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 3314email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk

22nd.Sunday of Year August 28th.Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: CHEAP GRACE?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor who was imprisoned during the Second World War and executed by the Nazis in 1945 for opposing their ideology and their war-mongering activity. He is probably most famous for the quote, “Salvation without discipleship is cheap grace”.

What he was saying is that there are no season tickets for Christianity. You have to sign on each day and you have to prove that you are still a Christian by discipleship, by the way you face the daily challenges of life. You can’t simply “join” Christianity and then sit back as if your subscription is being paid by direct debit.

There are no quick fixes that come with faith in Christ. Today Christ tells us that following him means taking up our cross. And it’s not as if we have to look very far to see what our crosses are; they stare us in the face daily. Perhaps it’s a sickness that weighs us down, a betrayal by someone we trusted, a tragedy from our past or present, an unfulfilled dream or a frustrated career.

Suffering for suffering’s sake is nothing more than masochism. What makes suffering Christian is that we redeem it, we make sense of it and find some purpose in it, some greater good that can come out of it. The grandparent who bravely struggles to bring up her abandoned grandchild does so because she can see beyond the troubles of the moment. The cancer sufferer does not rejoice in the pain but sees that such pain offers him the chance of a deeper understanding of the mystery of God. The person who has been publicly humiliated learns to value the dignity of others who might suffer the same fate.

We can’t avoid our cross but it’s the way we carry it that’s going to be crucial. The fact that the God of the universe hung on a tree for three hours until his heart gave out has to give meaning to suffering, even if we are too jaded to grasp its significance.

The self-giving that we bring to our suffering can in turn bring others to know the grace of God. And God’s grace does not come cheap.

22nd. Sunday of the Year A 28th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Revd. J Cahill

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 29th. 9.15 Richard Duggan
Tues 30th. 9.15 Rev John Murphy
Wed 31st. 9.15 Rev John Bentley
Thu 1st. 9.15 Donald O’Brien
Fri 2nd. 9.15 Private Int.
23rd. Sun Yr. A 4th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Private Int.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Stacey Usher, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, TeresaMcLean, 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.

Money

Offertory last week: £719 86p (many thanks);

120 Club winner No 81 E Wall £20

Great Sutton Male Voice Choir will be performing in the parish centre on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm. Proceeds in aid of the Wirral prostate cancer support group. Tickets are £6 which includes an interval glass of wine. Tickets are available from Bernard McGuigan 645 7929 or add your name to the list at the back of the church. We hope that this will be the first of a series of events in the centre with some of them raising funds for its upkeep. ‘Use is or lose it’

Fr. Frank thanks everyone for making last Sunday so enjoyable- for cards, cakes, gifts & greetings, many thanks!

Normal service will be resumed next week on his return but we do have the bonus of having Fr. Dennis with us for another couple of weeks.

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. The parish will pay for you to attend Phone 0161 6832359 or email pad.st.mary’s@btinternet.com

ALL ARE WELCOME-it is not restricted to choirs or musicians- we are all part of a learning process!!!!

Parish meetings on new words at Mass: The words we use (said and sung) at Mass will be changing from next month. We have an opportunity to look again at the way the Church prays the Mass. These meetings will take place on Wed 21 and Wed 28 September (7.00 to 9.30 pm). We should all start getting used to the new translation from 1 October 2011. So in our meetings we will be considering how and why the prayers and responses at Mass will be different. Everyone, particularly readers and ministers, should try and come.

New Abbot of Pluscarden – You may have read that the former Abbot of Pluscarden Abbey (near Elgin in Scotland) was recently installed as bishop of Aberdeen. The monks had to choose a successor. They elected Dom Anselm Atkinson as third Abbot. He has been a monk since 1976 and recently resident in Massachusetts in a daughter house of the Abbey. We pray for God’s blessing on Abbot Anselm and the important work he has to do in the Church. And we give thanks for him and for his mother, Mrs Audrey Atkinson, a parishioner here at St John’s: The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.

Liverpool fans weep! Fr. Dennis shows partisan tendencies by standing at the feet of Dixie Dean. Let’s hope the balance will be redressed at some stage……(they won as well!!!!)Happy birthday btw Fr. D. (Friday 26th)

Congratulations to all our young people who have received GCSE results this week. No laurel rests for you!-Onward and upwards!

Congratulations to Maria & Simon who will be married in our church this weekend. We wish them much happiness and many years of married life together.

WORD OF GOD

The word of the Lord has meant for me insult and derision all day long.

(Jeremiah 20: 8)

WORD FOR TODAY

If you want a comfortable life then Christianity is not for you since suffering is at the heart of following Jesus. Yet it is a positive force: dying to our own selfishness and loving as God loves brings true purpose to our lives.

The key to faith is what we are willing to sacrifice to obtain it. (Elder Cloward)

To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. (Roberta Flack)

Without sacrifice we cannot grow up or discover who we are. (James Baldwin)

On Tuesday we celebrate the feast of three women saints, Margaret Ward, Margaret Clitherow and Anne Line who were martyred for their faith.

Margaret Ward was born quite locally in Congleton but entered the service of a family in London and was arrested after assisting a priest to escape from prison. Despite being tortured she refused to reveal where he was hidden or to renounce her faith. She was tried at the Old Bailey and executed on this date in 1588.

All 3 women are remembered for their resourcefulness, their loyalty, their outstanding courage and for the service they rendered the Church during dangerous times in aiding the ministry of priests.

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21/08/2011

20/08/2011

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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org
21st Sunday of Year August Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: KEYS
Keys are things we use to unlock and open. In biblical times the scribes were said to have the “power of the keys”. A scribe was a person who revealed and interpreted the law. He was a person who would reveal and bring understanding to the word of God.
The Church too has been given the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, the responsibility of the Church is to unlock and illuminate the truths of God and his kingdom.
In our readings today we see keys being given to two people (Eliakim and Peter) as a sign that they have been chosen by God to lead his people on this quest and mission for truth.
On one level this explains why Catholics look to the pope as the final arbiter on earth in matters of faith. The pope is seen as the focal point of unity when it comes to proclaiming the truths of faith. But, of course, the pope is not the only one that God has called. He is not expected to go it alone for it is the Church that possesses the keys.
So notice how Jesus’ question to Peter has two prongs. He asked him who people thought he was. Then he asked Peter who he himself thought Jesus was. He was demanding a personal response in faith, not simply a parrot-like repetition of what everyone else thought. Peter was to take on an active role as keeper of the keys.
In a very real sense we have been given keys by Jesus because of our baptism. When water was poured over us and we were anointed with chrism we were commissioned to be prophets of the good news that Jesus came to bring.
Each day Jesus continues to ask us the same question: Who do you say I am? And our response is not something that we are expected to keep to ourselves. For we, like Peter, are the people on whom Christ is building his Church.

21st Sunday of the Year A
21st.
5.30
10 am
8 pm
Priest’s Int.
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting

Mon
22nd.
9.15
Sonny Creamer

Tues
23rd.
9.15
John Ryan

Wed
24th.
9.15
Revd. H Clarke

Thu
25th
9.15
Veronica Kenny

Fri
26th
9.15
Peggy Jackson
22nd. Sun Yr. A

28th.
5.30
10 am
8 pm
Revd. J Cahill
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Stacey Usher, 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.

Money
Offertory last week: £868 60p (many thanks);
Boiler: £0
Dance Money £104
Cafod:
The total keeps on growing- following Bernard’s assessment of Gift Aid the final final total was£2,792 – a great result- many thanks.
120Club Winner: No 113 M. Rooney £20

Thank you to all those who came along to our Mass of anointing last Sunday afternoon and although we were a little thin on the ground I had very positive feedback from the sick people who attended. Sr. Marie was present and wishes to thank all those people who prayed for her following her recent surgery. She is now progressing well and it is lovely to see her at Mass again.

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 0161 6832359 or email pad.st.mary’s@btinternet.com
ALL ARE WELCOME

Parish meetings on new words at Mass: The words we use (said and sung) at Mass will be changing from next month. We have an opportunity to look again at the way the Church prays the Mass. These meetings will take place on Wed 21 and Wed 28 September (7.00 to 9.30 pm). We should all start getting used to the new translation from 1 October 2011. So in our meetings we will be considering how and why the prayers and responses at Mass will be different. Everyone, particularly readers and ministers, should try and come.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
(Walter J Lippman)

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. (Martin Luther King)

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too. (Sam Rayburn)

Some of our students will have received A level results this past week. We hope you have the results you deserve and which will enable you to go on and achieve your ambitions. Those waiting for GCSE results have a few more days of anguish before they know the worst! Remember all young people in your prayers- it is not an easy time to be young.

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single, widowed, separated and divorced Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. All members receive a monthly bulletin, called Catholic Networking, which includes details of social events and anonymous descriptions of individual members. The confidential box number in each bulletin is optional, and members may join for social events only if they wish. Tel. 0161 941 3498

Clerical celebrations! This Sunday we wish Fr. Frank the happiest of birthdays as he reaches 83yrs. He shares the date (though not the year!) with Mike Daly-many happy returns to both of you.

Great Sutton Male Voice Choir will be performing in the parish centre on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm. Proceeds in aid of the Wirral prostate cancer support group. Tickets are £6 which includes an interval glass of wine. Tickets are available from Bernard McGuigan 645 7929 or add your name to the list at the back of the church. We hope that this will be the first of a series of events in the centre with some of them raising funds for its upkeep. Remember ‘Use is or lose it’

WORD OF GOD
I dismiss you from your office, I remove you from your post, and on the same day I call on my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah. (Isaiah 22: 19)

WORD FOR TODAY
Who are we responsible for? Are we given authority over children, colleagues or employees? What do we see as the basis of this authority? Are we there to help people develop or simply to maintain order? And what’s the purpose of God’s authority over us?

ONLY SKIN DEEP (Rose, August 23rd)
Rose of Lima, whose real name was Isabel, was born in 1586 to Spanish immigrants, the first saint to be born in the Americas. She was an exceptionally beautiful girl and a devoted daughter. Her beauty caused her to have problems with her vow of chastity and so she decided to disfigure herself by using pepper and water impregnated with wood ash to ruin her complexion so she would not appear attractive.
As a Dominican Tertiary she lived and meditated in a garden, raising vegetables and making embroidered items to sell to support her family and help the local poor people. She was a mystic, a visionary and received invisible stigmata, suffering from an assortment of physical and mental ailments. She is honoured as the founder of social work in Peru.
Aware that beauty is more than skin deep, she is the patron saint of those fighting against vanity.
A MOTHER’S LOVE (Monica, August 27th)
Monica is the patron saint for any mother who sometimes despairs for her children. Born in Tagaste in North Africa in 333, she was a widow with three children, the eldest of whom was Augustine. Her husband at first refused to let her have them baptised but later relented, although he would not let her bring them up as Christians. Her constant prayers eventually resulted in her husband becoming a Christian himself.
But Augustine became a heretic, led an immoral life (including having a son out of marriage) and opposing much of what the Church stood for. But Monica never gave up on him. Her prayers resulted in Augustine being converted and becoming a champion of orthodox Christianity as Bishop of Hippo in Numidia (roughly equivalent to modern-day Algeria).
Monica died upon arriving at the Italian port of Ostia in 387 and Augustine himself gives us a very moving account of the death of a mother who never gave up on her children.

14/08/2011

14/08/2011

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

The Assumption 14th August Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: MARY’S CREDENTIALS

The feast of the Assumption proclaims that at the end of her life on earth Mary was taken up body and soul to heaven to be rewarded for her lifetime of faithfulness in serving God by bearing his only Son, Jesus of Nazareth who was the Christ of God.

We call Mary “full of grace” or the “highly favoured one”. What qualified her to be shown such favour by God?

Mary was a girl who would not have stood out from the crowd. We could almost call her a nobody, in the best sense of the word. She was a teenager getting on with her life in a backwater village in the Middle East. As far as we know she had no special qualifications. It is more than likely that she couldn’t read and that like most girls at the time she would have busied herself with taking care of the household, waiting for the day when her wedding would take place to the man her family had arranged for her to marry. Did she have what was necessary for God’s plan?

She was humbled and troubled when the angel Gabriel visited her. Yet she was open to what God was asking of her, even though she didn’t fully understand how it could be. Her humility shines out in her song, the Magnificat. And so does her praise. For when she had listened to what the angel had to say, her immediate reaction was to praise God for using her in this extraordinary way.

If we are to follow the pattern Mary has set us as a model of faith then we can learn much from the way she behaves. Are we open and attentive to what God is asking of us in our lives? How do we listen to God? How do we know what’s being asked of us? Do we let our false humility get in the way of serving God or do we make ourselves available so that God can work through us, doing far more than our own efforts can achieve?

And do we praise God for the graces that we constantly receive or do we see our life as simply the unfurling of fate? Mary is given to us as a model of worship with her hymn of praise to God. Our prayer today is that where she has gone we may one day follow.

WORD OF GOD

From this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. (Luke 1: 48)

WORD FOR TODAY

Mary was a normal human being like each of us. But what made her special was that she was shown God’s favour in an extraordinary way. This was because she was faithful in her relationship with God, was available, ready to do whatever God asked of her and was eminently teachable. We honour her on the feast of her Assumption and pledge ourselves to follow her example.

ASSUMPTION

God’s favour is an interesting thing really. The only reason Mary was special was because God chose to show grace to her. This is why we don’t “worship” Mary. She is a nobody who became a somebody because God was gracious to her. We need to worship God who made her somebody through his marvellous grace, not Mary who would have remained a nobody without God. (David Elvery)

Mary could not humble herself more than she did in the Incarnation of the Word. On the other hand, God could not exalt her more than he has exalted her. (St Alphonsus)

May that bright and gentle Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, overcome you with her sweetness, and revenge herself on her foes by interceding for their conversion!

(John Henry Newman)

 

 

Assumption yr. A 14th. 5.30

10 am

3pm

8 pm

Priest’s Int.

Parishioners

Anointing Mass

Prayer Meeting

Mon 15th. 9.15 Benefactors SSCF
Tues 16th. 9.15 John Ryan
Wed 17th. 9.15 Steven Devine
Thu 18th 9.15 Sick of Parish
Fri 19th 9.15 Starving people of Africa
21st. Sun Yr. A

 

21st. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Priest’s Ints.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Stacey Usher, 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.

Money

Offertory last week: £615 52p (many thanks); Boiler: £5

Cafod: we received an additional £331. 01p so the final figure for the East Africa collection is £2360. 82p. Many thanks.

120Club Winner: No 20 V Brockway £20

 

Great Sutton Male Voice Choir will be performing in the parish centre on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm. Proceeds in aid of the Wirral prostate cancer support group. Tickets are £6 which includes an interval glass of wine. Tickets are available from Bernard McGuigan 645 7929 or add your name to the list at the back of the church. We hope that this will be the first of a series of events in the centre with some of them raising funds for its upkeep. Remember ‘Use is or lose it’

Coming soon——be prepared!

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 0161 6832359 or email pad.st.mary’s@btinternet.com

ALL ARE WELCOME

Parish meetings on new words at Mass:  The words we use (said and sung) at Mass will be changing from next month.   We have an opportunity to look again at the way the Church prays the Mass.  Due to holidays and other absences, the talks scheduled will not take place on dates previously published but instead on Wed 21 and Wed 28 September (7.00 to 9.30 pm).  Apologies for any inconvenience.  We should all start getting used to the new translation from 1 October 2011. So in our meetings we will be considering how and why the prayers and responses at Mass will be different.  Everyone, particularly readers and ministers, should try and come. 

This Sunday at 3pm we will have a mass of anointing. Anointing of the Sick is one of the sacraments of the Church which helps and strengthens people who are sick or elderly.   As it says in the Letter of James, the presbyter anoints the sick person with oil and prays over them.  People derive lots of different benefits from the proper celebration of this sacrament.   If you know of anyone who would like to come, please either bring them along or let us know today so that we can make arrangements for their transport.

 

Apologies for an error in the newsletter which brought people to a midday mass which was not scheduled. We must improve our proof reading!

ST BERNARD (August 20th)

St Bernard was a monk of the abbey of Clairvaux in France who lived in the 12th century. His own mother died when he was only 19 years old and he developed a great devotion to the Mother of God. He wrote extensively on the Virgin Mary and composed many prayers, the most famous of which is known as the Memorare:

Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto you virgin of virgins, our mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful mother of the Word incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

 

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 service will be held at St Michaels on 18th August.
If you would like any information please email –
mairiegelling@live.co.uk or ring 07771636925

 

On 24th September, St John’s Hospice invites ladies to join their team for a midnight walk from Sacred Heart Moreton to West Kirby a distance of 5.5miles. Entry is £10 per person and you are invited to also get sponsorship for the hospice. Minimum age 14 yrs. It will be the 3rd midnight walk and will provide lots of laughs along the way. Register with Hayley ASAP.

07/08/2011

06/08/2011

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

7th August 2011

19th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A


WORD OF GOD

After the wind came an earthquake but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came the sound of a gentle breeze…

(I Kings 19: 11-12)

WORD FOR TODAY

Sometimes God is to be found where we least expect. Not in the hustle and bustle, not in the flurry of activity, not in strength and power, but in silence, gentleness and apparent weakness.

Still your mind in me, still yourself in me, and without a doubt you shall be united with me, Lord of Love, dwelling in your heart. (Bhagavad Gita)

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a grey vegetation. (Jean Arp)

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.

(James Allen)

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE TICKING WATCH

Before the days of fridges, people used icehouses to preserve their food. Icehouses had thick walls, no windows, and a tight-fitting door. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the icehouses, and covered with sawdust. Often the ice would last well into the summer.

Once a man lost a valuable watch while working in an icehouse. He searched for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but couldn’t find it. His fellow workers also looked but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the icehouse at noon and soon emerged with the watch.

Amazed, the men asked him how he found it. “I closed the door,” the boy replied, “then I lay down in the sawdust and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking.”

Often the question is not whether God is speaking, but whether we are being still enough and quiet enough to hear.

God speaks in ways and in words we least expect. Elijah would have expected God to speak in a powerful wind as at Pentecost. He would expect God to speak in an earthquake as he did for Moses and the Israelites, to speak in a fire like he did on top of Mt Carmel and in the Burning Bush. But Elijah didn’t expect God to speak with a gentle whisper. We are so accustomed to the spectacular but the presence and voice of God is more often experienced in a gentle whisper (the still, small voice) and we will not hear it unless we find a quiet place for ourselves. We need time to really listen and hear, to find silence even in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

It’s easy to think of quiet and solitude as things that only monks and nuns can enjoy. Yet if our Christian lives are to be nourished by God then we have to make space, somehow, for God to speak to us in the gentle whispers. How we do this will vary for each of us. But it’s important that we do slow down, do make time for God and do allow ourselves not the luxury but the necessity of quiet time with God.

If we don’t do this then we may well hear the winds, the earthquakes and the fires of this world, but we’ll miss the gentle breeze. And we’ll never hear the watch ticking.

19th Sun yr A 7th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Donal O’Brien

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 8th. 9.15 Donor’s Int.
Tues 9th. 9.15 Kennedy Family
Wed 10th. 12.00 Marie Jennings
Thu 11th 9.15 Kath O’Brien
Fri 12th 9.15 John McLean
20th Sun yr A

 

14th 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Priest’s Ints.

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.

Money

Offertory last week: £643 (many thanks); Boiler: £20

Cafod:£2029 81p– a wonderful response with further donations expected from those of you who couldn’t give last weekend. Final figure will be published.

120 Club Winner: No 64 T McLean £20

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

ALL ARE WELCOME

The Bereavement Group will not be holding a coffee morning during August. We will announce the date of the September one in due course. All are welcome at these events.

Next Sunday 14th August at 3pm we will have a mass of anointing. Anointing of the Sick is one of the sacraments of the Church which helps and strengthens people who are sick or elderly.   As it says in the Letter of James, the presbyter anoints the sick person with oil and prays over them.  People derive lots of different benefits from the proper celebration of this sacrament.   If you know of anyone who would like to come (parishioners and others), please let them and us know.  We will also need volunteers please to (a) transport anyone who wants to come (and their wheelchairs) (b) be on hand to help in church during the mass  and to make sure everyone is welcome and looked after  and (c) provide and serve refreshments.  Names please to Fr Frank or Philip or Mike.

Following the funeral of her dad, Tom Elliott, Maureen Arthur has sent a message of thanks to Fr. Frank and all those who were present at the funeral. The family found it very consoling.

On 9th we celebrate the feast of St Teresa Benedicta of the cross. Edith Stein was a Jewess and doctor of philosophy who became a Catholic at the age of 31. A teacher, lecturer and writer, she longed for the solitude of Carmel and entered in 1933 aged 42. She transferred to Holland from Germany in order to protect the nuns in her convent from the Nazi persecution of Jews. However following the Nazi invasion of Holland she was taken to Auschwitz and gassed in 1942.

St Laurence’s feast will be celebrated on 10th. He died in Rome in 258. After the apostles, he became the most celebrated martyr of the Roman church.

St Clare’s feast is also celebrated this week on 11th. She was born in Assisi in1193 and died there in 1253. She was from a well to do family but espoused the evangelical way of life having been inspired by the teaching of Francis. She founded the order of Poor Ladies, now known as Poor Clares. She is remembered for her life of extreme poverty, austerity, contemplation and charity.

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. August 13th – Adrian Griffiths and September 24th – Colin Porter.

Chester ACROSS Group are off to Lourdes from Thu 15th to Sat 24th September. They travel by Jumbulance, which is a jumbo-ambulance. It has seven beds on it and this enables some very sick or disabled people to travel overland to Lourdes when they may not otherwise be able to do so. There are a couple of vacancies for sick and disabled people and also for helpers, including a nurse.For further information, please contact Tony Murphy on 0788-1656-974 or email tonymurphyefc2002@yahoo.co.uk or visit the web site www.across.org.uk

Parishmeetings on new words at Mass:  The words we use (said and sung) at Mass will be changing from next month.   We have an opportunity to look again at the way the Church prays the Mass.  So we shall be having two sessions later this month considering how and why the prayers and responses at Mass will be different.  Everyone, particularly readers and ministers, should try and come.  Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm until 9.00 pm.  –  24 and 31 August.