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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: holycrosscottingham.org.uk
Parish Priest: Father Pat Day BA BD
Masses: Vigil Mass: Sat 6.30 pm Sun: 10 am; Mon to Sat: 9 am, except Tues: 7 pm
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.
Sunday July 22nd 2012 Sixteenth Week of the Year
The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games is next Friday with two hundred and sixteen countries competing in the greatest sporting event on earth. Years from now stories like this one will emerge. At the Olympics in Berlin in 1936 two Japanese pole vaulters were tied for second place and the silver medal when it became too dark to complete the competition. On the winner’s podium they were disappointed that one was asked to accept the silver medal and the other the bronze even though they had tied. They were good friends and when they returned to Japan they cut the two medals in half. They joined half the silver to half the bronze. Each of them had what they called a ‘medal of eternal friendship’. Sport is about winning and losing but it is also about friendship. Long after the shine is gone from the medals there will be smiles on the faces of friends we make through sport. The joy of sport or the joy of living life to the full gives us the satisfaction of knowing that we did our best. There is contentment in knowing that we made good use of the gifts God gave us. The old motto was a good one: ‘Who you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.’ Great athletes also do what we are all called to do in today’s Gospel. ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’. We also hear that ‘he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set about to teach them at some length.’ The shepherd has taught us many things. ‘He came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who are far away, and peace to those near at hand’ (second reading). When we disturb the peace the shepherd urges us to say ‘sorry’ – to say ‘sorry’ and to mean it. A failing in most of us is to include the ‘but’ when we say sorry. ‘I am sorry but you know I’m not in great form!’ ‘I am sorry but I didn’t know the full story!’ The shepherd of peace would like the apology to be unreserved. ‘It was my fault. Please forgive me.
I am sorry’. A heartfelt apology is the superglue of life. It can mend just about anything.
Mass Intentions for the coming week:
Sat6.30 pm Jim Rea (4th Ann.) Thurs9 amDominic and Sheilagh Priest
Sun 10 am Peter Carney Fri9 amJessie Oston
Mon 9 am Gerry Doherty (RIP) Sat 9 amThe Parishioners
Tues 7 pm Thomas (A) and Laura Mary Nolan 6.30 pmElena (Argentina)
Wed 9 am Moira and Harry Thomson (60th Wedding Ann.) Sun 10 amCornelia (Special Intention)
Anniversaries: Sat: Mona Dyas, Eddie McManus; Sun: Dorothy Honeywell; Mon: Mark Anthony DeLavel; Tues: Thomas Nolan,
Lorenzo Urbanowicz; Wed: James Croll, Sr Elizabeth Mary Murphy; Thurs: Anne Burton, Mary Ann Croll, Marie McManus,
George Edwin Parker; Fri: Sr Catherine Fowlston DC; Sun: Charles Hamilton, Mary Alice O’Brien, Mary Devlin.
Next Sunday counters: Tricia Leach and Linda Gillard; Next Sunday tea/coffee: Jacqui and Helen
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“Rest in peace: We keep in our prayers Greg Medici’s mum Olga, who died last Friday week; also parishioner Ted Beasty, a cousin of Monsignor Bickerstaffe. Until recently Ted had lived at Shardaloes but was in the process of moving to St Catherine’s. He had
had a ‘taster week’ there when he was able to get to daily Mass and was so looking forward to moving. He had returned for a final two weeks to Shardaloes to sort everything out when he died suddenly. May he rest in peace. Amen.
First Holy Communion Day: What a great day it was last Sunday! Congratulations to Joe Cooper, Ellie Green and Oliver Penna on joining us for the first time at Communion. None of this would have been possible without the wonderful support from their families, many of whom travelled long distances to be with them on their big day. A huge word of thanks also to Pat, Marian and Chris for journeying with them over the past two years and to you, the parishioners, who have encouraged them during their years with us.
The ‘party’ was great, the sun shone and no one rushed away! Roll on next year!
St Thérèse of Lisieux: “If, by an impossibility, God himself did not perceive my good acts, I should not be troubled. I love him so much that I would give him pleasure by my love and my little sacrifices without his perceiving that they come from me. Seeing and knowing, he is, so to speak, obliged to make me a recompense. We can never have too much confidence in our God who is so mighty and so merciful. As we hope in him, so shall we receive. The smallest act of self-denial is worth more than the writing of pious books or of beautiful poems… You have just done something more glorious than if, through clever diplomacy, you had procured the goodwill of the government for all religious communities and had been proclaimed throughout France as a second Judith.”
Parishioners of the week: Trish Leach for last Sunday and your great and much appreciated gift. Anne and Geoff Land for stepping in at short notice to do the counting after Mass. The regulars were involved in the First Communion celebrations. By the way, we could do with some extra counters. It only involves counting every couple of months for an hour or so after the morning Mass on Sunday. Would suit a couple but singles always welcome! Thanks to John Stephenson, for repairing the thurible and to the anonymous parishioner who made a tremendous gift of £300 towards the Apostleship of the Sea collection. How we are blest with such wonderful folk here at Holy Cross!
Bits ‘n Bobs: Claire from Barrow (Sat evening Mass) writes: “Dear Father Pat and all the parishioners at Holy Cross, I just wanted to say thank you for making me feel so welcome over the last few years. It was lovely to feel so valued and to meet so many kind people. I was very sad to leave. I will keep in touch and keep you all in my prayers. Thank you once again for all your kindness. With love, Claire xxx.” Congratulations to Georgina Dyas who made her First Holy Communion recently at St Wilfrid’s along with her class-mates from St Thomas More School. Congratulations also to Alice (Sunday altar server) who recently won a Perpetual Cup at Westfield School for being the best, most positive and enthusiastic music student in the school. The music teacher spoke so glowingly of her patience, commitment and how she helped others who struggled. She always gave 110%. Recent Birthdays included Stuart Wright (5), Martina Sinkler (?), Gerard (?), Jeremy (of biscuit fame) and Oliver Penna. “The Higgs boson walks into a Catholic Church. The priest says, “We don’t allow Higgs boson here.” The Higgs boson replies, “But without me, how can you have mass?” It was good to see Gerry Baker’s sister Mary Daly and niece Bridget from Australia with us last Sunday morning. They are doing a tour of Ireland at the moment and I hope to get a good report from them on their return! Looking ahead, there will be an Alpha Course Introductory Supper at St Charles Parish Centre on Wednesday, Sept 12th. Anyone is welcome to ‘come and see’ and bring your friends. You can get further information from Diana on 846555.
I still have the new Tax Disc for FH07 UOX found in the church porch a couple of weeks ago.
Crossline requires Trustees: Crossline is one of the region’s Christian success stories. Supported by over 90 local churches, it is in its 14th year of helping an increasing number of callers with our Christian ‘listening ear service’. This front-line ministry is now taking over 3,000 calls a year. We are totally staffed by volunteers and we are looking to add to our management board and board of trustees. Requiring just three short meetings a year, we are looking for additional members to help widen the vision and give sound Christian advice. If you feel you can help, please call us on 620820 or email: email@example.com
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Please pray for those who are not well: Agnes Pidd, Eileen Stout, James Clark, Peter Bilton, Vincent Ryder, Mary Davidson, Barbara’s friend Elena, Ben Mellon (leukaemia), Pat Whincop, Pauline’s friend Joe Buckley, Julie Rath, David Langley, Edward Peacock, Helen Malone, Peter Dyas, Regina Ofoegbu, Jean Campbell, Joe Rawcliffe, Dorothy Hought, Anthony Stokoe, Joan Williams, Tony Tordoff, Win Murphy, Nick Norton, Kathleen & Arthur Burgan, Joan & Peter Watts, Margaret Price, Shirley and Tony Woods-McConville, Mrs Scrivener, Peter Fowlston and Jean Longhorn.
The latest collection for Diane and the twins realised £86.43 – many thanks. Congratulations to the twins: 5th birthday on June 8th.
Wanted: 1. Domestic help urgently needed; 2 – 3 hours per week;
2. Someone to clear up an over-grown garden; possibly a school holiday ‘project’ (with pay!).
Please phone 845928 for either of these jobs.
Study Day for Eucharistic Ministers on Saturday, September 22nd, at the Spa, Scarborough. A list for signing is on the long table in the church porch and a poster with details is on the notice-board. Closing date Sunday, Aug 26th (10 am Mass).
Weather permitting, Ronnie and Bryan Milsted hold their small Garden Party Drop-In on Sat, July 28th, 2 to 5 pm. Should the weather force cancellation, there will be food and drink in the Garden Room on Sunday, the 29th after Mass.
Free: Photo-Smart all-in-one working Printer/Scanner, preferably for someone who can’t afford a new one. Phone 679242.
Repeat /Reminder We are leaving three tables permanently in the Garden Room for the use of hirers during the week. The three should be left on their sides against the front door wall with small stacks of chairs in front of them.
Saturday evening Mass: first reading Named copies of the new rota for this are now in the church porch (near the window).
Quiz and Buffer Supper at the Duke of Cumberland (downstairs room) on Wed, July 25th at 7.45 pm; tickets £6. This is in aid of the Cottingham Churches Schools Worker Project.
The Hexham Abbey Bell-Ringers are starting their Summer Tour in the East Riding this year by ringing the bells at St Mary’s, Cottingham this coming Tuesday, the 24th, from 10 to 11 am! You should be able to hear them without having to go down to the church. They then go on to ring the bells at several other Riding churches, including Beverley Minster.
Finally, Catholic Vocabulary Lesson (from Julie); AMEN = The only part of a prayer that everyone knows. NEWSLETTER = Your receipt for attending Mass. CHOIR = A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip-sync.
HOLY WATER = A liquid whose chemical formula is H2OLY. HYMN = A song of praise usually sung in a key three octaves higher than that of the congregation’s range. INCENSE = Holy Smoke! JONAH = The original Jaws story. PEW = A medieval torture device still found in many Catholic churches. PROCESSION = The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of the celebrant, altar servers and late parishioners looking for seats. RELICS = People who have been going to Mass for so long that they actually know when to sit, kneel and stand without looking behind them. JUSTICE = When children eventually have children of their own.
Items for next weekend’s newsletter to me by Thursday, please firstname.lastname@example.org 876812