PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
7 January 2018, Epiphany of the Lord
BEHOLD, THE LIGHT OF ALL NATIONS!
Epiphany means ‘manifestation’ and there are three Epiphanies in the Christmas Season.
On Christmas Day we celebrated the first Epiphany of Jesus, Son of God, to the poor and to the outcasts – the Shepherd’s on the silent hillside. The inhabitants of Bethlehem were too busy partying to notice the wondrous birth. King Herod was too concerned about a threat to his power to notice the Saviour of all. In his meditation on the low door in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Pope Benedict reminded us to ‘get down off your high horse; we must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognizing God’s closeness.’
Today we celebrate the second Epiphany of Jesus, that manifestation to the Magi (Wise men from the East) who had used their intellect and their observations of God’s creation to find their way to the stable. This reminds us that the Kingdom of God is not some exclusive club – it is God’s will that all shoud be saved. Furthermore we are reminded that the Holy Spirit is not confined to the visible Church and that there are elements of truth in the beliefs of those of other faiths and those who have no particular faith.
Tomorrow (Monday) the Christmas season concludes with the third epiphany, the manifestation of Jesus at his baptism in the River Jordan. The voice of the Father is heard ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
So I ask myself, ‘Am I making time, like the shepherds, to be still and receptive to God’s voice in my life, guiding me in the way of truth? Am I open to God’s Holy Spirit in others and am I showing them Christ by my example? Do I really appreciate the gift of my own baptism? Do I hear the Lord calling me his ‘beloved’ and do I recognise how beautiful I am?
May we be attentive to God’s Spirit in our lives, be confirmed in our gifts and have the courage to live out his Gospel each day.
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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Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and talents to the Christmas and New Year services. Several visitors commented on the prayerfulness and on the great welcome they received. The Liturgy Group will be meeting later in February to review Christmas – if you have any constructive comments or suggestions please speak to one of the team.
Fr Shaun and the team thank all parishioners who sent cards and gifts over the Christmas period. Thank you for your support and generosity.
The Christmas season ends on Monday with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord so this weekend is your last chance to bring children to the Crib and contribute to the work of the Catholic Children’s Society.
ROSARY ON TUESDAYS
We will continue to pray the Rosary together before Mass on Tuesdays starting at 9.40 am
INTERNATIONAL TASTER EVENING 20th January, 7.30 – 10.30
An event in the Church Hall for all ages, bring the family. Tickets on sale after all Masses. Tickets £3.00 each. Taster food from around the world. Hot drinks and soft drinks provided. Bring your own alcohol.
This is in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and Fr Stefan Chrysostomou, from St Mary’s, will be preaching at 6pm Vigil Mass. He is staying for the taster evening and promises to bring something Greek from his heritage – where are the other Greek Cypriots in our community?!! If you can bring food from your community please speak to a committee member or call the office.
PRAYER GROUP will resume on Tuesday 9th January at 10.45 a.m. in the Reconciliation Room. Why not come and join us? We meet every Tuesday morning and look forward to welcoming new members.
OVER 50s’ CLUB
The over 50s’ Club will meet on Friday 12 January 2018 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Hall. All are very welcome.
Will be away on his post-Christmas break from Monday until 18 Jan. While he is away there will be weekday Mass each Tuesday and also on Monday 9th (Baptism of the Lord) Fr Tom Egan will be celebrating Mass at the weekend.
CATECHISTS’ DAY OF REFLECTION
All Catechists are invited to a Half-day of Reflection at Christ the King, 22, Bramley Road, Cockfosters on Saturday 13 January from 10am to 2pm. Lunch provided Please let Francesca know if you are attending.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018
First Holy Communion preparation sessions will recommence on Saturday 20th January 2018, 4:15pm registration. There will also be a parents’ meeting on the 20th January at 4:30pm in the church, this will run alongside the children’s session and will be led by Fr Shaun on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Candidates are reminded to meet at the Furzefield car park (not the Church car park) at 8.30am on Sunday 28th January for the Retreat at SPEC, Pinner. The approximate time of arrival afterwards at Our Lady & St Vincent car park will be 5.30pm. Candidates will need to bring a packed lunch (no nuts or glass bottles please) and wear warm appropriate clothing. For those who have not yet returned the OV7A form, please complete and return to Francesca Khaliq as soon as possible.
Sessions will recommence on Wednesday 31st January, 7:15pm registration.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETINGS
The next baptism preparation meetings will take place on Mondays 22 and 29 January from 7.30pm until 9.pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your register with the Parish Office.
POST CONFIRMATION YOUTH GROUP
The next PCYG will be on Thursday 11th January from 7pm-9pm. Our theme for the evening will be ‘Sherlock Holmes’.
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 Saturday 20th January and Saturday 10th March 2018. If you can help please contact the Parish Office, thank you.
We have been thinking about the fairest way to allocate Mass intentions. We often have more intentions than we can celebrate in the parish.
From this month there will be a volunteer in the office on the first working Tuesday of the month (starting 9th January) and Masses may be booked in person or by ‘phone for the following month. So, in January you may book a Mass for February and so on. We do send Masses to retired priests and missionary priests every two months and so, if you do not mind, your Mass can be sent away. We will give a reminder of the date in the newsletter. If you book the Mass by ‘phone you may give the offering into the office later. We will try this system for a few months. There is a more complete explanation on the noticeboard.
NEW TO THE PARISH?
Please take a Welcome Pack from the stand, learn more about the parish and complete the registration form.
There will be a short meeting for all Ministers of the Word (Readers) after Masses on 20/21 January in the hall. As with the meetings for Ministers of the Eucharist in November this will be an opportunity to ask any questions.
The parish relies on the time, talent and generosity of many parishioners. As commitments change and people move others are needed to help. There will be a information weekend and recruitment drive for volunteers later in the month.
One area where we need help at the moment is a team of volunteers who would come and count various small amounts of loose cash on a Friday before or after Mass. Commitment is for 1 hour every fortnight – less if more come forward. All is mechanised and full training given. Please speak to Fr Shaun or the office if you can help.
The Christmas Tree will be taken down after Monday. If you have a car big enough to take it to the recycling centre please contact the parish office to arrange collection. Thank you
IMPORTANT DATES IN EARLY 2018
Weds 14 February: Ash Wednesday
Sat 24 February: First Reconciliation
Sat 3 March: Ministers of the Eucharist Day of Recollection
Weds 14 March: 7.30pm, Lent Reconciliation Service
Sun 25 March: Palm Sunday
Tues27 March: School Lead Way of Cross
Thurs 29 March: 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper & Vigil
Fri 30th March: Good Friday Walk of Witness & Solemn Passion
Sat 31 March: 8pm Easter Vigil
Sun 1 April: Easter Sunday
Fri 20 April: Confirmations
Thurs 10 May: Ascension (Holy Day)
These are just the main dates in the diary so far.
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, Virginia Coan, David Bradford, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Kay Lewthwaite, Jean Rudd, Shirley Pestano, Tina Cullen, Sr Collette
Recently dead: Marie-Therese Hogan, Ann Dobson.
All those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
14 January 2nd Sunday in ordinary time, Year B
Saturday 6pm Karen Davies/Antonia Long
Sunday 9.00am Clive Buhagiar/Kiera Hall
Sunday 11.00am Pope Paul School Children
BIDDING PRAYERS: Josephine Maguire
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
14 January 2nd Sunday in ordinary time, Year B
Samuel 3:3-10. 19
1 Corinthians 6:13-15. 17-20
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 7 January 2018, Team C
Mary Conroy, Kathleen Gershlick, Maria Guarinon, Ida Sorenti, Amanda Josephides
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (7 January 2018) Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm
Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 8 Jan 10am
Baptism of the Lord Convent Mass at 6pm
Tuesday 9 Jan 10am
Friday 12 Jan Convent Mass at 6pm
Sunday Mass (14th January 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm
Sunday 9am & 11am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 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
Deadline for newsletter articles is Tuesday morning, 9.30am