28/02/10

28/02/2010

St John the Evangelist

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

www.lpa24.org

0151 645 3314

Reg Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

2nd Sunday of Lent 28th February 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: HANGING ON

There’s an air of anxiety in our scripture readings at the liturgy today. God shows Abram (before he became Abraham) that he will stand at the top of a lineage with many descendents and that he will take possession of the land. But Abram is still worried about the future: “My Lord, how am I to know that I shall inherit it?” And God has to reassure Abram, to keep him persevering in faith.

The same is true with Peter, James and John. Jesus gives them a real boost to the their faith by letting them see him being transfigured on the mountain top, talking with Moses and Elijah…a sure sign that he is from God. But Peter, like Abram, is worried that things won’t always be like this and so he tries to get three booths or tents set up to preserve the atmosphere of the moment.

Both Abram and Peter are privileged to be in the presence of God, yet they are worried about the road ahead and whether or not they will really see things through. Sound familiar? No matter how strong our faith is, we still have moments when we wonder what it’s all about, whether we can cope with present difficulties and how we will match up to the demands of the future. Of course, that’s what faith is all about. If faith were a manual of answers, an instruction book that couldn’t fail, then it would no longer be faith. When we stop praying for perseverance in faith we have become muscular Christians who think they can reach heaven by religious effort.

But as we go through life we come across people and events that strengthen our faith. It seems that when everything is rumbling on in a mundane way we suddenly are given a glimpse of what lies beyond. These mountain-top experiences boost our faith because they redirect our hope and recharge our enthusiasm.

Last week we began Lent by looking at the temptations that lie in wait for us as we try to follow Christ. This week we are given a shot in the arm as we glimpse something of the glory of Jesus in the Transfiguration.

So Lent isn’t just about sin. It’s also about faith, promise, perseverance, hope, dreams, compassion , trust, reconciliation and renewal.

Have a Happy Lent!

WORD OF GOD

My Lord, the Lord” Abram said,” How am I to know that I shall inherit this land?”

(Genesis 15:8)

WORD FOR TODAY

Faith wouldn’t be faith if the route were signposted with certainties. It demands abandonment to and trust in God’s promises. At this early stage of Lent we are once again given a glimpse of the glory that is on offer for those who persevere.

Second Week of Lent

Remember your mercy, Lord, your tenderness from ages past.

(Psalm 24)

In the ups and downs of our existence we have moments when we feel on top of the world and moments when we wonder if it is all worth it. The Transfiguration was one of those mountain-top experiences for the three disciples. We can learn to see the presence of God in our everyday circumstances, to grow in faith and to rediscover hope.

Lord Jesus Christ, open our ears to hear your word in our world. Open my eyes to see your presence in the beauty and goodness that surrounds me. Open my lips to proclaim your goodness to a world that seeks meaning and purpose. Make me strong in hope. Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free!

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2ndSunday of Lent 28th 5.30

10.00

8pm

Charlotte Smith

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 1st 9.15 Mary Device
Tues 2nd 9.15 Isobel Roche
Wed 3rd 10.30

11am

Churches together meeting in hall

Funeral Mass

Maureen Wood

Thurs 4th 7.15 Friends of Bill Mitchell
Fri 5th 9.15

12md.

2pm

Lynn Humphrey

Funeral Mass for Eileen Sheehan

Women’s world day of Prayer

3rdSunday of Lent 7th 5.30

10.00

8pm

Kathleen Sweeney

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Marie Rooney, Frida Owens, Simon Donlan, Rev Richard Reid CSsR, Denis Welch, Pauline Doyle, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Mrs H McCormack, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Mollie Dowling, Kath Holland, Sheila Clayson, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Betty Treacy Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Mark Harrison. Those in the parish who do not wish

their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Sr. Marie hopes to be back among us soon following her operation but thanks all for their prayers for her recovery

Money Matters-Thank you

Sunday Offering £ 701 73p

Boiler £275 86p

£250 of this was from collection made at Bill Mitchell’s funeral- bless him for being so practical!

120 Club Winner No 101 C Mooney £20-

No £10 A Corr £10

A big thank you to all who attended the LPA Mass on Wednesday and an even bigger one to Ann Murray who, despite being incapacitated and unable to attend in person managed to make all the arrangements. All went well and I think the visitors enjoyed it.

Please note that the Wednesday meeting of Churches together is to take place here this coming week. It will be led by Canon Anne since I will be officiating at Maureen wood’s funeral. Last Wednesday only Theresa Young and myself were representing the parish so I hope there will be a few more there this time.

Appropriately it will be based on Psalm 17 Being under pressure!

Church Opening Rota

Tuesday 2nd

11am-1pm

Teresa Young

Colette Corkhil

Thursday 4th

11am-1pm

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Nora McCormick

Saturday 6th

11am-1pm

Wilf Humphrey

Dot Humphrey

On Thursday 11th, we are short of a volunteer- anyone able to do an extra session with Rosemary Larkin?

More volunteers make sessions less frequent

Several versions of the Stations of the Cross will be made available for people should they wish to use them.

Perseverance in faith is not one long race; it is many short races one after the other. (Jean Lethbridge)

Let’s live with hope.(Henri J M Nouwen)

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER(March 5th)

WLPA Training Day on Saturday 6th March for new/Aspiring/Experienced Eucharistic Ministers. Morning 10am until noon. Mass at noon. Packed lunch if you wish and afternoon 1.30pm until 3.30pm with Sr. Catherine Darby.

omen’s World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many faith traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March.

Throughout the entire day, they collectively pray all over the world, beginning with the first sunrise and ending at the last sunset. Their prayers follow the sun’s path around the globe. The Women’s World Day of Prayer motto is “Informed prayer leads to prayerful action.” Through World Day of Prayer, women affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world.

This year the prayer focus has been prepared by the women of Cameroon with the title “Let everything that has breath praise God”. It takes its cue from Psalm 150 and begins the way the psalm does, “Praise God.” Through this invocation, God is called up as “…our refuge and strength, ever ready to help, strengthen, guide and enlighten us in times of joy and sadness.” Wherever we find ourselves in life, we also find God’s unconditional love. Blessed with great cultural wealth, this perspective of God’s unconditional love is at the very core of the Cameroonian capacity to praise God. HERE FRIDAY

March 21st at St Joseph’s Birkenhead is the date for the next Polish Mass at 7pm. If you have any Polish acquaintances, please let them know.

The ideas woman, Maria Fryer is intending to launch a website to advertise Catholic Tradesmen- watch this space!

Birkenhead Choral Society, Formby Choral Society & Choir of Merchant Taylors’ School present Verdi REQUIEM. Saturday 27th March 7.30pm at the Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool. Tickets; £16 (under 19s £8); Box seats £20 (£10); Front Stalls/Rear Circle £10 (£5).Merchant Taylors’ School Box Office; 0151 949 9407Philharmonic Hall Box Office 0151 709 3789. Tickets; £16 (under 19s £8); Box seats £20 (£10); Front Stalls/Rear Circle £10 (£5).Merchant Taylors’ School Box Office; 0151 949 9407Philharmonic Hall Box Office 0151 709 3789. A joint chorus of over 250 voices from three outstanding choirs will thrill you with this masterpiece of choral drama composed by a genius of operatic presentation. A rare opportunity not to be missed.

Bishop Mark’s ordination St Anthony’s Wythenshawe was a magnificent event . We had a fantastic welcome from the parishioners there and the ceremony was beautiful and well supported by the choir with several of St John’s parishioners amongst them. Pity we couldn’t all have been present but I understand there are photos of the event on the website and also that there will be a DVD of the event for sale later in the year.

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