PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
4 March 2018, Third Sunday of Lent
PURIFICATION of the TEMPLE
Jesus knew the huge religious and political significance of the temple in his day, and yet he challenged it, and he challenged those responsible for it, because he recognized that the temple was not in fact serving God’s purposes. As Jesus says in today’s Gospel, ‘Stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’ There is a big difference between a house and a market. The temple was to be God’s house, God’s home, a place where all people could feel at home in God’s presence. The activities associated with the market were preventing the temple from being the home that God wanted it to be, a spiritual home for all the nations. Jesus saw that here was an institution in need of reform.
Every institution, whether secular or religious, is always in need of some reform. The Church, in so far as it is a human institution, is in need of ongoing reform. The Church exists to serve the purposes of God in the world. Inevitably, because the Church is composed of human beings, it can sometimes serve as a block to God’s purposes. The Church is called to be the sacrament of Christ, to reveal the powerful and life-giving presence of Christ to the world. If we are not careful it may hide Christ or reveal a distorted image of Christ, one that is not fully in keeping with the Gospels. In the Second Reading, Paul sets God’s wisdom over against human wisdom.
Just as Jesus wanted to purify the temple, the risen Lord is constantly working to purify the church. All of us who make up the Church need to be open to his purifying zeal. We need to be listening to what the Spirit, the Spirit of the risen Lord, is saying to us, the Church. We are all called to listen to the challenge of the Spirit and to be open to the purifying presence of the Lord. We all have our part to play in ensuring that the church is what the Lord intends it to be. Lent in particular is a time for listening to the Spirit. If we let the Spirit renew our lives we will conform more fully to the image and likeness of Christ.
The fiery Jesus of the gospel who is passionate about what God wants remains alive and active at the heart of the Church today. In the light of the Gospel we might ask ourselves in what ways we have allowed the values of the market place to override the values of the gospel in our own lives, in the life of our society, in the life of our church.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Secretaries: Bernadette Saunders & Sharon O’Reilly
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Mass intentions for April may be booked, in person or by phone, from 10.30am on Tuesday 6th March.
The 7am Mass on Tuesday will take place in St Martha’s Convent, 1, The Avenue.
The Lent Course reverts back to Tuesday’s and begins at 7.30pm (tea/coffee from 7pm). This week’s we listen to Barabbas. Come and listen to his story! All are welcome.
This Friday 7pm the Stations of the Cross will be led by the Prayer Group and SVP. This is followed, in the hall, by the film “Romero”. All are welcome.
SATURDAY MASS, EXPOSITION AND CONFESSIONS
Throughout Lent, there will be Mass at 10am on a Saturday followed by an hour of silent Exposition and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Benediction at 11.30am.
READ A BOOK FOR LENT
In the narthex there are books available on loan. Please fill in the sheet provided.
CONFIRMATION 7th MARCH
This Wednesday 7th March at 7:30pm we will be having a parents meeting in the church on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this will be led by Fr Shaun (at least one parent should attend the meeting) . The Candidates will now meet at 7:15pm in the parish hall for their session they missed due to the snow and will not join the parents meeting. Their session will run alongside the parents’ meeting.
PCYG – 8th MARCH
All our young parishioners who are post Confirmation age are invited to come along for a pizza night with an open evening of discussion this Thursday 8th March from 7pm-9pm. Please let Francesca Khaliq know if you are attending and if you have any dietary requirements.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018
There will be a planning meeting for FHC Catechists this Tuesday 6th March, 8pm-9pm in the Reconciliation Room.
There will be a parents’ meeting in the church next Saturday 10th March at 4:30pm. The children’s session will run alongside this in the parish hall. At this meeting we will be giving important details about the First Holy Communion Masses and there will be a reflection on the Eucharist
OVER 50s’ CLUB ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
The over 50s’ Club will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day on Friday 9 March 2018 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Hall. All are very welcome.
Confirmation & First Holy Communion cards and gifts are available from the Repository in the Parish Hall after all weekend Masses.
CENSUS & VOUNTEERING
If you were away for the last 3 weeks please complete a census form and indicate on the back anything you can help with. Completed forms may be posted in the box outside the office.
A recording CCTV system has been installed to cover the main doors and gates. This is a requirement of our premises licence but also provides better security for staff and parishioners. The recording is password protected and will only be viewed if an incident occurs.
NEW TO THE PARISH?
Please take a Welcome Pack from the stand, learn more about the parish and complete the registration form.
MASS FOR BEREAVED PARENTS
The second annual Mass for parents who have experienced the loss of a child, before or after birth, is on Saturday 10th March in Westminster Cathedral at 2.30pm. All are very welcome.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
The Liturgy Group has met and planning is well underway for this most important week in our life as a church. Next weekend there will be sign-up sheets for various tasks, Ministers of the Eucharist and Readers have been emailed and people are being approached. Please be prompt and generous in your response – a great chance to volunteer if you have not been involved before.
CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE (18-30)
In the autumn the Pope has called for a synod in Rome on Young People in the Church. Our bishops want to hear from young people in preparation for this synod. This is NOT just for young people who are attending church. Do you know of somebody who no longer comes to church? Could you invited them? There are two meetings in our area:
7th March in Westminster with Cardinal Vincent. 16th March at Cockfosters with Bishop John Sherrington. Both meetings are from 6.30 – 8.30pm. This is a discussion and listening exercise and your views are important. Registration is necessary – please contact Fr Shaun or the office for more details.
CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm. The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary in 2018. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give the office the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email or telephone number.
National Eucharistic Congress on Saturday 8th September in Liverpool. Deacon Don will be leading a parish group and we have four parish delegate spaces. Coach travel with other deanery parishes. Please speak to Don this weekend if you are interested.
DAY PILGRIMAGE TO ARUNDEL
As part of the prayer preparation for the congress there is a day pilgrimage to the great Corpus Christi flower festival at Arundel Cathedral on Thursday 31st May. Departing 10am, bring a picnic lunch, returning around 9.30pm. Full details available soon – a great half-term day out for the whole parish!
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Sat 21st – Fri 27th July by Eurostar and TGV £669 per person sharing (£835 by air) The Pilgrimage will be led by Cardinal Vincent and it would be nice to travel as a parish group. There will be an information meeting on Monday 19th March at 7.30pm in the hall. For further details please see Fr Shaun and poster on the noticeboard.
Couples wishing to marry in the Catholic Church, whether here or elsewhere, have to give at least 6 months’ notice to their local parish so that paperwork and preparation can be arranged. We running a Marriage Preparation Course later in the year and so, if you are intending to marry in the next 12 months you should speak to Fr Shaun as soon as possible.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
21st to 29 November 2018. The Pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Wilson. For further details please see the poster on the noticeboard.
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, Shirley Pestano, Theresa Round, Doreen Reeves, Steve Malone, Aileen Freeman
The lately Dead including Mary Gardner, Susan Rooney and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including: Eileen Kelleher
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
11 March, 4th Sunday of Lent, Year B
Saturday 6pm Sister Brogen/Esther Dallan
Sunday 9.00am Katharine Cope/Ian Milton
Sunday 11.00am Pope Paul SchoolChildren
BIDDING PRAYERS: Rosaleen Pinto
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
11 March, 4th Sunday of Lent, Year B
2 Chronicles 36:14-16. 19-23
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 4 March 2018, Team C
Mary Conroy, Kathleen Gershlick, Maria Guarinon, Ida Sorenti, Amanda Josephides
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (4 March 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm
Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 5 Mar 10am (6pm Convent)
Tuesday 6 Mar 7am at the Convent and 10am in Church
Wednesday 7 Mar 10am (with years 3 & 4)
Thursday 8 Mar No Mass
Friday 9 Mar 10am (6pm Convent)
Friday 9 Mar 7pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday 10 Mar 10am
Saturday 10 Mar 10.30 – 11.30am Exposition & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Mass (11 March 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm and Sunday 9am & 11am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 10.30 – 11.30am, 5.15 – 5.45pm, and by appointment (ring main number and choose option 3)
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar. No convent Mass this week.
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