PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
8 July 2018, 14thSunday in Ordinary Time
Not welcome in his hometown
Despite his reputation, Jesus is not made welcome in his own town. The locals belittle him and remind him of his doubtful parentage (‘Son of Mary’) They are also alluding to the fact that he had abandoned his widowed mother, Mary, instead of staying to look after her. (who is my mother?)
The sad situation is made worse because he cannot perform many miracles there – the people do not appear open to his healing power. Their unbelief excludes them from his vision and also from his saving power. This is the same Jesus who works mighty miracles elsewhere.
Jesus cannot persuade the people of Nazareth to be like him. They do not believe that they can follow Jesus’ example and break the bonds that bind them to their old ways. It is easy to condemn their unbelief but do we ourselves believe that everything is possible through Jesus?
Not to believe in Jesus means not to believe in yourself. That is why Jesus insists, again and again, ‘Your faith has saved you.’ The problem is not that Jesus is not honoured in Nazareth, but that the people there do not honour themselves by believing in him. That is what surprises and amazes Jesus.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
( 01707 654359 firstname.lastname@example.org
www.olasv.org.uk (Live streaming available click on the ‘live streaming’ link)
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: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Office Hours: Due to annual leave, depending on office volunteers, the office should be open on 9, 10, 11, & 12 July, 9.30am to 12.30pm. The office will be closed on 13 July.
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1 July: Envelopes £513, Loose £464
Peter’s Pence £365
Thank you for your generosity.
This week, due to annual leave, the office will be staffed by volunteers at restricted hours. This week
Mon – Thurs open 9.30am – 12.30pm
Friday – closed
A big thank you to all volunteers!
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR
The Little Sisters were founded to care for the aged poor and they continue to do this in Stoke Newington and Vauxhall in London. Two of the sisters will be appealing for donations after all Masses today – they have not appealed in this parish for over ten years so please be generous! The collection will remain open for two weeks.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS BARBECUE 15 JULY UPDATE
All tickets are sold! Please note, this is a ticket only event.
This is a parish event run by parish volunteers – the cost of tickets covers food and other costs (a reminder to bring your own drinks and glasses).
Specific volunteer needs
Saturday 7pm– to set up marquees and furniture.
Sunday 10am– to prepare salad for 250 people. Please bring a sharp knife and chopping board if you can.
Children’s entertainment e.g. Face Painting etc. Nobody has come forward yet – we can cover the costs of materials.
Musical entertainment there is a band but there is also a slot for parish musicians. Only two people so far - let us know. If you can help – contact: Bernard Tel: 07967467325
Starts at 2 pm – food available from then you must bring your ticket to claim food.
Clearing up, please help as the day goes on – don’t leave it to the few. Promises to be a great day! Thank you.
Please note that only half the car park will be in use for cars next Sunday. Please respect disabled bays and give priority to older parishioners. Please park in Wyllyotts or walk if you are able.
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) 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. You can register your child at www.pbchurchesholidayclub.co.uk
To register as a helper Just type ‘scripture union count me in’ to your search engine and look for Potters Bar Club.
LITTLE LAMBS BABY AND TODDLERS
Little Lambs last session before summer break is 12 July. Resumes on 13 Sept.
MINISTRY OF CATECHIST
We are fortunate in having many parishioners who give generously of their time and talents to help our young parishioners prepare for the sacraments. If your child has benefitted this year would you consider volunteering for this important ministry next academic year? Please speak with Francesca or Fr Shaun for details of what is involved. Full training is given. You are never on your own and it is a very enjoyable thing to do.
COME AND SEE
Every year we have people interested in knowing more about the Church who might like to become Catholics. On Monday 1st October there will be a ‘come and see’ supper for anybody interested in knowing more. People who have gone through the process will talk about their experience over a light supper. WHO COULD YOU ASK? Invitations are available in the narthex. Take one today and ASK!
The new team of volunteers to look after the church grounds is now taking shape and you should see improvements in the next few weeks. We still need more volunteers, especially in the summer months when things grow quicker! If you can spare two hours each month, please speak to Fr Shaun or the parish office who will put you in touch with the team.
The new rota for July, August and September has been emailed out. If you haven’t received your copy please contact Pat.
TEA & COFFEE AFTER MASS
Thanks to the great group who provide this – could you help? Please speak to the office if you can.
CERTIFICATES OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
If you are applying for a place in a Catholic Secondary School for September 2019 you will need one of these. There will be clear arrangements for this in September. If you are applying for a Grammar school you will need this in July. Please contact Fr Shaun for an appointment if this is the church that you have been attending every Sunday. It is not possible to sign forms after Mass on Sundays as there are more important pastoral conversations to be had.
POST CONFIRMATION SLEEPOVER – DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: 5th OCTOBER
The Post Confirmation Youth Group will be having a sponsored sleepover in aid of homeless charities on 5/6 October in the Parish Hall; we will be having a couple of speakers, supper, taking you on a night walk and sleeping on the floor of the hall. There will be supervision at all times. This is open to all our newly confirmed parishioners and those confirmed in 2017. Francesca Khaliq will be emailing details out next week. If you are interested please respond quickly, as there are limited places.
ALLUM LANE CEMETERY MASS,
2 pm, Sunday 22 July 2018, Celebrant: Fr Dominic McKenna. All welcome.
WORLD YOUTH DAY
World Youth Day is an international event with the Pope, and Catholics from across the world. The next WYD will be in Panama, Central America, in January 2019. The Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry are organising a pilgrimage for young adults to attend this life-changing event. Scholarships for 50% are also available to support young adults wishing to go. More information: dowym.com/events/wyd-panama-2019 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOPE TOGETHER GATHERINGS – MONDAY 16TH JULY & SATURDAY 28TH JULY
Recent news reports have highlighted the increase in violence affecting young people across London. Are you wondering how you can respond? Is there a way that together we can make a difference? Courtyard, part of the Catholic charity Million Minutes, presents ‘Hope Together’. These gatherings offer an opportunity to explore the issues and discuss our potential response in supporting our local young people. There are two opportunities to attend: Monday 16th July 7-9pm, St Mellitus, Finsbury Park (N4 3AG) or Saturday 28th July 2-4pm, Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George, Enfield (EN2 6DS). To register and for more information please visit: millionminutes.eventbrite.co.uk
Six months notice is required for marriage in the church, here or abroad. Preparation and paperwork has to be completed in your home parish. If you are contemplating marriage in 2019 please speak to Fr Shaun as soon as possible as we will be arranging a date for Marriage Preparation courses in the new academic year and need to know possible demand.
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, Marshall Fernandes and Antonia Cox.
The lately dead and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
15 July 2018, 15thSunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 6 pm Audry Pereira
Sunday 9.00am Marian Hopkins
Sunday 11.00am Warren Brown
BIDDING PRAYERS: Jolanta Cooke
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
15 July 2018, 14thSunday In Ordinary Time Year B
Amos 7: 12-15
Ephesians 1: 3-14
Mark 6: 7 – 13
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 8 July 2018, Team A
Nuala O’Callaghan, Linda Ahearne, Milena Braganza, Tina Cullen, CahtyMcRobb, Bety Healy
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass 8 July – 14thSunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 9 July 10 am
6 pm (Convent)
Tuesday 10 July 10 am
Wednesday 11 July 10 am
Thursday 12 July No Mass
Friday 13 July 10 am
6 pm (Convent)
Saturday 14 July 2 pm Baptism of Frederic Imam
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6 pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (15 July, 15thSunday in Ordinary Time) 9 am & 11 am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
Please note – in August only, 9 am and 11 am Mass will be replaced by one Mass at 10 am. Masses in July are at usual times.
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