PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
19 November 2017, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
A Story about Talents
It is encouraging to think of all the talents which friends and neighbours have and which I don’t have. It is all part of the gifts of the Spirit, which Paul sees as making up the whole Body of Christ. Everyone has a special contribution to make. As for me, it is extraordinary that God created me with all my twists, defects, fears and failures and it is precisely because of those boils, sores, abscesses that God loves me, helps me and guides me to work out my salvation. And it is just possible that there may be friends who can think that God has given me talents which make a tiny contribution to the happiness and goodness of the world. In the longer version of this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus mentions a man with just one talent who hides it in the ground: the master calls him “wicked and lazy” and has him thrown out. Why is he so severely treated? This is surely someone who resolutely turns his (or her) back on the goodness she (or he) has received and refuses to work with it for the Lord’s purposes or for anyone else’s. Such a talent goes to waste and merely rusts and corrupts. If I know anyone like that, it is just worth asking
whether, with patient kindness, I can help that person to release their talent and bring it to blossom.
Just think for a moment: what is your best talent? Is it a gift, skill or humour which brings joy and happiness to those around you?
Are you like the man who buried his talent in the ground, or do you use this skill or gift or wisdom to bring joy to others?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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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
Secretaries: Bernadette Saunders & Sharon O’Reilly
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
A Fairtrade Parish of Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese
We welcome Mgr Canon Tom Egan who will be celebrating Mass with us this weekend.
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR – SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
We are having a collection for the Borehamwood Foodbank next weekend. The items required are as follows: longlife milk, tins of carrots, tins of sponge puddings, fruit and rice pudding. Men’s toiletries: toothpaste, bath, body and skin care, shaving kits including razors.
POPE PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Pope Paul School will be holding their annual ‘Christmas Fayre’ on Saturday 2nd December 2017 from 12 – 3pm. There will be an outdoor roller skating rink, songs performed by the Pope Paul school choir. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the back of church after all Masses this weekend.
MASS FOR NORA DERVAN RIP
The Over 50s’ Club are having a Mass for the late Nora Dervan RIP on Tuesday 21 November 2017 at 10am followed by tea and coffee and cake afterwards in the hall. Rosary will be said at 9.40 before Mass.
‘LOVE – Say it with your Life’. The Prayer Group will be following this programme of 6 sessions starting from 21st November. If you would like to participate do come along to the meeting in the Reconciliation Room on Tuesday mornings from 10.45 a.m. to 12 noon.
CAFOD MEMORIAL MASS 22ND NOVEMBER
You are warmly invited to the CAFOD Memorial Mass, in memory of all our Supporters and Volunteers, at the Church of Christ the King, 29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, London N14 4HE at 11am on Wednesday 22 November. If you would like someone to be included in our book of remembrance, please send us their name by calling CAFOD Westminster on 020 8449 6970 or emailing email@example.com.
Meetings will continue every Monday evening, 7:30pm – 9pm in the Reconciliation Room. It is NEVER too late to find out more about the Catholic Church.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETINGS
If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun, Deacon Don or contact the office.
HYMN PRACTICE IN CHURCH
There will be a Hymn Practice in Church on Saturday 25 November from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. All are welcome.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
There will be a brief meeting for all Ministers of the Eucharist after each Mass on Sat 2/ Sun 3 December.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION ENROLMENT MASS
The children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion will have their Enrolment Mass on Saturday 2nd December at 6pm, all are welcome.
CALLING PAST FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CATECHISTS
As always we rely on our past catechists to help with the First Holy Communion sessions when we run parents’ meetings. We have parent’s meetings planned for Saturday 20th January 2018 and Saturday 10th March 2018. All the sessions will run from 4:30-5:30pm in the Parish Hall. If you are able to help out please contact Francesca Khaliq, many thanks.
Many thanks to everybody who has signed up to be a prayer sponsor for one of the Confirmation Candidates, please continue to pray for them until their Sacrament of Confirmation in April next year.
POST CONFIRMATION YOUTH GROUP
There will be no PCYG in December and the next one will be on Thursday 11th January from 7pm-9pm. Our theme for the evening will be ‘Sherlock Holmes’.
PROSPECTIVE PARENT VISITS TO POPE PAUL CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL ON TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER AT 9.30PM, 2PM AND 7PM
If you have a child who will be starting school in September 2018 you are warmly invited to visit Pope Paul Catholic Primary. This is an opportunity to see the school in action and to meet the Headteacher and the Reception Class Teaching Team. Booking is not required. For further details: www.popepaul.herts.sch.uk/admissions.
GET READY TO STAND UP FOR FAITH AND FREEDOM ON RED WEDNESDAY, 22ND NOVEMBER
This is a chance to show solidarity with victims of genocide, persecution and discrimination. We will show that we have not forgotten those whose blood is being shed on a daily basis because of their faith. See www.acn.org. We can pray alone or with others and Shine a light – Wear a distinctive item of red clothing – a symbol of the innocent victims of religious persecution.
LIGHT OF LIFE CHRISTMAS TREE
Again this year we are going to decorate our parish Christmas tree with the names of our deceased loved ones, it will be our ‘Tree of Light’. The Christmas tree will go up on the 17th December and on it will hang the tags with the names of those who have died who you wish to remember especially during the time of Advent and Christmas. Tags are now available for you to write the names on (multiple names can be written on one tag), please make sure they are put back in the box provided by 10th December. If you have any queries please contact Francesca Khaliq.
Advent is fast approaching and our Travelling Nativity will soon be on its way again. Mary, Joseph and the donkey will be leaving from our 11am Mass on Sunday 3rd December (the first Sunday of Advent). It will be passed from house to house each day, together with an order of service and activities for children to do. The Travelling Nativity will return to church at the 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December. There is now a sign-up sheet in the Narthex if you wish to host the family.
VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR LITTLE LAMBS TODDLER GROUP
Little Lambs is our parish toddler group and it runs on a Thursday from 9:30am until 11:30am (term time only). We currently have three volunteers who lead the group but one of our leaders is moving and so we are in urgent need of another leader to join the team. For further information please contact the Parish Office.
APPEAL FOR WOOL DONATIONS FOR KNITS FOR PEACE
The Group meets once a month, and knits items for various charities at home and abroad. If you have any wool you can donate or want further information please contact Sheila on 01707 651650.
Congratulations to all the Confirmation Candidates for their tremendous fund raiser last weekend. They raised and astonishing £350.14 for Mary’s Meals. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.
SICK AND RETIRED PRIESTS FUND
Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated towards the Sick and Retired Priests Fund. Our Parish raised a wonderful £1590.56.
The poppy collection raised £42.58. thank you for your kind donations.
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, Ann Dobson, Grant Davis, Virginia Coan, David Bradford, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Kay Lewthwaite, Kate Ringham, Timothy White
Lately Dead: Ruth Fox, Gerald Thorlby, Fr Tommy Walsh (SX)
All those whose anniversaries occur at about this time including: Maria Borzoni, Tim Healy
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 19 November 2017 Team D
Pam Tempany, Kathy Stevens, Ann McGorman
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
26 November 2017, Christ The King, Year A
Ezekiel 34:11-12. 15-17
1 Corinthians 15:20-26.28
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
26 November 2017, Christ The King, Year A
Saturday 6pm Antonia Long/Rosan Ali
Sunday 9.00am Emily Stacey/Maureen Vaughan
Sunday 11.00am Paul Donatantonio/Pope Paul School
BIDDING PRAYERS: Aileen Freeman
TIMES OF SERVICES
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 20 November Convent Mass at 6pm.
Tuesday 21 November 10.00am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 5 – 5.45pm, and by appointment (ring main number and choose option 3)
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar
Newsletter article deadline is 9.30am Tuesday morning.