Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
29 April 2018, Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B
THE BODY OF CHRIST
Over the next few weeks many of our young people will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time. It is a good time for us, as adults, to reflect on our reception of Holy Communion. Until Pope Pius X encouraged the frequent reception of Holy Communion in 1910 people would only receive Holy Communion a few times each year. Thanks to Pope Pius and subsequent popes, we see the value of receiving the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world frequently. We have to take care that it does not become too familiar and taken for granted in our lives.
Our body language speaks volumes for our inner disposition and gives a good example to children. We approach Communion reverently, silently, focussed on the awesome Body of Christ which we are to receive. The Church asks that we make a ‘sign of reverence’ before we receive the host or from the chalice. In this country the sign of reverence is a bow of the head (not the whole body.)
We can receive the host (the Body of Christ) in our hand or on our tongue – no way is ‘better’ than the other. If receiving in the hand we follow the instructions of St Cyprian of Carthage (4th Century) ‘make a throne with one hand held palm upwards with the other underneath. We make our bow of reverence and the minister says ‘The Body of Christ’. This is a statement of faith – we respond ‘Amen’, which means truly, our response in faith. We then take the host in the lower hand and place it in our mouth before moving away (we do not wander off with the host in our hand.) If receiving on the tongue we make a bow of reverence, respond ‘Amen’ and then put our tongue out to receive the host.
Receiving the Blood of Christ, received from the chalice, is a fuller sign of the Eucharist but Jesus is received fully in the host alone. Again we approach the chalice with a bow of reverence, respond ‘Amen’ and then take the chalice in both hands, reverently sip and then gently give it back to the minister. We must take care to move gently so as not to spill any of the Precious Blood. It is not permitted to dip the host into the chalice. Intiction is only permitted in places where the minister does this.
We then return reverently to our place and take a moment to thank God for all he has given to us. This explicit moment of prayer is a clear example to the children.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
01707 654359 email@example.com www.olasv.org.uk
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 we welcome our young parishioners who will be receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time: Harry, Alana, Patrycja, Angelo and Reece. Please continue to pray for all the children who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion.
23 April: Envelopes £447, Loose £547,
Thank you for your generosity.
PRIEST TRAINING FUND
Thank you for your generosity to the Priest Training Fund collection last weekend. Our Parish raised a total of £1202.74. It is not too late to make a donation if you wish. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood. For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.rcdow.org.uk/donations
TEA AND COFFEE AFTER MASS
There will be tea and coffee after the 6pm Mass this Saturday. This will be offered once a month if it is well attended.
Mass Intentions for June can be booked in person or by phone from 11am on Tuesday 1st May.
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.
OVER 50s’ CLUB
Outing to Southend, Wednesday 6 June 9.30am from Church car park; 3 seats available cost £12 (if you require lunch £24). Please contact Bernie on 01707661014
THY KINGDOM COME
From the Feast of the Ascension (10th May) there is traditionally a Novena (nine days of prayer) leading up to Pentecost. All Christian Church leaders have asked us to pray this novena with each other. We are joining with other churches in Potters Bar to make this powerful prayer in our town.
Launch at 8am on Saturday 5th May there is prayer at Christ Church, Little Heath followed by breakfast. Try and make this important launch.
Open Churches on Saturday 12th May every church in Potters Bar will be open for the day and, on each hour, there will be prayer in one of the churches. Our prayer slot is at 10am, Morning Prayer.
From 7th May to Pentecost there will be a prayer focus in our church called ‘The Stations’ – a powerful set of 14 black and white images with reflections on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Our church will be open from 8am until 7pm every day for people to pray the stations.
On Pentecost Day, 20th 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.
Flyers should be available this weekend. You can find out more about the Novena at www.thykingdomcome.global
SPECIAL MASS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BEREAVED – FRIDAY 18 MAY AT 7.30PM
When someone we love dies, regardless of how young or how old they may have been – we can experience many emotions including a longing for one more day, one more touch.
Death is no respecter of age or circumstance and the heartbreak of death is universal. You may have lost a loved one over the last few weeks, some months ago or many years ago, whenever the loss occurred we invite you to join us for a special Mass with our parish community when our prayers will be offered for you and with you.
This Mass will be on Friday 18th May at 7.30pm and all parishioners are encouraged to come and support those who are bereaved.
You are welcome to come and join us afterwards for refreshments in the parish hall.
COME AND SEE
There will be a presentation on the Permanent Diaconate in our hall from 10am until 12noon on Saturday May 12th. If you would like to know more about the role of the deacon in the church, please come along.
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.
READ A BOOK FOR LENT
Please return borrowed books to the parish office; so they can be returned to their owners, many thanks.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES
Parents, you will receive an email during the week before your son/daughter’s First Holy Communion Mass with important reminders about the rehersal and Mass. If you have not received an email please contact Francesca Khaliq.
NEW TO THE PARISH?
Please take a Welcome Pack from the stand, learn more about the parish and complete the registration form.
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:, 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 (gaps where help is needed are highlighted in yellow), many thanks.
Confirmation & First Holy Communion cards and gifts are available from the Repository in the Parish Hall after all weekend Masses.
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.
PRAYER WITH SR ANNE WALSH OP & SR MARTINA
Dates: 2 May. 6 June 2018
Time: 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation £5.00. Registration is required. Email: email@example.com. Alternatively, please leave a message at 020 7931 6078.
ASCENSION – ADVANCE NOTICE
The Pope has asked that we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on its proper day – Thursday 10th May (our bishops had moved it to the nearest Sunday) It is a Holyday of Obligation and Mass will be at the usual times for Holydays; Weds 9th 7.30pm and Thurs 10th 7am & 10am.
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 and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Congratulations to the parents of Freddie Fahy who was baptised last Saturday.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
6 May, 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Saturday 6pm Communion Mass
Sunday 9.00am Lindsey Huntley / Marian Hopkins
Sunday 11.00am Communion Mass
BIDDING PRAYERS: Rosemarie Surry
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
6 May, 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B
Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26. 34-35. 44-48
1 John 4:7-10
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 29 April 2018, Team C
Mary Conroy, Kathleen Gershlick, Maria Guarinon, Ida Sorenti, Amanda Josephides, Jane Wilson.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (29 April 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 30 April 10am
Tuesday 1 May 10am Requiem Mass – Theresa O’Connor RIP
Wednesday 2 May 10am
Thursday 3 May No Mass
Friday 4 May 10am
Saturday 5 May 8am Prayer and Breakfast at Christ Church Little Heath
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (6 May, Sixth Sunday of Easter)
9am & 11am
Advance notice – There will be no Mass on Bank Holiday, 7th May.
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
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