15/05/2011

14/05/2011

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

4th. Sunday of Easter 15th. May l 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: KEEP ON THE GRASS

Peter was not known for being a shrinking violet. Time and time again we see him jumping in with both feet, saying the wrong thing or reacting without thinking things through. He doesn’t seem to have changed much after Christ’s death, for today we catch a glimpse of him in action preaching to the crowd. And he comes out with all guns firing. You backed a loser, he says, by killing Jesus of Nazareth. You killed him but God raised him up and made him Lord of all things. So now you’re at odds with God. Naturally, the crowd were cut to the quick and wanted to know how to make amends. Peter tells them to repent and turn their lives over to Jesus.

In many parishes throughout the world there are people who have only been Christians for the last three weeks. They were baptised or received into the Church at Easter. During this fifty-day period until Pentecost we look each Sunday at some of the consequences of being a Christian. We tease out just some of implications of turning our lives over to Jesus and we try to enter the mystery of our faith more deeply.

And so we reflect that Jesus is the gate of the sheepfold and the shepherd of the flock. Those who are new Christians can be very good teachers of those who have been around for a while. This is because they teach us about enthusiasm for faith. They can rekindle in us the old fire that we once had but which may have dimmed a little over the years. New Christians are in no doubt that if you want to find your way into the sheepfold (if you want to be in place where life makes sense), then Jesus is the way in. To seek God with all our hearts, to live according to his teaching, to follow the shepherd to springs of water and fresh pasture…this is why people become Christians. Easter is a time for remembering old truths, and we’re left in no doubt why people take the plunge of baptism for Christ’s sake. It’s because the grass is always greener on God’s side.

WORD OF GOD

The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:14)

WORD FOR TODAY

God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ. Jesus is confirmed as the long-awaited Messiah, the one who was to set his people free. As Lord he holds sway over all things. Still basking in the joy of the resurrection, the Church today commends us to the attentive care of the Good Shepherd. By following him we will come to no harm.

The idea of Jesus as the gate to the sheepfold makes more sense if we understand Middle Eastern farming practices at the time of Christ. In bad weather, particularly in winter, shepherds pooled their sheep at night. They built a large pen with a high wall to keep animals of prey out. There was no roof and no door, just a space for animals to come in and out. The shepherds took turns to do the night shift looking after each other’s sheep. This explains the idea of a rogue shepherd coming to steal others’ sheep. The shepherd kept guard at the “gate”. In fact, he was the gate. And his own sheep recognised his voice when he called them out. (Oliver Todd)

Our Lord said, “Feed my sheep”. He did not say, “Count them!”(Dora Chaplin)

We need good shepherds today in every walk of life. In our homes we need parents who really care about their children, who spend time with them, and who still care for them even when they disappoint them. In our schools we need teachers who know their pupils and who take a personal interest in their well-being. In our hospitals we need doctors and nurses who care about their patients and who do not treat them as objects. In public life we need people who care about the welfare of others rather than their own selfish interests. And of course in the Church we need priests who are willing to give a loving service to their brothers and sisters. (Flor McCarthy)

4th Sunday of

Easter

15th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Parishioners

Marie McDonough

Prayer Meeting

Mon 16th 9.15 Joe Moore
Tues. 17th 9.15 O’Brien Family
Wed 18th 1pm Funereal Mass

Malclom Hughes

Thurs 19th 9.15 Dennis Brockway
Fri 20th 9.15 Dot Welch
Sat 21st 10 30am 1st Communion Mass
5thSunday of

Easter

22nd. 5.30

10am

8pm

Benefactors SSCF

ParishionersPrayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Sr. Marie Clare, 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

The date for Sr. Marie’s operation is now set for 19th May. Pray that all will go well for her and that she will soon be back with us sharing the Eucharist.

Matters-many thanks.

Offertory £729 95p.

Boiler £2

In January 2010 we made an insurance claim for water damage in the hall. This has at last been paid out to the tune of £6,335.76p

120 Club Winner No 97 M Duffy £20

The church of Our Lady & St John in Heswall is hosting the choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on May 27th at 7pm when they will sing choral vespers. All are welcome.

Mike Daly is leading the altar servers on the Wirral Coastal walk on 22nd May and he is asking for sponsorship for the group as they seek to raise funds for Claire House. There is a list at the back of church for you to add your name to. Even if you can only afford a small amount remember that every penny helps and don’t be put under pressure by the more affluent sponsors!!

I’m taking part in the St Vincent De Paul Society (SVP) – London – Paris Cycle 2011 on 14/09/2011 to raise money for St Vincent De Paul Society (England And Wales) and I’d really appreciate your support.

My justgiving website is www.justgiving.com/steve-whalley50

Thanks for your patience and understanding over the past few weeks while I have been feeling unwell. I sometimes forget that I am getting on in years (to put it mildly). I am feeling better now the infection has cleared, but have been advised to take my time and to rest. The daily masses are still in a state of flux and I am grateful to the Eucharistic ministers who have arranged services of Word and Communion during my absences and also to the priests who have celebrated Masses so far. I am keeping an eye on the mass intentions, some of which have been deferred but if they have not been offered on the published dates then I am sorry. I will do my best to keep you informed and once again I want to thank so many of you for your good wishes, cards etc.

Bernard Dillon raised in excess of £500 at his last book sale at Mayer Hall. All proceeds will go to Parkinson’s UK. He thanks all who supported the venture.

The Sacred Heart Fathers have led pilgrimages to the shrine in Knock, Co Mayo for the last 22 years. They are taking bookings for this year’s pilgrimage which is timed to coincide with the 10 day national Novena around the feast of the Assumption and the anniversary of the apparition (August 21st). Thousands will converge on the shrine to pray at this time.

If you would like to join the pilgrimage from 14th-24th August or wish for more details please contact Fr. Jim Matthews SCJ 0161 480 3164. The pilgrimage will be led by Fr. Liam Rooney SCJ assisted by deacon John Lomas.

john.lomas2@virginmedia.com]

Diocesan Marian Year Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Mark next Tuesday, 17th May, at 7pm in St Mary’s, Congleton.  (West Road  CW12 4ES)  Refreshments will be served in the parish hall after the Mass.  All are most welcome.

Thursday 19th marks the feast of St Milburga who was the daughter of a medieval King and became an Abbess of the joint monastery of men and women in Wenlock where she organised the evangelisation and pastoral care of South Shropshire. Her cult owed much to the testimony of St Boniface and of a medieval papal legate who witnessed miraculous cures at her tomb.

I hope you will remember the children who are making their first Holy Communion over the next couple of Saturdays. They are the hope of tomorrow.

CIRCLE PRAYER SERVICE – A monthly service for prayers of intercession and healing. This will be an ecumenical service and everyone is welcome. If you have concerns or are worried about others you are invited to bring them along in your heart. The first service will be held on Thursday 19th May at 7.15pm again at St Michaels.
If you would like any information please email – mairiegelling@live.co.uk or ring 0777163692

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08/05/2011

07/05/2011

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

3rd Sunday of Easter 8th. May l 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: DAY TRIP TO EMMAUS

We’re all on our way to Emmaus like the two disciples in today’s gospel. We’re all busy going somewhere, doing something important, our days filled with chores and charms, with pleasure and pain.

And when the journey gets long and tiresome we become dejected. We end up thinking that it all depends on us, that things are going to the dogs, that the effort isn’t worth it, that other people we thought we could rely on have let us down.

Just like the disciples. They’d put great stock in Jesus, but now he was dead and the whole thing was over. And like them we fail to see Jesus approaching and walking by our side, bothered about what bothers us, encouraging us when courage falters.

And it takes the story of the scriptures to give us new heart, to remind us that God has promised to be with us to the end of time, through thick and thin, to speak the words which make life bearable, worthwhile, liveable. It takes God’s word to warm our hearts once more, to make us burn with gratitude.

Then when we reach Emmaus, like the disciples, it is in the breaking of the bread that our whole lives make sense. We take the bread and wine and with it we present all our hopes and fears, our joys and tears, that God may redeem and renew us at our very core. We bless God for the indescribable tenacity with which he surrounds us with his loving care, with his never ending offer of forgiveness and new start. As we break the bread and pour the wine, we ask God to break us and use us for his purposes that we may speak the word to others. And in sharing the food of life we become one body in Christ; in fact, we become the very thing that we eat: the Body of Christ.

And all of this wonder is repeated every time we consciously set out on the journey to Emmaus. Wherever it may be, we go there daily.

WORD OF GOD

You killed Jesus the Nazarene, but God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades; for it was impossible for him to be held in its power.

(Acts 2:23-24)

WORD FOR TODAY

Boosted by the resurrection event and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, the apostles boldly proclaim that nothing can overcome Jesus, not even death. Today we are called to take that same unshakeable faith in the power of Jesus into the market places of our lives.

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. (J. Isham)

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life. When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other…and it is this little creative fountain inside us that begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected laughter and wisdom. Well, it is when people really listen to us, with quiet fascinated attention that the little fountain begins to work again, to accelerate in the most surprising way. (Brenda Ueland)

An essential part of true listening is the discipline of bracketing, the temporary giving up or setting aside of one’s own prejudices, frames of reference and desires so as to experience as far as possible the speaker’s world from the inside, step in inside his or her shoes. This unification of speaker and listener is actually an extension and enlargement of ourselves, and new knowledge is always gained from this. Moreover, since true listening involves bracketing, a setting aside of the self, it also temporarily involves a total acceptance of the other. Sensing this acceptance, the speaker will fell less and less vulnerable and more and more inclined to open up the inner recesses of his or her mind to the listener. As this happens, speaker and listener begin to appreciate each other more and more, and the duet dance of love is begun again. (M. Scott Peck)

3rd. Sunday of

Easter

1st 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 2nd. 9.15 Stephen Pugh
Tues. 3rd. 9.15 Mary McDonough
Wed 4th 9.15 Christopher Smith
Thurs 5th. 7.15 Sr. Pat Kenny
Fri 6th 9.15 Bridie Duncan
Sat 14th 10am 1st Communion Mass
3rd.Sunday of

Easter

8th 5.30

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Marie McDonough

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Sr. Marie Clare, 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

Matters-many thanks.

Offertory £792.91p.

Boiler £16

120 Club Winner No 1119 N. McCormick £20

Fr. Frank is recovering slowly and thanks you for all the get well cards, good wishes and prayers. He is very grateful to the priests who have stepped in so readily to continue serving the community of St John’s and plans to be back among us as soon as he is able.

Lots of you have been enquiring about Sr. Marie whereabouts and we are pleased to report that though her mobility is very restricted her general health has improved and that she has now been ‘cleared’ for her hip op. Let’s hope she will be back among us very soon. We miss you Sister!

Mike Daly is leading the altar servers on the Wirral Coastal walk on 22nd May and he is asking for sponsorship for the group as they seek to raise funds for Claire House. There is a list at the back of church for you to add your name to. Even if you can only afford a small amount remember that every penny helps and don’t be put under pressure by the more affluent sponsors!!

The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help has been underway at 12noon since Thursday and will conclude on 13th. Even if you are unable to be physically present in church, please try to join in by using the prayer leaflets which were distributed last weekend.

Friday 13th marks the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady appeared to three Portuguese children, Lucia, Jacinta and Fransisco 6 times from May 13th to October 13th in 1917. The message of Fatima is repentance so that the world may be transformed into a place of peace

There will be a public Rosary in St Werburgh’s Square on Saturday next 14th May at 2pm

The church of Our Lady & St John in Heswall is hosting the choir of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on May 27th at 7pm when they will sing choral vespers. All are welcome.

The Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place at the end of July. If you would like to join then please contact the Diocesan Pilgrimage Office or ring 0773324264

The FCJ community are to run a vocations retreat weekend which is open to young men and women aged 20s and 30s from 27th-29th May in Broadstairs Kent. Please email lynnefcj@hotmail.com

Bernard Dillon is holding his second book sale of the year at Mayer Hall this Sunday 8th May from 11am until 3pm. Great bargains to be had and all proceeds to go to Parkinson’s UK

I’m taking part in the St Vincent De Paul Society (SVP) – London – Paris Cycle 2011 on 14/09/2011 to raise money for St Vincent De Paul Society (England And Wales) and I’d really appreciate your support.

My justgiving website is www.justgiving.com/steve-whalley50

St Matthias was a companion of Jesus and a witness to his resurrection. He was chosen by lot to take the place of Judas and so to share the apostolic ministry of the twelve. His feast is celebrated on 14th May

In the last ten years Catholic Singles has become better known as more parishes have publicised us. This has led to a greater spread of membership both geographically and in terms of age. We have members from all walks of life, including professionals such as teachers, police officers, sports professionals, civil servants, doctors, nurses and solicitors, those working in other areas, students, retiredmembers and some seeking employment.

email: info@catholicsingles.org.uk

website: www.catholicsingles.org.uk

You can print off a form from the website but if you don’t have access to the internet, you may contact James Judge by telephone on 0161 941 3498.

01/05/2011

01/05/2011

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

2nd Sunday of Easter 1st May l 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: CREED AND DEED

I believe that the sun is more than 90 million miles away from the earth, although I’ve never measured it. I believe that Hong Kong exists, although I’ve never been there. I believe that Barrack Obama is president of the United States, although I’ve never seen him in the flesh.

It’s not really very hard to believe in these things. We take them as read. And they don’t really make that much difference to our day to day lives. Believing that something is true or false is an open and shut thing. When Thomas saw Jesus in the flesh he stopped doubting.

But there’s another type of belief which asks much more of us. It’s the type of belief that asks us to trust. For faith has two sides to its coin: it asks us to believe that Jesus is the Son of God risen from the dead, and then it asks us to trust our whole lives to him. This second side of the coin, trusting and abandoning ourselves to God, is much more complex and it’s harder to sustain.

When we go to hospital for an operation we believe that the man or woman standing in front of us is a surgeon. (God help us if we don’t!) But we also need to believe in the person, to have confidence in letting ourselves be treated by the surgeon. Sometimes, in fact, we hear people saying that they have great faith in an individual. What they are really saying is that they trust the person to deliver.

At Easter we make our annual renewal of faith in our baptismal promises. We profess belief in the articles of the Creed. But for the rest of the year we have to live out the other side of this faith. We have to abandon ourselves to God’s loving care in all the ups and downs of our daily life, to trust when trusting seems pointless, to keep hoping when others tell us to give up. This is the sort of faith that makes real demands on us.

Like us the early Church gathered together to listen to Christ’s teaching that comes through the apostles and to celebrate the Eucharist. Like us they knew that faith is to be found not only in creeds but also in deeds.

WORD OF GOD

The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles,

to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.

(Acts 2:42)

WORD FOR TODAY

From the time of the apostles the followers of Christ have done their best to hold fast to what they have been taught, to share the common life of worship and to witness to their faith in Jesus. Today, like Thomas, we proclaim with our lives that Jesus is our Lord and our God.

Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life; meet every rising sun with such sentiments of God’s goodness, as if you had seen it, and all things new-created upon your account: and under the sense of so great a blessing! (William Law)

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbour. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future. (Goethe)

Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death. (Miguel de Unamuno)

2nd Sunday of

Easter

1st 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Kennedy/McCormick Families

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon (St George) 2nd. 9.15 Christopher Smith
Tues. 3rd. 9.15 Alice Hewson
Wed 4th 9.15 Margaret Williams
Thurs 5th. 7.15 Vic Gemmell
Fri 6th 9.15 Stephen Pugh
3rd.Sunday of

Easter

8th 5.30

10am

8pm

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

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, 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

Matters-many thanks.

Easter Offerings £1884 .44p.

Holy Places £276. 63p

120 Club Winner No 42 N McCormack £20

No 57 Mrs Halewood £10

As most of you will know, Fr. Frank became unwell during Easter Sunday Mass and cancelled last week’s weekday Masses in order to rest and recuperate. He apologises for any inconvenience and hopes to fulfil those mass intentions this coming week but be aware that the celebration of the weekday Masses as above depends on whether Fr Frank is well enough to resume work. Please pray for our Pastor.

If you are one of those who put your name down to attend Mike Daly’s ordination, please could you kindly take one of the envelopes from the back of the church.

Bernard Dillon is holding his second book sale of the year at Mayer Hall on Sunday 8th Mat from 11am until 3pm. Great bargains to be had and all proceeds to go to Parkinson’s UK

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.

The SJP Plant Sale is close at hand. Shun the temptations of B & Q and support our local school by ordering your plants for the coming season from them!! There is a comprehensive list to choose from and pre orders should be collected by 11am the sale is on 7th May and starts at 9am. Order forms at the back of the church

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

There are a lot of beautiful Catholic magazines at the back of the church; many of them are now out of date (though only in a calendar sense). They contain many excellent articles which I fear will remain unread if I end up consigning them to the bin. I am concerned that the cover price of £3 50 may put them out of the reach of some of you, so I ask that you perhaps pay just £1 a copy and I am sure you will get your money’s worth.

I appeal once again for a group of people to get together to tidy the grounds of the church. When we opened the door near the font on Holy Thursday, we discovered a discarded Aldi trolley outside and there are bits of masonry as well as discarded packets and paper. I can’t do this kind of thing alone.

For married couples:

Lord, send your blessing on all married couples

that your love may fill their hearts.

Keep them faithful in times of trouble

and let them be living examples of Christian life

and witnesses of the gospel to others.

May they live to see their children’s children,

and after a happy old age,

grant them the fullness of life with the saints

in the kingdom of heaven.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The funeral Mass for the late Arthur Maiden will take place on Monday 12th May at 12md. Please remember him and his grieving daughters in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for May 2011
General Intention: That those who work in the media may always respect truth, solidarity and the dignity of each person.

Missionary Intention: That the Lord may grant the Church in China the capacity to persevere in fidelity to the Gospel and to grow in unity.

Many thanks to the 2 priests who are supplying for Fr Frank this weekend who are enabling him to continue a much needed rest.