25/04/2010

25/04/2010

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 Easter 25th April 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: HIS MASTER’S VOICE

Two men were sitting on a bench chatting. One said, “I think my wife is crazy. She talks to herself all the time.” The other man said, “Oh, my wife talks to herself all the time, too. Only she doesn’t know it. She thinks I’m listening.”

Sometimes in our religious practice we seem to have all the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). We become distracted easily, we find it hard to concentrate, we allow ourselves to go off at a tangent and, most of all, we think we are listening when really we’re not.

In his gospel John quotes Jesus as saying that he is the Good Shepherd whose sheep listen to his voice. And, clearly, if the sheep are to benefit from the shepherd’s experience then they have to listen to where he is directing them.

Most of us would accept that what God is trying to say to us can be found in the bible. Some might go further and say that when the bible is proclaimed in our liturgy then God is actually speaking to us here and now. We would probably accept too that the teaching of the Church is another way of knowing what God wants to communicate to us. But are there other ways of listening out for the shepherd’s voice?

Christ, the Good Shepherd, speaks to us through other people. When we come across others we see the face of Jesus reflected in them, for they like us are made in God’s image and likeness. Yet sometimes we see them only as physical beings rather than as mini-words of God, as glimpses into the divine. Do we hear the voice of God in other people?

What about the events of our daily lives? If we are finding things hard financially, it may be because of the recession. But do we ever think that God’s voice may be prompting us to ask about whether we’re in the right job, using our talents to the full, managing our lives and money properly? Conversely, if we are doing really well, do we consider that we deserve a good pat on the back or do we instinctively bless God for our prosperity? And when we hear of natural disasters such as recent earthquakes do we jump on the bandwagon of “How can a loving God allow such a thing?” or do we learn anything about our own lives and those of others by looking deeper at the consequences of what has happened?

How do we listen for the shepherd’s voice?

WORD OF GOD

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.(John 10:27)

WORD FOR TODAY

Christians face the same situations in the world as everyone else. We have families, we go to work and we have decisions to make. But we also have the voice of a guiding shepherd. Where do we look to in order to hear that voice?

VOCATIONS SUNDAY (April 25th)

God of the harvest, you call us by name and invite us to follow you. Help us to grow in love and service of our Church and our world. Give us energy and courage to shape its future. Grant us faith-filled leaders who will embrace Christ’s mission of justice and love. Bless our parish with the gifts of your Spirit. May we raise up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve your people as sisters, priests, brothers, deacons and lay ministers. Inspire us all to know you better and open our hearts to hear your call. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

When Jesus says that he is no hireling it means that the Father has given this earth over to him, and he is the master of it. The fact that this earth belongs to Jesus, and that he is the elder brother to every man and woman who will ever live here, fills him with the greatest responsibility, which also springs from that charity, which is the pure love of Christ. He could never desert anyone of us when we are in need, for he is not the hired hand. He will never desert us because he is the Good Shepherd. (Lucy Crossforth)

The current director of Schools, Mr Michael Clarke, has tendered his resignation to Bishop Brian with effect from 31st August. This is a high powered position which he has managed with great effect for the past 12 years. If anyone is interested in applying, the specifications can be found on the diocesan website.

4thSunday of Easter 25th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Kath & Pat O’Connell

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 1612h. 9.15 Maureen Wood
Tues 20th. 9.15 Pat Belmar
Wed 27th. Mary Touhey
Thurs 28th. 10am Pauline Marshall
Fri 29th. 9.15 Mary Dougherty
Sat. Vigil 30th. 5.30 Sr. Mary Christian
4th Sunday

of Easter

25th 10.00

8pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Kate Kenny,  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, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Mark Harrison & Genevieve Foster. 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 £712 28p

Boiler £6

120 Club Winner No 64 P McLean£20

Red boxes for the APF are due for emptying during April.

Wirral Coastal Walk will take place on Sunday 23rd May. The Children’s Society would love your support if you intend to make the walk . See notice board for details.

There will be a meeting for the bereavement support group on Thursday   29th April at 7pm. Please do your best to attend as we need to plan the next service for late May or June.

There will be the usual annual bedding plant sale at SJP on Saturday 1st May from 9am until 12noon in the college restaurant. Pre order if you wish by ringing 645 5049

Tuesday 27th.

11am-1pm

Colette Sarson

Margaret Brannock

Thursday 29th.

11am-1pm

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Norah McCormick

Saturday 1st.

11am-1pm

Anne Keogh

Chris Doherty

LOUIS DE MONTFORT (April 28th)

St Louis de Montfort only lived for 43 years (1673-1716) but he left his mark on the Church in many ways. Renowned as a preacher he travelled across France and was particularly well-known for developing the branch of theology called Mariology, the study of Mary’s role in the Church and in the events of salvation.

Pope John Paul II said that his motto “Totus Tuus” was inspired by Louis’ writings about the Virgin Mary. This motto comes from a prayer by Louis:“Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt, O Virgo, super omnia benedicta.” (“I am all yours, and all that is mine is yours, O Virgin, blessed above all.”)

John 10 tells us how thieves and wolves come to destroy the sheep. But the good shepherd is there to save them. These verses tell us that though Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy God’s people, Jesus is there to protect, love, and save us from destruction giving us eternal life. Jesus came not to merely be the hired keeper but came as the one (the only one), who was and is, COMPLETELY COMMITTED TO US — even to his own death and resurrection. Jesus is the good shepherd who laid down his physical life for you and me. (Marisa Lefftmann)

Without a shepherd, sheep are not a flock.

(Russian Proverb)

Interested in a holiday at Palazzola in June? A Carlisle priest is looking to add to a group going on 7th– 14th. Sounds good. All details on posters on side wall of church. Copy of booking form available from me.

PROSPECTIVE CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
This year, Confirmation for Candidates in Year 9 and above will take place on an LPA basis on Thursday 25th November. Preparation will begin in the week commencing Sunday 12th September.
There will be a meeting for parents and prospective candidates in July before the end of the school year
New Ferry Butterfly Park opens to the public after the winter on SUNDAY 2 MAY, 11am -4pm, when our artist-in-residence, Carol Ramsey has organised a fun day – see attachments. Please come along and encourage others to do so. For your information, the position of the Park is still unsure. Wirral MBC is progressing a Compulsory Purchase Order, but these things take time. Meanwhile there is a court case in Liverpool on 11 May to consider an application by D Morgan plc, an application by Cheshire Wildlife Trust for an injunction to protect the Park, and CWT’s objection that the notices to quit we have received are invalid.  Hilary Ashe

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18/04/2010

18/04/2010

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

Sunday 18th April 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: BREAKFAST BY THE LAKE

When someone says the word “eucharist” what springs to mind? Do you think of a thing, perhaps the bread and wine? Or do you think of an action, perhaps the Mass?

Oddly enough, if you go to Greece you’ll hear the word “eucharist”, though pronounced in a slightly different way, every few minutes. That’s because it’s the Greek word for “thank you”. So the eucharist is really the action of giving thanks to God for creation and redemption. It’s an action first and foremost, and then a thing secondarily since we reserve the Eucharistic species of bread and wine for use with the sick and sometimes for adoration.

If you take a look at the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection, you’re bound to notice that food plays a great part in them. From the first appearance on Easter Sunday evening with the disciples on their way to Emmaus where he breaks bread, to the final appearance in today’s gospel where they have a fish breakfast on the lake shore, being with Jesus is associated with eating and drinking. Could the gospel writers be trying to give us a clue?

The eucharist is the action of the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit by which we praise and thank God for the wonders he has worked for us and those he is still doing today. By calling down the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine we effect the transformation of the elements into the body and blood of Christ. We also call down the Spirit upon ourselves so that by sharing communion we too are transformed into the Body of Christ that is the Church. In other words, we become what we eat.

We meet Christ in the words that are proclaimed from scripture, for they convey the message that his life embodied. We meet Christ is the faces of those whose paths cross ours daily, especially those in need. We meet Christ in those who minister God’s love to us through the sacraments. We meet Christ in his body, the Church, when we gather together with two or three or more to worship in his name.

But most of all, and in a special way, we meet the risen Christ in eucharist where he invites us to eat and drink in the consummate act of thanksgiving that seals us in God’s love

WORD FOR TODAY

The disciples met the risen Lord over a simple meal. Today we meet Jesus in many guises, in words and events, in faces that look to us for love and in those in need. But the most sublime way in which we meet Jesus is when we form part of his body, the Church, which gathers to eat his body and drink his blood.

WORD OF GOD

Jesus said,” Bring some of the fish you have just caught; come and have breakfast.” (John 21:10-12)

WHO’S THE GREATEST? (April 21st)

St Anselm was an Italian Benedictine who lived from 1033-1109 and spent the last sixteen years of his life as Archbishop of Canterbury. But it is chiefly as a philosopher and theologian that he is remembered. He famously described theology as “faith seeking understanding” and he is most often quoted for one of his arguments for showing the existence of God in which he said that God is “that than which nothing greater can be thought”. In other words, he is a being so great that one cannot so much as conceive of a being who would be greater than God.

This is a prayer written by Anselm:

My God, I pray that I may so know you and love you that I may rejoice in you. And if I may not do so fully in this life let me go steadily onto the day when I come to that fullness. Let me receive that which you promised through your truth, so that my joy may be full. Amen.

Pearls of great price!

Many thanks to Sara & Philip White who shared their special day with us last Monday. After a celebratory Mass the congregation  enjoyed a lovely  ‘family’  breakfast served by them in the dining room and washed down with orange juice or Bucks fizz. Ad multos annos!

3rd Sunday of Easter 18th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Mary Cawley

People of the parish

Prayer Meeting

Mon 1912h. 9.15 Chris Boyle
Tues 20th. 9.15 Jack McCormick
Wed 21st. 10.30 Funeral Denis Brockway
Thurs 22nd. 10.30 Funeral Gwendoline McClellan
Fri 23rd. 9.15 Joan Yeardsley
Sat. Vigil 24th. 11.45

5.30

Carmel Mass

Kath & Pat O’Donnell

4th Sunday

of Easter

25th 10.00

8pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Kate Kenny,  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, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Mark Harrison & Pauline Marshall. 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 £979 62p

Boiler £616 75p (swelled through refund from United utilities- water board to you and me)

120 Club Winner No 69 N Evans £20

Red boxes for the APF are due for emptying during April, please bring yours in ASAP  and save Tom’s headaches.

People of the Pipeline

I am delighted to inform you that the draw organised by Sarah-Louise Sherlock  of Upton Hall and St Albans parish raised almost £1000 for her project. There are 2 winners from St John’s- Lily Rooke won the first prize ‘Fairy Quilt’ and Pat Dobbie won the 4th prize which is a mosaic kit and all those who bought a ticket have won  in the knowledge that they have helped to build another pipeline!

Tuesday 20th.

11am-1pm

Ann Gemmell

Vic Gemmell

Thursday 22nd.

11am-1pm

Bernard McGuigan

Eleanor McGuigan

Saturday 24th.

11am-1pm

Dot Humphrey

Wilf Humphrey

BY GEORGE! (April 23rd)

We all know the story of how George killed a dragon that was terrorising a village and became a symbol of the Christian soldier who fights against evil for the sake of Christ. His feast has been celebrated on April 23rd in England since 1222.

But George is also claimed by many other places. He is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece; and of the cities of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice.

Besides being adopted by these places he is also invoked as the patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, butchers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis. In recent years he has been adopted as patron saint of the boy scouts.

It is thought that the flag of St George was ordered by Richard the Lionheart to be worn on the breast as part of the uniform of all his soldiers to identify them on the field of battle, and the saint’s name has been invoked in oaths across the centuries: By George!

Denis Brockway died peacefully in hospital on Thursday after a sudden short illness. May he rest in the peace of Christ. We extend our sympathy to his family and friends. His funeral will take place on Wednesday. Our sympathy also goes to the family and friends of Gwendoline McClellan who died recently and whose funeral will take place on Thursday 22nd.

On May 13th at Our Lady’s there will be a Mass celebrated by Fr David Charters to celebrate the feast of Our lady of Fatima. All are welcome to attend. See poster for more details

You are there on the table; you are there in the chalice. You are this body with us, for, collectively, we are this body. We drink of the same chalice because we live the same life. (St Augustine)

In the Mass we have Jesus in the appearance of bread, while in the slums we see Christ and touch him in the broken bodies and in the abandoned children.

(Mother Teresa)

On Saturday May 8th there will be a gathering of parish Bereavement support groups in Knutsford from 10am until 1pm. The title is ‘The Grieving Process- How Listening Can Help’. Please see notice board for further details.

There will be the usual annual bedding plant sale at SJP on Saturday 1st May from 9am until 12noon in

11/04/2010

11/04/2010

WORD OF GOD
The sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. (Acts 5:15)

WORD FOR TODAY
A week on from the Easter events and there is still a buzz in the air. Every Sunday is a mini-Easter and every celebration of eucharist is an opportunity to rediscover the saving power of God in our lives, forgiving us, strengthening us and setting us free.

HIGH OR LOW? (April 11th)
If the Sunday after Easter Sunday is Low Sunday then when is High Sunday? The answer is that it doesn’t exist. It’s actually called “Low” because of the new Christians who were received into the Church at Easter. After baptism they were given some white garments to put on and they wore them for a week. The second Sunday was the day they took them off (lowered them) and it was officially called “Dominica in albis depositis” (the Sunday when the white garments were taken off).
Of course there’s another name for this Sunday, “Quasimodo Sunday”. But that’s a different story that stems from the fact that the first two Latin words that were sung on this day are “quasi” and “modo”. In his famous account of the hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo calls him Quasimodo because he was reportedly found as a baby on Low Sunday, or Quasimodo Sunday.
So now you know!

Many congratulations to Sara and Philip White who celebrate their Pearl wedding anniversary this weekend. They give wonderful witness to married life in both their own partnership and in the help they offer to other couples through marriage preparation courses and relationship counselling. Thank you both!

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
Low Sunday 11th April 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: CASTING A SHADOW
When we talk about casting a shadow over something we usually mean it in a negative way.We mean that something is ruined or spoilt. But today, in the Acts of the Apostles, everyone wants to get close to Peter, just on the off-chance that his shadow will fall over them and they will be healed.
The Acts of the Apostles is really the account of how the Church grew and spread in the days and years that followed the resurrection of Jesus. It’s wonderful to see how the apostles became transformed from frightened men, huddling together in a locked room, into forthright preachers of the word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit. There’s a vibrant sense of excitement in the early chapters as we see that God has not stopped working wonders and marvels and that the number of new Christians starts to grow and the Good News begins to be broadcast over new territories.
Of course, because of our baptism, each of us is called to keep this message alive in our world today. We are the new Easter messengers who are fired with enthusiasm by the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. God in Christ has tackled head-on all that corrodes our humanity, all that eats away at our dignity, and has emerged triumphant, even over the ultimate threshold of death. Now we can really live and breathe.
Some time ago the Church in Britain used a slogan which said, “We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” Being part of an Easter people summons us to be joyful, for we sing of a great victory that God has achieved in Christ. And our Easter song is echoed on every one of the other fifty-one Sundays of the year because each Sunday is a mini-Easter, a making present of the saving acts of Jesus. Every Sunday, even in Lent, is a day not for fasting but for feasting. To “celebrate” liturgy is to broadcast what our “celebrity” God has done and is still doing for us here and now. In worship celebrity and celebration are intimately linked.
So let’s be the Easter people. Let’s be proud of our God. Let’s celebrate the wonders God is performing for us. And, yes, let’s cast a wide shadow.

Low
Sunday

11th.
10.00
8pm
Joe Moore
Prayer Meeting
Mon
1212h.
9.15
Sara & Philip White
Tues
6th.
9.15
Monica Bryan
Wed
13th.
9.15
Kitty Loan
Thurs
14th.
7.15
Int Mgt. Mitchell
Fri
15th.
9.15
Jacinta Boland
Sat. Vigil

5.30
Mary Cawley
Sunday
17th.
10.00
8pm
People of the parish
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Kate Kenny, Denis Brockway, 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, Vincent Sarson, Kath Bassett , Pat Ronan, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Mark Harrison & Pauline Marshall. Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers
Money Matters-Thank you
Good Friday (Holy Places) £259
Sunday Offering £1213. 52 p- as always thanks for your great generosity
120 Club Winner No 97 M. Duffy £20

Red boxes for the APF are due for emptying during April, please bring yours in ASAP and save Tom’s headaches.

Thanks to all who helped to make the Triduum so good-most of all to all the people who attended. I was particularly please with the numbers at the Vigil which I think were the biggest I have seen since I came here. We had a few hiccups but we were among friends I think! Thanks too to the organisers of the Good Friday procession around the village- we go from strength to strength.
Good news!
Marie Rooney is now fully recovered and in good health. She extends her thanks to parishioners for all their prayers and good wishes and intends to have a Mass offered for all your intentions.
Tuesday 13th.
11am-1pm
Teresa Young
Colette Corkhill
Thursday 15th.
11am-1pm
Phil Topping
Gerry Topping

Saturday 17th.
11am-1pm
Anne Keogh
Chris Doherty

There are various items which have been left around the church over the last couple of weeks including a coat, a large scarf as well as cool bags and plastic food containers from the shared lunch.

Someone has written to the effect that the next best thing to feeling God’s presence is sensing God’s absence…Feeling God’s presence in our lives is a remarkable spiritual blessing, and we wish that it were always so. That is, we wish that the strong, palpable, guiding presence of God was always on us. Sometimes it is! And these moments and occasions stand out in our faith pilgrimage and memory as “mountain top” experiences. By their preciousness these kinds of experiences challenge and contradict the more normal ones, in which we sense or feel almost nothing at all. The sense of the utter nearness of God teaches us what the absence of God feels like.
(John R Tyson)
Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith. (Paul Tillich)

There will be a day on Scripture at St Columba’s Chester given by Fr. Nick King S.J. It was scheduled for Jan .9th but because of the terrible weather it had to be postponed. Fr Nick is a lecturer on the New Testament at Oxford university and Philip tells me he is well worth listening to! Cost for the day is £10 and a packed lunch is required. See poster for further details.

Doubt is uncomfortable; certainty is ridiculous.
(Voltaire)

Can I please draw your attention to the fire danger which the candle stand presents. Last Sunday, we did have a fire which was caused by people placing their lit candles under the stand on the foil placed to catch the drips of wax. If there is not a vacant space for the candle you have paid for, then please leave it to one side and it will be lit later. Fortunately Mike acted quickly to smother the fire but if we had been distracted then there may have been more serious consequences. I would hate to have to replace the candles with electric ones.

Now that the date of the general election has been confirmed, there is to be a Churches Election Forum to be held at lower Bebington Methodist Church on Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm.They are hoping to gather your questions prior to the event as well as on the night itself and questions will be chosen to cover a broad range of topics. Each candidate will be asked to introduce themselves and the question and answer session will continue until around 9pm. Informal conversation may continue after the session is closed. Please send questions to:
Steve Cooper,
Development and Outreach worker
C/o Lwr. Bebington Methodist Church
Bromborough Rd
Bebington, CH63 7RA

04/04/2010

01/04/2010

WORD OF GOD
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.
(Psalm 117:24)

WORD FOR TODAY
Today is the day of days, not only for Christians but for the whole world. By rising from the dead Jesus has released us from mediocrity and has opened up the frontiers for us to a life that can be full now and overflowing in eternity. Today is the focal point of history; let us rejoice and be glad!

SOMETHING TO PRAY ABOUT….
We can join Pope Benedict in his prayer intentions for the month of April:
General:
That every tendency to fundamentalism and extremism may be countered by constant respect, by tolerance and by dialogue among all believers.
Missionary:
That Christians persecuted for the sake of the gospel may persevere, sustained by the Holy Spirit, in faithfully witnessing to the love of God for the entire human race.

Let every man and woman count themselves immortal. Let them catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection. Let them say not merely, “Christ is risen” but “I shall rise”. (Phillips Brooks)

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. (Robert Flatt)

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty tomes or musty tombs to quell the godless claims of those who scoff or even to prove life eternal. It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the Sun of Justice is rising, to revel in our Christian faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into God’s vast and inviting unknown. (Quentin de Sautwort)

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
Easter Sunday 4th April 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS:SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT!
Whenever Christians celebrate liturgy they do more than merely remember the past; they make its effects really present and active here and now through the power of the Holy Spirit. So when we celebrate the eucharist we make Christ really present in word and sacrament within this very act of worship. And on the Easter feast we actuate, make effectively present, the saving act of Jesus who conquered sin and rose from the dead to fullness of life. Easter is about celebration and it is yours for the feasting!
It’s impossible to do justice to the feast of Easter. It’s the day that all of history converged upon from the beginning of time and the day from which our lives take their ultimate meaning. At Easter, God in Jesus Christ radically transformed our lives, so that we are no longer held in the grip of mediocrity, no longer the plaything of sin, the hapless victim of evil or the amusing toy of death, but are set free to live a life that here and now enjoys the full force of God’s creation and the future promise of total bliss. Easter is cosmic and it’s yours for the asking!
The empty tomb confounds those who thought of Jesus as merely a clever philosopher or an astute politician. Death could not contain Jesus because he is the Lord of Life. And by taking on our earthly existence with all its highs and lows he has redeemed our human nature at its roots, where we feel most vulnerable and susceptible. Easter is the victory-feast of God who has taken on darkness and shattered it with his light. It’s the victory-feast of God who has shown evil to be ultimately powerless when confronted by his might and who has laughed in the face of death. Easter is about redemption and it’s yours for the taking!
So Easter explodes with praise and rejoicing and its keyword is “Alleluia”! Our songs, hymns, psalms and prayers proclaim that all those things which would seek to drag us down, to frighten us and to hold us in their power have been defeated by the infinite strength of a loving God who made us to enjoy fullness of life and who has redeemed us for eternity by rising from the dead. Easter is about song and it’s yours for the singing!

Easter Sunday

4th.
10.00
8pm
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon
5th.
9.15
Terry Cooke
Tues
6th.
9.15
Bill Mitchell
Wed
7th
9.15
Lilian Ainslie
Thurs
8th.
7.15
Bill Mitchell
Fri
9th
9.15
Jack McCormick
Sunday

5.30
Joe Moore

11th.
10.00
8pm
People of the parish
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
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, 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 £807 75 p
Reconciliation collection raised £165- most of this will be donated to running the soup kitchen for the homeless which is currently operating out of the Baptist Church
Flower collection raised over £300-many thanks for all contributions even 20p can buy a flower!
120 Club Winner No 18 F Archbold £20
No 19 V Carrigher £10

Tuesday 6th.
11am-1pm
Teresa Young
Colette Corkhill
Thursday 8th.
11am-1pm
Rosemary Larkin
Volunteer
Saturday 10th.
11am-1pm
Wilf Humphrey
Dot Humphrey
St Anne’s Chair of parish team has received a letter from Bishop Brian in an attempt to put the minds of the parishioners at rest about what will happen to their parish when the oblates leave. In it he says: “ I would like to reiterate what I said some 12 months ago to a representative group of parishioners, namely that my intention would be, if at all possible, to appoint a new parish priest to be in charge of your parish, and that is still my intention and expectation”
UPSIDE DOWN EASTER
Easter commemorates events that happened around the third or fourth month of our year. So it’s natural that, besides the obvious facts of Christ’s death and resurrection, we should find ourselves drawn to making comparisons between what is happening in our natural world and the significance of Easter. As a result we speak about spring, about new birth, about buds and leaves beginning to sprout on our trees and about the days beginning to lengthen once more. (In fact, Lent comes from the Old English word for spring; Lenten days are those which “Lengthen”).
But what do people do when they live at the other side of the world, down under as we say, and Easter coincides with the beginning of autumn into winter, when the leaves are dropping off and the nights are drawing in? Are they expected to ignore what’s going on and celebrate a northern hemisphere feast? Or should they be allowed to “inculturate” the feast, perhaps speaking about Easter in terms of the end of Christ’s mission, about fruition, harvest, mellowness and coming to maturity?
Answers on a postcard!

In the interests of the environment, can I ask that each family take just one copy of the newsletter each week (unless you are passing a copy on to someone else). Can I also ask that it be read before or after mass. I noticed that the heads of some of the congregation were bent over it throughout the reading of the passion on Palm Sunday. I agree that the newsletter is worth reading but it’s not as good as listening to the Word of God!

There will be a day on Scripture at St Columba’s Chester given by Fr. Nick King S.J. It was scheduled for Jan .9th but because of the terrible weather it had to be postponed. Fr Nick is a lecturer on the New Testament at Oxford university and our Deacon tells me he is well worth listening to! Cost for the day is £10 and a packed lunch is required. See poster for further details.

Thanks to all of you who have had any input into our Holy Week celebrations. Each year we seem to gather more helpers who then become indispensable. I thank you all and of course I thank all the people who come and attend and participate.

On Friday 9th April at 10am. we will celebrate the funeral Mass for Betty Treacy whom many of you will know. We pray that she will rest in peace and that her family and friends will find consolation in their grief.

This week Frances Storey was laid to rest. She was a great age but very much loved and missed by her husband as well as by Margo and the rest of the family. May their faith sustain them.

Many happy returns to our faithful tea server Teresa Young (by name and nature) who celebrated her …..th birthday during the week. For once, we served her with tea and cake!

If you have a look at the LPA website you will find an article about the ordination of bishop Mark with accompanying photos It was written by Joan Hannam and it tries to convey the spirit of the occasion for those who weren’t able to be there. Log on and see what else is on offer there. http://www.lpa24.org the address can always be found on the front of the newsletter.

FIFTY DAYS
Fifty days, from Easter until Pentecost, is the official period for taking our newly received Christians deeper into the mystery of faith. It has an off-putting name that comes from the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): mystagogy. But this ugly word simply means leading someone into the truths of faith. For those who have spent months and years preparing to be part of God’s Church these fifty days represent the last lap on the road. But of course mystagogy never ends. Those of us who have been Christians for years need continually to deepen our understanding of our faith. For growth in faith takes a lifetime.
So over the next fifty days let’s remember in our prayers those who have recently been baptised or received into the Church. And let’s renew our own commitment never to stop delving deeper into the riches of our faith. For an unexplored faith is a wasted faith…