31/10/2010

31/10/2010

St John the EvangelistEmail stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com  

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

www.lpa24.org

0151 645 3314

Reg. Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

All Saints October31st. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: FAITH AND FAME

Some ordinary people get public recognition after they have died. How many times have you passed something like the “Ethel Wormwood College of Carpentry”, the “Sydney Tap School of Dancing” or the “Ivor Payne Memorial Hospital”? Usually they are people who devoted themselves wholeheartedly to their cause and were rewarded by having places named after them. But for every one of them, there are millions that go unrecognised.

Today’s feast of All Saints is a bit like that. Today we honour not only all the famous men and women who witnessed by their faith to the love of God, but also the countless numbers whose faith is known to God alone.

But today’s feast doesn’t just look backwards. It’s an invitation to us today to recognise that God has made saints out of us by our baptism. God has marked us with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit. God has claimed us for himself and called us to live in a kingdom where his values rule, where the Beatitudes are the order of the day.

A modern saint is a person whose life has not been sold out to the prevailing mood or opinion. Yours is the kingdom of God, Jesus says. So even if you are poor, hungry, bereaved or under threat, your identity can never be shaken because God has set a seal on you that cannot be broken.

At the same time, if your faith is a hobby rather than a vital part of your life, if your main preoccupation is with improving your social status, with getting a better income or building up your reputation, then Jesus has only one word for you: “Woe”. If you feel you have made it, then you’re probably suffering from self-sufficiency and if this is the case you won’t need God and your life will probably reflect this.

So today is a day for rejoicing. It’s a day for thanking God for giving us the chance of living the life of the Beatitudes, a life that is centred on God and whose identity cannot be set off course by even the harshest pains and struggles; a life we share with so many others here on earth who are called to be saints; and a life we hope to enjoy fully in heaven with those heroes and heroines in faith who now share complete happiness with God.

FAITHFUL DEPARTED (November 2nd)

November is traditionally the month in which the Church remembers those who have died and gone before us marked with the sign of faith. In this month we pray especially for our family and friends who were inspirations to us and who trusted in the fulfilment of Christ’s promises of eternal life.

“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” II Maccabees 12:46

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

V. May they rest in peace. R. Amen.

V. May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen

O God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of your servants departed full remission of all their sins, that, through the help of our devout supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Who live and reign, world with out end. Amen.

WORD OF GOD

Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!

(Apocalypse 7: 10)

WORD FOR TODAY

Our faith teaches us that God has reserved the vision of his glory for those who remain constant to him here on earth. As we celebrate those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, we pray that one day we too may join in the praise of the saints in heaven.

Saints are sinners who keep on going. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Woes are promised today to all of us who are well off, respected, and secure, not simply because we have such security and respect, but because it inevitably binds us, with an almost irresistible power, to this age and the culture of how things are.

The Beatitudes are promised to all of us today, not simply because we are lacking, or are mourning, but because the very fact of our lacks and sorrows may turn us away from things as they are, toward the Kingdom of God for which we pray. (Roger Haugen)

Sun 

All Saints

31st. 5.30 

10am.

8pm.

Parishioners 

Private Int.

Prayer Meeting

Mon 1st. 12.10 Funeral Mass 

Peter McLean

Tues. 

All Souls

2nd. 12md 

7pm.

Funeral Mass 

Kathleen Corrigan

Mass of all Souls

Wed 3rd. 9.15. Graham Boden
Thurs 4th. 7.15. Magda Harvey
Fri 5th. 9.15 Philip & Evelyn Powell
32nd. Sun 

 

7th. 5.30 

10am

8pm

Leo Shore 

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

William Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, 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 £640 27p

120 Club Winner No 73 Mrs McCormack £20

& No 12 A McLean £10

We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Kathleen Corrigan and Peter McLean who have died lately their funeral masses will be on Monday and Tuesday of next week as detailed above. May they rest in the peace of Christ their friend and Saviour.

There is to be a day of recollection for readers and Eucharistic Ministers at St Werburgh’s on 28th/11 from 2-4.40pm.As part of this Fr Peter Philips will give a talk on the life of Blessed John Henry Newman.

On the feast of Christ the King (November 21st) we are fortunate to have the Pilgrim Troupe coming to present ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Our Emeritus Bishop Brian will be attending and will address us about how his love of the Arts has helped his understanding of The Kingdom. This is a wonderful presentation with great images and music which was given for the first time last year at St Michael’s to great acclaim. I hope we will have a full church. It will be just an hour long and will be followed by refreshments. No charge but a retiring collection for CAFOD.

The saints are those countless people we see not only in our churches but on every street corner all around us who make it easier for us to believe in God. (Jenny Walshe)

On Tuesday 2nd at 7pm. we will have our annual All Souls Mass during which we remember all our dead and in particular all those who have been buried from our parish over the past twelve months. The memorial books will be on display for the whole of the month of November. If you have any more names for the November list, please pass them in this weekend. Thanks.

On Saturday November 6th at 2.30pm, Upton Hall School Mass will be celebrated at the metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool. They will commemorate 160 years since the foundation of the school and welcome everyone associated with either Upton Hall or Holt Hill Convent and in particular members of the present school and community

Earlier this year, someone very kindly loaned us a computer which is still in use in the office. Unfortunately, I have forgotten who it was and I would like him to make himself known to me again. He was one of the parents of a baby to be baptized and went out of his way to help us.

Gather us in

There has been a very good response to the invitation to the series of 3 evenings aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the mass in preparation for the new translation of the Missal. The 3 sessions are offered in 2 different venues:

7pm on Wednesday 3rd, 10th & 17th at St Mary’s Catholic college Wallasey.

7pm on Thursday 4th, 11th & 18th November at St John Plessington College.

If you haven’t already made known your intention to go to these meetings then please let Joan Hannam (our parish link) know as the organizers wish to have an idea of numbers. Flyers still available from Joan.

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. (Charles C West)

Keep looking at the books! Think of perhaps buying one for someone you know who is no longer able to get to a Christian bookshop……Any money raised will go to defray boiler expenses but more importantly they may help you or someone else understand our story better..

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
A reminder that this week’s meeting is on THURSDAY 4th NOVEMBER in the Parish Centre from 6.00 to 7.30 as usual

CHILDREN’S LITURGY
There will be no Children’s Liturgy this Sunday because of half-term. We start again next Sunday, 7th November at 10.00 Mass, and look forward to seeing you all then

Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for November
General: That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our Saving God strength for a radical life-change.
Missionary: That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of the People of God.

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24/10/10

23/10/2010

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

30th. Sunday of the Year October 24th. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: TAKING THE MASK OFF

Because she was in a hurry, a woman wanted to find a parking space close to the supermarket door. As she asked God to help her, she saw a car backing out of the car park right next to the store front, and she said, “Never mind, God. I’ve found one myself!”

Some of us have an inflated view of our own abilities. Even when we look in the bathroom mirror when we get up in the morning, we see someone else’s face! We see the person we would like to be rather than the person who is actually staring back at us. That’s because the mask that we put on for everyone else to see becomes confused with the real person behind the eyes.

No one of us escapes from this. We wear all sorts of different masks depending on whom we are talking to and what we want them to think of us. We present an image, a projection of someone we would like to be.

When we pray, we can keep this mask on, but it is quite useless. That’s because the one person who knows us better than we know ourselves is God. All our being, all our faults and failings, weaknesses and strengths, hopes and fears, lie like an open book before God. There is no point in pretending to be someone else. God knows who we are.

Humility in prayer means being yourself before God, but your real self. You don’t have to use religious words to get a hearing. You don’t have to make out that you are doing more than you are or that you are better than you are. The humble man in today’s gospel simply said, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.”

God accepts us in prayer for what we are, warts and all. If we can simply place ourselves before God and ask the Lord to let us feel his presence then our prayer is authentic. Being honest and humble in prayer ultimately makes us humble and honest about ourselves. It strips us of the layers of self-deception and self-importance.

Then we’ll not only be more able to hear what God is really saying to us, but we’ll be better able to change.

 

WORD OF GOD

The Lord is no respecter of personages…he does not ignore the orphan’s supplication, nor the widow’s as she pours out her story. (Ecclesiasticus 35: 13-14)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Only humble prayer works. We have to admit our true condition before we can stand before God and request a hearing. Humility in prayer means stripping ourselves of all pretension and waiting to receive what God knows we need.

WORLD MISSION DAY (October 24th)

Gathered around the altar, the Church understands better her origin and her missionary mandate. As the theme of World Mission Sunday this year clearly emphasises, “Eucharist and Mission” are inseparable. In addition to reflection on the bond that exists between the Eucharistic mystery and the mystery of the Church, this year there will be an eloquent reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary, because of the occurrence of the 150th anniversary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception (1854-2004). Let us contemplate the Eucharist with the eyes of Mary. Confiding in the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, the Church offers Christ, the Bread of Salvation, to all peoples so that they may recognise him and accept him as the only Saviour of mankind.(Pope John Paul II)

There will be no Children’s Liturgy on the following two Sundays, 24th and 31st October, because of the half term holiday.
We will be back on 7th November at 10 o’clock Mass, and look forward to seeing you all again then

ROC (Redeeming our communities) You are invited to an evening of conversation and inspiration. Come to meet with local police neighbourhood officers to discuss ways of working together for the good of the community. Our local meeting is on 26th October at the Town Hall Wallasey. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and admission is free. For more information see the notice board or contact: info@redeemingourcommunities.org.uk

 

30th. Sun 24th. 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Private intention

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 25th. 9am Service of Word & Communion

Margaret O’Rourke

Tues. 26th. 7pm. Philip & Evelyn Powell
Wed 27th. 9am. Service of word & Communion

Ints. Of Rice family

Thurs 28th. 7pm. Service of Word & Communion

Staff St John’s Schools

Fri 29th. 9am. Service of Word & Communion

Magda Harvey

 

Sun

All Saints

31st. 5.30

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Private Int.

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

William Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, 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

Please note that the masses for the above intentions will be celebrated by me in Rome and that the services here will alternate between evening and morning.

 

Money Matters-Thank you

Sunday Offering £675 46p

Boiler £24 25p

120 Club Winner No 110 E Young

Traidcraft stall open this weekend and includes sale of Christmas cards. Eileen has provided a beautiful and varied display of goods for you to choose from. Please do your best to patronize the stall.

On Saturday November 6th at 2.30pm, Upton Hall School Mass will be celebrated at the metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool. They will commemorate 160 years since the foundation of the school and welcome everyone associated with either Upton Hall or Holt Hill Convent and in particular members of the present school and community

On the feast of Christ the King (November 21st) we are fortunate to have the Pilgrim Troupe coming to present ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Our Emeritus Bishop Brian will be attending and will address us about how his love of the Arts has helped his understanding of The Kingdom. This is a wonderful presentation with great images and music which was given for the first time last year at St Michael’s to great acclaim. I hope we will have a full church. It will be just an hour long and will be followed by refreshments. No charge but a retiring collection for CAFOD.

SIMON AND JUDE (October 28th)

St Simon is usually called the “Zealot”, probably because he belonged to the Jewish party of those “Zealous for the Law”. Jude, also called Thaddeus or “Courageous”, is the disputed author of a short epistle in the New Testament. Tradition has it that they preached in Mesopotamia and Persia and were martyred there. Their names appear in the Roman Canon.

On Tuesday 2nd at 7pm. we will have our annual All Souls Mass during which we remember all our dead and in particular all those who have been buried from our parish over the past twelve months. The memorial books will be on display for the whole of the month of November. If you have any more names for the November list, please pass them in before next weekend. Thanks.

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is a daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. (Gandhi)

 

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing. (Anon)

 

Gather us in

There has been a very good response to the invitation to the series of 3 evenings aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the mass in preparation for the new translation of the Missal. The 3 sessions are offered in 2 different venues:

7pm on Wednesday 3rd, 10th & 17th at St Mary’s Catholic college Wallasey.

7pm on Thursday 4th, 11th & 18th November at St John Plessington College.

If you haven’t already made known your intention to go to these meetings then please let Joan Hannam (our parish link) know as the organizers wish to have an idea of numbers. Flyers still available from Joan.

 

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. (Charles C West)

 

Keep looking at the books! Think of perhaps buying one for someone you know who is no longer able to get to a Christian bookshop……Any money raised will go to defray boiler expenses but more importantly they may help you or someone else understand our story better..

There is to be a day of recollection for readers and Eucharistic Ministers at St Werburgh’s on 28th/11 from 2-4.40pm.As part of this Fr Peter Philips will give a talk on the life of Blessed John Henry Newman.

 

British summertime ends next weekend- don’t forget to put your clocks back and enjoy an extra hour in bed.

 

10/10/2010

10/10/2010

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

28th.Sunday of the Year October 10th. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: SHOWING GRATITUDE

A man who worked for a charitable trust said that it was amazing how people reacted when told that their application for a grant had been approved. No one was ever ungrateful and quite a few people even suggested they would take him out for a meal to show their gratitude. But it was against the rules!

We’re all pretty good at showing our gratitude on the spot when someone gives us something. You can see it in the person of Naaman the leper when he is cured in today’s reading. He almost goes “over the top”, wanting to give a present to Elisha!

Yet the gospel story of the ten lepers is very different. Only one came back to thank Jesus for his cure. The other nine were so caught up in their new-found health that they never bothered to come back and say thank you. Perhaps they intended to seek out Jesus later, but their thoughts were elsewhere.

It can’t be that they didn’t appreciate their luck. They were embarking on a new life, restored to the society that had kept them apart. It was simply that, like most of us, we take so much for granted. We don’t realise how lucky we are until something is taken from us, and then we begin to realise how fortunate we were all the time without realising it.

In prayer we are tempted to forget about thanksgiving even though it should be the springboard for all that we bring to God. We are inclined to start by asking for things, bringing our concerns and worries to God. Yet our reason for believing that God will give us what we need is surely based on what he has done for us in the past? And this implies the duty of thanksgiving.

If you find thanksgiving difficult, then just sit for a moment and think about the three things you most take for granted that you could not do without. Think about who it is that provides you with them. Then the rest should be easy…thanks be to God.

WORD OF GOD

Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel. Now, please, accept a present from your servant. (II Kings 5: 15)

WORD FOR TODAY

We’re very good at praying when we need things or are in trouble. There is nothing wrong with this; it’s what God asks us to do. Yet perhaps a greater measure of our faithfulness to God is the frequency with which we thank God when things are going well. Our prayer should start with thanksgiving and praise before it springs to requests.

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.

G E Lessing

 

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you”, that would suffice. Meister Eckhart

 

Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.

(Charles E. Jefferson)

 

Bishop Brian writes: “May I express my thanks to all those who sent best wishes and promised prayers for my retirement.  It’s been a privilege to be with you these last 15 years and in different ways I hope to continue being of service to the Diocese.  You have my prayers and please keep me in yours.  + Brian”

Bishop Mark writes: A YEAR OF PRAYER WITH MARY

As I mentioned in my Cathedral homily and in the recent Pastoral Letter (3 October 2010), I wish to invite our parishes and families to keep this year of prayer with Mary from 8 December 2010 until 21 November 2011.  The year I envisage being marked by simplicity and prayerfulness and I have asked Father Philip Egan to bring together a small group to begin preparing practical plans.   I will write at the beginning of Advent with an outline for this special year of prayer which will mark the beginning of my own service as the Eleventh Bishop of the Diocese.

 

28th. Sun 10th. 5.30

10am.

3pm

8pm.

Parishioners

Bill O’Brien

Blessing of animals

Prayer Meeting

Mon 11th. 9.15 Loretto Lynch
Tues. 12th. 11.30 Philip Starling

Funeral Mass

Wed 13th. 9.15 Walter Adams
Thurs 14th. 7.15 John & Mgt Kelly
Fri 15th. 9.15 SSCF Private Int.
Sun 17th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Eileen Markey

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, 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 £608 61p

Boiler £11

CAFOD family fast £808 77p

120 Club Winner No 56 M Brannon £20

Tuesday 12th. Open church cancelled because Funeral at 11.30
Thursday 14th. Kevin Fitzpatrick

Norah McCormick

Saturday 16th. Anne Keogh

Chris Dougherty

I draw the line at kangaroos and I hope there won’t be too many lions or zebra but as long as they are kept in some modicum of control- all (including non-parishioners with theirs pets) are welcome to the blessing of the animals this Sunday at 3pm!

Please start to send in names for the November list. Please don’t let this drift too long. The earlier the better so that they are all published in time for the Mass on All souls day. Any offerings for masses please put them in an envelope with the name of the person for which the mass is to be offered otherwise it will be a general dedication for the Holy Souls.

We are planning to have a Mass for the sick and housebound very soon.

The bereavement group will be holding their second monthly coffee morning on Tuesday 12th from 10am until 12md. You may not be a recently bereaved person but you are still welcome to come along and perhaps chat or listen to those who may be sorrowing over a cuppa.

The bereaved families of parishioners will soon receive a special invitation to the mass on all Souls day but you are all most welcome to come along and support them and to think about your own loved ones who have gone before us

Please sign up if you wish to have the Rosary prayed in your home. List at the back of the church

There are scores of spiritual books at the back of the church available marked at a very small price. These are a gift from the family of a late parishioner. Please have a look at them. You can buy a bible for a mere 50p or a prayer book for 25p and some of the pamphlets are free. Nothing is more than a pound. Think of perhaps buying one for someone you know who is no longer able to get to a Christian bookshop……

Gather Us In 3 evenings of talks on the new missal

All are welcome to attend these meetings aimed at a deeper understanding of the mass in preparation for the new translation of the Missal. These will be as follows:

St Mary’s college on Wed 3rd, Wed 10th and Wed 17th November and at SJP on Thurs 4th, Thursday 11th and Thurs 18th November. If you can’t make a local meeting on one or other of the days then you can mix and match with the other venue. See poster for further details of content. I am sure the speaker won’t have the same effects as the one in the cartoon.

Haiti’s former Prime Minister, Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis, will be in the UK to talk about the future for her devastated country at an event organised by Progressio Haiti: Building a Future to Last. Wednesday 13 October, St Michael’s, West Derby Rd, Liverpool L6 5EH , 7.30 pm.There is a poster on the notice board if you need further information

 

03/10/2010

03/10/2010

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

27th.Sunday of the Year October 3rd. 2010

FAITH IN FOCUS: DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK?

The first four Sundays of October this year invite us to consider different aspects of prayer.

We can sense the frustration in today’s first reading of someone who seems to be calling on God in distress and yet nothing appears to be happening. Is prayer nothing more than mouthing words that can have no real effect on our situation? Is God simply playing with us?

A good question to ask is “What do I think I am doing when I pray?” Often we are letting God know what we feel and asking him to change things to the way we want them to be. At worst we end up thinking that we are informing God, and at best we find ourselves pouring our heart out.

Pouring our heart out is no bad thing. In fact, it’s what Jesus asks us to do in prayer. We don’t actually have to use any words to do this: we can simply and silently place ourselves consciously in God’s presence. And when we do this, we may find ourselves listening to God rather than talking. God is able to penetrate our busy thick skins and communicate his word to us.

When we are aware that God wants to get through to us, we are on the first step to letting him change us. For prayer is not about changing God but about conforming ourselves to the will of God. This does not mean that we stop praying for people in need, for things to be otherwise, but it does mean that we start to ask God to mould us, to allow ourselves to be used as part of his plans. God will often turn our ideas upside down in prayer, especially by pointing out that we don’t understand the whole picture.

If we seem to pray and pray and nothing happens, then either we are doing something wrong or God couldn’t care less. It’s more likely to be the former. Prayer does work when we put our own interests second and ask God to change us.

WORD OF GOD

How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry “Oppression” in your ear and you will not save?

(Habakkuk 1: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

Sometimes it can seem as if God has taken his eyes off the game and fouls are being committed with impunity. Yet the Lord promises to be faithful to those who patiently wait for him to act, and tells us today that if justice appears to be slow in coming, come it will.

The next four Sundays of the Lectionary are dedicated to prayer. There’s many a preacher who has not planned ahead and has used up all his or her “prayer material” on the first Sunday homily, storing up sleepless nights for the next three weeks!

In fact, Luke presents us with four clear aspects of Jesus’ teaching on prayer. The first week is about the effectiveness of prayer, the second about thanksgiving, the third about perseverance and the final Sunday about humility in prayer. (Oliver Todd)

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

(Soren Kierkegaard)

We are all weak, finite, simple human beings, standing in the need of prayer. None need it so much as those who think they are strong, those who know it not, but are deluded by self-sufficiency. (Harold C Phillips)

Pope Benedict’s prayer for October

OCTOBER 2010
Catholic Universities
General: That Catholic Universities may more and more be places where, in the light of the Gospel, it is possible to experience the harmonious unity existing between faith and reason.

World Mission Day
Missionary: That the World Mission Day may afford an occasion for understanding that the task of proclaiming Christ is an absolutely necessary service to which the Church is called for the benefit of humanity.

27th. Sun 3rd. 5.30

10am.

3pm

8pm.

Wyn & Paul Donlan

Parishioners

Benediction at Carmel

Prayer Meeting

Mon 4th. 9.15 Fr.Brian Jones RIP
Tues. 5th. 9.15 Walter Adams
Wed 6th. 9.15 Benefactors SSCF
Thurs 7th. 7.15 Peggy Sherry
Fri 8th. 9.15 John Patrick Darby RIP
Sun 10th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Bill O’Brien

Prayer meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Michael Collins,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 £730 89p

Boiler £0

120 Club Winners  Bumper Week!

£ 250  No 94 Mrs McCormack

£100  No 109 D McLean

£50    No 67 P Donnelly

£20    No 119 N McCormick

£10    No 17 E de Seine

Retiring collection Envelopes will be collected today for CAFOD family fast last Friday 1st October

Parish Expenses (Property Insurance)

£3,274. 25p!

In view of the current economic climate and increasing parish expenses, I think we will have to tighten up on fees for weddings and baptisms etc. At present we rely on families’ goodwill and oftentimes we do not receive anything (not sure what that says about us!!!). I propose to research the amounts other churches charge for their services and to publish a list of suggested donations. Of course if you are really unable to afford a fee then we will waive it on request.

There are lots of Papal souvenir Universes left from last week- pick up a copy today!

Tuesday 5th. Ann Gemmell

Vic Gemmell

Thursday 7th. Bernard McGuigan

Eleanor McGuigan

Saturday 9th. W Humphrey

D Humphrey

This Sunday was the one nearest to the feast of St Francis of Assisi but because it was a busy one, we have decided to defer the blessing of the animals until next Sunday 10th. It was a great day last year and we hope to have a church full of woofs and purrs, tweets and growls at 3pm next Sunday.

FRANCIS AND THE ANIMALS (October 4th)

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering; for any who are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to sleep. We entreat for them all your mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us be true friends to animals and so to share the blessing of the merciful. (Albert Schweitzer)

WORLD TEACHERS DAY (October 5th)

Blessing of Students and Teachers

Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. In times long past you sent us your prophets to teach your laws and to bear witness to your undying love. You sent us your Son to teach us by word and example that true wisdom comes from you alone.

Send your Spirit upon these students and their teachers and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that during this academic year they may devote themselves to their studies and share what they have learned from others.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

This 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. There is a rose for everyone.

The editor of the LPA newsletter is looking for copy for the magazine. Please email him at the address below denis.mannix@ntlworld.com He is interested in any parish /group events. It is always very difficult to obtain copy for magazines so please do your best to support this- after all it is OUR LPA!

I have been given a large number of religious and spiritual books by the next of kin of a late parishioner. They are in excellent condition and I propose to gradually put them out on the bookstand marked with a suggested price. If anyone is interested in buying them, the money will help swell much needed parish funds. May I further suggest that when you have finished with your purchase you have the option to return them when they can be ‘sold’ again?

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single, widowed, separated and divorced Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet, either one to one or through social events. All members receive a monthly bulletin, called Catholic Networking. For more information please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

The red AFP boxes will be emptied during October. Why not be first with yours?

If you missed it you can now replay the Papal visit to the UK

http://www.thepapalvisit.org.uk/replay

The Papal visit’s photostream

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thepapalvisit