St John the Evangelist

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

Fr. Frank Rice;

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone

: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites

: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

25th.Sunday of Year September 18th 2011.Year A

WORD OF GOD

Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)

WORD FOR TODAY

God does not act like us. God chooses to see goodness where we see only the mundane and to find wrong in what our jaded senses have decided to accept as normal. Christianity invites us to discover the joy and wonder of God’s vision in the most ordinary areas of our daily lives.

OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM (September 24th)

O alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin most pure, now we sinful as we are, come to see thee who are all pure, we salute thee, we honour thee as how we may with our humble offerings; may thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Ghost may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul, and once conceived never to lose him. Amen. (Ancient WalsinghamPrayer)

Shrewsbury Diocese Spiritual Formation

Each time we go to Mass,

during the Liturgy of the Eucharist we proclaim

THE GREAT AMENIf you would like to understand a little more the great mystery we are called to share in at our Mass, come along on:-

SATURDAY 29th OCT.

ST. WILFRID’S NORTHWICH

From 10.15am – 3.30pm

The Day will be given by Bishop Brian Noble

Bring a packed lunch.

Admission is free, there will be a collection to cover administration..

For more information please contact Sr. Jo Bird on 0161.905.2112

FAITH IN FOCUS: DOING HIS OWN THING

We often talk about people “doing their own thing”. We mean that they act in an independent way without necessarily being bothered about what others think or say. Usually we have our doubts about them and think that they should conform to what everyone else expects of them.

If there was ever a person who does their own thing then it’s God. In several places in the bible God lets us know that he doesn’t think like we do and doesn’t act like we act. His thoughts and ways are above ours. Miles above.

Yet we tend to want to bring God down to our size. It’s not “fair” that the workers who only did an hour’s work should get the same pay as those who worked all day, we say. But God never promised to be fair, only generous. And generosity far exceeds any concept of fairness. Where we are prone to punish God is apt to forgive. Where we would choose the front-runner God picks the no-hoper every time. Where we try to earn salvation by all our good deeds God says that he only grants it as grace, as a free gift that has not been earned.

The fact that God does his own thing only points to his being infinitely greater than we can ever imagine. Chancellors promise benefits; God promises abundance. Musicians entertain but God enthrals. Artists paint nature while God recreates it every day.

It’s easy to fit God into our own little systems, to write about God and talk about him as if there’s some agreed pattern that he should follow. (Or her for that matter!) Then our religion becomes efficient but dull. We end up with a predictable God who is constrained to come down to our level and behave as we think he should. This is to miss the thrill of having a God who is capable of acting beyond our wildest imaginations, of offering us much more than we would ever dare to ask for and who falls about in fits of laughter when he sees the pigeon hole that we’re trying to put him in for the sake of neatness.Allow yourself to be surprised by the topsy-turvy way that God chooses to rule your life. It might be the best thing that ever happened to you

25th.Sunday of the Year A 18th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Parishioners

Frida Owens

Prayer Meeting

Mon 19th. 9.15 Kate Kennedy
Tues 20th. 9.15 Private Ints.
Wed 21st. 9.15 Rev Francis Gwinnett
Thu 22nd. 9.15 Jack McGree
Fri 23rd. 9.15 Private Int.
26th. Sun Yr. A 25th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Donald Illidge

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: £940 48p (many thanks);

Boiler: £23 50p

120 Club winner No 116 K Ryan £20

Next weekend there will be a second collection for the training of priests. Envelopes are available this weekend for you to donate and will allow for addition of Gift Aid if you are a tax payer.

Also next weekend the Traidcraft stall will be open again please patronise the stall if you can.

During the week the stall runners, Steve and Eileen Bell celebrated 30 years of married life. Congratulations to them and may they enjoy many more years of happiness.

Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed.(Robert H. Schuller)

You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God. (Eileen Perkins)

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. Hot 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.

Last Thursday we said au revoir to Fr. Dennis. He has had a very happy time here with us. I know how welcome you have made him and he considers this parish to be his second family-which is a great compliment to all of us! I will miss his company and his smiling face. Roll on his next visit!

Confirmation 2011. St John’s Confirmation preparation starts on Friday 23 September at 6:15-7:30pm in the parish centre, and will meet most Friday evenings leading up to the Confirmation in November. All young people of school year 9 or above are welcome to come along. The Confirmation will be held on Wednesday 30th November.

We are proposing to hold a Christmas Fayre, in the Parish Centre, on Saturday, 10th December, with all proceeds going towards improvements to the Centre. Your help is needed in contributing items to sell, ideas for stalls and help on the day. A preliminary meeting will be held in the Day Chapel on Saturday, 24th September, at 10.30am. Please come along and be involved. Your Centre NEEDS You.

Parish meetings on new words at Mass: We have an opportunity to look again at the way the Church prays the Mass 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. Everyone,should try and come.

In addition to these sessions there will be further meetings at SJP being organized by our LPA along with St. Joseph’s North Road. The dates are Weds 5th, Tues 11th and Tues 18thOctober 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Fr.Dennis changes colour- again! This completes the set since we can’t see anyone taking him to Manchester!!!

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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

websites

: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

24th.Sunday of Year September 11th 2011.Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: CREATING VICTIMS

Today’s gospel teaches us one of the most important lessons of our faith. Jesus makes no bones about it: if we want to be forgiven then we must first forgive others. “I can never forgive him/her” cannot be part of the Christian’s vocabulary.

Forgiveness is so central to Christianity that it is the reason why we baptise. We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, says our Creed. And the principal reason we follow Christ is so that we might experience the forgiveness of God and be set free to lead the lives that God intended us to enjoy. The Church is the community of God’s forgiven.

If we refuse to forgive then we create victims. The first victim is us. When we withhold forgiveness we take refuge in self-pity. We see ourselves as the one who is hurt and injured and we end up wading in bitterness, anger and resentment. How could anyone do this to me of all people? Me? We allow ourselves to dwell on the memory of hurt and injury and this begins to affect the way we view life, for anger and resentment only eat away at the heart. Lack of forgiveness is a heavy burden to carry.

And the second victim we create is the person we refuse to forgive. We keep them chained up with the guilt of what they have done and we prevent them from moving on in their relationship with us. To receive forgiveness is a joyful thing that brings peace of mind, and if we hold back on forgiving someone then we are not playing our part in helping them to move on.

Sometimes people forgive in such a way that they humiliate the other person. They are so high-handed that they make the person crawl before they are forgiven. They forgive with their lips but not with their hearts. Yet forgiveness is not something that we possess off our own bat. Forgiveness belongs to God, the same God who has forgiven each of us and who demands that we do the same in return. Living in a place of unforgiveness is a life-depriving and dreadful experience. “And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother and sister from your heart.”

WORD OF GOD

Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven. (Ecclesiasticus 28: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

We did not earn the forgiveness that Jesus brings. It comes to us freely and with no strings attached. And it is precisely this type of forgiveness that we are called on to offer others in return. We have no “hold” on those who have offended us and the degree to which we forgive is the degree to which we ourselves will be forgiven by God.

EXALTATION OF THE CROSS (September 14th)

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross we honour the cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The public veneration of the cross of Christ originated in the fourth century, according to early accounts, beginning with the miraculous discovery of the cross on September 14th, 326, by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine, while she was on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the same day that two churches built at the site of Calvary by Constantine were dedicated.

The observance of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross has been celebrated by Christians on September 14th ever since. In the Western Church, the feast came into prominence in the seventh century, apparently inspired by the recovery of a portion of the Cross, said to have been taken from Jerusalem the Persians, by the Roman emperor Heraclius in 629.

Christians “exalt” the cross of Christ as the instrument of our salvation. Adoration of the Cross is, thus, adoration of Jesus Christ, the God Man, who suffered and died on this Roman instrument of torture for our redemption from sin and death. The cross represents the one sacrifice by which Jesus, obedient even unto death, accomplished our salvation. The cross is a symbolic summary of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ — all in one image.

Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the saviour of the world!

24th.Sunday of the Year A 11th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Mary Kenny Anniv. (27/08)

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 12th. 9.15 Spina Family Ints.
Tues 13th. 9.15 Havard Family Ints.
Wed 14th. 9.15 Blessing on new school year
Thu 15th. 9.15 Peace in the world
Fri 16th. 9.15 Students for priesthood
25th. Sun Yr. A 18th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Parishioners

Frida Owens

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: £831 97p (many thanks);

Boiler: £6

120 Club winner No 104 C McGree £20

Latest Electricity Bills for info and awareness

1 House- £79 82p

Hall £160 52p

Church £133 59p

Recent overlapping of activities in the church and the hall has caused some problems for clergy and other people who have parish roles. I propose to put a diary in the sacristy so that those involved can add any events.

Just one example recently was a wedding and several baptisms on the same day within a short time of one another which created havoc for the flower arrangers who had inadequate access to the church.

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.

Further to the above, Julie Kenny has kindly agreed to start teaching us one of the new settings of the Eucharistic acclamations over the next few weeks. This is the Shrewsbury Mass, composed by Fr. Chris McCurry. You will be given a copy of the acclamations along with your newsletter and hymn book so that you can follow the dots! Sharing will be necessary!!!Please try to arrive at Mass 15 minutes before it is due to start.We will move on to other things later.

Confirmation 2011. St John’s Confirmation preparation starts on Friday 23 September at 6:15-7:30pm in the parish centre, and will meet most Friday evenings leading up to the Confirmation in November. All young people of school year 9 or above are welcome to come along. The Confirmation will be held on Wednesday 30th November.

Pilgrim Troupe members please note that the AGM will take place at 7pm. on Friday 16th in the parish centre. Please try to attend. New members welcome to attend and see what is involved.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. (Abraham Lincoln)

Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy, and delight to save. (John Gay)

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. Hot 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.

Harvest Collection this year will be shared between CAFOD and the DePaul society which was established by Cardinal Hume and does wonderful work with the young homeless. For further information please see the posters or log ontowww.depauluk.org/harvest,

The parable of the merciless debtor is found only in Matthew. To grasp the point of this story we have to measure the lack of proportion between the two debts: 10,000 talents and 100 denarii.10,000 talents. A talent was worth 6,000 drachmas. A drachma was equivalent to a day’s work by a farm labourer. 10,000 talents therefore represent 60,000,000 days work or 164,383 years work with no days off.100 denarii. A denarius was worth about one drachma. So 100 denarii represent 100 days work.The proportion between the two debts, sixty million to one hundred, is sixty thousand to one. On our scale of values today it is the difference between the price of an apartment and a bag of potatoes. (Oliver Todd)

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

websites

: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

23rd.Sunday of Year September 4th 2011.Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: LIVE AND LET LIVE?

We’re treading on ice with today’s scripture readings. God tells Ezekiel that he’s appointing him as sentry to Israel. Ezekiel’s job is to warn people when he sees that they are behaving badly. And Jesus hands on that task to us. “If your brother does something wrong then go and have it out with him”, he says.

For many of us this goes against the grain. We’ve been brought up to mind our own business, to leave others to get in and out of their own mess and to keep our noses out. One of the refrains in our modern society is “Live and let live”, and this seems at odds with what the bible asks us to do.

Of course, it all depends on our motives. When we see something that is clearly wrong we can get on our high horse, as if we are perfect, and we can enjoy launching into the person who is responsible for it. Usually we get a good deal of pleasure out of this, partly because we see something of ourselves in the person we are condemning, and having a go at them is a way of exorcising the ghost from our own hearts.

On the other hand, condoning wrongful behaviour, from wherever it comes, is not an option. We have to be sensitive to the person involved; we have to understand the circumstances they find themselves in and seek for the reasons behind their actions. But we cannot remain silent and pretend what they are doing is right.

The gospel values which we hold are public and communal, and we have to ensure that we never cease to find fresh ways of letting the world know what they are and why they are important to us. If we were on the verge of destroying ourselves by some unhelpful course of action, then we would probably be grateful in the long term for someone who didn’t just go along with what we were doing but pointed out the dangers to us. In the same way we owe it to others to warn them when we can see they are harming themselves.

The problem with live and let live is that is usually ends up as live and let die.

WORD OF GOD

I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, warn them in my name. (Ezekiel 33:7)

WORD FOR TODAY

Pointing things out when someone does something wrong is not intended as a Snoop’s Charter. It ought to come from the heart, from a person who cares so much for the other that they don’t want them to damage themselves. And by the same token, we ought to be pleased when others try to stop us from ruining our own lives because they love us.

It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action. (Stanley Milgram)

We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes. (Anne C. Weisberg)

There can be only one answer to the question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” My brother is the mediating presence of God to me as I am to him. If he is my brother then I should return the compliment when he needs my advice. Otherwise I am failing to be both his brother and in acertain sense his God.

(Josef Piorkowski)

23rd.. Sunday of the Year A 4th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Mary Kenny Anniv. (27/08)

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 5th. 9.15 Rev. Richard Edow
Tues 6th. 9.15 Jack McCormick
Wed 7th. 9.15 Mike Daly’s Ints.
Thu 8th. 9.15 McGuigan Family
Fri 9th. 9.15 Benefactors of SSCF
24th. Sun Yr. A 11th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Own 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, 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: £642 52p (many thanks);

Boiler: £10 15p

120 Club winner No 92 B Duncan £20

No 108 D Humphrey £10

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.

Is this the vicar of Bray? Fr. Dennis changes colour!

We have very few Mass intentions coming in at the moment so if you want a Mass celebrated then you can almost certainly have the date of your choice but please try to make your requests early as the list is made out immediately after the last one expires.

The International Eucharistic Congress takes place in Dublin, 10th-17th June 2012. Rooms have been reserved for Shrewsbury Diocese at Trinity Capital Hotel (pat.munroe. (Telephone: 01606 42440) There is a Diocesan Meeting at St. Wilfrid’s on the Eucharistic Congress Sunday, 25th September, 4 p.m. All are welcome.

CHILDRENS LITURGY
Children’s Liturgy will restart next Sunday, 11th September, at the 10.00 Mass. We look forward to seeing you all again and hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. Children’s Liturgy is open to children of Infant and Junior School age, but in order to gain the full benefit from it, they need to be 4 years old and above.
Children younger than this are welcome to join us, but they must be supervised by an adult, both in the Side Chapel and on the Sanctuary. As always, we look forward to welcoming new members, and also any adults and young people who would be interested in helping. Contact number 645 0783

Some of you will have known Fr. Frank Pullen’s great friend Fr. Terry McSweeney who died last Sunday after a long illness. Fr. Terry was a larger than life character in every way- a giant of a man who touched so many people and had a particular rapport with young people. He will be greatly missed in his home town of Liverpool where he served as a priest for years. He will also be missed at Palazzola where he spent so many holidays with Fr. Frank and where hewas chaplain for more than a year. His funeral will take place at St John the Evangelist Church, 70 Fountains Rd, Kirkdale, Liverpool L4 1QL.

Monday 5th September 7pm- Reception of body followed by vigil Mass. The funeral Mass will be onTuesday 6th at 11am.

Message from CAFOD In July we e-mailed you with news of CAFOD’s appeal to help the people of East Africa as they struggle to cope with the severe drought and famine. Since then the response of your parishioners has been wonderfully generous and I write now to thank you and to ask you to convey our thanks to all your parishioners for their tremendous support As we write supporter donations are still being received but the current total is almost £4 million!! See notice board for full details of email