PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
26 November 2017, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
The Last Judgement
This is the last of Matthew’s great parables. The world is divided into ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’. The great dramatic scene here depicted is that of the Final Judgement of all, but we shall each of us at the moment of death face the judgement of our divine Lord in his glory. This confrontation will be an experience far more awesome and shattering than any description can express, and yet fulfilling and re-assuring. We will know at last in a naked way our own sin and also our own infinite value before the transcendent figure of the Lord. Two striking points are stressed in the parable. Firstly, we will be judged uniquely on our treatment of those in any kind of need. Not fist of all on our prayer-life; not on our asceticism; not on penances undertaken; but on our respect for others – how far we look to see what they need and what we can give. The ten commandments of the Old Testament, the eight beatitudes of the New can be summarised in this way: speak the truth, be honest (including financially), honour father and mother (or children), hunger for justice, make peace. The second striking point is the reason for the fist: that Christ is in each person. What we do to others, we do to Christ.
What does it mean that Jesus is in all other people, especially the stranger, the sick, the comfortless, even those in prison?
How does this teaching of Jesus change my attitude to people I despise or avoid or just ignore?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
01707 654359 firstname.lastname@example.org wwwolasv.org.uk
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
Secretaries: Bernadette Saunders & Sharon O’Reilly
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm
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THE CALL OF GOD. DISCIPLESHIP IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WITH SR ANNE WALSH OP AND SR KAREN MARGUERITE OP
When: 30th Nov, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm. Where: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Registration is required for all events. For further information and to register email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please leave a message at 020 7931 6078. Suggested donation: £5.00.
CONFIRMATION PARENT’S MEETING
A reminder to Confirmation Candidate Parent’s that there is a Parents meeting on Wednesday 29 November at 8pm.
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’.
SATURDAYS IN ADVENT
There will be Mass at 10.30am followed by an hour’s silent exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation between 11am – 12noon. This is a great opportunity to take a little time out and prepare spiritually for Christmas. This starts next Saturday, 2nd December.
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. All are welcome.
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.
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. These are planned for Saturday 20th January 2018 and Saturday 10th March 2018. If you are able to help out please contact the Parish Office, many thanks.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETINGS
The next baptism preparation meetings will take place on Monday 22 January and Monday 29 January from 7.30pm until 9.pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun, Deacon Don or contact the office. Both parents are encouraged to attend the meetings. The application form is also available on our web- site OLASV.
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) and will return to church at the 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December. There are still a couple of places left so if you wish to host the family please add your name to the sheet in the Narthex.
THE CHORISTERS OF WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL will be performing Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ in the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint George, 45 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS on Wednesday 6th December at 7pm. Free entry, retiring collection. All are welcome.
OVER 50s’ CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY AND RAFFLE
The Over 50s’ Christmas Party takes place on Friday 8 December from 2pm to 4pm in the Parish Hall. Pope Paul School Choir will be singing and we will be running a raffle. Any donations of raffle prizes will be gratefully received. This will be the last one for 2016 and will resume again on Friday 12 January 2018.
Mary’s Meals will be selling porridge after the weekend Masses of 9th and 10th December.
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.
NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY
Enjoy a festive afternoon feature Christmas Songs and Bingo and a seasonal performance by the School Choir. Tuesday 12 December 2017 at 12.30pm. To confirm your attendance please call Sharon Robson on 01727 860079 (ext 224) or email: email@example.com.
CHURCHES TOGETHER POTTERS BAR TOWN CAROLS
Potters Bar Town Carols with Potters Bar Community Choir, Pope Paul School Choir and St Giles School Choir. Tuesday 19 December at 7.30pm at the Wyllyotts Theatre.
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 are in urgent need of another leader to join the team. For further information please contact the Parish Office.
WHEELCHAIR & ILLNESS
There is a wheelchair in the main sacristy for anybody who needs assistance to or from the church to a car. If somebody is collapses in church they should be laid in the recovery position until paramedics arrive. There are notices next to both entrance doors with the full address and postcode of the church which is essential information when summoning the emergency services.
WESTMINSTER YEAR BOOKS
The 2018 Westminster year books are ready for collection from the office for people who have ordered them and there are some for sale in the repository.
Christmas Cards and gifts, Catholic Newspapers and Mass cards are available from the Repository after weekends Masses.
WALK WITH ME ADVENT BOOKLETS
Walk with Me Advent booklets with a meditation and prayer for each day of Advent are on sale at £1 – excellent value and something good to do for Advent.
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: Cannon Louis Thomas
All those whose anniversaries occur at about this time.
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 26 November 2017 Team A
Linda Ahearne, Tina Cullen, Cathy McRobb, Betty Healy
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
3 December 2017, 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A
Isaiah 63:16-17; 64:1, 3-8
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
3 December 2017, 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A
Saturday 6pm First Holy Communion Enrolment Mass
Sunday 9.00am Clive Buhagiar/Keira Hall
Sunday 11.00am Marie Donatantonio/Pope Paul School
BIDDING PRAYERS: Rosaleen Pinto
TIMES OF SERVICES
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 27 November Convent Mass at 6pm.
Tuesday 28 November 10.00am
Friday 1 December 10.00am - Convent Mass at 6pm
Saturday 2 December 10.30am Mass
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.