18th April 2021, Third Sunday of Easter
LOOK AT MY HANDS AND MY FEET
For the second week running the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and invites them, and us, to look at his hands and feet, at his wounds.
“You see how it is written that the Christ would suffer, and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations.” This prediction or mandate of the risen Christ is echoed by Peter in the first reading, “Now you must repent and turn to God, that your sins may be wiped out.” In John’s epistle too, we are urged to stop sinning, and if we have sinned the sacrifice of Christ can take our sins away. People who live without thought of God or of His will, may silence their consciences with the promise of repenting some future day. But is it possible that a change of heart can happen in a single day? Can we our character and habits possibly improve by an act of our will?
Some may be inclined to wonder, “Why all the fuss if everyone is a sinner, and if forgiveness is easily got?” To this, St. John has a sober warning, “We can be sure that we know God only by keeping his commandments.” Knowing God has a moral dimension and has almost nothing to do with intellectual understanding. To know God means to have a close and personal relationship with our Maker and Father. This happens most surely if we live in imitation of Christ, or put on Christ, as St Paul says. Being Christians gives us the great privilege of a relationship with Jesus; but it also makes great demands on us, for we cannot be like Christ unless we aim to become pure in heart.
There was a poor and simple man who regularly visited a certain church, and there pray on his knees before a large crucifix. When he was asked why his lips never moved while praying before the cross he said, “I just look at him, and he looks at me.” Words had given way to contemplation. Those who look long enough at Christ, will finally become like Christ, seeing him as he really is.
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To Mgr. Canon Tom Egan who is celebrating Mass this weekend. Fr Shaun returns from his break tonight (Sunday).
STEWARDING AND CLEANING
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POTTERS BAR CHURCHES HOLIDAY CLUB
This is exciting! This is such an important outreach for the most vulnerable families in our community! How are you going to help? There are information sheets in the narthex. If you cannot come to church contact the office to have one sent. EVERYBODY has a part to play – reach out in love. STOP PRESS We have 36 volunteers but we need 60 to go ahead. Please register if you can help.
CARDINAL’S APPEAL/LENTEN ALMS
This appeal will remain open for the next 2 weeks. Envelopes for giving are available in the narthex. CARITAS Westminster has been called on in so many ways during the pandemic to support the most needy people in our society. Please be generous in your response.
GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY
Next Sunday is the worldwide day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The traditional collection for the fund that supports the training of priests in the diocese will be held over until the following weekend.
LOVE IN ACTION
In this Easter Season we will be picking up the themes from Love in Action, which we did in the autumn, to see how we are being called to care for those in need. We reflect on your suggestions from Love in Action each week. Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking at how I/we can get more involved with the local foodbank, and working closely with churches together to achieve this. More involvement of being a ‘Fair Trade Parish.
Also mentioned was a topic “Can investors change the world?” Can we influence them?
On Monday 19th April there is a meeting for those who responded to Love in Action with ideas about how we can practically reach out in love to those around us. This will be followed by a Day of Prayer for the whole parish on Saturday 1st May.
WHAT’S GOING ON VIA ZOOM?
Parishioners with internet can access these faith formation/prayer groups:
Understanding the Sunday Gospel
Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm
Prayer, reflection and discussion of the coming Sunday’s readings. Contact email@example.com for joining details.
Prayer Ministry Any convenient time
Trained pairs of parishioners are available to pray with you in complete confidence via Zoom or WhatsApp. Contact Fran on 07732 651388 to set up an appointment
It is now possible again to light candles before the statues of Our Lady and the Sacred Heart. Please do not touch the candles and place the wood tapers in the bin after use (prevents spread of COVID)
RECORDING OF MASS
If you are not able to come to Mass and have no internet access you can listen to Mass on 01707 518202 after 10am on a Sunday.
Bernadette, our Parish Secretary, is still half-time furloughed and working from home. Emails are checked regularly. Mail can be posted in the box outside the office or through the presbytery door. The office will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays in April from 10am – 12noon. Masses can be booked at this time. The parish hall is open for established groups who have COVID training and insurance but we cannot open for other activities or individual hire until government regulations permit. COVID-safe catechetical activities will resume later this month. First Communion and Confirmation candidates will be informed.
CALLING ALL MEN!
For the Year of St Joseph there is a zoom day for men, live from Walsingham. Entitled ‘Male Spirituality and Vocation for men in the Year of St Joseph. on Saturday 1st May. To find out more and book your place please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/147796702917
TEN TEN THEATRE
Are you, a member of your family, or a friend looking for new employment opportunities? The Ten Ten team is growing and we are looking for a number of hard-working, passionate professionals to join our core team and enable more people to live life to the full!
We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
• Relationship Manager
• Marketing Manager
• Website Manager and Video Content Creator
• Finance Officer
• Catholic Resources Adviser (freelance)
All positions are home-working and we are recruiting across the UK.
Details can be found at www.tentenresources.co.uk/recruitment
If you – or someone you know – have values, passions, and gifts that meet what we’re looking for, please read more and get in touch.
ST IGNATIUS COLLEGE, TURKEY STREET, ENFIELD, EN1 4NP
Are currently recruiting for an Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning role at St Ignatius College. The link to our website for full details of the role and application pack is: http://www.st-ignatius.enfield.sch.uk/291/careers-at-st-ignatius-college
MISSIO RED MISSION BOXES
At the moment money has to be left for 72 hours before being counted and so this makes collecting and handling Missio boxes very difficult. If your box is full please empty it into an envelope with you’re your name written on it and deliver the contents 72 hours later to the sacristy where it can be stored in the safe for the promoter to count. Thank you.
On Friday 16th the car park is being used again for rapid testing. Please park at the Wyllyotts end of the car park.
CONTACTLESS DONATIONS TO OUR PARISH – CHAIR OF FINANCE (ROY MEDAYIL) We are pleased to introduce a contactless payments terminal for weekly or one-off donations, which is situated in the Narthex. The system has been approved and trialed by the Diocese and is designed to offer an alternative to loose plate donations. There is also the facility to add gift aid to your donation which will be linked to your payment and will gift aid any future donations made using the same method. Please do not use this system if you are already in planned giving via Standing Order or Weekly Envelopes except for one-off donations.
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, Janet Hill, Ann O’Neill, Ted & Mary Pearce, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick.
The recently dead: Paul May, Agnes O’Brien, John Bannon
and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Melville Pereira, Jane Woodcock
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
25th April, 4th Sunday of Easter
Acts 4: 8-12
1 John 3: 1–2
John 10: 11-18
Funerals are limited to 30 people invited by the family. They can be watched on live-streaming and you are requested not to congregate in the church grounds.
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 18th April, Third Sunday of Easter
6pm (Vigil) Sean McNiff RIP
9am Mick Sullivan RIP
11am Enas Sweeny RIP (Anniv)
Monday 19th April 10am Mass Philip Rocket RIP
Tuesday 20th April 10am Mass John Brooks RIP
Wednesday 21st April 10am Mass People of the Parish
**12.30pm Interment of Ashes, Betty Swift RIP, Hatfield
Thursday 22nd April No Mass
Friday 23rd April 10am Mass Intentions of Paige White
Saturday 24th April 5.15 – 545pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6pm (Vigil) Paolo Scarna RIP (Anniv)
Sunday 25th April, Fourth Sunday of Easter
9am Jolana Hvozdik RIP
11am Maria Nicola RIP (Anniv)
**Numbers are limited to 30 for funerals. Please do not attend unless invited by the family.