Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
3 June 2018, The Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
This is my Body
In Mark’s Gospel the Last Supper is a Passover meal. Once a year Jewish people remember, in this highly symbolic meal, all that God did for them – leading them from the bitter slavery in Egypt, through the wilderness, to freedom in the Promised Land. As well as the bitter herbs, unleavened bread and sweet charoset they eat roast lamb – remembering the lamb that was sacrificed and the blood, smeared on the doorposts so that the Angel of Death passed over the homes of the Israelites.
Jesus adds a new significance to that meal when he takes the bread and says ‘this is my Body.’ Now Jesus has become the Passover Lamb who goes out from that meal to be sacrificed on Calvary. As the Letter to the Hebrews reads (Second Reading) ‘this is the perfect sacrifice’; from then onwards there was no need to offer sacrifice every year (which is why the early Christians went to the Synagogue – to hear God’s word) but not to the Temple (the place of sacrifice.) Instead they met in their homes for ‘the Breaking of Bread.’
We continue to do this every time we celebrate Mass. It is the source and summit of our lives (Sacrosanctum concilium, Vat II) which is why we always have the Eucharist on a Sunday. We bring all our thanks and prayers and we are nourished by God’s word and sacrament to go out and proclaim the Good News.
Saint John Paul II said ‘the Church, in commemorating the Body and Blood of Christ, does not only celebrate the Eucharist but solemnly bears it in procession, publicly proclaiming that the sacrifice of Christ is for the salvation of the whole world’. This is what we will be doing on Friday with the pupils of Pope Paul School. We must remember that we also bear the Eucharist to the whole world each time we leave Mass – a challenge for us all!
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
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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. This Friday 8th June at 1.15pm 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 until 10pm when there will be Compline (Sung Night Prayer) and Benediction. Individuals/groups 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.)
We also need petals for the children to scatter – there is a box available.
Mass Intentions for July can be booked in person or by phone from 10.30am this Tuesday 5 June 2018.
Mike Sibley has been appointed Parish Safeguarding Representative by the Diocesan Safeguarding Co ordinator. He will be responsible for ensuring that the church is a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults, for safer recruitment of volunteers and as the link between the parish and the diocese in safeguarding matters. A huge thank you to Chris Lundrigan who has stepped down from this role after great service. This voluntary position is very important in the life of the parish.
Following an experimental period with reduced incense, there are a couple of people who have still found difficulties. From this weekend incense will not be used at the Saturday 6pm Mass. Use on Sundays depends on the availability of trained servers.
CHURCHES TOGETHER HOLIDAY CLUB 23 – 27 JULY
This is an exciting ecumenical venture for primary-aged children with a pirate theme. Lots of volunteers needed (including teenagers) Fr Shaun will explain all in meetings after Mass this weekend. We need volunteers, both adults and secondary school pupils, and training will be given. As well as helping with activities we need people to provide lunch for volunteers, admin support and prayer partners. Come and hear more after Mass.
There have been spectacular flowers for Easter, Confirmations and First Communions. Next weekend there will be an opportunity to give money towards the extra cost after Mass.
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 at 6pm
Parents are reminded 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 remember to bring along snacks and drinks to share (no nuts please)
CONFIRMATION, FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & RECONCILIATION 2019
Application forms are still available from Fr Shaun after Mass. For First Holy Communion & Reconciliation children must currently be in Year 2 above – parents collect form. For Confirmation you must currently be in Year 8 or above – young person must collect the form.
Completed forms must be handed into the Office by Monday 11 June 2018. Any questions? – please contact Francesca.
POST CONFIRMATION BBQ – THURSDAY 14TH JUNE
Newly confirmed young people – please make sure you have replied to Francesca Khaliq’s email about attendance and dietary requirements.
OVER 50S’ CLUB DAY OUT
Reminder all those booked on the trip to Southend this Wed 6 June, coach leaves the Church at 9.30am prompt. Any queries please call Bernie on 01707 661014
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 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.
You may remember that the Lent/Easter Cross was due to come down at Pentecost but a large number of people have asked to have it left up as it is much larger than the original and a better focus for prayer. It would be nice to have a Crucifix (ie. with Jesus on it) of this size in that position. If you have any thoughts please speak to Fr Shaun (or email/write) and we will look into some options.
CATECHISTS’ SUMMER CONFERENCE
The Agency for Evangelisation is offering a summer conference for all catechists on Saturday 7th July from 10am – 4pm in Hammersmith; the main speaker will be Fr Denis McBride. If you would like to attend please let the parish office know as soon as possible.
The Social Committee is organising a Family and Friends Church Barbecue to be held in the Church grounds on 15th July from 2.00pm – 6.00pm.
The ticket cost is £5.00 for adults, £3 children (under age 11). These must be purchased in advance and will be available after each Mass commencing 16th June. Please note, this is a ticket only event.
The cost covers food (please bring your own drinks and glasses) and entertainment, including a live 10-piece Gospel/Covers band along with a few short sets by parish musicians.
We are now looking for volunteers. In particular:
“A man with a Transit van/people carrier” to transport band equipment on the day.
A large barbecue
Children’s entertainment e.g. Face Painting etc.
If you are age 16 or over and would like to be part of the musical entertainment let us know.
If you are able to help with any of the above, contact: Angela Walsh Tel: 07964783580
Following the success of the International Evening earlier in the year, we hope you will support our next social event.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)
You may be aware that new regulations about personal data have come into force. We already handle data in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998) and we are following advice from the Bishop’s Conference and our insurers as to what more we have to do as regard to wording on forms, signage, encryption of data and safe disposal of data. We will provide a summary of this shortly.
WESTMINSTER YOUTH RETREAT DAY SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018
For those currently in Year 11, 12 or 13 To find out more, search here: http://dowym.com/events/the-pursuit/
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: Kathy Stevens and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Congratulations to the parents of Abigail Valencia who was baptised last Saturday.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
10 June, 10th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)
Saturday 6pm First Communicants
Sunday 9.00am Ian Milton / Clive Buhagiar
Sunday 11.00am Pope Paul School
BIDDING PRAYERS: Josephine Maguire
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
10 June, 10th Sunday Ordinary Time (B)
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 3 June 2018, Team D
Pam Tempany, Kate Ringham, Ann McGorman, Miho Yong.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass 3 June – The Body and Blood of Christ, (Corpus Christi)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 4 June 10am Requiem Mass Mary Markey RIP
Tuesday 5 June 10am
Wednesday 6 June 10am
Thursday 7 June No Mass
Friday 8 June 1.15pm Outdoor Mass at Pope Paul School
procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Church
3 – 10pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
10pm Sung Night Prayer and Benediction.
Saturday 9 June 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (10 June, 10th Sunday ordinary time Year B) 9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
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