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
Easter Sunday 24th April 2011
FAITH IN FOCUS: ALIVE!
We can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for Christ’s followers. They were faced with the fact that although he had been crucified and had died, he was now alive!
The resurrection is a mind-boggling event. It means that the ultimate threat to humanity, death itself, no longer has power over us. That’s because the resurrection is not something that just happened to Jesus. It reaches us too. For we Christians are now alive with a life that goes beyond mere human existence. We are alive in God through Jesus Christ.
To live resurrection life means that we can believe. Life ceases to be futile. We have the faith to recognise that all creation comes from God and is redeemed by Christ’s victory over death. We profess with our tongues and our lives that God is so concerned about us that he sent Jesus to show us how to live and how to usher in the kingdom of God.
To be alive with the life of the risen Jesus means that we are able to trust. Life ceases to be hopeless. We know that God did not abandon Jesus in his hour of need and will not abandon us either. The resurrection give us a confident expectation that wherever we turn we will find God at our side. Whatever our problem, God promises to be with us until the end of time. Our life will not end in the grave.
Sharing the risen life of Jesus means that we can care. Life ceases to be noxious. God cared about us to the point of giving his all. We too can learn to care about others with a superhuman strength that is made possible only by God’s grace. We can give our all, nothing held back, until it hurts.
Believing, trusting, caring. This is how the resurrection changes us. We become more fully alive to ourselves and to God. Believing, trusting, caring: faith, hope and love. When we live these, then we are fully alive!

Easter Sunday
24th
10am.
8pm.
Ints. of Rice Family
Prayer Meeting
Mon
25th.
10.30
Christopher Smith
Tues.

26th.
10.30
Alice Henson
Wed
27th
10.30
Margaret Williams
Thurs
28th.
10.30
Vic Gemmell
Fri
29th
10.30
Stephen Pugh
2nd Sunday of
Easter
17th
5.30
10am
8pm
Kennedy/McCormick Families
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, Celeste, 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 £726 95p.
Boiler £12
Dance Money (March) £100
Liturgical Environment (Flowers etc.) £475
The flower ladies would like to say a big thank you for your generosity and hope you will enjoy the displays over the coming months.

Good Shepherd (Reconciliation collection) £261

120 Club Winner No £20
Novena Date for the diary: 5-13 May 2011 (12 noon daily) when, as part of our Shrewsbury diocesan year of prayer with Mary, we will be praying a Parish Novena with Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Becoming a more compassionate caring community- please see notices for details of this event with Bishop Brian on May 14th.

Catholic Children’s Society seeks sponsored walkers for Wirral Coastal walk on 22nd May. 0161 998 8802

Children’s Liturgy is having a holiday until May 8th. The team wish all the children and their families a very happy Easter

I would like to thank all those who made a special contribution to the Holy Week services and of course to all who attended. The ecumenical donkey was a huge success- first time we’ve had it in procession inside the church- and it didn’t disgrace itself. The jockey was rather good too! There are some great pictures at the back of the church as well as a couple printed below for those who missed it. There are so many people who have worked so hard in order that the ceremonies should be successful and I don’t want to omit anyone but you all know who you are and I want you to realise how grateful I am. I do have to mention Philip and Mike though, without whose help I couldn’t continue.

WORD OF GOD
They killed Jesus by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards
God raised him to life. (Acts 10:39-40)

WORD FOR TODAY
Our God has triumphed over the powers of darkness as Jesus is raised from death itself. From now on there is no evil which can ever hold permanent sway over us, for we share in the victory of Christ over all that would make us less than human. Christ is risen indeed and we share his new life.

Jesus was a backwater peasant. He never wrote a book, never held an office. He never journeyed more than two hundred miles from his hometown. Friends left him. One betrayed him. Those he helped forgot him. Prior to his death they abandoned him. But after his death they couldn’t resist him. What made the difference? The tomb was empty. (Max Lucado)

The joyful news that he is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.
(Henry Knox Sherrill)

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. (Robert Flatt)

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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

Passion Sunday 17th April 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: MOMENTS OF PASSION

Strangely enough, the events of that first Holy Week, when Jesus was led through suffering to a brutal execution on the cross, are a cause for rejoicing. For we glory in Christ’s death and resurrection since they have set us free and saved us from ultimate oblivion and meaningless.

What God accepted willingly, he accepted for me. But the passion and death of Jesus are not magic. We don’t simply look back at history, recall the awful events and then say all’s well with the world. The Calvary event is not some sort of magic moment with golden dust that has floated down to today. It’s an invitation to join in with the daily passion we see on our streets. It’s all about now and how we react to our own and other people’s distress.

As our TV screens show horrific images of people who are famished, war-torn or denied human rights, what do we do? Do we join the crowd with their “hosannas” or do we offer to lift the burden of the cross? When given the chance to sell out on our principles do we take the hard road or go for the 30 pieces of silver? Are we good at proffering a kiss in public but a knife in the back? Who’s being crucified on our streets this week and how are we responding?

The passion is not magic. It does not offer instant salvation. It has to be shared to have its effect. We can sing all the hymns in Christendom, carry all the palms we can get our hands on, even ride in procession on a donkey. But it’s pure idolatry if we don’t pledge to unite ourselves to the passion of Christ in a real way. We need to make up in our own bodies what is lacking in the suffering of Christ. Christ’s suffering was not imperfect, but it calls out to us to be imitated, to find completion in our own embrace.

The way we accept suffering and the way we react to the suffering of others is the key to the passion. We can embrace the cross as something which can enrich us, or we can run in fear from pain. We can rush to the aid of our neighbour, or show a crucifying indifference to the suffering of others. Our choice will either diminish or ennoble us.

WORD OF GOD

The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.So, too, I set my face like flint: I know I shall not be shamed.

(Isaiah 50:7)

WORD FOR TODAY

None of us gets through life without suffering. In some way or other we undergo things that we would rather avoid. Today we join Jesus at the start of his week of public agony, strengthened by the fact that no suffering can ever be stronger than God’s love for us.

Frs. Dennis and Frank contemplate the struggle ahead!

Unfortunately, you will have to make do with this photograph of our South African friend until the summer when he will be here in person. In his attempt to join us for Easter he came up against a lot of rules and regulations which prevented him from being with us. Believe me, I am just as disappointed as you are but when he does come, he will be able to stay with us for a longer period of time. Looking forward…..

Passion Sunday 17th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Colin Finch

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 18th. 12md

7.30

Barbara Jones

Reconciliation

Tues. 19th. 12md Brian Taylor
Wed 20th 12md Kath O’Brien
Thurs 21st 7.30 Mass of the Lord’s Supper

People of Parish

Fri

22nd

12md

3pm

Ecumenical Procession PS

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday 23rd 11.30

8.30pm

Morning Prayer & shared lunch

Easter Vigil

Parishioners

Easter Sunday 24th 10am

8pm

Rice Intentions

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Frances Heslin, LiamHalpen, 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 £719.34p

Boiler £9

120 Club Winner No 78 C.Dougherty£20

Becoming a more compassionate caring community-please see notices for details of this event with Bishop Brian on May 14th.

Catholic Children’s Society seeks sponsored walkers for Wirral Coastal walk on 22nd May. 0161 998 8802

How quickly decent, nice people degenerate the moment their circumstances change. Their virtue suddenly vanishes, and there’s nothing left of their former selves. (Dostoyevsky)

A city revolted against its ruler. The king set forth to subdue and punish it and the city hastened to request a pardon. At a distance from the city the elders and great came and begged forgiveness. “For your sake,” the king said, “I forgive one half of the guilt.” At the gates of the city the masses turned out and pleaded for mercy. “For your sake,” the king said, “I forgive half the guilt that is left.” When he entered the city and found all the little children gathered with song and dance and joy to appear before him, he exclaimed, “For your sake I forgive everything!” And the king joined their celebration.

(Jewish Midrash)

Napoleon, travelling through Switzerland with his army, was greeted with thunderous applause and enthusiasm. He remarked to one nearby supporter, “This same unthinking crowd, under a slight change of circumstances, would follow me just as eagerly to the scaffold!”

Novena Date for the diary: 5-13 May 2011 (12 noon daily) when, as part of our Shrewsbury diocesan year of prayer with Mary, we will be praying a Parish Novena with Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Fr. Michael Hartley of St Werburgh’s Birkenhead is trying to organise a pilgrimage to Rome in October (poster with details is on notice board). He is unable to find enough numbers from his parish and so is opening it up to other local parishes in the hope of finding enough people to make the trip viable. You may contact him for enquiries by phone or by email werlau@btinternet.comThe hotel is known to me and is very central and extremely comfortable.

Reconciliation in Holy Week

This Monday 18th at 7.30pm we will hold our reconciliation service. Therewill be no further opportunity for confessions during the remainder of Holy Week so please avail yourself of this opportunity to receive the forgiveness of the Lord.

Holy Week: The Easter Triduum

Our long Lenten journey culminates in the Easter Triduum.  These three days draw us into the mystery of our salvation.  Whatever we are doing these days, prayer can help us be open to the graces the day offers.   Each morning, we can pause to acknowledge the meaning of the day ahead.  Each night, we can give thanks. We can reflect upon the symbols and rituals, and let the prayers of the liturgies draw us in.  All, that we might know the depth of the love being offered us, and power of the gift of life won for us.

I sincerely hope that as many of you as possible will be attending all the services of the Triduum. Not for my sake but for your own sakes.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Let us pray for those parts of the Church which suffer persecution, derision or scandal, that by joining their sufferings to those of Christ they may triumph over evil.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for societies that are torn apart by violence and oppression, that the voice of peace may ultimately prevail.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who are wracked by constant pain, those facing surgical operations and lengthy treatment, that God will use the skills of doctors and nurses to bring them healing.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for ourselves, that we may take heart from the passion of Jesus when faced with the trials and tribulations of our daily lives.

Lord, in your mercy:

Hear our prayer.

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12/04/2011

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

5th. Sunday of Lent 10th April 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE DEADENING EFFECT

When the teacher asked her if she was looking forward to heaven, Molly replied that she wasn’t sure. “The problem is, Miss, if it goes on for ever it might get boring.”

We can’t quite get our minds around the idea of everlasting life. We automatically think about years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Well, the life after death is certainly eternal and will go on for ever. But when Jesus offers us everlasting life he is as much concerned with the quality of life as with its duration.

From a human point of view we can feel sorry for Lazarus who was called back from the grave to face more years of humdrum domestic life with Martha and Mary. No matter how happy we are with our family and friends, with what we do at work or in our leisure time, most of us still feel a deep down yearning for something else. We are content up to a point but there is always something out there calling us to a better quality of life. This richer form of life is life with God, and what we yearn for, if only we knew it, is union with God.

The bible is littered with people who in various ways have become hidebound in their own little circles and whom God is able to release and unbind so that they can live life to the full. So when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead it is to point out that God can unbind us from the shrouds that we choose to wear daily. It’s to show us that there is a more fulfilling and exciting life than sometimes we are led to believe.

Lent reminds us that to be raised in Christ is to enjoy the really good things of life, to taste the very sweetness of existence. And it reminds us that money, sex, power and applause can have a deadening effect on life. There is more to life than all of these and Christians measure success in different terms. For them, eternal life has already started.

If you want to live life now at a deeper level, an enduring or eternal life, then live the life that Christ offers. It sets you free from the shroud of competition, anxiety and outward appearance. And it’s so devoid of deadening influences that it lasts for ever

 

WORD OF GOD

I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel.

(Ezekiel 37:13)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

From time to time we all run out of puff. We become just a little less enthusiastic about things than we used to be. God promises to give us his Spirit to revive us, to breathe fresh life into us when we seem to be sagging. All we have to do is ask.

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?”

(Leo Buscaglia)

 

 

 

5th Sunday of Lent 10th 5.30

10am.

3pm

8pm.

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Mon 11th. 9.15 Jack McCormick
Tues.

 

12th. 9.15 Gemmell Family
Wed 13th 9.15

10.30

 

7-9pm

Havard Family

Lenten Meeting Christ Church Hr Bebington

Exploration of Holy week Readings with Philip

Thurs 14th. 7.15 Sean Molloy
Fri 15th 9.15 Angela Ryan
Palm Sunday 17th 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 £726 21p

Boiler £6

Catholic Voice £25

120 Club Winner No 93 Fr. Frank £20

 

You will note that 25 copies of The Voice were sold last week. I am sure the editor would be appreciative of your views of the publication whether negative or positive.

 

Bereavement group coffee morning 11th April, 10am in centre.  All welcome.

 

There will be a retiring collection both this weekend and next for flowers for Easter and beyond. The flower arrangers depend on your generosity twice each year to provide consistently lovely displays throughout the church year. Many thanks.

 

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 at 7pm and 15th April at 7.30pmat St Anne’s.

 

We are so busy today, we rarely have time to stop and grieve like Jesus, Martha and Mary. In Biblical times people might take 30 days or more to grieve and mourn the loss of a loved one before attempting to return to life’s routine. Today what sort of leave time do businesses generally give for death of a loved one? It is very important that we surround those who lose loved ones with support and encouragement. (Greg Nance)

 

In the midst of grief we cannot understand why Jesus would stay where he was for two more days. He had the power to intervene, to heal Lazarus — why would he not come? In the midst of the pain we can easily miss what is really going on. Jesus is not bound by death’s timetable. Jesus is not bound by death. Jesus said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified.” Just as the healing of the blind man was to give God glory, so too the raising of Lazarus. God was not bound by dry bones in the desert, God is not bound by death. (Roger Haugen)

 

 

As I informed you last week, Kath Markey has kindly agreed to take over some of the gardening of the old stick ‘n step garden but although I have started trying to tidy up the site in general myself I haven’t had any volunteers to join me so far! This just needs a short burst of activity to get it sorted out. Any offers?

 

Next weekend there will be a palm procession from the parish centre at both Masses though on Sunday we are hoping to have a donkey again. Please don’t try to get into the church before the procession reaches the front door of the church. If you are unable to make even that short walk then I’m afraid you will have to wait at the door for the procession to enter unless you make special arrangements with me.

 

ALL READERS (and any others interested):  Wed April 13 from 7.00 to 9.00 “The Passion of the Lord according to Matthew: A journey together”.  In the side chapel.

 

The latest readers’ rota has now been published on the website as well as being available as a hard copy here in church.

 

Reconciliation in Holy Week

This will take place on Monday 18th. At 7.30pm.There will be no further opportunity for confessions during the remainder of Holy Week so please avail yourself of this opportunity to receive the forgiveness of the Lord.