Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ
23 September 2018, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (YrB)
Opticians and Organised Religion
When did you last have your eyes tested? If you’re anything like me it’s been far too long. I’ve got so used to not seeing clearly that I no longer notice my focus is wrong.
Many people feel the same way about organised religion, they may be willing to commend the actions of Jesus, saints like Mother Theresa or particular popes or priests, but they feel that the focus of the Catholic Church is on the wrong things. Perhaps we feel shades of this in our own lives, that our relationship with God is hindered by the rules, actions and scandals of the Church and that we find it easier following God on our own.
At first glance Jesus Christ seems to view organised religion in a similar way, he condemns the Pharisees for their short-sightedness in focusing on the rules rather than the outcome they are meant to foster. Jesus also condemns their blindness to the suffering their actions were causing their fellow Jews (Mt 23:16).
Yet what Jesus is condemning here is not the law itself but the failures of its teachers. Jesus said he came “not to abolish the law but to fulfil it” (Mt 5:17), God became man to show where the sins of Judaism’s teachers had clouded their vision of its purpose: to know God and to enter into relationship with Him in heaven. It is Jesus’ teaching and sacrifice that provide the perfect vision of this relationship, which passed onto his disciples and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit continues to live in the Church today.
What does this mean for us here and now? That the teachers of our faith will never be short-sighted in their teaching or blind to their failings? No! Rather that thanks to its foundation in Jesus Christ the true mission of the Church – to announce the salvation of the world – can never be lost.
God calls each and every one of us to look afresh at our lives each day, to recognise our short-sightedness and seek his healing touch through confession and the Eucharist. Let us pray for the grace to accept His perfect vision into our lives so as to draw closer to him every 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
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9.30am – 12.30pm Closed Wednesday.
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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TO SUPPORT CHRISTIANS IN PALESTINE
The Bethlehem Nativity Group, from Bethlehem, are visiting us this weekend. There will be a sale of beautiful olive wood goods after all Masses. A great chance to buy good quality religious goods for Christmas presents. Violence and unrest has reduced the number of pilgrims to the Holy Land and so this is a very important source of income for Christians and their families. Profits go directly to the families.
Francesca is preparing for surgery on Friday. Please direct any questions to her using email rather than phone. Please remember Francesca in your prayers.
Please note that Mass on Tuesday is in Pope Paul School at 9.30am. All are very welcome.
Come and pray the Rosary every weekday at 9.40am, before Mass, in the Reconciliation Room (except Tuesdays when it is prayed in the main church.)
A great range of cards, books, rosaries etc. Open after every Mass. As Sunday School starts this week the Repository will be in the right-hand hall after 9am Mass.
READERS PLEASE NOTE
An email was sent out on Sunday 9th September requesting your availability to read for the next quarter, i.e. October, November and December, including Christmas Masses. Please read carefully as you will note there are some changes. Please contact Pat if you do not get the email. All replies by 23rd September at the latest.
COME AND SEE
Every year we have people interested in knowing more about the Church who might like to become Catholics. On Monday 1st October there will be a ‘come and see’ supper for anybody interested in knowing more. People who have gone through the process will talk about their experience over a light supper. WHO COULD YOU ASK? Invitations are available in the narthex. Take one today and ASK!
BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE
The next course will take place in the Hall on Mondays 8th and 15th October from 7.30 - 9.00pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun, Deacon Don or contact the office to register for the course. Both parents are encouraged to attend the meetings.
SPONSORED SLEEPOVER 5OCTOBER
For all of our confirmed young parishioners taking part in the sponsored sleepover; please make sure that the OV7A forms are completed and returned to the Parish office (there are copies on the table in the Narthex). You should have received further details from Francesca Khaliq via email.
Our Sponsored Sleepover is in aid of The Cardinal Hume Centre and The Passage. Our young parishioners will be asking for the kind support of the parish; there will be an opportunity to sponsor them after the weekend Masses of 22/23September. We will also be collecting items needed for The Passage from the 22/23 September; disposable razors, toothpaste, soap, socks, scarves, there will be a box in the Narthex for your donations.
A training session will take place on Saturday 22 September 2018 at 4pm for any person who would like to serve Mass. You must have received First Holy Communion to be able to serve at Mass. The meeting is expected to last approximately 75 minutes. So if you are thinking about becoming involved in this ministry, please do come along. Parents are welcome to stay.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL’S DAY
We will be celebrating our patron saint’s feast day on Thursday 27 September with Mass at 7.30pm followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall, all are welcome. Please sign up to bring a plate of finger food. Drinks will be provided.
ANNUAL ALTAR SERVERS MASS
Altar Servers please reply to the Email inviting you to the pizza lunch and servers’ Mass at Westminster Cathedral – Ferdi and Fr Shaun will be going. It would be great to have a big group.
FIRST RECONCILIATION & HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION
Sunday School for those children who do not attend a Catholic school will continue each Sunday from 10am-10:45am in the Parish Hall until Sunday 21st October.
First Holy Communion Catechists training will be held this Tuesday 18th September from 8pm -9:30pm in the Parish Hall with Mary Crowley.
‘I BELONG’ LEADERS’ BOOKS
If you have a leaders’ book for First Holy Communion at home and you are no longer using it, then please kindly return it to the Parish Office at your earliest convenience, so we can pass them on to the new catechists, many thanks.
MACMILLAN CANCER COFFEE MORNING
The Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning will take place on Friday 28 September after 10am Mass. Any donations of cakes and raffle prizes are gratefully received. All are welcome.
We are in need of help with flowers. You don’t need to be a florist just have a love for flowers. Four volunteers to form a team would make your commitment once a month. Please leave your details with the Parish Office if you can help.
MARY’S MEALS – RAGS TO RICHES APPEAL, 6/7 OCTOBER
Mary’s Meals wants your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please) and will be at our church until 11am on Sunday 7th October to collect them all. Put your clothing/bedding into tied sacks and bring them to Mass where the charity Mary’s Meals will be here to pick them up. Amazingly 4 full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year! Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. For more information see www.marysmeals.org.uk
NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR CATHOLIC SCHOOl
Open Evening, Thursday 4th October 2018, 5.30pm – 8.30pm (Headteacher’s Address will take place at 6.30 and 7.30pm) This is an ideal opportunity for prospective families who are starting to consider secondary schools for their Children. Nicholas Breakspear is a mixed secondary school providing Catholic Education in St Albans.
Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School Sixth Form. There are still courses available for you to join the NBS community which is considered in the top 10% of sixth forms in the country. Contact Mr Laing (Head of Sixth Form) on email@example.com or telephone 01727860079 for more information.
OUR COMMON HOME
”Take good care of creation. . .. People occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don’t take care of the environment, there’s no way of getting around it.” (Pope Francis)
An Interfaith evening of exploration and reflection during Creation Season, with a panel of Buddhist, Muslim and Catholic women Friday 28th September, 6.30pm -9pm at St Mary Moorfields Church, 5/5 Eldon Street, EC2M 7LS.
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 & Mary 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.
The lately dead: Evelyn Duignan and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Caterina Orsi and Bert Casali.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
23 September 2018, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Saturday 6pm Lundrigan Family
Sunday 9.00am Keira Hall / Ian Milton
Sunday 11.00am Paul Donatantonio / Marie Donatantonio
BIDDING PRAYERS: Jolanta Cooke
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
23 September 2018, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Wisdom 2:12. 17-20
James 3: 16-4:3
Mark 9 :30 – 37
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 16 September 2018, Team C
M. Conroy, K. Gershlick, M. Guarinon,
I. Sorenti, A Josephides.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (16 September 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 17 September 10am
Tuesday 18 September 9.30am at Pope Paul School
Wednesday 19 September10am
Thursday 20 September No Mass
Friday 21 September 10am
Saturday 22 September 1pm Baptism, Noah Matthews
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (23 September, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
Deadline for newsletter articles is Tuesday morning, 9.30am