PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
21 October 2018, 29thSunday in Ordinary Time (YrB)
A LIFE OF SERVICE
Three times in Mark’s gospel Jesus formally tells his disciples about his coming Passion, and each time they seem entirely deaf to it. So each time Jesus counters their misunderstanding by repeating the need for a disciple to follow him in suffering. Today’s reading begins just after the third prophecy, and – true to form – the sons of Zebedee reply with a request for the best seats at the banquet of the Kingdom! Matthew in his gospel spares the two disciples by putting the request in their poor mother’s mouth; only in a second exchange with Jesus do they woodenly accept to share Jesus’ ‘cup’ and ‘baptism’. Do they really know what they are accepting, or do they just blithely agree and answer ‘Yes’ to Jesus’ question about sharing the same ‘cup’ as their ‘Master’? The indignation of the other disciples prompt Jesus to deliver his clearest statement in words that authority in the Church should be regarded as service. His clearest statement in action about service is the smelly business of washing the travel-gnarled feet of his disciples at his last meal with them.
How does Jesus envisage leadership in the Church? How may we all live better lives of service?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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PARISH TEAM NEWS
Francesca Khaliqis on sick leave preparing for surgery at the end of October please keep her in your prayers. Thank you to the volunteers who covered the office when Bernadette was sick last week.
Mass on Wednesday will be in Pope Paul School at 9.15amwhere we will be the guests of Year 5. All are welcome.
The delegates from the parish who attended the Eucharistic Conference in Liverpool have returned full of enthusiasm.
There will be a chance to see and hear one of the inspiring talks on Monday in the hall at 2 -3.30pm repeated at 7.30 – 9 pm. See some of the inspiring conference talks at http://www.shalomworldtv.org/adoremus#latest-episodes
RCIA, COME AND SEE
This group, for those who want to find out what the Catholic faith is about, meets every Monday at 7.30 – 9 pm in the Reconciliation Room. New enquirers are always welcome.
MISSION ‘RED BOX’ THANK YOU
Eileen Thompkins wishes to thank everybody in the parish for their welcome last weekend. If you were away or did not get the chance to take a box last week there will be an opportunity in a few weeks time when existing supporters will have the opportunity to have full boxes emptied. You can find out more about Missio online at mission.org.uk/about-apf
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY
Thank you for your generous response last week. The collection remains open until the end of the month. For further information seewww.cafod.org.uk
Congratulations to the 18 children who have successfully completed their Sunday School Course in preparation for their First Reconciliation and Communion course which continues for all registered children after half term.
CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE 18-30 YEARS OLD
for an evening of prayer and reflection with Cardinal Vincent on Tuesday 30th October 2018 from 7 pm at Archbishop’s House. The Cardinal will share his reflections from the Synod on Youth and there will be an opportunity for further dialogue. The event is free to attend but registration is required by email to email@example.com
OCTOBER MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
The Rosary is prayed every weekday at 9.40am – please come and join us in this special month. To mark the month, we will be praying the Hail Mary after the Bidding Prayer on Sunday. The Bidding Prayer is addressed to God the Father and so the Church says that it is not appropriate to include a prayer to Mary in the middle of it, which is why we will add it to the end
NOVEMBER, MONTH of the HOLY SOULS
There are sheets available in the narthex for you to list those deceased family and friends who you would like included in prayers in November. Please return them in the envelopes provided to the parish office. Mass will be offered for all of those listed every Sunday and once each week in November. Any surplus Masses will be celebrated by one of our retired priests.
MASS of REMEMBRANCE
On Friday 2nd November (All Souls Day) there will be a sung Mass at 7.30pm for those who have died in the past year. Members of the Bereavement Support Group will be present and there will be tea and coffee after the Mass. All are very welcome.
BLESSING of GRAVES
There will be a short service and blessing of graves at Allum Lane Cemetery at 2 pm on Sunday 4th November. Fr Shaun will be joining Fr Antonio from Borehamwood parish and all are welcome.
FIRST AID TRAINING
There will be a First Aid Training Course, including how to use the defibrillator, in the Parish Hall on Thursday 15th November, 7 pm – 10 pm. This is an important service on big occasions. Please let the office know if you would like to attend. All are welcome.
POPE PAUL SCHOOL OPEN DAY RECEPTION CLASS 2019
You are warmly welcome to come and visit us on Thursday 25th October and Tuesday 20th November at 9.30am, 2 pm and 7 pm. There is no need to book; just come along and meet us and see our school!
POPE PAUL SCHOOL 100 CLUB
This month the Friends of Pope Paul School (FOPPS) are starting a ‘100 Club’ to raise funds for a much-used area in the playground. The wooden ‘Jungle Gym’ needs replacing and, due to government funding cuts, we need to come together as a community to raise the money needed. A small outlay guarantees you a place in the prize draw each month. The more people join then the more the prize money! There will be more information and the chance to join after Mass next week.
CELEBRATE ST ALBAN’S 2018
‘See I am doing a new thing’ Isaiah 43:19
CELEBRATE is a conference for all, young and old. Inspired by this year’s theme, we have lots of new and exciting features of our weekend. When: Sat 3rd Nov 2018, 09.30 – 21.00, Sun 4th Nov 2018, 09.30 – 16.00 Location: Loreto College, Hatfield Rd, St Albans, AL1 3RQ. For further details visit www.celebrateconference.org To book your place telephone: Tim Stevens 07875 848138
JULIAN of NORWICH
Join us for a meditative presentation of this 14thCentury mystic’s divine revelations interpreted through music, dance, narration and art. Sunday 4th November in the church at 6 pm. Free entry. All welcome.
If you are planning to marry here or elsewhere 6 months’ notice is required and you MUST see Fr Shaun to register for a preparation course. The next course will be in the Spring.
ST OSCAR ROMERO
National Mass of Thanksgiving at 12.30pm on Saturday 3rd November at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark SE1 7HY. Preacher Archbishop Bernard Longley. All welcome.
CARDINAL HUME CENTRE, SLEEP OUT On 6th November two of our parishioners Mick and Carole Strange will be sleeping out to raise much-needed money for The Cardinal Hume Centre which supports young homeless people in London.
Please take a look at their just giving page and support them if you can. www.justgiving.com/carolestrange
THE PASSAGE CONCERT
6th November 2018 at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall.‘Night Under the Stars’ raises money for The Passage – a charity that provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. For further information, please see the noticeboard or visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk telephone:02038799555
NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR CO-ED SIXTH FORM OPTIONS EVENING
Options evening 8th November at 6 pm. (AL4 OTT) For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LORETO COLLEGE, CO-ED SIXTH FORM INFORMATION EVENING
Wednesday 24th October 2018, 6.30pm, (AL1 3RQ) For further information, please contact 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, Grant Davis, David Bradford, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Kay Lewthwaite, Jean Rudd, Theresa Round, Aileen Freeman, Joan Bonner, Marshall Fernandes, Antonia Cox, Olive McQuade, Gloria DeChristopher, Marissa Jacobs, Jean Francois DeBie, Denis O’Keeffe and Francesca Khaliq.
The lately dead: Elaine Thornbury, Fr George Dangerfield, Robert Allen McRobb, Mary Delaloye and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including: Paddy Plummer.
Congratulations to the parents of Lorcan Quinn who was baptised this weekend.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
Saturday 6 pm Andrew Mills
Sunday 9.00am Lindsey Huntley
Sunday 11.00amMarie Donatantonio
Bidding Prayers: R. Surry
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
28 October 2018, 30thSunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Jeremiah 31: 7-9
Hebrews 5: 1-6
Mark 10: 46-52
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 21 October 2018, Team D
A. McGorman & M. Yong.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (21 October 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 22 October 10 am
Tuesday 23 October 10 am
Wednesday 24 October 9.15am at Pope Paul School
Thursday 25 October No Mass
Friday 26 October 10 am
Saturday 27 October 11 am Blessing of Graves at Edmonton Cemetery
5.15– 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6 pm (BST) Sunday Vigil Mass
Remember clocks go BACK one hour next Saturday night
Sunday Mass (28 October 2018, 30thSunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am (GMT)
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