Third Sunday of Advent, 12th December 2021
The bishops of England and Wales recently produced a document about Sunday Mass entitled ‘Honouring Sunday’. They wrote, The Eucharist is the source and summit of our spiritual and pastoral life. Many people have said to us that they have appreciated the noble simplicity of the Mass at this time, which has allowed the mystery and majesty of our Lord’s sacrificial love to shine through.
The central appeal of the Mass, its beauty and its transcendence, raises our minds and hearts to God in an unambiguous and compelling manner. Our Lord Jesus invites us to receive anew the gift of Sunday as the preeminent day, the day of the Resurrection, when the Church gathers to celebrate the Eucharist. Here we stand together before our heavenly Father, offering our thanksgiving and prayer, through our Saviour in the Holy Spirit. Here we receive Christ in his Word. Here we are nourished by Christ in his precious Body and Blood. This is our primary joy, for which there is no substitute, and from which we draw our strength.
The Catechism says, “Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God’s holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.” (2182)
At the beginning of the Pandemic the obligation to attend Mass on a Sunday was suspended for public safety. We were able to continue to broadcast Mass through live streaming and the phoneline. Our Bishops, in their letter, urge those who are able, to return to regular Sunday Mass attendance, but the Catechism has always said that this obligation is excused for a serious reason. (2181) So, if you are vulnerable to COVID, sick, have symptoms, are shielding, have obligations of care to others or are still nervous about being in crowds, then you are excused Sunday Mass attendance, as you always have been, but we are urged to mark the day. Alll services are live-streamed and main services are recorded on 01707 518202 for those without internet access – so please join us.
☎ 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
Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Catechetical coordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq email@example.com
Pastoral Assistant (Seminarian): Dale Cutlan
Safeguarding Rep. Mike Sibley firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office open Tues & Fri 10am – 12noon but emails are checked daily.
To speak to a priest in an emergency ring 07854 866860
28/29 Nov Envelopes £333 Loose £480
Noah’s Ark Hospice £1,219.16 (still more trickling in!) We also sent £140 from two donations in August.
Collections are counted a week after they are taken.
Until we appoint a new administrator the office will be open on Tuesday and Friday only from 10am – 12.30pm.
THERE’S A WIDENESS IN GOD’S MERCY
On Monday 13th December at 7.30pm there will be a reflection on the Sacrament of Reconciliation by Fr Shaun in the church. This will be in preparation for the Parish Penance Service on Monday 20th December at 7.30pm. This is primarily arranged for viewing on the live streaming but those without internet access are very welcome to come to the church. This will be especially useful for parents of First Communion children.
ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE
On Monday 20th at 7.30pm several priests will be available to hear confessions in preparation for Christmas. It doesn’t matter how long it is since you last celebrated the sacrament. Come and celebrate the gift of God’s mercy!
While we cannot use hymn books we are projecting the words of hymns. We need people of any age to operate the laptop to move the slides forwards during Mass. Please sign up on the board.
Leaflets with the times of services for Christmas are available today. Please take one to share with others.
CHRISTMAS FOR SOMEONE ELSE
Last year you gave over £7,000 for the Christmas for Someone Else appeal. We were able to help many families who were struggling financially throughout the year in varied ways. It was done in an anonymous, dignified way and we received many messages of thanks. Unfortunately the economic impact of the Pandemic will continue to cause hardship for many in 2022. The rise in energy/fuel costs will result in many families struggling to make ends meet. Please help us continue to support those in the local community who are most in need.
Methods of donating
1. Post cash or cheque through the office or presbytery letterbox in an envelope marked ‚C4SE‘
2. If you are able to Gift Aid use one of the blue envelopes on top of the office letterbox, complete the Gift Aid form and write C4SE in the space provided
3. By BACS to our account Sort Code 40 05 20 WRCDT Potters Bar Acc.No. 81095625
4. Give by credit/debit card on the Dona machine in the narthex.
This is all anonymous to preserve the dignity of some very vulnerable people.
WELCOME AT CHRISTMAS
We need to give visitors a good welcome at Christmas and also keep them safe. To do this I need your support as Stewards and Cleaners. We would all like to come to Mass and go straight home but only by some people coming early to steward and helping clean afterwards can we give a proper welcome. PLEASE SIGN UP ON THE BOARD IN THE NARTHEX TODAY TO HELP.
Go towards Fr Shaun’s taxable monthly stipend.
GETTING A NEW LAPTOP FOR CHRISTMAS?
As part of our Love in Action (LIA) projects, in partnership with Nicholas Breakspear School, we are launching the parish Tech Appeal in January. You will have the opportunity to donate unwanted laptops/notebooks to those in our parish and partner schools in need of IT equipment. You may be getting a new device for Christmas and so will have an old one you can donate. Please have a look at home to see if you have a suitable device you no longer use, to donate to the appeal. If you do have any please fill in the questionnaire that can be found on our website http://olasv.org.uk/.
There is a hard copy of the questionnaire, available on the table in the Narthex. Please complete this form and return it to the Parish office as soon as possible but no later than the 16th January 2022. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY DEVICES TO CHURCH AT THIS STAGE. A member of the team will call you in the New Year to arrange a suitable time to bring your device in.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?
Why do bad things happen to good people? Does God heal? These and many more questions will be explored
at our ‘Alpha’ course in the New Year, starting on Monday, January 17th, 7.30pm and then every Monday evening.
Everyone is welcome! Is there anyone you could give this invite to?
To register, or for more information, email; email@example.com
For those with no online access, manual registration forms are available in the Narthex. Watch a promo video www.youtube.com/watch?v=fViYK_Xb3Wg
If there are COVID restrictions after Christmas this will still go ahead on Zoom.
TEA/COFFEE AFTER MASS
After the initial great response there have been times when we could not have drinks after Mass due to lack of volunteers. Could you volunteer once every 4 – 6 weeks to help after 9am and 11am Mass. Please contact the office by note or email
Every Alpha session begins with a meal – an ideal way to get to know each other. For the course in January we will be having soup, bread, cheese and fruit. We hope to be inviting guests and so you can play an important part by providing the food. You can help by providing all or part of a meal for a particular date, by serving and clearing up. Ideally this will need 4-5 people a night. Lists for you to sign up to help will be posted in the Narthex after Christmas. Spread the load and contribute in your own way,
NICHOLAS BREAKSPEAR SCHOOL
Congratulations to the whole team at NBS for an excellent OFSTED inspection report. The report talks about a passion for the school and for learning, excellent provision for SEND pupils and high expectations, challenging all pupils. Go to https://nbs.herts.sch.uk/ to read the report.
THE REPOSITORY (SHOP)
Has a selection of cards, Rosaries and gifts. It is open in the hall after Masses. If there is something you would like please ask.
Saturday 18th – team B could you come and help give the church a deeper clean for Christmas?
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Please remember in your prayers
The sick, their, including: Damien Grafton, Marsaili MacAuley, Linda Brooks, Patricia Wallington, Grant Davis, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Jean Rudd, Theresa Round, Joan Bonner, Jean Lowery, Jamie Giles, Mary Lindsay, Paige White, Bernadette Whelan, Christakis Christofides, Philomena O’Sullivan, Bernard Keown, Ann O’Neill, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne Conlon, Kathy Lavelle, Vincent, Lee & Abigail Clark.
Recently dead: Fr Dominic Byrne, Patrick Bradley, Joseph Medayil and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time – Michael Skelly
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
19th December, Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Micah 5: 1 – 4
Hebrews 10: 5 – 10
Luke 1: 39 – 44
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am
Next week’s newsletter covers 2 weeks
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 12th December, THIRD SUNDAY of ADVENT (Year C)
(Sat) 6pm (Vigil) Patrick Bradley RIP
9am Antonia Cox RIP (& children’s liturgy)
11am Terry Thompson RIP Anniversary (& children’s liturgy)
Monday 13th December 10am Mass Peter Flach RIP
& deceased members of Flach & Taupel families
7.30pm There’s a wideness in God’s mercy (talk, live-streamed)
Tuesday 14th December 10am Mass Special intentions (AB)
Wednesday 15th December 9.30am Mass Grannia McMorrow RIP note earlier time
Thursday 16th December No Mass
Friday 17th December 10am Mass Mary Whalley RIP
Saturday 18th December 10am Mass Margaret Butler RIP
10.30 – 11.30am Sacrament of Reconciliation
10.30 – 11.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
6pm (Vigil) Deceased members of the Conroy familiy
Sunday 19th December, FOURTH SUNDAY of ADVENT (Year C)
9am Leon, Myriam & Nicholas Vollaire RIP (& children’s liturgy)
11am Belmira Caramello RIP (& children’s liturgy)