Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
22 April 2018, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
REJOICE & BE GLAD
Pope Francis has written a new Apostolic Exhortation called Gaudate et Exsultate on the universal call to holiness. It is a refreshing encouragement to us all to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.
This weekend we reflect on vocation (God’s call) The sheep recognise the voice of the Good Shepherd – we have to discern the call of Jesus for each one of us. There are many other voices which can distract us from the voice of the Good Shepherd who calls us to flourish – each with our own unique gifts.
Pope Francis writes about the holiness of the saints which inspires us but also the holiness of the saints ‘next door.’ The Holy Spirit bestows holiness in abundance amongst God’s holy and faithful people. I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, on those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile. In their daily perseverance I see the holiness of the Church militant. Very often it is the holiness found in our next-door neighbours, those who are living in our midst, reflect God’s holiness.
Each in his or her own way should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness that appear unobtainable. The important thing is that each believer discerns his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts.
We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or a grandparent? Be holy by teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.
You can read more of this beautiful document at http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html and click on ‘Gaudate et Exsultate.’
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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PRIESTS’ TRAINING FUND
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and religious and for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Today’s second collection will support the Priest Training Fund. This fund pays for the 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 were ordained priests of our diocese. The fund also supports the ongoing formation of our priests. Your gift ensures we can provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives to serve God’s people. Please be as generous as you can. Please also pray for vocations and for all our priests. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations
To the young people who were confirmed on Friday by Bishop John Sherrington. They will be presented with their certificates at Mass today. Thank you to the catechists for accompanying these young people for this important stage in their life of faith.
TEA AND COFFEE AFTER 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.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING
Baptism preparation meeting (2nd session) will take place this 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 the Office.
READ A BOOK FOR LENT
Please return borrowed books to the parish office; so they can be returned to their owners, many thanks.
People who cannot get to Mass due to illness or caring commitments 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.
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 are using 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. All very welcome.
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT – FRIDAY APRIL 27th AT 7pm
Meinir Thomas (Guerin) – Voice Teacher and Pamela Moutoussi (String Teacher) are putting on a concert at Our Lady’s on Friday April 27th at 7pm to showcase some of the amazing students they have, many of which are members of our parish. This is a Youth concert and will feature solos, duets and Ensembles with ages ranging from 9-18yrs. Entry is free please come to support if you can.
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 during half-term and it is a wonderful day. Booking forms are available in the Narthex. Please return form and £12 cash or cheque to the Parish Office. See arundelcathedral.org for videos of previous years.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES
Parents, please make sure that you attend the rehearsal for your child’s Mass. We have a number of Communion outfits that can be borrowed for your child’s First Holy Communion; if you would like to come and have a look at them then please contact Francesca Khaliq or the Parish office. We ask that you please keep all of our First Holy Communion children in your prayers at this very special time when they receive the Most Blessed Sacrament for the first time, many thanks.
VOLUNTEERS FOR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES
We still are in need of volunteers for our First Holy Communion Masses to be Eucharistic Ministers, 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 11am and Saturday 9th June at 6pm. We also need helpers to serve refreshments after 6pm Mass on 9th June. If you are able to help please contact Francesca Khaliq or sign up on the board in the Narthex, many thanks.
POST CONFIRMATION BOWLING
The Post Confirmation bowling trip is on Wednesday 16 May from 7.30pm – 9.45pm at Hollywood Bowl in Finchley. Please return slip and £13 cash or cheque to the Parish Office or Francesca Khaliq as soon as possible.
MINIBUS VOLUNTEERS – POTTERS BAR BAPTIST CHURCH
Volunteer drivers and escorters required for Wed.com club (formerly known as the Darby and Joan Club) Wednesday afternoons 12.30pm for collecting members and 4pm for returning them home. Please contact John or Sue Wainwright at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or if you are able to help even on an occasional basis.
We are missing a number of Laudate music edition hymn books. Please kindly see if you have any of these books at home and return it to the parish office if you are no longer using them, many thanks.
CAFOD SHARE THE JOURNEY CAMPAIGN
Thanks to your support, Cafod’s campaigning tackles the causes of poverty and injustice, not just the symptoms. When the Catholic community speaks out together, we have a powerful voice. Could you become a Campaign volunteer and help enable and inspire others to take action as part in CAFOD’S campaigns? Find out more at our new volunteer day in Central London on Saturday 28 April?
Email: email@example.com or phone Tony: 0208 449 6970.
OVER 50s’ CLUB
Outing to Southend, Wednesday 6 June 9.30am from Church car park; 6 seats available cost £12 (if you require lunch £24). Please contact Bernie on 01707661014.
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 and Marshall Fernandes.
The lately dead: Theresa O’Connor, Piter Winarto and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time, including John Brooks.
Congratulations to the parents of Edwin Ezeh who was baptised last Sunday.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
29 April, 5th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Saturday 6pm Karen Davies / Antonia Long
Sunday 9.00am Ian Milton / Lindsey Huntley
Sunday 11.00am Communion Mass
BIDDING PRAYERS: Rosaleen Pinto
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
29 April, 5th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31.
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 22 April 2018, Team B
Kathleen Christofides, Margaret Clancy, Linette Pinto.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (22 April 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 23 April 10am
Tuesday 24 April 10am
Wednesday 25 April 10am
Thursday 26 April No Mass
Friday 27 April 10am
Saturday 28 April 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (29 April Fifth Sunday of Easter)
9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
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