NEWSLETTER OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR, 7 OCTOBER 2018, 27TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YR B)
Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
7 October 2018, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (YrB)
Let the children come to me.
Twenty years ago friends of mine, travelling in India, were queuing to buy train tickets. There were several queues, long and slow-moving. A young smartly-dressed man walked to the front of one of the lines, roughly pushed an old man out of the line and calmly took his place. The old man got up, dusted himself down and went to join the back of the queue. My friends were outraged but none of the local people batted an eyelid. The old man was of a lower class and this was accepted as the way things were.
At the time of Jesus women and children were in a similar position. They were seen in relation to their fathers or husbands – even though the female bloodline was important in ‘Jewishness’, they had few rights on their own. A man could dismiss his wife with a writ of divorce, sometimes for the most trivial reasons. A wife could not divorce her husband. Although children were a source of pride for their parents they too had no real power.
In today’s Gospel Jesus challenges both of these situations. By saying that, in marriage, the two become one, Jesus is establishing that a woman cannot be used by a man to continue his family line. They leave their families to become a new family and each of them has an equal dignity and equal rights.
In the same way, with children, Jesus is saying that it is the weak and the powerless, not the rich and powerful, who should have access to him. The people who dominate over the rest should not be the mainstay of a community. In his community Jesus needs those who welcome, serve, value and hold as a blessing the weakest and most needy. It is often said that you can measure the values of a community by the way in which they treat their elderly members.
The Kingdom of God is not spread through being imposed by the rich and influential but through receiving and protecting the little ones. When these become the centre of attention and concern, the Kingdom of God is taking shape – the kind of human society that God has in mind.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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PARISH TEAM NEWS
Fr Shaun is in Rome for the Canonisation of Bl Oscar Romero and Bl Pope Paul VI next weekend. Canon Tom Egan will be celebrating Mass.
Deacon Don is on holiday until 18th Oct.
Francesca Khaliq is on sick leave preparing for surgery at the end of October please keep her in your prayers.
On Friday we welcome Fr Gary Chmura, a priest of Cleveland Diocese and a friend of Michael, who will be staying as our guest for a week.
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY
CAFOD works with poor communities overseas on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice with sustainable development through local agents – keeping administration costs to a minimum. Friday was Harvest Fast Day, please return the CAFOD envelope this weekend, with your donation. There are spare envelopes in the narthex and the collection will remain open for a couple of weeks. Thank you so much for your continued support and generosity. For further information see www.cafod.org.uk
BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE
The next course will take place tomorrow, Monday 8th October from 7.30—9pm in the Parish Hall. Please contact the parish office to register for the course. If you live outside the parish a letter of permission from your local parish priest will be required. Dates for Baptism cannot be set until the course has been completed.
Those registered for the course should have received an important email this week. If you did not receive the email, please contact the Parish Office on Monday. You are reminded of the essential meeting for all candidates and parents on Wednesday.
POST CONFIRMATION YOUTH GROUP
This group will not meet this week. We will be in touch when a new date has been found after half term. Apologies.
A reminder of the training session with Mary Crowley on Tuesday 16th October from 8 -9.30pm in the Parish Hall. Hope to see you at the meeting with candidates and parents on Wednesday this week.
MISSION WITNESS: ‘RED BOX’ THANK YOU AND APPEAL
Next weekend we will welcome Eileen Tompkins who will make the five-yearly Red Box Appeal. Through the Red Box we collect loose change to care for our Church family around the world. Thank you to all parishioners who already give to the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission – Missio – and Britain’s own missionary order, the Mill Hill Missionaries, through the Red Box. Donations from our Parish in 2017 through the Red Box Scheme totalled £492 – imagine how more could be collected if every home had a box.
OCTOBER MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
The Rosary is prayed every weekday at 9.40am – please come and join us in this special month. To mark the month, we will be praying the Hail Mary after the Bidding Prayer on Sunday. The Bidding Prayer is addressed to God the Father and so the Church says that it is not appropriate to include a prayer to Mary in the middle of it, which is why we will add it to the end. Did your child receive a gift of a Rosary for their First Holy Communion? Why not encourage them to use it at home this month?
Has a great selection of cards, books, rosaries etc. and is open after every Mass.
Please would the donor of box no 141 kindly contact the Parish Office.
The delegates from the parish who attended the Eucharistic Conference in Liverpool last weekend have returned full of enthusiasm.
There will be a chance to see and hear one of the inspiring talks on Monday 22nd October at 2 -3.30pm repeated at 7.30 – 9pm. More information next week. See some of the inspiring conference talks at http://www.shalomworldtv.org/adoremus#latest-episodes
If you are planning to marry here or elsewhere 6 months’ notice is required and you MUST see Fr Shaun to register for a preparation course. The next course will be in the Spring.
Please consume the host as soon as you receive it, before walking away to the chalice. The Church does not allow dipping the host into the chalice (intiction). The Lord is received wholly under form and so, if you do not wish to sip from the chalice, you can receive Communion fully in the host.
‘REFUGEES: WHERE TO START? A PARISH RESPONSE’
An evening of practical advice on Thursday 11th October, considering the nature and challenges of the refugee crisis and how parishes, groups and individuals can play their part in alleviating ‘the wounds of refugees’ (Pope Francis). At Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN, 7-9pm, (refreshments from 6.30pm). RSVP on 020 7798 9030, or
MACMILLAN CANCER COFFEE MORNING
Thank you to everyone who supported the Macmillan Cancer coffee morning and a heartfelt thanks for all those who baked cakes and helped make it such a success. Many thanks for the support of Pope Paul School’s Fairtrade Group. The total amount raised was £620.
LORETO COLLEGE OPEN WEEKS
Hatfield Rd., St Albans AL1 3RQ. For prospective pupils applying to Loreto College for a secondary school place in September 2019, guided tours during the school day will take place from 1st to 12th October. Appointments can be made by calling 01727 856206
CELEBRATE ST ALBAN’S 2018
‘See I am doing a new thing’ Isaiah 43:19
We look forward to welcoming you to the 12th St Albans Celebrate weekend! If you are joining us for the first time or returning again, coming on your own or with a group or family – you are all very welcome. CELEBRATE is a conference for all, young and old. Inspired by this year’s theme, we have lots of new and exciting features of our weekend. When: Sat 3rd Nov 2018, 09.30 – 21.00, Sun 4th Nov 2018, 09.30 – 16.00 Location: Loreto College, Hatfield Rd, St Albans, AL1 3RQ. For further details visit www.celebrateconference.org To book your place telephone: Tim Stevens 07875 848138
THE PASSAGE CONCERT
Features music by Grieg & Sibelius, 6 November 2018 at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall. Night Under The Stars raises money for The Passage – a charity that provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. For further information, please see the noticeboard or visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk telephone:02038799555
FINCHLEY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING
Tuesday 16 October 2018, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, talks at 6.30pm & 7.30pm.
For further details or a prospectus please contact Sixth Form Administrator on 0208 445 0105 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Grant Davis, David Bradford, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Kay Lewthwaite, Jean Rudd, Theresa Round, Aileen Freeman, Joan Bonner, Marshall Fernandes, Antonia Cox, Olive McQuade, Gloria DeChristopher, Marissa Jacobs, Jean Francois DeBie, Denis O’Keeffe, Francesca Khaliq & Allen McRobb.
The lately dead and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
Saturday 6pm Agnes Makutche
Sunday 9.00am Margaret Vaughan
Sunday 11.00am Sally Ann Underhill
BIDDING PRAYERS: Rosaleen Pinto
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
14 October 2018, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Wisdom 7: 7-11
Hebrews 4: 12-13
Mark 10: 17-30
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 7 October 2018, Team B
K. Christofides, M. Clancy & L. Pinto.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (7 October 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 8 October 10am
6pm Convent, 1a The Avenue
Tuesday 9 October 10am
Wednesday 10 October 10am
Thursday 11 October 10am
Friday 12 October 10am
6pm Convent, 1a The Avenue
Saturday 13 October
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (14 October 2018, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
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