PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
There are several remarkable things about this story. Firstly, the scene is just when Jesus is leaving Jericho. Jericho is about three hours’ walk from Jerusalem, up a great, rocky canyon. When you leave Jericho you know you are just about coming to Jerusalem. It is the last village on the way, and (as we heard in last week’s gospel) the excitement of what is to happen in Jerusalem (the great revelation of Jesus’ glory at the Passion) is already upon those who are journeying with him; the cured beggar dances on the way with them. Secondly, the beggar is the only person in Mark to call Jesus ‘Son of David’, drawing attention to Jesus’ messianic ancestry and preparing for his messianic entry into Jerusalem. Thirdly, in Mark Jesus says ‘Your faith has cured you’ only twice. The first time was to the woman with a haemorrhage, who had shown her faith with great courage by daring to touch Jesus’ garment in the crowd. Now Bartimaeus shows the same stubborn courage in carrying on shouting despite the attempts to silence him. So both these people show with their courage that they really do put their trust in Jesus and are confident that he will help them. If our faith is to save us, it needs to be real, courageous and stubborn. Lukewarm, tentative faith is not enough.
How do we show our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OS
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins email@example.com
Catechetical Co-ordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders, Seminarian: Michael Oxenford
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This Thursday, 1st November is a Holy Day of Obligation. There is a Vigil Mass at 7.30pm on Wednesday and Mass is at 7 am (the gate for the shortcut to the station will be open!) and 10amon Wednesday.
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
This Friday 2nd November (All Souls Day) Mass will be celebrated as usual at 10 am and there will be an additional 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.
PARISH TEAM NEWS
Francesca Khaliqis on sick leave preparing for surgery on Monday, please keep her in your prayers.
CHURCHES TOGETHER PRAYERS
All are invited to St John’s Methodist Church, Baker Street, Potters Bar for monthly ecumenical prayers next Saturday, 3rd November, at 8 am. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
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.
JULIAN of NORWICH
Join us for an incredible meditative presentation of this 14thCentury mystic’s divine revelations interpreted through music, dance, narration and art. Sunday 4th November in church at 6 pm. Free entry. All welcome.
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 Masses this weekend.
Thanks to those who attended the talk by Robert Baron on the Mass on Monday. We will be showing more of the talks from Adoremus congress later in the year.
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY
Thank you for your generous response. The collection remains open until the end of the month. For further information see www.cafod.org.uk
MISSIO RED BOXES
Thank you to the 31 new members who took a Missio red box two weeks ago. There will be information for existing members about emptying boxes next week.
FIRST RECONCILIATION CATECHISTS MEETING
Catechists are reminded of the planning meeting on Tuesday 6th November at 8 pm in the hall.
For December can be booked in person or by ‘phone from 10 am on Tuesday 6th November.
OVER 50S’ CLUB
The next over 50s’ Club will be on Friday 9th November from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Hall.
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
Candidates who have registered are reminded of the first session which starts at 7.30pm PROMPT on Wednesday 7th November. You should receive an email reminder.
Parents should be receiving a reminder email this week. Please collect an important letter from Fr Shaun after Mass before the first session.
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 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!
CERTIFICATES OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
If you regularly attend Mass at Our Lady & St Vincent’s and are applying for a place in a Catholic primary school for your child in September 2019 please collect an important letter from Fr Shaun after Mass.
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
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.
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
We regret to announce the death of Mary Delaloye, a former parishioner. Her Requiem Mass will take place at Holy Family church in Langley on 6th November at 11:30 am. May she rest in peace.
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, Robert Allen McRobb, Mary Delaloye and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
The funeral Mass for Robert Allen McRobb. will take place on Tuesday 6th November at 11 am at Our Lady & St Vincent. May he rest in peace.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
Saturday 6 pm R. Ali
Bidding Prayers: J. Cooke
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
4 November 2018, 31stSunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Deuteronomy 6: 2-6
Hebrews 7: 23-28
Mark 12: 28-34
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 28 October 2018, Team A
L. Ahearne, T. Cullen, C Mc Robb, B. Healy.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (28 October 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 29 October No Mass at Our Lady & St Vincent
6 pm Convent
Tuesday 30 October 10 am
11 am Requiem Mass Elaine Thornbury RIP
Wednesday 31 October 7.30pm Vigil All Saints
Thursday 1 November All Saints Holy Day of Obligation 7 am & 10 am
6 pm Convent
Friday 2 November 10 am
All Souls 7.30pm Annual Mass of Remembrance
Saturday 3 November 8 am Morning Prayers at St John’s Methodist Church, Baker St
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (4 November 2018, 31stSunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
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