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!!!