25th July 2021, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
PROCEDURES AT CHURCH FROM MONDAY
We have now received some guidance, mostly in the form of recommendations, with some rules too. We want to continue to keep our church safe and make people feel as comfortable as possible, while at the same time recognising that there is a degree of personal choice that individuals will need to make depending on their own circumstances.
– We will continue with three weekend Masses in August. The Sunday obligation continues to be removed for the time being.
-You should not come to church if you have any symptoms, or if you have been told to self-isolate.
-You should still use the hand sanitiser. You are also encouraged to wear a face covering, especially when there are large gatherings inside the church.
-Social distancing will be relaxed but the 1m ticks will remain for guidance and alternate benches will only be released for use if they are required – please be respectful of those who may want to continue to keep a distance.
-The following things remain suspended for now: Communion from the chalice, the physical sign of peace, and holy water in the stoups. Singing at Sunday Mass will not return until the autumn. The collection will continue to be taken on the way out.
-We will continue with stewards for weekend Masses – it is a nice welcome and ensures Test and Trace is completed. After the last Mass each day, help would be appreciated from parishioners to clean areas that have been used and the touch points in church. Thank you to everyone who has helped us with stewarding and cleaning throughout this entire time. Thank you to everyone for your patience, cooperation and prayers!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbytery: 243, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2AT
Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins email@example.com
Catechetical coordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Safeguarding Rep. Mike Sibley email@example.com
Parish Office open Mon, Tues & Fri 10am – 12noon but emails are checked daily
To speak to a priest in an emergency ring 07854 866860
11th July Envelopes £370 Loose £312
June Standing Orders £6275
Collections are counted a week after they are taken.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Fr Shaun returns from his retreat on Monday evening. Thanks to Fr Tom for celebrating Mass.
Deacon Don is on holiday from Wednesday until 31st August. Francesca Khaliq is not contracted to work in August and will be back in September.
James Boyle, a seminarian for Westminster Diocese who is in formation at the Beda College, Rome, will be joining us next weekend.
Readers, please reply to Rosemary’s email as soon as possible with your availability for August, September and October. Thank you.
BUILD YOUR HOUSE ON ROCK
STILL A FEW PLACES LEFT!
Potters Bar Churches are running a Holiday Club Afternoon with activities for primary-school-aged children on Saturday 7th August 2021 from 1.30 – 5.30pm at Pope Paul School in Baker Street.
There will be fully supervised art, craft and outdoor activities including a
Mini-Olympics. Parents/Guardians are invited to join us at 4.30pm for the concluding celebration and BBQ.
Booking in advance is essential and places are limited, so you should book early to avoid disappointment. The afternoon will cost £5 per child and families with two or more children pay £10 maximum. To book please go to https://cclh.churchsuite.com/events/4ydtlykl
NEWSLETTER IN AUGUST
A simpler version of the newsletter will be published every FORTNIGHT from Sunday 1st August. Please email any items to the office by 9.30am Tuesday.
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?
UNDERSTANDING THE SUNDAY GOSPEL
‘Understanding the Gospel’ sessions will recommence on Tuesday 7th September. The group meets on Zoom every Tuesday (during term time), at 7.30pm for about an hour, to reflect on the readings for the following Sunday. It is always informative and people’s 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 Francesca Khaliq at firstname.lastname@example.org
A small team works on Saturdays to keep the grounds around the church and presbytery neat and tidy. We need more help. You can work at a time to suit you and tools are provided. At the moment the surroundings of the car park are in need of weeding and cutting back. Can you help? Contact the Parish Office if you can help in any way.
‘WOMEN AT THE CROSS’ CARDS
Sheila, who did the powerful painting for our Holy Week cards has had some cards made for sale in aid of the Sisters of Mercy’s ‘place of mercy and hope’ in South Africa. They make beautiful Mass and sympathy cards and are available in the narthex at £1.50 each (incl envelope)
SEPTEMBER MASS INTENTIONS
Masses for September can be booked in person, by phone or email on Tuesday 3rd August from 10.30am.
STUDENTS ON PLACEMENT
James Boyle, a second-year student for the priesthood for our diocese at the Beda College in Rome, will be working in the parish from 1st August for a 6-week placement.
Dale Cutlan, a third-year student at Allen Hall Seminary for Cardiff Diocese, will be joining us in September for a year’s full-time placement. It is great for the parish to have students in formation living with us. They will bring their gifts and also grow in receiving our gifts. Please remember them in your prayers.
Fr Alex Balzanella, who was with us on placement from the English College in Rome two years ago has been appointed Assistant Priest at Holy Rood Parish, Watford from September.
TEA AND COFFEE
We hope to re-introduce tea and coffee after Mass in a safe way over the summer. It is good to relax together, to welcome new parishioners and to make good use of the refurbished patio. Before lockdown this was after 9am and 11am Sunday Mass, after 10am Mass on Tuesdays and monthly after 6pm Saturday Mass. We need volunteers if this is to work. Please email the office TODAY if you can help, even once a month. We will then draw up rotas.
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, we will be starting new courses in September. Full training and support are given. It is rewarding work with a great team and some lovely young people. Please contact Francesca Khaliq if you would like more information.
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.
FIRST RECONCILIATION/HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION COURSES
Forms should have been handed in last Monday and those who have applied should have received a confirmation email by the end of this week. We cannot be specific about dates for First Communion and Confirmation yet until we see how things develop over the next few months. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
A meeting for anyone interested in becoming an altar server has been arranged for Saturday 11 September 2021 starting at 15.45pm to 16.45pm. The aim is to introduce new servers on how to serve mass. There will be a follow-on training session on the following Saturday 18 September, at 15.45pm to 16.45pm. Please put the dates in your diary and come along and see how we can help in the celebration of the mass.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING 17TH SEPTEMBER
We will be holding our Macmillan Coffee morning at 10.30am (after 10am Mass) on Friday 17th September. We will need all you support, and donations of cakes and raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated. Please bring along raffle prizes to the Parish Office and if you are able to help with baking cakes, or you can help on the morning, then please contact Francesca Khaliq. Many thanks.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Please remember in your prayers
The sick, their families and all who care for them, 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, Cheryl Pereira, Daniel Sardison, Bernard Keown, Ann O’Neill, Ted & Mary Pearce, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne Conlon, Kathy Lavelle, Vincent, Lee & Abigail Clark.
Recently dead: baby Oliver Clark, June Hennessey and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Basil Leonard, Anthony McBride.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
1st August, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Exodus 16: 2-4. 12-15
Ephesians 4:17. 20-24
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 25th July,
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
6pm (Vigil) People of the Parish
9am Intentions of Michael Hvozdik RIP
11am Intentions of Dana Kraus
Monday 26th July
10am Mass Deceased members of the De Bie family RIP
Tuesday 27th July
10am Mass Charles & Doreen Hardy & Family RIP
Wednesday 28th July
10am Funeral Mass, June Hennessey RIP
Thursday 29th July
Friday 30th July
10am Mass Basil Leonard RIP Anniversary
Saturday 31st July
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) Mary Crouch RIP
Sunday 1st August,
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
9am Intentions of Peter Brown
11am People of the Parish
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am