3rd October 2021, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“It is not good that man should be alone”
Recently, Pope Paul School have looked at creation as one of the key ways God reveals himself to us. This has led them to grapple with the reality of a complex, infinite and all-powerful God on the one hand, yet God who seeks a totally personal and gentle relationship with us, His creatures. Our first reading lays this bare for us.
We will be familiar from Genesis 1 that at the end of each stage of creation God sees that His work is “good”. This week’s first reading is from the Second Creation Account, and that familiar repeated line of God seeing His work is good is replaced with His expression of displeasure, that his creation of man “should be alone”. God remedies Man’s solitude by fashioning other animals, culminating in the creation of Woman. Adam, on seeing Eve, recognises that this creature is like him, that they belong to one-another.
In the Letter to the Hebrews, we hear of God’s self-humbling. Divinity itself came to us and lived in the realm of Adam and Eve, as a sure stamp that this life here and now is a blessing that God shares with us, despite our fall and misgivings.
Jesus answers the question the Pharisees put to Him concerning divorce in the Gospel much more widely and fully than they were expecting. He points to the binding together that has happened in creation. He points toward the unity which our Father examples and desires for us. ‘Let the little children come unto me’ he says, as he embraces and blesses them. God, bound in flesh and in our reality in the person of Jesus, physically plays out what He wants for us, to embrace us.
We can, if we choose, go the path of the Pharisees and argue our right to divorce ourselves from all sorts of things. God has shown, however, He is not far from us, and He welcomes us home into His embrace whenever we are willing to answer His invitation.
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Virgin Giving this organization, which was advertised on our website, is now closing. If you give in this way you will not be able to do so from now. The easiest way to give is either using the credit/debit card machine in the narthex or by Standing Order. Please contact the Parish Office for a form and bank details.
Message from Deacon Don: A big thank you to Fr Shaun and all parishioners for their warm congratulations to me at Mass on Sunday. Very much appreciated. (Don was presented with an icon of the Holy Family from the parish for his 10th Anniversary of Ordination.)
Thank you to everybody who contributed their time to organize the wonderful celebration of St Vincent de Paul last weekend. It was so good to be together and all our visitors were very appreciative.
Today there is a Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Vincent, our Archbishop. You can view the letter at www.rcdow.org.uk from Sunday.
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY – Climate Crisis Appeal
Friday was Harvest Fast Day, please return the CAFOD envelope this weekend, with your donation.
You can donate online through the CAFOD website (cafod.org.uk/climatecrisis). The collection will remain open for a couple of weeks. You can also add your voice to our online petition calling for our Prime Minister to show leadership in tackling the crisis, cafod.org.uk/climate.
We hope to recommence with the prayer of the Faithful at Mass later in October. If you would like to join the team who write them, please contact the office. Full training is given.
GOODBYE To all my parish family, as some of you may know I have been struggling with my health for the last 3 years and because of this I have decided to retire and will be moving away. I have enjoyed working for the diocese and the parish for the last 19 years as secretary. I will miss you all very much but will come back and visit as I still have family in the area. I have not thought of my role as a job but more of a vocation which I have found extremely rewarding. I will be keeping up to date with the parish news and wish you all the very best. I hope to see you in the future when I visit. Lots of love and prayers. Bernadette
(Bernadette will finish on 14th October but will be coming back for a handover.)
CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
If you require a Certificate of Catholic Practice for a SECONDARY school application please email Fr Shaun at email@example.com Please check before applying as some schools do not require them. Primary School forms will be completed in November.
Babies are usually baptised in the first 6 months after birth. If you have a baby for baptism, or if you are pregnant, please register with the Parish Office today for the preparation course.
NOVEMBER MASS INTENTIONS
Masses for November can be booked in person, by phone or email on Tuesday 5th October from 10.30am.
NOVEMBER LIST OF THE DEAD
Sheets will be available this weekend on which you can write the names of deceased relatives and friends. Mass will be offered for those named twice a week in November and also at other times.
VOLUNTEERS THANK YOU
If you have volunteered as a steward or a cleaner during the pandemic you should have received an invitation to a thank-you evening. Some people did not volunteer officially but came to clean every week. If you are one of those people and have not received an invitation, please contact the parish office.
Parents and Candidates should have received an email with the details of the initial meeting, on Wednesday 6th October. Please bring along any outstanding zoom consent forms and the completed OV7A permission forms.
Are you a baptised adult who has not been confirmed? Would you like to be prepared for this wonderful sacrament? Dale will be running a preparation course for adults and we already have two candidates. If you would like to know more and join the group please contact Dale through the Parish Office.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY of the WORD
We would like to recommence a separate Liturgy of the Word for children from November. If you would like to help children understand the readings please contact Francesca. Full training is given and you will work as part of a team. It is a very rewarding activity.
If you are new to the parish please take a welcome pack from the stand in the narthex and complete the form.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST
We are now needing the help of more ministers. Commissioned ministers are asked to report to the co-ordinator in the narthex in good time before Mass.
6pm Nigel Jewell
9am Michael Vaughan
11am Francis Silva
NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Boys & Girls – Colney Heath)
Thursday 7th October, 5.30 – 8.30pm. Headteacher’s address 5.45pm, 6.45pm, 7.45pm. We very much look forward to welcoming prospective new students and their parents/carers. Full prospectus
POPE PAUL CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL – RECEPTION 2022
We are delighted to now be able to welcome prospective parents to visit our school on Thursday 21st October 2021 at 9.30am, 2pm and 6.30pm and Thursday 18th November 2021 at 9.30am and 2pm. Applications are invited for September 2022 from families whose child attains 4 years of age between 01/09/2021 and 31/08/2022. Please come and meet
Mrs Heymoz, headteacher, and see our school in action. No booking is necessary! Further details and information are available via our website
Limited school places are still available for the current Reception Class September 2021. Please contact Mrs Lennox on 01707659755 or
Team A, Wednesday 6th October 10.30am (first Wednesday of the month) Ann McGorman, Bernadette Page, Margaret Clancy, Mary Kennedy.
Can you help? Contact the parish office if you can.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Please remember in your prayers
The sick, their, including: 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, Bernard Keown, Ann O’Neill, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne Conlon, Kathy Lavelle, Vincent, Lee & Abigail Clark, Denise Farmer.
Recently dead: Patrick Cahill, Ruth Howes, Richard Fennessy, Naushad Buchia, Margaret Butler, Deacon Robert Levett and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including: Michael Conlon.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
10th October, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Wisdom 7: 7-11
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 3rd October, 27th Sunday in Ordinary time
6pm (Vigil) Riccardo Andrea & Margarita Elena Di Lieto RIP
9am Michael Conlon RIP (Anniversary)
11am Leon, Myriam & Nicholas Vollaire RIP
Monday 4th October 10am Mass Bert Casali RIP
Tuesday 5th October 10am Mass Audrey Steer RIP
Wednesday 6th October 10am Mass Intentions of John Boyle
Thursday 7th October No Mass
Friday 8th October 10am Mass Ellen Stachowiak RIP
Saturday 9th October 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) Cheryl Pereira RIP
Sunday 10th October, 28thSunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
9am Ida Strina RIP
11am People of the Parish