16th May 2021, Seventh Sunday of Easter
BELONG AND BELIEVE
In today’s Gospel we listen-in on the intimate prayer of Jesus to his Father on the night before he died for us, ‘Keep those you have given me true to your name so that they may be one like us’. That is the prayer of Jesus, that we might be united as witnesses to his name, to his truth and to his love.
Christianity was first brought to his country by St Augustine, sent by Pope St Gregory the Great to the ‘Angles’, as we were then. But there was also a strand of Christianity brought by Celtic monks such as Aiden of Lindisfarne and Columba.
During the Reformation Catholics were persecuted and we only emerged from that in this country in the 1800’s. When you look at the records of the first parishes re-established in London and other cities, you will find many Irish and Italian names – migrant Catholic labourers who came to find work, building canals and railways, bringing skills in the use of marble and mosaic and, of course, catering for the expanding population. The Italians brought continental Christianity but the Irish came from a Celtic heritage and so brought with them Celtic Christianity.
In our post-pandemic world, the need for vibrant and welcoming Christian communities has never been stronger. We can draw on the immense wisdom and inspiration from, amongst other things, our Celtic spirituality, helping us to find renewed faith and vision together.
We are in the period between Ascension and Pentecost, which the disciples spent in prayer and reflection. They would have discussed today’s Gospel and deepened their appreciation and understanding of their mission. This summer everybody in the parish has the opportunity to reflect on our Celtic heritage in a new 5-week course, Belong and Believe. There are some stunning videos to watch and interesting questions to discuss. We may be able to eventually meet in person but we will start on Zoom – really useful if you have young children in bed and cannot come to the church. Read about it inside and consider registering and at least trying the first evening. See inside for full details. Allow Jesus to share his joy with you to the full!
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Recording of Sunday Mass available on 01707 518202 after 10am Sunday
Parish Priest: Canon Shaun Lennard firstname.lastname@example.org
Presbytery: 243, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2AT
Deacon: Rev Donal Hopkins email@example.com
Catechetical coordinator: Mrs. Francesca Khaliq firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Mrs. Bernadette Saunders
Safeguarding Rep. Mike Sibley email@example.com
Parish Office open Tues & Fri 10am – 12noon but emails are checked daily
To speak to a priest in an emergency ring 07854 866860
2 May Envelopes £314 Loose £208
Collections are counted a week after they are taken.
Yet again this year we are encouraged to join the ecumenical novena of prayers from Ascension to Pentecost. There are many resources this year and so please go on line to find them at https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/thy-kingdom-come/
STEWARDING AND CLEANING
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SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Congratulations to Jessica, James, Corrado, Enzo, Conrad, Ellie, William, Daniel, Dacie, Harry, Gloria, Luke, Rory, Akua Asiedua, Meghan, Ayodeji, and Maisy who were confirmed on Saturday by Bishop John Sherrington. They will be presented with their certificates this weekend at Mass to give us a chance to congratulate them.
NEW COVID GUIDELINES
Social distancing in church has returned to 1m, as long as face coverings are worn (which is still compulsory unless you have an exemption) This will increase the safe capacity of the church (the ticks have been moved.)
The limit for baptisms is now 30 and funerals are limited to the safe capacity of the church, which is around 90 individuals but higher when people are in bubbles.
Our curved benches and fixed kneelers still mean that we have to have Holy Communion at the end of Mass to avoid excessive touching of surfaces. This should return to its usual place after 21st June. Please continue to take care not to ‘mingle’ inside the building, to leave promptly and to sanitise your hands at the doors. Thank you,
BELONG & BELIEVE
In our post-pandemic world people are finding their way back to church. Some people are finding life difficult. Some people who have never been to church before are seeking help and meaning. How do we become a more welcoming parish in the post-pandemic world? You are warmly invited to join a new, 5- week course exploring the immense wisdom and inspiration of Celtic spirituality. Each week we shall enjoy a video filmed on location across the British Isles and then, in small groups, discuss some questions prompted by the video.
We shall meet every Monday from 7 June from 7.30pm until 9:00pm, initially on Zoom. Try at least one session to see if it is for you! Like Alpha, we will not harass you if you don’t come a second time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 28th May 2021 to register your interest or for further information.
LOVE IN ACTION
St John’s Methodist Church and the Church of King Charles the Martyr are starting to look at becoming EcoChurches – something that brings many themes of Love in Action together. If you are interested in finding out more about this please email email@example.com
From 16th May, baptisms can go ahead with up to 30 guests If you have been waiting to have a child baptised please contact the office so that we can arrange preparation and dates.
Please pray for the children who will be celebrating the sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this week.
They will be receiving Holy Communion for the first time over the next two weekends.
LITTLE PRINCESS TRUST
The Little Princess Trust uses donations of hair to make real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair during treatment for cancer, to help restore their confidence and identity.
Heather Hall, in year 6 at Pope Paul School, had been growing her hair her whole life and it had got extremely long – 90cm from the top of her head to the end of her hair. Heather decided she wanted to cut her hair and to do some good at the same time. So she has donated the cut hair to the Little Princess Trust and is also asking for sponsors to raise some money for the charity.
Heather has had over 50cm of her hair cut off and it is currently winging its way to the charity in the post. If you would like to donate to further help these children, her fundraising page is
https://gofund.me/295c27c7 we really appreciate your support.
May and October are months especially dedicated to Our Lady. Pope Francis has asked us to pray the Rosary for an end to the pandemic this month. The Rosary will be prayed at 9.30am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during May. The Pope has started a chain of rosaries between Marian shrines for May.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Allum Lane Cemetery Mass on Sunday 11 July at 2pm
CAFOD URGENT NEWS
As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working with CARITAS India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD’s Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: www.cafod.org.uk/give
COVID 19 – A CHALLENGE TO MANY MARRIAGES
Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples, it brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage ….and you don’t need to leave home, it comes to you!
For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme, a Virtual weekend commencing on 1st -4th July 2021 Call or text +44788 729 6983
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Due to a change in the law we are no longer able to issue civil marriage certificates for marriages that took place in our church. These can now be obtained directly from the local Registrar.
MISSIO RED MISSION BOXES
Thanks to all those who have returned the Missio boxes for emptying. Boxes can be collected from the sacristy.
St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School,
Nether Street, North Finchley, N12 7NJ.
Required for September 2021, School Chaplain (see noticeboard for details)
Closing date: Friday 21st May 2021 – Interviews week commencing 24th May.
St Ignatious College, Turkey Street, Enfield EN1 4NP. Required for September 2021, Teacher of Design and Technology (see noticeboard for details). The deadline for applications is 09.00 on Tuesday 18 May with interviews being held the following week.
A contactless payments terminal for weekly or one-off donations, is situated opposite the single entrance door in the Narthex.
You can donate directly to the parish account using HSBC Sort Code 40-05-20 Acc. 81095625 WRCDT Potters Bar
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, Ann O’Neill, Ted & Mary Pearce, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne Conlon, Franco Tzouvanni, Kathy Lavelle.
Recently dead: Andrew Piper.and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
23rd May, Pentecost Sunday
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 16th May, Seventh Sunday of Easter
6pm (Vigil) John Bannon RIP
9am Sylvia & Clement Hill RIP
11am People of the Parish
Monday 17th May 10am Mass Marianna & Michael Hanni RIP
3.45 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday 18th May 10am Mass Tonis & Helen Josephides RIP
3.45 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Wednesday 19th May 10am Mass Thomas Carroll RIP
Thursday 20th May No Mass
Friday 21st May 10am Mass Intentions of Susan Pryce
Saturday 22nd May 11am & 2pm First Communion Mass (by invitation only)
5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) Hilario Pestano RIP
Sunday 23rd May, Pentecost Sunday
9am People of the Parish
11am Michael Proudfoot RIP