25/7/2010

25/07/2010

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

17th Sunday of the Year 25th July 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: JACKPOT PRAYER?

A woman who was on a diet came into work with a huge chocolate cream cake. When her friends asked if she had stopped dieting she told them that God wanted her to have the cake. “I saw it in the bakery and prayed to God to let there be a parking spot outside, if he wanted me to have the cake. And on the 10th time round, there was the parking place!”

Prayer is a strange thing. Some people feel the need to tell God a shopping list of things that they want, as if he didn’t already know what they need! And often we ourselves don’t realise what we really need and we pray for things that we think will make life better, but which everyone else knows will be our ruin. The same happens when an alcoholic prays for a bottle of whisky.

There are those who tend to think that prayer is like a religious fruit machine, a divine one-arm-bandit. You put your request in, pull the handle and eventually you hit the jackpot. Of course, this would be to treat God like some sort of robot that did not have our welfare at heart. It’s the sort of prayer that people make to win the lottery.

So it’s hardly surprising that people talk about unanswered prayer. The very thought that God would completely ignore us when we turn to him is ridiculous. But scripture tells us that sometimes we are asking for the wrong thing or with the wrong motives and that’s why we don’t receive what we want. Prayer is always answered; it’s just that sometimes the answer is “no”, or it comes in a way we didn’t expect.

When we look at the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Our Father or the Lord’s Prayer, we notice that there is a lot of emphasis at the beginning on God’s will being done in all things, and the values of God’s kingdom permeating our thoughts and actions. Maybe if we remained open in our prayer, telling God of our needs and desires, but asking him to help us become conformed to his will, then we would start to change our approach to prayer, wanting to be part of God’s plan rather than getting him to change his plans to suit ours. Prayer would become a request to change us.

And maybe that’s why we have to wait until the second half of the Our Father before we get round to asking for things…

WORD OF GOD

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples”.

(Luke 11:1)

WORD FOR TODAY

Prayer is our lifeline with God. Not to pray means that we have a weak relationship, looking on from the sidelines rather than being at the heart of things. If we never visited, wrote to, phoned, emailed or texted our friends we would lose them…

DAY FOR LIFE (July 25th)

On the fourth Sunday of July each year we celebrate the Day for Life and recall our duty and efforts to support human life from womb to tomb. Leaflets explaining this year’s theme are available at the back of church.

To help us recognise the sacredness of life at each of its stages, and as it leads to eternal life, here are some words from Pope John Paul II:

“Men and women are called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of their earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life even in its temporal phase. Life in time, in fact, is the fundamental condition, the initial stage and an integral part of the entire unified process of human existence. It is a process which, unexpectedly and undeservedly, is enlightened by the promise and renewed by the gift of divine life, which will reach its full realisation in eternity. At the same time, it is precisely this supernatural calling which highlights the relative character of each individual’s earthly life. After all, life on earth is not an “ultimate” but a “penultimate” reality; even so, it remains a sacred reality entrusted to us, to be preserved with a sense of responsibility and brought to perfection in love and in the gift of ourselves to God and to our brothers and sisters.”

17th Sunday 25th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Parishioners

John McLean

Prayer Meeting

Mon 26th. 9.15 Kate Kenny
Tues 27th 9.15 Pauline Doyle
Wed 28th. 9.15 Maureen Broadhurst
Thurs 29th.. 7.15 Greg Patten
Fri 30th.. 9.15 Joan Lee
18th Sunday 1st. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Philomena Heaney

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Joan Lee, Ann Ferguson, Frida Owens, 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 £665 64 p

Boiler £0

120 Club Winner No 26 P Topping £ 20

Has anyone else noticed any strange behaviour from the Martins? Nora seems to be curtsying and Bill bowing! This is because they have been guests of her majesty. No- you bad minded people, not in one of her prisons, but at one of her garden parties, hob- nobbing with the great and good of the land. We look forward to hearing about their adventures.

God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done. (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

Some members of the congregation ordered (via Fr Frank) booklets appertaining to the papal visit. These have now arrived and can be found on the table at the back of church. Please take yours and place the money in the envelope with your name- many thanks

JESUS’ GRANDPARENTS (July 26th)

Jesus’ grandparents, on his mother’s side, were Joachim and Anna. We are not told this in the bible but we learn it from several books that were written after Christ’s death but not included in the list of New Testament books.

One of the reasons they do not feature in the gospels is because they were probably already dead when Jesus was born. Tradition tells us that Anna was from the Levi tribe and that her family provided priests and Levites for the Temple worship. We are also told that she and Joachim were getting on in years and still had not been able to conceive a child. In their old age they gave birth to a daughter, Mary, and in turn she gave birth to Jesus in Bethlehem. Their feast is celebrated today: a good day to pray for your own grandchildren?

God’s will is not an itinerary, but an attitude.

(Andrew Dhuse)

God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.

(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Day for life today- if you didn’t take your leaflet last week, please do so today.

SAMSON OF ??? (July 28th)

It seems that everyone wants to claim St Samson whose feast is celebrated today. Is he Samson of Wales, of York or of Dol in France?

We think he was born in Glamorgan, Wales, and studied under St Illtyd at the monastery of Llantwit in southern Glamorgan. When he is a bit older we come across him as a monk living with a community on Caldey Island, where he later became the abbot. He was joined there by his uncle, Umbrafel, and his father, Amon. After a visit to Ireland, Samson became a hermit with Amon whom he cured of a life-threatening illness. During a trip to Cornwall, he was consecrated a bishop and appointed an abbot. He then left England and went to Brittany where he spent the rest of his days as a missionary, even though his real wish was for solitude. He founded monasteries, including one at Dol and another at Pental, in Normandy. He was one of the chief evangelizers of his century and has long been venerated with enthusiasm in Wales and Brittany. So what about York? That was a different saint altogether!

Celia Daly has asked that another reminder be made to those volunteers in the parish requiring CRB checks. There are still some unclaimed envelopes at the back of the church with details of government changes in the process. This is the second document which has been sent to each of the people involved so if you have only picked up one so far, please check to see if you have another!!

Tuesday 27th Teresa Young

Colette Corkhill

Thursday 29th
Saturday 31st
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18/07/2010

18/07/2010

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

16th Sunday of the Year 18th July 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: HOW TO AVOID GOD

We have defined ourselves by what we do, not by what we are. When first meeting a person we often ask “What do you do?” And we seem to be impressed by how busy they are. Somebody with a full diary, with a frenetic lifestyle and a backlog of texts on their mobile phone is considered a success. To have no time is thought of as a status symbol. But we may still not know who we are.

If we always respond to the urgent, we may end up missing the essential. By keeping busy we can easily stave off what we know we should really be doing. Where we set our priorities often says more about how we would like to be thought of than it does about who we really are.

It’s easy to hear the episode about Jesus visiting Martha and Mary and to come out on Mary’s side. She was the one who sat and talked while Martha was going frantic in the kitchen. The gospel tells us that Martha was “distracted” by all the work that had to be done for the meal and the entertaining.

But both Martha and Mary were needed. The guest did not come just for food but for company too. Mary played her part by entertaining Jesus and by allowing herself to be enriched as she listened to what he had to say. Martha’s role was to get everything just right so that the meal would go without a hitch.

It might be a bit harsh to say that the whole occasion smacked of devotion on Mary’s part and of duty on Martha’s. But what is certain is that Martha allowed herself to be “distracted” by important things that could have waited until she’d shown the basic courtesies. Maybe she’d got into the habit of doing everything in the kitchen and then feeling sorry for herself and blaming others? She wouldn’t be the first!

In our relationship with God, do we feel that we have always got to be doing something? Always active, proving our love of God? A faith without any sign of good works would be a lazy one. But if we never slow down enough to talk to God, to rest in God’s presence and to listen for what God is trying to tell us, then we will end up running on very low batteries. And we might find that what we thought was crucial just turns out to be a way of distracting ourselves and avoiding God.

WORD OF GOD

Martha, it is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her. (Luke 10:42)

WORD FOR TODAY

We sometimes have a pathological fear that if we are not busy doing things then we are somehow failing. Martha and Mary’s story reminds us that it is not just what we do that is important but what we are. And if we are to know what we are, then we have to stop and think.

BRIDGET (July 23rd)

Saint Bridget was a problem child. Although a lass, demure and mild, and one who strove to please her dad, Saint Bridget drove the family mad. For here’s the fault in Bridget lay: she would give everything away. An easy touch for poor and lowly, she gave so much and grew so holy that when she died of years and fame, the countryside put on her name. And still the Isles of Erin fidget with generous girls named Bride or Bridget.

People expect us to be busy, overworked. It’s become a status symbol in our society: if we’re busy we’re important; if we’re not busy, we’re embarrassed to admit it. Busyness is where we get our security. It’s validating, popular and pleasing. It’s also a good excuse for not dealing with the first things in our lives. (Stephen Convey)

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even though you wish they were. (Renee Waterworth)

16th Sunday 18th. 5.30

10.00

2pm

8pm

Private Int.

Parishioners

Procession P/S

Prayer Meeting

Mon 19th. 9.15 Kate Kenny
Tues 20th 9.15 John Gibson
Wed 21st. 9.15 Hannah O’Neill
Thurs 22nd.. 7.15 Benefactors SSCF
Fri 23rd. 9.15 Pauline Doyle
17th Sunday 25th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Private Int.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Joan Lee, Ann Ferguson, Frida Owens, 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 £628 19 p

Sea Sunday £201 47p

Boiler £50

120 Club Winner No 112 T Halewood £ 20

The Traidcraft stall is open for business this weekend, please support this effort.

Fr Frank is now away in Italy on the first phase of his holidays and Fr Dennis has taken the helm at St.John’s in his absence! Philip will be assisting him in his duties here. Please continue to make any mass requests in the usual way. Fr Frank’s emails will be dealt with and any info for the newsletter can be sent via email or put through the door of the presbytery. Thanks.

The church cleaning team is seeking reliable cleaners to help for an hour on Tuesday mornings. There is no pay for the service but if the parish priest is around he makes a good cuppa! Teresa can be contacted on 608 4650

Despite last week’s appeal not a single person has come forward. Please consider if you could possibly perform this important work.

A bumper sticker said, “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” Well, the answer for that one is, “The one who dies with the most toys, still dies.” God will not ask on judgment day, “How busy were you?” Rather, he will ask, “How much like Jesus did you become?” (Anonymous)

On Monday 26th at St Anne’s there is to be a Mass of thanksgiving for all the work the OMI community has done in Rock Ferry over the past 150 years. Sadly I shall be unable to attend, but all of you are welcome to join the parishioners for the event.

Death does not break the bonds of love

Day for Life is celebrated each year by the Catholic Church in Great Britain. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. This year the theme is the meaning of Christian death and care for those who are dying. We will celebrate a day for life next weekend but meanwhile please take one of the leaflets from the back of church.

This Sunday is the last Children’s Liturgy before the summer holidays. We will resume on Sunday 12th September at the 10.00 Mass.
A big “thank you” to all our members and helpers. We hope you have a lovely holiday, and we look forward to seeing you all again after the break. The Children’s Liturgy team

Tuesday 20th.

11am-1pm

Colette Sarson

Margaret Brannock

Thursday 22nd.

11am-1pm

Kevin Fitzpatrick

Nora McCormick

Saturday 24h.

11am-1pm

Anne Keogh

Chris Dougherty

Message from Philip

We have an allocation of pilgrim passes for two major events presided over by the Pope: the open air vigil of prayer in London’s Hyde Park during the afternoon of Sat 18 Sept; and the mass for the beatification of Cardinal Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham on the morning of Sun 19 Sept.   If you would like to go to either event, you will need to fill in one or both of the forms available at the back of church and put the completed form in the box provided.   Those who are successful in obtaining a place will be contacted.  No money needed yet.  Those going to Hyde Park will need to get themselves to London and their Pilgrim pack (including a London central zone travelcard) is £10 per person.  Travel arrangement for Birmingham will be party travel by coach from a central location in Wirral / Ellesmere Port (return coach transport and pilgrim pack will be £25 per person).    A Pilgrim Leader is urgently needed for the London event.

11/07/2010

11/07/2010

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

15th Sunday of the Year 11th July 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: A TALE OF THREE PITIES

It was late on Sunday evening when Paddy Walsh was knocked into the gutter by a hit and run driver.

It happened on Baker Row and there weren’t many people about. But perhaps help was at hand when Wayne Thompson came down the road and saw Paddy lying in a pool of blood. Wayne had recently been made redundant and was off to his weekly drinking session with his mates in the Rose and Crown. As he approached Paddy, he noticed his wallet in the inside pocket of his jacket. It contained more than enough for a good night’s drinking and a few extras during the week. Wayne took it and left Paddy lying there, unconscious.

On the opposite side of the road was St Luke’s Church and Canon Smith had just put on his slippers after the last service of the day and was looking forward to a relaxing evening by the fire with a good book. As he glanced out of the window he noticed Paddy on the other side of the street. He did nothing because he knew someone else would be along soon and, after all, Sunday was his most tiring day and he was entitled to a bit of rest after looking after people for the other six days of the week. Yes, someone would be along soon.

Baker Row Shelter for the Homeless would shortly be opening its doors for the night, and John Grime was hoping to be first in the queue and get one of the beds closest to the radiators and a bowl of soup while it was still hot. He saw Paddy, by now groaning in the gutter, and was moved to pity. Opposite was a public phone box and John went and called 999. Within a short time the ambulance arrived and took Paddy off to hospital. He wanted to go with the ambulance but the police needed to interview him and take a statement from him down at the Police Station. It meant that he ended up last in the queue for the shelter.

For Wayne Thompson, Paddy was prey, fair game. For Canon Smith he was a nuisance and an inconvenience. For John Grime he was not only someone in need but someone who offered him a chance to serve and minister to his needs.

When you are faced with vulnerable people, which of the three attitudes do you take? But, more importantly, why?

WORD OF GOD

Which of these three, do you think, proved himself a neighbour to the man who fell into the brigands’ hands?

(Luke 10:36)

WORD FOR TODAY

Do you see people in need as a chance to get something for yourself, as a nuisance or as an opportunity to give of your time, talents and possibly money? These are the three attitudes in the parable of the Good Samaritan and they are as true today as they ever were.

SEA SUNDAY (July 11th)

Loneliness, danger and separation from loved ones are just some of the problems seafarers face. Around the world, night and day, missions to seafarers provide help and support to those in need. Christian agencies operate in hundreds of ports caring for the practical and spiritual welfare of seafarers of all nationalities and faiths. Sea Sunday is a day set aside in the Church’s calendar to remember seafarers and to pray for them, their families and those that serve them. It began in 1975 when the three Christian maritime missionary societies – The Mission to Seafarers (Anglican), the Apostleship of the Sea (Roman Catholic) and the Sailors’ Society (Free Church) decided there should be a day in which the contributions of seafarers to the country were recognised. Sea Sunday has gone on to become an international day with services, parades and ship blessings.

Heavenly Father, we pray to you for those on the perilous ocean, that you will embrace them with your mighty protection and grant them success in all their rightful undertakings. Grant them in all hours of need to see that they have a God who remembers them, and grant them grace in the hour of danger to commit their souls into your hands. O Lord Jesus Christ, who can rebuke the storm and bring it to silence, and lay the roaring waves to rest, show them who call to you out of the deep that you hear their prayer and will save them. And finally bring us all to the only safe port. Amen.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the Good Samaritan reversed the question, “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” (Martin Luther King)

14th Sunday 11th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Parishioners

Maureen Jago

Prayer Meeting.

Mon 12th. 9.15 Jim Sweatman
Tues 13th 9.15 Eileen Myles
Wed 14th. 9.15 Nora McGree
Thurs 15th. 7.15 Pauline Marshall
Fri 16th. 9.15 Greg Patten
Sat 17th. 11.45 Carmel Mass
15th Sunday 11th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Private Int.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Joan Lee, Ann Ferguson, Frida Owens, 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 £688 47 p

Boiler £10

120 Club Winner No 16 M. Callaghan £ 20

It being Sea Sunday there will be a retiring collection this weekend

My appeal for gardeners was quite fruitful and work has begun on making the raised garden a useful amenity for the parish. Many thanks to those who volunteered.

Three other groups in the parish are also asking for your help. The church cleaning team is seeking reliable cleaners to help for an hour on Tuesday mornings. There is no pay for the service but if the parish priest is around he makes a good cuppa! Teresa can be contacted on 608 4650

Beavers – We are trying to set up a Beaver colony within our local Scouting section and need volunteers to help run it. We currently have one but need at least one or two more to make it viable and a success. We have previously had a Beavers section and have a list of children waiting to join – but we need help! Please contact Mike Daly – 645 9256 for more information

Finally the Sunday tea rota is in need of your help. Tea and coffee are served in the parish Centre after the 10am Mass on Sundays. If we can expand the number of people on the rota then your duty will only be occasional. See Noelene for information.

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

(Mother Teresa)

There will be a meeting of the bereavement support group this coming Thursday 15th at 7pm in the side chapel. The recent service arranged by them was helpful to all those who attended and I do feel it provides an important part of parish life and provision.

Next Saturday I will be going off for a couple of weeks to act as chaplain at Palazzola. I hope you will support Fr Dennis to the utmost- he is proving to be a big hit with you all so far and has several invitations in his diary but there is always room for more!

Parish volunteers (CRB) Groundhog Day!!

As you maybe aware the government has scrapped the introduction of the ISA registration that was mentioned in the previous letter to you.

Another letter has now been published explaining this and what are to be the next steps concerning the Diocese of Shrewsbury. As previously requested could all those concerned please take your envelope from the back of the church and carefully read the letter therein. I will keep you all updated as and when thing progress.

Many thanks for all for your time and understanding regarding this situation. Celia Daly.

Lakis Gilbert and Christine Howell will be married in our church at 1pm on Friday 16th July. We wish them every happiness as they begin their married lives together.

Tuesday 13th.

11am-1pm

Ann Gemmell

Vic Gemmell

Thursday 15th.

11am-1pm

Bernard McGuigan

Eleanor McGuigan

Saturday 17th.

11am-1pm

W Humphrey

D Humphrey

On July 18th at 2pm, there will be a procession in honour of Our Lady. This will take place in Port Sunlight, starting at the war memorial at 2pm. See poster for details. Although some of the ‘regulars’ may not be there I hope you will support this occasion.

Billy Cavanagh has died in the hospice and his funeral service will take place in Landican South Chapel at 11.30 on Friday 16th. May he rest in peace and may his loved ones find consolation in their grief.

Pope’s visit: VOLUNTEER PLEASE…..   On Sat 18 Sep in the afternoon, the Pope will be at an open air Vigil of prayer in London’s Hyde Park.  On Sun 19 Sep he will preside at the Mass at Cofton Park Birmingham for the beatification of Cardinal Newman (pilgrims must be in place there by 8.30 am).   We at St John’s have an allocation of pilgrim places for both these events.  We need a volunteer for each event to act as Pilgrim Leader.  The Pilgrim Leader (must have email) will collect details of the other pilgrims from the parish (and arrive at the location of the event with the group).  Not onerous.  Please let Philip know straight away.

03/07/2010

04/07/2010

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

14th Sunday of the Year 4th July 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE MOTHER OF ALL GODS?

In an attempt to shock, someone once said that all we know about God is that she is black. The one sure thing we can say about God is that he/she does not fit into a box. God is greater than anything we can ever imagine or understand.

In today’s liturgy Isaiah uses feminine imagery to describe how God deals with the chosen people. And so God says that “she” will be like a mother to us, consoling us when we are sad, fondling us in her lap and suckling us at her breasts when we are in need of sustenance.

Of course, God is just God. God’s not a man; not a woman; not something in between. God transcends, goes beyond, gender. But thinking of God in terms of a mother as well as a father allows us to glimpse God in an entirely new light. It means that we can suddenly appreciate the tender, life-giving, nursing side to God. These feminine attributes remind us that there is no part of our lives that God is absent from, and nothing that God is unconcerned about.

Living as we do in a scientific age, we tend to think that we can dissect everything and find out exactly how it works before putting it back together again. Then we can use it when we want it. This approach sometimes affects the way people think about God. The have a Jack-in-the Box God that can be kept with the lid shut and brought out by undoing the catch when we can’t solve the problem ourselves and need a bit of divine help.

However, God is much too big to fit in the box and much too clever to be tamed by our attempts to tie him/her down to neat categories. Anyone who has ever read the scriptures will know that time and time again God acts in precisely the opposite way to how we humans think he/she should. God picks the very people whom everyone else discounts on the first ballot; God grants victory to the underdog; God confounds the proud with the humility of the meek, and turns up in circumstances where we wouldn’t expect God to be.

Today Isaiah reminds us that God is bigger than us and we cannot pretend to have God taped. If we let our minds be stretched by thinking of God as both a mother and a father then we get twice as much God for our money!

WORD OF GOD

At her breast will nurslings be carried and fondled in her lap. Like a son comforted by his mother will I comfort you.

(Isaiah 66:12-13)

WORD FOR TODAY

The God whom we think we know reveals himself to us in many and varied ways. Where do we look in our daily routine to see God acting in our world, showing his love and guiding our lives?

WISH YOU WERE HERE

God of all good things, you rested on the seventh day of creation and in your wisdom you invite us to have periods of rest and recuperation on our long journey through life. May my holiday be truly restful, a vacation from the usual cares of everyday life and a time to be renewed physically, mentally, and spiritually. Grant that this holiday may bring me a new awareness of the good things in life, and an increased knowledge of your versatile creativity. May I experience safe travel through fascinating places, and enjoy genuine leisure and revitalisation. May I refocus on my relationship with you and therefore on my true goals in life. Bring me back to carry out my daily tasks with cheerfulness and goodwill, and to the best of my strength and ability. Amen.

14th Sunday 4th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Eric & Pauline Gearing

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 5th. 9.15 Kate Kenny
Tues 6th 9.15 Sheila Dillon
Wed 7th. 9.15 Greg Patten
Thurs 8th. 7.15 Maureen Holmes
Fri 9th. 9.15 Monica Callow
15th Sunday 11th. 5.30

10.00

8pm

Parishioners

Maureen Jago

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 £745 36 p

Boiler £39

120 Club Winner No 28 P Dobbie £20

No 79 E McGuigan £10

This weekend, we welcome Fr Dennis Xulu to our community. He will remain with us for some 2 months and I hope you will give him a big welcome. While he is here I shall be coming and going several times but Philip will be around to give assistance to Fr Dennis.

On July 18th at 2pm, there will be a procession in honour of Our Lady. This will take place in Port Sunlight, starting at the war memorial at 2pm. See poster for details.

And so I saw that God rejoices that he is our father, and God rejoices that he is our mother.

(Julian of Norwich)

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. (Augustine)

God is a child who amuses himself, going from laughing to crying for no reason, each day reinventing the world to the chagrin of hair-splitters, pedants, and preachers, who try to teach God his job as Creator. (Elie Faure)

PAPAL VISIT PRAYER

God of truth and love, your Son, Jesus Christ, stands as the light to all who seek you with a sincere heart. As we strive with your grace to be faithful in word and deed, may we reflect the kindly light of Christ and offer a witness of hope and peace to all. We pray for Pope Benedict and look forward with joy to his forthcoming visit to our countries. May he be a witness to the unity and hope which is your will for all people. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady, Mother of the Church, pray for us.

St Andrew, pray for us.

St George, pray for us.

St David, pray for us.

Tuesday 6th.

11am-1pm

Teresa Young

Colette Corkhill

Thursday 8th.

11am-1pm

Phil Topping

Gerry Topping

Saturday 10th.

11am-1pm

Anne Keogh

Chris Dougherty

The Tranmere parish of St Paul with St Luke is to host a fun musical evening on July 18th when Rock Ferry Amateur Dramatic Society will be singing Broadway hits. The show starts at 7.30 and the £5 ticket charge includes refreshments- BARGAIN! See red poster for details.

New Readers’ list available in sacristy

Meeting of parish Team will be held on Wednesday 7th at 7.30pm.

!!!!!! Some months ago I loaned the March-April memorial book to a parishioner. I was promised that it would be ‘brought straight back’ and this has not happened. Can that person return it immediately please. It constitutes many hours of work and expense and is clearly something which is shared with the entire parish.

Bishop Brian would like to extend his thanks to all parishioners for their good wishes on the occasion of his golden jubilee and also for your generous contributions towards the cost of the papal visit. The diocese raised in excess of 41,000 pounds- a not inconsiderable sum in today’s economic conditions. Sadly, Bishop Brian is to officially step down from his role on 1st October this year, when Bishop Mark will take over the reins.

On a more positive note, a new parish priest has been appointed to St Anne’s. He is Fr Philip Atkinson who is currently at St Saviour’s Ellesmere Port. Please pray for him that his ministry will be fruitful and also for the parishioners who are mourning the loss of the OMI clergy who have served the area so faithfully over 150 years.

Any volunteers to tidy the garden adjacent to the hall???