PARISH OF OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
18 March 2018, Fifth Sunday of Lent
ST ANDREW IN THE BACK ROOM
The apostle Andrew, who appears in today’s Gospel, appears three times in the New Testament. He is referred to as ‘the brother of Peter’, as if his significance lies in his relationship to his more distinguished brother. But Andrew had a distinguishing grace of his own; he introduced people to Jesus.
The early Church gave Andrew the title protokletos (first-called) as, in Chapter 1 of John’s Gospel, he was called, alongside John, by Jesus. No sooner had Andrew discovered Jesus than he ran off and brought Peter to Jesus. He shows us the importance of sharing the Good News with others rather than just basking in it ourselves.
Andrew then appears in John 6, when Jesus multiplies the loaves and fish. Andrew brought Jesus the little boy who had some barley loaves and fish. This seemingly insignificant detail symbolises the important belief that, if we lay our gifts, talents and possessions, no matter how meagre, before the Lord, he can use them and transform them to perform miracles. Andrew understood this important truth.
Finally Andrew appears in today’s passage where some Greeks approach Philip with a request for an audience with Jesus. Philip was not sure what to do; Jesus had just rode in triumph into Jerusalem and was surrounded by crowds. The tension and fear of the Jewish authorities was great. Philip consulted Andrew, who immediately informed Jesus. This action indicates Andrew’s belief in the universality of the Gospel. Many Jews considered Gentiles to be accursed. But Andrew knew different – he knew the heart of Jesus.
As we enter Passiontide, the two weeks leading to Easter, we intensify our Lenten practice and put the services of Holy Week at the centre of our calendar. Today we have Andrew to give us some focus; we are called to place all we have, however meagre it may seem, at God’s disposal, to examine how we can share the Good News with others and to seek those who, in particular, feel outside God’s love or on the margins of the Church.
Let us pray for the sensitivity in the two weeks ahead to be generous, sensitive to those who are seeking and open in our welcome as we walk with the Lord through his passion and death into the light of Easter.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Parish Priest: Canon Shaun Lennard email@example.com
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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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If you were not at Mass last week, there are spare copies of the annual accounts available in the narthex.
The last session of the Lent Course is on Tuesday at 7.30pm. This week we hear about The Good Thief. All are welcome.
On Wednesday there is a day of Reconciliation in the school and so Mass is at the earlier time of 9.15am
This Friday 7pm the Stations of the Cross will be led by Parishioners of our Church. This is followed, in the hall, by the film “Into Great Silence”.
Many people ‘give up’ things for Lent and give the money saved to charity (alms.) Envelopes and information are available in the narthex for the Cardinal’s Lent appeal. Please return them by Easter with your offering.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
For the main liturgies of Holy Week we urgently need volunteers:
First Aiders to be available during the services.
Stewards to help keep people safe in the church and car park.
Children’s activities on Good Friday afternoon.
Refreshments after the Good Friday walk of witness and Easter Vigil.
Palms will be blessed at every Mass on Sunday. Please bring greenery for children to wave for the blessing and procession.
BRITISH SUMMERTIME BEGINS NEXT WEEKEND – clocks go forward one hour on Sunday morning.
Incense is a beautiful symbol used in our liturgy but a couple of people have spoken to Fr Shaun about difficulties with contact lenses and breathing when it is used. As an experiment we will not use incense for the Gospel for the time being and also open the ridge windows to create an up-draft to take the incense smoke away. If incense causes problems for you please sit at the entrance end of the church to avoid discomfort.
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.
GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS
ADVANCE NOTICE this year’s walk will start at the URC in Darkes Lane at 9.30am on Good Friday, 30 March, with some interesting events along the way and finish with a short ALL AGE service in our church. This is the opportunity to bring children along and invite people you know who might not normally attend church to a service which will be VERY user-friendly!
Candidates please remember that the final preparation session for Confirmation is this Wednesday 21st March, 7:15pm registration, when we will be joined by a volunteer from CAFOD. Please be prepared to talk about why you have chosen your saint’s name and make sure you have submitted your write- up on your Saint. Fr Shaun wants to read them on Monday.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASSES
Communion preparation classes have now finished. Parents, you should all now have the information for your son/daughter’s First Holy Communion Mass and all their parts for the Liturgy.
The rehearsals for the Masses are:
Saturday 28th April at 10:30am (for the 11am Mass on Sunday 29th April).
Friday 4th May at 7:30pm (for the 6pm Mass on Saturday 5th May).
Saturday 5th May at 10:30am (for the 11am Mass on Sunday 6th May).
Saturday 12th May at 10:30am (for the 11am Mass on Sunday 13th May).
Saturday 19th May at 10:30am (for the 11am Mass on Sunday 20th May).
If you have any queries then please contact Francesca Khaliq.
Confirmation & First Holy Communion cards and gifts are available from the Repository in the Parish Hall after all weekend Masses. The Repository will also be open at all First Holy Communion Mass rehearsals and The Rite of Confirmation rehearsal.
BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETINGS
The next baptism preparation meetings will take place on Tuesday 17 April and Tuesday 24 April from 7.30pm until 9.pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun, Deacon Don and contact the office to register for the course. Both parents are encouraged to attend the meetings.
The next two weeks are going to be busier than usual and we will welcome many visitors. Please walk to church or park in Wyllyotts car park if you can to leave room for visitors. The area in the driveway outside the church and hall is for dropping off and picking up people with mobility difficulties only. Please do not leave cars unattended there and do not park in marked disabled bays unless you have a blue badge. Please do not enter the car park if the ‘car park full’ sign is up.
LITTLE LAMBS LAST SESSION BEFORE EASTER
Please note that the last session for Little Lambs will be this Thursday 22 March and re-opens on Thursday 29 April from 9.30am to 11.30am. Little Lambs also will be closed for the session on Thursday 3 May.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 8th APRIL
This feast will be celebrated in our Parish from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on 8th April, commencing with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for half an hour followed by the Divine Mercy Devotions. All are then invited to refreshments in the hall. The Divine Mercy Novena begins in Good Friday and prayer leaflets for this will be available in the Narthex.
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 before the 16 April. Couples with young families are welcome to bring children along. The Cathedral is wheelchair friendly for wheelchair-bound guests and anyone who needs to be accompanied for medical needs.
National Eucharistic Congress on Saturday 8th September in Liverpool. Deacon Don will be leading a parish group and we have four parish delegate spaces. Rail travel with other deanery parishes. Please speak to Don this weekend if you are interested.
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, Theresa Round, Steve Malone, Aileen Freeman
The lately Dead and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
25 March, Palm Sunday, Year B
Saturday 6pm Readers: Please See your
Sunday 9.00am Rota for
Sunday 11.00am Easter
BIDDING PRAYERS: Rosaleen Pinto
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
25 March, Palm Sunday, Year B
Mark 14:1 -15:47
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 18 March 2018, Team A
Linda Ahearne, Tina Cullen, Cathy McRobb, Betty Healy
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (18 March 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Weekday Mass this week
Monday 19 Mar 10am
Tuesday 20 Mar 7am at the Convent and 10am in Church
Wednesday 21 Mar 9.15am
Thursday 22 Mar No Mass
Friday 23 Mar 10am and 6pm in the Convent
Friday 23 March 7pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday 24 March 10am
Saturday 24 March 10.30 – 11.30am Exposition & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Mass (25 March 2018 Palm Sunday)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm and Sunday 9am & 11am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 10.30 – 11.30am, 5.15 – 5.45pm, and by appointment
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar.
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