14th November 2021, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
THE SYNODAL JOURNEY
Hopefully you will have had the time to reflect on the information given out last weekend. On Monday we begin our listening process in earnest. Here are some quotes which you might find helpful;
The purpose of the synod is not to produce more documents. Rather, it is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges… to restore strength to our hands for the common mission.
What is under discussion at Synodal gatherings are not traditional truths of Christian doctrine. It is concerned with how teaching can be lived and applied in the changing contexts of our time. It is not about gathering opinions. This is not a survey, but about listening to the Holy Spirit. This is a moment to rethink priorities – what we value, what we want, what we seek.
Every parish in the world will take part in this. Our parish will start with a series of listening events. From today in the narthex and in the hall you will find two brief exercises to record what YOU feel.
Here are the other opportunities in the parish,
Monday 15th November, 2 – 3.30pm Afternoon tea and listening for over 50’s
Monday 15th November, 7.30 – 9pm Listening Evening for all
Wednesday 17th November, 7.15pm Listening Evening for Confirmation Candidates
Saturday 27th November, Advent Day of Prayer Mass at 10am, Exposition all day.
Listening sessions at 11.30am & 2pm
Tuesday 30th November, 7.30 – 9pm Listening Evening for First Communion Parents
Please think about what YOU want to do. If you cannot come to these there will be other opportunities next week.
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Thank you very much.
Collections are counted a week after they are taken.
Until we appoint a new administrator the office will be open on Tuesday and Friday only from 10am – 12.30pm. Emails and the Answerphone will be checked and responded to every day.
GIFT AID – VERY IMPORTANT
If you have registered with the parish as a gift aider but no longer pay income tax please notify Luisa, Gift Aid Co Ordinator at Pottersbargac@rcdow.org.uk or on 07531710390 in the next week. Please let her know when you stopped paying tax.
Children’s Liturgy will recommence today at 11am Mass and next Sunday at 9am Mass. There is a timetable on the notice board, so you can see which Sundays it is running. It will take place in the Louise de Marillac Room. The children will be sent out from Mass by Fr Shaun after the Introductory Rites and then will return during the offertory. Children’s Liturgy is open to all children of primary school age.
SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND
The second collection this weekend is the annual collection for the fund which cares for sick and retired priests. Please ensure our sick and older retired priests are financially supported having given years of dedicated service. Please give generously using the envelopes provided, completing the Gift Aid form if you pay tax. You can donate on line at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations. The envelopes and posters have a QR code that you can scan with a ‘phone camera to donate on line.
Is away on leave from this Wednesday until Friday 26th November in the evening. Fr Robert Plourde will be covering most of the Masses.
Congratulations to Mary Anne Medayil who is our new Bookkeeper. We were not able to appoint an Administrator. We are looking for an administrator to work 4 days a week (Weds or Thurs off) 5 hours a day (flexible) Full details at https://jobs.rcdow.org.uk/parish-administrator-potters-bar/
Closing date 6th December.
CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
If you regularly come to Mass at Our Lady & St Vincent and require a Certificate of Catholic Practice for admission to a Catholic Primary School in September please collect a form from Fr Shaun today so that he can send you a CCP. Please do not leave it until December – act today.
POPE PAUL CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL – RECEPTION 2022
We are delighted to now be able to welcome prospective parents to visit our school this Thursday 18th November 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
OVER 50’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
10th December from 2 – 5pm. All are welcome. Items needed for raffle in aid of The Passage and McMillan Cancer Care. Please hand in to the office.
TREE OF LIGHT
In Advent this year we will be lighting up our ‘Tree of Light’ in aid of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. From this weekend the Confirmation group will provide laminated candles after Mass on which you can write the names of deceased family members and friends. We ask for a donation for the hospice for each candle, please make sure donations are placed in the yellow envelopes provided and given in to the Parish Office (or placed in the post box), cash or cheques made payable to WRCDT, Potters Bar’. Alternatively, you can pay online via BACS: Sort Code 40-05-20 Account No. 81095625 Account Name: WRCDT Potters Bar. Put ‘Noah’s Ark’ and your surname as the reference. If you are unable to come to church, then please either call Francesca Khaliq on 07732 651388 or email the names of your loved ones to email@example.com The candles will be hung on the tree in the garden and will be lit up for the whole of Advent and the Christmas period.
The Confirmation Candidates will be raising money for two charities this year: Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and The Passage. Today at 11am Mass they will have a Cake sale and tombola in the Parish Hall. We are in need of tombola prizes, please bring any donations to the parish office and please support our candidates.
An urgent appeal has been made for donations. Tinned foods (but NOT soups or baked beans) dried rice (but NOT pasta or pulses) tea, coffee, 1L juice & long-life milk, savoury biscuits. Food can be left in the marked container in the narthex. PLEASE FOLLOW THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS TO AVOID WASTE.
ADVENT IS COMING!
Advent is only two weeks away. There are copies of the Advent Walk with Me sticker book available in the narthex £1. The books for Adults have been delayed and will be delivered next week.
COMMUNITY PEACE GARDEN
You will remember that, as a result of the Love in Action course, there are plans to create a garden for the community behind the church. Fundraising will begin in earnest in the New Year. We have been selected for the Co op Community Scheme which means that we will get 2p for every £1 that you spend in a Co op store or Co op funeralcare.
You have to download the app or apply for a Co op card and then select ‘OLASV Community Peace Garden’ as your chosen project. More details available next week. Our nearest Co op store is in the High Street opposite the BP petrol station.
The fantastic ecumenical activities afternoon for children of primary school age will run again this year on Saturday 11th December at 2pm – 5pm at St John’s Methodist Church in Bakers Street. There is an exciting programme of arts and crafts culminating in a live nativity. Entry is free but we need to know who is coming so please register through the website www.pottersbarchurchesholiday club.co.uk where you will find full details.
Wednesday 24th November is an international day of prayer for persecuted Christians. Go to https://acnuk.org/ for more information
CLEANING TEAM (Sat 20th Nov) 9.30am) Linda, Sharon, Tendayi, Agatha, Irene
If you can help with cleaning please turn up!
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, 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: Fr David Irwin, Margery Horner and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time – Josie Gilmartin
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
21st November, Christ the King (Year B)
Daniel 7: 13 – 14
Apocalypse 1: 5 – 8
John 18: 33 – 37
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 14th November, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Remembrance Day
6pm (Vigil) Noel Gibbons RIP
9am Emma Gale RIP
11am Requiem for those who died in war
Monday 15th November 10am Mass Claudio Marcolongo RIP
Tuesday 16th November 10am Mass Imelda Stuart RIP
Wednesday 17th November 10am Mass Delia Roche RIP
Thursday 18th November No Mass
Friday 19th November 10am Mass November Book of Remembrance
Saturday 20th November 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) November Book of Remembrance
Sunday 21st November, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, King of the Universe
9am Antonia Long RIP
11am Tony Thompson RIP