Celebrating in the light of Christ
28th March 2021 – Passion (Palm) Sunday & Easter Week
01707 654359 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.olasv.org.uk
All services are live streamed – click on ‘live streaming’ link on website
Recording of Sunday Mass available on 01707 518202 after 10am Sunday
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 coordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Safeguarding Rep. Mike Sibley firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office open Fri 9.30am – 12.30pm but emails are checked daily
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CLOCKS GO FORWARD ONE HOUR TO B.S.T. THIS WEEKEND
My song is love unknown
This homely act, this simple task, this humble posture has stripped pride to its waist. This wiping of the dustwashing the grit and cracks from tired and weary feet. This simple glory turns the world on her heel pivoting from pomp to presence revealing the hard-worn arches of hidden sacred places.
This kneeling, to serve, to bind to take the towel and bowl assume the servant’s part. This transformation
This revolution. This holiest communion.
O God, our God, why have you forsaken us? Why are you so far from us, and our words of groaning?
How close are you to those who gasp for breath?
On this day of all days we need to know that you are with us. To you we cry; in you we trust, though we are dust.
You do not despise the affliction of the afflicted. You do not hide your face. You feed those who lack food.
You comfort the sorrowful. You do not keep your distance. You stand beside us in our helplessness.
But on the third day… Lord, we wait.
We have carried this dead weight between us, wrapped rags around tattered dreams, lain down, this weighty love.
We have followed the customs, the old familiar protocols, helping us bear what we cannot bear
The heavy scent of death all those hopes crucified we have locked everything down, relinquished certainty sealed the tomb
Go home, prepare for what? Let the dead go, help the living live? Keep safe, keep others safe? And yet we wait, and still we say the dawn will come, tomorrow in the morning the sun will rise again surely the stone will roll away?
From the Methodist Conference Website
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
A card is available with times of services in Holy Week. We will not be running a ticketing system. Once the church and hall are full we will not be able to admit anybody else so please come in good time.
On Good Friday there are three services. If you have young children please bring them to 11am service. Do not come if you do not have children, come to one of the other services.
Take cards for your friends & neighbours!
SACRAMENT of RECONCILIATION
We cannot have a service with visiting priests this year and so there are extra sessions, two of them with visiting priests. Please try and celebrate this beautiful sacrament before the Sacred Triduum. See card and re-verse side of this newsletter for times.
STEWARDING AND CLEANING
If you can help please let the office have your email address and you can then give your availability each week. OR SIGN UP NOW
The Cardinal’s Appeal takes place each Lent and the money collected goes to the work of CARITAS and other social outreach projects in the diocese working to support food banks, trafficking-rescue, homelessness, hardship grants and many other projects. If you would like to give some of your Lent Almsgiving to this please use the envelopes provided and return them in Holy Week. The collection on Holy Thursday evening will be for this fund.
GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION
The collection after each Good Friday service will be towards the upkeep of the Christian places in Palestine.
On Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th April children are invited to bring Easter Gardens, in a tray, to our garden at the back of the church. The entrance is in Mutton Lane, beneath the big red noticeboard opposite Weston Close. The garden will be open in daylight hours all through Easter Week. Please put a label with your name and age on your garden and there will be prizes for the best ones.
All are invited to come and see the gardens and to see our little garden which we hope to develop later this year into a Community Garden.
CHURCHES TOGETHER MORNING PRAYER
We are hosting this on Saturday 3rd April at 8.30am in the church or on zoom. Email the secretary at email@example.com for the zoom link.
The collection on Easter Day goes towards the taxable annual stipend for Fr Shaun.
POTTERS BAR CHURCHES HOLIDAY CLUB
This is exciting! This is such an important outreach for the most vulnerable families in our community! How are you going to help? If you were not at Mass or on the live-streaming last weekend there are information sheets in the narthex. If you cannot come to church contact the office to have one sent. EVERYBODY has a part to play – reach out in love.
This Mass, where the oils are blessed for the coming year and priests renew their vows, will be live streamed from the Cathedral on Tuesday 30th March at 12noon. https://www.churchservices.tv/westminster
21 Mar Envelopes £403 Loose £250
CAFOD so far £886.80
Thank you for your generosity
Masses for May can be booked in person, by phone or email on Tuesday 6th April from 10.30am.
RECORDING OF MASS
If you are not able to come to Mass and have no internet access you can listen to Mass on 01707 518202 after 10am on a Sunday.
LOVE IN ACTION
We reflect on your suggestions from Love in Action each week. Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
To look at and how we can change our ways of living, so as to care more for Gods’ creation. The Live Simply Programme was inspired by the Pope’s Encyclical “Laudato Si”- care for God’s Creation, our Common Home. www.ourcommonhome.co.uk is a particularly good place to look for information and resources we could use.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR
Zeinab and Shiva who are preparing for Baptism & Confirmation and for Jan who is preparing to be received into the Church and confirmed at Easter.
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sat 27th 6pm Vigil Mass of Palm Sunday Timothy & Hannah O’Connell RIP (Anniv)
Sun 28th 9am Mass People of the Parish
11am Mass Ellen Condon RIP (Anniv)
3 – 5pm Exposition & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Mon 29th 10am Mass Michael Sullivan RIP
10.30am – 11am Confessions (Fr Shaun)
*12noon Funeral Mass, Christopher Walters RIP
7.30pm Penance Service LIVE STREAMED ONLY
Tues 30th *9.30am Funeral Mass, John Kelly RIP
6.30pm – 8.30pm Confessions
Weds 31st 10am Mass Terry Radley RIP
10.30am – 11.30am Confessions (Visitor)
6.30pm – 7.30pm Confessions (Fr Shaun)
Thurs 1st April HOLY THURSDAY
10am Morning Prayer
8pm Evening Mass of the Lord’ Supper People of the Parish
Fri 2nd GOOD FRIDAY
10am Morning Prayer
11am Family Passion Service
3pm Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
7.30pm Women at the Cross reflection
Sat 3rd HOLY SATURDAY
10am Morning Prayer
11am Blessing of Easter Food
11am Confessions (Fr Shaun)
8pm Easter Vigil People of the Parish
Sun 4th EASTER SUNDAY
9am Mass Paddy Joe McManus RIP (Anniv)
11am Mass Coleman Walsh RIP (Anniv) & Baptisms
Mon 5th 10am Mass Intentions of Michael Hvozdik
Tues 6th 10am Mass William Byrne RIP
Weds 7th 10am Mass Dan Bruen RIP (Anniv)
Thurs 8th No Mass
Fri 9th 10am Mass Alice Manjuran RIP
Sat 10th 6pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Dara Bascara RIP
Sun 11th 9am Mass People of the Parish
11am Mass Peter Philbin RIP (Anniv) & Baptism
2.30pm Divine Mercy Holy Hour
*Numbers are limited to 30 for funerals. Please do not attend unless invited by the family.
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, Janet Hill, Ann O’Neill, Ted & Mary Pearce, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, John Bannon.
The recently dead: Paul May, Agnes O’Brien and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Dan Bruen.
READINGS FOR NEXT TWO SUNDAYS
4th April, Easter Sunday: Acts 10:34A, 37-43, Jn 20: 1-9
11th April, Divine Mercy Sunday Acts 4:32-35,1 Jn 5: 1-6; Jn 20:19-