St John the Evangelist

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Reg Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

Sunday 18th April 2010


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


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.


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



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


Carmel Mass

Kath & Pat O’Donnell

4th Sunday

of Easter

25th 10.00



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.


Ann Gemmell

Vic Gemmell

Thursday 22nd.


Bernard McGuigan

Eleanor McGuigan

Saturday 24th.


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


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