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 to Sat: 9 am, except Tues: 7 pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Saturday after the 9 am Mass until Benediction at 6
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 August 12th 2012 Nineteenth Sunday of the Year Wednesday: The feast of the Assumption
Over the past few weeks we have been reflecting on Jesus teaching the people and his miraculous feeding of them. We have considered the parallels between this and our celebration of the Eucharist, and we have seen how the people marvelled because Jesus taught with such authority. But Jesus didn’t stop there. We believe that he continues to nourish us through the Eucharist, the scriptures, and by extension through the teachings about our faith based on the scriptures and tradition. In today’s Gospel passage there is this line: “It is written in the Prophets: they will all be taught by God, and to hear the teaching of the Father, and to learn from it is to come to me.” At the end of the Gospel of Matthew Jesus says: “Go, make disciples of all nations. Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.” From the very beginning the Church has taken its God-given mission to teach very seriously. And within the Church there are different levels of teaching and some have more ‘weight’ than others. There’s that word ‘Magisterium’ which refers to the teaching of the Popes or of the Pope together with all the bishops of the Church in communion with him. These teachings of the Magisterium can be ‘Ordinary’ or ‘Extra-Ordinary’. The latter includes teachings like that of the Assumption or the Immaculate Conception. The ‘Ordinary’ teachings include things like the Catechism, Papal Encyclicals, and the Pastoral Letters published by Bishop Terry or the Episcopal Conference. In addition to these formal teachings of the Church there are the teachings of theologians and the humble Sunday homily prepared by your priest! But let’s not forget that the teaching role of the Church is not limited to those who are ordained or to professional theologians. At Baptism the parents are reminded that they are “the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith”. The Rite goes on to pray that they will, in fact, be “the best of teachers” too!
“The Eagle has landed!” – Welcome to Father Joe
Mass Intentions for the coming week:
Sat 6.30 pm Dominic and Sheilagh Priest
Sun 10 am Gladys Rait-Warren (RIP)
Mon 9 am Teresa Bloomfield (RIP)
Tues 7 pm Vigil Mass of The Assumption Terry O’Donoghue (RIP)
Wed 9 am Feast of the Assumption Ordination of Fr Martin Dara in India
Thurs 9 am Angela Vacchese
Fri 9 am Lindy Brothby (RIP)
Sat 9 am The Parishioners
6.30 pm Keith Brown
Sun 10 am Gerry McGowan (5th Anniv.)
Wednesday, the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, is a Holyday of Obligation.
Anniversaries: Sun: Patsy (Patricia) Smith; Tues: Harry Severs, Jill Elizabeth Kemp; Wed: Jean Royce,
Alberta Caples, Ada O’Shaughnessy, Mary Conlon, Sarah Rainey; Thurs: Francis Hamilton; Sat: Gerald McGowan.
Next Sunday counters: Chris and Mike Eyre Next Sunday tea/coffee: Barry and Shirley
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Rest in Peace: Paul Hetherington (63) who has run North Moor Garage for the past forty years and who has looked after the cars of many parishioners including Fr Tony’s, died on Tuesday morning in Castle Hill Hospital. Paul had retired from the business only three months ago and was diagnosed with cancer about three weeks ago. He was married to Chris, the daughter of parishioners Kath and Jack Rowe, and they have two children, Zoe and Lloyd. Paul will be received into Holy Cross on Wednesday evening at 6pm and his Funeral Service will be here on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Eppleworth Cemetery. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Bits ‘n Bobs: Congratulations to Dr James, Clare and Abbie on the arrival of a new sister, Evelyn Marie, who arrived on Monday morning at 8.50 and who weighed in at 7 lb 7 oz; Evelyn after Clare’s grandmother, and Marie being Clare’s middle name. Rachel Cooper (Ulyatt) had her 40th birthday on August 2nd and Des, her husband, had his on the 9th. Danny Brittain was 30 on Aug 6th. His sister, Anne-Marie, is getting married to Rob Marin this Thursday, Aug 16th. It was great to see Ann’s son Peter home from the Philippines on holiday. If ever you’re there, he teaches scuba diving! After Mass last Sunday, Norah Ledger’s ashes were interred with her husband David in Northern Cemetery.
Dancing with Joy: We sometimes tend to think of Mary as a quiet, humble character, meekly accepting God’s plan for her life. And perhaps in some ways this is accurate. But the Mary we meet in today’s Gospel is the opposite of shy and retiring, her words far from gentle and meditative as she exclaims: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour.” The Magnificat is a beautiful prayer, overflowing with delight. Indeed the entire exchange between Mary and Elizabeth is joy-filled. When Elizabeth hears Mary’s greeting, her child leaps in her womb. Mary responds with a spontaneous hymn of praise to God. We can almost feel the pair of them dancing with excitement. Writing about spirituality, Fr Ronald Rolheiser says a healthy spirit is one which ‘must pour some fire in our veins, keep us energised, vibrant, living with zest and full of hope as we sense that life is, ultimately, beautiful and worth living’. ‘If you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere,’ says Billy Sunday. We often reflect on Mary as a paragon of virtue and humility. How often do we think of her as a paragon of joy?
Gwen Percival’s Book Sales: Gwen has sent me a cheque for £53, the proceeds from the July sales of books left by you in the porch. The money goes to the Sierra Leone Education Scholarship Fund. If you have finished with any books, you can leave them under the table in the porch and Gwen will collect them. Gwen also runs an on-line Book Shop and she normally can find any book you might be looking for. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
An uphill struggle: Ever felt like giving up? Elijah certainly did. In today’s First Reading we meet a prophet who has had enough. Things are so bad for Elijah that after a day’s journey into the wilderness he sits under a furze bush and begs God to take his life. Life can get on top of us sometimes. At one time or another, many of us will experience the feelings described in the anonymous poem ‘Don’t Quit’: “When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.” We can’t always reach our destination under our own steam. At times of struggle we need to pause, take refuge and stock up with food for the journey. Jesus tells us he is the living bread. ‘Anyone who eats this bread will live forever’. In all our struggles, when we feel like giving up, he is there to give us food for the journey. This gift is there for us in the Eucharist.
Back to Church: The dates for the Invitations are as follows: Back to Church Sunday – Sept 30th ; Sunday Harvest – Oct 14th; Remembrance Sunday – Nov 11th; Christmas Carol Service – Sunday, Dec 16th at 6.30 pm; Christmas night/morning – as usual. Be Happy Sunday – Jan 27th; Valentine’s Day/ Marriage Celebration – Sunday, Feb 17th.
Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham: Oct 27 – 28 (Sat/Sun) led by Bishop Terry. The cost is £65 per person and includes: Transport, evening meal, bed and breakfast and Sunday lunch; application forms in the porch.
Parishioner Madeleine O’Reilly (daughter of Gwen and Peter) directs Hull Truck’s new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s timeless story “Fantastic Mister Fox” at Hymers College grounds next weekend, Sat/Sun at 11am and 2pm. Madeleine says, ‘It’s a great show for kids and I think their parents will get a kick out of it too,’ Tickets are £9/£6 with Family ticket, £25. To book: 01482 323638.”
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Please pray for those who are not well: Patrick Brittain, Mary Chapman, Ivy Ward, Harry Maughan, Terry Young, Elizabeth Joseph, Peggy Knowles, Ann Lamb, Cassie Griffith, Eileen Watts, Paul Larney, Agnes Pidd, Eileen Stout, Mary Davidson, Barbara’s friend Elena, Pat Whincop, Pauline’s friend Joe Buckley, David Langley, Edward Peacock, Helen Malone, Peter Dyas, Regina Ofoegbu, Jean Campbell, Joe Rawcliffe, Dorothy Hought, Anthony Stokoe, Joan Williams, Tony Tordoff, Win Murphy, Kathleen & Arthur Burgan, Joan & Peter Watts, Margaret Price, Shirley & Tony Woods-McConville, Mrs Scrivener, Peter Fowlston and Jean Longhorn.
Reminder: Eucharistic Ministers’ Study Day at The Spa, Scarborough on Sat, Sept 22nd. The final time for signing the list in the porch is at the Sunday Mass on Aug 26th.
Tai Chi: A weekly class for all abilities is starting in the Garden Room, beginning on Thursday, Aug 16th from 10.30 to 11.30 am; cost £3 per session. Loose, light clothing and flat shoes are necessary.
Finally, At a Marriage Seminar on communication, the lecturer said “It is essential that husbands and wives know each other’s likes and dislikes. Looking at one couple, he said to the man “Can you name your wife’s favourite flower?” The man leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered “It’s Homepride, isn’t it?”
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