31/07/2011

31/07/2011

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr Frank Rice;

Revd Philip White; Revd Michael Daly (also in residence: Fr Dennis Xulu)

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

websites:www.stjohnevang.co.ukwww.lpa24.org

31 July 2011

18th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: NOTHING TO OFFER?

We’re always being asked for things (this weekend for example) Maybe it’s a disaster appeal. Perhaps it’s the letter through the door asking for money for cancer research. Or it may just be someone at Church asking for volunteers to give up their time for this and that. What matters is whether or not we can recognise the need when it presents itself and know how to respond. The gospel speaks about Jesus feeling pity for the hungry crowd in his very guts. His awareness was wall-to-wall because he cared about people. He knew what their deepest needs were, not just their rumbling stomachs.

How do we react when we become aware of a need around us? Do we automatically think that it’s someone else’s problem? Do we offload it onto relief agencies, the local authorities or national government? Do we make the excuse that we are not really in a position to do anything about it? Do we say that our resources are really quite limited in the face of such a huge problem? If Jesus had answered in this way, protesting that there were only a few loaves and fishes available, there would have been no miracle. But he didn’t. We cannot measure the effectiveness of our response by our resources for that would be to take God out of the equation. And God is able to take our humble attempts and make them great. To take a basket of food and feed 5000 people. That’s because whenever we make any attempt to do good it’s not really us who are doing the good but God who is working through us. And God is goodness itself, the source of all our goodness and effectiveness, understanding the size of our need and acting through our faith and obedience to his will. If we allow God to work through us there will always be more than enough since no need can ever be too great for God. That’s why there were twelve baskets of scraps left over when everyone had had their fill. Who knows how Jesus worked the miracle? Maybe the real miracle was that by listening to his message the people were encouraged to share. And of course this couldn’t have happened if they thought they had nothing to offer.

WORD OF GOD

Listen, listen to me and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. (Isaiah 55: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

No food or drink can satisfy us for long. Today Jesus tells us that if we accept his message of eternal life our deepest needs will be met. By eating and drinking his body and blood we become heirs to his immeasurable riches.

The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realisation of the world in which we live. (Bertrand Russell)

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. (Henry Van Dyke)

I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do. If that’s to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study, then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do. And then you will be well on your way of doing the labour that works miracles. (Jim Rohn)

Parish Centre: Great Sutton Male Voice Choir will be performing in the Parish Centre on Wed 21 Sep at 7.30 pm (all proceeds in aid of Wirral Prostate Cancer Support Group). Tickets include an interval glass of wine – £6 each from Bernard McGuigan (tel: 645 7929) or put your name on the list at the back of church. We hope this is the first of a number of social events in the Centre, some of them to raise much-needed funds for its upkeep. “Use it or lose it.”

18th Sun yr A 31st 5.30

10 am

8 pmPaul Standish

Parishioners

Prayer MeetingMon1st12.00Funeral: Tom Elliot RIPTues2nd9.15Marie McDonoughWed3rd12.00Funeral: John Friery RIPThu4th9.15Bob KellyFri5th9.15Donor’s intention19th Sun yr A

7th5.30

10 am

8 pmDonal O’Brien

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Stacey Usher, 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. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

CAFOD Collection The estimate of those affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa is 3.2 million in Ethiopia and 3.1 million in Kenya with an overall estimate of up to 10 million people in the whole region.
Given the gravity of the situation and the urgent need to respond quickly, the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee, of which
CAFOD is a member, has decided to launch an appeal and emergency response immediately. As part of this, CAFOD is launching its own £5m appeal so that Catholics can choose to give directly to CAFOD. This weekend we are holding our collection. Please use the gift aid envelopes provided (including your name and address). Any cheques (payable to “St John’s Parish Account”) should be handed in separately with the gift aid declaration.

Money

Offertory last week: £677 (many thanks); Boiler: £20

120 Club Winners:

£20 (no.31 – T Doyle); £10 (no.115 – C. McGree)

Pope’s Intentions for August 2011

  • General Intention: That World Youth Day in Madrid may encourage young people throughout the world to have their lives rooted and built up in Christ.
  • Missionary Intention: That Western Christians may be open to the action of the Holy Spirit and rediscover the freshness and enthusiasm of their faith.

Music for the new translation of the Missal: Spend a morning looking at new and revised settings….. Holy Name, Oxton, on Sat 3 Sep 2011 (10 am to 1 pm). Cost £3. Phone 01616 832359 or email pad.st.mary’s@btinternet.com

On Sunday 14th August at 3pm we will have a mass of anointing. If you know people who are housebound and unable to come to mass anymore, PLEASE let them know and also that if they do not have transport to church, we will provide it for them. Names of sick to Philip please and also names of those able to offer lifts to church for that occasion.

Traidcraft goods are available this weekend. Please patronise the stall if you can. Beautiful gifts are available as well as the usual handmade cards and foodstuffs.

1st August is the feast of St Alphonsus who founded the Redemptorist order. He is remembered as a popular preacher and a devotional writer as well as an influential master of moral theology.

OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS (August 5th)

Our Lady of the Snows sounds a much nicer feast than the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica of Mary Major, but in reality they are one and the same celebration.

The legend says that during the pontificate of Liberius (350-366), a Roman patrician named John and his wife, who had no children, made a vow to donate their possessions to Our Lady. They prayed that she might make known to them how they were to dispose of their property in her honour. There are seven hills in Rome and on August 5th, during the night, snow fell on the summit of the Esquiline Hill despite the fact that it was the middle of summer. In obedience to a vision that they had the same night, the couple built a basilica in honour of Our Lady on the spot which was covered with snow.

Today this church is one of the four major basilicas in Rome along with St John at the Lateran Gate (Rome’s cathedral), St Paul’s Outside the Walls and St Peter’s in the Vatican.

TRANSFIGURATION (6 August) The Transfiguration is one of the “theophany” feasts; in other words it is a privileged occasion when ordinary human mortals were given a glimpse of God’s glory while still here on earth.

O God, on the holy mountain you revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in garments that were white and glistening. In your mercy grant that we, being delivered from the troubles and disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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24/07/2011

23/07/2011

 

 

 

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

 

Rev Michael Daly

 

17th Sunday of Year 2011 July 24th 2011

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: NONE THE WISER?

 

There are lots of jokes about the genie in the bottle who offers people three wishes. Whatever the joke, the punch-line is always the same: the people end up squandering their good fortune or getting more than they bargained for.

 

What made Solomon wise was the fact that he knew his own weaknesses and sought make himself a better person. He didn’t ask for fame or wealth. Knowing that he was young and unskilled in government, he asked God to make him into a really good king for his people.

 

For wisdom isn’t about being worldly wise or streetwise. It’s not a question of intelligence or even being a clever person. Wisdom is about looking at yourself and the world and seeing what God sees. And when you look at yourself and see what is missing, it’s about doing something to make up the gap.

 

Jesus knew only too well that people set their priorities in all sorts of different directions. Yet he tells them that if they were really wise they would forget about all the trivialities of life and seek to live in the kingdom of God. To know the importance of this is to possess a pearl of great price. A pearl of such price, he says, that we ought to be prepared to lose everything else in order to possess it.

 

Some people don’t know where to look for this pearl of great price. So their search takes them to Tarot cards and Feng Shui and they end up none the wiser. Others have glimpsed the pearl but were unaware of its value, so they stop going to church because they have to take their children to sport on Sunday mornings. And then there are those who know how valuable a gift lies within their grasp and they struggle daily to possess it. Which are you?

WORD OF GOD

I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you have had and none will have after you. (I Kings 3:12)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

A good way of knowing want you want out of life is to think of what you would write on your own epitaph. Would it differ from what those who do not know Christ would write? Jesus tells us that true wisdom is available to those who ask for it. And it is only to be found in God’s word.

 

The natural meaning of the words is, that the Gospel does not receive from us the respect which it deserves, unless we prefer it to all the riches, pleasures, honours, and advantages of the world, and to such an extent, that we are satisfied with the spiritual blessings which it promises, and throw aside everything that would keep us from enjoying them. (Calvin)

 

Tell me what you are busy about and I will tell you what you are. (Goethe)

 

A great way to find out what you want from life is to write your own obituary.

(Pat Wilkinson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

17th Sunday of Yr. 24th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Mgt. & Joe Carr (annivs)

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 25th 9.15 Robert Horney
Tues. 26th 9.15 Mike Daly Ints.
Wed 27th 9.15 Eileen Myles
Thurs 28th. 9.15 Donor’s Int.
Fri 29th. 9.15 Hannah O’Neill
18th Sunday of Yr.

 

31st. 5.30

10am

8pm

Paul Standish

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Stacey Usher, 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 £771: 86 p.

Boiler £15: 00p

120 Club Winners No 29 L Brockway £20

 

Thomas Elliott died during the week at the ripe old age of 98yrs. He is greatly mourned by his family and friends who are bereft. Please remember them all in your prayers His funeral will be on Monday 1st August at 12md.

 

May God the Father grant you a discerning judgement and true wisdom of heart.

May God the Son open your eyes to see the beauty of God in all that surrounds you.

May God the Holy Spirit turn all things to the good and lead you to the joys of the kingdom of heaven.

And may the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit come down upon you and remain with you always. Amen.

CAFOD The estimate of those affected by drought and famine in the horn of Africa is 3.2 million in Ethiopia and 3.1 million in Kenya with an overall estimate of up to 10 million people in the whole region.
Given the gravity of the situation and the urgent need to respond quickly, the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), of which
CAFOD is a member, has decided to launch an appeal and emergency response with immediate effect. As part of this response CAFOD is launching its own £5m appeal so that Catholics can choose to give directly to CAFOD. We plan to hold our collection next weekend when it is hoped that there will be envelopes available for your donations.

 

THEY ALL SPEAK ENGLISH OVER THERE?

St John’s congregation will become a little thinner over thenext few weeks as people take off for their summer holidays. Travel at home and abroad has become a normal feature for many people and it’s good to be able to have break from the normal routine and charge our physical and spiritual batteries. Even God rested on the seventh day. We wish all parishioners a pleasant time away and look forward to seeing them back among the fold soon.

“Travel broadens the mind” is a 20th century proverb. But beware. You could come back feeling even more tired. In 1921 G. K. Chesterton added the comment, “They say travel broadens the mind; but you must have the mind.” The constant note in quotations about travelling is the approach taken to it. As the 17th-century courtier and scholar Francis Bacon warned wisely, “He that travelleth into a country before he hath some entrance into the language, goeth to school, and not to travel.” So buy a phrasebook and check your change!

 

This week the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes sets off with over 800 people travelling to Lourdes from the diocese under the leadership of the Bishop. The particular intentions of prayer for this year’s pilgrimage are an increase of faith and for greater faithfulness in each of our vocations and to ask Our Lady, the Help of Christians, to lead our Diocese into a new spring-time of faith. During the week long pilgrimage the Diocese will celebrate Mass in various venues and take part in the great processions.  For those of you with access to the internet you can join in the diocesan Mass at the Grotto on Saturday July 30th at 07 30 a.m. BST by going to  and then clicking on ‘Lourdes en Direct 24/24’ in the centre of your screen. You can also join in the pilgrims passing through the Grotto on Friday afternoon at 13 00 BST and join in the International Mass on Sunday at 08 30 BST. We can all unite ourselves in the prayer of the pilgrimage by praying with and for the pilgrimage each day.

Our Lady & St John Catholic Church, Heswall is hosting a number of organ recitals over the coming months. All music details are posted on the church website at www.ourladyandstjohn.org.ukand on www.organrecitals.com. The first three are July 30th – Philip Broadhouse & Chris Strange; August 13th – Adrian Griffiths and September 24th – Colin Porter.

 

10/07/2011

09/07/2011

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

Rev Michael Daly

15th Sunday of Year 2011 July 10th 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: TIME TO SOW

Sometimes when a person dies young, people say that although they had a short life they nevertheless managed to pack a lifetime into it. What they mean, of course, is that the person lived their life in such a way as to make the most of every opportunity.

Today we are reminded in our scripture readings that God never lets anybody pass through this world without giving them the opportunity to know him and to make the decision to love him in return. His word is efficacious: it does what it sets out to do; it always has an effect.

So when we hear the parable of the sower we once again hear God telling us that each day he speaks to us and waits for a response on our part. It would be a pointless exercise for God to create people and then never give them the chance of knowing him. We presume that if someone lived all their life on a desert island and never heard of Jesus, God would use some other way of alerting them to his existence and would judge them according to the way they responded to their limited understanding.

Of course, it’s different for us. We have chance after chance to hear the word of God and to know of God’s plan for each of us in Jesus Christ. What matters for us is the sort of soil we provide that will either help the word to grow or will smother it.

Do we live life on the edge of the path, never really letting the word get a hold? Are we on the rocks of life, where we are so absorbed in getting and having, in making a good impression and having a good time that our response to God is soon forgotten? Or perhaps we would like to make a better start to things, but the people we are with make this difficult, like the thorns which choke the seed?

Wherever we are, we can be sure that God gives us the chance to receive the seed of his word in rich and fruitful soil at some time in our life. But since we don’t live for ever, it would be a pity to let the sower pass when we were otherwise engaged.

WORD OF GOD

As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth…so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty. (Isaiah 55:10-11)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

God’s word is not a take it or leave it affair. It is not just one more drop in a sea of opinions. It is the truth, the word that brings life. Everyone is given the opportunity to respond to this word according to their own lights. How much have I taken it to heart and how central is it to my daily decisions?

 

Every creature is a word of God. (Meister Eckhart)

 

The reason that the scriptures continue to be read in the liturgical assembly is that their meaning and power may be intensified and that their author (ultimately, as we believe, God himself) be made more present. This latter purpose is emphasised in the Constitution on the Liturgy: “Christ is present in his word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the church”. (William Skudlarek)

 

In the liturgy God speaks to his people and Christ is still proclaiming his Gospel.(Vatican II)

Confirmation 2011

The parish of St John the Evangelist, New Ferry, extends an invitation to any young person (of school year 8 or above) who wishes to be confirmed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, to join our parish preparation for Confirmation. An information meeting for young people and their parents will be held on Sunday 17 July at 6.30pm in the St. Johns Parish Centre. The confirmation programme will start in September and will meet every Friday evening 6-7.30pm, up until the Confirmation. The Confirmation service is to be held on Wednesday 30th November 2011.All those who wish to join our confirmation programme please come along to the information meeting on the 17 July to meet the catechists and find out a little more about the programme.

 

14th Sunday of Yr. 10th 5.30

10am.

8pm.

Sr. Mary McDonough

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 11th 9.15 Kay & Allan McLeod
Tues. 12th 9.15 Jim Sweatman
Wed 13th 9.15 Vic Gemmell
Thurs 14th 9.15 John J. Kelly
Fri 15th 9.15 Maurice Lynch
Sat 16th 12md Our Lady of Mount Carmel
15th Sunday of Yr

 

17th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Harvey Int.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Stacey Usher, 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 £720 03p.

120 Club Winners No 18 F Archbold £20

The Flower of Carmel Secular Carmelite Community are hosting a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16th July at St. John’s New Ferry at 12 noon. The cult of Mary under this title originated in the 14th century and it commemorates the Virgin Mary as associated with Mount Carmel (in Israel), site of the Prophet Elijah’s altar to the one true God. Mary is celebrated on this day as a model of reflection, solitude and prayer. There will be an opportunity for enrolment in the Brown Scapular for those who wish and refreshments afterwards. Everyone is most welcome.

Mass on Saturday will be followed by a procession in honour of Our Lady. This will take place at 2.30pm and will originate at the war memorial in Port Sunlight and finish at the Lady Lever. Traditional hymns to Our Lady will be sung. All are welcome to attend. Other churches in the area have been invited to join us. See you there!

SEA SUNDAY (July 10th)

What have seafarers got to do with you? A great deal as it happens. If you had tea, coffee or orange juice for breakfast, if you eat bananas, drive a car, use a computer or wear clothes made outside the country, then seafarers will have been involved. Their ships carry over 90 per cent of world trade, and many of the things we eat and use on a daily basis are brought across the oceans from other countries.

Because ships usually berth in isolated places, it is easy to forget the people who crew the world’s ships even though we depend upon them. Seafarers come from many different countries. To do their jobs they have to leave their homes and families and everything that is familiar to them for months at a time, and face isolation and danger.

This is why the Church’s work with seafarers is so valued by those of all nationalities and faiths. We have chaplains, staff and volunteers in ports around the world ready to make seafarers welcome, share their joys, listen to their difficulties, and to support them when they feel lonely, homesick, have a problem or suffer bereavement.

Sea Sunday is an opportunity to remember this particular mission of the Church and the seafarers on whom we all depend. Please give generously to our collection today which helps support the Apostleship of the Sea

The bereavement group will be holding their next coffee morning this coming Monday morning from 10am. All welcome to attend.

On Monday 11th, we mark the feast of St Benedict (Patron of Europe since 1964), we will mark a day of special prayer for our continent which is suffering a great deal at present.

Living a life in common, according to his Rule, his followers take the motto “Ora et Labora” (“Pray and Work”). Today there are many thousands of Benedictines in all corners of the globe whose monasteries provide the spiritual springboard for work that is mainly centred on spirituality and education.

As you read this Mike Daly will have been ordained into the permanent Diaconate- the first Deacon produced by St John’s. His perseverance will in part be the result of your prayers for him and his family. It has been 4 years of very hard work and not always good health. I ‘m sure you will join me in thanking Mike for taking this step in his spiritual life and in wishing him every blessing for the future. We thank Celia & his sons for their unfailing support in accepting his frequent absences during his training and being alongside him every step of the journey.

Message from Fr Paul Standish: I am celebrating my silver anniversary this year. I was ordained in St John’s on the 13th July 1986 and have many happy memories of the occasion & the parishioners.
I am marking the anniversary this Wednesday (13th) with a midday Mass in Sacred Heart, Wythenshawe followed by refreshments. There is also an 11.30am Mass on Sunday 17th, again followed by refreshments. If anyone remembers me & would like to come, they would be more than welcome.

Now that I am back in harness, weekday mass will generally be at 9.15 (including Thursdays for time being) unless an event such as a funeral disturbs this schedule.

03/07/2011

03/07/2011

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
July 5th 2011

FAITH IN FOCUS: DON’T BE FOOLED
A pensioner waiting at the bus stop with several heavy bags of shopping noticed a young man whose face was covered in tattoos and whose ears, eyebrows and nose were pierced with rings. When the bus arrived, the man helped her on with her shopping. When she got off, he did the same before getting back on the bus and continuing on his journey. She commented how ashamed she felt at forming a bad opinion of the man from no evidence other than his looks. And looks, of course, can easily fool us.
No doubt some of the Jews under occupation thought it farcical that their liberator would come riding on a donkey. And when Jesus started talking about being gentle and humble of heart it probably seemed as if he had lost the plot.
Yet it was this very gentleness and humility that would win over the hearts and minds of even the hardest sinners. For they recognised that Jesus was not there to create an atmosphere around himself. He had no edge. His words brought an inner calm. He invited them to look into their own hearts and to respond accordingly.
For gentleness is not the same as weakness. Ask any doctor. The gentleness of the surgeon’s hands produces the most amazing results. Ask those who follow Gandhi. His peaceable style brought about a cultural and political revolution. Ask conscientious objectors who serve on the front line of battle as medics. They can be powerful witnesses. And humility is not the same as self-deprecation. It means boasting about God rather than ourselves, giving the credit to the true source of all our gifts, the origin of our successes.
Being gentle and humble of heart means that we still find ourselves in the thick of things. But what we don’t do is to bully others into doing what we want them to do or go around blowing our own trumpet and looking for accolades. Don’t be fooled by Christians who are gentle and humble. They are among the most effective of people. But their daily yoke is shared by an unseen helper; and their burdens seem lighter.

WORD OF GOD
See now, your king comes to you; he is victorious, he is triumphant, humble and riding on a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)

WORD FOR TODAY
Few things can seem so ludicrous as a king riding triumphantly on a donkey. Yet it is by overthrowing the values of the world that Jesus breaks the cycle of evil and establishes peace and justice. For him, humility and gentleness will conquer all.

Christ said, “I will give you rest. How do we know if we have taken on his yoke and burden? Perhaps some of the following feelings may be a guide: A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experience. An unmistakable ability to enjoy the moment. A loss of interest in judging other people. A balanced attempt at judging self. A lack of desire to interpret the actions of others. An inability to worry. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation. Frequent acts of smiling. An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than to make them happen. An increased susceptibility to the love extended by God as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend it.
(Oliver Todd)

14th Sunday of Yr.
3rd
5.30
10am.
8pm.
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon
4th
1pm
Funeral Mass
Mary Foster
Tues.
5th
9.15
Patricia LeMaitre
Wed
6th
9.15
Brian McMullen RIP
Thurs
7th
9.15
Denise Hennessy
Fri
8th
9.15
Joe Moore
15th Sunday of Yr

10th.
5.30
10am
8pm
Sr. Mary McDonough
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Stacey Usher, 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 £822 42p.
Boiler £24.50
120 Club Winners  No 39 S Armstrong £20
No 47 F Archbold £10

There will be a collection for the Apostleship of the Sea next weekend 10th July (Sea Sunday). The apostleship provides a frontline service for the support of seafarers.

Please note the change of Mass on Monday 4th to accommodate the funeral for Mary Foster. May she rest in peace and may her family and friends find consolation in their grief.

Joanne Cartmell is leaving this summer after many years of faithful service in the Infants’ School. She will be much missed and we wish her well in all that life holds for her and her family.

Repeat Information re Mike Daly’s Ordination– 9th July – it’s almost here!
The coach will leave St John’s Church at 08.15 aiming to arrive at Shrewsbury for about 10.00 – promptly – please be at the Church for 08.00. It will leave Shrewsbury, promptly at 14.30 aiming to be back at St Johns for about 16.15 – please be back at the coach for 14.15. The cost is £2 per person which can be paid to Teresa Young on the day or she will be happy to collect it at each mass before the ordination day. On a more pressing note, although there is a “nibbles-buffet” after the ordination at the school hall, it will be just that – nibbles. It is advisable to bring along something to eat and drink for the journey as it could be a long day – (No crates of Mackies at the back of the charrer though!). Once we arrive at Shrewsbury you are advised to go straight to the Cathedral to claim seats with a coat or body. There are 3 ordinations, so seating will be at a premium and although we have been told that there should be sufficient seating, we think it advisable to make a claim on a seat your priority. Mike and his family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, support and encouragement throughout the last four years and now as they start the next stage of this journey. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the day.

Just a reminder that on Thurs July 7th at 7.30pm. we are all warmly invited to the dedication of the new Community Centre at Christ Church Higher Bebington. There will be a short service in church prior to the jamboree!

Pope’s prayer intentions for July
General Intention: That Christians may contribute to alleviating the material and spiritual suffering of AIDS patients, especially in the poorest countries.
Missionary Intention: For the religious who work in mission territories, that they may be witnesses of the joy of the Gospel and living signs of the love of Christ.

On Wednesday 6th, we celebrate the feast of St Maria Goretti. Her death aged 11, was a few weeks after her first communion and resulted from knife wounds sustained during an attempted rape. She is remembered for her innocence and simplicity, for her devotion to God and for forgiving her attacker on her deathbed.

The Flower of Carmel secular Carmelite community are hosting a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16th July at St. John’s New Ferry at 12 noon. There will be an opportunity for enrolment in the Brown Scapular for those who wish and refreshments afterwards. Everyone is most welcome.

For those of you who (like me) were expecting our South African friend to arrive this weekend, I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. Fr. Dennis has been caught up in lots of bureaucracy and his arrival has been delayed again. He doesn’t want me to announce any dates because he doesn’t want people to feel he has let them down.
You haven’t been praying hard enough!!!!