The first reading this weekend tells of Moses encounter with the Divine. For the first time, God reveals something of God's own self and name: 'Yahweh - I am who I am'. This is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Moses. But the full revelation will only come when God is revealed in human form, in the person of Jesus. Though Yahweh talks to Moses 'as a man does to his friend', it is only in Jesus that this intimate relationship with our God is made possible for each of us. For the Jews, the name (The Tetragrammaton) was so holy that they would not say it, replacing it with Adonai or El Shaddai. Even today, many will not write it, writing YHWH or G-d instead. We can be much more familiar with the name of Jesus but, sometimes, maybe, too familiar? Moses is told to take off his shoes 'for the place on which you stand is holy ground' and he sees the miraculous sight before him. With the coming of Jesus, every place is holy ground and each person we meet is an opportunity for an encounter with our God; since each person is a beloved child of God. RECENTLY DECEASED Please remember in your prayers all who have died recently, especially
Mary Keane (Little Sisters of the Poor, Vauxhall)
and all those who have died during this time of pandemic. We continue to remember in our prayers all those who are sick and those who care for them.
FIRST RECONCILIATION and FIRST COMMUNION 2021 - 2022 This programme is for children, born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, who are attending a Catholic school and who attend Mass in Sacred Heart church. Applications are available on-line here. As there will be an introductory session for parents and guardians on Wednesday 6th April please return the completed application form by Sunday 3rd April.For Catholic religious education and Sacramental preparation for children aged 6 -13 who attend a non-Catholic school please contact the Walk with Me programme via this link. '200' CLUB You can still get tickets after all Masses over the coming weeks, or from the presbytery. LENTEN APPEALS; CAFOD and THE CARDINAL'S APPEAL Just a reminder that, should you wish to support these appeals, envelopes are available in the Narthex. THE PASSAGE; IT TAKES MORE THAN A HOUSE TO MAKE A HOME The Big Give matched funding scheme will apply to any donations made on-line between noon 14 March and noon 28 March. You can find out more here. HEAD-TEACHER VACANCY The Governing Body of St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, Borehamwood, wish to appoint a new Head Teacher from September 2022. Closing date for applications; 30th March. To request an application pack, visit the school website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org TRAIN TO TEACH AT SALVATORIAN COLLEGE Funded secondary teacher training opportunities available from September 2022. For more information; send email to email@example.com. AKATHIST HYMN TO THE MOTHER OF GOD This Lenten devotion will take place in Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, on Saturday 19th at 3.30 pm. It will also be live-streamed at maidenlane.org.uk/live LONDON PRO ARTE CHOIR The choir will perform Mendelssohn's Elijah in St Michaels Church on 26 March at 7.30 pm. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. ON-LINE TALK BY JOHN HEMER mhm Fr John will talk, on Zoom, on Isaiah; The Fifth Gospel, on Tuesday, 22 March, 7.00-8.00 pm. Book via Eventbrite or email@example.com NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR LIFE This will take place on 24th March, vigil of the Annunciation, the feast of the conception of Jesus. For further information, contact the Good Counsel Network at 02077231740. CAKE-SALE FOR SUDAN Three young parishioners, Katie, Abi and Evie (and some of their friends) - all students at Loreto, St Albans - will be hosting a cake sale in the Bethany Room this Sunday, after the morning Masses. They are marking the centenary of their school and raising funds to support their fellow Loreto schools in Sudan. These young women are showing great initiative; please support them. STEWARDSHIP AT SACRED HEART This weekend, at all Masses, the Finance Committee will give a presentation on Stewardship in the parish. This includes our volunteering and ministry and also our current financial situation. I thank them all, and especially Liam, Philip and Roger, for the work they have put into this. Tetragrammaton, St Mary the Virgin, Wivenhoe, Essex
AND FINALLY... Next week we host the annual Mission Appeal; this year's speaker will be from the Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers)
With every blessing Rev Eugene Curran CM