26/09/2010

26/09/2010

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

26th.Sunday of the Year September 26th. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: NO RUSH?

Frank and Lilly were a happily married couple. He worked in a factory and she spent most of her time at home as the family grew to seven children. They didn’t have much time to themselves but Frank was a member of the parish Society of St Vincent de Paul, helping the poor and disadvantaged, and for the past twenty years had been elected to the local council where he was much respected by members of the public. They liked to go ballroom dancing every few months when they could find a baby-sitter and Frank’s hobby was carpentry, although the odd chair or table was about all he had the chance to make.

They didn’t have much in the way of savings but they always told themselves that they would build a workshop in the garden for Frank if they ever scraped the money together. With seven children they never quite managed it.

When he was 55, Frank had to retire from work on health grounds. He got a small lump sum and an even smaller pension. He and Lilly were quite looking forward to his retirement. Lilly had a part time job and Frank was looking forward to making some furniture for the grandchildren’s bedroom. They’d be able to do a bit more dancing now that the children were old enough to look after themselves, and they ordered a shed for Frank.

Frank’s brother Tom had had a different life. He had done well for himself and lived in luxury house a few miles away. He used to make fun of Frank’s work for the Church and for the council, and he had given up the practice of his faith after leaving school, concentrating instead on developing his haulage business. He and his wife had no children and kept themselves to themselves. When Frank talked to him about his faith he said he didn’t object to religion but he had other things on his plate and perhaps one day he would start practising again.

Tom was with Frank in the van on the way to pick up the shed from the DIY store when it crashed and they both died

WORD OF GOD

Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria. Lying on their ivory beds and sprawling on their divans they dine on lambs from the flock.

(Amos 6: 1.4.)

WORD FOR TODAY

Don’t rush to set your life straight. There’s plenty of time. You’ll probably not die for a good number of years and when life is a little less hectic you can start to think about putting your house in order. Unless you listen to today’s gospel.

MICHAEL, GABRIEL AND RAPHAEL (September 29th)

The bible tells us that there are seven angels privileged to stand before God in heaven. Today’s feast celebrates three of them.

Michael is called the leader of the heavenly armies (Apocalypse 12: 7) and St Jude speaks about him as rebuking the devil.

Gabriel is well known as the angel sent by God to John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, and to Our Lady (Luke 1: 26). He is called the angel of the Annunciation.

Raphael, whose name means “God’s healer”, is usually identified with the angel that periodically stirred the waters of the sheep-pool of Bethzatha in Jerusalem that cured the sick (John 5: 4).

There is no other doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than hell, if it lay in my power. I would pay any price to be able to say truthfully, “All will be saved”. (C S Lewis)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

(Robert Louis Stephenson)

If your life’s going nowhere, it doesn’t matter how long it is.

(Germaine Benn)

26th. Sun 26th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Kenneth Whittle

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 27th. 7pm Walter Adams
Tues 28th. 10am

1.30

Robert Bale funeral service

Frida Owens

Funeral Mass

Wed 29th.. 9.15 Benefactors SSCF
Thurs 30th. 7.15 Private Int.
Fri 1st. 9.15 Peter Dolan
Sun 3rd. 5.30

10am

8pm

Wyn & paul Donlan

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Teresa McLean, Joan Lee, Ann Ferguson, 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 £737 85p

Boiler £3

120 Club Winner No 48 M Simmons £ 20

Tuesday 28th. Teresa Young

Colette Corkhill

Thursday 30th. Phil Topping

Gerry Topping

Saturday 2nd. Anne Keogh

Chris Dougherty

The mass change time on Monday is necessary for me to be able to attend the funeral in Stockport of Fr Frank McManus an old college friend of mine. RIP

I am sure all those who have known George & Frida over the years will wish to extend their condolences to George on the death of his beloved wife. She had been ill for some time and had been cared for with great devotion by George. Her funeral Mass will be this coming Tuesday at 1.30pm.

We also offer our consolation to the wife and family of Robert Bale who died recently. His funeral service will also take place on Tuesday at 10am. Followed by cremation at Landican

HARVEST THANKSGIVING (September 26th)

A Sioux Prayer

You, O God, are the Lord of the mountains and valleys. You are my mother and my father. You have given rain to make the corn grow, and sunshine to ripen it. Now in your strength the harvest begins. I offer you the first morsels of the harvest. I know it is almost nothing when compared with the abundance of the crop. But since you have provided the harvest, my gift to you is only a sign of what you have given to me.

You alone know how many suns and moons it will take to finish reaping. You alone know how heavy the crop will be. If I work too hard and too fast I forget about you who gave me the harvest. So I will work steadily and slowly, remembering that each ear of corn is a priceless gift from you. This week we ask you to take your CAFOD envelope for collection next week family fast being next Friday 1st October. Just to remind you that the recent CAFOD collection was an extra one for the flood relief in Pakistan.

FYI BBC Radio Shropshire is will broadcast highlights of Bishop Mark’s Mass of Inauguration of 1 October.  Since the programme will be available for 7 days on BBCiPlayer, it means of course that those outside the normal transmission area will also be able to access it through their computers.

Eileen will shortly be ordering the Christmas Cards from TRAIDCRAFT. These cards are very beautiful and of course contain the authentic Christmas message. Every year people are disappointed because the supply runs out very quickly so we should be most grateful if you could put in your orders ASAP.

On Sunday 3rd October at 3pm, Carmel warmly invite you to join them for the annual benediction in honour of St Therese. Preacher Fr Hugh Preston SDB

Gather us in

This is the title of the talks which are to be given explaining the new translation of the Missal. Each series will comprise three talks. The first series will be held at St Mary’s college in Wallasey on 3rd, 10th and 17th.November and a day later at our nearest venue SJP and the talks there will be on 4th, 11th , 18th at 7pm. ALL ARE WELCOME as these changes affect everyone but I would especially ask that readers, musicians and Eucharistic ministers attend. You may mix the venues if you are unable to attend one of the series.

Craighead Institute Integrating Life & Faith Course This Course explores the role of Christians in society and the way in which, inspired by the Gospel and Ignatian spirituality, they can make a difference.  It helps people discern their vocation in today’s world.  The course is run over four non-residential weekends and costs £300.  It is hoped to begin the course 13/14 November.  The venue for the course will be in Northern Moor with good access to M60.  For more details, contact Joan Sharples 01270 620584 joansharples620@btinternet.com .

Please encourage your children to join the group for the children’s liturgy on Sundays. If they are shy at first then you can always join them until they gain confidence and perhaps you might bring them to the hall afterwards for a glass of squash while you have a chat with fellow parishioners.

The visit of Pope Benedict XVI last week has been invigorating for Catholic people in this country. Our pilgrims to Hyde Park and Cofton Park have returned with their stories of what wonderful experiences they had. We thank God that the Papal visit has proved to be such a success and hope that it will continue to bear fruit. Several publications have been produced which may be of interest and David Alton is to give a lecture at the Athenaeum- see poster for details.

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19/09/2010

19/09/2010

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

25th.Sunday of the Year September 19th. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: MAKE YOUR MONEY WORK

A genie appeared to a man in a pub and offered him wisdom, beauty or money. He chose wisdom. When the genie had gone the man’s friends asked him to say something wise. So he said, “I should have taken the money!”

Our society prizes money. People with a fat bank account are considered better than those who scrape to make ends meet. The cult of celebrity is intimately linked with the cult of wealth. Seldom do we stop to ask about the qualities that the rich and poor display, about the type of people they are when divorced from their financial status.

Although some religious leaders thought that wealth was a sign of favour in God’s eyes, Jesus taught that it is no such thing. Today’s parable shows that any thug can become rich. And while money is not evil of itself, it can easily lead to greed, to materialism and superficiality. What Jesus says is that money can get in the way of our being the sort of people God intended us to be.

What marks us out in God’s eyes is not our financial clout but the quality of our lives. It is our relationships with each other that show whether or not we have learned to use what God has given us. Everyone uses money to serve their physical needs, to provide food, warmth and shelter. But what about using it to improve the quality of our dealings with other people? And how do we use our money to consolidate our spiritual relationship with God?

It’s probably the case that if we are mean with the little money we have then we would be equally mean even if we had a fortune. For example, if we don’t give to charity now why do we think we would change if we had more money? The way we use our surplus, our pocket money, and our disposable income points to just how much we are either consumed by amassing wealth or given over to using our money wisely.

For the Christian it is the values of God’s kingdom that must be paramount. However much or little we may possess financially, we cannot serve God if our main concern is to accumulate more for more’s sake.

WORD OF GOD

Then by lowering the bushel, raising the shekel, by swindling and tampering with the scales, we can buy up the poor for money, and the needy for a pair of sandals.

(Amos 8: 5-6)

WORD FOR TODAY

Why does money hold such an attraction for us, even more money than we need in order to live? As a symbol, money challenges us to decide where our loyalties lie. Are we content with God and life or do we want more?

HOME MISSIONS (September 19th)

The reality is that although most people in Britain have heard about Jesus, only a small proportion actually knows him. Christians are privileged to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus. On Home Mission Sunday we renew our efforts to play our part in spreading the gospel on the streets of our own parishes. This involves:

Praying for renewed fervour and spiritual awakening.

Praying for the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his fields, and this includes us.

Praying that God will encourage Christians to take up political leadership and those political leaders who are not believers may come to know Christ.

Praying that our parishes and homes may be open doors so that the gospel may be proclaimed on our streets through the witness of our own lives.

You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy. (Garth Brooks)

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. (Billy Graham)

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.

(Francis Bacon)

25th. Sun 19th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Parishioners

Eileen Markey

Prayer meeting

Mon 20th. 9.15 Benefactors SSCf
Tues 21st. 9.15 Eric & Pauline Gearing
Wed 22nd.. 9.15 Jack McGree
Thurs 23rd. 7.15 Monica Callow
Fri 24th. 9.15 .Sick parishioners
Sun 26th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Eileen Markey

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Teresa McLean, 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 £940 20p

Papal Visit £57 44p

Dance Money £84

Boiler £0

120 Club Winner No 52 M Simmons £ 20

Electricity Bill April-July

Church £270 31p

Hall £311 93p

House £52 12p

Tuesday 21st. Teresa young

Colette Corkhill

Thursday 23rd. Noelene Evans

Rosemary Larkin

Saturday 25th. D Humphrey

W Humphrey

Children’s liturgy in progress at Sunday’s 10am. Mass. Please encourage your youngsters to participate.

MATTHEW (September 21st)

Matthew was originally called “Levi” (maybe because he was from the tribe of Levi) but Jesus calls him “Matthew” a name which means “gift of the Lord”. We know he was a tax collector and was called to be an apostle. He is traditionally hailed as one of the four evangelists.

We thank you, Lord of heaven and earth, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the gospel of your Son, our Saviour. We pray that, following his example, we may with ready minds and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him by proclaiming the power of God in our lives. May those who at present do not know Jesus be drawn by our witness to the truth of God’s word and promises. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

PADRE PIO (September 23rd)

Padre Pio was born in Pietrelcina, Italy, in 1887. He became a Capuchin monk and in 1918 famously received the marks of Christ’s passion on his body (the stigmata) which remained until his death. He founded a hospital, started many prayer groups and was a renowned confessor. When Pope John Paul II canonised him in 2002 he had this to say about him:

“The evangelical image of the “yoke” recalls the many trials that the humble Capuchin of San Giovanni Rotondo had to face. Today we contemplate in him how gentle the “yoke” of Christ is, and how truly light is his burden when it is borne with faithful love. The life and mission of Padre Pio prove that difficulties and sorrows, if accepted out of love, are transformed into a privileged way of holiness, which opens to prospects of a greater good, known only to the Lord.”

Reading groups this Autumn will discuss Fr Rod Strange’s book on Cardinal News,: John Henry Newman- a mind alive. There are local groups already established if you wish to join a group, the closest being that at St Anne’s. See poster for further detail

Message from Confirmation Catechists
This Sunday’s 10.00 Mass will be the Enrolment Mass for our Confirmation candidates for this year. This important occasion is when they will enrol for the programme which will culminate in the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 25th November at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry. We ask you to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of preparation
.

I encourage you to keep checking www.lpa24.org for latest news and developments. For example, there is an excellent article there at the moment about the life of Cardinal Newman

Our Lady Star of the Sea Ellesmere Port is to host a day of spiritual formation on Saturday 30th October from 10.15 until 3.30pm led by Fr Gero McLoughlin SJ and entitled, The Art of Seeing. The aim is to show how prayer can be inspired by consideration of classical paintings. 6 paintings will be examined during the day. More details from poster or from josephinebird08@btinternet.com

FYI BBC Radio Shropshire is will broadcast highlights of Bishop Mark’s Mass of Inauguration of 1 October.  Since the programme will be available for 7 days on BBCiPlayer, it means of course that those outside the normal transmission area will also be able to access it through their computers.

COMPASS  – community based discernment experience

Many young women and men are being called by God to the Religious Life and to Priesthood, but often feel that they need help and encouragement to discern the call more fully and to act on it. Compass is a community based discernment experience for young catholics aged 20-35.

If you have wondered if God was calling you to life as a priest, sister, monk or nun and are interested in participating, contact Sr MaryAnne fcJ (maryannefcj@gmail.com) or Fr Dave Nixon MSC (dnixonmsc@hotmail.com).

Find us on Facebook (Compass NW group) or visit the website www.compass-points.org.uk

12/09/2010

12/09/2010

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

24th.Sunday of the Year September 12th. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: FIVE STEPS BACK HOME

What was it about the prodigal son that took him back home when everything had gone wrong? He took five steps to get back to the family atmosphere of his father’s house.

First, he recognised the senselessness of his sinful condition. This can be hard. We fool ourselves that our sin is really quite harmless or maybe even just a bit of fun. Yet eventually the realisation comes upon us that what we are doing is not making us fuller people but simply stunting our development. We are brought short and forced to face the truth that the grass is in fact greener where we used to be.

Repentance is the second step. The awakening brought about by the hopelessness of our situation leads us to accept that we’ve been going in the wrong direction long enough and it’s time to turn around and go back. It forces us to admit that we alone are responsible for the mess we are in; sin is our choice and nobody forces us. And what the prodigal son really wanted was not just some food but the restoration of his relationship with his father.

Repentance must always be accompanied by honesty. There’s no point in making excuses for what we have done. The son could have blamed the home situation, his father or his brother, the farmer who gave him a job with the pigs, etc. But the less we are found making excuses the more likely we are to be serious about changing our way of life.

When he repented the son displayed humility. He simply acknowledged that he had sinned, was sorry and did not deserve to be called a son any more. He knew he had disgraced his family and friends, accepted it and was determined to do something about it. He set no conditions to his confession.

Then he made his resolution to go back home. He didn’t ask for time to consider things, procrastinate and put things off. He did something about it, left his sorry situation and determined to start things afresh.

Five steps. But the only ones that would take him back to the feast. And us?

WORD OF GOD

So the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

(Exodus 32: 14)

WORD FOR TODAY

Because God is just he has every right to punish our wrongdoing. If this were to happen then none of us could ever claim exemption for we are all sinners. Yet God’s constant way of dealing with us is to show mercy, to get us to recognise our faults and to turn from them. If we do this, then rather than disaster there is feasting.

TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS (September 14th)

The cross could have become a symbol of shame for Christians: it brought about the death of Jesus Christ. However, faith in the resurrection made the cross a symbol of pride. The worst weapon of Jesus’ enemies could not overpower him. Through the cross, Jesus triumphs over death. Pride in the cross soon turned to veneration of the cross.

Legend has it that in 322, Helena, the mother of Constantine, uncovered three crosses in the excavations for the new basilicas in Jerusalem. She assumed them to be the crosses of Jesus and the two wrongdoers. Macarius, the bishop of Jerusalem, brought in a dying woman and had her touch the crosses. The third one cured her, and that cross was proclaimed the cross of Christ. It became an object of veneration in Jerusalem until it was stolen in the seventh century, but Heraclius of Constantinople captured and returned it in 629, bringing it into the city, where it was lifted up for all to venerate again. This exaltation of the holy cross gave us a feast day on September 14th every year.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

(Mahatma Gandhi)

Forgiveness is my giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.

(Anonymous

24th. Sun 12th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Toal Family

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 13th. 9.15 Ann Ferguson
Tues 14th. 9.15 Monica Callow
Wed 15th.. 9.15 Donlan/Knowles
Thurs 16th. 7.15 Kath Coleman
Fri 17th. 9.15 N McCormick special Int.
Sun 19th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Eileen Markey

Prayer meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Teresa McLean, 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 £612  52p

CAFOD Pakistan £1500

Papal Visit £132 24p

Boiler £

120 Club Winner No 36  A Murray£ 20

This coming Monday, 13th, the Bereavement support group will be holding their first coffee morning in the parish Centre between 10am and 12md. All are welcome to join us. This will be a regular event on 2nd Monday of each month.

On Saturday 18th September the annual diocesan mass & reunion of the Shrewsbury Handicapped Fellowship (Children & Adults) will be celebrated at Chester High School, Old Wrexham Rd at 2.30pm. This will be followed by tea, prepared by the pupils of the school. Coach will leave St Catherine’s Hoylake at 1.15pm if transport is required ring Jane 632 4891 for further information.

In his book, Capital of the World, Ernest Hemingway wrote about a father in Spain who had a son named Paco. Because of his son’s rebellion, Paco and his father were estranged. The father was bitter and angry with his son, and kicked him out of the home. After years of bitterness, the father’s anger ended and he realised his mistake. He began to look for Paco, with no results. Finally, in desperation, the father placed an ad in the Madrid newspaper. The ad read, “PACO, ALL IS FORGIVEN. MEET ME AT THE NEWSPAPER OFFICE AT 9AM TOMORROW. LOVE, YOUR FATHER.” Paco (Francis) is a rather common name in Spain, and Hemingway wrote that when the father arrived the next morning, there were 600 young men–all named Paco–waiting and hoping to receive the forgiveness of their fathers.

Tuesday 14th Colette Sarson

Margaret Brannock

Thursday 16th Kevin Fitzpatrick

Nora McCormick

Saturday 18th Anne Keogh

Chris Dougherty

Fr Dennis is now safely back in Leuven but already very much missed by me and I am sure, by most of you too. He has been such a source of quiet wisdom and great joy and the sound of his laughter ringing around the house has been a tonic. Hopefully, he will be able to rejoin us for part of Advent and Christmas

A NOTE FROM THE CHILDRENS LITURGY TEAM

A note to all parents;
Thank you for supporting us and sending your children to Children’s Liturgy.
May we take this opportunity to remind you that in order to gain the full benefit, they need to be between 4 and 11 years old, that is at infant or junior school.
Older “young people” are welcome to come and help on an organised basis. We would like to welcome back those who have helped us in the past, and any new volunteers.
Anyone interested should see Julie or Liz at the back of the church after 10 o’clock Mass this Sunday

Catholic Certificate in Religious StudiesDo you want to learn more about your Catholic faith
but have been put off taking part in the CCRS either because it is a 2 year course or because of the essays? Did you know you can take part in any of the modules without doing any essays! The modules this year are: The Church, Sacraments, Christian Morality and an Introduction to Liturgy. The Module on the Church led by Fr. Nick Kern starts in Stockport at St. Philip’s, Offerton on Wednesday 22 September and at St. Werburgh’s, Birkenhead on Thursday 23 September. See a leaflet for more details or contact Rowena Nield on 0161 440 8619. Each module costs only £25.

Message from Sister Catherine DarbyWork has continued on the new web pages for PARISH & ADULT FORMATION. This went live on Wednesday 8 September.  Eventually a click will be created from the Diocesan web site to these new pages. www.dioceseofshrewsbury-parishandadultformation.com but why not give this site a visit and see what is on offer to you.

Can we remind you that tea and coffee is served after the 10am mass on Sundays. Give it a chance and see if you might speak to someone you haven’t spoken to before- you may end up as best buddies!

Please see external notice board for details of entrance to St Anselm’s College and to their open days

05/09/2010

05/09/2010

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

23rd.Sunday of the Year September 5th. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: IS THERE A CHRISTIAN IN THE HOUSE?

You may be in the church building, but are you in Christ? Your name is on the parish records, but is it in the book of life? You may be in the Church, but is Christ in you? Being in a classroom does not make you a teacher. Being in a surgery doesn’t make you a doctor. And being in a church building doesn’t make you a disciple!

Jesus preaches in such a way that we either get on board or abandon ship. Either we will follow Christ or forsake him. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. He is making his way to the cross. He is on his way to betrayal, flogging, mocking, scourging, and beating. His own people have rejected him. He is on his way to Jerusalem to die for the very people who will murder him. They have called him Beelzebub. They have accused him of breaking the law. They have numbered him with the publicans and sinners. Jesus knows his disciples will suffer the same fate and only a true disciple can endure such persecution.

Before you decide to buy that new home cinema system you have to sit down and work out whether you have enough money to pay for it, whether in cash or instalments. And it’s the same thing when it comes to being a disciple of Christ. There is a cost involved.

Jesus never tried to get big crowds. In fact, he said things that would put the faint-hearted off. To follow him, he said, you must love your family but never let them get in the way of your responding fully to God’s call. Those who appreciate the wisdom of God’s plan are prepared to give up wealth, reputation, security and even their own lives if it is demanded. This does not come cheap. It’s easy to say that we would do all this for God, but how well are we faring in the ordinary things of life, the little demands that are put upon us? This is a good guide to how much we are being true to our calling as disciples.

Being a Christian means accepting all our family and social responsibilities but giving Christ top priority. There can be no part-time Christians.

WORD OF GOD

What man can know the intentions of God? Who can divine the will of the Lord? The reasonings of mortals are unsure and our intentions unstable.

(Wisdom 9: 13-14)

WORD FOR TODAY

Where do we look to find a guide in our decisions of life? Do we buy self-help books, read the columns of the agony aunts and take on board the latest theories of personal relationships? Or do we look to the pattern of living provided by God’s word and faithfully lived out by so many Christians in the Church over the ages?

BIRTHDAY OF MARY (September 8th)

Mary’s birth lies at the confluence of the two Testaments, bringing to an end the stage of expectation and the promises and inaugurating the new times of grace and salvation in Jesus Christ. Mary, the Daughter of Zion and ideal personification of Israel, is the last and most worthy representative of the People of the Old Covenant but at the same time she is “the hope and the dawn of the whole world”. With her, the elevated Daughter of Zion, after a long expectation of the promises, the times are fulfilled and a new economy is established. (Lumen Gentium 55)

The willingness of the disciples to suffer is a credit to the teacher’s worth and credibility. The true test of discipleship is not during the times of ease, but rather it is during the time of hardship, persecution, and temptation. Your discipleship is tested when your faith causes a rip in your relationships. (Cleavon Matthews)

There is no more important decision that any of us will make in our life than the choice we make about God’s offer of salvation. Our marriage partner, having children, where we work, where we live, where we go to school, where we attend church, are all important choices.

However, those choices are temporary choices. Salvation, accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour, is an eternal issue. (Ed Pruitt)

Please take a copy of magnificat booklet- one per household and if you can afford to make an offering then the suggested amount is 2pounds- thanks.

23rd Sun 5th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Parishioners

Eileen Markey

Prayer meeting

Mon 6th. 9.15 Jack McCormick
Tues 7th. 9.15 Norah Mahoney
Wed 8th.. 9.15 Mary & Sid Havard
Thurs 9th. 9.15 Mary Veronica Batiste

Funeral Mass

Fri 10th. 9.15 Jack McGree
Sun 12th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Toal Family

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 £651 13 p

Boiler £0

120 Club Winners No 6 P Donnelly £ 20

No 37 T McLean £10

Please note the change of time for Thursday’s mass. We pray for the soul of Mary Veronica Batiste and ask consolation for those who loved her.

Have you returned your CAFOD envelope with a donation for Pakistan flood relief? If you are donating by cheque, please make them payable to CAFOD and include your name and address on envelopes if you are a tax payer.

A hen and a pig approached a church and read the advertised sermon topic: “What can we do to help the poor?” Immediately the hen suggested they feed them bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, “There is only one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you it requires only a contribution, but for me it requires total commitment

Tuesday 7th Ann Gemmell

Vic Gemmell

Thursday 9th Bernard McGuigan

Eleanor McGuigan

Saturday 11th W Humphrey

D Humphrey

Teacher’s Prayer

I want to teach my students how to live this life on earth, to face its struggles and its strife and improve their worth.

Not just the lesson in a book or how the rivers flow, but how to choose the proper path wherever they may go.

To understand eternal truth and know the right from wrong and gather all the beauty of a flower and a song.

For if I help the world to grow in wisdom and grace then I shall feel that I have won and I have filled my place.

And so I ask your guidance, God, that I may do my part for character and confidence and happiness of heart.

A MESSAGE FOR CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
[For young people in Year 9 or above]
A reminder that the first session is on Friday 17th September at 6.00 to 7.30 in St Johns Parish Centre. Anyone who missed the introductory meeting in July is still very welcome to attend.
It is also important to note that all candidates must attend the Enrolment Mass, the 10.00 o’clock Mass on Sunday 19th September at St John’s.

Contacts for further information
Father Frank    645 3314
Liz                     645 0783
Diane           645 4620
Julie                   608 7491

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
Children’s Liturgy will re – start at the 10 o’clock Mass next Sunday, 12th September. We look forward to seeing all our members again, and to welcoming some new faces
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Pope’s Intentions for September
General: That in less developed parts of the world the proclamation of the Word of God may renew people’s hearts, encouraging them to work actively toward authentic social progress.

Missionary: That by opening our hearts to love we may put an end to the numerous wars and conflicts which continue to bloody our world.

Why not check out irishcentreonline.com for all local Irish related info/events or call Ryan 643 5575

The annual mass for racial harmony will be celebrated on Sunday 12th September at 2.30 pm at Holy family Sale moor with Bishop Brian presiding. All welcome.

Aged 20-35? If you are interested in a beautiful retreat weekend in Blundellsands starting on Friday October 15th please see the poster in the exterior notice board.

Tom Carmichael has been granted some part time help as from 1st September he has been joined by Rev Anne Bedford for the next 3 years. Her induction will be at 3pm on Sunday October 3rd.