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OUR LADY OF LOURDES & ST PETER CHANEL

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

29th January 2023

“Chastity purifies the eye of the Soul so that God may be seen”

The February edition of the Catholic Voice has a little column on the inside back page entitled From the Archives. It carries a report from the 100 years ago of a ‘Purity Campaign Week’ being launched at a large public meeting at Hull City  Hall. The speakers were the Abbot of Ampleforth and Fr Bernard Vaughan SJ, brother of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. It concludes, ‘The Men’s and Women’s Confraternities, the Girls’ and Boys’ Guild in each Parish [in Hull], are asked to make this matter the effort of their prayers, and by word and example promote the spread of this Angelic Virtue’.

If that sounds quaint and even slightly irrelevant to us one hundred years later then we would be the losers. The sixth of the ‘Beatitudes’ we hear at Mass this Sunday is about chastity: ‘Blessed at the pure in heart; for they shall see God’. Each of the Beatitudes is a joyful exclamation. We might paraphrase ‘Blessed’ as ‘How tremendously happy! God be praised! are those who live chastely; for they have a chance of an intimate relationship with God!’ Chastity is simply the right use of our sexuality. It’s been knocked about by Original Sin so that none of us want to use it as we should without the grace of God – and a little human effort. St Augustine of Hippo is quoted above, ‘Chastity purifies the eye of the soul…’ He knew how hard it is to be chaste. He had lived (unmarried) with a woman for 15 years before he was converted. Fr Bernard Vaughan had been a military chaplain in France from 1915. Robert Graves in his account of life on the Western Front ‘Goodbye to All That’ recounts, very matter-of-factly, how the men of all ranks made regular use of the French prositutes in the town of Bethune. Let us not be naïve. Chastity requires conscious effort and desire. And the reward? To see God.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS
Saturday     9.30am
Saturday     6.30pm    Living & deceased members of Cooper, Cowling & McFaul families
Sunday      10.00am    People of the Parish
Sunday        6.30pm    People of Ukraine
Monday       9.30am    Special Intention (MR)
Tuesday      7.30pm     Fred & Stella Higginson (anniv)
Wednesday 9.30am    Christine Davis (anniv)
Thursday    7.30pm     David Joseph Bond (Latin)
Friday          9.30am     Ken Taylor RIP
Saturday     9.30am
Saturday     6.30pm     Ned & Joan Carroll & Tony Barmby
Sunday      10.00am
Sunday       6.30pm

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

CONFESSIONS: (Sacristy) Saturday: 10am to 10.45am; 5.30pm to 6pm
Sunday 5.30pm to 6pm

READINGS AT MASS

First Reading: Zephaniah 2:3. 3:12-13 The prophet is writing after the calamitous event of the Exile of the people of Jerusalem to Babylon in 586AD. Until that time, they had assumed that being outwardly religious would bring them prosperity and God’s favour. Now they are languishing ‘by the rivers of Babylon’ and they sense they have neither. The prophet calls them to re-discover true religion: to seek the Lord in humility and integrity.

Second Reading: First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 1:26-31 St Paul employs withering sarcasm against the Corinthians. In the eyes of the world they were foolish, weka, common and contemptible. And only if they realise this can God make use of them and make them ‘members of Christ Jesus’. Humility (again) is the way to greatness.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LISTEN AGAIN TO ANY OF THE MASS READINGS?
Go to www.lectionaryreadings.co.uk .

FEASTS DURING THIS WEEK
TUESDAY: St John Bosco. THURSDAY: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas). FRIDAY: St Blaise.

NOTICES

NEXT CONFIRMATION MEETING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
This is on Wednesday 8 February at 115 Cottingham Rd at 6pm.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MEETING
This is on Thursday 2 February at 115 Cottingham Rd at 6pm.

DISCIPLESHIP DAY AT THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS IN BRADFORD:      Sat 4 February
Fr Christopher CFR invites us to attend the Prayer Days which are going to be every first Saturday of the month. It begins with Rosary at 11.30am and includes Mass, Confessions and a talk There should be a few wanting to go. Sign the list at the back of church to express interest.

MIDDLESBROUGH DIOCESAN JUSTICE & PEACE MEETING: Sat 4 February
At St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, 21 Blossom Street York YO24 1AQ from 10.30am.
‘Let us Dream: How can our parishes save our Common Home?’ Shared lunch around 12.30pm. For more info, contact Barbara Hungin: bhungin@yahoo.co.uk

LOURDES ANNUAL MASS & COFFEE MORNING: Sat 11 February
The Annual Lourdes Mass is on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Saturday 11 February at 10am at the Sacred Heart Church, Southcoates Lane. It is followed by a coffee morning with raffle, tombola, book and cake stall for the Lourdes Sick Fund. Tickets: £2.50 from Fr William or on the door. All welcome.

OUR LADY’S BOOKSHOP IS COMING TO OUR PARISH: Sun 12 February
After 10am Mass, Elizabeth Ellis will have a stall in the Parish Hall after Mass with devotional items and Easter cards, Mother’s Day and St Patrick’s Day Cards.

SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE: Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February
The Youth Conference of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is at Stone in Staffordshire. The cost is £145. It equips young people to be more actively pro-life. If you can make a donation towards helping a young person to attend, please speak to Fr William

FLAME YOUTH GATHERING AT WEMBLEY ARENA: Sat 4 March
It’s the biggest Catholic youth event in the UK. There’ll be a coach setting off very early and returning the same day. Subsidized cost: £10. Speak to Fr William for more information (for those 15 to 25).

FOR A BIT MORE IN-DEPTH USE OF SCRIPTURE FOR PRAYER
A recommendation from Sr Sue: from the Jesuits of St Beuno’s:
stbuenosoutreach.wordpress.com. Lent begins on 15 February!

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES IN MAY/JUNE 2022
Information is now available (and Booking Forms) in the church porch about the 70th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which is from Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June. Let Fr William know if you’re interested.

ACCESS TO FOOD BANKS.
Call 0808 2082138 for free Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to talk, in confidence, with a trained Citizens Advice advisor. Also, see noticeboard in church porch.

WE SUPPORT THE FOOD BANK AT OASIS CHURCH ON NEWLAND AVENUE
Food provisions you leave in the box in the church porch are taken round every Wednesday morning after Mass.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
Sunday 1 January: £576.40
Sunday 8 January: £506.62
Sunday 15 January: £579.82
Sunday 22 January: £467.99

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

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Aware of our true poverty before God, let us pray for the freedom to serve him.

For our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all bishops and priests: may they fearlessly proclaim the Gospel of Life and through their example and teaching.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For all who are involved in the education of the people of our schools and parishes. May they be open to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For a true understanding of chastity: that we accept the meaning of human sexuality as taught and lived by the saints of the Church and so open our hearts and minds to the vision of God.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For the sick and housebound of our parish: that they find peace in the healing grace of the Father.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

For all those who have died recently. We pray for those whose anniversaries occur around this time. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE. AMEN.

Mary is blessed by all because of her poverty and faithfulness. We ask her to pray for us: HAIL MARY…

Let us offer our own prayers of petition.

Father, we rejoice in your love for us and we ask you to hear our prayers we make through Christ our Lord, AMEN.