28/3/10

29/03/2010

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
Passion Sunday 28th March 2010

WORD OF GOD
The crowd cried out: Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
(Luke 19:38)

WORD FOR TODAY
During this most important week in the church’s year we can either decide to be spectators like the crowds who watched from afar, or we can join actively in the liturgy and ask that God’s Spirit may renew us in our commitment to dying and rising with Christ. Day by day, and especially during the Triduum, the choice is ours.

Honesty before God requires the most fundamental risk of faith we can take: the risk that God is good, that God does love us unconditionally. It is in taking this risk that we rediscover our dignity. To bring the truth of ourselves, just as we are, to God, just as God is, is the most dignified thing we can do in this life.
(Gerald May)

Practically everyone has known the taste of Palm Sunday, the sweetness of success and popularity, and nearly all of us have tasted the bitterness of Good Friday, of failure and rejection. What saves us from an endless round of ups and downs, what frees us from the tyranny of events over which we have no control is our commitment to press forward in obedience to God; it is trust in God’s love to bring about Easter morning, – knowing that the meaning of life is to be found in the knowledge and love of God, – and in sharing that knowledge and love with those who accompany us on the way. (Richard J. Fairchild)

But everyone who lined the streets had a different reason for waving those palms. Some were political activists; they’d heard Jesus had supernatural power, and they wanted him to use it to free Israel from Roman rule. Others had loved ones who were sick or dying. They waved branches, hoping for physical healing. Some were onlookers merely looking for something to do, while others were genuine followers who wished Jesus would establish himself as an earthly king. Jesus was the only one in the parade who knew why he was going to Jerusalem – to die. He had a mission, while everyone else had an agenda.
(Bill Hybels)

Further meeting for readers at 7.30 pm on Tuesday

FAITH IN FOCUS: GOING WITH THE FLOW?

When the word “crowd” is used in the gospels it’s almost as if it is some sort of audience. The crowd follows Jesus here and there wanting to relish the cut and thrust of the arguments between him and the authorities; it’s there for something to eat in the desert, to see the scribes and the Pharisees put in their place or to enjoy a good miracle. Jesus says it’s like sheep without a shepherd. And most of all it’s fickle. It can change allegiance as quickly as the wind can change direction.
So on Palm Sunday we see the crowd gathering to watch its hero as he approaches Jerusalem. The people even spread their coats on the floor in front of him and cheer him as their great white hope in shining armour, even though he is unarmed and riding on donkey. But by Friday the mood changes and the crowd bays for his blood. Offered the chance of releasing a prisoner they choose Barabbas, a well-known criminal. Never trust a cheering crowd.
But before we get on our high horses and throw scorn at the crowd, let’s admit that we’re just the same. We have our moments of great faith and devotion and then the next minute we behave in ways that are far from the gospel.
During this Holy Week we are inevitably going to be in the crowd, but we are offered the opportunity of standing out from it, of not simply going with the flow. On Maundy Thursday we are given the chance of pledging ourselves once more to service of each other, symbolised by the Washing of the Feet, a service that culminates in eucharist. On Good Friday we praise God for the victory of the cross and offer ourselves to be taken, broken and used in whatever way God chooses to use us. And on Holy Saturday, as the Easter event becomes clear, we celebrate the core of our faith that Jesus has conquered all evil and that he invites us to share life to the full. Singing our alleluias means that we are signing on the dotted line to be permanent witnesses of this by our lives.
So let’s take our place in the crowd. But let’s not simply go with the flow

Passion Sunday

28th.
5.30
10.00
6pm
8pm
Philip Powell
Parishioners
Reception of Joan Yeardsley
Prayer Meeting
Mon
29th.
1pm

7.30
Funeral mass Joan Yeardsley
Reconciliation
Tues
30th.
9.15

7.30pm
Jose McGree
Meeting for Readers & Eucharistic ministers
Wed
31st.
9.15
Teresa Young
Thurs
1st.
10am

7.30pm
Funeral Mass Frances Storey
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Fri
2nd.
3pm

7.30pm
Passion of the Lord
Meditation
Holy Sat.
Vigil
3rd.
8.30pm
All  with special ministry
Easter Sunday
4th.
10.00

8pm
People of the parish
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Joan Yeardsley has died after a very long illness. We feel confident that she is with the Lord- may she rest in peace. Her funeral will take place on     . We offer our most sincere condolences to Barbara and the rest of the family. Her body will be brought to church on Sunday 28th at 6pm and the funeral Mass will be on 29th at 1pm
Kate Kenny, Denis Brockway, Marie Rooney, Frida Owens, Simon Donlan, Rev Richard Reid CSsR, Denis Welch, 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
PLEASE look carefully at service times above- they are very different from our usual times
Money Matters-Thank you
Sunday Offering £767 76 p
Boiler £0p
Flower collection was forgotten last week- please give generously
120 Club Winner No30 K Bassett £20- a few numbers are available at the moment. Phone Vera 645 6140

Tuesday 30th.
11am-1pm
Colette Sarson
Margaret Brannock
Thursday 2nd.
11am-1pm
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Nora McCormick
Holy Saturday 3rd.

11.30 Morning Prayer
Shared lunch

Sarah-Louise Sherlock (who appealed a couple of weeks ago for People of the Pipeline) has written to say that St John’s is in the lead for ticket sales which has led to a healthy competition among parishes of the Wirral! She was delighted with the response and thought our church was beautiful and the people were warm and friendly. I feel very proud of the parish when I get such feed back as this. Thank you all

The LPA website is well worth a visit and it contains an excellent report on the latest mass of celebration which took place here last month with some great pictures too- why not log on for a nosy round what the other parishes are up to and see if we can share some of their ideas in the process.

I truly hope that you will all join in the Triduum as fully as possible this year. This is THE most important time in the church’s year. Participation is not for a special group of people, it is for everyone and sadly, while the church will be heaving on Easter Sunday (which is great!) the other three days will not be as well attended so I appeal to you to make this year different and realise what you have missed in the past.
Following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday there will be watching at the altar of repose until midnight.
There will be a celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 3pm but there are also 2 other events to be considered. The children’s procession in Port Sunlight (which includes children of other denominations) – an increasingly popular event and in the evening, a meditation at 7 30pm- in the chapel-(unless we have to move to church because the numbers are so big!!!!!)
On Holy Saturday morning, we have developed a tradition of meeting at 11.30 am for Morning Prayer in the side chapel followed by a shared lunch. This is a wonderful time together and it would be nice to see more people come along. If you can’t afford to bring any eats or drinks, just come anyway and share from others’ bounty. There is always plenty! Nothing is exclusive in this parish so please just come and try it

The funeral for Frances Storey will take place on Thursday 1st April. May she rest in peace and may her family and friends fend consolation in their sorrow.

Holy Week Programme

Monday 7.30 Reconciliation
Holy Thursday 7.30 Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday 12md children’s procession/drama
3pm Passion of the Lord
7.30 Meditation
Holy Saturday-Vigil  8.30pm
Easter Sunday 10am Mass

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21/03/2010

18/03/2010

WORD OF GOD
Neither do I condemn you. Go away and don’t sin any more.
(John 8:11)

WORD FOR TODAY
Do we have double standards? Often we expect to be forgiven ourselves but we are quick to judge other people for things that we consider to be wrong. And equally often the very thing that we judge them for is something that secretly we know is one of our own faults.

ANNUNCIATION (March 25th)
Exactly nine months to the day when in the Christian calendar she will give birth to Jesus, Mary today hears the news from the angel that she is to bear a child that comes from God. We rejoice in her faith, her trust and her wholehearted response to this strange news. Like her we rededicate ourselves today to being bearers of God’s Son and we thank God for this cosmic intervention that has changed the face of our world:
Almighty Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you have revealed the beauty of your power by exalting the lowly virgin of Nazareth and making her the mother of our Saviour. May the prayers of this woman bring Jesus to the waiting world and fill the void of incompletion with the presence of her child who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others, I can see them as teachers of forgiveness in my life, reminding me that I can only have peace of mind when I forgive rather than judge. (Gerald Jampolsky)

Jesus reserved his hardest words for the hidden sins of hypocrisy, pride, greed and legalism. (Philip Yancey)

Personal sin, reflected upon, breeds compassion. (John M. Shanahan)

St John the Evangelist
Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk
http://www.lpa24.org
0151 645 3314
Reg Charity 234025
Fr Frank Rice
Rev Philip White
5th Sunday of Lent 21st March 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: FAULTY JUDGEMENT
If you commit the crime you should do the time. This is something we hear a lot today, along with suggestions that some people should be locked up and the key thrown away. For all our pretence at civilisation and sophistication, we find ourselves in a society that is very far from the values of Jesus and particularly the core Christian value of forgiveness.
Sidelining forgiveness allows us to be judgemental. It allows us to make comments about other people as if we were better than them, as if we were never guilty of sin ourselves; yet all our judgment is faulty, for we have all sinned. This is the pitiful scene that Jesus faced when they brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. Jesus seems not to be dismayed by the woman’s sin (and her partner whom we never meet). What does dismay him is the arrogance of the scribes and Pharisees who presume a “holier than thou” attitude towards the woman. And so, despite the carefully prepared trap to get him to be at odds with the Law, Jesus first sets about dismantling the judgemental hypocrisy of the accusers rather than tackling what the woman has done.
It’s worth noting that forgiveness is not ours to give. Forgiveness comes from God and all we can do is to pass it on, just like love. God is love and our love is merely a sharing in his perfect love. God is forgiveness and when we forgive we are simply holding up a mirror to the God who has first forgiven each of us. “Our” forgiveness is simply a reflection. Of course, if we refuse to forgive then we cannot expect forgiveness for our trespasses. This has always been the simple message of the Our Father.
Very often when we judge others it is because we see the same fault in ourselves, and condemning the other person allows us to expiate our own frailty. Of course, Jesus did not praise the woman for what she had done; he told her to go away and sin no more. But what he did do is to prevent her from being judged by people who were as weak as she was but pretended to be better. Ring any bells?

5th Sunday
of Lent
21st.
5.30
10.00
8pm
Bill Mitchell
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon
22nd
9.15
Isabelle Roche
Tues
23rd.
9.15

Fred Walsh
Wed
24th.
9.15
10.30
In Thanksgiving (churches together meeting)
Thurs
25th.
7.15
Maureen Wood
Fri
26th
9.15
David Neale
Palm
Sunday
28th.
5.30
10.00
8pm
Philip Powell
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Denis Brockway, Marie Rooney, Frida Owens, Simon Donlan, Rev Richard Reid CSsR, Denis Welch, 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
Money Matters-Thank you
Sunday Offering £ 701 12p
Boiler £9 87p
120 Club Winner No 106 b Kirwan £20

Tuesday 23rd.
11am-1pm
Ann Gemmell
Vic Gemmell
Thursday 25th.
11am-1pm
Bernard McGuigan
Eleanor McGuigan
Saturday 27th.
11am-1pm
Anne Keogh
Chris Doherty

A Big Thank you to all the Parishioners who supported the Traidcraft Stall. Overall the Stall sold over £650 worth of goods including £388 that people ordered from the Traidcraft catalogue. Steve & I are delighted with this wonderful show of support for Traidcraft. Eileen Bell

Sarah Louise was delighted with your response to her appeal for clean water for the people of Africa- thanks to all who supported her project by buying tickets.

Please remember that next week brings Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. Both Masses will start in the hall with the blessing of palms and procession into church. Please don’t try to get into church before the arrival of the procession-it’s not in the spirit of the event. The complete programme for Easter will be published in the Wirral Globe but our Holy Week Reconciliation service will take place on Monday 29th at 7.30pm.

This Sunday and next Sunday we will have a retiring collection for flowers for Easter and indeed for the whole of the rest of the year until we collect again in Advent. Please be as generous as you can since our wonderful flower ladies depend on your contributions to keep them in funds for the year round. Many thanks.

This week’s churches together meeting is at St Luke’s and we will talk about Psalm 118 Being Hopeful. The last meeting at Christ Church Hr Beb. Was well attended and let’s hope we can keep going…..

Several VIPs, i.e. very important parishioners- (not that you are not all important)-have celebrated birthdays this week including Philip our deacon and both Jane and Julie Kenny- we send them all our very best wishes for the year ahead.

With Easter approaching fast perhaps we might have a meeting of Ministers of the Word and Eucharist this coming Tuesday? It would be good to have a short time to pray together about the forthcoming events.

Owen Smith’s funeral took place here on Thursday. He was a former schoolboy at St John’s and rose to important positions in education in the diocese. He was just 60 and will be greatly missed by his wife and children. Please pray for them as they adjust to life without him. May he rest in peace
We have also said goodbye to Pauline Doyle who died at the ripe old age of 95- it is just a few years since she was a reader here. May she too enjoy the company of her Saviour.

Bernadette Kirwan has relinquished her responsibilities as parish safe guarding representative and we are hopeful that Celia Daly will take over this important role. We thank Bernadette for all the hard work she put into that role and into the many other tasks she has undertaken over the years.

ALMOST THERE
As Lent progresses, the final preparation period dawns for those of our diocese who are to be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers and hope that their encounter with Jesus the Christ will enlighten their minds and hearts and encourage them as they begin their new life of faith:
Lord, we pray for those who are journeying to you and are preparing to be received into the Church at Easter. Strengthen their faith and increase their joy. Open their hearts to the fullness of your love. Deepen their understanding of your word. Set their hearts on fire afire for your kingdom of justice and truth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life for all.
Amen.

14/03/2010

12/03/2010

St John the Evangelist
Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk
http://www.lpa24.org
0151 645 3314
Reg Charity 234025
Fr Frank Rice
Rev Philip White
4th Sunday of Lent 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: PARTY MOOD
When the prodigal son came home they held a party to celebrate the fact that he was part of the fold once more. But there was an empty seat at the party; the older brother refused to come and take part.
The liturgy, and especially the Mass, is the continuation of that party and festivity. At the eucharist we celebrate the fact that in Jesus Christ we have been redeemed and forgiven, that we are already experiencing a share in the eternal life that God has promised us and that one day we will enjoy seeing God face to face in the never-ending celebration of bliss and happiness in heaven. In the meantime we eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus Christ that was given up and shed for us so that sins may be forgiven.
As you sit in your pew in church, are there any empty seats? It would be surprising if there weren’t! Most churches struggle to fill their seats except at the great feasts of the year.
Who belongs in those seats? It’s tempting to say that they are older brothers’ seats, people who have had some sort of gripe with the church and have decided to give Sunday worship a wide berth. To an extent this is true. We are a fallible group of people and we’re quite capable of failing each other at crucial times, and of even putting off people to the extent that they no
longer darken our doors. What would happen if we reached out to family and neighbours, to friends who feel that the Church has failed them? Is it worth taking the risk of inviting them to the feast, or should we just write them off as a dead loss? Would it shock us if they said yes?

And what about the person who’s sitting in your seat? Yes, you. Are you the life and soul of the party or are you something of a party-pooper? We never find out whether the father finally managed to get the older brother to enter into the spirit. He could have just gone and sat there with a long face. Just turning up isn’t enough. Are you glad to be able to celebrate with your whole being, singing and praying, giving thanks for the forgiveness that God has lavished upon you through no merit of your own? Or should we put the fatted calf on the back burner?

WORD OF GOD
It was only right that we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.
(Luke 15:32)

WORD FOR TODAY
We take it for granted that God will forgive us if we ask for pardon. We sometimes find it harder for other people to be forgiven and we think that they are getting off lightly. But do we ever think of “rejoicing” in the fact of forgiveness? Or is it just a given thing?

FROM THE MOUTH OF PATRICK (March 17th)
There’s a lot of mythology and glitz surrounding St Patrick. People from all over the world use him as an excuse to celebrate after the dark days of winter. Others embellish his story and claim all sorts of things for him. But did you know that we actually have some original words from his very lips?
Our 5th century saint lived in what is now England or Wales and of his life at that time he says:
“I did not, indeed, know the true God.”
As a teenager he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland and Patrick believed this was a punishment for his lack of belief. He was forced to look after pigs for six years and of this time he writes:
“I used to stay out in the forests and on the mountain and I would wake up before daylight to pray in the snow, in icy coldness, in rain, and I used to feel neither ill nor any slothfulness, because, as I now see, the Spirit was burning in me at that time.”
Patrick managed to stow away on a boat and escape back to England where he became a priest. But he always wanted to return to Ireland. He writes:
“I seemed to hear the voice of those who were beside the forest of Foclut which is near the western sea, and they were crying as if with one voice: ‘We beg you, holy youth, that you shall come and shall walk again among us’.”
Working in Ireland, spreading the Christian faith, Patrick naturally felt homesick for his friends and family. He says:
“How I would have loved to go to my country and my parents, and also to Gaul in order to visit the brethren and to see the face of the saints of my Lord! God knows how much I much desired it! But I am bound by the Spirit.”
Things weren’t always plain sailing. His fellow clergy accused him of wanting to make himself famous. This is how he reacted:
“I ought unceasingly to give thanks to God who often pardoned my folly and my carelessness, and on more than one occasion spared his great wrath on me, who was chosen to be his helper and who was slow to do as was shown me and as the Spirit suggested.”
Of course, there’s much more about Patrick from his own lips, but to find out about it you’ll need to read his book, called the “Confessio”.

4th Sunday
of Lent
14th
5.30
10.00
8pm
Parishioners
Philip Powell
Prayer Meeting
Mon
15th
9.15
Harvey family
Tues
16th
9.15

Kath O’Brien & Family
Wed
17th
9.15
Stefano Tonizzo
Christ Church Hr Beb (churches together meeting)
Thurs
18th
7.15
John Devine
Fri
19th
9.15
Mary Flaherty
Sat
20th
11.45
Carmelite mass
5thSunday of Lent
21st
5.30
10.00
8pm
Bill Mitchell
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, 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
Money Matters-Thank you
Sunday Offering £ 734 85p
Boiler £31 26p
120 Club Winner No£20

Tuesday 16th
11am-1pm
Teresa Young
Colette Corkhill
Thursday18th
11am-1pm
Phil Topping
Gerry Topping
Saturday 20th
11am-1pm
Dot Humphrey
Wilf Humphrey

This Sunday, Sarah-Louise Sherlock, a student from Upton Hall will give a short talk about the project which she and a couple of school friends have mounted to try to ensure clean water for people in Africa. It is called people of the Pipeline and is supported by Cafod, Bishop Brian and the Prime Minister. She has organized a grand draw to raise funds and will be inviting you to buy some tickets. Please listen to what she has to say and support this worthy initiative. Be quick because the draw is on Easter Sunday.

The venue for this week’s churches together meeting is Christ Church Hr Bebington and the discussion will focus on Psalm 51 being in need of forgiveness I do hope that a number of you will be joining us at 10.30
In looking at the question of whether forgiveness is anything other than a repetition of Christ’s commandment to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. In a sense that is true, but forgiveness relates that fundamental instruction to circumstances in which it is particularly hard to carry it out. It is not natural to forgive those who injure or even kill those we love. Christ tells us, and places the authority of his life and death behind the instruction, that here our natural instinct must be transcended by something higher, something more spiritual.
Everybody, Christian and non-Christian, has surely an inkling that this possibility lies within all of us. Everyone, Christian or non-Christian, is capable of responding to the Christian message of forgiveness… (Lord Longford)

Please note the united events on Good Friday:
11am British Legion, Teehey Lane, (for Higher Bebington) ‘Good’ Friday?
12noon. Christ Church Port Sunlight (for Lower Bebington) Easter Journey. Both events will feature readings, songs, drama, much of it by young people. If you live between Higher & Lower, you have a choice!

http://www.catholicsofalltrades.co.uk (search via internet explorer) is now up and running. If you need a tradesman and want to support catholic businesses then please log on and take a look. Note it down for future reference and know that when you use someone registered there that you will also be helping Catholic projects.

Wirral Council is supporting a ground breaking week from 15th-21st March entitled Dying Matters. The events will take place in several venues but our most local one will be at St John’s hospice on Thursday 18th from 12pm until 2pm.. (334 2778) The campaign aims to raise public awareness around death, dying and bereavement and to encourage people to talk about this often difficult and sensitive subject.
There is to be a series of talks in the new Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight. These will be given by Rico Tice, an excellent Christian speaker from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th March at 7pm until 9pm on each of those dates
He will address such subjects as:
What is success?
Where are you?
What is reality
Right with God?
Why does this one death matter?
Tickets for each of the evenings are FEE and available from Jim & Jenny Summersby on 645 3745 – who will even organize a lift for you should that be necessary.

Pauline Doyle died last week. She was an active member of this parish when she was able. We have not had the details of her funeral confirmed but it will probably take place on Friday 19th. I will confirm this and announce the time when I have it.

Last Sunday was the birthday of Maria Coulson our faithful organist and I forgot to start the singing of happy birthday to her at the end of mass. So I would now like to wish her well for the forthcoming year and to thank her for her ministry among us.

07/03/10

05/03/2010

St John the Evangelist
Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk
http://www.lpa24.org
0151 645 3314
Reg Charity 234025
Fr Frank Rice
Rev Philip White
3rd Sunday of Lent 7th March 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: LAST CHANCE SALOON?
I always meant to sort out that kitchen shelf and now that it’s crashed to the floor with all the crockery it’s too late. The same goes for that little chip in the windscreen that now looks like a spider’s web, and of course there’s that faulty old plug on the TV set which probably caused last night’s loud explosion during Coronation Street!
We love to put things off. Yes, we’ll get round to them some day but at the moment I’m a bit tired, a bit busy or a bit too distracted to do anything about them. There’s always tomorrow.
In today’s gospel, one of the most frightening episodes according to many people, Jesus issues a real warning. Don’t think that you can put off repentance until tomorrow because repentance is a “now-thing” and, what’s more, you never know what’s lurking around the corner. He reminds his listeners of two awful events that had just taken place in and around Jerusalem: a murderous attack on worshippers in the Temple, and a disaster that killed eighteen people when a building collapsed on them. Do you think these people had any idea they wouldn’t return home that day, says Jesus, and do you think they were more guilty than anyone else? Of course not. Then, he tells them, you too must repent now or you will perish like they did.
Lent reminds us that repentance is not a once-and-for-all action; we don’t make a grand act of repentance and then sit back and relax. Repentance is a constant activity of the Christian, not continually worrying about our stance before God, but striving all the time to be as close to God as we can by the way we treat other people. Repentance means taking a regular reality check that what we are doing and saying is consistent with our desire to belong to God’s family. And although we concentrate on repentance a great deal in Lent, it is something that should be a daily activity for all of us, and we need to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit to be able to repent.
Is there something in your life that niggles at you? Something that you know you should do something about which will improve your quality of life with God and with others? Well, don’t worry about it; you can always do something about it tomorrow, after Easter, in the summer or in the run-up to Christmas…. Or perhaps not!

WORD OF GOD
Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. But unless you repent you will all perish as they did.(Luke 13:4-5)

WORD FOR TODAY
We all think that we have plenty of time to get round to sorting out our lives and our relationship with God. But today’s gospel warns us that we never know what’s around the corner; besides, what’s so undesirable bout God that we would we want to put off committing ourselves fully to him?

If you have sinned, do not lie down without repentance; for the want of repentance after one has sinned makes the heart yet harder and harder.
(John Bunyan)

Primarily, God is not bound to punish sin; he is bound to destroy sin. The only vengeance worth having on sin is to make the sinner himself its executioner.
(George MacDonald)

You cannot repent too soon, because you do not know how soon it may be too late. (Thomas Fuller)

SOMETHING TO PRAY ABOUT…
We can join Pope Benedict in his prayer intentions for the month of March:
General:
That the world economy may be managed according to the principles of justice and equity, taking account of the real needs of peoples, especially the poorest.
Missionary:
That the Churches in Africa may be signs and instruments of reconciliation and justice in every part of that continent.

Sun 7th
5.30 Kathleen Sweeeney
10.00 Parishioners
8pm Prayer Meeting

Mon 8th
9.15 Eileen Sheahan

Tues 9th
9.15 Philip Powell

Wed 10th
9.15 In thanks
10.30 Churches together URC Hr. Beb

Thurs 11th
7.15 Friends of Bill & Margaret

Fri 12th
9.15 Maureen wood

4thSunday of Lent
14th
5.30 Parishioners
10.00 Philip Powell
8pm Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Denis Brockway, 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
Money Matters-Thank you
Sunday Offering £ 700 74p
Family Fast £1,041 91p
Gift Aid February £340
Stipends £181
Bills paid
Hall lighting £284.50p
House Lighting£80.74
Church Lighting £89.90
(Just so you know some of the ways your donations are spent)
120 Club Winner No 44 P McAllister £20
Church Opening Rota

Tuesday 9th
11am-1pm
Colette Sarson
Margaret Brannock
Thursday 11th
11am-1pm
Rosemary Larkin
A. N. Other
Saturday 6th
11am-1pm
Anne Keogh
Chris Doherty
More volunteers make sessions less frequent

Journeying to Easter
The Pilgrim Troupe have again pulled it out of the bag with this very moving meditation on the mystery of the passion and death of Jesus using drama, music and beautiful images. Although this production will be taken as far as Middlewich you have the opportunity of see it enacted at Holy Name this Sunday 7th at 6.30. UNMISSABLE AND FREE! See you there.

Third Week
My eyes are ever fixed on the Lord, for he releases my feet from the snare. (Psalm 24)

We’d never dream of telling someone that we’ll love them tomorrow. Today, not tomorrow, has to be the day for loving. Yet we are prepared to put off our full embrace of God until we get round to it. As the parable of the fig tree warns us, we might not get another chance to produce fruit.
Lord Jesus Christ, give me the humility to acknowledge my true faults and to turn my life around by entrusting it to you. By dying for me on the cross you have made it possible for me to have life to the full. Make me strong in love.

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

In the middle of the month, Chris Doherty will lead a service of stations of the cross using the traditional St Alphonsus prayers and meditations. Some people found it helpful last year and so he has kindly agreed to repeat them. Join him at 7.30pm on 15th

LENT YEAR C
This year we are on the third year of our liturgical cycle, Year C.
Every Lent has five weeks which precede Holy Week in the run-up to the greatest of all feasts: Easter.
It is the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of Lent which provide the flavour of the individual year, and it is the themes of repentance and forgiveness that stand out clearly in Year C.
The third Sunday of Lent Year C sees the need for change here and now. Some terrible accidents had just claimed the lives of some local people and Jesus warns that we too may be living our last day today without realising it. There may be no chance to repent tomorrow. As with the unproductive fig tree, we may find ourselves cut down. Repentance can never be put off.

First Forgiveness was well celebrated in the parish. There was no fear present among the children just the realisation that God loves them. What a great change from the old times- talking through a curtain.

I am pleased to say that the churches together meeting here on Wednesday was much better attended. This coming week we will discuss psalm 22 ‘being in Pain’- definitely one for the over 60’s!!!

http://www.catholicsofalltrades.co.uk is the address of the website whose formation was the idea of Maria Fryer. We will give details next week of how to access the site which is slightly different from the usual way. I am sure you will find it informative as well as useful. Watch this space

Many thanks to all involved in organising the Women’s world day of prayer which took place on Friday. Several groups and individuals played a part in making it an event to remember.