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
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 19th 2012 Twentieth Sunday of the Year
Liturgists tell us that the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass should take place at the front of the church. The notion of the Ministers or priests going to other ‘stations’ down the church is not believed to be good practice. You can see why this would be done, particularly in churches where the congregations are large and ease of movement is required. It is nonetheless the belief of those charged with offering liturgical direction and advice, that Holy Communion should be distributed from a clearly identifiable position at the front of the church where we have this sense of approaching the Lord’s Table. Chances are it’s not something that we should lose sleep over. There is wisdom in the ideal though. This notion of going to meet the Lord in a central place is closely liked with a common journey and procession. People leave their place of rest, journey with others to meet and receive the Lord and then return to the place they had left (or at least close enough to it). The movement involved speaks of journey, a journey in common and a journey with a purpose. The idea then of the Bread of Life being carried here and there in the church, up to the gallery, to the porch etc., while undoubtedly practical can, in a way, take away from this sense of common purpose and direction, a response to an invitation – ‘come and eat’. It is to this sense of place that Jesus invites us in today’s Gospel. He is this place – a destination to be reached and a nourishment to be received from him, who is the Bread of Life. He goes further and tells us that he himself draws strength from his Father, the source of all that is good. In a way, he is saying to us that we cannot give meaning to others, indeed to ourselves, if we can’t draw that meaning from the ‘source’ that is found in Father, Son and Spirit. Soon we will hear again this invitation to be nourished by the Eucharist. Where does this invitation lie with us today? Is it one we will respond to easily or leave for another day? Is there a risk of casualness in our approach and response? What does it mean for you and me to leave our place, join the procession and say ‘Amen’ as we receive this Bread, unlike that eaten by our ancestors? If we decide not to make that journey can we reflect today on the ‘why?’ of that decision? There may very well be honesty in our decision not to approach this moment in our celebration. It could be a commendable honesty that is the fruit of personal reflection and prayer. Maybe there is not a sense of ‘living in him’ at work in us just now for various reasons. Again, there is a great respect shown to the Lord in not making the journey to meet him so casual that it loses meaning. That said, his call is to a living in him that brings a promise of his living in us. Maybe there’s something that needs to be addressed and maybe this is as good a time to do it as any.
Mass Intentions for the coming week:
Sat: 6.30 pm Keith Brown Thurs 9 am Patrick and Bridget Downey
Sun 10 am Gerry McGowan (5th Anniv) Fri 9 am Carmel Frith (RIP)
Mon 9 am Nick Norton (RIP) Sat 9 am The Parish
Tues 7 pm Gwyneth Thomson (RIP) 6.30 pm Sheila Levett’s Intentions
Wed 9 am Wright and Clarke Families Sun !0 am Betty Eagan
Anniversaries: Sat: Gerald McGowan; Tues: William Dent, David Ernest Graham, John Ng; Wed: Ellen Purcell Graham,
Herbert Clark, John Clark, Anne Meehan; Sat: Hilda Wright, Alfred Coggan, Annie Dent; Sun: Bert Moody.
Next Sunday counters: Pauline and Chris Howlett; Next Sunday tea/coffee: Sue and Nelson
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Bits ‘n Bobs: Congratulations to Robert Wright who had his 33rd. birthday on Friday. Robert and his new bride Heidi are on honeymoon in Mexico at the moment but before they left they made a very generous donation of £200 towards the Sierra Leone Education Scholarship Fund. As they are both teachers, they felt that they’d like to support this parish initiative. Dad Peter celebrated his 63rd. birthday on Saturday August 4th. the day after the wedding, and he entertained us at the evening Mass with his impersonation of Sister Whoever from Sacred Heart School! Talk about ‘Britain’s Got Talent!’ Peter has! Olympic heroes must be Marion and Nick Mooney who had to give up their tickets for the opening day of athletics just to be at Robert and Heidi’s wedding! But they did manage the rowing at Eton Dorney and were mightily impressed!
Congratulations to those who got the A levels they wanted/needed and prayers for those who were disappointed.
Back to Church: We had all the dates in last week’s newsletter and all we need now is for you to think of someone you might like to welcome back again; take a pack of the invitations in the box in the porch and send them! Sounds easy? Remember what Rev Nick said: “The best measure of ‘success’ would be if even one parishioner felt more confident about being able to offer an invitation.”
Quality of Translation: “Much of what has been said in support of the new liturgical texts is argument after the fact, otherwise known as making the best of a bad job. Archbishop Arthur Roche (Leeds Bishop newly appointed secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and responsible for the new translation of the Missal) is understandably defensive of the new translation of the Missal but his attempts to justify it are less than convincing. If a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy is to be gained by the adoption of a transliteration of a wordy Latin vocabulary and complex syntax, then our Saviour was clearly in error when he offered us his prayer as an exemplar. Quite apart from the fact that much of the Latin original is, in the words of a classics teacher much better qualified than me, of dubious quality, what exactly is to be gained in understanding and prayerfulness by the tortuously long sentences, in places simply unintelligible (someone please explain to me what ‘to await the blessed hope’ means)? In the light of the claim that the new translation brings the Scriptures more obviously to light, the choice of the word ‘chalice’ at the consecration seems perverse. I would also challenge Archbishop Roche to demonstrate what exactly he means by ‘patristic heritage’. One awaits with interest the elaboration of his seven-point plan for greater understanding of the liturgy, though his emphasis on the value of silence at certain parts in the celebration should be applauded.” (The Tablet). Archbishop Roche rejected claims that the language of the new translation was more elevated and literal than its predecessor. Instead, ‘it brings more obviously to light Scripture and patristic heritage’. He said that when he took up his position as chair of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, “Little did I know that I would be entering a battlefield … the old adage that you can negotiate with terrorists but not liturgists holds true.” The late Gerald Vann wrote “ Translation must always of course be a rendering not of word for word but of idea for idea; to be content to transliterate is merely illiterate.” “I would not say that the new translation is illiterate but in places it is semi-literate. It is sad that at a time when the King James Bible is being celebrated, all that the Catholic Church in the English world could produce is something which in places has the consistency of porridge.” (Father Ulick Loring)
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham: October 27th – 28th (Sat/Sun): Cost – £65. Application forms in the porch.
Congratulations to Steve Hall on completing his cycle marathon from Land’s End to John O’Groats. He set off on Sat, Aug 4th and finished on Wed, the 15th at 3.30 pm. On the last day they managed 79 miles in thick fog with a head wind. The previous day they covered 78 miles with a maximum speed of 45 mph and an average speed of 16 mph That night they camped at Dornoch in the middle of a thunder storm and completed the day by having a look around Inverness. Next week I’ll give you a break down of how each day went. It was Steve’s dream to do this trip before he reached 60, and he did! What next, I ask?
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Please pray for those who are unwell: Robert Jackson, Gloria Sutcliffe, Hannah Orr, Allan McClelland, Eileen Blythe, 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, 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.
Wanted: another counter. We are in urgent need of one more. The job is not onerous, usually done after the Sunday Mass, takes approx. an hour and comes up every 10 weekends. A new one would work with someone already doing it.
The Garden Room: The three tables kept permanently in the Garden Room should now be put, when not being used, on their sides under the kitchen counter. Please do not put them back into church.
CAFOD warmly invites you to a quiet time of Reflection on Sat, Sept 15th in the tranquil setting of Thicket Priory, Wheldrake, York, 11 am to 3.30 pm. Bring a packed lunch – refreshments and a warm welcome await you. For more details, contact CAFOD Middlesbrough on 01904 671767 or by e-mail email@example.com.
TV wanted for asylum seeker. If you have one spare, please contact Annie (876955).
Newman Circle AGM on Thurs, Sept 6th at 7.30 pm in the Endsleigh Centre. See poster in the church porch.
Finally, I was visiting my son and asked him if I could borrow a newspaper. He said “This is the 21st century, Dad. I don’t waste money on newspapers. You can borrow my iPad.” That fly never knew what hit him!
Items for next weekend’s newsletter to me by WEDNESDAY, please firstname.lastname@example.org 876812