First Sunday of Lent, 6th March 2022
Loving God, we pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world that, in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world. Amen.
In under two weeks over a million people have fled their homes in Ukraine. Others shelter in basements in fear for their lives. Last weekend Pope Francis said, ‘In these days we’ve been shaken by something tragic: war. One who wages war, he said, is not and cannot be thinking about people, but is putting partisan interests and power before everything. One who wages war relies on the diabolical and perverse logic of weapons, which is the furthest thing from God’s will, and distances himself from the ordinary people who want peace. In every conflict the ordinary people are the real victims and they pay for the folly of war with their own skin. With a heart broken by what is happening in Ukraine — and let’s not forget the wars in other parts of the world, such as Yemen, Syria, Ethiopia — I repeat: Silence the weapons!’
So, we must pray and acknowledge that we may also have to suffer a little in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, as sanctions against Russia may affect our lives. Information about donating to the humanitarian relief effort through CAFOD can be found inside the newsletter. If you work in London, why not visit the Ukranian Catholic Cathedral to pray and express your solidarity. It is open from 10am – 8pm in Duke Street, W1K 5BQ (off Oxford Street, near Bond Street Station)
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CAFOD LENT FAST DAY
This Friday, Lent Fast Day, we remember that there are many people who need our love and support all around the world. Children experiencing malnutrition like Amie’s daughter Lombeh did in Sierra Leone or as we are seeing now in Ukraine, families affected by conflict. Your small act of love can make big things happen. Donations to CAFOD this Lent will reach families around the world, enabling local experts to provide support to families in times of need or conflict. You can donate in church using a CAFOD envelope or by visiting the CAFOD website: cafod.org.uk/lent
UKRAINE SPECIFIC APPEAL
CARITAS Ukraine and CARITAS Poland are working on the ground to supply the basics that those suffering in Ukraine and those fleeing to Poland need. You can donate via the Ukranian Catholic Church in the UK (see blue and yellow posters for QR code), or by BACS to Account No. 80038237 Sort Code 20-65-89 Reference HelpUkraine
OVER 50s CLUB
The Over 50s Club will next be meeting from 2pm on Friday 11th March for a St Patrick’s Day party. All are welcome.
SATURDAY MORNING MASS
Please note that, due to the Alpha Day on Saturday 12th March, there will be no morning Mass, Exposition or Confessions.
The Rosary, a beautiful prayer, is prayed every Tuesday at 9.30am in the church. Please come and join us in this important prayer.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
Every Friday in Lent at 7pm. If you would like to lead Stations, and we have many versions to choose from, please contact Deacon Don.
IF YOU ARE IN HOSPITAL
When a Catholic goes into hospital, the patient or their family MUST request a visit from the Catholic Chaplain – data protection and confidentiality rules in hospitals prohibit the passing on of information to chaplaincies otherwise. The Chaplain will not know of your presence in hospital and cannot visit a patient without the patient’s prior request and permission.
THE CARDINAL’S LENT APPEAL
One of the disciplines of Lent is to give alms. This year we are asked to give money to two main appeals. CAFOD Fast Day, which is on this coming Friday.
We are also asked to give to the Cardinal’s Lent Appeal which is for outreach work in parishes and CARITAS, the social action agency in the diocese, which allows people at home to lead a life of dignity and worth. There are donation envelopes and posters with a QR code. The main collection will be on Holy Thursday but you can give at any time during Lent. For more information, go to www.cardinalslentenappeal.org.uk
The Repository has resumed opening after the 9am Sunday Mass. It is in the hall. If you are able to help by opening the Repository after the 11am Mass, please let the Parish Office know.
Don’t forget that all Masses are live-streamed via the parish website (or www.churchservices.tv/pottersbar and, if you do not have internet access, you can listen to a recording of Sunday Mass on 01707 518202 (local calls are free).
BUILDING THE KINGDOM
Pupils at both Pope Paul School and Nicholas Breakspear School have a special focus on Catholic Social Teaching this year. You can follow the themes each week by looking at the Pope Paul pupils work display on the left as you enter the church. Next week we look at the plight of refugees and the Refugee Stations will be up in church.
SCRIPTURE FESTIVAL FOLLOW UP
Following the joy-filled experience of the ‘God Who Speaks Scripture Festival’ at St Alban’s Cathedral, we would like to invite you to join us on a variety of free online follow up events. These are for individuals, groups of friends & parishes. To find out more information and book please visit:
As more people are returning to Mass the car park is getting very busy and so we all have to take extra care.
Pedestrians please take care not to walk into the road. Please supervise children at all times.
Drivers please keep to the speed limit of 5mph and only park in marked spaces. Do not park in the drop-off/turning circle (as you turn in from Mutton Lane) nor in the main driveway. Try to reverse into parking spaces so that you can drive out safely after Mass when the car park is busy. Thank you.
The annual diocesan pilgrimage is planned for 22 – 29 July 2022. At this stage the organisers need to know who would be interested. If you are interested (you are not committing yourself at this stage) please go to
This is the best way to travel in the current climate as all is guaranteed COVID-protected.
DIOCESAN HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE
21 – 29 November 2022 with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Fr John Farrell OP. £1825 per person sharing, £529 single supplement. For more details, contact Gill Didno at 01732 886666.
You may have seen part of the ridge at the organ end of the church was ripped up during the storm last Friday. Thanks to the Parish Estates Management Group our roofer has been contacted promptly and repairs are in hand. We have an annual roof inspection and, thankfully, a lot of work was done to secure things over the summer as a result of the annual inspection. This underlines the importance of this group for the regular maintenance of our building.
Envelopes for April onwards should be ready for collection next weekend. The parish accounts will be presented and there will be the opportunity to support your parish by joining the Planned Giving Scheme. You can give by envelope or Standing Order. We can also recoup the tax you have already paid through the Gift Aid Scheme. Members of the Finance Committee will be there to answer any questions.
CAFOD’S WALK AGAINST HUNGER LENT CHALLENGE
There are 200 million children in the world whose lives are at risk from malnutrition. This Lent, challenge yourself to walk 200km, and help give hunger its marching orders. Do 5k a day, your way, for 40 days, get sponsored and you’ll conquer your 200km target in time for Easter – and help people around the world to live free from hunger. To find out more or take part, go to cafod.org.uk/walk.
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, Christakis Christofides, Philomena O’Sullivan, Bernard Keown, Ann O’Neill, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers, Abbey Cummings, Anne Conlon, Kathy Lavelle, Monica Doheny, Vincent, Lee & Abigail Clark, Baby Logan, Maria Kelleher.
Recently dead: Brendan Nelson, Donnach O’Rourke, Fr Harry Ryan and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
13th March, Second Sunday of Lent (Year C)
Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 6th March First Sunday of Lent
(Sat) 6pm People of the Parish
9am Peter Gaughan RIP & Children’s Liturgy
11am Patricia D’Silva RIP – Inclusive Mass
Monday 7th March 10am Mass Ellen Condon RIP (Anniversary)
Tuesday 8th March 9.30am Rosary
10am Mass Intentions of Delia Walsh (Birthday)
Wednesday 9th March 10am Mass Wieslawa Cynk RIP
Thursday 10th March No Mass
Friday 11th March 10am Mass Dan Bruen RIP (Anniversary)
7pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday 12th March 5.15 – 5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm Vigil Mass Antonia Cox RIP
Sunday 13th March Second Sunday of Lent
9am People of the Parish
11am Immacolata Parlapiano and Michele Capozzi RIP