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St John the Evangelist

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

www.stjohnevang.co.uk

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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