Parish of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, Potters Bar
Celebrating in the light of Christ.
4 November 2018, 31stSunday in Ordinary Time (YrB)
THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
The basic command of Judaism, which should dominate all life, was love of God above all things. Jesus audaciously adds to this another commandment of the Old Testament, the love of neighbour. This is the only case in the gospels where a scribe positively approves Jesus. Why is this the case? The scribes were the experts in the Law and its interpretation. To stress the importance and the equality of the second commandment of love Jesus uses a technique of interpretation common and approved in Israel. If two passages of scripture have a parallel sentence structure and use similar words they may be closely associated. In these two commandments, and only here in the whole of the Bible, are the words used, ‘And you shall love…’ with a direct object. This enables Jesus to put the command to love neighbour on the same level as the command to love God – and the lawyer approves his interpretation. The first Letter of John puts it in this way: ‘No one who fails to love the brother whom he can see can love God whom he has not seen.’ This was, of course, not a new commandment; it was the equality of the two commandments of love which was new. What sort of person do you find it most difficult to love? Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB
SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS’ COLLECTION NEXT WEEK
Next week our parish will take up a second collection to support the sick and retired priests of the Diocese of Westminster. Your generous donation helps ensure that these priests, having followed their vocation and given their lives to the Church, are cared for and supported when they are sick and when they retire. The Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund helps cover the medical, housing, convalescence, and personal needs of these priests, as well as helping them in an emergency. They have been here for us; let us be there for them. Donation leaflets are available in the back of the church today. Please take one home, read about this important work, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for the wellbeing of all of our clergy: active, retired and ill. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations
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, Seminarian: Michael Oxenford
Parish Safeguarding Representative: Mike Sibley firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours next week: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9.30am – 12.30pm Closed Weds.
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October Standing Orders:£4783
Thank you for your generosity.
BLESSING of GRAVES
There will be a short service and blessing of graves at Allum Lane Cemetery at 2pm THIS AFTERNOON. Fr Shaun will be joining Fr Antonio from Borehamwood parish and all are welcome.
JULIAN of NORWICH
Join us for an incredible meditative presentation of this 14th Century mystic’s divine revelations interpreted through music, dance, narration and art. THIS EVENING, Sunday 4th November in church at 6pm. Free entry. All welcome.
NOVEMBER, MONTH of the HOLY SOULS
There are sheets available in the narthex for you to list those deceased family and friends who you would like included in prayers in November. Please return them in the envelopes provided to the parish office. Mass will be offered for all of those listed every Sunday and once each week in November. Any surplus Masses will be celebrated by one of our retired priests.
For December can be booked in person or by ‘phone from 10am on Tuesday 6th November.
FIRST RECONCILIATION CATECHISTS MEETING
Catechists are reminded of the planning meeting on Tuesday 6th November at 8pm in the hall.
Mass on Wednesday will be at 9.15am at Pope Paul School where we will be guests of Year 6. All are welcome.
Candidates are reminded of the first session on Wednesday evening. Please arrive PROMPTLY in time for the start at 7.30pm.
OVER 50S’ CLUB
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Over 50s’ Club has been cancelled on Friday 9th November. The next Over 50s’ will be on Friday 14 December from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Hall. All are very welcome.
Parents should have received a reminder email this week. Please collect an important letter from Fr Shaun after Mass before the first session. It is really important that children are on time this first week. Parents/guardians are reminded to sign their children in and out.
Next Sunday is the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. There will be an Act of Remembrance at all Masses. We will start 11am Mass with two minute’s silence. The liturgy will be led by the children so please be in the church for 10.55am so that the silence is dignified. Don’t forget to wear your poppy.
We will be represented at South Mimms War Memorial.
FIRST AID TRAINING
There will be a First Aid Training Course, including how to use the defibrillator, in the Parish Hall on Thursday 15th November, 7pm – 10pm. This is an important service on big occasions. Please let the office know if you would like to attend. All are welcome.
POPE PAUL SCHOOL OPEN DAY RECEPTION CLASS 2019
You are warmly welcome to come and visit us on Tuesday 20th November at 9.30am, 2pm and 7pm.There is no need to book; just come along and meet us and see our school!
CERTIFICATES OF CATHOLIC PRACTICE
If you regularly attend Mass at Our Lady & St Vincent’s and are applying for a place in a Catholic primary school for your child in September 2019 please collect an important letter from Fr Shaun after Mass.
The dates for the next course of preparation for parents with children for baptism are being arranged and will be published in the newsletter soon. If you have a baby for baptism in the next four months you should register with the parish office.
If you are living in another parish you will need a letter of permission from your Parish Priest before a date can be set.
If you have already attended the course for a previous child, you do not have to attend the course but your presence will be very helpful for new parents.
If you are planning to marry here or elsewhere 6 months’ notice is required and you MUST see Fr Shaun to register for a preparation course. The next course will be in the Spring.
Instead of ‘Town Carols’ there will be an ecumenical afternoon of celebration and preparation for Christmas for people of all ages on Saturday 15th December. There is a planning meeting on Tuesday 20th November in the evening. If you would like to help with art and craft preparation, acting or refreshments please speak to Fr Shaun TODAY.
THE PASSAGE CONCERT
6th November 2018 at 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall. ‘Night Under the Stars’ raises money for The Passage – a charity that provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. For further information, please see the noticeboard or visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk telephone:02038799555
NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR CO-ED SIXTH FORM OPTIONS EVENING
Options evening 8th November at 6pm. (AL4 OTT) For further information please contact email@example.com
CHURCH BUILDING NEWS
You will have noticed the beautiful sanctuary floor. The disintegrating cork strip between the wood and the solid floor has been replaced by a wooden strip and then the floor has been sanded and sealed. This has cost us just over £3,000 so please take care not to drag chairs etc. over the wooden floor.
Following a great deal of research, we are in the process of installing a push pad for those in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility to open the door next to the office.
I am grateful to the members of the Parish Estate Management Group for all the hard work put in to the maintenance and improvement of the buildings.
MASS FOR DECEASED PRIESTS
On Tuesday 13th November at 12.30pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George Church, London Road, Enfield, the Dean, Fr Slawomir Witon will celebrate Mass for the deceased priests and pastoral workers of the deanery, All are welcome.
On Thursday 15th November at 5.30pm in Westminster Cathedral Cardinal Vincent will be celebrating Mass for the deceased priests of the diocese. All are welcome.
ST. ANNE’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING
On Thursday 22 November 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at the Upper Site, Palmers Green, N13 5TY. For further information, visit: www.stannes.enfield.sch.uk
ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC GRAMMAR SCHOOL SIXTH FORM OPENING EVENING
On Thursday 8th November 2018. Subject talks are from 7:00pm and Headteacher talks at 8:30pm. Website: www.st-michaels.barnet.sch.uk Address: Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 7NJ.
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, Denis O’Keeffe and Francesca Khaliq.
The lately dead: Robert Allen McRobb, Mary Delaloye, David Sheridan, Pouly Medayil, John Crabbe and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
The funeral Mass for Robert Allen McRobb will take place on Tuesday 6th November at 11am at Our Lady & St Vincent. May he rest in peace.
We regret to announce the death of Mary Delaloye, a former parishioner. Her Requiem Mass will take place at Holy Family church in Langley on 6th November at 11:30am. May she rest in peace.
We regret to announce the death of Pouly Medayil. Her Requiem Mass will take place on Friday 9 November at 11.30am at Our Lady & St Vincent. May she rest in peace.
READERS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
Saturday 6pm Sr Irene / C. Lundrigan
Sunday 9.00am K Cope / C. Buhagiar
Sunday 11.00am Pope Paul School
Bidding Prayers: Pope Paul School
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
11 November 2018, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
1 Kings 17: 10-16
Hebrews 9: 24-28
Mark 12: 38-44
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA
W/C 5 November, Team B
K. Christofides, M. Clancy, L. Pinto.
TIMES OF SERVICES
Sunday Mass, Sunday 4th November, 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday (Vigil) 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am
Mass this week
Monday 5 November 10am
Tuesday 6 November 11am Requiem Mass, Allen McRobb RIP
Wednesday 7 November 9.15am Mass in Pope Paul School
Thursday 8 November no Mass in church
Friday 9 November 10am
10.30am Interment of Ashes, Aldo Maestranzi RIP
11.30am Requiem Mass, Pouly Medayil RIP
Saturday 10 November 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Sunday Vigil Mass
Sunday Mass (11 November 2018, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) 9am & 11am
St Martha’s Convent is at 1A, The Avenue, Potters Bar
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