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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

8th. Sunday of year 27th February 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: PLAN B

Most of us worry from time to time. In these days of financial constraint we wonder whether we will still be in work, still earning a living and still able to provide for ourselves and others. Perhaps we worry about our health or the health of a family member. Maybe we lie awake at night concerned by the behaviour of our children and the type of people they have started hanging around with. Or is our worry completely imaginary? Do we have bad dreams that a meteorite might strike our house, that we will be asked to conduct an orchestra with a knitting needle or walk a tightrope blindfolded over Niagara Falls while wearing moon boots?

Jesus has a Plan B. He tells us that worrying is useless; there is nothing that can be changed by worry. In fact, excessive anxiety belies a lack of true faith. Of course there are going to be things that we have to make provision for and these can sometimes be threatening or daunting, but worry saps faith and leaves us in a paralysed state.

At the heart of Jesus’ Plan B is the fact that when God created us, through the agency of our parents, he did not stop being concerned about us. God’s care for each one of us is eternal. In fact, if God were to stop thinking about us for a single second then we would cease to exist. God the Creator keeps creating day after day. Every morning God continues to sustain us and offer us the gift of life. Jesus puts it beautifully when he says that God provides seed for the birds, grass for the fields, flowers for the hedge ways, and if he does that for flowers, grass and birds how much more will he care for the pinnacle of his creation: men and women?

We can’t add a single day to our lives by worrying about what we’re going to eat and drink or what we’re going to wear. Christians are not preserved from the obvious need to make provision for the future but we are able to live in the secure knowledge that God has not made us to be mere playthings which will eventually be abandoned. God is not preparing us for oblivion but for everlasting happiness with him. Our faith in God demands trust, trust in a loving God who holds us in the palm of his hand and who will never renege on the promises he has made to us in Christ. There is nothing that can ever happen to us that he will allow to crush us and he will never withdraw his fatherly concern.

Plan B isn’t to forget about the future or not to make sensible provision. Plan B is to thank God just for being our God and for having us as his sons and daughters, and to have that trust in God that makes us know that whatever the future may hold we will never be separated from him. So what’s the use of worrying about tomorrow? The day after tomorrow, tomorrow will be yesterday.

 

WORD OF GOD

So do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.

Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

No matter how much we worry, worry can do nothing to alter things. Only positive action can deflect us from what might happen. To believe in Christ is to believe that God holds us in the palm of his hands and no catastrophe, real or imagined, can ever deprive us of God’s care.

People should not worry so much about what they should do, but rather about what they should be. If we and our ways are good, then what we do will be radiant.(Meister Eckhart)

 

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its joy.

(Leo Buscaglia)

 

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen. (Pliny the Younger)

 

As you know Mike Daly will be ordained as a permanent deacon at Shrewsbury on the 9th July 2011. The family have already received some requests to attend but hope that others from our parish family may be interested in attending; if so, please add your names to the list at the back of church. Can you also indicate whether you would like to go by car or coach? We wish it could be an open invitation but due to the restriction on space in the cathedral it will be a case of first come first served.

 

 

 

 

8th Sunday of Year 27th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Irene Robinson

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 28th. 9.15 Joan Bell
Tues.

 

1st 9.15 Nov List
Wed 2nd 9.15 O’Brien Int.
Thurs 3rd 10.30 Funeral Mass

Francis Hall

Fri 4th. 9.15 Robert Horner
1st Sunday of Lent 6th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Roisin Connelly

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fred Archbold, Jane Jackson, Liam 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, Kath Bassett , Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster& Aileen McGuigan.Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-many thanks.

Sunday Offering £737 84 p

Boiler £10

120 Club Winner No59 C Smyth £20

 

A special healing Mass has been arranged for families and carers who experience mental distress in many different ways.  This will take place this coming Monday at

St Michael & All Angels at 7.00pm

 

 

 

Busy Sunday this week but you will be able to fit in both events on offer if you manage your time carefully!

Bernard’s book sale starts at Mayer Hall at 11am- all proceeds to Parkinsons UK and then over to John Bell at URC in Heswall at 2pm on Sunday 27thentitled: ‘At odds with the culture of consumerism’. If you are a radio 4 devotee you will have heard John many times giving his thought for the day. Cost is £5 including refreshments (soup, bread and cake). Please see one of the posters for further details.

 

Children’s Liturgy restarts next Sunday 6th after the half term break.

 

St John’s Pre School is appealing for good quality second hand clothing (adult and children), sheets, blankets, curtains, soft toys, shoes, belts and handbags. All items collected are for re-use. They can be brought to the pre school at St John’s Infant School on either 23rd or 24th March or collection can be arranged by ringing 643 8270. Proceeds will be used towards the cost of resurfacing the playground for the benefit of the children. Any help much appreciated. The more clothes collected= more money raised.

Eileen Bell will be running the Traidcraft stall for 2 weeks from this weekend since it is Fair Trade fortnight

On Tuesday 8th we will hold our annual Pardon & Pancakes Service of Reconciliation. Please bring all your friends and family to help us all prepare for the coming Lenten season.

All Eucharistic Ministers: It is a very long time since we have met together. We will meet on Saturday morning 5th March here in Church at 10am for Reflection and Reconnection. It is essential that everyone attends as we need to review our roles in practical and spiritual terms. Any concerns or ideas to Mike Daly.

 

NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH 10th-18th March at St Joseph’s church in Maidenhead. Each year the Mill Hill community prepares for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask God’s blessing on their society and the missionary work of the church, as well as for the intentions of those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and/or to request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Please write to Fr Denis Treacy, Mill Hill Missionaries, PO Box 3608, Maidenhead SL6 7UX or email novena@millhillmissionaries.com

Please note the change of time for mass next Thursday when the funeral mass for Francis Hall will be celebrated at 10.30am. Please pray for him and for all those who mourn his death. RIP.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekendat Pantasaph Friary, 25th-27th March.   Entitled ‘And There’s More’. Speaker:Fr Chris Thomas. Booking enquiries, contact Ann Murray 645 5514

 

Praying for Chile. Friday March 4th is the date of the annual Women’s World Day of Prayer which will be celebrated locally at 2pm at Holy Trinity Church Poulton Lancelyn, Chorley way, Spital when the speaker will be Mrs Barbara Bazley. Refreshments will be served after the service. ALL are welcome

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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

7th. Sunday of year 20th February 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: GET YOUR OWN BACK?

One of the most misquoted phrases from the bible is “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. People use it to justify revenge. They think that it means you can get your own back on those who do wrong to you. What they don’t understand is that this phrase in the Old Testament was used to ensure that people did not retaliate wildly against each other. It was intended to set the limits, to stop people looking for a payback that was out of proportion to the offence. So if someone cheats you out of your car, you shouldn’t try and have their home taken away from them. If someone defrauds you of a thousand pounds you shouldn’t try and sue them for a million. Our response should be proportionate. This is not a response favoured by the “no-win-no-fee” lawyers!

Christianity invites us always to be more generous in our response than we need to be. A Roman soldier could demand by law that a Jew must carry his load for approximately one mile. Carry it two, says Jesus. You must forgive your enemies, says the law. Don’t just forgive them, says Jesus: love them and pray for them.Of course, Christians are mocked for following this teaching of Jesus. It doesn’t rank among the streetwise skills. In fact it runs contrary to a society that prizes assertion, aggressiveness and getting a “piece of the action”. But there’s one obvious ingredient missing from the commonly agreed way of behaving: God. When it comes to loving your enemies, the idea that Christianity is simply nothing more than good manners breaks down. For the teaching of Jesus is not only revolutionary but also subversive. It challenges society’s commonly accepted ideas about how we should deal with those who break the law, those who threaten our security or those who offer us the chance of making a fortune at the expense of others. This is because if we model ourselves on God then we are signing up to values that put others first, especially the weak and vulnerable. And if God, who created us in his own image of goodness and holiness, chooses not to obliterate us when we deface his image in our world, then how can we possibly claim vengeance for the paltry complaints that we have against others?

Anyone can love those who are good to them. It takes a special kind of person to be able to love their enemies. And it’s the minimum requirement for a Christian.

WORD OF GOD

You must therefore be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

(Matthew 5:48)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Forgive and forget is a popular saying. But Jesus asks us to go one step further and actually love those who do us wrong. Only if we show the perfection of forgiveness to others can we expect God to extend it to us.

Anger is a very slippery, a very dangerous thing to get involved in because – what does it serve? Who does it serve? Does it just make me feel better, or does it change things? Very often people get caught up in anger which gives them a feeling of energy, but doesn’t actually change them or anything else. That’s what has got to be looked at. And it’s because of that, I think, that forgiveness is always put before us as what we have got to work towards. But, the trouble is that in a sentimental society, people sometimes think forgiveness is just shrugging your shoulders and just saying: “Oh, well that’s alright then.” And it’s not that. It can’t be that. And there are times, I think, when I have to say: “Well, I can’t forgive Anthony Walker’s murderers; it’s for Gee to do that. I don’t know. I stand back. The work of forgiveness has to be between the people most hurt and the people who have been doing the most hurting. (Rowan Williams)

Bernard’s Books

On Sunday 27th February Bernard Dillon will be holding his latest book sale at Mayer Hall from 11am until 3pm.Free admission/refreshments available. All proceeds to Parkinson’s UK.

LPA Votive Mass

On Wednesday 2nd March at 7.30pm, St Luke’s will host the 4th annual LPA Mass at Poulton Lancelyn Primary School in Venables Drive. You are invited to experience Mass in a ‘community setting’ as well as unity of prayer with the Bishop as he calls for renewed faith in Mary’s son

 

7th Sunday of Year 20th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

November List

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 21st. 9.15 Bernard Cunningham
Tues.

 

22nd. 9.15 Leslie McKee
Wed 23rd. 9.15 November List
Thurs 24th. 7.15. Colette Roberts
Fri 25th. 9.15 John McCarney
8th.Sunday of the year. 27th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Irene Robinson

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fred Archbold, Jane Jackson, Liam 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, Kath Bassett , Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster& Aileen McGuigan.Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-many thanks.

Sunday Offering £905 72 p (includes Pilgrim Troupe donation for use of hall)

Pax Christi £158. 92p

120 Club Winner No 27 M Glover £20

 

Those who seek vengeance must dig two graves: one for their enemies and one for themselves.

(Chinese Proverb)

The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. (Abraham Lincoln)

 

 

A special healing Mass has been arranged for families and carers who experience mental distress in many different ways.  This is now a regular part of the work of the Marriage and Family Life Commission in the diocese.  On previous occasions they have been well attended and families, professionals and carers have been deeply moved by the experience.

The venue is St Michael & All Angels and the date isMonday 28 February at 7.00pm

 

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekendat Pantasaph Friary, 25th-27th March.   Entitled ‘And There’s More’. Speaker:Fr Chris Thomas. Booking enquiries, contact Ann Murray 645 5514

 

John Bell from the Iona community will be in the region at the end of February and will hold a workshop at the URC in Heswall at 2pm on Sunday 27thentitled: ‘At odds with the culture of consumerism’. If you are a radio 4 devotee you will have heard John many times giving his thought for the day. Cost is £5 including refreshments (soup, bread and cake). Please see one of the posters for further details.

All Eucharistic Ministers: It is a very long time since we have met together. We will meet on Saturday morning 23rd March here in Church at 1000 for Reflection and Reconnection. It is essential that everyone attends as we need to review our roles in practical and spiritual terms. Any concerns or ideas to Mike Daly. 27 M Glover

 

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Divorced or separated people are included in this invitation Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

Children’s Liturgy will be taking its half term break for next 2 weekends and will resume on 6th March.

Churches Together in Bebington

We have decided on a Lenten programme written by Sr. Joan Brown SND. ‘Journeying through Lent towards Easter.We will meet each Wednesday morning in Lent at 10.30 am for coffee followed by the input/discussion and finish with soup and a roll. The venues are listed on the poster and we will host the meeting on March 30th.

As you know Mike Daly will be ordained as a permanent deacon at Shrewsbury on the 9th July 2011. The family have already received some requests to attend but hope that others from our parish family may be interested in attending; if so, please add your names to the list at the back of church. Can you also indicate whether you would like to go by car or coach? We wish it could be an open invitation but due to the restriction on space in the cathedral it will be a case of first come first served.

 

Wirral Churches INDOOR 5-A-SIDE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2011, 7PM

Eight4Sport, Located in Candy Park on the A41 in Bromborough (near Matalan, between Asda and Home Base) will be

holding an Indoor 5-a-side football tournament for Wirral churches.

5-a-side Football is a superb activity, great for social and team building. Everyone enjoys the game of football. No

football experience is necessary. (although the odd local league ringer always helps!)

What will we need?

Squad of 7 players. You may bring more than 7 if you wish and operate a rotation system on the night.

Sports clothing, trainers and shin-pads! NB: No football boots, or any type of shoe with hard studs, please.

All footballs and bibs are provided.

How does the tournament Work?

The tournament will consist of between four and eight teams, with group stages, finals and semi finals

Each team will be guaranteed three games.

There will be winner’s medals and prizes for the champions! (something to show off on Sunday!) Enquire for further details +entry form

13/02/2011

12/02/2011

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

www.lpa24.org

0151 645 3314

Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

6th. Sunday of year 13th February 2011

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SURFACE RELIGION

In our society, if you don’t break the law then no one can touch you. You can’t be imprisoned, fined or given some other punishment. That’s because you’ve done nothing wrong. So you won’t get a criminal record. But neither will you get a public medal of honour. You have to do something worthwhile to be awarded an honour. Simply obeying the law doesn’t make you a good citizen. Similarly with our religion, it’s not enough to keep the rules. We have to have that something extra; we have to have a loving relationship with God, a relationship that shows itself in the way we live our lives.

In today’s gospel Jesus criticises the religious leaders for doing just enough to comply with the religious law while their hearts are in a different place. Minimalism is not the same as virtue. And so he points out that a “how far can I go?” mentality is unacceptable to God. I may not kill someone but if I harbour anger against them then I am guilty of sin. I may not commit adultery but if I lust after someone then I’ve already shown that I’m trying to bend the rules. And how can we approach God in worship when we are at odds with others at home or in the community? It’s simply hypocrisy, says Jesus.

How alive is my faith? Do I give my all or do I simply keep the rules? Is coming to church on a Sunday the sum total of my contribution to the local Christian community? Do I rather resent the rules and regulations that my faith places upon me? Do I think that they put me at a disadvantage compared with friends who have no faith or do I see them as a God-given way of getting the most out of life? Do I see God’s law as restrictive or as life-enhancing? Does it kerb my liberty or is it a charter for human freedom?

Christians believe that God’s law brings life whereas acting contrary to it only results in a destructive existence. Today’s scripture is even blunter; it tells us that we have a choice between life and death: choosing to ignore the wisdom of God means opting for a pattern of life that is ultimately unfulfilling and life-depriving.

Today Ecclesiasticus (a preacher) reminds us that if we wish we can keep God’s commandments for it is within our power to do so. You have life and death before you, he says, and whichever you like better will be given to you.

Life and death on both sides of the grave. That’s quite a choice!

WORD OF GOD

For I tell you, if your virtue goes no further than that of the scribes and Pharisees,you will never get into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Why do we believe and practise what we do? Do we obey God’s law because we see it as an insurance policy for eternity or because it frees us to get the most out of life? Is it a deterrent or is it a charter for freedom?

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. (Martin Luther King)

Hypocrisy and distortion are passing currents under the name of religion.

(Ghandi)

Sometimes religious people conform outwardly to all the rules of their faith but they have no real regard for others. They attend church but not an accident; they don’t use foul language but nor do they offer many kind words; they show concern for those in distant disasters but bypass the homeless of their own towns. This is hypocrisy with a halo. (Oliver Todd)

 


Due to high numbers in attendance, the Catechetical Prayer Group has moved from Carmelite Monastery to the Parish Hall at Holy Name Church, Beresford Road, Oxton CH43 2JD
Next meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd February at 7.30pm

 

St John the Evangelist

 

 

6th Sunday of Year

Renewal of marriage promises

13th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Parishioners

Arthur Evans

Prayer meeting

Mon 14th 9.15 Roisin Connelly
Tues.

 

15th. 9.15 Eileen Sheahan
Wed 16th. 9.15 November List
Thurs 17th. 7.15. Havard/Downing
Fri 18th. 9.15 In Thanks
6th.Sunday of the year. 20th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

November List

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fred Archbold, Jane Jackson, Liam 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, Kath Bassett , Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster& Aileen McGuigan.Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-many thanks.

Sunday Offering £690.77 p

Boiler Fund £11

120 Club Winner No64 M. Rooney £20

 

St John’s Bereavement  Support Group

After a recent bereavement you may feel you would like to talk with someone.  Please contact the presbytery by telephone or emailand a member of the team will get in touch with you. Why not join us this coming Monday 14th for a coffee in the parish centre? All are welcome between the hours of 10am and 12md

 

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekendat Pantasaph Friary, 25th-27th March.   Entitled ‘And There’s More’. Speaker:Fr Chris Thomas. Booking enquiries, contact Ann Murray 645 5514

 

The visit of the Pax Christi icon was a great success and in particular the very peace- filled and moving service which Philip arranged last Monday. There will be a retiring collection for the work of Pax Christi this weekend. Please try to make a small contribution if possible.

Message to readers from Philip

Thank you all for your recent participation and contributions.

Some readers did not make the meeting in January.  And news reaches me that more people would like to volunteer to read.   So there will be an evening meeting for those readers unable to attend the last one and anyone else interested.  That will take place during the week beginning 20 March.   Names and preferred evening to Philip please as soon as possible.   A revised list for readers is out and available for readers on the credence table in church and can be consulted in the sacristy.

 

A special healing Mass has been arranged for families and carers who experience mental distress in many different ways.  This is now a regular part of the work of the Marriage and Family Life Commission in the diocese.  On previous occasions they have been well attended and families, professionals and carers have been deeply moved by the experience.

The venue is St Michael & All Angels and the date isMonday 28 February at 7.00pm

 

Can I please remind all users of the hall to ensure that taps are turned off and lights switched off when they leave the building. This is so that I don’t have to get dressed and go wandering over the yard to the hall late at night to do what they should have done!

Thanks to all who responded earlier this year with their thoughts about how we should conduct First Holy Communions in the parish. As well as collating all your replies, I have been in contact with many of the parishes on the Wirral to enquire about how they do things. As a result we have decided that communions will be held on 2 consecutive Saturdaysin May (14th and 21st) at a 10.30 Mass. On those days, the families and friends of the children involved will be invited to attend-though it will not just be restricted to them. Then on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Sunday 26th June) we will have our solemn celebration with all the children together and just the parents or guardians of the children will accompany them.

I have to say that the majority of those parishioners who responded held views in accordance with these proposed arrangements though of course a few people wanted to maintain the status quo- you can’t win ‘em all!!! Many thanks for your help.

Justice & Peace Event Enough is Enough:A Christian Challenge to our Current Lifestyle.  How can we all flourish fairly on a finite planet?Saturday 9 April Coffee from 9.30 for 10.00 – 4.00St Thomas More Catholic High School, DanebankAvenue, Crewe CW2 8AE.

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes I anointed each member of the congregation with the oil of the sick and laid hands on them. I have been trying for some time to hold a Mass for the sick and perhaps to enable some of the housebound to be brought along for this sacrament. Perhaps this might come to fruition in Lent. Is there anyone among you who might be prepared to help with this proposed endeavour? Names to me or Philip please- of helpers and of those sick and housebound.

 

 

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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

5th. Sunday of year 6th February 2011

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: A PRIVATE DO

There’s nothing more ludicrous than to hear the newscaster say, “The couple plan a private ceremony”. By definition you can’t really have a private wedding because the very marriage ceremony implies a social contract that is publicly ratified and witnessed. In a similar vein private baptisms miss the point that the child is being incorporated into a believing community, and private funerals are just extremely sad affairs that take little account of the fact that the deceased was a member of the wider Body of Christ.

Yet we can easily fall into the same trap ourselves. Often we come to church and think of it as a time for me and God, forgetting that we come to form part of a worshipping body, a community gathered together with a common purpose: to praise God in word and song. And in our prayer too, it’s tempting to close in on ourselves and God, to talk to God just about what bothers me, what I want, how I feel.

But Christians are supposed to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. And salt and light are social, public images. When Jesus uses them he is emphasising the missionary, evangelising role that we all have. For we don’t hide lights away; we put them where everyone can see and benefit from them. And when we put salt in food it flavours the whole dish, not just the part of the pan that we dropped it into.

Being salt means not keeping things to ourselves. It’s not about leaving a bitter taste in the mouth of those we meet, but adding a flavour to their day. And in the same way light is about being witnesses to the one true light which darkness can never blot out: Jesus Christ. To be the light of the world is to show the world that there is a way to live which can bring ultimate fulfilment. It’s about pointing the way forward when all seems gloom and doom.

Our religion, then, is not hole-in-the-wall, private affair. It’s a call to be the universal flavouring which entices the hungry and the global light which prevents the world from stumbling.

WORD OF GOD

Share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor then will your light shine like the dawn. (Isaiah 58:7.8)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

There’s no point in having a light unless it lights up the darkness. The whole purpose is to shed light so that people can see what they’re doing. So too with our Christianity: we cannot be unobtrusive Christians for we are called to light up the world.

 

The story is told of a man whose job was to be on the railway tracks and warn the oncoming train about a bridge that had been damaged. That night, as the train came, the man showed his lamp but the train went right into the ditch. The man was taken to court because they wanted to know why the train didn’t pay attention to him. The man was asked, “Were you on duty on the night that the train had the accident?” The man replied, “Yes sir”. The judge then asked, “Did you have your lamp with you?” The man replied, “Yes sir,” and the judge asked the last question, “Did you wave your lamp to the train?” The man replied, “Yes sir”. So he was not held responsible. Later as the man went home he told his friend, “I’m glad the judge didn’t ask me if my lamp was on!”

(Anonymous)

 

The Church in our country has many challenges, but I am confident that if we face them together – bishops, priests, religious, lay people – then we need have no fear. Why do I say that? Because, the Lord is with you; the Lord is with us. It is not our work; it is His work and it is His path. It is His strength that we need in order to fulfil in our own discipleship the command of Jesus to follow Him, to follow His ways, to be open to His truths and to receive His life.

(Cormac Murphy-O’Connor)

 

Each of the candles you see in church represents one of the children who are to receive first sacraments this year. I hope they will remind you to pray for these youngsters as they continue their faith journeys within our community. Pray too for their parents –that they will fully support them and for their teachers as they begin their formal preparation of them.

 

5th Sunday of Year 6th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Parishioners

Nell & John Ryan

Prayer meeting

Mon 7th 9.15 Vincent Sarson
Tues.

8th. 9.15 Deceased parishioners
Wed 9th. 9.15 Benefactors of SSCF
Thurs 10th. 7.15. November List
Fri 11th. 9.15 Pete Dolan

Bill O’Brien

6th.Sunday of the year.Renewal of marriage vows 13th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Arthur Evans

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fred Archbold, Jane Jackson, 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, Kath Bassett , Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster& Aileen McGuigan.Those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers

Money Matters-many thanks.

Sunday Offering £776 07 p

Boiler Fund £25

120 Club Winner No 115 C McGree £20

No 92 B Duncan £10

 

Mon 7 Feb at 7.30 pm Peace: travelling to God with all humanity. The news is full of stories of social unrest and rumours of wars, uprisings and divisions.  On Monday night we will have in the side chapel a quiet hour of prayer and reflection before the Pax Christi icon. This isan icon travelling round our diocese until Lent.  It was made at the Monastery of St John in the Desert, near Jerusalem.  It represents Christ, the source of reconciliation, the source of liberation and peace.  It tells stories from the Bible, and depicts saints of both Eastern and Western traditions.

Readers’ Meeting

This was held last Monday and it was very interesting and enjoyable. Unfortunately it was not attended by all the readers for one reason or another. Philip has compiled a leaflet to remind us of the practicalities involved -you may find helpful. It is anticipated to continue these meeting every 2 months.

 

 

 

Monday 14th February, St John’s Bereavement Support Group will be holding a Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre between 10am and 12md.  All welcome. Why not call in after morning mass?

St John’s Bereavement  Support Group

After a recent bereavement you may feel you would like to talk with someone.  Please contact the presbytery by telephone or emailand a member of the team will get in touch with you.

 

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekendat Pantasaph Friary, 25th-27th March.   Entitled ‘And There’s More’. Speaker:Fr Chris Thomas. Booking enquiries, contact Ann Murray 645 5514

 

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK (February 11th)

The annual celebration of the World Day of the Sick offers everyone a possibility of understanding better the importance of pastoral healthcare. In our time, marked by a culture imbued with secularism, some have at times been tempted not to recognise the full value of this pastoral context.

They think that human destiny is played out in other fields. Instead, it is precisely in times of sickness that the need to find adequate responses to the ultimate questions about human life is the most pressing: questions on the meaning of pain, suffering and death itself, considered not only as an enigma that is hard to face, but a mystery in which Christ incorporates our lives in himself, opening them to a new and definitive birth for the life that will never end.

In Christ lies the hope of true, full health; the salvation that he brings is the true response to the ultimate questions about man. There is no contradiction between earthly health and eternal salvation, since the Lord died for the integral salvation of the human person and of all humanity.(Pope John Paul II)

 

Our Lady of Lourdes LPA Folk Night

St Luke’s and HCPT are to hold a  concert next Friday February 11th at SJP to raise enough money to send a youth worker for the disabled children’s pilgrimage to Lourdes this coming Easter. Tickets are £5 per adult, under 18yrs attending with parents will gain free entry. Bring own drinks. The Diocesan priests’ band ‘Going Nowhere’ which includes Fr. Peter and Fr. Nick Kern will certainly provide the entertainment! Do come along and support this worthy cause. To reserve tickets please telephone 644 7530 or pay at door.