Friday, 31 July 2015

Sunday 2nd August 2015

18th in Ordinary Time
10.30am Sung Concelebrated Mass at Hockley
Celebrant: Fr Bob White -  Preacher Fr Jeff Woolnough

'Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life...'

NEXT SUNDAY 9th August -The Hockley Ordinariate Group travels to Eastwood for the 10am Mass celebrated by Fr Antony Homer.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Sunday 26th July 2015

17th Sunday in Ordinary time
10.30am Ordinariate Mass at Hockley
Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Woolnough

Bread Left Over: 

Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Today's liturgy brings together several strands of Old Testament expectation to reveal Jesus as Israel's promised Messiah and king, the Lord who comes to feed His people.
Notice the parallels between today's Gospel and First Reading. Both Elisha and Jesus face a crowd of hungry people with only a few "barley" loaves. We hear similar words about how impossible it will be to feed the crowd with so little. And in both the miraculous multiplication of bread satisfies the hungry and leaves food left over.
The Elisha story looks back to Moses, the prophet who fed God's people in the wilderness (see Exodus 16). Moses prophesied that God would send a prophet like him (see Deuteronomy 18:15-19). The crowd in today's Gospel, witnessing His miracle, identifies Jesus as that prophet.
The Gospel today again shows Jesus to be the Lord, the good shepherd, who makes His people lie down on green grass and spreads a table before them (seePsalm 23:1,5).
The miraculous feeding is a sign that God has begun to fulfill His promise, which we sing of in today's Psalm - to give His people food in due season and satisfy their desire (see Psalm 81:17).
But Jesus points to the final fulfillment of that promise in the Eucharist. He does the same things He does at the Last Supper - He takes the loaves, pronounces a blessing of thanksgiving (literally, "eucharist"), and gives the bread to the people (see Matthew 26:26). Notice, too, that 12 baskets of bread are left over, one for each of the apostles.
These are signs that should point us to the Eucharist - in which the Church founded on the apostles continues to feed us with the living bread of His body.
In this Eucharist, we are made one body with the Lord, as we hear in today's Epistle. Let us resolve again, then, to live lives worthy of such a great calling. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Friday 9am Mass at Hockley

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As from Friday 24th July.
There will no longer be a Friday 9am Mass at Hockley. Mass at St Peters Eastwood every Friday at 9.30am followed by coffee in the New Mazenod Hall. Do join us? Every blessing
Fr Jeff Woolnough- Mission Pastor

Saturday, 18 July 2015

SUNDAY 19th JULY 2015

16th in Ordinary Time + Sunday 19th July
10.30am. Ordinariate Sung Mass at Hockley
Celebrant: Fr. Bob White

1.30pm Pimms on the Lawn at the Dyson's Hullbridge
See Celia for Tickets £6 pp.

One Flock: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today's Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church.
Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel's leaders, through godlessness and fanciful teachings, had mislead and scattered God's people. He promises God will send a shepherd, a king and son of David, to gather the lost sheep and appoint for them new shepherds (see Ezekiel 34:23).
The crowd gathering on the green grass (see Mark 6:39) in today's Gospel is the start of the remnant that Jeremiah promised would be brought back to the meadow of Israel. The people seem to sense that Jesus is the Lord, the good shepherd (see John 10:11), the king they've been waiting for (see Hosea 3:1-5).
Jesus is moved to pity, seeing them as sheep without a shepherd. This phrase was used by Moses to describe Israel's need for a shepherd to succeed him (seeNumbers 27:17). And as Moses appointed Joshua, Jesus appointed the Twelve to continue shepherding His people on earth.
Jesus had said there were other sheep who did not belong to Israel's fold, but would hear His voice and be joined to the one flock of the one shepherd (seeJohn 10:16). In God's plan, the Church is to seek out first the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and then to bring all nations into the fold (see Acts 13:36;Romans 1:16).
Paul, too, in today's Epistle, sees the Church as a new creation, in which those nations who were once far off from God are joined as "one new person" with the children of Israel.
As we sing in today's Psalm, through the Church, the Lord, our good shepherd, still leads people to the verdant pastures of the kingdom, to the restful waters of baptism; He still anoints with the oil of confirmation, and spreads the Eucharistic table before all people, filling their cups to overflowing.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Sunday 12th July 2105

15th in Ordinary Time
10.30am Ordinariate Sung Mass at Hockley
Celebrant Fr. Jeff Woolnough

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The Church’s Mission: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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In commissioning the apostles in today's Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church's mission after the resurrection.
His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites likewise were sent out with no bread and only one set of clothes, wearing sandals and carrying a staff (seeExodus 12:11Deuteronomy 8:2-4). Like the Israelites, the apostles are to rely solely on the providence of God and His grace.
Perhaps, also, Mark wants us to see the apostles' mission, the mission of the Church, as that of leading a new exodus - delivering peoples from their exile from God and bringing them to the promised land, the kingdom of heaven.
Like Amos in today's First Reading, the apostles are not "professionals," who earn their bread by prophesying. Like Amos, they are simply men (see Acts 14:15) summoned from their ordinary jobs and sent by God to be shepherds of their brothers and sisters.
Again this week, we hear the theme of rejection: Amos experiences it, and Jesus warns the apostles that some will not welcome or listen to them. The Church is called, not necessarily to be successful, but only to be faithful to God's command. 
With authority and power given to it by Jesus, the Church proclaims God's peace and salvation to those who believe in Him, as we sing in today's Psalm.
This word of truth, this gospel of salvation, is addressed to each of us, personally, as Paul proclaims in today's Epistle. In the mystery of God's will, we have been chosen from before the foundation of the world - to be His sons and daughters, to live for the praise of His glory.
Let us, then, give thanks for the Church today, and for the spiritual blessings He has bestowed upon us. Let us resolve to further the Church's mission - to help others hear the call to repentance and welcome Christ into their lives. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Sunday 5th July

14th in Ordinary Time
This Sunday there will not be the usual10.30am mass at Hockley
Instead we join our brothers and sisters at St. Peter's Eastwood.
Mass times 8.30 & 10am evening 6pm.
I'm grateful to Fr. Bob White who will be celebrant at the morning masses and to Fr Basil Pearson for the evening celebration.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Sunday 28th June 2015

Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles 
A Holy Day of Obligation transferred to Sunday

10.30am. Ordinariate Solemn Mass at Hockley 
Celebrant: Fr. Jeff Woolnough

A Reflection by Pope Benedict XVI on Ss. Peter and Paul

“The aim of the Church’s mission is a humanity that has itself become a living glorification of God, the true worship that God expects: this is the profound meaning of catholicity…
Like Paul, Peter also came to Rome, the city that was the place of convergence of all peoples and which precisely because of this could become the first of all expressions of the universality of the Gospel. Undertaking the journey from Jerusalem to Rome, Peter surely felt himself guided by the voices of the prophets, by the faith and by the prayer of Israel…
The great psalm of the Passion, Psalm 22, whose first verse “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus pronounced on the cross ended with the vision: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him” (Ps 22:28). When Peter and Paul came to Rome the Lord, who invoked that psalm on the cross, was risen. This victory of God would now have to be proclaimed to all peoples, thus fulfilling the promise with which the psalm concluded…
The unity of men in their multiplicity became possible because God, this one God of heaven and earth, showed himself to us; because the essential truth of our life, of our “from where?” and “to where?”, became visible when he showed himself to us and in Jesus Christ made us see his face, himself. This truth of the essence of our being, of our living and our dying, truth that by God was made visible, unites us and makes us become brothers. Catholicity and unity go together. And unity has a content: the fait that the Apostles transmitted to us on behalf of Christ.”