27th June 2021, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Christ became poor for our sake
One of these readings is not like the others. Or is it? The first reading reminds us that God did not make death. Nor does God rejoice in death. Our God is a God of life, not death. Furthermore, God created us to be imperishable. Only those who join the company of the devil experience death. So, when we choose God, we choose eternal life. When we turn away from God, we turn towards death.
This theme of life and death continues in the Gospel where Jesus raises a twelve-year-old girl from the dead. In doing so, Jesus establishes his identity as the son of God. Like God, Jesus has power over death.
So, our second reading stands out for not explicitly mentioning death. Instead, St. Paul focuses on poverty and on being poor: “for your sake [Jesus] became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.”
Yet is poverty so different from death? Is not death the ultimate form of poverty? Death strips us not only of our material possessions, but also of our relationships and of our own lives. In death, we leave behind not just our money and favourite foods, but also our friends and family.
St. Paul reminds us that Jesus became poor. In becoming human, Jesus became vulnerable to death. Jesus embraces the ultimate form of poverty. And Jesus’ action has ramifications for us. Jesus became poor so that we may become rich. St. Paul reminds us that we should imitate Jesus’ generosity by sharing our material goods with others. We should give from our abundance to provide for the needs of others.
Death may be the ultimate form of poverty, but so many people live in poverty. In her autobiography, American author Zora Neale Hurston, wrote, “There is something about poverty that smells like death.” Death and poverty are linked. None of us can raise the dead, but we can share our resources and talents with those in need. In this way, we can share in Jesus’ power over death.
John Shea SJ
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ST PETER AND ST PAUL
Tuesday is the Solemnity of St Peter & St Paul, a Holyday of Obligation in this country. Mass is at 7.30pm on Monday evening (vigl) and 10am on Tuesday. The funeral of Margaret Hallissey at 1pm is open to all (up to the maximum capacity of the church) The retiring collection on this day is for Peter’s Pence, an offering to the Holy Father for his expenses.
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN POTTERS BAR AGM
We are hosting this Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 29th June at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Please come and welcome our fellow-Christians.
CHURCHES TOGETHER MORNING PRAYER
All are invited to prayer with other Christians in the United Reformed Church in Darkes Lane on Saturday at 8.30am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom link to join from home.
ALLUM LANE CEMETERY MASS
The annual Mass will take place at Allum Lane Cemetery, Borehamwood at 2pm on Sunday 11th July. The Mass will be in open air but face coverings will still need to be worn. Please book your spaces as numbers are limited.
We need stewards for this Mass to book people in and direct people. Please speak to Fr Shaun if you can help.
ENFIELD LAVENDER HILL & STRAYFIELDS CEMETERY
Short service and blessing of graves on Saturday 10th July at 2pm. All welcome.
MISSIONARIES WITH MUD ON THEIR SHOES
Catechists should have received an email about this summer gathering on Zoom. It is open to all. The speaker is David Wells who is a fantastic speaker. It is an event ‘for the curious and the committed. To register please email email@example.com adding the name of our parish. Full details available at https://rcdow.org.uk/att/files/faith/catechesis/conference%20flyer%202021.pdf
HOLIDAY CLUB ACTIVITY DAY
Churches Together in Potters Bar are running an activity afternoon for primary-aged children on Saturday 7th August at Pope Paul School. We need volunteers to help set up, indoors and out, in the morning and then volunteers to run the activities in the afternoon from 1.30 – 5pm. We will finish with a BBQ.
If you can help set up, and/or help with outdoor games or indoor crafts or go around with a group please email the parish office TODAY. Plans are well advanced but we need people to help carry them out! This is our outreach to families who will not be able to get away at all this summer.
TeenTeam – helpers aged 14-18yrs if you would like to help with crafts and games please email Fr Shaun today.
Registration – details will be available next week for online registration. Pre-booking is essential.
INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH? – COME AND SEE
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey in Faith for those who want to know more of the Catholic Church or wish to become a Catholic. For further information, please contact Francesca Khaliq, Fr Shaun or Deacon Don. Meetings will start in September at a time to suit you. Who can you ask?
‘WOMEN AT THE CROSS’ CARDS
Sheila, who did the powerful painting for our Holy Week cards has had some cards made for sale in aid of the Sisters of Mercy’s ‘place of mercy and hope’ in South Africa. They make beautiful Mass and sympathy cards and are available in the narthex at £1.50 each (incl envelope)
RECONCILIATION/COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION CATECHISTS
Pope Francis has recently created the ‘Ministry of Catechist’ to recognize the important work that is done in this area. We have a growing team of parishioners who help prepare young people for the sacraments of Confirmation, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. They really enjoy the work they do – it is so rewarding to experience young people exploring and growing in their faith.
If you are interested we will be starting new courses in September. Full training and support are given. It is rewarding work with a great team. As our commitment to safeguarding, an enhanced DBS certificate is required for this work and we will help you apply for this – the processing of this is confidential between you and the diocese. Please contact Francesca Khaliq if you would like more information.
FIRST RECONCILIATION & HOLY COMMUNION 2022
Registration forms for First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion in 2022 are available from Fr Shaun after Mass (for children currently in Year 2 or above).
Candidates for Confirmation in 2022 (currently in Year 8 or above) can collect a registration form from Fr Shaun after Mass. Forms can only be collected by the Candidate.
AUGUST MASS INTENTIONS
Masses for August can be booked in person, by phone or email on Tuesday 6th July from 10.30am.
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.
UNDERSTANDING THE SUNDAY GOSPEL
A group meets on Zoom every Tuesday, at 7.30pm for about an hour, to reflect on the readings for the following Sunday. It is always informative and peoples insights into scripture are always interesting. It is a great way of preparing for Sunday Mass If you would like to be included in the Zoom invitation please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can donate directly to the parish account using HSBC Sort Code 40-05-20 Acc. 81095625 WRCDT Potters Bar.
CUFFLEY MANOR CARE HOME CUFFLEY JUNGLE FETE
All are welcome to this event, Saturday 3rd July, 2-7pm, RSVP to Rebecca Smith: email@example.com
please see noticeboard for full details.
BUILDING WORK – THANK YOU
Thank you for your patience while the driveway was being re-paved last week. It now looks neat and is much safer. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
A small team works on Saturdays to keep the grounds around the church and presbytery neat and tidy. We need more help. You can work at a time to suit you and tools are provided. At the moment the surroundings of the car park are in need of weeding and cutting back. Can you help? Contact the parish office if you can.
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, 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: Pat Lines, Margaret Hallissey, Patricia Hollingdale and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time:
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
4th July, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 27th June, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
6pm (Vigil) Mathewis Yap RIP
9.45am Baptism Preparation in the Hall
9am Harry White RIP (Anniversary)
11am Michael Brennan RIP
Monday 28th June 7.30pm Vigil Mass, Ss Peter & Paul Anthony Bourke RIP (Anniversary)
Tuesday 29th June 10am Mass, Ss Peter & Paul Penny Menezes RIP (Anniversary)
1pm Funeral Mass, Margaret Hallissey RIP
Wednesday 30th June 10am Mass Leslie Kelly RIP
Thursday 1st July No Mass
Friday 2nd July 10am Mass Deceased members of the Chivers family RIP
11.30am Funeral of Patricia Hollingdale RIP, Enfield Crem.
Saturday 3rd July 2pm Baptism, Taylor Laing
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) Mattie Walsh RIP Anniversary
Sunday 4th July, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
9am Doris Wallace RIP
11am Lina Tanzi RIP