19/06/2011

18/06/2011

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

Trinity Sunday June 19th 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: FAMILY TRAITS

Don’t be scared of the Trinity. It doesn’t have to be complicated even though in our heart of hearts we know we can never fully grasp what it’s all about. The Trinity means that although there is only one God, that same godhead comprises three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Together they form a family.

When St Paul used the name of the Trinity to bless people, he spoke of three broad activities that each one was responsible for. Of course, the Trinity is much more than these three things, and each person has a share in all of them. There are no demarcation disputes where the Trinity is concerned!

The thing that sprang to Paul’s mind for the Father was “love”. This may seem old hat to us, but in a pagan world, where the gods controlled people’s lives and demanded all sorts of sacrifices to ward off their wrath, the idea that God actually loves us seemed quite novel. God the Father not only loves us, he is love itself. And love cannot be kept to itself; it needs some sort of expression. The Father expressed his love by making men and women and giving them a wonderful place to live. When we show love to anyone else, it is really God’s love that we are passing on, since we can only love because we have God’s ever-present love within us.

“Grace” was the catch-all word that Paul used to describe Jesus. Grace is not a thing, even though our minds sometimes think of it in that way. Grace is the freely given state of favour that rests with us. God is on our side and provides us with the means to be fulfilled if only we ask for this favour. The ultimate sign of this was when Jesus set us right with God by atoning for our sinfulness through his death on the cross.

And Paul speaks of the Holy Spirit in terms of “fellowship”. The Holy Spirit is the bond of closeness and communion that completes the family of the Trinity. If we experience God’s grace and love it is through the Holy Spirit and this same Holy Spirit unites us with all those who are also sustained and comforted by God.

To live a life in the Trinity means to experience God’s love, to enjoy God’s favour and to be held together in a family of fellowship with God and with each other.


WORD OF GOD

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (II Corinthians 13:13)

WORD FOR TODAY

We cannot solve God, because God is not a problem. What we can do is to acknowledge how infinitely fortunate we are to have been created by a God who is on our side, who loves us, forgives us, stoops to prevent us from falling and wants us to enjoy fullness of life for ever.

The greatest single distinguishing feature of the omnipotence of God is that our imagination gets lost when thinking about it.

(Blaise Pascal)

Tertullian, one of the theologians of the early church, explained the Trinity in a floral metaphor. God the Father he described as “a deep root”, the Son as “the shoot that breaks forth into the world”, and the Spirit as “that which spreads beauty and fragrance.”

You are ever active, yet always at rest. You gather all things to yourself, though you suffer no need. You grieve for wrong, but suffer no pain. You can be angry and yet serene. Your works are varied, but your purpose is one and the same. You welcome those who come to you, even though you never lost them. You are never in need yet are glad to gain, never covetous yet you exact a return for your gifts. You release us from our debts, but you lose nothing thereby. You are my God, my Life, my holy Delight, but is this enough to say of you? Can anybody say enough when they speak of you? Yet woe betide those who are silent about you. (St Augustine)

St Alban is venerated as Britain’s first martyr. He died just outside the city which bears his name. He was a pagan soldier who sheltered a Christian priest and was converted by him. He then put on the priest’s clothes and was arrested and executed in his plac

Trinity Sunday 19th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Catherine McGuigan

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 20th 9.15 O’Brien Family
Tues. 21st 9.15 Harold O’Neill
Wed 22nd 9.15 McDyer & Dunnion Families
Thurs 23rd 9.15 Charles & Celia Cooney
Fri 24th 9.15 Benefactors of SSCF
Body & Blood of Christ

(Solemn Communion)

27th. 5.30

10am

 

8pm

Parishioners

Ann Marie & Richard 40 years

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, 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

Matters-many thanks.

Offertory £684 22 p.

Boiler £p

120 Club Winner No £20

This weekend has been designated for the collection to defray expenses engendered by last year’s Papal visit. If you are a tax payer, please fill in the back of the envelope so that a rebate can be claimed. Thanks.

I shall be going on retreat to St Bueno’s from 20th to 24th and the intentions for the weekday masses above will be celebrated there.

The Traidcraft stall is operational this weekend. Please consider buying gifts and other goodies from Eileen and Steve rather than putting your money into less deserving coffers.

On June 27th from 11am until 12md there will be a Holy Hour to pray for vocations to the ordained priesthood. This will be one of the 60 hours of prayerbeing celebrated across the diocese marking the diamond jubilee of Pope Benedict.

Our local MP Alison McGovern has invited us to an evening with Arlene McCarthy ME who is Vice Chair of the important Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. Her subject for the evening is Banking Reform and Food Speculation Friday 1 July 2011, 18:45 – 20:30Alexander Hall, Rocky Lane, Heswall. CH60 0BY

(Fairtrade refreshments to be provided)

Catechists are invited to the annual diocesan meeting at St Nicholas Hartford on the 25th June. Bishop Mark invites you to join him for a study day ‘The riches of the catechism’ see notice board for further details.

CHANCELLOR’S PRAYER (June 22nd)

This is the part of the text of the prayer that was written by St Thomas More whose feast we celebrate on June 22nd:

Give me the grace, Good Lord:

To cut off unnecessary recreations of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.

To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favour as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap. Amen

Last week’s ceremony of enrolment to the Guild of St Stephen was a very moving one. The 4 children involved have served their time and joined one of the most elite groups of altar servers in the diocese! I hope they will enjoy being part of such a happy band of young people and will continue to enjoy their time of service. Congratulations Francesca, Hilary, Harris & Max

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12/06/2011

11/06/2011

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

Pentecost Sunday June 12th 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALL DOWN TO US?

Thank God that the Church is bigger than you and me. Thank God that the Church is no mere human institution. Thank God that it does not stand or fall by my efforts and yours.

If it were all down to us then every scientific or medical advance that ran the risk of debasing human nature would see us running for cover. If it were all down to us then any scandal that hit the Church would find us dumb and unable to respond. If it were all down to us then our worship would quickly become a dry and arid performance of rubrics.

But it isn’t all down to us. Pentecost celebrates the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit who is ever present to the Church, guiding and sustaining, emboldening and inspiring us in the myriad circumstances of our modern world.

To celebrate Pentecost is remember that Jesus is still alive and active in his Church through the Holy Spirit. We call Whitsunday the birthday of the Church because on that day the first proclamation of the gospel took place after Christ’s death and resurrection.

And the apostles were just as daunted at the prospect as we sometimes are. They feared for their lives. Yet the tongues of fire which is the Spirit gave them the courage boldly to proclaim the good news of Jesus.

For the Church is the living Body of Christ and anything we do as the Church will produce results only if it is grounded in the Spirit. We cannot boast of our own efforts; it is the Spirit of God working through us that is effective.

So if we are reticent about bearing witness to our faith, if we want our prayer to be more heartfelt and our worship to come alive, if we feel that we need to recapture the joy and first commitment of our faith, then Pentecost is for us. Our prayer is that of the Church throughout the ages: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful!


WORD OF GOD

Something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. (Acts 2:3)

WORD FOR TODAY

When we see a great work of art, or hear of some inventive new gadget that will benefit people, we say that the artist or inventor has been inspired. In fact, all who have been baptised are inspired daily. The gift of the Holy Spirit means that day in and day out God is with us prompting us, but never forcing us, to act in a way that will bring us true happiness.

In his book The Counselor, A.W. Tozer said, “Spell this out in capital letters: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON. He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy. He is not the personification of all good qualities, like Jack Frost is the personification of cold weather. Actually, the Holy Spirit is not the personification of anything… He has individuality. He is one being and not another. He has will and intelligence. He has hearing. He has knowledge and sympathy and ability to love and see and think. He can hear, speak, desire, grieve and rejoice. He is a Person.”

In a museum in Scotland, resides the sword of the famous Scotsman Wallace who was a hero and patriot. A visitor once said, “I do not see how it could win such victories.” “Ah sir, you do not see the arm that wielded it,” came the reply. (Kenneth Squires)

It is good to cultivate a sensitivity to the Spirit for it is present in the whole chorus of creation. Indeed, the Spirit connects us to creation and confers eyes that see God as artist and lover. Where there is truth and goodness and beauty, there is the Spirit of God whether in a painting or in a person. We cannot live our lives without beauty; it is the signature of God and the seal of his Spirit. A sonnet or a love-song, the face of a girl in her prime, the swoop of a bird, an evening-blue sea or a lonely shore, these are not accidental things but divine poetry composed for our enjoyment. We receive the Spirit that we may become alert. In the Spirit we see through new eyes and can find beauty in every cranny of creation. (Hugh Lavery)

St Richard of Chichester’s feast is celebrated on 16th. He wasn’t ordained a priest until he was 45 but became a bishop 2 years later. He is remembered for his generosity to the poor, the mercy he showed to sinners, and the reform of the liturgical life of his diocese.

Pentecost 12th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Anne Forshaw

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 13th 9.15  
Tues. 14th 9.15 Safe Delivery
Wed 15th 9.15 McDyer & Dunnion families
Thurs 16th 9.15  
Fri 17th 9.15  
Sat 18th 11.45 Carmelite Mass
Trinity

Sunday

19th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Catherine McGuigan

Parishioners

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, 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

Matters-many thanks.

Offertory £615 90p.

Peter’s dance money£75

Boiler £12p

Red Boxes £352

120 Club Winners No 71 Hyland £20

Have you paid your sponsor money to Mike? Please tick your name off the list when you have coughed up!

Please remember that next week we will have the collection to defray the expenses of the Papal visit. Envelopes have been provided for your donations. If you are a tax payer please complete the back so that the collection can be swollen by gift aid.

Many thanks.

Vacancy! (Sadly unpaid)

The parish is seeking someone who regularly attends the 10am Mass to take away and launder the purificators each Sunday (they are the small white linen cloths used by the Eucharistic ministers). There are usually about 5 each Sunday. No academic qualifications necessary! Any offers? See Teresa Young

This Sunday evening at 7.30pm at Holy Name, the Pilgrim Troupe is to present ‘Awe and wonder at Pentecost’ through drama and images. This marks the end of the Birkenhead mission. You are most welcome to attend.

This coming Monday 13th June, the bereavement group have arranged a coffee morning between 10am and 12md. It is a drop-in session for anyone who feels they might benefit from a chat. It is completely informal and is open to ANYONE. Why not spend 15 minutes or so after Mass and catch up over a cuppa?

The Sisters of Divine Revelation will be making a special visit from Rome to Holy Name Church on Tuesday 14th June at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall All are welcome. For further details please contact Rachel on 07770266679

Friday 17 June Mersey United Church Synod invites you to a Concert for Malawi with Liverpool Harmonic Gospel choir in aid of Women’s Centre, Blantyre, Malawi. At ChristChurch, Port Sunlight(Tickets £6 available from Susan Flynn (01244 381490) sflynn@waitrose.com . 

Philip has returned to Leuven and will remain there for several weeks while he takes exams. He has been studying hard as well trying to relieve me of as much of a burden as is possible. Please pray for him and for Fr. Dennis (who is also taking exams) that they may be inspired and acquit themselves as they deserve. Furthermore, we wish all our students luck in school and public exams. Hope all ?s are answerable!!!!

Edite Gregory wishes to send a thousand thanks to the many people who have supported her through her bereavement. She was overwhelmed by the kindness shown to her.

The mark the Pope’s Diamond Jubilee of priesthood, the diocese is to hold 60 hours of prayer for vocations. Our LPA has been asked to organise two of these hours and we will host one of them here on 27th June. I have chosen the hour between 11am and 12md. You are asked to participate in Eucharistic Adoration with the intention of praying for the sanctification of the clergy and for the gift of new and holy priestly vocations.

This year’s Invocation Festival will take place at St Mary’s College, Oscott next weekend (17th-19th June). The festival is for young people to give them space to think and pray about their future and God’s will for their lives. We warmly invite the young people of our parish to consider attending the event. You can find more information, as well as a booking form, on the website:www.invocation.org.uk.

05/06/2011

05/06/2011

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

Ascension Sunday June 5th 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: PASS IT ON!

Bill was a barber but wasn’t one of the brightest or most tactful people around. But he always took the priest’s sermon to heart. One was about the need for every Christian to witness to their faith in Jesus, at home, on the street and at work. So Bill decided to take the plunge. After he had lathered up a customer for a shave, he stood with the cut-throat razor and said, ‘Are you ready to meet your maker?’ The man fled with his face covered in shaving soap!

It’s amazing the number of people who think that passing on the good news (‘evangelising’ as it’s called) is something that is for the professionals, for those who have trained for many years or those who hold prestigious degrees. Yet today in the Ascension gospel Jesus commands all of his followers to go out and meet people, to teach them, making them disciples and baptising them.

This command of Jesus is sometimes called the Great Commission. It’s the most fundamental aspect of Christian life, witnessing to what we believe. If we stop witnessing then clearly we will die out. If there was no one who first introduced us to Christ, or introduced our parents and grandparents, then we would not be Christians ourselves.

Many of us feel uncomfortable about certain types of witnessing to Christ. Groups of hymn-singing Christians in the middle of the market on Saturday morning can do as much damage as good. Yet we each have a duty as Christians to bring the good news to those around us. How do we do it?

The most basic way is by example. People notice. They notice the way we do or don’t talk about others, the way we are prepared to volunteer our time to help others, the way we treat others on our street or at work. And if they know that we do this out of our belief in God and our faith in Christ then this attracts others. They may then get to the point of asking us about our faith, why we bother to go to church, why we believe what we do believe. It’s then that we have another opportunity to tell people the good news. If there are things that we can’t explain we can always offer to put them in touch with people who can. And just in case we think that we can’t cope alone, Jesus tells us today that as we undertake this spreading of this good news he will always be at our side.

WORD OF GOD

Know that I am with you always, until the end of time. (Matthew 28:20)

WORD FOR TODAY

Christ’s resurrection and ascension are not things of the past. They are very much present and powerful in our world today if we allow them to affect our vision of life and to guide us in our search for the ultimate meaning of our common existence. Jesus promises to be with us until the end of time.

 

Our very restlessness is merely homesickness for God, for a life both satisfying and substantial. We received its beginning at the font. But have we like the man in the gospel story buried it in a field? Or are we using it to advantage, letting it develop and mature to the fullness every one of us desires?

(Hugh Lavery)

 

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

 

In our desire for eternal life we pray for an eternity of our habit and comfort, forgetting that immortality lies in repeatedly transcending the definite forms of life in order to pursue the infinite truth of life. (Tagore)

 

BARNABAS (June 11th)

Barnabas, a Cypriot, lived with the Christians in Jerusalem after selling his estate and giving the money to the apostles. When Paul came to Jerusalem after his conversion, it was Barnabas who convinced the apostles to trust their old enemy. He and Paul then did missionary work together. At Iconium, the capital of Lycaonia, they narrowly escaped stoning at the hands of the mob that the rulers had stirred up against them. A miraculous cure wrought by St Paul upon a cripple at Lystra led the pagan inhabitants to conclude that the gods had come amongst them. They hailed Paul as Hermes or Mercury because he was the chief speaker and Barnabas as Zeus or Jupiter and were with difficulty restrained from offering sacrifices to them. But they soon rushed to the other extreme and stoned St Paul, severely wounding him.

 

 

Ascension 5th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Kate Kenny (Anniv)

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 6th 9.15 Moira Roberts
Tues. 7th 12md Funeral Mollie Dowling
Wed 8th 9.15 Nicola Smith
Thurs 9th 9.15 John Whitehead
Fri 10th 9.15 Joan’s Ints
Pentecost

Sunday

12th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Anne Forshaw

Parishioners

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 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 £668 92p.

Boiler £55 55p

120 Club Winners No T. Young £20

No A. Murray £10

On Sunday 19th, there will be a special collection to help defray expenses of last year’s Papal visit. Envelopes have been provided for your contributions. The expectation is that our diocese will donate £150,000.

 

As you will see above, Mollie Dowling’s funeral is on Tuesday. She was 97 years old! The last 10 years of her life had been filled with suffering but she showed great forbearance never complaining and always kept her mischievous smile. The staff of Nazareth House found her a pleasure to care for. She was great example to us all. Following interment at Plymyard there will be a reception at Hulme Hall to which all are invited.

 

Sr. Marie has had her operation and despite an initial setback she is now recovering steadily. Nazareth House was full so Sr. Marie is in Grove House, 1 Palm Grove, Prenton CH43 1TE- tel 652 8078

 

If you sponsored Mike and the altar servers on their coastal walk, then please be ready to put your hand into your pocket ASAP. Their benefactors await …..

 

Seekers Teams have been running tailor-made events for the last seven years for non-Catholics and the lapsed. They are now planning a new event for the end of July this year (29th – 31st) called the Evangelisation Training Weekend. This weekend is for Catholics who feel they would like to make a tentative step towards being able to share their faith and invite others as part of everyday life. The weekend will be a residential stay in the Franciscan Retreat Centre which is attached to our parish and where the Franciscan Friars are based. For any further information please contact Diane Ward, Seekers Mission Director, Pantasaph
Tel: 07908 113857 01352 711046
alternative e-mail: seekers@live.co.uk

 

I have been asked by Damien Williams (via email) to pass on the following:

Hilary Williams (nee Rigby) died in tragic circumstances on 25th May. Her funeral Mass will be on 8th June at 9.30 at Holy Name. We commend her to the Lord and ask consolation for her grieving husband and family.

 

Next Sunday evening at 7.30pm at Holy Name, the Pilgrim Troupe is to present ‘Awe and wonder at Pentecost’ through drama and images. This is part of the Birkenhead mission. You are most welcome to attend.

 

Confirmation this year will be held on 30th November.The venue has not been confirmed so far.

If you know of young people who are eligible for confirmation and who may not attend SJP or even a Catholic School, please spread the word, so that we can invite them to join the preparation course.

 

I have been advised not to resume full time work for the present and so the schedule of weekday Masses will be disrupted for a while yet. My intention is to celebrate a couple of Masses during the week as well as those at the weekend. I managed to enlist the services of Fr. Jack McLeish for one of the masses this week and hopefully I may be able to do so again next week. Please refer to the notices I will display on the chapel door.

 

The missing hymn books now number over 100. I realise that it is easy to take one away in a fit of absent mindedness but I would ask that you have a look at home and return any that you might have accidentally removed or been loaned.

On June 9th, we celebrate the feast of St Columba. He founded several monasteries in Ireland before sailing to Iona as ‘an exile for Christ’ from where he converted much of western Scotland. From there, his followers took the gospel to northern England. He was renowned as a poet and scribe as well as a spiritual guide. In Gaelic literature, he appears as Ireland’s most popular saint, noted for his great love of all creatures, human and animal.

He died on Iona in 597