St John the Evangelist

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Fr. Frank Rice

Rev Philip White

Trinity Sunday June 19th 2011


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.


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)


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



Catherine McGuigan


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





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.


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