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

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

1st AUGUST 2021

I am the Bread of Life

Today’s reading marks the beginning of the lengthy ‘Bread of Life’ discourse in St John’s Gospel, and explains the meaning of the sign of the feeding of the multitudes (John 6:1-15). Jesus tells the crowd that they are following Him for the wrong reason. They had come to Him not because of the miracle He performed, but because they had eaten their fill and were satisfied. Food is the most basic of our human needs. We need our daily bread to live. But we cannot live by this bread alone. Jesus urges the people not to work for perishable food but for “food that endures to eternal life”.

Jewish expectations of the Last Days included not only the Messiah, but also a new feeding of manna from heaven (Baruch 29:8). In the multiplication of the loaves, the crowds could readily recognize in Jesus the Messianic provider, and this is why they wanted to make Him their king. But Jesus is revealing something beyond their present hopes. The ‘manna’ eaten by their ancestors in the desert was something transient and perishable. A new ‘feeding of manna’ would not satisfy them. Only the ‘true’ bread from heaven that the Father gives could do that. Jesus declares “I am the Bread of Life”. With His coming, the Last Days of popular Jewish expectation had come, but in a far greater way than they expected. Jesus is the “true bread” which has “come down from heaven and gives life to the world”. Just as bread nourishes our physical bodies, Jesus nourishes and sustains us spiritually.

The crowds want the bread from heaven that truly satisfies, but, as we shall see over the next couple of weeks, they find Jesus’ teaching increasingly difficult to accept, as many still do today.

MASS TIMES & INTENTIONS

Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Latin) resumes on 19th August
Saturday          9.30am      Guy Mayger RIP
Saturday         6.30pm       Living & deceased members of the Cooper, Cowling & McFaul families
Sunday          10.00am      People of the Parish
Sunday evening Mass resumes in September
Monday          9.30am       Fred Newmarch
Tuesday         7.30pm       Intentions of Christopher & Beatrice Blucke
Wednesday   9.30am       Intentions of Dominic Pitel
Thursday       7.30pm
Friday             9.30am      Patrick Kiely
Saturday        9.30am
Saturday        6.30pm


EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Resumes later in August

CONFESSIONS: in the Sacristy  Saturday  5.30pm to 6pm.

READINGS THIS SUNDAY

First Reading: Exodus 16: 2-4. 12-15
While journeying in the desert, the people of Israel had to put their faith in God alone, who provided them with food, one day at a time. This daily “manna” was then both the sign of God’s care and the people’s faith. When Jesus finally came on earth he showed that this sign was really pointing to him. To understand the sense of the manna as a prophecy we must listen in the gospel to Jesus saying “I am the Bread of Life”. Jesus is the love of God in person and we are to turn to him daily, make him our “daily Bread”.

Second Reading: Letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 4: 17. 20-24
If we are truly to follow Christ then our lives will be different from those who have no faith: “Your mind must be renewed . . . put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth”.

FEASTS DURING THIS WEEK
MONDAY: St Eusebius.
WEDNESDAY: St John Vianney.
THURSDAY: Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major.
FRIDAY: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
SATURDAY: Blessed Nicholas Postgate.

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

 

NOTICES

SISTERS FROM BELARUS COMING TO SELL HOLY OBJECTS
On Friday 6th August at 9.30am Mass Sister Olga from St Elisabeth’s Convent Belarus will be present. She writes here of their important work:

St Elisabeth Convent, a Russian Orthodox community in Minsk, Belarus bears the name of the holy Martyr Grand Princess Elisabeth. The convent currently counts just under a hundred nuns and around 300 sisters of mercy. Taking up the ministry of our patron saint the sisters of our convent provide spiritual and social help to the sick and the suffering. Since its establishment the convent runs an orphanage for 200 children with psychophysical deficiencies. There is a charity shelter founded on the farmstead of the Convent close to Minsk for people who were led astray by the rough and tumble of life (the homeless, drug or alcohol addicts, ex-prisoners and the less able). Over 200 residents live here today. The Convent provides the needy with comprehensive help. A rehabilitation facility for females was established two years ago for female exprisoners, the homeless and the mentally challenged women. To support and develop the above ministries, more than twenty workshops and studios operate within the frameworks of the Sisterhood. These include sewing and embroidery shops, candle workshop, wood-carving, stone and blacksmith workshops and many more. Some of the people working in the workshops are those who lost all hope in realizing their potential due to various illnesses.

Please come along and buy some of their beautiful holy objects and support their apostolate.

COVID SAFETY MEASURES IN CHURCH
Bishop Drainey has spoken on the need for continued vigilance. I propose that for now there be no substantial changes to existing practices.

POST OF DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
The Diocese of Middlesbrough is seeking to recruit a Director of Music to lead the development of music within the diocese. Full Time (35 hours per week). For more detail about the role, please email the Current Director of Music, Tim Harrison, at musicdept@rcdmidd.org.uk. For a job description, person specification and application please email bishopsecretary@rcdmidd.org.uk.
Closing Date for Applications: 20 August 2021.
Interviews to take place early September 2021
More information at:
https://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/diocese-seeks-new-director-of-music/

CONGRATULATIONS
To Stuart and Sara Croughan who are marrying here this weekend. Also to Mark Ostler and Dawn Allen and their daughter Halle who are being baptised.

ASSUMPTION MASS
Sadly, the Assumption Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Grace, Osmotherley on 15th August has been CANCELLED owing to rising Covid levels.

YOUTH CLUB will resume in September

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.

TEA & COFFEE AFTER SUNDAY MASS
Tea & coffee after 10am Mass in the garden. 

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
Thank you for last Sunday’s offertory collection: £613.36
Offertory Envelopes for 2021-22 are available.
Weekly average offertory by Standing Order in June was £174.25.

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

Eternal life is to know the Father and Jesus Christ whom he has sent. Let us ask God to give life to those for whom we pray.

We pray that all Christian people may proclaim the full truth about Jesus Christ, without watering it down, even if the truth may sometimes be hard.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray that we may be wise and careful stewards of the resources of our world, seeking a generous share for all humankind.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray that we may truly treasure Christ, our Bread of Life, who comes to us in the Eucharist and waits for us in the Tabernacle of our churches.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray that having received Christ into our hearts and souls, we may joyfully spread the marvellous news of his saving love, in words and actions.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray for the sick of our parish; we pray for God’s blessing on those who care for them.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

We pray for those who have died recently, especially for Fr John Wood and Patrick Kiely. 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.

We ask Mary to continue her work as mother of God’s people. HAIL, MARY…..

Let us speak to the Father of our own needs.

Father, thank you for what you have done for us, and for the way you transform our lives. With grateful hearts, we offer you these prayers through Christ, our Lord. AMEN