SUMMER NEWSLETTER
PARISH of OUR LADY & ST VINCENT, POTTERS BAR
Celebrating in the light of Christ
19th & 26th August 2018, 20th & 21st Sundays in Ordinary Time
 01707 654359  Email pottersbar@rcdow.org.uk
www.olasv.org.uk  (Live streaming of services available on the ‘live streaming’ link)
Parish Priest: Canon Shaun Lennard  shaunlennard@rcdow.org.uk
Presbytery: 243, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2AT
Deacon: Rev. Donal Hopkins   donhopkins@rcdow.org.uk
Catechetical Co-ordinator: Mrs Francesca Khaliq  pottersbarcat@rccdow.org.uk
Parish Secretary: Mrs Bernadette Saunders
Office hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri, 9.30am – 12.30pm N.B. open Wednesday 22nd
                      closed Thursday 23rd, Monday 27th (Bank Holiday) & Tuesday 28th August
A fairtrade parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster

Eating the Bread of Life

20th Sunday: This is the last of the readings from the Bread of Life Discourse in John’s Gospel. In today’s passage, we move on from seeing Christ as the Wisdom of God, who must be accepted and believed, to a reflection on the sacrament of eating the bread of life. These two themes correspond to the two halves of the Mass, first the service of the Word, then the Eucharistic banquet. We are all so diet-conscious nowadays that it is quite obvious that the food we eat affects us. By eating the Body of Christ we are assimilated into him. But, just as, if I am sick, food does me no good and can even harm me, so if I eat Christ sacramentally without wanting to be moulded into him, it does me no good at all. That is why Paul complained that the Corinthian people were answerable for the death of Christ. And drinking the blood of Christ? Blood is the sign of life – if there is no blood, there is no life – and God is the Lord of life and death. So if I receive Christ’s blood I take on his life, his divine life, as the gift of God. That has alarming side-effects: it means I share Christ’s life with other Christians. We all live with the same life’s blood. Do I really share my life, my talents, my goods with others, knowing that we share the same life of Jesus?

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB

Sunday 26th August (21st in Ordinary Time Yr. B)

Readings Joshua 24: 1-2. 15-18, Eph.5: 21- 32, John 6: 60-69

Readers Sat 6pm: Esther Dallan & Karen Davies
Sun 10am: Rosemarie Surry & Katherine Cope
Bidding Prayers: Rosemarie Surry
Sunday 2nd September (22nd in Ordinary Time Yr. B)
Readings Deuteronomy: 4:1-2. 6-8, St James 1: 17-18. 21-22.27
Readers Sat 6pm Audry Pereira & Christian D’Silva
Sun 9am: Mark Guerin & Keira Hall,
11am Savannah Bruce & Sally Ann Underhill
Bidding Prayers: Rosaleen Pinto
Weekend Masses resume as normal Sunday 2nd September:  6pm Sat (Vigil) 9am & 11am Sun
Cleaning w/c 19th August Team C, Mary Conroy, Kathleen Gershlick, Maria Guarinon, Ida Sorenti, Amanda Josephides.
Cleaning w/c 26th August Team D, Kate Ringham, Ann Mc Gorman, Miho Yong.

FINANCE
Sunday 5th August: Envelopes £506, Loose £254
12th August: Envelopes £444, Loose £361
Standing Orders for July: £4855
Thank you for your generosity.

THANK YOU FR MIGUEL

Thank you to Fr Miguel Guillen for his ministry over the last four weeks. He leaves today and he will be in our thoughts and prayers as we wish him all the best for the future. Fr Shaun will be back from his break on Monday.

COME AND SEE
Every year we have people interested in knowing more about the Church who might like to become Catholics. On Monday 1st October there will be a ‘come and see’ supper for anybody interested in knowing more. People who have gone through the process will talk about their experience over a light supper. WHO COULD YOU ASK? Invitations are available in the narthex. Take one today and ASK!

ALTAR SERVERS
Two meetings and training sessions will take place on Saturday 15 September and Saturday 22 September 2018 at 4pm for any person who would like to serve Mass. You must have received First Holy Communion to be able to serve at Mass. The meeting is expected to last approximately 75 minutes. So if you are thinking about becoming involved in this ministry, please do come along. Parents are welcome to stay.

CONFIRMATION/FIRST RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION
Emails have now been sent out to all candidates/parents who have submitted registration forms. If you submitted a form and still have not had an email from Francesca Khaliq, then please email her as soon as possible.

POST CONFIRMATION SLEEPOVER – 5th OCTOBER
An email will be sent with an OV7A form; this will need to be completed if you would like to take part in the sponsored sleepover on Friday 5th October. Please make sure you complete the form and return it to the Parish Office. Hard copies will be available on the table in the Narthex. Please do not delay in returning this form as places are limited. Any queries please contact Francesca Khaliq.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
Children’s Liturgy runs on a Sunday during 9am and 11am Masses. The Liturgy is for children from Reception to Year 2. There will be no Children’s Liturgy during the summer holidays it will resume again on the 9th September. We have a great team of Children’s Liturgists who run the liturgy each week and we are looking for some more volunteers to help. Please contact Francesca
Khaliq for more details.

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETINGS
The next baptism preparation meetings will take place in the Parish Centre on Monday 8 October and Monday 15 October from 7.30pm until 9.00pm. If you would like to have your child baptised please give your details to Fr Shaun, Deacon Don or contact the office to register for the course. Both parents are encouraged to attend the meetings.

TEA AND COFFEE
No tea and coffee after Tuesday Masses during Au-gust.
TUESDAY PRAYER GROUP MEETINGS
Prayer Group will resume on Tuesday 11th September when we look forward to welcoming new members.

OVER 50s’ CLUB
The next over 50s’ Club will be on Friday 14th September from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Hall. All welcome.

MACMILLAN CANCER COFFEE MORNING
The Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning will take place on Friday 28th September after 10am Mass. Any donations of raffle prizes are gratefully received. All are welcome.

MASS INTENTIONS
Mass Intentions for October can be booked in person or by phone from 10.30am on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

MARY’S MEALS DAY
Sunday 16 September 2018, doors open 12.45pm for coffee & stalls; programme starts at 2pm at Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT. We’ll hear from founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow as well as speakers from the countries where Mary’s Meals work. Everyone is welcome. To reserve FREE places, please visit marysmeals.org.uk/MarysMealsDay or call 0207 2215745. Please see notice board for further details.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: BETHLEHEM NATIVITY GROUP 

There will be a sale of olive wood goods after all Masses in the Narthex, weekend of 15th & 16th September. Further details to follow.

Rosary in Reconciliation Room 9.40am Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Please note on Tues-days the Rosary is said in Church. All welcome.

DIARY
Mon 20th    10am Mass
Tues 21st     10am Mass
Weds 22nd  No Mass
Thurs 23rd  10am Mass
Fri 24th       10am Mass
Sun 26th  (Sat) Vigil 6pm, Sunday 10am
Mon 27th (Bank Holiday)10am Mass
Tues 28th   10am Mass
Weds 29th  10am Mass
Thurs 30th  No Mass
Fri 31st        10am Mass
Saturday 1st September, 8am – 9am CTPB Morning Prayers at Potters Bar Baptist Church, Barnet Road.
Sunday 2nd (Sat) Vigil 6pm, Sunday 9am & 11am

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 and Jean Francois DeBie.
The lately dead: Josefina Henning and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.