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

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

17th January 2021

There’s a little ritual after the baptism of a child when the priest blesses the ears and mouth of the child. He then prays: ‘May the Lord Jesus soon touch your ears to receive his word and your mouth to proclaimhis faith…” We learn everything in our early years by listening to others. Children are naturally religious. They pray easily and intensely. If you ask children to pray about something and then tell you what they think God wants in a situation, what they come up with is wise. They’re listening to God as well as their parents.
Unless you become like little children…” I think this willingness to trust God and listen in prayer is one of the things Christ admired in the little children. I read this week a statement by a German theologian: “The Church needs to develop a theology of childhood.” Perhaps we listen less as we grow older because so much is determined for us by others or others’ expectations. I must get good results to please my parents… I must get through university to justify all the expense… I must get a good job to pay off the loan… I must get a good job to pay the mortgage… I must work extra hours to give the children what they want… What we really need to discover, above all else, is what the Lord expects of us. But Jesus doesn’t just tell us like reading out of a college prospectus or from a list of possible occupations. He has planted a seed of desire for Himself deep within us and so he needn’t just tell us what He wants but rather says to each of us, ‘What do you want?’
I want to discover the purpose for which I was made and that comes by ‘living in the sanctuary of the Lord’ like Samuel (first reading), a beautiful image for staying close to God in prayer at home and at Mass. That is the key to finding out what we really want, which is also what God wants.

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 November Dead
Sunday            10am People of the Parish
Sunday        6.30pm
Monday       9.30am William & Eileen Cregan
Monday        12noon Requiem Mass for Patrick Cafferty
Tuesday       7.30pm Peter Bond
Wednesday 9.30am Dr Noel De Netto
Thursday     9.30am November Dead
Thursday     7.30pm Jadwiga Sobanska
Friday           9.30am November Dead
Saturday      9.30am
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:
Thursday: 6.15pm to 7.15pm
Friday:      8.30am to 9.15am
Saturday: 10am to 11am

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

NOTE ABOUT BIDDING PRAYERS
These are part of the Liturgy of the Word and form part of the intention for every Mass. As we are trying to keep Sunday Mass short, they are temporarily suspended but they are included in the on line version of the Newsletter. You are invited to pray them at home.

READINGS THIS SUNDAY
First Reading: First Book of Samuel 3:3-10,19 This is how all vocations should be given out by God: a voice heard from the sanctuary during the night. But, in a sense, Samuel was not yet ready: he had as yet ‘no knowledge of the Lord and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him’. Perhaps God still calls people when they don’t feel ready or seem ready to others. God calls when He is ready.
Second Reading: First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 6:13-15,7-20 For the next five Sundays, that part of the First Letter to the Corinthians that deals with the Christian way of life will be read. Was this teaching ever easy? Our bodies are not our own to do with as we like; they are made by God and he wants to fill them with his Holy Spirit. Sex is a vital part of our capacity and vocation to be co-creators with God in bringing human beings into the world. And so the sexual misuse of our bodies is selfish and dangerous.

FEASTS THIS WEEK
The OCTAVE OF PRAYER for Christian Unity begins on Monday 18 January.
Tuesday: St Wulstan. Wednesday: St Fabian. Thursday: St Agnes

Please pray for those who have died: Patrick Cafferty.

NOTICES

THIS SUNDAY WE ARE HOLDING THE ANNUAL ‘WHITE FLOWER’ APPEAL
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) in common with the Catholic Church, defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, profamily issues. It seeks to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause.

Covid 19—a very challenging time for many marriages. So much uncertainty around, health, income, employment, vulnerable family members, children, housing; different ways of seeing things - it can be difficult to talk, to listen to support and comfort. Being together all the time, brings even more challenges. ‘Retrouvaille’ is a programme to support couples, it brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage ….and you don’t need to leave home, it comes to you. For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme, a Virtual weekend commencing on 25th- 28th February 2021 Call 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443. Email: retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk

WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILD TO MAKE HIS/HER FIRST HOLY COMMUNION?
We will email you a form if you contact us via our email address (see back page). Classes will be via zoom.

BIBLE STUDY IS EVERY TUESDAY EVENING at 8.15pm on YouTube.

YOUTH CLUB HAS RESUMED EVERY FRIDAY via ZOOM at 7.15pm. Contact Michelle at mixieblob@gmail.com

PLEASE REMEMBER THE LESS FORTUNATE
By donating tins, packets of nourishing foods (tinned & dried) and basic toiletries to the foodbank run by the Vineyard Church on Vulcan Street HU6 7PS (343333) on Mondays & Thursdays between 11am & 1pm.

WHAT IS THE OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY, 18 to 25 January?
Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that his disciples would all “be one”. We can never give up on seeking to heal the wounds against unity among those who call themselves Christians. This involves discussion and cooperation in areas of humanitarian need. It begins with prayer for the Church is Christ’s Body, and only grace will make it and keep it ‘one’. The imperative to prayer grows ever stronger.

THE COLLECTION AT FR CLIVE BIRCH’S FUNERAL
For the Marist Missions made £176.20. The Marist Fathers are very grateful.

YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE PARISH
Last week we received £488.47. Weekly average offertory by Standing Order in December was £259.00. THANK YOU to those who are managing to support the parish financially during this difficult time. A reminder of our bank details in case you would like to set up a Standing Order:
Barclays Bank, Middlesbrough.
Sort code: 20-56-90,
Account name: Diocese of Middlesbrough
Account number 43496074

BIDDING PRAYERS FOR SUNDAY MASS TO BE PRAYED AT HOME

We pray that we may we be open to God’s way of speaking to us, so that we are open to hear His word on the lips even of unexpected people.
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We pray for Christian Unity: that all Christians may be one, as Christ prayed.
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We pray for our political leaders: may God grant them wisdom and compassion to work towards a society that upholds the value of every human life, from conception to natural death.
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We commend to the Lord our homes and all the homes of this parish, especially those where there is conflict: that Christ, dwelling in our hearts may help us to show forth his love.
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We pray for all unborn children: may they receive the love and protection every child needs. We pray for an end to abortion, and for a new awareness of the absolute value of every human life.
Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We commend to God’s healing all who are ill and in pain, all who are recovering from surgery, all who depend upon others for life and support. We remember especially those suffering from the Corona Virus. [PAUSE]. We pray for all health workers
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Lord, hear us. LORD, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

We pray for those who have died recently. especially for Patrick Cafferty. 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 who heard the word of God and kept it,, to pray for us. HAIL, MARY....

Let us make our own prayers to God who has called us.

Loving Father, we thank you for calling us and naming us, and ask you to hear these prayers we offer through Christ our Lord. AMEN

 

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)