Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
23 September 2018, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (YrB)
Opticians and Organised Religion
When did you last have your eyes tested? If you’re anything like me it’s been far too long. I’ve got so used to not seeing clearly that I no longer notice my focus is wrong.
Many people feel the same way about organised religion, they may be willing to commend the actions of Jesus, saints like Mother Theresa or particular popes or priests, but they feel that the focus of the Catholic Church is on the wrong things. Perhaps we feel shades of this in our own lives, that our relationship with God is hindered by the rules, actions and scandals of the Church and that we find it easier following God on our own.
At first glance Jesus Christ seems to view organised religion in a similar way, he condemns the Pharisees for their short-sightedness in focusing on the rules rather than the outcome they are meant to foster. Jesus also condemns their blindness to the suffering their actions were causing their fellow Jews (Mt 23:16).
Yet what Jesus is condemning here is not the law itself but the failures of its teachers. Jesus said he came “not to abolish the law but to fulfil it” (Mt 5:17), God became man to show where the sins of Judaism’s teachers had clouded their vision of its purpose: to know God and to enter into relationship with Him in heaven. It is Jesus’ teaching and sacrifice that provide the perfect vision of this relationship, which passed onto his disciples and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit continues to live in the Church today.
What does this mean for us here and now? That the teachers of our faith will never be short-sighted in their teaching or blind to their failings? No! Rather that thanks to its foundation in Jesus Christ the true mission of the Church – to announce the salvation of the world – can never be lost.
God calls each and every one of us to look afresh at our lives each day, to recognise our short-sightedness and seek his healing touch through confession and the Eucharist. Let us pray for the grace to accept His perfect vision into our lives so as to draw closer to him every day.
OUR LADY & ST VINCENT PARISH
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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 Co-ordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9.30am – 12.30pm Closed Wednesday.
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BETHLEHEM NATIVITY GROUP
The Bethlehem Nativity Group, who visited our Parish last weekend to sell Olive Wood carvings from the Holy Land, would love to express their huge thanks for everyone who supported their good cause, the result of which was wonderful for needy Christian families, which raised £4934, They don’t have enough words to thank you but be assured that you’re in their prayers. www.tbng.co.uk
GARDEN PARTY THANKS
Thanks to all those men, women and children who worked so hard to tidy up the church grounds on Saturday morning. Thanks also to the catering crew for lunch.
Francesca was due for her first session of surgery on Friday and will be off for several weeks recovering. She thanks everybody for their assurance of prayers. While she is away Michael and Fr Shaun will be responding to her phone calls and emails.
PARISH FEAST DAY
At 7.30pm on Thursday evening we celebrate our patron, St Vincent de Paul. It will be Alex’s last day with us before he returns to the English College in Rome. He writes Many thanks for the great warmth and kindness I have received from you all whilst I’ve been at Our Lady and St Vincent’s. You’ve made me so welcome and involved it has been a real joy to be here. Please keep me in your prayers during the coming year!
Please consume the host as soon as you receive it and before walking away to the chalice. The church does not permit dipping the host into the chalice (intinction) The Lord is received under either form and so, if you do not wish to receive from the chalice, you can always just receive Communion as the host.
COME AND SEE
Every year we have people interested in knowing more about the Church who might like to become Catholics. On Monday 1st October there will be a ‘come and see’ supper for anybody interested in knowing more. People who have gone through the process will talk about their experience over a light supper. WHO COULD YOU ASK? Invitations are available in the narthex. Take one today and ASK!
BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE
The next course will take place in the Hall on Mondays 8th and 15th October from 7.30 - 9.00pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun or contact the office to register for the course. Both parents are encouraged to attend the meetings.
BIDDING PRAYERS GROUP
The Bidding Prayers are written each week by parishioners. There will be a Meeting of this group on Tuesday 25 September at 7.30pm in the Reconciliation Room. We are in need of more volunteers to join the rota. Training is given. All welcome.
MACMILLAN CANCER COFFEE MORNING
The Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning will take place this Friday 28 September after 10am Mass. Any donations of cakes and raffle prizes are needed. All are welcome.
ANNUAL ALTAR SERVERS MASS
Altar Servers please reply to the Email inviting you to the pizza lunch and servers’ Mass at Westminster Cathedral – Ferdi and Fr Shaun will be going.
Please pray for the 15 children who do not attend a Catholic school and who are meeting each Sunday from 10am-10:45am in the Parish Hall in preparation for the next stage in their sacramental journey.
A great range of cards, books, rosaries etc. Open after every Mass.
CERTIFICATE OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
Fr Shaun will be available to sign Certificates of Catholic Practice for Secondary School applications on Friday 28th Sept from 3.30 – 5.30pm and on Saturday 29th from 12.30 – 3.30pm. You must make an appointment with Fr Shaun after Mass today. Forms will be signed for those attending Mass every week excepting illness and holiday so please only come if you attend this parish.
Forms for Primary School Applications will be signed in November.
Come and pray the Rosary every weekday at 9.40am, before Mass, in the Reconciliation Room (except Tuesdays when it is prayed in the main church.)
The Sponsored Sleepover event has been postponed until later in the year. There will be a meeting of the Post Confirmation Youth Group soon to plan this and other activities.
We are in need of help with flowers. You don’t need to be a florist just have a love for flowers. Four volunteers to form a team would make your commitment once a month. Please leave your details with the Parish Office if you can help.
MARY’S MEALS – RAGS TO RICHES APPEAL, 6/7 OCTOBER
Mary’s Meals wants your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please) and will be at our church until 11am on Sunday 7th October to collect them all. Put your clothing/bedding into tied sacks and bring them to Mass where the charity Mary’s Meals will be here to pick them up. Amazingly 4 full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year! Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. For more information see www.marysmeals.org.uk
GROWING IN CONNECTEDNESS:
HEALING THE HISTORY OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE – A NATIONAL ONE-DAY CONFERENCE
Sunday 21 October 2018: 10.00 to 5.30pm. Cloisters Hall, St Benedict’s School, Marchwood Crescent, Ealing, W5 2DZ. For further details e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR CATHOLIC SCHOOl
Open Evening, Thursday 4th October 2018, 5.30pm – 8.30pm (Headteacher’s Address at 6.30 and 7.30pm) An ideal opportunity for families who are considering secondary schools for their Children. Nicholas Breakspear is a mixed secondary school providing Catholic education in St Albans.
There are still courses available in the Sixth Form for you to join the NBS community which is in the top 10% of sixth forms in the country. Contact Mr Laing on email@example.com or telephone 01727860079 for more information.
ST. COLUMBA’S COLLEGE AND PREP SCHOOL
Independent Catholic boys’ school in St Albans, Open Morning for Prep and Senior School (4-18) on Sat 6th Oct from 9.30am – 12.30pm. For further information contact Hilary Causer, 01727 892040, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR COMMON HOME
”Take good care of creation. . .. People occasionally forgive, but nature never does. If we don’t take care of the environment, there’s no way of getting around it.” (Pope Francis)
An Interfaith evening of exploration and reflection during Creation Season, with a panel of Buddhist, Muslim and Catholic women Friday 28th September, 6.30pm -9pm at St Mary Moorfields Church, 5/5 Eldon Street, EC2M 7LS.
Mass Intentions for November can be booked in person or by phone from 11am on Tuesday 2nd October 2018.
Please remember in your prayers:
The sick, their families and all who care for them, including: Betty Swift, Peggy Rafferty, Damien Grafton, Marsaili MacAuley, John Wilkinson, Linda Brooks, Patricia Wallington, Coral Morton, Cathy Sexton, Grant Davis, David Bradford, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Kay Lewthwaite, Jean Rudd, Theresa Round, Aileen Freeman, Joan Bonner, Marshall Fernandes, Antonia Cox, Olive McQuade, Gloria DeChristopher, Marissa Jacobs & Jean Francois DeBie.
We regret to announce the death of Mary Wilkinson RIP. Her Requiem Mass
will take place on Tuesday 2nd October at 10am
The lately dead: Mary Wilkinson, Fr. Thomas Burke, Jean Tilley and Kenneth Matheson and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including Maria Federico & Catherine Walsh – Kavanagh.
Congratulations to the family of Noah Matthews who was baptised yesterday.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
30 September 2018, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Saturday 6pm Audry Pereira / Christian D’Silva
Sunday 9.00am Kate Ringham / Maureen Vaughan
Sunday 11.00am Warren Brown / Rosemarie Surry
BIDDING PRAYERS: Jolanta Cooke
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass (23 September 2018)
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 24 September 10am
Tuesday 25 September 10am
Wednesday 26 September 10am
Thursday 27 September 7.30pm St Vincent de Paul
Friday 28 September 10am
11.45am Funeral of Evelyn Duignan, Islington Crematorium
Saturday 29 September 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (30 September, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
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