Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
1 July 2018, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Two Cures of Women
The author of the Gospel of Mark likes to combine incidents to show their joint significance, often, as here, sandwiching one story between the two halves of another. In this instance it is surely significant that both recipients of Jesus’ healing love are women. Only a minority of Jesus’ miracles concern women, and the bringing together of these two, one a girl and the other an old woman, serves to stress their importance to Jesus. It is unfair to accuse the Bible of being male-dominated. A mother’s devotion is a frequent image of God’s love. There are plenty of feisty women in the Old Testament, who put their men-folk to shame by their courage, enterprise and initiative: Rebecca, Tamar, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Judith. Jesus’ own relationships with women seem to have been easy and even humorous. One need only think of his playful bargaining with the Syro-Phoenician over the cure of her daughter, or the jokey exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, not to mention his delicacy towards the woman taken in adultery or the sinful woman who showed her love by weeping at his feet. Paul also clearly relied in many ways in his apostolate on the ministry of women.
Why are these two stories interlocked? What is common to the two people healed?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB, www.wednesdayword.org
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For the next two weeks, due to annual leave, the office will be staffed by volunteers at restricted hours. This week
Mon 2 – closed
Tues 3, 4, 5 – open 9.30am – 12.30pm
Fri 6 – closed
A big thank you to all volunteers!.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
The Little Sisters were founded to care for the aged poor and they continue to do this in Stoke Newington and Vauxhall in London. Two of the sisters will be appealing for donations after all Masses next weekend.
CHURCHES TOGETHER HOLIDAY CLUB 23 – 27 JULY
This is an exciting ecumenical venture for primary-aged children with a pirate theme. Lots of volunteers needed (including teenagers) We need volunteers, both adults and secondary school pupils, and training will be given. As well as helping with activities we need people to provide lunch for volunteers, admin support and prayer partners. You can register your child at www.pbchurchesholidayclub.co.uk
To register as a helper Just type ‘scripture union count me in’ to your search engine and look for Potters Bar Club.
We are hosting the monthly ecumenical prayers on Saturday at 8am – all are very welcome. ‘Breakfast follows. Could you help with serving tea and coffee for this? Please speak to Fr Shaun if you can help.
SR TERESA RIP – THANK YOU
Sr Christina and Sr Irene wish to express their deepest gratitude to all in the Parish who helped in so many different ways during this sad time. Mass will be offered for your intentions on 21st July at 6pm.
Mass Intentions for August can be booked in person or by phone from 10.30am this Tuesday 3 July 2018.
LITTLE LAMBS BABY AND TODDLERS
Little Lambs last session before the summer break is 12 July. Resumes on 13 September.
MINISTRY OF CATECHIST
We are fortunate in having many parishioners who give generously of their time and talents to help our young parishioners prepare for the sacraments. If your child has benefitted this year would you consider volunteering for this important ministry next academic year? Please speak with Francesca or Fr Shaun for details of what is involved. Full training is given. You are never on your own and it is a very enjoyable thing to do. PLEASE consider it and speak to us this week.
COME AND SEE
Every year we have people interested knowing more about the Church who might like to become Catholics. On Monday 1st October there will be a ‘come and see’ supper for anybody interested in knowing more. People who have gone through the process will talk about their experience over a light supper. WHO COULD YOU ASK? Invitations are available in the narthex. Take one today and ASK!
CHURCH BARBECUE 15 JULY UPDATE
Only 50 tickets left! Available after each Mass this weekend first come first served! The ticket cost is £5.00 for adults, £3 children (under 11).
Please note, this is a ticket only event.
The cost covers food (please bring your own drinks and glasses).
We still need a First Aider, Car Park Steward, large BBQ, volunteers in particular Children’s entertainment e.g. Face Painting etc. If you are 16+ you can be part of the musical entertainment let us know. If you can help – contact: Bernard Tel: 07967467325
The new team of volunteers to look after the church grounds is now taking shape and you should see improvements in the next few weeks. We still need more volunteers, especially in the summer months when things grow quicker! If you can spare two hours each month please speak to Fr Shaun or the parish office who will put you in touch with the team.
The new rota for July, August and September has been emailed out. If you haven’t received your copy please contact Pat.
TEA & COFFEE AFTER MASS
Thanks to the great group who provide this – could you help? Please speak to the office if you can.
CERTIFICATES OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
If you are applying for a place in a Catholic Secondary School for September 2019 you will need one of these. There will be clear arrangements for this in September. If you are applying for a Grammar school you will need this in July. Please contact Fr Shaun for an appointment if this is the church that you have been attending every Sunday. It is not possible to sign forms after Mass on Sundays as there are more important pastoral conversations to be had.
POST CONFIRMATION SLEEPOVER – DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: 5TH OCTOBER
The Post Confirmation Youth Group will be having a sponsored sleepover in aid of homeless charities on 5/6 October in the Parish Hall; we will be having a couple of speakers, supper, taking you on a night walk and sleeping on the floor of the hall. There will be supervision at all times. This is open to all our newly confirmed parishioners and those confirmed in 2017. Francesca Khaliq will be emailing details out next week. If you are interested please respond quickly, as there are limited places.
ALLUM LANE CEMETERY MASS,
2pm, Sunday 22 July 2018, Celebrant: Fr Dominic McKenna. All welcome.
WORLD YOUTH DAY
World Youth Day is an international event with the Pope, and Catholics from across the world. The next WYD will be in Panama, Central America, in January 2019. The Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry are organising a pilgrimage for young adults to attend this life changing event. Scholarships for 50% are also available to support young adults wishing to go. More information: dowym.com/events/wyd-panama-2019 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOPE TOGETHER GATHERINGS – MONDAY 16TH JULY & SATURDAY 28TH JULY
Recent news reports have highlighted the increase in violence affecting young people across London. Are you wondering how you can respond? Is there a way that together we can make a difference? Courtyard, part of the Catholic charity Million Minutes, presents ‘Hope Together’. These gatherings offer an opportunity to explore the issues and discuss our potential response in supporting our local young people. There are two opportunities to attend: Monday 16th July 7-9pm, St Mellitus, Finsbury Park (N4 3AG ) or Saturday 28th July 2-4pm, Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George, Enfield (EN2 6DS). To register and for more information please visit: millionminutes.eventbrite.co.uk
Six months notice is required for marriage in the church, here or abroad. Preparation and paperwork has to be completed in your home parish. If you are contemplating marriage in 2019 please speak to Fr Shaun as soon as possible as we will be arranging date for Marriage Preparation courses in the new academic year and need to know possible demand.
Please Remember In Your Prayers:
The sick, their families and all who care for them, including: Betty Swift, Peggy Rafferty, Damien Grafton, Marsaili MacAuley, John Wilkinson, Linda Brooks, Patricia Wallington, Coral Morton, Cathy Sexton, Rev Nick Brindley, Grant Davis, David Bradford, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Kay Lewthwaite, Jean Rudd, Theresa Round, Aileen Freeman, Joan Bonner, Marshall Fernandes and Antonia Cox.
The lately dead and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
8 July 2018, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 6pm Georgina McArdle / Rosan Ali
Sunday 9.00am Clive Buhagiar / Keira Hall
Sunday 11.00am Savannah Bruce / Rosemarie Surry
BIDDING PRAYERS: Rosaleen Pinto
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
8 July 2018, 14th Sunday In Ordinary Time
Paul 2 Corinthians 12:7.10
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 1 July 2018, Team D
Pam Tempany, Kate Ringham, Ann Mc Gorman, Miho Yong.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass 1 July – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 2 July 10am
11.30am Fr Shaun at funeral of Jessie Stafford
Tuesday 3 July 10am
Wednesday 4 July No Mass (Fr Shaun at funeral of Fr Patrick Miscampbell)
Thursday 5 July 10am
Friday 6 July 10am
Saturday 7 July 8 – 9am Churches Together prayers & breakfast
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (8 July, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
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