23rd May 2021, Pentecost Sunday
You will be my witnesses
The fire that was ignited in the hearts of those who experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost continues to illuminate the world today. The effects of that Holy Spirit’s presence in the hearts and lives of believers down through the ages have been revealed in a multitude of ways. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit,” St. Paul says.
But the gift that grounds all the others appears in John’s gospel, (15, 26-27). There, on the night before he goes to his death, Jesus tells his gathered disciples that the Father will send the Advocate, the Spirit of truth. The Advocate’s mission among them is to “be my witness.” The Holy Spirit is a witness to Jesus, representing the continued presence on earth of Jesus who returns to the Father. Yet, the mission to testify rests not with the Spirit alone, for Jesus adds, “you also will be my witnesses.”
To speak about what one has seen and heard. To testify. To give witness. This is the fire that lies at the heart of all the gifts the Spirit lavishes on the Church. The gifts themselves, the ordinary as well as the more extraordinary, testify to the Risen Jesus who lives in the through the Church, in the lives of those who “have seen and heard,” who have experienced his presence.
On this Pentecost Sunday, let us implore the Holy Spirit to awaken our slumbering hearts and remove the blindness from our eyes, so that we may see and hear Jesus, our Risen Lord, and that we might be given, through the Spirit’s manifold gifts, the grace to more boldly proclaim him.
Our Archbishop, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has, with the other Bishops of England and Wales, issued a Pastoral Letter to be read in all churches this weekend. We will be playing the recording made by the Cardinal and the text can be found on the diocesan website www.rcdow.org.uk If you do not have internet access, please contact the parish office for a copy.
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BELONG & BELIEVE
In our post-pandemic world people are finding their way back to church. Some people are finding life difficult. Some people who have never been to church before are seeking help and meaning. How do we become a more welcoming parish in the post-pandemic world? You are warmly invited to join a new, 5- week course exploring the immense wisdom and inspiration of Celtic spirituality. Each week we shall enjoy a video filmed on location across the British Isles and then, in small groups, discuss some questions prompted by the video.
We shall meet every Monday from 7 June from 7.30pm until 9:00pm, initially on Zoom. Try at least one session to see if it is for you! Like Alpha, we will not harass you if you don’t come a second time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 28th May 2021 to register your interest or for further information.
LOVE IN ACTION
St John’s Methodist Church and the Church of King Charles the Martyr are starting to look at becoming EcoChurches – something that brings many themes of Love in Action together. If you are interested in finding out more about this please email email@example.com There is an interesting discussion on zoom on Tuesday at 7 for 7.30pm about becoming an ecochurch. The speaker is Philip Nalpanis, a volunteer for A Rocha UK who run the Eco Church award scheme. It is entitled ‘What, Why, How? It is for churches that have already started to share their experiences with those who are considering it. Contact the email above for joining instructions.
Is at the earlier time of 9am as Fr Shaun has to travel to Westminster for the Council of Priests. The Rosary will be prayed after Mass.
NEW COVID GUIDELINES
Social distancing in church has returned to 1m, as long as face coverings are worn (which is still compulsory unless you have an exemption) This will increase the safe capacity of the church (the ticks have been moved.)
Stewards are no longer mandatory at weekday Mass but weekend Masses, where the safe capacity of the church may be reached, stewards are still needed. The church must be cleaned once a day, not between Masses, but frequent touch points such as door handles and pads, must be cleaned more frequently. The floor must be sanitized weekly. Thank you to all stewards and cleaners. We still need you!
The minister may now announce ‘The Body of Christ’ and we can respond ‘Amen’. The offertory procession will be resumed.
Our curved benches and fixed kneelers still mean that we have to have Holy Communion at the end of Mass to avoid excessive touching of surfaces. This should return to its usual place after 21st June. We hope to resume tea and coffee after Mass and other social events after that date.
Please continue to take care not to ‘mingle’ inside the building, to leave promptly and to sanitise your hands at the doors.
The limit for baptisms is now 30 and funerals are limited to the safe capacity of the church, which is around 90 individuals but higher when people are in bubbles.
STEWARDING AND CLEANING
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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Baptisms can take place with up to 30 guests If you have been waiting to have a child baptised please contact the office so that we can arrange preparation and dates.
Please pray for the children who are receiving the Eucharist for the first time this weekend and next.
HOLY COMMUNION TO SICK AND HOUSEBOUND PARISHIONERS
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 in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. There will be a meeting for Ministers of the Eucharist soon.
LITTLE PRINCESS TRUST
The Little Princess Trust uses donations of hair to make real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair during treatment for cancer, to help restore their confidence and identity.
Heather Hall, in year 6 at Pope Paul School, had been growing her hair her whole life and it had got extremely long – 90cm from the top of her head to the end of her hair. Heather decided she wanted to cut her hair and to do some good at the same time. So she has donated the cut hair to the Little Princess Trust and is also asking for sponsors to raise some money for the charity.
Heather has had over 50cm of her hair cut off and it is currently winging its way to the charity in the post. If you would like to donate to further help these children, her fundraising page is
https://gofund.me/295c27c7 we really appreciate your support.
CAFOD URGENT NEWS
As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working with CARITAS India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: www.cafod.org.uk/give.
A contactless payments terminal for weekly or one-off donations, is situated opposite the single entrance door in the Narthex.
You can donate directly to the parish account using HSBC Sort Code 40-05-20 Acc. 81095625 WRCDT Potters Bar
As we come to the end of the Easter Season we thank the small team who have arranged such beautiful flowers for Easter, Confirmations and First Holy Communions. Flowers have been expensive and sometimes difficult to obtain over the past year but they have worked hard to make the church look so beautiful. If you would like to contribute to the cost of flowers there is a collection box next to Our Lady’s statue.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT REQUIRED
King Charles the Martyr Church in Mutton Lane is looking for an administrative assistant for 8 hours a week, (9am – 1pm, Tuesday and Thursday) For full details see www.kcm-church.org.uk
CHURCHES TOGETHER PRAYERS
The next monthly ecumenical prayer service will be at 8.30am on Saturday 5th June at St Mary’s Church, The Walk. All are very welcome. If you would like to attend on line, please contact Philip, the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE PRAY FOR
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, Ann O’Neill, Ted & Mary Pearce, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne Conlon, Franco Tzouvanni, Kathy Lavelle.
Recently dead: Andrew Piper, Desmond Cullen and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
30th May, The Most Holy Trinity
Deuteronomy 4:32-34. 39-40
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 23rd May, Pentecost Sunday
6pm (Vigil) Hilario Pestano RIP
9am People of the Parish
11am Michael Proudfoot RIP
Monday 24th May 10am Mass Joe Kelly RIP
Tuesday 25th May 10am Mass Helen O’Reilly RIP
Wednesday 26th May 9am Mass (note earlier time) Intentions of Anne Conlon
Thursday 27th May No Mass
Friday 28th May 10am Mass Fr Tom Rafferty MHM RIP
Saturday 29th May 11am & 2pm First Communion Mass (by invitation only)
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) Paul Walsh RIP
Sunday 30th May, The Most Holy Trinity
9am People of the Parish
11am Helen O’Reilly RIP