St John the Evangelist

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Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

Pentecost 23rd. May 2010


There’s a medieval song that was sung in Latin at Pentecost while the deacon carried the gospel-book in the procession at Mass, prior to proclaiming the gospel itself. It’s called the Pentecost Sequence and it contains line after line that speaks about the gift of the Holy Spirit. It describes the Spirit as Lord of Light, Father of the Poor, Best Consoler, Sweet Comfort, Healer, Giver of Strength, Renewer, etc.

In today’s gospel Jesus says he will ask the Father to send the “Advocate”. We tend to think of an advocate as someone who campaigns on a particular topic: an advocate for equal rights or an advocate for better housing conditions. In fact, the word advocate really means someone whom you call to stand by your side in solidarity. It’s the equivalent of the other strange-sounding word, Paraclete.

Pentecost rounds off Jesus’ saving work on earth as the Spirit completes the action of Jesus in taking on our humanity and humanising it to the point where it can glimpse the divine. What we see happening at that first Pentecost is that Jesus has not left us alone like orphans; he has sent the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, to be by our side. And the effects are immediate. From being a frightened bunch of weak men, huddled for safety behind a locked door, the apostles are transformed by the Spirit’s presence, are emboldened to go out and confront their fears, proclaiming their faith in Christ to people from every race and nation.

Someone once said that we should pray as if everything depended on God but act as if everything depended on us. Certainly this is true of the Spirit. We are only too aware of our weakness and our inability to “go it alone” when it comes to living out our faith and telling others about it. That’s why we pray constantly for the outpouring of the Spirit in our lives, that we may be transformed, strengthened, inspired and supported in our Christian lives.

One thing that we cannot do it to restrict the Spirit. If we ask for the Advocate then we agree to an adventure in faith that has no boundaries. After all, we call on the Spirit just to make us feel good; we ask for the Spirit to come and transform creation:

Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!


The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.

(John 14:26


The gift of the Spirit is God’s reminder that we are not alone, not left like orphans after Jesus has ascended into heaven. God’s Spirit inspires us, give us courage, instructs and shapes us, and makes it possible for us to bear witness to the message of Christ in a way that by ourselves we could not do. That’s why Christians constantly pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

CHURCH (May 23rd)

Pentecost is the feast of the Church’s birthday. With the coming of the Spirit the Church came into its own and began its never-ending mission of preaching the Good News to the whole world. On this Pentecost we ask for God’s continued presence and comfort in all that the Church does. This is how St Bonaventure prayed for the Church at Pentecost:

Lord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you, may the same Spirit rest on us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts. First, grant us the gift of understanding by which your precepts may enlighten our minds. Second, grant us counsel by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness. Third, grant us courage by which we may ward off the enemy’s attacks. Fourth, grant us knowledge by which we can distinguish good from evil. Fifth, grant us piety by which we may acquire compassionate hearts. Sixth, grant us fear of the Lord by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good. Seventh, grant us wisdom that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love.

Every time we say “I believe in the Holy Spirit”, we mean that we believe there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it. (J. B. Phillips)

Pentecost 23rd. 5.3010.00



Christina GaynorParishioners

Pentecost Service

St John’s

Mission Holy Name (Awe & Wonder by Pilgrim Troupe)

Mon 24th. 9.15 Sick members of parish
Tues 25th. 9.15 Rose Corrigan
Wed 26th. 9.15 Nicola Smith
Thurs 27th. 7.15 Margaret O’Rourke
Fri 28th. 9.157pm . Private IntExposition

Pat & Colin Finch.


Sun 30th. 5.3010.00


Janet & Bernard HicksRooney family (in thanks)

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Kate Kenny, Frida Owens, 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 £809 28 p

Boiler £16 71p

Communications £61 67p

120 Club No79 E McGuigan £20

Retiring collection today to help defray costs of pastoral part of papal visit to UK- please be as generous as you are able. Please use one of the envelopes provided and put your name and address on the reverse. Many thanks

The gift of the Holy Ghost closes the gap between the life of God and ours. When we allow the love of god to move in us, we can no longer distinguish ours and his; he becomes us, he lives us. It is the first fruits of the Spirit, the beginning of our being made divine. (Austin Farrer)

The Traidcraft stall is open this weekend- please support this effort brought to us so faithfully by Steve and Eileen.


In his message for World Communications Day Pope Benedict asks us not to be afraid to use the most up-to-date means to proclaim the gospel. He points out that young people are used to all the modern technology and take it for granted in their daily lives, and he particularly asks priests to be at the forefront of using technology in getting across the Good News to a world that increasingly relies on modern means of communication. (I am trying….)

We now have access to the raised garden at the side of the parish Centre which was created for Stick’n Step. We should try to use this for some purpose to help strengthen our parish life. If we could get some volunteers together to sort out the site in general, then we could perhaps have barbecues there when the weather is warmer or even take coffee up there on Sundays after Mass. All volunteers and ideas gratefully received.

The mistake with Pentecost is to think that the Spirit was given to the Church and that the Church’s job is to convey that Spirit to a world in good times and in bad, like a spiritual medicine that ultimately will cure the patient. But the reality is that at Pentecost the Spirit was unleashed upon the world and the Church’s job is to seek out instances of the Spirit’s presence, recognise and foster that saving action, and celebrate it.(Oliver Todd)

Tuesday 25th


Colette Sarson

Mgt. Brannock

Thursday 27th.


Kevin Fitzpatrick

Nora McCormick

Maria Fryer

Saturday 29th.


Anne Keogh

Noelene Evans


Born in 672, Bede was a monk from the age of seven at the monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow, in Northumbria. He described his life in this way: “I have devoted my energies to a study of the Scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church. Study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight.”

Besides writing in Latin, he was one of the first to write scholarly works in the English language. He translated the Gospel of John into Old English and some say that he completed it on the very day of his death. His best-known work is his History of The English Church and People. It gives a history of Britain up to 729, speaking of the Celtic peoples who were converted to Christianity during the first three centuries, and the invasion of the Anglo-Saxon pagans in the fifth and sixth centuries, and their subsequent conversion by Celtic missionaries from the north and west, and Roman missionaries from the south and east. His writings are our main source for the history of the British Isles during this period.

As well as his hymns and other verses, accounts of the martyrs, letters and homilies etc, he was also interested in astronomy and he was the first historian to date events from the birth of Christ, thus being the “inventor” of what we now call “A.D.”

The Venerable Bede, as he known, died in 735.

Calling all parish volunteers. – IMPORTANT INFO

At the back of the church, each volunteer should find a named envelope from the Diocesan safeguarding office. It contains a letter setting out the new regulations which have implications for your ministry within the church. Please can each person take theirs and carefully read the letter. The new laws are very important and directly affect you and other members of your parish community. The envelopes are addressed from a list supplied by the Curial Office and may be out of date, so if you do volunteer work within the parish but have not been sent a letter then please contact St John’s Safeguarding Rep. Celia Daly on 645 9256. Many thanks for your continued commitment to the parish. – Celia