Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
13 May 2018, Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B
World Communications Day
The Truth will set you free
Pope Francis has produced a short but concise message for World Communications Day. You can read it in full at http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/wcd18
The Holy Father reflects on the rising problem of ‘fake news’ and the Christian response. He asks us to pray, in particular, for those involved in the communications industry. Here are some quotes:
“Fake news often goes viral, spreading so fast that it is hard to stop… because it appeals to the insatiable greed so easily aroused in human beings.”
“There is no such thing as harmless disinformation; on the contrary, trusting in falsehood can have dire consequences. Even a seemingly slight distortion of the truth can have dangerous effects.”
“We discover and rediscover the truth when we experience it within ourselves in the loyalty and trustworthiness of the One who loves us. This alone can liberate us: ‘The truth will set you free.’ (Jn 8:32)”
“Freedom from falsehood and the search for relationship: these two ingredients cannot be lacking if our words and gestures are to be true, authentic, and trustworthy.”
“The best antidotes to falsehoods are not strategies, but people: people who are not greedy but ready to listen, people who make the effort to engage in sincere dialogue so that the truth can emerge; people who are attracted by goodness and take responsibility for how they use language.”
The Westminster Record, the monthly diocesan newspaper, is on sale in the narthex, 20p
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
( 01707 654359 firstname.lastname@example.org
www.olasv.org.uk (Live streaming available click on the ‘live streaming’ link)
Parish Priest: Canon Shaun Lennard email@example.com
Presbytery: 243, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2AT
Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Catechetical Co-ordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
A Fairtrade Parish of Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese
On Sunday at 11am Mass we welcome our young parishioners who will be receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time: Tommaso Attanasio, Andria Grafanakis, Angelo Grafanakis, Ema Gutierrez Carbajal, Callum Jones, Angelina Nicholas, Alexis Pagnier, Emilia Pyzik, Nathaniel Rogalski, Alex Sabal, Ava Sheehan, Evie Tisdall, Maisie Tisdall and Jacob Wallis. Please continue to pray for all the children who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion.
6 May: Envelopes £447, Loose £1035
Thank you for your generosity.
Until Pentecost there is a prayer focus in our church called ‘The Stations’ – a powerful set of 14 black and white images with reflections on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers linked to the suffering that Jesus experienced and inviting our response. Our church is open from 8am until 6pm every day. Tell your friends
MAY, MONTH of OUR LADY
In May and October we have a special emphasis on Our Lady. A statue of Our Lady from the new crib set we have been given has been placed in the Reconciliation Room. Apart from Tuesday, all are invited to pray the Rosary in that space, leaving the Blessed Sacrament Chapel for silent prayer.
On Tuesday there was a great response to the exciting new DVD series on Our Lady called ‘Let it be; how Mary helps us to be filled with God’ This continues after Mass on Tuesday and all very welcome, even if you could not make last week.
Confirmation & First Holy Communion cards and gifts are available from the Repository in the Parish Hall after all weekend Masses.
Next Sunday 20 May, at 6.30pm all Christians will gather for the Life and Mission Choir’s new musical Sing Good News in St John’s Methodist Church, Baker Street (entrance free with retiring collection for the Bible Society) Bring your family and friends.
Please would the donor of envelope box no 5 contact the Parish office. Thank you.
SPECIAL MASS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BEREAVED – THIS FRIDAY 18 MAY AT 7.30PM
When someone we love dies, regardless of how young or how old they may have been – we can experience many emotions including a longing for one more day, one more touch.
Death is no respecter of age or circumstance and the heartbreak of death is universal. You may have lost a loved one over the last few weeks, some months ago or many years ago, whenever the loss occurred we invite you to join us for a special Mass with our parish community when our prayers will be offered for you and with you.
This Mass will be this Friday 18 May at 7.30pm and all parishioners are encouraged to come and support those who are bereaved. Refreshments are available after the service.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES
Parents, you will receive an email during the week before your son/daughter’s First Holy Communion Mass with important reminders about the rehearsal and Mass. If you have not received an email please contact Francesca Khaliq.
POST CONFIRMATION BOWLING
Our Post Confirmation bowling is this Wednesday 16th May from 7:30pm -9:45pm at Finchley Hollywood Bowl. If you need transport to and from Finchley, then please contact Francesca Khaliq. Please make sure that you wear trainers.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & RECONCILIATION 2019
Application forms for First Holy Communion & Reconciliation in 2019 will be available from Fr Shaun after Mass for the next few weekends (children currenly in Year 2 or older). Please submit completed forms to the Office by Monday 11 June 2018. If you have any questions please contact Francesca Khaliq.
Candidates for Confirmation in 2019 (currently in Year 8 or above) can collect an application form from Fr Shaun after Mass for the next few weekends. Forms can only be collected by the Candidate and not a parent. Completed forms must be handed into the Office by Monday 11 June 2018. If you have any questions please contact Francesca Khaliq.
SAFE-GUARDING FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION CATECHISTS 2019
If your child will be preparing for Confirmation or First Holy Communion (2019) and you are thinking of becoming a catechist to help at the sessions, you will need to complete a DBS safeguarding check before September. Please give the parish office your contact details and our Safeguarding Rep, Mike Sibley, will be in touch with you, many thanks.
Would you have time to help arrange flowers in the church each week? We would like to recruit enough people so that the commitment would only be once a month. Please speak to Fr Shaun or leave your details with the Parish Office if you are interested.
If you have a sewing machine and have time to hem fabric to make tablecloths
please contact the Parish Office. We would like 3 or 4 people to help.
The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is in half term but the bishops have asked us to mark the feast with some act of public witness. On Friday 8th June at 1.30pm there will be an outdoor Mass at Pope Paul School (weather permitting!) and then a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the church for Benediction. The Blessed Sacrament will then remain exposed for an all-night vigil, concluding with Benediction and breakfast at 7.30am on Saturday. Groups and individuals are asked to sign-up to pray for an hour slot so that the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended (at least two people in the church at any time.)
CARE of CHURCH GROUNDS
Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with grass cutting and the care of vegetation in the church grounds. You are being contacted by somebody from the Property Committee so that a rota can be drawn up. It is not too late to join the group – let the office know your details if you can help.
HEADTEACHER VACANCY, ST JOHN FISHER, ST ALBANS
St John Fisher, St Albans is looking to recruit an inspiring and outstanding headteacher to lead our school into the future. The role is ideal for a current Deputy Headteacher who is a practising Catholic. If you are interested, please look on www.teachinherts.com under St John Fisher or contact the Chair of Governors (Chris Baker) at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack.
INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTS EXAMINER REQUIRED (VOLUNTARY)
Potters Bar Baptist Church require an Independent Accounts Examiner (voluntary) to examine their annual accounts. If you can help please contact Joel Mercer, Minister on 01707 840538.
ATTENTION FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI!
The class of 1978 (those who started at the school in 1971) are organising a reunion on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th June, consisting of an informal dinner on Saturday and Mass and a buffet lunch at the school on Sunday to coincide with the date of the school fete. If you are an alumni / know an alumni of this group who would be interested in attending this event, please contact the reunion team:
Bob Olivier email@example.com or Eve Stefanicki firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and Marshall Fernandes.
The lately dead and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
20 May, Pentecost Sunday
Saturday 6pm Audry Pereira / Christian D’Silva
Sunday 9.00am Marian Hopkins / Katherine Cope
Sunday 11.00am Communion Mass
BIDDING PRAYERS: Josephine Maguire
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
20 May, 8th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11
1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 13 May 2018, Team A
Linda Ahearne, Tina Cullen, Cathy Mc Robb, Betty Healy
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (13 May 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 14 May 10am
Tuesday 15 May 10am
Wednesday 16 May 10am
Thursday 17 May No Mass
Friday 18 May 10am
7.30pm Mass for the Bereaved
Saturday 19 May 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (20 May, Eighth Sunday of Easter) 9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
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