Second Sunday of Advent, 5th December 2021
Prepare a Way for the Lord
As we move forward on our Advent journey, John the Baptist enters the scene. Luke’s Gospel quotes the prophet Isaiah; he has come to prepare the way for the Messiah, filling in potholes and flattening lumps in the road so that ‘all people will see God’s salvation.’
John was simply dressed and his message was a tough one; things were not good and, in order to make things better, people had to change their lives and receive God’s forgiveness. People flocked to be plunged under the water (the word Baptism comes from the Greek word meaning ‘to plunge’) In this symbolic act they acknowledged their part in what was wrong and resolved to make a fresh start in their lives.
We are still reflecting on the second Coming of the Lord. Are we prepared? Are we making the most of each day with its opportunities?
Our synodal listening process continues. We have met in person in several ways. Our Confirmation candidates and First Communion parents and other groups have met to listen to each other and to the Holy Spirit.
We are conscious that some parishioners are not able to leave home in the evenings because of responsibilities so on Monday 6th December there will be a zoom session from 7.30 – 9pm. There will be opportunity to reflect on what the Holy Spirit is saying in your life and to contribute to the greater project. To join please email email@example.com before 6pm on Monday and you will receive a zoom link. There will be a general introduction and then we will go into breakout groups for the listening. You may choose to leave your camera off if you wish. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. The Holy Father is inviting YOU – come and join this great synod. You can also complete one of the individual forms in the narthex or do it online: https://forms.gle/UrWmW6uGc4xbXtcw7
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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.
SALE OF WREATHS & DECORATIONS
After Mass today (Sunday) wreaths and decorations are again on sale in the hall.
The children from Key Stage 3 (Juniors) of Pope Paul School will lead an Advent Liturgy in the church on Wednesday (8th) at 7pm. This is always a beautiful liturgy and all are very welcome.
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.
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.
Leaflets with the times of services for Christmas are available today. Please take one to share with others.
This ecumenical activities afternoon for children of primary school age will run again this year on Saturday 11th December at 2pm in St John’s Methodist Church in Bakers Street. An exciting programme of arts and crafts culminating in a live nativity. Entry is free but please register at www.pottersbarchurchesholiday club.co.uk
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 and 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.
Thank you for your generosity.
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.
TREE OF LIGHT
The ‘Tree of Light’ in aid of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice is now lit in the garden. Over £600 has been raised for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – full total next week. Spare candles are available in the narthex.
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
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,
MASSES FOR JANUARY 2022
The diary for Masses in January opens at 10.30am this Tuesday 7th December. You can book a Mass in person, by email or telephone.
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.
POTTERS BAR CHORAL SOCIETY
On Saturday 11th December PBCS will be giving their annual Christmas Concert in our church at 7.30pm. A wide variety of music, readings and traditional interval refreshments will make a great evening. Tickets £12 (free for children under 3) available at the door.
CHRISTIAN MEN’S BREAKFAST
All men are invited to breakfast at Christ Church Little Heath next Saturday at 9 – 10.30am. Cooked breakfast, a speaker and discussion with other Christian men. Speaker is Rev Matthew Sleeman. Cost £4. To book a place please go to www.cclh.org.uk
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, Denise Farmer.
Recently dead: Clare Lees, Joseph Medayil and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time – Josie Gilmartin
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY
12th December, Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Zephaniah 3: 14 – 18
Philippians 4: 4 – 7
Luke 3: 10 – 18
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Sunday 5th December, SECOND SUNDAY of ADVENT (Year C)
6pm (Vigil) Adelina Padial Planas RIP
9am John O’Connell RIP (& children’s liturgy) 11am Joan Anastasi RIP (inclusive Mass)
Monday 6th December 10am Mass Marty Murray RIP
Tuesday 7th December 10am Mass Michael O’Neill RIP (Anniversary)
Wednesday 8th December 10am Mass Rathi Mampilli RIP
7pm POPE PAUL SCHOOL ADVENT SERVICE
Thursday 9th December No Mass
Friday 10th December 10am Mass Giovanni Orsi RIP
Saturday 11th December 10am Mass Michael Skelly RIP (Anniversary)
10.30 – 11.30am Sacrament of Reconciliation
10.30 – 11.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
2pm – 5pm DISCOVER CHRISTMAS at St John’s Church
6pm (Vigil) Patrick Bradley RIP
Sunday 12th December, THIRD SUNDAY of ADVENT (Year C)
9am Antonia Cox RIP (& children’s liturgy)
11am Terry Thompson RIP Anniversary (& children’s liturgy)