NEWSLETTER PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR, 14 OCTOBER 2018, 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YRB)
Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
14 October 2018, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (YrB)
The Rich Man’s Question
This exchange between Jesus and the rich man is often read with Matthew’s parallel in mind, where Jesus tells the young man to sell his possessions ‘if you would be perfect’. There are no such phrases in Mark’s story. The questioner has reached a certain age, for he has kept the commandments ‘from my earliest days’. He is in the full flush of wealth, and getting rid of his riches is not a mere counsel of perfection for this particular man. Jesus is stressing the danger of possessions for everyone. It is a curious fact that for many people, the more they have, the more they want. Conversely, the less people have, the more generous they can be drawn to be, knowing the value to other needy people because of the little they have. It is not merely that we need to be free of the preoccupations and distractions of wealth. Wealth can be a good preoccupation if the worry comes from awareness of the responsibility it brings. Repeatedly, however, in the history of the Church, from St Anthony of the Desert, St Francis of Assisi and others, people have interpreted these words of Jesus in this gospel in a heroic manner, and have stripped themselves of all possessions to concentrate on the Kingdom of God. God’s blessing is especially on the poor.
How does the danger of possessions affect me? Am I generous with what I have?
Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Parish Priest: Canon Shaun Lennard email@example.com
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Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Catechetical Co-ordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders, Seminarian: Michael Oxenford
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Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9.30am – 12.30pm Closed Wednesday.
A Fairtrade Parish of Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese
7 Oct: Envelopes £482, Loose £539
CAFOD so far £1213.
Thank you for your generosity.
PARISH TEAM NEWS
Fr Shaun is away until Friday afternoon. Welcome to Mgr Canon Tom Egan who is celebrating Mass today.
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.
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. Please note that there is no Mass on Thursday or Friday.
MISSION WITNESS: ‘RED BOX’ THANK YOU AND APPEAL
Today we 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 totaled £492 – imagine how more could be collected if every home had a box.
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY
Thank you for your generous response last week. The collection remains open until the end of the month. For further information see www.cafod.org.uk
Thank you for your generous response to last week’s collection. 153 bags of clothes were donated and this will feed 26 children in school for a year, making a total contribution of £367.20.
A reminder of the training session with Mary Crowley on Tuesday 16th October from 8 -9.30pm in the Parish Hall.
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
RCIA, COME AND SEE
This group, for those who want to find out what the Catholic faith is about, meets every Monday at 7.30 – 9pm in the Reconciliation Room. New enquirers are always welcome.
POPE SAINT PAUL VI
Today Pope Paul, patron of our school, the only school in the country to bear his name, is being declared a saint in Rome along with Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, and six others. Fr Shaun and some staff from the school are in Rome, praying at the tomb of Peter for our school and parish. Pray too for the people of El Salvador and for justice and peace in that troubled country.
CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE 18-30 YEARS OLD
for an evening of prayer and reflection with Cardinal Vincent on Tuesday 30th October 2018 from 7pm at Archbishop’s House. The Cardinal will share his reflections from the Synod on Youth and there will be an opportunity for further dialogue. The event is free to attend but registration is required by email to email@example.com
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.
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?
NOVEMBER, MONTH of the HOLY SOULS
There are sheets available in the narthex for you to list those deceased family and friends who you would like included in prayers in November. Please return them in the envelopes provided to the parish office. Mass will be offered for all of those listed every Sunday and once each week in November. Any surplus Masses will be celebrated by one of our retired priests.
MASS of REMEMBRANCE
On Friday 2nd November (All Souls Day) there will be a sung Mass at 7.30pm for those who have died in the past year. Members of the Bereavement Support Group will be present and there will be tea and coffee after the Mass. All are very welcome.
FIRST AID TRAINING
There will be a First Aid Training Course including how to use the defibrillator in the Parish Hall on Thursday 15th November, 7pm – 10pm. Please let the office know if you would like to attend. All are welcome.
POPE PAUL SCHOOL OPEN DAY RECEPTION CLASS 2019 You are warmly welcome to come and visit us on Thursday 25th October and Tuesday 20th November at 9.30am, 2pm and 7pm.There is no need to book; just come long and meet us and see our school!
LORETO COLLEGE, CO-ED SIXTH FORM INFORMATION EVENING
Wednesday 24th October 2018, 6.30pm, talk by the Headteacher at 6.30pm and then an opportunity to meet staff and students. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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
CARDINAL HUME CENTRE, SLEEP OUT
On 6th November two of our parishioners Mick and Carole Strange will be sleeping out to raise much needed money for The Cardinal Hume Centre which supports young homeless people in London. Please take a look at their just giving page and support them if you can. www.justgiving.com/carolestrange
THE PASSAGE CONCERT
6th 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
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 and Francesca Khaliq.
The lately dead: Fr George Dangerfield and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including: Colleen Joseph and Nora Dervan.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
Saturday 6pm Audry Pereira / Christian D’Silva
Sunday 9.00am Keira Hall / Mark Guerin
Sunday 11.00am Paul Donatantonio / Ellie Edwards
BIDDING PRAYERS: Josephine Maguire
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
21 October 2018, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Isaiah 53: 10-11
Hebrews 4: 14-16
Mark 10: 35-45
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 14 October 2018, Team C
M. Conroy, K. Gershlick, M. Guarinon,
I. Sorenti & A. Josephides
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (14 October 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 15 October 10am
6pm Convent, 1a The Avenue
Tuesday 16 October 10am
Wednesday 17 October 10am
Thursday 18 October No Mass
Friday 19 October No Mass
6pm Convent, 1a The Avenue
Saturday 20 October 12noon Baptism Lorcan Quinn
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (21 October 2018, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
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