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OUR LADY OF LOURDES & ST PETER CHANEL
with
HULL UNIVERSITY CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Prepare a Way for the Lord

Each year, over the two middle Sundays of Advent, we hear how John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. John came to bring people to repentance, that is, not to go around moping about their sinfulness, but to become a people who had changed their ways, their whole system of values and priorities. The Hebrew concept of repentance which John proclaimed was a matter of turning round and going in the opposite direction. To be ready for the Messiah meant – and still means – just such a radical change of attitude.

John himself had prepared by going out into the desert. A desert is not an easy place to inhabit. The people of the Old Testament associated the desert with ‘purification’. When they had left their 400 Year Exile in Egypt it took them 40 years to cross the desert into the ‘Promised Land’. The journey should have taken a matter of weeks but they needed to undergo this time of ‘purification’.

John the Baptist invites us to join him in the ‘desert’. Advent is not Lent but it is a time of purification. The Church encourages us to go to Confession and unburden ourselves of our sins. We are encouraged also to seek the Lord Himself in prayer. For those living within walking distance or a short drive from our parish church, these things are so easy. Make use of the times for Confession, Weekday Mass and the three Holy Hours each week.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
Christmas Eve at 8pm & Midnight (Latin)
Christmas Morning at 10am
Sunday 26 December (Holy Family) 10am & 6.30pm

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS

Saturday        9.30am
Saturday         6.30pm        Living & dec’d members of Cooper, Cowling &  McFaul families
Sunday          10.00am         People of the Parish
Sunday            6.30pm        Denis Jackson
Monday           9.30am        Fred Newmarch
Tuesday           7.30pm        Beryl Taylor
Wednesday     9.30am        Christine & Lorcan O’Toole
Thursday        7.30pm         Fr John Wood RIP    Extraordinary Form (Latin)
Friday              9.30am         David Joseph Bond
Friday              1.00pm        Requiem Mass for Mary Clark
Saturday          9.30am
Saturday          6.30pm        Bernard Taylor anniv.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:
Thursday: 6.15 to 7.15pm. Friday: 8.30am to 9.15am; Saturday: 10.am to 10.45am.

CONFESSIONS: (Sacristy) Saturday: 10 to 10.45am; 5.30 to 6pm (NOT Saturday 4th Dec) Sunday: 5.30 to 6pm

READINGS THIS SUNDAY

First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9 It is the only occasion in the year that we hear from thisprophet from the time of Israel’s exile. If God’s people act with ‘integrity’, that is with ‘wholeness’, they will live in safety ‘under the glory of God’. He wants us to set our sights not on what we can achieve by our poor efforts but on what God can do to usif we place ourselves in his hands: ‘Arise…stand on the heights and turn your eyes to the east…’

Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11 St Paul prays that his flock will reach ‘perfect goodness’ by the time the ‘Day of Christ’ comes. It is a work that Jesus himself will perform in them, through the grace of the sacraments. The same is true for us.

FEASTS DURING THIS WEEK

MONDAY: St Nicholas.
TUESDAY: St Ambrose.
WEDNESDAY: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
THURSDAY: St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin.
FRIDAY:Our Lady of Loreto.
SATURDAY: St Damasus.

The Requiem Mass for Mary Clark is on Friday 10 December at 1pm.

The Requiem Mass for Mary O’Brien is on Monday 13 December at 12noon

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

NOTICES

DEANERY ADVENT SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION AT ST WILFRID’S
There will be a Service of Reconciliation with opportunity for individual confessions next Saturday 11th December at 2pm. There will be several priests available. It is at St Wilfrid’s at 200 The Boulevard (HU3 3EL).

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION FOR CHILDREN IN YEAR 3+
A meeting has taken place. Speak to Fr William if you would like your child to make his or her first holy communion in summer 2022.

CHRISTMAS MUSIC IN HULL
‘The Sounds of Christmas’ with Hull Male Voice Choir & Hull Ladies Choir is on Thursday 2 December at 7.30pm at the Guildhall (for tickets call 07813430429). Christmas Concert at Trinity Methodist Church with Hull Ladies Choir & New Park Singers is on Friday 10 December at 7pm (tickets: 07947725285).

OUR PREPARATIONS FOR THE SYNOD ON ‘SYNODALITY’
The 2023 Synod in Rome on ‘synodality’ is to encourage us to listen to the Holy Spirit who is the Lord and Giver of Life who truly guides and leads the Church. Please contact our two Parish Reps, James Sargeant and Teresa Doto who spoke last Sunday to join a group or answer your questions: jsargeantgov@smchull.organd t.a.doto93@gmail.com

YOUTH CLUB
Youth Club resumes after the Christmas break.

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE IS BACK
The Universe Catholic Weekly announces that they have launched a new online newspaper with the full support of our first subscriber none other than His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Order your Digital copy by going to www.universecatholicweekly.co.uk or call us on 0743661 7650 and ask for Michelle. Special offer: Only £20 for 3 months.

WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE FOOD BANK AT HULL COMMUNITY CHURCH
Food provisions you leave in the box in the church porch are taken round every Wednesday morning after Mass. They are enormously appreciated.

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
Thank you for Sunday’s offertory collection £527.58
To all GIFT AIDERS a special thank you. £7,973.35 has been received from the ‘tax
man’ (HMRC). If there are any other tax payers who would like to join the scheme,please see Fr William or Margaret Crummay (472260).

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

Let us turn to God who calls us to rejoice at the coming of our Saviour.
Let us make ready to greet him with love.

God sent his Son to lead us to glory. We pray that we may be eager to share the truth about Christ with all the peoples of the world, especially with those who live close to us.
  Lord, hear us. LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

As we prepare for the coming of Our Lord, we pray that hearts and minds will be
drawn to seek out and encounter the mercy of God in Confession.
  Lord, hear us. LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We pray for the sick, the lonely and those who care for them: that they would draw strength from the love of our Lord Jesus.
  Lord, hear us. LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We pray that the dying may be comforted, their fears so calmed that they may be able to prepare themselves in stillness and expectant joy.
  Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We pray for those who have died recently, especially for Mary Clark and Mary O’Brien.  We pray 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 pray for us: HAIL, MARY…

Let us pray for our own personal needs.

Father, make a straight path in our lives for your Son to come to us, now and always.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN