Parish of Our Lady & St Vincent, Potters Bar
1st August 2021, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
THIS NEWSLETTER COVERS TWO WEEKS
BREAD FROM HEAVEN
Last week we left Mark’s Gospel and started a 3-week section from John’s Gospel which contains rich teaching on the Eucharist. You will remember that last week’s Gospel was the Feeding of the Five Thousand, complemented by St Paul, in the Second Reading, reminding us that we are all one body, the Body of Christ.
In the First Reading today we find the people of Israel, whom God has led from slavery in Egypt, grumbling about not having food. They seem to have forgotten the Passover, the death of the first-born and the spectacular crossing of the Red Sea. Instead of praising God for their release from the cruel slavery in Egypt they grumble about the regular meals they had there! It’s a bit like people who reminisce fondly of the East End of London at the time of the Krays, when ‘you could leave your front door open and not fear anything’ forgetting about the extortion and violence!
God gave them food in the wilderness; meat in the evening and bread (Manna) each morning. Their daily bread, just enough for each day, God gives us what we need today, our daily bread. But, because of unjust structures and unequal access to God’s good gifts, many people starve while others throw food away.
The crowds in the Gospel come looking for Jesus and he says that they are looking for more free food! He encourages them, and us, to work for food that endures to eternal life. Jesus offers us a way of living which will result in the flourishing of every human being.
When those 5,000+ people sat down and saw how Jesus shared food so generously were some of them shamed into sharing the picnics that they had hidden? Did that miracle, that ‘sign’, change their hearts? We shall never know. But that is what he is encouraging us to do.
Next Sunday we continue with this Gospel and Jesus exclaims ‘I am the living bread that comes down from heaven… my flesh for the life of the world.’ As we receive him today let us pray for a change of heart in our world, encouraged by the Body of Christ.
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Recording of Sunday Mass available on 01707 518202 after 10am Sunday
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 coordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Safeguarding Rep. Mike Sibley firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office open Mon, Tues & Fri 10am – 12noon but emails are checked daily
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Deacon Don and Francesca Khaliq are on holiday until 1st September.
Fr Shaun is around for August.
James Boyle is no longer able to come to us for his pastoral placement in August as planned.
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.
DAY TRIP TO CLACTON
Appreciating that some people will not be able to get away this summer we have organized a day trip by coach to Clacton, with its sandy beach, bracing prom and pier on Thursday 19th August leaving at 9am. Seats are £8 per adult and £5 for children. Children must be accompanied. Spaces are limited so please speak to Fr Shaun today to reserve seats and for more information. Come and keep Fr Shaun and James company!
TEA AND COFFEE
Thank you to all who have volunteered so far – we will recommence with tea and coffee after 9am and 11am Mass next weekend. It is good to relax together, to welcome new parishioners and to make good use of the refurbished patio. It is important that all is set up COVID-safe so we will have things like individual packs of biscuits and tea bags. All cups and cutlery must be washed in the machine to ensure the best hygiene. Drying-up cloths must not be used – the machine will dry things. We still need volunteers if this is to work. Please email the office TODAY if you can help, even once.
SEPTEMBER MASS INTENTIONS
Masses for September can be booked in person, by phone or email on Tuesday 3rd August from 10.30am.
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?
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).
Following guidance from the diocese we politely ask that you
• Use the test and trace app or sign in for each service
• Sanitise your hands
• Wear a face covering to help others who are vulnerable or anxious
• Do not attend church if you have COVID symptoms.
We are now permitted to sing and so we will gradually start reintroducing music with words being on the screen above the doors.
Babies are normally baptized in the first few months of life but COVID has delayed this for some. We are now gradually catching up with baptisms. The Church requires parents to attend Baptism Preparation sessions beforehand and we are planning our next course in September. If you have a baby for baptism, or if you are pregnant, please register with the Parish Office today for the course.
STUDENT ON 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.
HOLY COMMUNION TO SICK AND
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 and those who have applied should have received a confirmation email. We cannot be specific about dates for First Communion and Confirmation yet until we see how things develop over the next few months. Thanks for your understanding.
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.
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.
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 your 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.
Team A, Wednesday 4th August, 10.30am (first Wednesday of the month) Ann McGorman, Bernadette Page, Margaret Clancy, Mary Kennedy.
Can you help? Contact the parish office if you can.
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, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne Conlon, Kathy Lavelle, Vincent, Lee & Abigail Clark, Ellen Stachowiak.
Recently dead: Sheila White, Anne Alexander, Christina Shillibeer and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Rolando Lenza, Bernard Gray.
READINGS FOR NEXT TWO SUNDAYS
8th August, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:4-8, Ephesians 4:30-5:2
15th August, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
1 Corinthians 15:20-27
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Saturday 31st July 5.15pm-5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Mary Crouch RIP
Sunday 1st August, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
9am Intentions of Peter Brown
11am People of the Parish
Monday 2nd Aug 10am Jolana Hvozdik RIP
Tuesday 3rd Aug 10am Myriam, Leon & Nicholas Vollaire RIP
Wednesday 4th Aug 10am Andrew Piper RIP
Thursday 5th Aug NO MASS
Friday 6th Aug 10am Intentions of Claire & Ray Riche-Gallet
Saturday 7th August 5.15pm-5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Augustine & Rose Joseph RIP
Sunday 8th August, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
9am People of the Parish
11am Maria Theresa Iannelli RIP Anniversary
Monday 9th Aug 10am Christina Shillibeer RIP
Tuesday 10th Aug 10am Peggy Rafferty RIP
Wednesday 11th Aug 10am Ints. Elizabeth Cope & Lewis Townley
Thursday 12th Aug NO MASS
Friday 13th Aug 10am Anne Alexander RIP
12.30pm Wedding, Elizabeth Cope & Lewis Townley
Saturday 14th August 12.30pm Baptism, Jamie Rizzio
5.15-5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Baby Quinn Lias Parker RIP & Ints of the Parker Family
Sunday 15th August, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9am People of the Parish
11am Sean Fitzgerald RIP