In order to understand the relevance of Jesus’ action in today’s Gospel, we need to learn more about the activities that were going on in the temple area. Worship at the Temple in Jerusalem included animal sacrifice and merchants sold animals to worshippers. The moneychangers exchanged Roman coins, which bore the image of the Roman emperor for the temple coins that were needed to pay the temple tax.
Jesus’ action at the Temple in Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels and is understood to be among the events that led to his arrest and Crucifixion. It is necessary to read the Gospel of John carefully, the storyline reflects the growing divide between the Jewish authorities and the early Christian community.
After clearing the Temple of the merchants and the moneychangers, the people asked Jesus for a sign of his authority. In response, Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection by saying “destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up”. The people misunderstood and believed he was talking about their holy temple. Jesus’ miracles are called signs, and the people look to these signs for proof of his authority. Here we learn that the sign will be Jesus’ passion, death, and Resurrection.
You might like to take this opportunity to reflect on your own Lenten journey and spend time reflecting on the meaning of this sign for you, our community and for our world today. Can you invite Jesus into your life to show you if there is anything to throw out as he did with the money changers and the animal sellers in the temple. What are you most inclined to defend, to protect, to hoard? Are you refusing to ask the hard questions – the questions that will pull you into uncharted and risky territory for the sake of the church Christ’s body? Spend a little time and reflect on this prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will, all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace, that is enough for me. Deacon Don
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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
Planned Giving Envelopes which start in April, have been posted to those in the Planned Giving Scheme this year in order to keep the system-COVID safe. If you have not received yours by midweek please contact the office If you have any queries please email Luisa, our organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Envelope 159 we do not have your address – please contact Luisa or the office a.s.a.p.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Every Friday during Lent a family is leading 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.
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY
Cathy Waterhouse, a parishioner, is doing the walk for water challenge and will be walking 10,000 steps each day for the whole of Lent to raise money for all those throughout the world who do not have access to clean and safe running water. Cathy’s target is £750 , which can provide a whole community with a water pump. You can make a donation at cafod.org.uk/walk
Could you also walk for water as a personal Lenten challenge ? To find out more and to sign up, please go to the same page.
YEAR of ST JOSEPH
We continue the 33 days of prayer to St Joseph each day. Some parishioners may not have been able to access this and so can I encourage you to make the Novena to St Joseph starting on Wednesday 10th March? You can find the novena at https://rcdow.org.uk/faith/news/st-joseph/
We conclude the 33 days and the novena on 19th March with Mass at 7.30pm.
RECORDING OF MASS
If you are not able to come to Mass and have no internet access you can listen to Mass on 01707 518202 after 10am on a Sunday.
WALK WITH ME £1
There are a few copies of this day-by-day reflection booklet remaining in the narthex..
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.
Mass will be celebrated for Mr Burgon here at 10am on Wednesday 24th March.
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.
OR SIGN UP NOW
POPE PAUL SCHOOL
Please pray for the school as it moves from having children of key workers and vulnerable children in school, to opening for all pupils on Monday.
The staff have worked so hard to provide both face-to-face and on-line learning for all pupils. Since September they have also been working on strategies for the mental health and well-being of every member of the school community and that excellent work continues. We have a school to be proud of and we must support them with our prayer at this difficult time of transition.
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 email@example.com 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
LOVE IN ACTION
We reflect on your suggestions from Love in Action each week. Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (not this week as advertised last week!) – a chance to practically reach out in love.
All groups have zoom meetings this Saturday. Please contact Francesca if you have any questions.
Candidates should have received an email about dates. Please reply a.s.a.p If you have not received the email please check junk/spam before contacting Francesca.
FR SHAUN Has been elected Provost (chairman) of the Cathedral Chapter of Canons and was installed by the Cardinal on Thursday.
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,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings.
The recently dead: Erminio Gazza, Terry Radley, Gerard Burgon, James Crawford, John Kelly
and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
14th March (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
2 Chronicles 36: 14 – 16, 19 – 23,
Eph 2: 4 – 10
Jn 3: 14-21
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 7th March, Third Sunday of Lent
6pm (Sat) Hilario Pestano RIP
9am People of the Parish
11am Colin McArdle RIP & Rite of Election
Monday 8th March 10am David Connearn RIP
Tuesday 9th March 10am Eamon Clancy RIP
Wednesday 10th March *10.30am Funeral of James Crawford RIP
Thursday 11th March No Mass
Friday 12th March 10am Colin McArdle RIP
7pm Stations of the Cross and Adoration
Saturday 13th March 10am Paddy Pearson RIP
10.30 – 11.30am Exposition & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm People of the Parish
Sunday 14th March, Fourth Sunday of Lent
9am Myles Tempany RIP Anniversary
9.45am Interment of Pam Tempany’s ashes
11am Deceased Members of Moroney family
*Numbers are limited to 30 for funerals. Please do not attend unless invited by the family.