20th June 2021, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
When you walk through the storm…
When my dad left to do his National Service in Malaya in the 1950’s he left his mother with a ’78 record of Frank Sinatra singing ‘You’ll never walk alone.’ The song meant so much to her and she always cried when listening to it! It was also sung by a lone chorister in a moving service at Liverpool Cathedral the day after the Hillsborough Football Stadium disaster. Although written for a musical in the 1940’s, it is a potent song in times of distress.
On 27th March 2020 Pope Francis chose to reflect on today’s Gospel, the storm at sea, as the pandemic gripped the world. Although his words are worth reading over again, what really struck me were the images; Pope Francis praying alone, in the rain, in the darkness, in a virtually empty St Peter’s Square. It was a striking moment, both reassuring and filled with foreboding. In a sense, for many of us, it was the calm before the storm. We had glimpsed a foretaste of what might be in store from other parts of the world but we were unaware of how long we would face so many distressing consequences.
In the boat, the disciples, seasoned fishermen, are aware of how dangerous their situation is. ‘Do you not care?’ they ask Jesus as they wake him in their distress. So he calms the storm but then his question to them seems very harsh, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it you have no faith?’ Of course they were afraid. But they do not seem to understand who Jesus is. They do not understand who he is yet they turn to him in their need. It seems that they know he does care.
Like the disciples we don’t fully understand Jesus and yet we turn to him in our need. Following their example we can turn to Jesus and call on him. His challenging words to the disciples are addressed to us as well. He encourages us to have faith and not to be afraid, even when both seem unreasonable. Even when our suffering, difficulties or anxieties are not lifted, when our storms continue, we may know that Jesus is with us and he does care and we will not go down.
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Holy Communion has reverted to its usual place, before the Communion Prayer and Blessing. This means that we will have to be EXTRA VIGILANT and PATIENT about leaving the church safely. Please continue to leave from both ends of the church and do not step over people to get out of your bench. Please continue to avoid gathering in the narthex but speak to each other outside. We hope to be able to return to some more social activities as soon as it is safe to do so.
DAY FOR LIFE
This year’s theme for Day for Life focuses on assisted suicide and the respect owed to life. The online resources are produced to inform Catholics about this threat to life and to share with people our response to such a threat: a true compassion as the just response to the immense value of the human person. There will be a retiring collection for the Day for Life fund which funds pro-life organisations in their work. See more details www.dayforlife.org. The question of ‘assisted dying’ has not gone away. The subject has been before parliament and is sure to come up again soon. It is a delicate and emotional subject. We need to make sure that we are informed and are ready to use the democratic process.
It is still not too late to join the Baptism Preparation Course which will take place on zoom at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd June with a follow-up session on Sunday 27th after 9am Mass in the hall. This will enable parents to participate without the need for a babysitter! Please register with the parish office if you have a child for baptism. If it is your first child you must attend the course but any parent is welcome to attend.
FR PETER BURROWS RIP
Fr Rob Morland SMA will celebrate Mass for Fr Peter on Friday at 10am after which his ashes will be interred with those of his mother in the memorial garden.
BLESSED SACRAMENT PROCESSION
On Friday the pupils and staff of Pope Paul School will walk in procession with the Blessed Sacrament from the school to the church. Children will have to walk in class ‘bubbles’ for safety but parishioners are welcome to join on the end of the procession. It would be a great encouragement to the children if parishioners would stand at a distance along Baker Street to pray as they go past, There will be room for some parents and parishioners at the back of the church and in the hall but please let the children in first. The car park will be closed while the children are on site for safety. The gates will be opened when the children have left.
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB – ACTIVITY DAY
Although we cannot have a week of this ecumenical club this year we are running an activity afternoon for primary-aged children on Saturday 7th August at Pope Paul School. We need volunteers to help set up, indoors and out, in the morning and then volunteers to run the activities in the afternoon from 1.30 – 5pm. We will finish with a BBQ.
If you can help set up, and/or help with outdoor games or indoor crafts or go around with a group please email the parish office TODAY. Plans are well advanced but we need people to help carry them out! This is our outreach to families who will not be able to get away at all this summer.
You can donate directly to the parish account using HSBC Sort Code 40-05-20 Acc. 81095625 WRCDT Potters Bar
RECONCILIATION/COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION CATECHISTS
Pope Francis has recently created the ‘Ministry of Catechist’ to recognize the important work that is done in this area. We have a growing team of parishioners who help prepare young people for the sacraments of Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. They really enjoy the work they do – it is so rewarding to experience young people exploring and growing in their faith.
If you are interested and especially if you have a child who has benefitted from this in the past, could you volunteer to give something back for other children?
We will be starting new courses for Sacramental preparation in September. Full training and support are given. It is rewarding work with a great team. As our commitment to safeguarding, an enhanced DBS certificate is required for this work and we will help you apply for this – the processing of this is confidential between you and the diocese. Please contact Francesca Khaliq if you would like to find out more information about the roles, many thanks.
FIRST RECONCILIATION & HOLY COMMUNION 2022
Registration forms for First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion in 2022 are available from Fr Shaun after Mass (for children currently in Year 2 or above).
Candidates for Confirmation in 2022 (currently in Year 8 or above) can collect a registration form from Fr Shaun after Mass. Forms can only be collected by the Candidate.
INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH? – COME AND SEE
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey in Faith for those who want to know more of the Catholic Church or wish to become a Catholic. For further information, please contact Francesca Khaliq, Fr Shaun or Deacon Don. Meetings will start in September at a time to suit you. Who can you ask?
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN POTTERS BAR AGM
We are hosting this Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th June at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Please come and welcome our fellow-Christians.
We hope to be able to use the hall for parties soon. We are looking for people who could show occasional hirers around the building and go through a health and safety check list with them. Full training given. Please speak to Fr Shaun if you can help.
HOLY COMMUNION TO SICK AND HOUSEBOUND PARISHIONERS
We are able to resume the very important ministry of taking Holy Communion to sick and housebound parishioners. If you or a member of your family would like us to visit your home, please contact the office or speak to Fr. Shaun or Deacon Don. Please be assured that we will be following all the guidelines issued by the government and the diocese in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
UNDERSTANDING THE SUNDAY GOSPEL
A group meets on Zoom every Tuesday, at 7.30pm for about an hour, to reflect on the readings for the following Sunday. It is always informative and peoples insights into scripture are always interesting. It is a great way of preparing for Sunday Mass If you would like to be included in the Zoom invitation please email email@example.com
JOE & ANNE VAUGHAN
Joe and Anne wish to thank all the parishioners for their prayers, cards and good wishes on their move to Scotland. Moving from Potters Bar and this community, which had been their home for so many years, was hard but they are now settled into their new home and community, close to their son and his family. Your cards and good wishes have meant so much – thank you.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Please remember in your prayers
The sick, their families and all who care for them, including: Peggy Rafferty, Damien Grafton, Marsaili MacAuley, Linda Brooks, Patricia Wallington, Grant Davis, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Jean Rudd, Theresa Round, Joan Bonner, Antonia Cox, Margaret O’Loughlin, Jean Lowery, Jamie Giles, Mary Lindsay, Paige White, Bernadette Whelan, Christakis Christofides, Philomena O’Sullivan, Cheryl Pereira, Milena Braganza, Daniel Sardison, Bernard Keown, Ann O’Neill, Ted & Mary Pearce, Jason Mosely,
Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne
Conlon, Franco Tzouvanni, Kathy Lavelle,
Recently dead: Pat Lines, Fr Peter Burrows, Margaret Hallissey (funeral 29th at 1pm), Patricia Hollingdale and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Penny Menezes, Georgina Fossu
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
27th June, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 20th June, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
6pm (Vigil) Intentions of Kathy Lavelle
9am Elias, Agnes, Maria, Dolphy & Oswald Almeida RIP
11am People of the Parish
Monday 21st June 10am Mass Michael Sullivan RIP
Tuesday 22nd June 10am Mass Maureen McCloat RIP Anniversary
Wednesday 23rd June 10am Mass Ronald Baggs RIP Anniversary
Thursday 24th June No Mass
Friday 25th June 10am Mass Fr Peter Burrows RIP,
followed by burial of ashes.
Blessed Sacrament Procession,
2pm from Pope Paul School to Church
Saturday 26th June 12noon Baptism, Ivy & Matilda Harrison
12.45pm Baptism, Imogen Ellement
2pm Baptism, Jasmine Loizou-Ramos
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) Mathewis Yap RIP
Sunday 27th June, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
9am Harry White RIP Anniversary
9.45am Baptism Preparation in the Hall
11am Michael Brennan RIP