This is my beloved Son, listen to him
Today’s first reading from Genesis is really confusing, God put Abraham to the test. That line stops me cold. How would the God we know to be loving and gracious want to test us in such an outrageous way? Through my childhood and young adult years my image of God was that of a benevolent parent. And just as I could not imagine my parents ever testing me to prove my love for them, I could not understand why God would test me. As a parent, can you imagine a test that would require you being prepared to sacrifice one of your children? That test seems one a good parent would most certainly fail. But this is in the Bible – so surely we have something to learn from it?
I came across the following prayer in an book of meditations by Joyce Huggett, it is an adaptation of the ‘First Principle and Foundation’ of St Ignatius.
Lord my God, when Your love spilled over into creation You thought of me.
I am from love, of love, for love.
Let my heart, O God always recognize, cherish and enjoy Your goodness in all creation.
Direct all that is me toward your praise.
Teach me reverence for every person, for all things.
Energize me in your service.
Lord God may nothing every distract me for Your love…
neither health nor sickness, wealth nor poverty, honor nor dishonor, long life nor short life.
May I never seek nor choose to be other than You intend or wish. Amen
In the light of this reflection, the passage from Genesis invites me to explore what is distracting me from God’s love. This is not a test of our willingness to sacrifice our children but a call for us to focus on what brings us closer to God and how we can turn away from what leads us away from God.
When the three disciples witnessed the Transfiguration everything became clear to them. It would have motivated them to follow Jesus more closely. Let’s pray for that clarity as we continue our journey through Lent.
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Secretary: Mrs Bernadette Saunders
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Parish Office open Fri 9.30am – 12.30pm but emails are checked daily
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Please be aware that social distancing is still very important. The distancing in the church and hall has been increased to 2m please keep to this especially when coming up to Communion.
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.
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.
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Thank you for your generosity
When the church is closed please put any offerings in the post box outside the office or through the Presbytery (No.243) door – never in the prayer box.
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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
CHURCHES TOGETHER PRAYERS
The unity of Christians, not doing separately what we can do together, gives a strong sign to the wider community. People from the different churches in Potters Bar meet for prayer on the first Saturday of each month at 8.30am. Currently this is on zoom. The next monthly prayers will be on Saturday 6th March at 8.30am from King Charles the Martyr Church. To join please email email@example.com for zoom link and further details.
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY
Was Friday 26th – www.cafod.org.uk/lent
WALK WITH ME
We have a few 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.
APRIL MASS INTENTIONS
Masses for April can be booked in person, on the telephone or on line from 10am on Tuesday 2nd March (this earlier time is because of the funeral at 11am.)
PARISH ACCOUNTS 2020
Last year’s accounts are now available in paper form or on the website. Thank you for your generosity and support.
GERARD BURGON RIP
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mr Gerard Burgon, the first headteacher of Pope Paul School. To remember and celebrate his contribution to our community, the school is organising a book of remembrance for Mr Burgon. Any past pupils, teachers or parents of Pope Paul School who would like to write a message or share a memory, please email the school on admin@popepaul/herts.sch.uk with the email subject: Mr Burgon
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.
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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.
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
LAST WEEK’S HOMILY
The poem in last week’s homily was ‘Covenant’ by Margaret Halaska. Just search the internet for a copy – it is often quoted.
There is a wait for funerals, depending on final resting place. James Crawford RIP – 10.30am 10th March Erminio Gazza RIP – 10am, 16th March, John Kelly RIP– 9.30am, 30th March.
LOVE IN ACTION
We reflect on your suggestions from Love in Action each week. Please email comments to email@example.com
There is great concern about how children’s mental health has suffered during the pandemic. Churches Together in Potters Bar are planning a great
SUMMER HOLIDAY CLUB from 2nd – 6th August at Mount Grace School to reach out to all primary-aged children in our community. Book the dates now and find out how you can help next week – a chance to practically reach out in love.
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 was yesterday Saturday 27th February at 4:45pm and the next session for Group B will 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.
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, Gerard Burgon, Antonia Porto, James Crawford
and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
7th March (Third Sunday of Lent)
Exodus 20: 1 – 17, 1 Cor 1: 22 – 25
Jn 2: 13-25
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
Sunday 28th February, Second Sunday of Lent
6pm (Sat) Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue RIP
9am People of the Parish
11am Special Intention & Baptism of Martin Robb
Monday 1st March 10am intentions of Edward Toye
Tuesday 2nd March *11am Funeral of Antonia Porto RIP
Wednesday 3rd March 10am Hilario Pestano RIP
Thursday 4th March No Mass
Friday 5th March 10am Hans Henn RIP
7pm Stations of the Cross and Exposition
Saturday 6th March 10am Hilario Pestano RIP
10.30 – 11.30am Exposition & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Hilario Pestano RIP
Sunday 7th March, Second Sunday of Lent
9am People of the Parish
11am Colin McArdle RIP & Rite of Election
*Numbers are limited to 30 for funerals. Please do not attend unless invited by the family.