03/04/2011

31/03/2011

St John the Evangelist
Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk
http://www.lpa24.org
0151 645 3314
Reg. Charity 234025
Fr. Frank Rice
Rev Philip White
4th. Sunday of Lent 3rd April 2011
FAITH IN FOCUS: THROW AWAY YOUR WHITE STICK
The internet’s a fascinating thing. Just connect to it, type in a word or phrase and suddenly you have access to hundreds of thousands of sites all vying for your attention and offering the solution to your questions.
Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that, is it? You want to find out about the queen who ruled in 19th century Britain and so you type in “Victoria”. However, all you get is page after page of tourist guides to Canada, or Australian Chamber of Commerce web sites.
Information is a wonderful thing but it needs a certain ability to see through it and sift the evidence before it becomes really useful. And too much information simply blinds us; we don’t know which avenue to go down to find our answer.
Today’s long gospel passage from St John presents us with the man who has been blind since his birth. He has always had to rely on others to describe the physical world to him, always had to ask directions from strangers, always lived off second hand accounts of what people and places were like. Today he would carry a white stick. When Jesus gives him his sight back it transforms his world. Not only do his eyes work correctly but his vision of reality is transformed. So sure is he of the power of Jesus that he even begins to argue and taunt the religious leaders. These same leaders had previously blamed him and his parents for his blindness.
As we move towards Easter and the renewal of our baptismal promises, the Church gives us this gospel passage to remind us that our faith in Christ has opened our eyes to see clearly what we must do to live the life God wants of us. We no longer are blindly searching for meaning and fulfilment. We need feel no fear when faced with so many shallow and pale imitations of what life is about, so many people who pretend to have the secret of happiness, so much junk information that offers us the world. When Jesus calls us out of darkness into light he offers us the gift of faith, the ability to discern, to see clearly, to journey without stumbling. Throw away your white stick, he says, and see how wonderful the world can be!

WORD OF GOD
He put a paste on my eyes, I washed, and I can see.
(John 9:15)

WORD FOR TODAY
When faced with difficulties and problems, how do we try to solve them? Do we bring the light of our faith to bear on our decisions? Do we seek the enlightenment that our belief in Jesus can bring? Does prayer ever enter into the equation, or do we just muddle through?

For 51 years Bob Edens was blind. He couldn’t see a thing. His world was a black hall of sounds and smells. He felt his way through five decades of darkness. And then, he could see. A skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it overwhelming. “I never would have dreamed that yellow is so…yellow,” he exclaimed. “I don’t have the words. I am amazed by yellow. But red is my favourite colour. I just can’t believe red. I can see the shape of the moon—and I like nothing better than seeing a jet plane flying across the sky leaving a vapour trail. And of course, sunrises and sunsets. And at night I look at the stars in the sky and the flashing light. You could never know how wonderful everything is.” Christ does for our faith what the surgeon did for Bob’s eyes.
(Christine Welbers)

On Palm Sunday (17th April) you have an opportunity to view the Millennium quilt at Lower Bebington Methodist church. This has taken 11 years to complete and is well worth inspection.
Sad news from Ireland is the death of an old and dear friend of mine whom some of you will remember from his time in Birkenhead. Canon Joe Cahill who whose last appointment was to Knutsford but who went back to Ireland in retirement. His funeral was last Friday but there will be a memorial mass for him in the diocese at a date to be announced. RIP.

Fr David Roberts father has also died and we offer our prayers for David and his family in their grief.

4th Sunday of Lent
3rd
5.30
10am.
8pm.
Benefactors SSCF
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon
4th.
9.15
Jane’s Ints
Tues.

5th.
12md
Funeral Mass Joan Lee
Wed
6th
9.15
10.30
Eileen Carty
Lenten Meeting at St Luke’s. A heart of Love

Thurs
7th
9.15
John Joseph Kelly
Fri
8th
9.15
Joan Bell
4th. Sunday of Lent
10th
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Private Int.
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, Teresa McLean, 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, Mary Bryden, Owen & Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Ivan Gregory, Kath Bassett , Christopher & Raymond McNally , Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster & Aileen McGuigan. Vic Gemmell. 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 £676 93p
2nd Collection £240 12p
Boiler £0
120 Club Winner No 37 T McLean £20
No 51 C Sabino £10
Carmel Smyth would like to thanks all those who donated clothes etc. to the sale which raised £430 towards the cost of resurfacing the playground.

SJP annual plant sale will take place on Saturday 7th May with sales starting at 9am. You can pre-order from a comprehensive list. Pre ordered plants need to be collected by 11am. Cheques should be made payable to SJP PTA. Instead of swelling the profits of B&Q why not grab a bargain or two and help the school?
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
(Albert Schweitzer)

You will be very poor until you realise that it is not with your eyes open that you see the clearest. (Helder Camara)

I have had a very quick response to my appeal for a new gardener. Many thanks to Kath Markey for agreeing to take up the hoe and the secateurs-if anyone is desperate to help her I’m sure she wouldn’t turn them down. The rest of the grounds are also in need of a good tidying again. It doesn’t take much skill to pick up refuse or handle a brush so again I appeal to you if you are able and have the odd hour to spare, I would be most grateful.

Joan Lee died last week and she had asked that her body be brought into church the day before her funeral and so this will happen on 4th April at 4pm and her funeral will be held at 12md on 5th. Please pray for her family who are grief-stricken. She is at rest with the Lord.

The Pilgrim Troupe is on tour again with its latest offering. The title is ‘Cross-carrying Jesus’ and is a rich mix of song and drama as well as images. They will be at SJP on 14th April and 15th at St Anne’s.

There will be a concert featuring the Rhos Orpheus male Choir at All saints church Thornton Hough on Saturday 14th May. Proceeds are in aid of Claire House Hospice. See poster for further details.

Road to Calvary- a passion play which will have one of its 12 Lenten performances at Our Lady’s Birkenhead on 2nd April at 7.30pm. This is a powerful drama enacted by a group of 12 actors from wales and is highly acclaimed as one of the most talked about events outside the professional theatre. Tickets are £5 or £12.50 for a family group.

Canon Anne Samuels has had a fall and sustained a fractured ar. We wish her a speedy recovery.

The APF red boxes will collected and emptied during April. Please bring yours as soon as possible.
50 years of marriage was celebrated on 25th March by Chris & Sheila Jones Many congratulations to them and many more happy years to come we hope!

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27/03/2011

25/03/2011

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

3rd.Sunday of Lent 27th March 2011

WORD OF GOD

You must strike the rock, and water will flow from it for the people to drink.

(Exodus 17:6)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

For Christians the living water spoken of in today’s scriptures is the gift of faith. To know and love Jesus Christ is to drink a water which satisfies at the deepest levels. In the midst of life’s dryness it quenches our thirst.

 

Each dream finds at last its form; there is a drink for every thirst, and love for every heart. And there is no better way to spend your life than in the unceasing preoccupation of an idea—of an ideal. (Gustave Flaubert)

 

Indian Christians, like all other Indians, are divided by race, by language, and by caste. Their religion has not been a sufficiently strong unifying force to make difference of language, race and caste mere distinctions.

(BabashahebAmbedkar)

 

He was a Jew; she was a Samaritan. He was a man; she was a woman. He was learned; she was ignorant. He was morally upright; she was of loose morals. He was wealthy and from the upper class; she was ignorant, probably an outcast. He recognised Jesus’ merits; she saw him only as a curious traveller. Nicodemus was serious and dignified; she was flippant and possibly boisterous. And so we see Jesus presenting her with the Gospel in a totally different way from Nicodemus. (M.C.Tenney)

 

Rory Nagle died during week following an accident at home and his funeral will take place at 2pm at Landican on 31st March . Please pray for his grieving family.

 

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TAKE A GOOD DRINK

Water does three things.

The most obvious thing it does is to wet. Whatever water comes into contact with, it changes. The sound of children squealing with delight at the end of a hosepipe is a familiar one. So is the groan of someone caught in the rain without an umbrella. If water gets on you, then you’re no longer the same. For better or worse!

Water also cleans. We use it to wash in since it is one of the best agents we know of for taking away stains and dirt. Perhaps it’s not surprising that when Christians think of water they often associate it with baptism’s role in cleansing us from original sin. The psalms too speak frequently about being washed from sin and made whiter than snow.

Yet it’s not this aspect of water that Jesus emphasises in today’s gospel. It’s the third function of water: water refreshes and brings life.

All over the world today there are men and women standing in our churches who are asking to be admitted to the Church community, to be baptised, to become Christians. And the gospel addressed to them on this day is about the gift which Jesus promises: water to take away your thirst and lead you on to eternal life.

If you are to be a Christian, then it’s because you find the message of Jesus so attractive that no other drink will satisfy you. The promise of Jesus reaches the parts that no other drink can reach. And what a promise this is! Jesus tells us that our deepest yearnings and longings will be satisfied. In him life begins to make sense, priorities start to change, the will of God becomes our only goal.

So as thousands of would-be Christians stand before congregations today and ask to be given this living water, we use the opportunity to count our own blessings and to thank God for the gift of faith which we often take for granted but which we know is a well from which we can draw water in times of drought, and a spring that offers us eternal life.

 

 

3rd. Sunday of Lent 27th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 28th. 9.15 November List
Tues.

29th. 9.15 Pauline Doyle
Wed 30th 9.15

10.30

Donal donague

Lenten Meeting

Christ church P.S

Thurs 31st 9.15 Jose McGree
Fri 1st 9.15 Teresa Young
       
4th. Sunday of Lent 4th 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Frances Heslin, Fred Archbold, Jane Jackson, Liam Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, Teresa McLean, Joan Lee,   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 £806 64p

Boiler £18

Family FastWeekend collection £1076.41p+

£568 12p donations since last CAFOD collection= grand total of £1644.53p

120 Club Winner No 114 L Davis £20

The Catholic Voice is being re-launched as a quarterly magazine and the first of these is on sale this weekend with a cover price of £1. The new publication will contain articles of theological, historical, cultural and architectural interest to Catholics as well as news and features about events in the diocese.

 

 

I would like to convey my whole hearted thanks to the lady (Ann Murray 2nd) who has looked after the raised garden at the side of the hall for months on end and quietly got on with the work on her own. She has come faithfully in often inclement weather to cut the grass and tidy up and has steadily improved it so that we can all enjoy it.. Unfortunately for us she is not able to carry on and I wonder whether there is anyone in the congregation who might be able to continue her good work. All the tools are available safely stored.

St Anne’s UCM are collecting foreign coins for charity. If you have any loitering and gathering dust in a drawer, why not turn them in to help build  a horde to help someone!

 

Road to Calvary- a passion play which will have one of its 12 Lenten performances at Our Lady’s Birkenhead on 2nd April at 7.30pm. This is a powerful drama enacted by a group of 12 actors from wales and is highly acclaimed as one of the most talked about events outside the professional theatre. Tickets are £5 or £12.50 for a family group.

 

The LPA newsletter is available at the back of the church. This will be produced monthly with latest news of LPA Emmanuel

 

The next LPA Training Day for Eucharistic Ministers will be April 2nd. The morning session is for generalised training and the afternoon session for reflection at which Steve McCormick will give a presentation. It will be held in the Chapel at SJP. There will be an option to attend for a half or a full day. A packed lunch is required if staying all day. The course is open to all those interested.

 

CELEBRATE WEEKEND North West, 30th April and 1st May 2011.  Non-residential. This is a time of faith and fun for the whole family.

See Posters at back of church for information and booking form.

 

Please see poster and booking form at the back of the church if you wish to be part of the inter-church cricket team for the tournament at 8pm on Friday April 8th. Despite injuries, the footballers enjoyed themselves so why not give it a go with the bat and ball?

 

 

06/03/2011

06/03/2011

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

9th. Sunday of year 6th March 2011

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SOLID AS A ROCK

Build your house on rock, not on sand. When Jesus tells us this he is saying something that should be obvious but which we are prone to forget: the most important thing in life is to live well. Right living should provide the pillars on which our house is built.

Jesus has just finished the Sermon on the Mount and now he invites his listeners to make their choice. They can carry on behaving according to what the world considers to be advantageous, or they can choose to live according to the Beatitudes. So, building our house on rock means three things: Firstly, it means recognising our true worth. Each of us has an inestimable value because we are created by God in his own image and likeness. We have a wonderful capacity for goodness; we don’t have to join the dog eat dog culture. We have the powerful ability to love, since we were made by love itself; we don’t have to put ourselves first all the time since it is by giving ourselves away to others that we find our deepest fulfilment.

Secondly, we are not left to wander in the dark alone, in some sort of hit and miss approach to life. We have God’s word to light up the way. Jesus promised that we would not be abandoned like orphans. In fact, he gave his word that he would be at our side until the end of the world. Our faith allows us to make judgements aimed at getting the best out of life. To be a Christian is not to cut ourselves off from enjoyment but to live life as it was intended: to the full.

And thirdly, we have much to look forward to. The life of the Beatitudes is one which has already begun. Eternal life started for us the moment Jesus shattered the grave and rose from the dead. Although we don’t make light of our problems and troubles, we are confident that our wellbeing lies in God’s hands and God will not fail us. So while we weep and mourn, struggle and scrape like everyone else, we do so in the confident hope that God will never let us suffer more than we can bear and has prepared great things for us if we remain constant to the end. Sand seems like a good idea to begin with. The foundations of the house go in so easily. But in our heart of hearts we know that only rock will do.

WORD OF GOD

Let these words of mine remain in your heart and in your soul; fasten them on your hand as a sign and on your forehead as a circlet.

(Deuteronomy 11:18)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

We are faced with a simple choice today, with what the bible calls a blessing or a curse. We can either choose to let our faith in God permeate all the levels of our daily life, or we can decide to go it alone and take our chances. It’s up to us.

 

 

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. (Aristotle)

 

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.(Thomas Merton)

JOB OPPORTUNITY! Churches Together in Cheshire are seeking an Ecumenical Development Officer. We are looking for someone, lay or ordained, who might see this as a natural development of his or her own vocation. The key role is to encourage and enable local congregations and the Church Leaders to work together ever more closely for mission and service to the wider community. The post has a remuneration of £6,500 p.a. (plus pension contribution) and the approximate hours of work are 15 hours per week. For further details, please contact Revd Howard Sharp, Mersey Synod Office, 1 Fingall Road, Liverpool, L15 9JE Tel: 0151 7226590; email: synodoffice@urcmersey.org.uk Closing date 31st March 2011

Churches Together in Bebington- Journey through Lent

We will be meeting each Wednesday from March 16th at participating churches. The first meeting is at Hr Bebington URC starting at 10.30am and closing after lunch at 12md. Please see poster for details of all meetings.

 

9th Sunday of Year 6th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Roisin Connelly

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 7th. 9.15 November List
Tues.

 

8th. 10.30

 

7.30

Funeral Mass

Norma Thelwell

Pardon & Pancakes

Ash Wed 9th 12md

7.30

November List

John Joseph Kelly

Thurs 10th. 10.30 Funeral Mass

Dorothy Welch

Fri 11th. 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
1st Sunday of Lent 13th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Priest’s Intention

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 £744 49 p

Boiler £8 30p

120 Club Winner No 61 T. Cunningham £20

No 117 A. Corr £10

 

Bernard Dillon’s Book sale raised £670 all of which will go to Parkinson’s UK. He wishes to extend his thanks to those in the parish who patronised the sale. Look out for the next one!

Eat your hearts out all those who missed John Bell’s talk last weekend. Perhaps we are afraid of having our comfortable lives challenged by the truths he utters! Well, Lent starts this coming week and it should present a few challenges for us all. What will your response be? Don’t come to Pardon & Pancakes if you are not prepared to meet the challenges!

 

SHROVETIDE

The last three or four days before the beginning of Lent are known as Shrovetide. In Britain the old names for these days were: Egg Saturday, Quinquagesima Sunday, Collop Monday and Shrove Tuesday. (Quinquagesima is the Latin word for “fiftieth”, roughly the fiftieth day before Easter, and a collop is a small piece of meat.)

“Shrove” comes from the old English word that means to receive absolution in confession. So as Lent was beginning, people went to confession in order to prepare themselves for the next forty days of preparation for the great The Brownies entered a competition to draw a new toy celebration of Easter. Our service of Reconciliation starts at 7.30pm and ends with pancakes!!!!

 

I will be away for a long weekend from 10th March until 14th. Mike will be looking after the place and Fr Denis Marmion will be celebrating the weekend masses. I will be visiting the other Dennis in Belgium and will carry all your good wishes to him and encourage him to come and visit us again very soon.

I would prefer that you do not turn off the fans on the radiators in church as it messes up the whole system. However, if you are overwhelmed with the heat and have to turn them off then ensure that you switch them back on as you leave.

INVISIBLE MARK (Ash Wednesday)

Putting ashes on the body was always seen as a sign of penitence. Those who were enrolled in the books as public sinners used the ashes to mark themselves out as being on a journey back to Christ and the Church.

On Ash Wednesday we receive ashes on our heads as a sign that we will once more return to the dust of the earth at the end of our life. Because we know we are mortal we use Lent as a season for becoming better people.

On Ash Wednesday evening we wash as usual and the ashes disappear. But the challenge to the Christian is to carry them around invisibly for forty days. No one else will know that they are there. But we will be carrying them around invisibly as a sign that we are trying to die to sin, to all that makes us less than we could be. The water blessed at the Easter Vigil sprinkles us clean and it affirms that we have been washed in the waters of baptism and are empowered in the Spirit to enjoy eternal life, here and now, and for ever!

 

The Brownies entered a competition to draw a new toy to be their friend and Alice’s entry was a winner! The prize is for the entire group to see Disney on Ice at the Echo arena. Needless to say they are all very excited! Well done Alice!!

 

I had a message from Pax Christi on their receipt of our offering of £160. In it they expressed their great gratitude, not only for the cheque but for the feedback I gave them about the Icon and the services we based around it. Let us all try to have an attitude of gratitude. A little thanks goes a long way