23/05/2010

23/05/2010

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

Pentecost 23rd. May 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: ADVOCATING CHANGE

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!

WORD OF GOD

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

WORD FOR TODAY

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

7pm

7.30

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.

Benediction

Sun 30th. 5.3010.00

8pm

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.

DIGITAL CHURCH (May 24th)

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

11am-1pm

Colette Sarson

Mgt. Brannock

Thursday 27th.

11am-1pm

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Nora McCormick

Maria Fryer

Saturday 29th.

11am-1pm

Anne Keogh

Noelene Evans

VENERABLE SAINT (May 25th)

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

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09/05/2010

09/05/2010

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

6th Sunday of Easter 9th. May 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: PARTING GIFT

When two Hebrew-speaking people greet each other, they say “Shalom aleichem” which means “Peace be with you.” When two Arabic-speakers give the same greeting, they say “Salaam aleichem.” Shalom/salaam refers to the state of integrity, harmony, serenity and completeness within a person’s life. Peace is not merely the absence of struggle but the abiding presence of calm.

In today’s gospel Jesus gives his disciples a parting gift, a gift that he says the world cannot give: peace. To have faith in Jesus and be possessed by the Holy Spirit means that we enjoy the peace of Christ.

Of course, in everyday talk, peace usually means the end of war (which often is not peace but simply truce) or the idea of peace and quiet, when we are not troubled and are allowed just to “chill out” or have a few moments to ourselves.

But the peace that Jesus offers us is that deep-down sense of wellbeing that comes from knowing that we are loved by God, have been called to be God’s children in baptism and are permanently held in the hand of a God who will never let us be lost, unless we absolutely insist on it. Christian peace brings calmness.

However, the peace we enjoy is not a static thing; it’s something active and dynamic. Consequently we have to work at keeping this peace alive, which is what Jesus meant when he said “Blessed are the peacemakers”. We have to work with the Holy Spirit to keep our relationship with God alive and active and then we have to work for unity among ourselves so that the gift of peace may be a reality in our communities.

Some people can have a false sense of security. Others can have a false sense of peace. If our peace is just built on not being troubled by others, not having worries about our job, our family or our finances, then we are simply enjoying freedom from anxiety. If, however, our peace is built on our relationship with God, on our trust in his promises to us and the confidence that his always keeps his word, then we enjoy that peace of Christ which the world cannot give. And this is what we wish each other at every Mass when we turn to each other and say, “Peace be with you”.

WORD OF GOD

Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. (John 14:27)

WORD FOR TODAY

A life of faith is a life of challenge. But it also brings peace, not a peace that is simply being free from bother, but a peace that allows us to know deep down that we are known and loved by God and that ultimately we will see God face to face.

Slacken the strings of a violin and the music is spoiled; as Christians slack in their duty, they spoil the sweet music of peace in their souls; as the fire goes out, the peace cools. (Thomas Watson)

Man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself. He is not at peace with himself, because he is not at peace with God. (Thomas Merton)

A person knows peace when they have forgotten desire. (Bhagavad Gita)

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6hthSunday

Easter

9th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

John McLean

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 10th. 9.15 Eileen Sheahan
Tues 11th. 9.15 Betty Treacy
Wed 12th. 9.15 Stephen Cohen
Thurs 13th. 7.15 Moira Roberts
Fri 14th. 9.15

7pm

Deceased clergy of Diocese

Exposition

Private Int.

Benediction

Ascension 16th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Deidre Woolfe

\Parishioners

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 £ 770 48p

Boiler £8.))p

120 Club Winner No 28 P Dobbie £20

On Pentecost Sunday 23rd there will be a special gathering to celebrate the birthday of the church The venue is here at St John’s at 7pm. All are most welcome to attend and please do feel free to invite people from other parishes, including those of other denominations.

Final call for red boxes- all should have been in by end of April

Blood Donation sessions will next be held at Bebington Civic Centre on Friday 14th from 2-4pm and then 5.30-7.30pm. There is a national shortage of blood and you just never know when you might need to receive some so please consider donating.

Once again our wonderful altar servers are to walk the Wirral Way on 23rd May and they are looking for our sponsorship. Last year, we did them proud and raised a handsome sum for their 2 beneficiaries, Claire House and the Guild of St Stephen. Please let’s see if we can translate our support into a pound or two for their charity!

Tuesday 11th

11am-1pm

Teresa Young

Colette Corkhill

Thursday 13th

11am-1pm

P Topping

G Topping

Saturday 15th

11am-1pm

A Keogh

C Doherty

NSr Catherine Darby from the education service has sent lots of information about forthcoming events but highlighting two in particular.

The first is entitled the Wednesday Word although confusingly it is on Tuesday 22nd June! It will be at Our Lady’s Stockport and the speaker is Dom Henry Wansborough OSB.

The second is the annual catechists’ gathering which is at St Nicholas in Hartford (booking forms available). This is on Saturday 26th June and will be given by Dr Camilla Burns who teaches at Hope University and is a very gifted scripture scholar and a wonderful communicator.

Perhaps a little more accessible for most people is a series called The Reading Group. The group deals with one book per term and meets just once each term. If you wish to join this, the book to read is called A NEW LOOK AT GRACE by Bill Huebsch and our local meeting is at St Anne’s on Friday 2nd July at 7.30pm/ More details from Mary Tyrell 645 7322

ext meeting of bereavement group will take place on Thursday 20th May at 7.30pm when they will be making plans for the next bereavement service.

Bebington Knights of St Columba are holding a fund raising social event featuring the popular local band Reckless Elbow playing the best of folk and acoustic music. Proceeds are in aid of the Ferries family Groups and KSC Charities

The Parish Team is becoming a bit depleted in numbers following the resignation of Liz de Seine after 7 years of valuable service. If you are approached to become a member I hope you will seriously consider joining us.

Churches Together Merseyside. Two cathedrals Service will take place on Pentecost Sunday 23rd May. The procession starts at 3pm at the Anglican cathedral and ends at 4.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Cardinal Walter Casper will be the preacher.

02/05/2010

02/05/2010

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

5th Sunday of Easter 2nd May 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: SOMETHING COMPLETLEY NEW

Often the closer we are to something, the less clearly we see it. We might go on holiday to a beautiful island paradise only to find that the locals take the sunshine, the palm trees and the gentle pace for granted. It’s not uncommon for Parisian or Roman taxi drivers to consider the Arc de Triomphe or the Colosseum as mere traffic islands to be negotiated with difficulty at rush hour. We tend not to appreciate the wonders around us when we see them every day.

The same can be true for Christians who live cheek by jowl with their faith. We can end up downsizing the importance of what we believe because we package it into sound-bites such as “God is love” or “Love your neighbour as yourself”. And if our faith and religion is reduced to maxims then it has to compete with all other political, commercial and recreational claims on our time and talent. And thus it becomes relativised.

So Christianity is in danger of being seen as just one way of spending our spare time, along with party politics, sport, caravanning, bird-watching or knitting. And we get sucked into thinking that tolerance demands of us that we make no greater claim for our faith than we do about our hobbies and our interests. After all, it would be indecent to make a lot of noise about our faith, wouldn’t it? Especially if faith is a private thing.

But Christians don’t think like that. We don’t consider our belief in Jesus Christ to be a take-it-or-leave-it affair. It’s not merely like being a member of a wine club or a social networking group. For Christians, faith in Jesus is massive; it is the single most important factor in our lives because it determines who we are and how we behave. To be a Christian is not simply a “nice” thing; it’s totally consuming because it informs every aspect of our living and breathing.

In today’s scripture God says, “Now I am making the whole of creation new”. The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. The old order is wiped away, death and evil have lost their power to keep us held captive, and we are offered a radically new and eternal life that has already begun now and that will come to fulfilment the other side of the grave. There is nothing “same-old” about our Christian faith. It’s something that can transform the whole of creation.

WORD OF GOD

Then the One sitting on the throne spoke: “Now I am making the whole of creation new.” (Apocalypse 21:5)

WORD FOR TODAY

We believe that the risen Jesus is present among us now. But this presence is simply a foretaste of the eternal presence that is promised to his people in the kingdom of heaven. Today we believe by signs; one day we will see God face to face.

May is Mary’s month, and I muse at that and wonder why; her feasts follow reason, dated due to season: Candlemas, Lady Day; but the Lady Month, May, why fasten that upon her, with a feasting in her honour? Ask of her, that mighty mother: reply puts this other question: What is Spring?: growth in every thing, all things rising, all things sizing Mary sees, sympathizing with that world of good, nature’s motherhood. Their magnifying of each its kind with delight calls to mind how she did in her stored magnify the Lord. Well but there was more than this: Spring’s universal bliss much, had much to say to offering Mary May. This ecstasy all through mothering earth tells Mary her mirth till Christ’s birth to remember and exultation in God who was her salvation. (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

ENGLISH MARTYRS (May 4th)

Between 1535 and 1680, over 600 Catholics died in England and Wales for their faith. 54 were beatified in 1888 and 9 more in 1895; 247 others had their cause of beatification introduced in 1886, being declared Venerable; the remainder, though they all died heroically, led more obscure lives. By the end of the 20th century 42 had been canonised. Today’s feast celebrates all those who were canonised and this date was chosen because at Tyburn on this day in 1535 three Carthusian monks died, the first of many martyrs, Catholic and Protestant, of the English Reformation. But the number of those who died on the scaffold, perished in prison, or suffered harsh persecution for their faith in the course of a century and a half cannot now be reckoned. They came from every walk of life: rich and poor, married and single, women and men. They are remembered for the example they gave of constancy in faith, and courage in the face of persecution.

The Parish Centre has now reopened and tea will be served there after the Sunday Mass

5ththSunday

Easter

2nd. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Parishioners

Peter Topping

Prayer Meeting

Mon 3rd. 9.15 David Keaton
Tues 4th. 9.15 Sr Mary Christina
Wed 5th. 9.15 McDyer Family
Thurs 6th. 7.15 Ellen Thorpe
Fri 7th. 9.15

7pm

Simmons Int.

Exposition

Benefactors SSCF

Benediction

6th.t Sunday of 9th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

John McLean

Parishioners

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 £ 629 63p

Boiler £6 59p

120 Club Winner No 76 M Halpin £20

No. 77 M Rooney

The Legion of Mary (Wirral Curia) is to hold a public Rosary at 2pm in St Werburgh’s Square on Saturday May 8th. All are welcome to join in.

SOMETHING TO PRAY ABOUT….

We can join Pope Benedict in his prayer intentions for the month of May:

General: That the shameful and monstrous commerce in human beings, which sadly involves millions of women and children, may be ended.

Missionary: That ordained ministers, religious women and men, and lay people involved in apostolic work may understand how to infuse missionary enthusiasm into the communities entrusted to their care.

Once again, the altar servers are to walk the Wirral Way on 23rd May and they are looking for our sponsorship. Last year, we did them proud and raised a handsome sum for their 2 beneficiaries, Claire House and the Guild of St Stephen. Our servers are second to none and always congratulated on their dignity and discipline by visitors and they do appreciate the support we give them all year round. Please see if you can translate your support into a pound or two for their charity!

Tuesday 4th

11am-1pm

Teresa Young

Colette Corkhill

Thursday 6th

11am-1pm

Noelene Evans

Rosemary larkin

Saturday 8th

11am-1pm

D Humphrey

W Humphrey

THE CATHOLIC VOTE?

A General Election is a time to reflect on what sort of society we live in and how we would like it to be. It gives us the opportunity to renew our energies and our work for a better future. What do we really hope for in our society today? What encourages us? What alarms us? The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has published a booklet, “Choosing the Common Good”, to help us think about some of the issues that affect where we put our “X”. Among them are:

*No government can solve every problem, nor make us more generous or responsive to need.

*The common good refers to what belongs to everyone by virtue of their common humanity.

*Society cannot change for the better without restoring trust.

*Virtue means doing good even when no one is looking.

*It is essential that the dignity of every human life is upheld because our life is not our property to dispose of but a gift to treasure.

*Serving the common good requires that the needs of the elderly are not discounted, and that we work to ensure health and social care is better coordinated so that older people get the care they need when they need it.

*Policies on immigration should start from human dignity and the inalienable rights that follow from it.*We all need to recover a sense of the integrity and sacredness of the whole of God’s creation, of which we are not the masters but stewards.

*Society has a vested interest in supporting marriage as the surest basis for family life .

We are members of that body which was nailed to the cross, laid in a tomb and raised to life on the third day. There is only one organism of the new creation, and we are members of that organism which is Christ.

(Lionel Thornton)

No conceivable life can be so interesting, so stimulating, as that which we live in Christ. (William Little)

If we were willing to learn the meaning of real discipleship and actually to become disciples, the Church in the West would be transformed, and the resultant impact on society would be staggering. (David Watson)

The Butterfly Park is holding an open day and art trail this Sunday from 11am until 4pm.There are lots of things to attract visitors including nature walks, Barbecue, face painting and art and print workshops. Why not take the children for an afternoon of fun? Entry is free and it is just down the road next to the station.

There is to be a healing Mass at Holy family Pensby on Wednesday 12th May at 7.30pm. Fr Keith Windsor OFM Cap. is to be the chief celebrant. All are welcome to attend.

Calling all members of the PPT!

There will be a meeting on Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm. Please do your best to attend.

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 in July before the end of the school year.
This will be for parents and candidates at the end of Year 8 this July, who will be moving up to Year 9 in September.