The Field Hospital is Open Again
‘The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds. … And you have to start from the ground up.’ Words of Pope Francis in September 2013 and he has used this metaphor many times since.
Now that the local situation is safer, we are re-opening for public Mass and other liturgies from Tuesday. Things are still not ‘normal’, people are still getting sick and dying, workers are still taking risks to care for the sick and dying. We are still having to live with many uncertainties and the journey is going to be a long one.
In the First Reading today we have the image of the rainbow, a sign of the Covenant between God and ourselves. The rainbow has been used for many ‘thanks to NHS workers’ posters. It not only symbolizes God’s unconditional, faithful, covenant love for us. It also symbolizes the richness of gifts in our human family.
In the darkness and uncertainty of this pandemic that richness of gifts has so often shone through; people prompted to reach out in love to others, to share their gifts and to mirror the richness of God’s Covenant love. This is what Lent is all about; letting go and allowing God to be in control of our lives. That is often a scary thing but it is the only way to be a missionary disciple of Jesus Christ.
This Lent we must, more than ever, be guided by God to respond in love to all those, both among us and around us, who are in distress and in need of healing. We can only do this if we ‘repent and believe the Gospel’ – let us pray for one another.
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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 co-ordinator: Mrs Francesca Khaliq firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mrs Bernadette Saunders
Safeguarding Rep. Mike Sibley email@example.com
Parish Office open Fri 9.30am – 12.30pm but emails are checked daily
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REOPENING FOR PUBLIC MASS
Infection figures are going in the right direction. After consultation we will be opening for public Mass after the government’s review on Monday. We will need more help with stewarding and cleaning.
Face Coverings are mandatory for all over 11yrs. If you are exempt please use the Reconciliation Room, entering via the corridor.
Distancing the distancing in the church and hall has been increased to 2m please keep to this.
Mingling please enter and leave the church as quickly as possible. Do not congregate in the narthex or outside, even if you are wearing your face covering. Experts are saying that 2m distancing is advisable, even when wearing face coverings.
Vaccination – don’t forget, the vaccine does not make you invincible and you can still carry the virus with the potential to infect others.
Sunday obligation is still suspended. If you feel unwell or are shielding, please join Mass on Live-Streaming or the telephone from home for the time being.
Counted fortnightly while closed.
Thank you for your generosity
During lockdown please put any offerings in the post box outside the office or through the Presbytery (No.243) door – never in the prayer box.
Giving by BACS
Parish Account WRCDT Potters Bar
Sort Code 400520 A/C 81095625
CAFOD DAILY WALK?
Could you walk 10000 Steps either on one day or everyday this Lent? The walk could be a sign of your solidarity with all those who do not have access to a safe water source and who have to walk for water each day. Find out more or sign up online at cafod.org.uk/walk
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY
this Friday 26th – www.cafod.org.uk/lent
WALK WITH ME
We again have copies of this handy little Lent book with a reflection and prayer for each day. They cost only £1 and are hygienically wrapped in a plastic cover. Take yours before they run out.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Every Friday during Lent a family will lead Stations of the Cross at 7pm. This will be followed by a short period of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
During Lent there will be an additional Mass at 10am on Saturday followed by an hour’s silent adoration when Fr Shaun will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
YEAR of ST JOSEPH
We have started the 33 days of prayer on Monday. A prayer leaflet is available on the website or with the newsletters.
OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Saturday 10.30 – 11.30am (+ Reconciliation)
Sunday 9am – 10am
Mon 10.30 – 11.30am
Open for Mass from Tuesday.
STEWARDING AND CLEANING
In order to keep safe we need four stewards for each weekend Mass and two for weekday Mass. People over 70 who do not have underlying health conditions can volunteer as stewards.
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
RECORDING OF MASS
The Saturday vigil Mass is now recorded and uploaded onto a platform for people to listen to Mass on their telephone after 10am on Sunday. All you have to do is dial 01707 518202 to listen to the Mass.
We offered our hall for vaccinations but it was not needed. There will be a COVID testing unit in the car park all day on Saturday 27th February. Please park at the Wyllyotts end of the car park away from the unit. This is not a walk-in service. If you would like a rapid COVID test please book on https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
WHAT’S GOING ON VIA ZOOM?
Parishioners with internet can access these faith formation/prayer groups:
Understanding the Sunday Gospel
Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm
Prayer, reflection and discussion of the coming Sunday’s readings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for joining details.
Prayer Ministry Any convenient time
Trained pairs of parishioners are available to pray with you in complete confidence via Zoom or WhatsApp. Contact Fran on 07732 651388 to set up an appointment
CHURCHES TOGETHER PRAYERS
The next monthly prayers will be on Saturday 6th March at 8.30am via zoom from King Charles the Martyr Church. To join please email email@example.com for zoom link and further details.
There is a wait for funerals, depending on final resting place. Antonia Porto RIP – 2nd March, Erminio Gazza RIP – 16th March, John Kelly RIP– 30th March, James Crawford RIP awaiting autopsy.
LOVE IN ACTION
We reflect on your suggestions from Love in Action each week. Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
There was a suggestion about having a defibrillator outside – not just for parishioners but accessible for the community should they need one. We have looked into this and there are already two within 0.3miles of the church (the recommended interval is 1 mile) so it is not needed.
Parents, please make sure you have read the important email sent from Francesca on Wednesday 10th February, this has revised dates and times for the FRHC zoom sessions. We are having to move things as we cannot celebrate First Reconciliation yet. The next session for Group A will be on Saturday 27th February at 4:45pm and the next session for Group B will now be on Saturday 6th March at 4:45pm Please contact Francesca if you have queries.
To find out more please go to the diocesan website www.rcdow.org.uk and look under our mission>evangelization.
VOICES FROM THE HOLY LAND
A new book has been published by the Friends of the Holy Land bringing together 15 poems written by a London priest in lockdown 2020 and reflections written by Christians in the Holy Land. It is an excellent book for Lent and a donation from each sale goes to Friends of the Holy Land. Each book costs £7.99 + p&p. You can order on 01926 512980 or at www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk
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.
The recently dead: Erminio Gazza, Terry Radley, Colin McArdle, Hilario Pestano, Antonia Porto, James Crawford
and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
28th February (Second Sunday of Lent)
Gn 22: 1-22,9a, 10-13, 15-18
Mk 9: 2-10
Funerals are limited to 30 people invited by the family. They can be watched on live-streaming and you are requested not to congregate in the church grounds.
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Saturday 20th February 10am Jean-Francois De Bie RIP
10.30am – 11.30am Private Prayer & Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Deceased Members of the Kirwan family
Sunday 21st February, First Sunday of Lent
9 – 10am Private Prayer
11am Peter & Bridie Gaughan RIP (Anniversary)
Monday 22nd February 10am John Good RIP
10.30 – 11.30am Private Prayer
Tuesday 23rd February 10am Victor Jankovsky RIP CHURCH OPEN
Wednesday 24th February *9.30am Funeral Mass of Hilario Pestano RIP
Thursday 25th February *9.30am Funeral Mass of Colin McArdle RIP
Friday 26th February, Cafod Lent Fast Day
10am Special Intention
7pm Stations of the Cross and Exposition
Saturday 27th February
10am Deceased members of the Clancy family
10.30 – 11.30am Exposition & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue RIP
Sunday 28th February, Second Sunday of Lent
9am People of the Parish
11am Special Intention
*Numbers are limited to 30 for funerals. Please do not attend unless invited by the family.