THE FAMILY OF HOLY CROSS
3 CARRINGTON AVENUE, COTTINGHAM, EAST YORKSHIRE HU16 4DU
Twinned with Star of the Sea Parish: Juba, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Tel: 01482 847763 Fax: 01482 845225 email: email@example.com Website: holycrosscottingham.org.uk
Parish Priest: Father Pat Day BA BD
Masses: Vigil Mass: Sat 6.30 pm Sun: 10 am; Mon & Tues: 7 pm; Wed to Sat: 9 am
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Saturday after the 9 am Mass until Benediction at 6 pm
Holy Cross is open all day from dawn till dusk. Tea and coffee are served in the Garden Room after the 10 am Mass on Sunday.
May 13th 2012 Sixth Sunday of Easter
Today’s Gospel – All you need is love: ‘Love? Above all things I believe in love. Love is like oxygen. Love is a many-splendoured thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love.’ In an attempt to express the depth of his love, the character Christian from the film Moulin Rouge pulls together the lyrics of some of the most famous love songs of recent decades. Since time began, poetry, prose and song have attempted to put into words the great mystery that is love. ‘At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,’ the philosopher Plato puts it. Today’s Gospel reading offers one of the most eloquent passages on love in the Gospels. It reveals the vision of Jesus for his followers and explains how we should treat one another. We are to take a leaf out of Jesus’ book; we are to love each other with the same love he showed during his time on earth, that great love which culminated in his ‘laying down his life for his friends’. Reflecting on this love, author Daniel O’Leary suggests that, sometimes, ‘we find it hard to accept the revelation that it is God’s delight to be worshipped in the way we touch and look at each other, in the way we listen and talk to each other, in the way we forgive and promise to start all over again’. It is in the way we love one another, the way we forgive and ‘lay down our lives’ for one another, that we experience the life and love of Jesus.’
Mass Intentions for the coming week:
Sat 6.30 pm Jack Leisk Thurs 9 am Kirk Kain (RIP) Betty Doherty’s brother in law;
Sun 10 am Gerry Doherty (RIP) whose funeral was the same day as Gerry’s
Mon 7 pm WUCWO Mass (CWL) Fri 9 am Eddie (A) and Nan Rodgers
Tues 7 pm Mary Benson (B) Sat 9 am The Parish
Wed 9 am Robert Carvlin (A) 6.30 pm Jack Leisk
Sun 10 am Alfred Ramsden (Birthday Anniv.)
Anniversaries: Sat: Joseph Parker, Clarice Cornthwaite; Sun: Cyril Codd; Wed: Francis David Ford; Thurs: Frank Cundy,
Vincent Bottery, Theresa Gallagher, Jason Paul Wheatcroft; Sat: Isa (Isabel) Fletcher.
Counters this weekend: Anne and Tony Tordoff; and next: Tricia Leach and Linda Gillard
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“Curia is stifling debate on church reform, says silenced priest: “The Vatican is an ‘ever-present elephant in the room’ for those within the Catholic Church who wish to discuss reform, a priest silenced by the Vatican has said. He said: ‘It would appear that we are returning to an authoritarian era where the church will meet its problems, not by discussion and open investigation but by decree. It is not possible to speak about reform in the church, be it in Ireland or elsewhere, without bearing in mind the ever-present elephant in the room, namely the Roman curia and the papacy. Roman control of the church is now more centralised and rigid than ever before. It would seem that they now demand total conformity with papal ideas and ideals in all things and not merely in those which are essential to the unity of the Catholic and Christian faith. It has come to a point where the bishop of Rome is regarded less as a bond of unity and charity in the church than as an oracular figure to be reverenced in his person with quasi-sacramental fervour. It becomes a tyranny whenever it successfully creates an atmosphere in which open inquiry and honest dissent are construed as disloyalty or worse. This is a form of fundamentalism which trivialises debate, particularly in the theological field by reducing all issues to questions of authority and obedience. From the controversy which followed Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal encyclical banning artificial means of contraception, there has been a damaging ambiguity over whether the substantive issue was contraception or papal authority. This has happened to such topics as infallibility and the role of women in the church. One is left with the impression that these areas are simply off limits to any Catholic who cannot guarantee that his or her findings will support the contemporary conservative Roman position.” (The Irish Times)
Fr Tony Storey: Peter Roebuck who introduced the talk last weekend at the university, is writing a book on Fr Tony and he wrote this week: “Now let me ask you for an important favour. I need to hear from as many as possible of Tony’s friends. Please let me know how you met him, in what context and the nature of your relationship with him. If you feel that you have nothing much to say, let me persuade you that you have. Tony had a very wide range of friends from all walks of life and one of the things I must do is to reflect that variety in what I write: if I fail to do so, the book will be badly flawed. I am not just looking for anecdotes (though these would be welcome). What I would most like are your considered views as to how he impinged on your life. If you met him towards the end of his life, so much the better because the busiest time of my career was the period from 1988-2002. We remained in touch, but I know least about his own activities during those years. Thankfully, after 2002 I was in touch with him and in his company much more regularly. Anything you care to record would be of great use to me. Needless to say, any contribution I use will be appropriately, and gratefully, acknowledged.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Bits ‘n Bobs: We welcome Sister Anne, a member of the Franciscan Missionaries of St Joseph, to make an appeal this weekend. Her Order has missions in Kenya, Uganda and Ecuador. Gerry Doherty’s family has made a very generous donation of £300 to Holy Cross which we will put towards the Fr Storey Education Fund in Sierra Leone, very apt as Gerry was an honorory chief in The Gambia and we wear his tribal robes as Mass vestments! (as we did at his funeral!). The government in Sierra Leone has just announced an increment in tuition fees and we have to make sure that we have enough in the fund to cover these rises. Gwendoline’s book sales for April have brought in another £20 for the fund. Congratulations to Eddie and Mandy Burns on their 25th Wedding Anniversary recently. Birthdays included Sharon from Leicester and Melissa from Tennessee. Our thoughts are with Fiona Kilkenny whose Mum died suddenly last week aged 71. Rev Andrew Bigg from St Mary’s is being ordained to the priesthood on Tuesday June 5th at 2 pm at St Mary’s. He would love to see as many as possible from Holy Cross joining him but would like to have some estimate of numbers as soon as possible. His phone number is 840896, or 10, Kingtree Ave in the village. The Safari Supper is this Friday beginning here in the Garden Room at 6 pm and then to the Methodist Church via St Mary’s. A great meal is promised all for the very good price of £5! It’s all to support Christian Aid. See Diana for more details. Clashing with that is my Race Night in Hedon for the Young Person’s cancer Unit at Castle Hill Hospital. Tickets are £5 and include a Pie and Pea Supper. Even if you can’t come you may still buy a ticket!! The Hull Lourdes Pilgrimage Mass is this afternoon at Sacred Heart at 2 pm. There are three christenings this afternoon, one next Saturday and another one next Sunday, plus one last Sunday! A bit busy in the baby department! A word of thanks to the Hull Catenians for their very generous gift of £300 towards the Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes on Friday May 3rd. Richard Percival, the President, made the presentation on Wednesday. They have also helped sponsor two other young pilgrims. Well done to Cottingham Little Theatre on its latest production which I went to see on Thursday, a comedy farce called ‘Secondary Cause of Death’. I laughed all the way through it! Their next production is ‘Calendar Girls at the end of November. I’ll be taking Vera Appleyard’s funeral at St Anthony’s this Friday at 10 am. and we’re bringing her into church at 7 pm on Thursday. Our proposed reading of St Mark’s Gospel has been put on hold for the time being. It will be rescheduled.
Tom Jones: “I believe in God, in a power, in good and evil. I was brought up Presbyterian and I still pray every night, on my knees. I wouldn’t feel right otherwise; I can’t go to sleep. I ask God to keep my family safe and to let me carry on doing what I do as long as I possibly can. I say, please God, let me have this voice as long as I can. It’s God-given, a voice; after all, how come some people can sing and others can’t?” Fabrice Muamba: He said he asked God to protect him before the game, which was abandoned after his collapse. “What happened to me was really more than a miracle” he said. “On the morning of the game I prayed with my father and asked God to protect me – and he didn’t let me down. I am walking proof of the power of prayer. For 78 minutes I was dead and even if I lived, I was expected to have brain damage. But I’m very much alive. Someone up there was watching over me.”
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Please pray for the sick: Sue Wass, Brian Anderson, Sheila Hearne, Mary Lutkin, Joseph Flaherty, Annie Thomas, Charles Johnson, Joseph Penna, Tony Tordoff, Joan Williams, Angie Metcalf, Tom Marton, Mike Avery, Les Ulyatt, Austin Waldron, Kathleen & Arthur Burgan, Margot Lane, Win Murphy, Mike Keeitch, Jean Campbell, Michael Barnes, Sheila Johnson, Nick Norton, Peter Fowlston, Moira Thomson, Tony & Shirley Woods-McConville, Nora & Peter Orvis, Joan & Peter Watts, Agnes Pidd, Peter Dyas and Margaret Price.
Church Cleaning this Monday, the 14th, at 9.30 am. Parish Lunch this Wednesday, the 16th at midday in the Garden Room.
SVP Coffee Morning after Mass this Sunday in the Garden Room in aid of Youth SVP. We hope for your support for this event.
Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Papal Nuncio, is visiting the diocese on Sat, May 26th. We will celebrate then the Silver Jubilee of our Cathedral. Mass will be at noon; all are invited afterwards to light refreshments in the marquee. A coach has been provisionally booked, leaving St Joseph’s at 9 am, St Charles’s at 8.45 and Hessle at 9.10; cost £10. Contact Sandra Beach (653522) for details.
SVP The St Charles drop-in centre for the homeless and rootless has been very busy recently. We would be grateful to receive men’s clothes, ie socks, T-shirts, jeans, shoes, belts, etc. Please leave in labelled bags in the church porch. A refugee family who fled persecution in Pakistan because of their Catholic faith, have just been given a council house in Hull. If you are disposing of any furniture or household goods they would welcome your help. Contact Jim/Tessa (849966), or Bashir (588069).
Eucharistic Ministers rota: If there are any amendments which need making to the next rotas for the weekend Masses, will ministers please inform Julie Lewis by May 25th (844629)
Finally, some idle thoughts: 1. Protons have mass; I didn’t even know they were Catholics. 2. All I ask is one chance, just one to prove that money can’t make me happy. 3. What is a “free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free? 4. Teach a child to be polite and courteous and, when he grows up, he’ll never be able to merge his car onto a motorway. 5. They told me I was gullible and I believed them.
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