PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
25 March & 1 April 2018, Passion (Palm) & Easter Sunday
This newsletter covers two weeks
On the first Palm Sunday, the people lined the streets to cheer as they welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as a conquering hero, their Messiah, who they believed would free them from the tyranny of Rome. They were blind to the meaning of the prophetic sign of a king astride a beast of burden, a symbol of a humble, peaceful monarch.
We can also misconstrue the events of our lives because we interpret them through the lenses of our needs and desires. Like the people in today’s Gospel, we can project our need for deliverance upon others. For example, the desire to possess the perfect partner who will eradicate all loneliness can make us see somebody as a god or goddess. But, when they disappoint us, we cast them down from their thrones. Our cheers of ‘hosanna’ quickly become jeers of ‘crucify him!’
So many relationships collapse and fail because they are built on sand. Aristotle believed that true friendship is rare, that is a relationship desiring the ‘good’ for the other person. Unfortunately, he wrote, the majority of what people call ‘friendship’ is not friendship at all but a relationship of convenience or self-seeking in which we pursue our own advantage. ‘That is why they fall in and out of friendship quickly, changing their attitude often within the same day’ (Nicomachean Ethics, 263)
How many times have I believed somebody to be my friend only to discover that I was being used? How often have I used people in the same way?
Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, may all
Teach us, good Lord, to share your journey of sorrow and pain, so that we may share the joy of your victory.
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
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18 March: Envelopes £343 , Loose £360.
Thank you for your generosity.
Last weekend members of the Finance Committee spoke about Planned Giving and Gift Aid. If you are in the scheme please collect your box of envelopes today. If you would like to join the scheme please speak to Fr Shaun after Mass today.
Your offering on Easter Sunday forms part of the (taxable) stipend paid to your priest. If you are going to be away or if your giving is by Standing Order there are envelopes available in the narthex for your specific Easter Offering.
You have received an email requesting your availability for the summer rota. Please respond before the end of this Sunday March 25th. Pat
Sharon has been one of the Parish Secretaries here for over 11 years. She will be leaving to take up a post as a Medical Secretary at the end of the month. We thank Sharon for her hard work, patience and warm welcome in her time at the parish and we wish her well in her new appointment. Bernadette Saunders, our other Parish Secretary, will be taking on Sharon’s hours.
The office will close at 12.30pm on Thursday and re-open at 10am on Tuesday 3rd April.
On Monday Mass is at 9am so that Fr Shaun can attend the Funeral Mass of Canon Digby Samuels at the Cathedral at 11am. On Tuesday Mass is at 9.30am because of the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral at noon. Wednesday Mass at 10am as usual.
WAY OF THE CROSS
On Tuesday at 7pm the pupils of Pope Paul School will present a powerful Way of the Cross in the church. All are very welcome.
Many people ‘give up’ things for Lent and give the money saved to charity (alms.) Envelopes and information are available in the narthex for the Cardinal’s Lent appeal. Please return them by Easter with your offering.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
For the main liturgies of Holy Week we urgently need volunteers:
First Aiders to be available during the services.
Stewards to help keep people safe in the church and car park.
Children’s activities on Good Friday afternoon.
Refreshments after the Good Friday walk of witness and Easter Vigil. If you are able to bring a plate of something to share for the refreshments after the Vigil, then please contact Francesca Khaliq.
Incense is a beautiful symbol used in our liturgy but a couple of people have spoken to Fr Shaun about difficulties with contact lenses and breathing when it is used. As an experiment we will not use incense for the Gospel for the time being and also open the ridge windows to create an up-draft to take the incense smoke away. If incense causes problems for you please sit at the entrance end of the church.
GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS
This year’s walk will start at the URC in Darkes Lane at 9.30am on Good Friday, 30 March, with some interesting events along the way and finish with a short ALL AGE service in our church. This is the opportunity to bring children along and invite people you know who might not normally attend church to a service which will be VERY user-friendly.
Mass intentions for May can be booked, in person or by phone, from 10.30am on Wednesday 4 April.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 8th APRIL
This feast will be celebrated in our Parish from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on 8th April, commencing with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for half an hour followed by the Divine Mercy Devotions. All are then invited to refreshments in the hall. The Divine Mercy Novena begins in Good Friday and prayer leaflets for this will be available in the Narthex.
The next two weeks are going to be busier than usual and we will welcome many visitors. Please walk to church or park in Wyllyotts car park if you can to leave room for visitors. The area in the driveway outside the church and hall is for dropping off and picking up people with mobility difficulties only. Please do not leave cars unattended there and do not park in marked disabled bays unless you have a blue badge. Please do not enter the car park if the ‘car park full’ sign is up.
CONFIRMATION PILGRINIAGE TO WALSINGHAM- 3RD APRIL
Candidates please remember that we will depart from the church car park at 8am on Tuesday 3rd April. Please make sure you are at church by 7:50am for registration. Our approximate time of arrival back at church will be 6:30pm. Please remember to wear warm comfortable clothes and bring a packed lunch.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY, 9am tea and coffee and First Holy Communion Cake Sale donations, final total: £2088.07. This amount will be doubled by the government.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETINGS
The next baptism preparation meetings will take place on Tuesday 17 April and Tuesday 24 April from 7.30pm until 9.pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun, Deacon Don and contact the office to register for the course. Both parents are encouraged to attend the meetings.
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
On Monday, the beginnings of a parish group gathered to look at the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. From 21 – 27 July travelling by train. £669 inclusive of travel and full board. If you are interested in finding out more and joining the pilgrimage, please speak to Fr Shaun or get information from the Parish Office. Early booking is essential.
There will be no PCYG in April. The next PCYG will be held with our newly confirmed youngsters; when to go bowling on Wednesday 16th May at 7:30pm, more details to follow after Easter.
POPE PAUL CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
We have a couple of places in our Year 1 class. Come and see our school in action! Ring the school on 01707659755 and speak to Carol Lennox our office manager to arrange a visit.
Pope Paul School has a vacancy for a 30hrs p.w. caretaker. A permanent p/t position. See noticeboard for details.
Thank you for your support for our St Patrick’s Celebration Raffle in aid of Funding for Ryan. Your generous donations and raffle ticket purchases raised an incredible £587.25. The evening was a great success and the total amount raised was £1,408.62. From Year 1 Pope Paul Parents
First Holy Communion and Confirmation gifts and cards are available from the Repository in the hall.
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, Doreen Reeves, Nancy Thomas
The lately Dead: Lilly Rodgers, Canon Digby Samuels, Fr Nicholas James Marner Kavanagh, Fr Sandy Murray and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Antony and Helen Josephides RIP, William Byrne RIP, Fraser Sykes RIP, Luigi Borzoni RIP
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1 April, Easter Sunday, Year B
Saturday 6pm Please see Readers Easter Rota
Sunday 9.00am Katharine Cope/Clive Buhagiar
Sunday 11.00am Maria Cunningham/James Roberts
BIDDING PRAYERS: Jolanta Cooke
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1 April, Easter Sunday, Year B
Acts 10:34. 37-43
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 25 March 2018, Team B
Kathleen Christofides, Margaret Clancy, Linette Pinto
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (25 March 2018) Palm Sunday
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 26 Mar 9am (Church), 6pm (Convent)
Tuesday 27 Mar 9.30am Church
Tuesday 7pm Way of the Cross (Pope Paul School)
Wednesday 28 Mar 10am
Wednesday 28 Mar Reconciliation 10.30 – 11.30am & 7 – 8pm (with Exposition)
Thursday 29 Mar 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Watching until 11pm)
Friday 30 Mar 9.30am Walk of Witness (starts at URC, finishes at OLASV)
Friday 30 Mar 3pm Solemn Passion Liturgy & Children’s Liturgy
Friday 30 Mar 7.30pm The Messiah for Good Friday
Saturday 31 March 9.30 – 10.45am Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 31 March 11am Blessing of Easter Food
Saturday 31 March 8pm Easter Vigil
Sunday Mass (1 April Easter Sunday) 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass for week after Easter
Monday 2 April 10am
Tuesday 3 April No Mass, Walsingham Pilgrimage departs 8am
Wednesday 4 April 10am
Thursday 5 April No Mass
Friday 6 April 10am
Sunday Mass (8 April 2018, Second Sunday of Easter)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am. 2.30pm Divine Mercy Devotions