Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
15 April 2018, Third Sunday of Easter
Fish for Supper
The two disciples had met Jesus on their way to Emmaus. There Jesus had used the Eucharistic meal to reveal himself to them, for the Eucharist is always an occasion for us to get to know the Risen Christ better. Now he meets the whole group of disciples in their refuge, the Upper Room. It is perhaps an account of the same incident that we heard last Sunday, but with different emphasis. Now the stress is on the meeting with a real person, and not with a ghost. That is why Jesus eats a piece of fish.
The important lesson of this is that, in our resurrection to true life, it is the whole person that is raised, not just the soul. Christian teaching is that a person is an animated body. We work out our salvation with fingers and toes and other bodily members, and all will be raised to life. It is not just a matter of thoughts and intentions! The whole body is baptised into Christ and is the instrument of our salvation. The body will be changed, and St Paul reminds us that we should not get bogged down with worrying about what sort of body we will have at the resurrection, but rejoice that each of us will be raised as a whole person.
What do you imagine the risen life to be like? Is love, friendship and companionship part of this?
Dom Henry Wansborough OSB
8 April: Envelopes £500, Loose £461,
Easter offering £381.00
Standing Orders for March £4816
Thank you for your generosity.
If you are in the Planned Giving scheme please collect your box of envelopes today. If you would like to join the scheme please speak to Fr Shaun after Mass today.
Your offering on Easter Sunday forms part of the (taxable) stipend paid to your priest. Thank you for your generosity.
To Fr Tom Egan, who is celebrating Saturday evening Mass as Fr Shaun is returning late on Saturday from his break.
14th & 15th APRIL – PRIEST TRAINING FUND
Next weekend is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will also take place next weekend. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 45 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 28 of whom are for our own Diocese, and last year eight men ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. This fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are attached to the newsletter. Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk
TEA AND COFFEE AFTER MASS
There is tea and coffee after 9am Mass this Sunday (no tea and coffee after 11am Mass).
There will be tea and coffee after the 6pm Mass on Saturday 28 April. This will be offered once a month if it is well attended.
The office is open from 9.30am – 12.30pm each weekday except Wednesday, when it is closed. There is much information on the website and, if your matter is not urgent, email is a useful way of communicating.
People who cannot get to Mass due to illness or caring committments can now watch Mass over the internet as it happens. Just go to the parish website www.olasv.org.uk and click on the ‘live streaming’ link. This service has become a lifeline to so many elderly and ill people in other parishes, linking them with their parish Mass. It can also enable family and friends who are unable to travel for a funeral or baptism to watch the liturgy live.
If you are away on a Sunday, or if you want to help the environment by being paperless, remember that you can view the weekly newsletter on the website.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETINGS
The next baptism preparation meetings will take place on Tuesday 17 April and Tuesday 24 April from 7.30pm until 9pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun, Deacon Don or contact the office to register for the course. Both parents are encouraged to attend the meetings.
The Easter Cross will be up until Pentecost and then the original crucifix will go back up.
The font was temporarily repaired for Easter (including a heater so that babies are not too shocked in the winter!). A more long-term solution is being considered by a specialist company.
Confirmation & First Holy Communion cards and gifts are available from the Repository in the Parish Hall after all weekend Masses. The Repository will also be open at all First Holy Communion / Confirmation Mass rehearsals.
On Tuesday there is Rosary before Mass, tea & coffee after Mass followed by the prayer group in the Reconciliation Room. In May the prayer group have agreed to use an exciting new DVD series on Our Lady called ‘Let it be; how Mary helps us to be filled with God’ This will commence on Tuesday 1st May – make a note of the date now.
MASS OF CONFIRMATION –FRIDAY 20TH APRIL
Our candidates will be confirmed this Friday 20th April at 7pm by Bishop John Sherrington. Candidates remember the essential rehearsal this Wednesday 18th April at 7:15pm prompt.
Thank you to everyone praying for our candidates during their time of preparation. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
CONFIRMATION MASS VOLUNTEERS
First Aiders and stewards are needed for this Friday 20th April from 6pm. We will also be serving refreshments after Mass so we need helpers to set up, serve and help tidy up afterwards, If you are able to help please sign up on the board in the Narthex,
VOLUNTEERS FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES
We require volunteers for the First Holy Communion Masses to be Ministers of the Eucharist, first aiders and stewards for the car park and the Church. Dates are as follows: Sunday 29th April at 11am, Saturday 5th May at 6pm, Sunday 6th May at 11am, Sunday 13th May at 11am, Sunday 20th May at 6pm and Saturday 9th June at 6pm. If you are able to help please sign up on the board in the Narthex.
CAR PARK: CONFIRMATION/ COMMUNION MASSES
Please be aware that the car park will get very busy for these Masses and you may get blocked in by other cars. The gate to Wyllyotts car park will be open; remember that parking charges apply until 6:30pm during the week and on Saturday.
POST CONFIRMATION BOWLING
The Post Confirmation bowling trip is on Wednesday 16 May from 7.30pm – 9.45pm at Hollywood Bowl in Finchley. There are purple letters on the stand in the Narthex with detachable reply slips. Please return slip and £13 cash or cheque to the Parish Office or Francesca Khaliq by Wednesday 18 April.
PILGRIMAGE TO ARUNDEL
As you may be aware, this year is a special year in this country as we prepare for a National Eucharistic Congress in September. As part of the preparations every parish has been asked to do something special around the Feast of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ) We are arranging a pilgrimage by coach to Arundel Cathedral for the Feast on Thursday 31st May. The coach will leave at 10am and stop at Box Hill, in the South Downs, for a picnic lunch. We will continue to Arundel Cathedral where there will be time to view the world-famous flower festival, including the carpet of flowers and also the beautiful town itself. At 5.30pm there will be Mass celebrated by Bishop Moth followed by a procession into the grounds of Arundel Castle and back to the Cathedral. We should arrive back around 9.30pm. It is a wonderful day and booking forms will be available this week,
it is during half term.
See arundelcathedral.org for videos of previous years.
Pope Paul School has a vacancy for a 30hrs p/w caretaker – a permanent p/t position. See noticeboard for details.
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, Steve Malone, Aileen Freeman, Joan Bonner.
The lately dead: Hayley Byrne RIP, Theresa O’Connor RIP and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Peter Philbin RIP.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
22 April, 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Saturday 6pm Christopher Lundrigan / Rosan Ali
Sunday 9.00am Kate Ringham / Clive Buhagiar
Sunday 11.00am Marie Donatantonio / James Roberts
BIDDING PRAYERS: Jolanta Cooke
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
22 April, 4th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12.
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 15 April 2018, Team A
Linda Ahearne, Tina Cullen, Cathy McRobb, Betty Healy.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (15 April 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 16 April 10am
11 am Requiem Mass – Lydia McPhillips RIP
Tuesday 17 April 10am
Wednesday 18 April 10am
Thursday 19 April No Mass
Friday 20 April 10am
7pm Mass of Confirmation
Saturday 21 April 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (22 April Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday)
9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
Deadline for newsletter articles is Tuesday morning, 9.30am
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
( 01707 654359 firstname.lastname@example.org www.olasv.org.uk
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: Bernadette Saunders
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
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