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OUR LADY OF LOURDES & ST PETER CHANEL

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

18th February 2023

Forty days in the ‘wilderness’

Our Lord Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness before beginning his ‘public ministry’. Our season of Lent lasts for forty days. Is there any connection?

For Jesus it was a time of ‘preparation’. The Lord prepared by prayer and fasting to do the will of the three persons of the Trinity, to redeem the human race. Mysteriously, we can suppose that it was part of the divine condescension of the Incarnation that our divine Lord ‘wrapped’ his human mind around all that he knew would take place over the following three years, culminating in Calvary. How much more do we need to wrap our minds around the demands and promises of our Catholic faith!

In a wilderness there are few distractions. We know how quickly Jesus would be surrounded by crowds and only find time in the night and early morning to pray. Can we try to simplify our lives during our forty days of Lent and create some ‘wilderness’ time and space for prayer? Could you read the Sunday Mass readings over and over again and ask the Lord to speak to you through them? They can be found in a Sunday Missal or at www.universalis.com.

Jesus, we know, confronted the devil in the wilderness. It’s hard to estimate what hold the devil has over our lives. He knows he must stay hidden to exert influence in our lives lest we be frightened at the sight of his ‘cloven hoof’ and rush to our Saviour. We know there is sin in our life, the traces of his malign presence. We accommodate it. We even ‘love’ some of our sins. We have forty days to ‘speak the truth and shame the devil.’

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS
Saturday    9.30am
Saturday    6.30pm  Intentions of Moncy Thomas
Sunday     10.00am  Repose of the Soul of Romilda (6 mths anniv)
Sunday        6.30pm  People of the Parish
Monday       9.30am  David Joseph Bond RIP
Tuesday       7.30pm  Deceased members of Hull Franciscan Fraternity
Wednesday 9.30am  Family of Maria Alfredas RIP (6th anniv)
Thursday
Friday          9.30am  Ints of Merin Moncy Thomas
Friday          7.00pm  In the Chaplaincy – Latin Mass in 1969 Roman Rite 
Saturday     9.30am
Saturday     6.30pm  Bernard & Beryl Taylor RIP
Sunday      10.00am  Luke Antony Lavelle RIP
Sunday        6.30pm  People of the Parish

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:
Friday: 8.30am to 9.15am
Saturday: 10am to 11am

CONFESSIONS:
Saturday: 10am to 10.45am; 5pm to 6pm
Sunday: 5.30pm to 6pm

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Monday to Friday at 12.15pm. Friday after Mass & 7.30pm.

READINGS AT MASS
First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 The first thing that Noah did on emerging from the ark was to sacrifice to God in thanksgiving for his deliverance. To this God replied with this promise, guaranteed by the reassuring sign of the rainbow, a symbol of earth and heaven being bound together, a sort of glorious pathway to heaven.

Second Reading: First Letter of St Peter 3:18-22 The Flood, which long ago swallowed up sinners and left the ‘just’ safe and sound, is an image of our baptism which makes us pass from death to life. It is also an image of the great purifying act of Christ on behalf of all mankind, to enable all to share in his risen life.

FEASTS THIS WEEK:
Wednesday: St Peter Damian.
Thursday: Feast of the Chair of St Peter.
Friday: St Polycarp.

NOTICES

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY – LENT APPEAL
This Lent, your donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day appeal will help hardworking people like James, the fisherman, in Liberia with resources, tools and training to feed their families for good. We shall have a collection next week, so please bring your envelopes back and please join us in praying with James that our sisters and brothers around the world have what they need to feed their families. Many thanks.

OUR LADY’S BOOKSHOP IS VISITING
Our Lady ‘s Bookshop from Northgate, Hessle, will be visiting on Sunday 25 February. They will have a stall in the parish hall after 10am Mass selling rosaries, bibles, spiritual books for Lent, St Patrick’s Day and Easter cards and much more.

MASS FOR HEALING AT BAR CONVENT YORK
On Tuesday 27 February at 11.45am, it will be celebrated by Fr Dominique Minskip. For info contact Fiona Hill: fiona@stbedes.org.uk / 01904 464900

SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN STUDENT CONFERENCE
23rd to 25th February 2024 at Stone Staffordshire. This is already fully booked. Register for cancellations only: katherinehampton@spuc.org.uk

TALK AT UNIVERSITY OPEN TO ALL: DO GOD & POLITICS MIX?
By Sir Stephen Timms MP at the Middleton Hall on Thursday 14 March at 7.30pm. Entry by ticket only – free from ticketsource.co.uk/middleton-hall or see posters for QR Code.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER AT AMPLEFORTH ABBEY
Ampleforth Abbey welcome families, individuals, groups and couples for their Easter Retreat which runs from 28 to 31 March 2024. For further info, go to:
ampleforthabbey.org.uk/easter-triduum-retreat

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION IN MAY 2024
Our Parish First Holy Communion Classes have begun. Next Meeting: Thursday 22 February.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT 10AM MASS
The ‘Liturgy of the Word’ for children under first holy communion age is at the Sunday 10am Mass (fortnightly).

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
It’s from Sunday 26 May to Saturday 1 June 2024. Cost, including flight from Teesside airport and full board at a good hotel, is from £845 per person. Enquiries to Joe Walsh Tours: info@joewalshtours.co.uk

THE CATHOLIC HERALD & THE WEEKLY UNIVERSE ARE ON SALE
… in the church porch. One is a mixture of reporting, spiritual reflection and reviews. The other is more news-based. Do buy one.

PILGRIMAGE TO ASSISI & ROME IN SEPTEMBER 2024
Flying from Manchester/Stansted, from Monday 9 September to Monday 16 September, we will spend two nights in Assisi and five at Palazzola, a beautiful villa overlooking Lake Albano, belonging to the English Seminary in Rome. All flights, coach journeys and meals are included in the cost. All we have to do is get to and from Manchester Airport. 14 places available. Email me and I’ll forward you the info from our agent, Anthony Coles.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
Sunday 11 February: £565.78
Weekly Standing Order Average: £233

For Weekly envelopes speak to Fr William or Margaret Crummay.
For a Standing Order:
Barclays Bank, Middlesbrough. Sort code: 20-56-90. Account name: ‘Diocese of Middlesbrough’. Account number 43496074

CONTACT DETAILS:

115 Cottingham Road HULL HU5 2DH
Telephone: 01482 343216
Email address: chanelparishhull@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook/chanelparishhull Website: ollspc.com
YouTube: Our Lady of Lourdes and St Peter Chanel
Fr William Massie (Parish Priest)

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY MASS TO BE PRAYED AT HOME

In Christ we were baptised and became one with him; so in His Spirit let us pray to the Father.

For all Christians whose faith is being tested by hardship, spiritual dry-ness or any outside pressures; that they may hold fast to Christ and emerge stronger in the knowledge of his loyal, sustaining love.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For those involved in advertising, broadcasting and journalism: that they may not encourage selfishness or violence, but wisdom and truth.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For all who are being dragged down by habits and addictions they feel powerless to stop; that they may be led tenderly to freedom.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For catechists and teachers who proclaim God’s word: that they may live out the pattern of Christ’s life and love in a practical and inspiring way.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the sick of our parishes and hospitals, and for those who care for them [pause].
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For those who have died recently, especially for Gery Healy; and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE. AMEN.

Let us ask Mary to help us listen to her Son. HAIL, MARY…

Let us pray to the Father for those people whom we have met during this week.

Father, you have given your people a second birth in baptism. Bring to birth in each of us the love we should have for one another. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.