The Parish Priest has delegated certain lay people as Eucharistic Ministers to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and, in the absence of a priest to officiate or assist at a Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion.
A team of Eucharistic Ministers take the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebound individuals at home, in Potters Bar Community Hospital and in local residential and nursing homes. Please inform the parish office of any individuals requiring visits
New Eucharistic Ministers are required from time to time. Details will be given in the newsletter, or alternatively please complete a nomination form available from the parish office.
Please note: that for Data Protection reasons, Hospitals and Residential Homes must be authorised before they can provide the Parish Priest with details of residents who wish to receive Holy Communion or visits. Forms for this purpose can be obtained from the parish office:
tel: 01707 654359 or Email Us
At all Masses, readers are on a rota and the group is open to all who would like to read at Sunday Masses and other services. Training is provided.
Contact Pat Connolly on 01707 663501
The Liturgy Committee meets three times a year and the primary aim is to evaluate and improve the church liturgies. Minutes of meetings are displayed on the notice board.
MUSIC LITURGY GROUPS
We are graced with an excellent complement of accomplished singers and cantors as well as a wide range of musicians. Instruments played include digital organ, keyboard, clarinet, flute, saxophone, recorder, violin, and guitar. The group bases its style of music on the more contemporary form of Liturgical worship and is run on a very informal basis. Practices are held during the year, usually on a monthly basis and the music is chosen to support the readings for the following Mass. Additional singers and musicians of any ability, irrespective of age – 8 or 80 – are very welcome. Children in particular are encouraged to play at the 11 am Children’s Mass on the second Sunday of each month.
Music coordinators for the various masses are:
Saturday 6pm – David Hearne Telephone 01707 659026
Sunday 9am – Miho Shiihashi Yong Telephone 01707 651852 Mobile 07817 739385
Sunday 11am – Chris Parkes Telephone 01707 851010
As children have a special place in God’s heart the Children’s Liturgy is being provided at 11am weekly during term time, taking place in the hall at the back of the church, and is intended for children aged four to seven. They follow their own Liturgy of the Word based on the Gospel of the day. Parents are encouraged to remain in the church.
BIDDING PRAYERS GROUP
Members of the parish prepare the Bidding Prayers for Sunday Masses.
Our Prayer Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am in the Reconciliation room in the church. Meetings last an hour.
Contact Milena Braganza 01707 657728.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (SVP)
The SVP is a voluntary Christian organisation active within the parish, providing support and help to disadvantaged and marginalized people through person to person contact, and to those in need regardless of creed, age, gender, ethnic or social background. In particular we visit and befriend the lonely, the sick and elderly in their own homes/hospitals/ residential homes.
We welcome volunteers for a whole range of activities within the Society to assist us in our work.
This is an ideal opportunity to put our Christian faith, love of God and neighbour, into action.
Volunteering can, and does, make a difference within our community. If you can help in any way with your expertise, enthusiasm, or even a simple desire on your part to become a member, or even becoming a “friend” of the SVP, then contact any of the members, or in particular
Milena Braganza 01707 657728
Joe Vaughan 01707 850634
On occasions when parishioners find it difficult to attend Mass due to lack of personal or public transport, there are volunteers who will help. If you are in need of this service, or are able to become part of a team of volunteers please contact SVP.
FAITH SHARING GROUPS
The Diocesan Agency for Evangelisation is responsible for faith formation.
The basic aim is to help the people and parishes of the diocese proclaim the ‘Good News’ that is Christ, through the development and support of small faith sharing groups. Our faith is not a private treasure to be kept to ourselves, it is a gift to be explored and shared in word and action. Twice annually, in spring and autumn, the agency prepares a six-week programme for prayer and reflection. Being a member of a small faith-sharing group can help us give real witness to the love, which Christ calls us to have for each other.
Contact Rosaleen Pinto on 01707 655443.
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