St John the Evangelist

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Reg. Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

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


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.


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)


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





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



Eileen Markey


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


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