24/04/2011 Easter Sunday

24/04/2011

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
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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