St John the Evangelist

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Fr Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

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


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.



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)



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



Private intention


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



All Saints

31st. 5.30




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.


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