St John the Evangelist

Email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com



0151 645 3314

Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

3rd Sunday of Easter 8th. May l 2011


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.


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)


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


1st 5.30



Benefactors SSCF


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


8th 5.30




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.

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