OUR LADY OF LOURDES & ST PETER CHANEL
HULL UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY
CHRIST THE KING - YEAR A
22nd November 2020
The King whose will is ‘to restore all things’
OUR KING IS IMMENSELY POWERFUL. This cannot be doubted if we are Christians and therefore believe Jesus to be who he says he is. This is also very exciting if we accept his invitation to be his ‘servants’ – the point of the parable that comes just before today’s gospel reading, bridegroom’, the one who loves us ‘mostest’.
There’s much talk about the fourth series of ‘The Crown’ which is now released on Netflix, no doubt soon as a DVD box set. As history it’s very unreliable.
As a lesson in the meaning of monarchy it’s interesting. The Queen is always ‘The Queen’. She is never off duty. So too Our Lord Jesus. She has a ‘Kingdom’. She has the remnants of an ‘Empire’ – rather larger in 1953 than in 2020. So too does Jesus Christ: the entire universe made through him and for him, says St Paul. In one scene, a friend of Princess Margaret, now a Catholic seminarian, tries to persuade her to become a Catholic. ‘Why would I give up my place at the centre of the Royal Family to do that?’ she retorts. ‘I am the sister of a Queen the daughter of a King Emperor.’ The seminarian does not reply. Perhaps the script writer could not think of a good reply. Surely we can: To be a Catholic is to know with utter certainty that we are the subjects, the servants, the children, the beloved of One who is King of Everything. His will is that of the Father: ‘to restore all things;’ (Opening Prayer at Mass). He will watch over us, feed us, bind up our wounds, make us strong when weak (the prophecy in today’s first reading). Are there no tough demands? Yes. He will also judge us if we will not do the same for others.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Church is open for personal prayer. See below. All Masses are live streamed and can be found on our Facebook Page and YouTube
Saturday 6.30pm November Dead
Sunday 10.00am November Dead
Sunday 6.30pm People of the Parish
Monday 9.30am Deceased members of the Basford & Kerins families
Tuesday 7.30pm November Dead
Wednesday 9.30am Pauline Kiely
Thursday 9.30am In thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Thursday 7.30pm November Dead Extraordinary Form (Latin)
Friday 9.30am Ellen Nelson (anniv)
Saturday 9.30am November Dead
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: [to coincide with church opening]
Thursday: 6pm to 7pm
Friday: 11am to 12noon
Saturday: 11am to 12 noon
CONFESSIONS: heard by appointment. Call 343216
First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 A promise from God to the people of Israel (in exile in Babylon in the 6th Century BC) that he will come in person to shepherd his people, rescue them from mist and darkness and show them where to rest. This prophecy was fulfilled beautifully when Jesus came and announced: ‘I am the Good Shepherd’.
Second Reading: First letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Christ’s royal power is to make men pass from death to life - death, our last enemy – and bring all peoples together in God.
FEASTS THIS WEEK
Monday: St Clement, Pope & Martyr. Tuesday: St Andrew Dung-Lac. Wednesday: St Catherine of Alexandria.
Please pray for those who have died: John Simmons, Hugh Sweeney.
THE CHURCH IS OPEN EVERY DAY FOR PERSONAL PRAYER
Between 11am & 12noon and 6pm & 7pm (5pm & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday).
The Lord Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. Please come and make a spiritual communion with Him.
PLEASE DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS OUTSIDE CHURCH
It is good to see people coming to pray in church. Please be careful of gathering in groups outside church. We can only speak with one person at a time.
MASSES AND PRAYERS FOR OUR BELOVED DEAD IN NOVEMBER
In November especially we pray for our beloved family and friends who have died. Envelopes are available. The lists will be placed on the altar and Masses will be celebrated throughout November.
Are available from the back of church. Price: £1.50.
NEXT SUNDAY IS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
During Advent,the Diocese will be livestreaming the celebration of Vespers, evening prayer of the Church, every Tuesday from various locations around the Diocese. On Tuesday 22nd December it will be live streamed from our Parish, representing the southern deanery of our Diocese, at 6:30pm before the 7:30pm Mass. Follow the link to find out more: http://ow.ly/nvyZ50CoZmV
RED MISSION BOXES
Please return your Mission Boxes for counting. Would you like a ‘Red Mission Box’? To be a Christian is to be a Missionary.
MISSIO 2021 CALENDARS
We have received a small number of calendars free of charge for our parishioners - available at back of church. Do consider making them a donations to aid their overseas work. Please send direct to them (details in calendar).
NOVENA FOR THE DIOCESAN ‘LOURDES FAMILY’:
Monday 30 November to Tuesday 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception). At 7pm each night, Lourdes pilgrims will lead t the Rosary and you can pray through the Lourdes Facebook group page. The Novena ends on Tuesday December 8 with the Rosary at 6.35pm.
PLEASE REMEMBER THE LESS FORTUNATE
Especially in the cold winter months, by donating tins, packets of nourishing foods (tinned & dried) and basic toiletries. We support the foodbank
run by the Vineyard Church on Vulcan Street HU6 7PS (01482 343333). They collect on Mondays & Thursdays between 11am & 1pm.
BIBLE STUDY IS EVERY TUESDAY EVENING at 8.15pm on YouTube.
YOUTH CLUB IS EVERY FRIDAY via ZOOM at 7.15pm. Contact Michelle at email@example.com
READ A WEEKLY CATHOLIC PAPER?
The Universe & Catholic Times have now combined. Please consider buying one from us. It contains excellent reporting on the life of the Church across the world, and inspiring weekly reflections on the Sunday Mass readings, etc. Price: £1.90.
NEW SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE CHURCH
Recently, we’ve struggled to try and integrate the church’s sound system to the computer, but it just wasn’t designed to cope with the demands of livestreaming. However, we have good news! We have a new sound system. It includes a new radio microphone system, a new top spec amplifier and, importantly, a professionally fitted direct connection to the computer for the livestream. This means we have much clearer sound both in the church and at home.
CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
If anyone is interested in further exploring Marian spirituality, with a view to making a total consecration to Jesus through Our Lady please email Sarah James at firstname.lastname@example.org . Meetings can be via Zoom. The suggested book is '33 Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary: Inspired by St Louis Marie de Montfort' by Pridmore & Slattery, priced £2.95 in Amazon.
YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH Last week we received £139.00.
Weekly average offertory by Standing Order in October was £224.53
THANK YOU to those who are managing to support the parish financially during this difficult time. The envelopes through the door and the new Standing Orders are making a difference. It is our only source of income.
A reminder of our bank details in case you would like to set up a Standing Order:
Barclays Bank, Middlesbrough.
Sort code: 20-56-90,
Account name: Diocese of Middlesbrough
Account number 43496074
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)