Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
20 May 2018, Pentecost Sunday (B)
OPEN THE DOORS AND LET THE SPIRIT IN
Today we celebrate that day when the Apostles, empowered by the Holy Spirit, broke out of the Upper Room and boldly started preaching the Gospel.
In his exhortation Evangeli Gaudium Pope Francis writes, ‘The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door. There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems (p47).’
This is quite a challenge. Following the very successful exhibition The Stations we have now found a safe way for having the church open every day – which is a great blessing. The church has always been open on a Saturday and it has been interesting to see the wide variety of people, young and old, single and families with children, who visit the church. Would you go past your parents’ house without visiting?
If the whole Church takes up this missionary impulse, she has to go forth to everyone without exception. Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. (p.48-49) Eight members of the ‘Proclaim’ group, looking at evangelisation, attended a very inspirational conference on Maintenance to Mission last week. Please pray for them as they discern the way forward.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Parish Priest: Canon Shaun Lennard firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbytery: 243, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2AT
Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins email@example.com
Catechetical Co-ordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
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On Sunday at 11am Mass we welcome our young parishioners who will be receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time: Matthias Bruno, Dónal Gallagher, Cian Gallagher, Hannah-Mae Guerrini, Heather Hall, Jamie Hall, Cameron Holland, Emily Jackson-Ruiz, Matthew Lynch, Benjamine Shine, Maria Shine and Eleni Spiewak-Michael.
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Today, 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) Bring your family and friends.
Please pray for pupils and staff at Pope Paul school who will be experiencing the annual Spirituality Week this week. They will be praying for you!
On Tuesday the exciting new DVD series on Our Lady called ‘Let it be; how Mary helps us to be filled with God’ continues after Mass. All very welcome, even if you could not make last week.
Mass on Wednesday is at the earlier time of 9.30am to enable Fr Shaun to attend a briefing on the new Data Protection legislation at Euston.
TEA AND COFFEE AFTER MASS
There will be tea and coffee after the 6pm Mass on Saturday 26 May.
Confirmation & First Holy Communion cards and gifts are available from the Repository in the Parish Hall after all weekend Masses.
We are in need of help with flowers. You don’t need to be a florist just have a love for flowers. Four volunteers to form a team would make your commitment once a month. Please leave your details with the Parish Office if you can help.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SENDING FORTH MASS – 9th June
There will be a thanksgiving Mass on Saturday 9th June at 6pm for all children who have received their First Holy Communion this year. Parents are asked to bring their children to the Parish Hall dressed in their Communion outfits for 5:30pm in order to prepare for Mass. There will be refreshments after Mass in the Parish Hall. Parents are asked to bring along snacks and drinks to share (no nuts please), all are welcome.
We still require some volunteers (highlighted in yellow on the noticeboard) to help out at the Mass, Please sign up or contact Francesca Khaliq. We are specially in need of helpers with the refreshments after Mass, many thanks.
Please be aware that the car park will get very busy during this Mass and you may get blocked in by other cars. The green link gate to the Wyllyotts car park will be open. Remember that parking restrictions apply until 6:30pm on the Saturday evening, please walk if possible.
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 currently 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 you are thinking of becoming a catechist to help at sessions, you will need to complete a DBS check before September. Please give the parish office your contact details and our Safeguarding Rep, Mike Sibley, will be in touch with you.
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.)
CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
We have been given two beautiful crib sets; a large one for the narthex and a smaller one. It would be nice to adapt the crib shell we have with perspex to put outside the church with the smaller figures. Is there anybody with basic carpentry skills who could take this on – there is plenty of time. The large figures (Our Lady is in the Reconciliation Room at the moment) will require a base and some surroundings. If you have an artistic flair you might like to organise this. Please speak to Fr Shaun if you are interested – there is plenty of time.
PILGRIMAGE TO ARUNDEL
Parishioners who are booked on the trip on Thursday 31st May are reminded that the coach will leave the church at 10am prompt and you will need a packed lunch (although you can buy food and hot drinks at the lunch stop.)
FRIENDS OF POPE PAUL SCHOOL
If anyone would like to place an advert for their business in the brochure for the Pope Paul Catholic School Summer Fayre please contact Emily at FOPPS@popepaul.herts.sch.uk.The deadline for advertising is Friday 8th June.
Everyone is welcome to this joyful celebration at 3pm on Saturday 26th May at Christ the King Church (Vita et Pax), 29 Bramley Road, London N14 4HE. This Mass is for people of all ages who are not able to be quiet or to stay still during Mass and those who want to worship with them. Refreshments in the hall afterwards.
SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR
The Sistine Chapel Choir, Holy Father’s personal choir, performs a sacred choral music concert from the repertoire they sing in the Vatican on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 8pm in Westminster Cathedral. The concert will last an hour, and is free of charge (no tickets required). Come and experience this world-famous choir singing in the beautiful setting of Westminster Cathedral. All are welcome.
COMMUNITY SPONSORSHIP – THURSDAY 31ST MAY
Join Caritas Westminster and Sponsor Refugees for an event on Community Sponsorship – a way that community groups can be involved in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable people fleeing conflict. The event is on Thursday 31st May 2018, at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN, from 6.30-8.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available from 6.00pm. RSVP to email@example.com
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:
Fr Pat Sammon, John Adams, Mary Markey, Rita McElroy and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including: Michael Kelleher, Denis Stevens, Hugh McQuade.
Congratulations to the parents of Isabella Buonanno who was baptised last Sunday.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
27 May, The Most Holy Trinity (B)
Saturday 6pm Esther Dallan / Sister Irene
Sunday 9.00am Mark Guerin / Maureen Vaughan
Sunday 11.00am Rosemarie Surry / Abi Okasi
BIDDING PRAYERS: Jolanta Cooke
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
27 May, The Most Holy Trinity (B)
Deuteronomy 4:32-34. 39-40
Letter of St Paul to the Romans 8: 14-17
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 20 May 2018, Team B
Kathleen Christofides, Margaret Clancy, Linette Pinto.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (20 May – Pentecost)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
4.30pm Memorial Service Hayley Byrne RIP
6.30pm ‘Sing Good News’ musical at St John’s Methodist Church
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 21 May 10am
Tuesday 22 May 10am
Wednesday 23 May 9.30am
Thursday 24 May No Mass
Friday 25 May 10am
Saturday 26 May 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (27 May, The Most Holy Trinity) 9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
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