St John the Evangelist

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0151 645 3314

Reg Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

13th Sunday of the Year 27th June 2010


The people who met Jesus on the road in today’s gospel, and who all had reasons to delay following him, are mirror images of Elisha when he was called to come and follow the prophet Elijah. After an initial request to go and say goodbye to his parents Elisha realised the enormity of the calling. There and then he killed a pair of oxen he was using to plough the field with, killed them and cooked them by burning the plough. The meat would have been absolutely fresh but not very tender!

It’s noticeable that, when Jesus was calling his apostles, we are told that they left their nets etc. “at once” and followed him. For those who choose to be followers of Jesus there is an immediate attraction, something which is no mere half-way house appeal. When the famous prophet Elijah throws his cloak over the simple farmer Elisha, then Elisha knows he has a claim on him.

If there’s one thing God can’t stand then it must be half-heartedness. Am I serving God with every ounce of strength and commitment or am I just doing enough to keep my conscience quiet? Am I just covering all bases and paying the premiums on my heavenly insurance policy? Or do I feel a magnetic attraction to Jesus and all that he asks of me? In my life is God a passion or a hobby?

When Jesus calls us to be disciples, he calls us to make a lifelong, irrevocable, absolute commitment. Most of us follow Jesus to the best of our abilities but we are also aware that there are areas of our lives where we hold back, aspects of the way we live that are not helping our commitment as disciples of Jesus. This is because following Jesus is an ongoing, lifelong commitment. We have continually to ratify our commitment, to keep signing on the dotted line as disciples of Christ. What are the nets that Jesus is still asking us to leave, the oxen that we need to slaughter, the ploughs that we have to burn? Are there relationships in our lives that dull our response? Are there habits that we have taken for granted but which make us slow to respond to the challenge of being followers?

Or have we felt the cloak thrown over us, God’s mantel in Christ, which calls us to follow wherever he may lead and to proclaim the best news possible to those we meet on the road?


Elisha took the pair of oxen and slaughtered them. He used the plough for cooking the oxen, then gave to his men, who ate. He then rose and followed Elijah and became his servant.

(I Kings 19:21)


The speed with which Elisha settled his affairs so as to follow Elijah is remarkable but shows how much he valued the calling being made to him. We have already heeded the call of Jesus. How quick are we to put it into practice when called upon in our daily affairs?


You wouldn’t think that Paul, a tentmaker, and Peter, a fisherman, would be the obvious choices when it comes to influencing the growth and development of the Church in its infancy. Yet the rest is history.

Peter was anything but a rock; he was headstrong and impulsive; he was full of boasts but often failed to deliver; he was at Christ’s right hand yet he also betrayed him to the sound of the cock crowing.

Paul was one of those people who began life wanting to see other people’s downfall. He persecuted those who fell short of the high Jewish standards. Yet suddenly he saw the light and he began to put to shame those who had been with Jesus from the start by his fierce and logically argued defence of the budding Christian religion. He ended up claiming the status of an apostle and rejoicing at being a prisoner for Christ.

Both Peter and Paul by their zeal in preaching and teaching, as well as by the witness they gave to Christ by spilling their blood, are heroes in faith. Today we are unlikely to have to give our lives for our faith, but we are called to be equally zealous, like them, in letting the world know that all it has to offer is “utter garbage” (Paul’s words) when compared with the joy of belonging to Jesus.

Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles’ blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labours, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith.”

(St Augustine)

13th Sunday 27h. 5.30



Benefactors SSCF


Prayer Meeting

Mon 28th. 7.30 Catherine McGuigan

SS Peter & Paul

29th. 10am.



Pauline Marshall

Wed 30th. 9.15 John Cohen
Thurs 1st. 7.15 Wilf & Dot
Fri 2nd. 9.15 Pauline Doyle
14th Sunday 4th. 5.30



Eric & Pauline Gearing


Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them 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 £754 77 p

Boiler £5

120 Club Winner No 52 M Simmons £20

I shall be having another batch of dedication plaques engraved for our chairs very soon. I tend to wait until there are a number to do. If you would like to sponsor a chair in memory of an event or a person then the cost is £50.

Our Traidcraft Stall will be operational this weekend. Please give it your full support.

Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Bob, why are you resisting me?” I said, “I’m not resisting you!” He said, “You gonna follow me?” I said, “I’ve never thought about that before!” He said, “When you’re not following me, you’re resisting me.”

(Bob Dylan)

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Today, even amongst Christians, there can be found much of that spirit that wants to give as little as possible to the Lord, and yet to get as much as possible from him. The prevailing thought today is of being used, as though that were the one thing that mattered. That my little rubber band shoul

d be stretched to the very limit seems all important. But this is not the Lord’s mind. The Lord wants us to be used, yes; but what he is after is that we pour all we have, ourselves, to him, and if that be all, that is enough. (Watchman Nee)

A reminder that Confirmation will take place on Thursday 25th November. This year it will take place as an LPA event and is for all those presently in Year 8 or above.
As stated before, there will be an Information Meeting for those interested and their parents on Friday 2nd July in the Parish Centre at 6.30 pm. This will last about an hour. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please give your names to Father Frank or Liz McIntosh as soon as possible.

St John Plessington has won the prestigious award which narrowly eluded them last year. Congratulations to Mr. Quinn and all the staff and pupils. We are very proud of you!

How the year is galloping along- July on Thursday!!!


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


That in every nation of the world the election of officials may be carried out with justice, transparency and honesty, respecting the free decisions of citizens.


That Christians may strive to offer everywhere, but especially in great urban centres, an effective contribution to the promotion of education, justice, solidarity and peace.


Give me confidence in the depths of danger.

Give me hope when I am surrounded by fear.

Still my worries calm the anxieties pressing in on me from the world I live in.

Lord Jesus, give me your peace.

Reassure me that you are with me when I seem alone.

Ease my doubting, as you did Thomas’s.

Lord Jesus, give me your peace.

Guide my searching for peace, so that I may not seek it where it is not to be found, but I may seek it in you. Lord Jesus, live in me and give me your peace. Amen.

I had both a relaxing a challenging time during my retreat in Wales. I prayed for the parish and I hope you prayed for me. Thanks to Mike and all who kept things flowing during