Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
6th January 2019, The Epiphany of the Lord
The Christmas season began after dark on 24th December and continues through to next Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The crib and trees remain up until then as we celebrate the Incarnation.
Over the Christmas season we celebrate three manifestations (or epiphanies) of the Word-Made-Flesh; on Christmas Day Jesus was made manifest to the Shepherds, the poor and the marginalized. The poverty of God-made-man encounters human poverty. The rest of Bethlehem was too preoccupied with parties to even notice the birth of Jesus and they certainly did not appreciate its significance.
Today we celebrate the second epiphany, the revelation of Jesus to the Magi, wise men from the East. Until that time it was assumed that the Messiah would come only to the Jewish people. Today we reflect that Jesus came for us all, not just for one select group.
Next Sunday we conclude with the third epiphany; when he submitted to being plunged (Gk – baptizein) into the Jordan Jesus was embracing humanity in its fullness. The voice of the Father was heard, affirming Jesus as his beloved Son. Let us rejoice in these epiphanies and, with Mary, ponder all these things in our hearts.
Thank you. Fr Shaun, Deacon Don, Francesca, Bernadette and Michael thanks all parishioners for their support over the busy Christmas season. Thanks also for all the prayers, cards, gifts and messages of encouragement. May God grant you a grace-filled New Year.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Parish Priest: Canon Shaun Lennard email@example.com
Presbytery: 243, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2AT
Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Catechetical Co-ordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders, Seminarian: Michael Oxenford
Parish Safeguarding Represetative: Mike Sibley firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours next week: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9.30am – 12.30pm Closed Weds.
A Fairtrade Parish of Westminster Roman Catholic Diocese
24/25 Dec: Envelopes £604, Loose £495
29/30 Dec: Envelopes £440, Loose £469
Christmas Offering: £5765.
Thank you for your generosity.
NO MASS ON TUESDAY
The only day that Fr Shaun can take as a day off this week is Tuesday so there will be no Mass that day. Mass on Thursday instead.
The traditional collection at the crib over the Christmas Season will be for the Catholic Children’s Society. Through their family centres this charity provides practical support, play opportunities and counselling for families in difficulties. They continue to work with many families following the Grenfell Tower fire, please be generous in your response.
Mass Intentions for February can be booked in person or by phone from 9.30am on Tuesday 8 January 2019.
Prayer meetings will resume on Tuesday 8th January 2019, 10.45am – 12 noon.
CATECHISTS’ DAY OF RECOLLECTION
Catechists should have received a reminder email about the Day of Recollection on Saturday 12th January. Please respond to the email today. If you have not received the email please speak to Fr Shaun. We will be joined by catechists from Cockfosters and Palmers Green. Mary Crowley will be leading us and she is always an inspirational speaker.
LITTE LAMBS – STAY & PLAY GROUP
Re-opens this Thursday 10 January from 9.30am to 11.30am. All parents/guardians are very welcome to come and spend this time together. New parents and toddlers always welcome.
OVER 50S’ CLUB
The club resumes again this Friday 11 January 2019, 2 – 4pm. All welcome.
The next course for parents with children for baptism is Sunday 13th January from 2pm until 4pm. There will be only one session to attend. Both parents are encouraged to attend. If you have attended the course for a previous child, you do not have to attend but your presence and experience would enrich the discussion. Please speak with Fr Shaun, Deacon Don or the Parish Office to book a place.
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.
2019 Diaries, Catholic Newspapers, Mass cards and gifts are available from the Repository in the hall after weekend Masses.
Bishop John Sherrington, the auxiliary bishop responsible for our deanery, will be visiting the parish on 19/20 January. This happens every five years. Bishop John will be resident from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening and he will speak at all Masses. He will visit some of the housebound parishioners, speak individually to team members, be available at coffee after morning Masses and meet the main committees of the parish. He will visit Pope Paul School the following Thursday as part of the visitation. As well as seeing as much of the parish as possible he will also be open to hear about ways in which the diocese can support the parish.
APF (MISSIO) BOXES
Boxes have now been emptied and are ready to be picked up from the office. Thank you.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE
The turning circle in front of the car park gates is for drop-off and turning only – it is not a parking area. It is the only access for emergency vehicles. Please NEVER leave your car unattended in this area.
The diocese is divided into deaneries to encourage support and cooperation between parishes. Clergy and Pastoral Workers meet every month as a deanery for prayer, reflection and collaboration. The deanery is led by a priest who is appointed dean. The dean is appointed by the Archbishop following a confidential consultative ballot of the deanery members and he serves for 3 years.
We are a parish of Enfield Deanery and Fr Witon, Parish Priest of Enfield, finished his second term as Dean at the end of last year. The cardinal has appointed Fr David Reilly, Parish Priest of New Southgate, as the new Dean of Enfield – please pray for him.
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – VOLUNTEER FOR CAFOD IN THE WESTMINSTER DIOCESE
Do you have good public speaking skills and want to help us tackling poverty and injustice? CAFOD needs volunteers to speak on our behalf in parishes and/or schools in the Westminster Diocese about our work in the developing world. To find out more details , or book a place on our next Volunteer information day in London on Saturday, 19th January 2019 call CAFOD on 0208 449 6970 or email email@example.com
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN POTTERS BAR
The next open meeting of this group is on Wednesday 9th January at 7.30pm in King Charles the Martyr Church in Mutton Lane. All are very welcome.
There will be a United Service for Christian Unity Week on Sunday 20th January at 4pm in our church.
ANNUAL MASS IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
9th February, 2pm Westminster Cathedral. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered during Mass. All Catholic doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and support staff are also warmly invited. If you will be attending in a wheelchair, please let the Parish Office know by 27 January to ensure that space is reserved.
Many thanks to Terry who constructed and financed the outdoor crib. Thanks also to our neighbour who donated the crib figures. Today you can see all the figures of the large crib in the narthex. Several people have suggested that a higher plinth might make the figures easier to look at. If you have the skills and would like to build a collapsible plinth for next year, please speak to Fr Shaun.
Thanks all parishioners for their prayers, cards and messages during her illness and surgery. She hopes to be well enough to start a gradual return to work later this month.
Fr Shaun writes, In 2008 I spent a sabbatical on a mission in Addo, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, working in three parishes with the Sisters of Mercy. This year I am taking my main holiday as a ‘busman’s holiday’ in Addo for three weeks in February. In the parish, which is in a poor rural area, there are four ‘farm schools’ financed by the Church and various projects on numerous townships which the sisters support. Children are fed in schools to encourage them to attend (in a similar way to Mary’s Meals.) In order to get into school the children have to have a uniform, which costs £60 per year. If you would like to donate any money to the uniform find please put it into an envelope marked ‘Addo’ and leave it in the office or with Fr Shaun. You can find out more at http://www.sistersofmercyunion.org.uk/where-we-are/dsp-default.cfm?loadref=16
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, 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, Marissa Jacobs, Denis O’Keeffe, Francesca Khaliq, Margaret O’Loughlin, Lawrence Reid, Christine Potts and Erminio Gazza.
The lately dead: Eric Cruttenden, Jean Francois De Bie, Amelia Ilkiewicz and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including: John O’Callaghan.
Congratulations to the parents of Tadhg Healy-Williams, Leo Viala & Eljon Kola who were Baptised last weekend.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
Saturday 6pm R. Ali / Sister Irene
Sunday 9.00am R. Ryan / K. Ryan
Sunday 11.00am Pope Paul Readers
Bidding Prayers: Pope Paul School
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
13th January, The Baptism of the Lord (YrC)
Isaiah 40:1-5. 9-11
Letter of St Paul to Titus 2:11-14. 3:4-7
Luke 3:15-16. 21-22.
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 13th January, Team C
M. Conroy, K. Gershlick, M Guarinon,
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass, Sunday 6th January, The Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Monday 7 January 10am
Tuesday 8 January No Mass
Wednesday 9 January 11am Requiem Mass, Eric Cruttenden RIP
Thursday 10 January 10am
Friday 11 January 10am
Saturday 12 January 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass 13th January 2019, The Baptism of the Lord (C)
9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1, The Avenue, Potters Bar
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