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

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

11TH APRIL 2021

 

When you hear a child crying during Mass…

…let the sound of those tears call to mind the mystery of the Cross. The Holy Mass is, of course, one with the true sacrifice offered by Christ once for all upon the Cross at Golgotha. The Mass is a sacrifice, it is the Cross. Consider: Who was weeping at the Cross? And who was insensitive to those sounds of weeping?

When St Thomas Aquinas chronicles the torments which our Saviour suffered in his Passion, he ends with the following pain, which was most grievous of all: “Christ suffered in all his bodily senses: […] in sight, by beholding the tears of his Mother and of the disciple whom he loved.”

Let the sound of toddlers and infants weeping (and even wailing) call to mind for you the tears shed by the Sorrowful Mother of our Saviour, and by St John the Beloved. Can you hear the wailing of St Mary Magdalene, she who was overcome with grief? Consider also the other devout women, who wept straight through from Friday till early Sunday morning. Think even of poor St Peter, far away now, weeping alone – having betrayed the Lord whom he loved, more even than all the others.

And who was it that did not weep? The soldiers… ignorant, and brutal. The crowd… fickle and unloving. The priests, scribes and Pharisees… filled with hate. Of these, it was the Jewish authorities more than the others who took offence at the noise of those who wailed and wept. These ones, righteous in their own estimation, had not even the charity to be touched by the tears of the Blessed Mother. And how can I, or any, cast a spiteful glance in the direction of a crying child (or his/her parents)? How can I, or any, wish these children to be exiled from my presence? Am I, or you, so holy as to be above charity?

For the love of our Saviour, let the sounds of these crying children call these thoughts to mind. From the lips of babes, our Lord has found praise – and we will have been instructed in the sublime mystery of the Cross.
(From the Internet – author unknown)

MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS

All Masses are live-streamed and can be found on our Facebook page and Youtube.

Saturday      9.30am    November Dead
Saturday      6.30pm    Living & deceased members of the Cooper, Cowling & McFaul families
Sunday       10.00am    Alexander Spence
Sunday         6.30pm    People of the Parish
Monday        9.30am    Michael Clayton RIP
Tuesday        7.30pm    Damien McAllister RIP
Wednesday  9.30am    Jo Gibbons RIP
Thursday      9.30am    John O’Gorman RIP
Thursday      7.30pm    Rachael Ward in Extraordinary Form (Latin)
Friday           9.30am    Jim Cowling

Saturday       9.30am     Marian Lapko
Saturday       6.30pm     David Joseph Bond

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:
Sunday (for Divine Mercy): 2.30pm to 3.30pm; Thursday: 6.15pm to 7.15pm; Friday:8.30am to 9.15am; Saturday: 10am to 10.45am

CONFESSIONS: in the Sacristy Sunday (for Divine Mercy) 2.30pm to 3.30pm; Saturday 10am to 10.45am; 5.30pm to 6pm. Sunday 5.30pm to 6pm.

READINGS THIS SUNDAY

First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35 One of the first fruits of the Resurrection was a strong degree of common life among believers. No one claimed for his use anything he had once owned and no one was left in need, for there was plenty for distribution. This was radical and does not overturn the Churches defence of the right to private ownership. The essential truth is: people before things and God before everything.
Second Reading: First Letter of St John 5:1-6 Like a child or an old person or a lover, the apostle does not worry about repeating himself. In fact, he only has one thing to say, but that concerns a reality the depths of which will never be sounded: God is love; and there is new commandment: to love as we have been loved by Jesus.

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

TODAY IS ‘DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY’
This is a devotion to Jesus Christ based on private revelations made to a Polish nun called St Faustina in the early 20th century. St John Paul II took up this devotion and made it a universal feast of the Catholic Church on the Second Sunday of Easter. Jesus told St Faustina that the Feast of Mercy would be a very special day when “all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened” (Diary 699). We will have a Holy Hour from 2.30pm until 3.30pm. This is over the ‘Hour of Mercy’, 3pm which is the hour Jesus died on Good Friday. At 3pm we will pray the ‘Chaplet of Divine Mercy’ which is prayed on a traditional set of Rosary Beads.

WALK WITH ME for EASTERTIDE
If you’ve enjoyed the Lent reflections & prayers, it makes great sense to continue into the great feast of Easter. It uses reflections from Pope Francis’ recent writings, Fratelli tutti and Let us Dream. Available in the porch (£1).

THE EASTER COLLECTION
The Easter offertory collection is by custom the gift of the parish to the priests of the parish. It forms part of their income for the year. Thank you.

PUBLIC MASS RESUMES AT ST VINCENT’S
Public Mass has resumed at St Vincent’s.

CANCEL THE DEBT FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO EASE THE COVID CRISIS
Cafod ask us to lobby to cancel interest payments on debts due by poor countries. Pope Francis says, “It cannot be expected that the debts which have been contracted should be paid at the price of unbearable sacrifices. In such cases it is necessary to find… ways to lighten, defer or even cancel the debt.” Sign and share their petition #CancelTheDebt https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/77395/action/1.
Write to your MP and ask them to urge the Prime Minister to raise the issue when the UK government hosts the G7 summit in June.

SUPPORT THE FOODBANK AT HULL COMMUNITY CHURCH
The helpers there are immensely grateful for your generosity. Items in the church porch will be taken them round on Wednesday morning after Mass.

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH   

The Offertory Envelopes for 2021-22 are now available. Weekly average offertory by Standing Order in February was  £253.25.

Scan the QR code for a link to our Virgin Giving Page:
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)
Fr Peter Taylor (Assistant Priest)

 

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY MASS TO BE PRAYED AT HOME.

With the trust that comes from knowing that we are God’s children, let us open our hearts in prayer.

For the peace Christ promised his followers: in our parish and in our daily lives [pause].
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That we may know and accept our calling from God, with humility, joy and selflessness [pause].
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That, like the early Christians, we may be united and may learn to share our gifts and talents with each other [pause].
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

For the breaking down of suspicion and hatred in our world; that nations may work together to conquer their problems and disputes [pause].
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

Let us pray for those who are sick and for those who care for them [pause].
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

Let us pray for those who have died recently especially the Duke of Edinburgh and Damien McAllister; 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.

None of Mary's friends could ever be in want. So let us ask her for her help. HAIL, MARY.

Trusting in your immense compassion, Father, we offer you our prayers and ask you to hear us, through Christ our Lord. AMEN