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 3314email: stjohntheevangelist

websites

: www.stjohnevang.co.uk Robert

29th. Sunday of Year 16th. October 2011.Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

The Pharisees and Herodians were bitter opponents. The Pharisees favoured Israel’s independence as a religious homeland. The Herodians supported the Roman occupation. They both feared Jesus as a troublemaker and so they made an alliance to try and catch him out.

The question about taxes in today’s gospel boils down to this: Are you in favour of Rome or Israel? Whatever he answered he was sure to step into the trap. We know what happened: Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

Besides being a very clever answer it also points to something much deeper than the obvious. Jesus is not some sort of revolutionary who invites his followers to overthrow the civil authorities. He recognises their legitimacy but he alludes to something beyond the here and now, to the things of God.

Is there anything that does not belong to God? Is there any arena of public interest that belongs only to politicians and has nothing to do with the divine? Presumably not, given that the world is God’s and it is God whose design is stamped upon it.

Nothing weakens the impact of our faith more than putting it into a neat religious compartment. Never discuss religion or politics, they say. They only say it because they’re scared of what might happen if we do. And so we’re lured into the social convention of thinking that it’s somehow not decent to wear our religion on our sleeve. Religion should be a personal matter, they say. That’s because it has uncomfortable consequences when we display it in the light of day. When politicians know that they have produced legislation that is questionable, they usually try to silence religious leaders by claiming that they should keep religion out of politics, should stick to hymns and prayers rather than public demonstration.

Faith must be the leaven of society, not one of its side-shows. That’s because the image stamped on our tax coins may well be Caesar’s, but the image stamped on those who pay the taxes is unmistakably God’s.

29th.Sunday of the Year A 16th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Donor’s Int.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 17th. 9.15 Robert Greaves
Tues 18th. 7.30pm. Ted Welch (90th)
Wed 19th. 9.15

5pm.

Private Int.

Vigil Service Kath Bassett

Thu 20th. 10.30 Funeral Mass Kath Bassett
Fri 21st. 9.15 Gemmell Family
30th. Sun Yr. A 23rd. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

John & Mgt. Kelly

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them 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, 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- Thank you

Offertory last week: £716 22p

CAFOD £467 28p

DePaul Society £400

Peter’s dance money £105

120 Club Winner No. 61 T. Cunningham £20

WORD OF GOD

Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.

(Matthew 22:21)

WORD FOR TODAY

As citizens of our country we are called to serve the needs of our society and world. As citizens of the kingdom we are summoned to render to God what is God’s. Is there anything that is not God’s?

Christ was indeed subversive, radical and counter cultural. But he was not rebellious. The law was authoritative for Christ, and he came not to wipe away a letter of it, but he taught that the letter of the law and its spirit can be quite different: that was indeed subversive, radical and counter-cultural and remains a challenge to us today. We are challenged by this reading to reject the letter of the law and to go with the Spirit.

(Simon Rundell)

Unlike the currency, humanity is not the creation of Caesar, nor does it bear his image; he has no right therefore either to deface it, devalue it, appropriate any part of it to his own use or call it in.

How then has it come about that for centuries so-called Christian nations have countenanced torture, slavery, conscription and the death penalty? The answer, surely, is comprehended in a single word: Constantine.

In an age when the claims of politicians to the authority of a popular mandate appear ever more specious, Christians could do worse than remind themselves of the oldest and most seditious creed: “Jesus is Lord.” Not Caesar. (Nick Earle)

The tragedy of religion is partly due to its isolation from life, as if God could be segregated. (Abraham Joshua Heschel)

On Saturday the children of St Luke’s parish celebrated first communion here. Congratulations to them all as they embark on the next stage of their spiritual journey.

NB Children’s Liturgy
After this week, there will be no Children’s Liturgy on Sunday 23rd October and Sunday 30th October because of half term.
We look forward to seeing you all again at 10 o’clock Mass on Sunday 6th November

Please note the changes to Mass times this coming week. On Tuesday at 9.30am, we start interviewing for a new Head for the Junior School. This will be a crucial decision for the continuing success of the school and I would ask that you keep the interviewing panel as they embark on this onerous task.

This Sunday 16th at the 10am Mass our Confirmation group will be enrolled. This is just a brief ceremony but these young people will be highlighted to you and hopefully you will be reminded to pray for them. We will be hosting the service in November.

LIMEX Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension in Shrewsbury Diocese

‘An incredible journey that will open for you, worlds of new knowledge and an exploration of your own deep commitments and questions… a path that will lead you to a deeper appreciation of the Christian tradition in all its richness and to a greater understanding of your community, culture, personhood, and ministry

CIRCLE PRAYER SERVICE – A monthly service for prayers of intercession and healing. This is 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. Your prayers will be shared and prayed for. The service will be held on Thursday 20th October at 7.15pm again at St Michaels.
If you would like any information please email – mairiegelling or ring 07771636925

Kath Bassett’s funeral Mass will be held on 20th at 10.30. Her remains will be brought into church on 19th at 5pm for a vigil service for those unable to attend the mass and who wish to pay their respects to this great lady.

Red box collection and November lists!

The head of Upton Hall School warmly invites all those associated with the school to their annual Mass at Liverpool Met. on Saturday 5th.November at 2.30pm

Who is that with Elly White?

Saturday, 19 November at 11am – CAFOD Shrewsbury Memorial Mass will be offered at St

Werburgh’s, Birkenhead, CH41 2XZ for all those who have gone before us and whose values, generosity and commitment have inspired us and influenced our lives. We will especially be remembering all those who have worked to promote and support CAFOD during the last 50 years. Do join us in prayer and reflection if you can; light refreshments will be served after Mass.If you wish to have someone included in our Remembrance Book, slips are available for you to provide details, or contact Sue and Liz on 01244 677594 or emailshrewsbury

CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND BATTLEFIELDS – Visit to Ypres and Christmas Markets including travel, bed and breakfast and guided tours is being organised through St Michael and All Angels, Woodchurch. It will take place between 28th November and 2ndDecember 2011 and will cost £225. Some places are still available. For more details please ring the parish office on 677 4915.

Love your neighbour?

After the 10am Mass this Sunday there will be a cake sale at the back of the church. The aim is to raise funds for young mother of 2 young girls (Sue Saul)suffering from osteosarcoma (bone cancer) to travel to Germany for life-saving treatment which we are unable to provide in this country. All contributions very much appreciated.

LIMEX Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension in Shrewsbury Diocese. See poster for details of this course