information contained in the separate attachment 'Everything you wanted to know about coming to Mass' at the end of this Newsletter.
The bishops have stated that the OBLIGATION TO ATTEND MASS EVERY SUNDAY AND HOLY DAY IS NOT YET REIMPOSED.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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’.
BIBLE STUDY every Tuesday evening at 8.15 on our YouTube channel.
YOUTH CLUB GET-TOGETHER online via Zoom every Friday evening at 7.15pm. Contact Michelle at email@example.com for details.
YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
Thank you to those who are managing to support the parish financially during this difficult time.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.