Second Sunday of Christmas, 2nd January 2022
A light that darkness could not overpower
For the second time in this season, the Church puts before us the first chapter of John’s Gospel. In difficult times such as these it is comforting to hear of a light that the darkness cannot overcome. That theme of light is echoed by St Paul in the Second Reading, May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit.
Almost two years of social distancing and restrictions have engendered a mixed response in people. Emotions range from very scared to very angry. There is a greater need than ever to proclaim the Good News of Christ’s light in a practical way. As we begin a New Year how are we to move forward?
Firstly we need to allow God to feed us and pass on his hope to others. Whether in person or on live streaming God feeds us with his Word in scripture and prayer. The ALPHA COURSE, which begins in two weeks, will help us discern the way forward – but listening to the Holy Spirit through the experience of each other. Full details of how to register are inside this newsletter.
The SYNODAL PATHWAY, walking together, continues. Please take one of the individual reflection sheets to complete and return. Although these responses will go to the diocese, it is important that this listening process continues in the parish to discern the way forward
There are two practical ways in which we are reaching out. The TECH APPEAL will ensure that more young people get access to on-line learning and the COMMUNITY PEACE GARDEN will open a peaceful space to our community. The CHRISTMAS FOR SOMEONE ELSE appeal continues to help families in difficulties.
As we move into 2022 let us pray that God will bless our parish, help our minds to be enlightened so that we may radiate his light and hope into the world.
All services are live-streamed – click on ‘live streaming’ link on the website
Recording of Sunday Mass available on 01707 518202 after 10 am 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
Parish Administrator: Nicola Thrussell, Pastoral Assistant (Seminarian): Dale Cutlan
Safeguarding Rep. Mike Sibley email@example.com
Parish Office open Mon, Tues & Fri 9.30 am – 12.30 pm (except public holidays)
To speak to a priest in an emergency ring 07854 866860
Dec 11/12 Envelopes £278 Loose £231
Dec 18/19 Envelopes £311 Loose £357
Dec 26 Envelopes £173 Loose £93
Christmas Offerings £4,472
Christmas for Someone Else £2425
Thank you for your generosity.
Welcome to Nicola Thrussell, Parish Administrator, who takes up her post on Tuesday. (The office is closed Bank Holiday Monday). The office hours will now return to 9.30 am – 12.30 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. We are very grateful to Luisa, Kevin, Mary Anne, and Pat, the office volunteers, who have kept the office operating in the interim. They will continue to assist Nicola.
With so many people having to isolate with little notice, it has been a difficult Christmas. However, thanks to the dedication and hard work of many parishioners, the church looked beautiful, and the Masses were spirit-filled celebrations. Thank you to all those volunteers who helped in so many ways. On behalf of Deacon Don, Fran and Dale, I thank all parishioners for the cards and gifts we received. Above all, thank you for the appreciation expressed – it means a great deal. We wish you and those you love, a grace-filled and healthy New Year.
EPIPHANY of the LORD
Thursday is the Feast of the Epiphany. Mass will be on Wednesday evening (Vigil) at 7.30 pm and Thursday at
Fr Shaun is on his post-Christmas break from 8 – 13 January. Deacon Don is on his break from 3 – 10 January. Dale returns from his break on 5 January. Francesca is currently on sick-leave.
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, 7.30 pm and then every Monday evening.
Everyone is welcome! Is there anyone you could give this invite to?
To register, or for more information, email; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 this will still go ahead on Zoom.
CHRISTMAS FOR SOMEONE ELSE
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. Thank you for your generosity so far, We were able to help 20 families for Christmas. The fund remains open for the winter months.
Methods of donating
- Post cash or cheque through the office or presbytery letterbox in an envelope marked ‚C4SE‘
- 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
- By BACS to our account Sort Code 40 05 20 WRCDT Potters Bar Acc.No. 81095625
- 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.
DID YOU GET 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/.
PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY DEVICES TO CHURCH AT THIS STAGE. A member of the team will call you in the New Year.
Fr Robert Plourde will, again, be with us to celebrate Mass while Fr Shaun is away next weekend and for Mon-Weds the following week.
MASSES FOR FEBRUARY
Can be booked from 10.30 am on Tuesday in person or by ‘phone.
EPIPHANY BLESSING OF THE HOME
There is a beautiful German custom of families asking God’s blessing on homes at Epiphany. Homes are blessed and the inscription “20+C+M+B+22” is chalked on or above the door. The numbers are of the year and the letters are Christus Masionem Benedicat (which means ‘Christ bless this house’) At the same time the letters are the first letters of the names of the Wise Men Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. The prayer of blessing and chalks are available in the narthex for you to take away to bless your home.
The next Churches Together prayer service and breakfast will be next Saturday 8th January at 8.30 am at King Charles the Martyr Church in Mutton Lane EN6 3AS. All are very welcome.
The crib is up until Sunday 9th January, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is the last day of the Christmas season. Any offerings placed at the crib are given to the Catholic Children’s Society which works non-denominationally across the diocese to support families and children with counselling, therapy, bereavement support, mental health support and through their family centres in Poplar and Notting Hill. They have worked as part of the response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire. Please be generous in your response. You can find out more at their website www.cathchild.org.uk
All being well, the Over 50s will meet next on Friday 11th February from 2 – 4pm. All are welcome.
ALLEN HALL NEWS
There are now two seminaries in England for the formation of future priests and Allen Hall, in Chelsea, which is where Dale is training, is one of them. It is important that we help young people keep an open mind about the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. We have a vocations team in the diocese, and it is great to have Dale in the parish for the year – anybody who wants to discuss a vocation can always speak with him in confidence, In the narthex there are copies of the Allen Hall magazine, which has profiles of some of the seminarians. Please take a copy and leave it lying around in your home!
Please remember in your prayers
The sick: 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, Monica Doheny, Vincent, Lee & Abigail Clark.
Recently dead: Fr Desmond Baker, Eileen Farrell, Anne Vandeberghe, Neil Thompson and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
9th January, Baptism of the Lord (Year C)
Isaiah 40: 1 – 5, 9 – 11
Titus 2: 11 – 14; 3: 4 – 7
Luke 3: 15 -= 16, 21 – 22
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30 am
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 2nd January, SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE NATIVITY
9 am Mass Gus McMorroy RIP (Anniversary)
11am Mass Roberto Ianelli RIP (Anniversary)
Monday 3rd January 10 am Mass Peter Sartori RIP
Tuesday 4th January 10 am Mass Intentions Monica Doheny (sick)
Wednesday 5th January 7.30 pm Mass Intentions of Mooney family
Thursday 6th January 10 am Mass People of the Parish
Friday 7th January 10 am Funeral Mass Anne Vanderberghe RIP
Saturday 8th January 8.30 am Ecumenical Prayers, King Charles the Martyr Church
12.30 pm Baptism of Theo Mills
5.15 – 5.45 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
6 pm Vigil Mass Deceased members of the Clancy family
Sunday 9th January BAPTISM of the LORD
9 am People of the Parish
11 am Mary Kirwan RIP