Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
11 November 2018, 32ndSunday in Ordinary Time (YrB)
GIVERS AND TAKERS
Jesus sits down opposite the offering block in the Temple. He studies what is happening around him. He sees a widow with her two coins, which were the smallest in use. Once he has seen her offering those two coins he calls his disciples to him. They were admiring the magnificent Temple. He tells them what he saw the widow do: ‘She, from the little she had has put in all she possessed, all she had to live for.’ He praises her behaviour, but, at the same time, it sounds like a bitter protest that the scribes and their Temple do not protect a poor widow like that but only seek to exploit her piety.
Jesus then leaves the Temple. You can almost see him throwing his coat about himself, calling his disciples together, and storming off in protest. In Mark’s Gospel he never returns. Outside, his disciples exclaim: ‘Master! Look at the size of those buildings!’ He turns to them and says: ‘You see these great buildings? Not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed.’
It is a strong warning that should make us, the Church, seriously examine our relationships with the poor and needy of the world. Next Sunday is the World Day of prayer for the Poor. See notice inside for details.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins email@example.com
Catechetical Co-ordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders, Seminarian: Michael Oxenford
Parish Safeguarding Represetative: Mike Sibley email@example.com
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SECOND COLLECTION – SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS’
Today’s second collection is for the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund. This ensures our elderly and sick priests are financially supported in their senior years, after a lifetime of service. Our priests baptised us, counselled us in times of sorrow, and celebrated with us in times of joy. Since we have received so much from their generosity, it is now our turn to assist them in their old age. The fund ensures that their housing, medical, convalescence, companionship and spiritual support needs are met. Please be generous. Most priests retire with modest means. In later years their ability to live independently can be adversely impacted by their declining health, mobility or frailty. You can also donate online at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
Francesca is now convalescing from her major surgery and this will be a slow process. She thanks all parishioners for their prayers, cards and messages of support for her and her family at this difficult time.
To Fr Dominic who celebrates 24 years as a priest on Monday.
To the 40 children who are enrolled for preparation for First Reconciliation and Holy Communion this weekend. Please remember them in your prayers as they prepare for these important sacraments.
MASS FOR DECEASED PRIESTS
On Tuesday 13th November at 12.30pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George Church, London Road, Enfield, the Dean, Fr Slawomir Witon will celebrate Mass for the deceased priests and pastoral workers of the deanery, All are welcome.
On Thursday 15th November at 5.30pm in Westminster Cathedral Cardinal Vincent will be celebrating Mass for the deceased priests of the diocese. All are welcome.
Mass on Wednesday will be at 9.15am at Pope Paul School where we will be guests of Year 4. All are welcome.
Candidates are reminded of the second session on Wednesday evening. Please arrive PROMPTLY in time for the start at 7.30pm.
FIRST AID TRAINING
There will be a First Aid Training Course, including how to use the defibrillator, in the Parish Hall this Thursday 15th November, 7pm – 10pm. This is an important service on big occasions. Please let the office know if you would like to attend. All are welcome.
FIRST RECONCILIATION & COMMUNION PREPARATION
Parents are reminded that they are required to stay for a session next Saturday while their children are in their lesson.
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR – SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
Pope Francis has asked the entire Catholic community to mark World Day of the Poor on Sunday 18th November. The theme for this year is ‘this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him’. This year Caritas Westminster is asking that you not only remember those in poverty in your prayers and but reach out in practical ways. You can find more information on the Caritas website www.csan.org.uk
CERTIFICATES OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
If you regularly attend Mass at Our Lady & St Vincent’s and are applying for a place in a Catholic primary school for your child in September 2019 please collect an important letter from Fr Shaun after Mass.
POPE PAUL SCHOOL OPEN DAY RECEPTION CLASS 2019
You are warmly welcome to come and visit us on Tuesday 20th November at 9.30am, 2pm and 7pm.There is no need to book; just come along and meet us and see our school!
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 on the course,
If you are living in another parish you will need a letter of permission from your Parish Priest before a date can be set.
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.
Instead of ‘Town Carols’ there will be an ecumenical afternoon of celebration and preparation for Christmas for people of all ages on Saturday 15th December. There is a planning meeting on Tuesday 20th November at 8pm in St John’s Methodist Church. If you would like to help with art and craft preparation, acting or refreshments please speak to Fr Shaun TODAY.
There is a tradition in the parish of a crib set going from home to home during Advent as a focal point for Christmas preparation. Next week there will be a list for people to sign up to host the crib each day.
OVER 50S’ CLUB
The next Over 50s’ will be on Friday 14 December from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Hall. All are very welcome.
CHURCH BUILDING NEWS
You will have noticed the beautiful sanctuary floor. The disintegrating cork strip between the wood and the solid floor has been replaced by a wooden strip and then the floor has been sanded and sealed. This has cost us just over £3,000 so please take care not to drag chairs etc. over the wooden floor.
Following a great deal of research, we are in the process of installing a push pad for those in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility to open the door next to the office.
I am grateful to the members of the Parish Estate Management Group for all the hard work put in to the maintenance and improvement of the buildings.
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16th
Meinir Thomas and Pamela Moutoussi will be putting on another Chamber
concert of Vocal and String Music played by local young Musicians from the Potters Bar area on Friday Nov 16th at 7pm at Our Lady and St Vincent Church.Retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals. Please come and support these young people.
ST. ANNE’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING
On Thursday 22 November 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at the Upper Site, Palmers Green, N13 5TY. For further information, visit: www.stannes.enfield.sch.uk
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: Pouly Medayil, Noreen Chaplin, Vincent O’Reilly and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
Saturday 6pm A. Pereira / C. De Silva
Sunday 9.00am K. Hall / M. Vaughan
Sunday 11.00am M. Donatantonio / E. Roberts
Bidding Prayers: R. Pinto
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
18 November 2018, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 11 November, Team C
M. Conroy, K. Gershlick, M. Guarinon,
I. Sorenti, A. Josephides.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass, Sunday 11th November, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 12 November 10am
Tuesday 13 November 10am
Wednesday 14 November 9.15am Mass in Pope Paul School
Thursday 15 November No Mass in church
Friday 16 November 10am
Saturday 17 November 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (18 November 2018, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar
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