Reach out in love – Children’s wellbeing
Ever since the pandemic started to disrupt our lives our parents, school and others have been paying particular attention to children’s health and wellbeing. Many factors such as loss of income, reduced social contact and reduction in access to health and welfare support, have impacted negatively on children. Although many children are very resilient, there are many who have experienced anxiety, loneliness and stress.
The five areas to work on for wellbeing are; CONNECT (discussion and activity with others) BE ACTIVE, TAKE NOTICE (of the world around you), KEEP LEARNING and GIVE (share time and talents with those around you, be aware of their needs.) If you look at the ‘wellbeing’ section of Pope Paul School’s website https://popepaul.herts.sch.uk/ you will see lots of activities to improve wellbeing which are not just restricted to children.
People are beginning to talk about the summer holidays, when restrictions will hopefully be lifted and at least we can go on holiday in this country. But what about the many families who have been financially badly hit by the pandemic? People who have been made redundant, families who have suffered relationship breakdowns, parents who are ill with conditions such as ‘long COVID’? Parents with continuing key roles in healthcare, social care and the vaccination service who may not be able to get away?
Churches Together in Potters Bar are reaching out in love with a week’s Holiday Club to reach children in just those situations. It will run from 2nd – 6th August at normal school hours and Mount Grace School have kindly allowed us to use their grounds and buildings. IT CAN ONLY GO AHEAD WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS. CAN YOU REACH OUT IN LOVE? ACT TODAY!
Please read the enclosed flyer carefully & prayerfully and decide how you can help. Sharing your time with others increases your wellbeing as well as theirs! It is a Christian response to the question ‘What can we do?’ Mass will be at 7pm each day that week so that Fr Shaun can be there for the Holiday Club. For further details go to the Holiday Club Website www.pottersbarchurchesholidayclub.co.uk or ask Fr Shaun.
01707 654359 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.olasv.org.uk
All services are live streamed – click on ‘live streaming’ link on website
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
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Catechetical coordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
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CAFOD so far £490.80
Thank you for your generosity
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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. This week it is at the earlier time of 6.30pm as there is Mass at 7.30pm for St Joseph’s Feast.
During Lent there is 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 conclude the 33 days of prayer with consecration to St Joseph with Mass at 7.30pm on Friday, the Solemnity of St Joseph.
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..
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?
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.
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.
The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) is a new central agency which will be a professional standards body to which all Catholic Dioceses and Religious Life Groups in England and Wales will be accountable. The CSSA will be under the responsibility of an independent management board, and led by a CEO for day-to-day operations. To find out more please see www.catholicsafeguardingproject.org
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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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.
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
LOVE IN ACTION
We reflect on your suggestions from Love in Action each week. Please email comments to email@example.com
To join and support organisations; like the Our Lady of Good Counsel Network, and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. To find out more please see http://www.goodcounselnetwork.com/ The network provides women in crisis pregnancies with practical, emotional and spiritual help and support. They can also help women suffering after an abortion.
HOLY WEEK & EASTER
We are only two weeks away from Palm Sunday and we have received guidance from the diocese on how Holy Week services can be COVID-safe. The Liturgy Committee met on Thursday and so plans are underway. We will have full details of services by next Sunday.
Sheets are up for volunteers to help with stewarding and cleaning which are essential so please be generous in your response.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR
Zeinab and Shiva who are preparing for Baptism & Confirmation and for Jan who is preparing to be received into the Church and confirmed at Easter.
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, Janet Hill, Ann O’Neill, Ted & Mary Pearce, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, John Bannon.
The recently dead: Gerard Burgon, John Kelly, Erminio Gazza & Chris Walters
and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Myles Tempany.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
21st March (Fifth Sunday of Lent)
Jer 31: 31 – 34,
Heb 5: 7 – 9
Jn 12: 20 – 33
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 14th March, Fourth Sunday of Lent
6pm (Sat) People of the Parish
9am Myles Tempany RIP
9.45am Interment of Ashes, Pam Tempany
11am Deceased members of Moroney family
Monday 15th March 10am Colin McArdle RIP
Tuesday 16th March *10am Funeral of Erminio Gazza RIP
Wednesday 17th March, St Patrick 10am Terry Radley RIP
Thursday 18th March No Mass
Friday 19th March, St Joseph 6.30pm (note earlier time) Stations of the Cross
7.30pm Intentions of Fiona Beveridge
Saturday 20th March 10am John Kelly RIP
10.30 – 11.30am Exposition & Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Hilario Pestano RIP
Sunday 21st March, Fifth Sunday of Lent
9am Luisa Zamparolo RIP (Anniv)
11am Luigi Borzoni RIP (Anniv)*Numbers are limited to 30 for funerals. Please do