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


: Robert

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


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.


Prayer Meeting

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


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


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


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

(Matthew 22:21)


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

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



27th. Sunday of Year 2nd October 2011.Year A

Word of God

My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug the soil, cleared it of stones, and planted choice vines in it. (Isaiah 5:1-2)


God has made us and set us on this earth. But for what purpose? Certainly not to stagnate. Like a vine in his cherished vineyard we are expected to bear as much fruit as we can. But we are not alone: God promises to bring us to fruition through the pruning and trimming that life puts before us.

I am the lay pastor of a small, not-growing church. I am not ordained. I am not seminary trained. I was asked to leave both Bible Colleges I attended. I am divorced and remarried. On any given day, I am capable of being a jerk with my wife and family. I am terminally insecure, which causes me to compensate with bouts of arrogance. At times, people irritate me, and I hide from them. I am impulsive, which causes me to say things I shouldn’t and make promises I cannot keep. I am inconsistent. My walk with Christ is a stuttering, stumbling, bumbling attempt to follow him. I have been a Christian 45 years. I am familiar with the vocabulary of faith, and I am often asked to give advice about matters of faith. But I am still a mess. I am 56 years old and still a struggling, flawed, clumsy, unstable, follower of Jesus. A bona fide failure. That bothers a lot of people. Over the years they have expressed their displeasure with my failings. Some have abandoned me, writing me out of the Kingdom. But not Jesus. He refuses to give up. You see, Jesus can’t stay away from people who fail… (Rich Hadley)

Grace is free sovereign favour to the ill-deserving. (Benjamin B. Warfield)

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.

(Thomas Carlyle)

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People who saw Henry Jenkins’s farm would murmur to themselves. It was set in one of the most beautiful valleys in the area, with rolling fields that lolled into the distance and disappeared over the gentle inclines of the hills and mountains.

Although the farm was quite productive since Henry had a good herd of prize cattle and a flock of hardy sheep, there were one or two things that stood out as being rather bizarre.

The farmhouse was only just habitable. The rumour was that Henry had had a row with his family and when his father died Henry had been passed over and all the property had been bequeathed to Edward Jenkins, his younger brother with whom he didn’t get on. Henry was allowed to stay in it until he died. But knowing that Edward would inherit the house and land, he had deliberately spent nothing on it and let it go to wrack and ruin. The roof leaked, the window frames were rotten and the wall was on the verge of toppling down.

The arable fields that once were vast swathes of corn and barley had been left to grow into brambles and briars. There was plenty of opportunity for the land to be productive, but this was yet another way for Henry to get back at Edward.

Henry didn’t mind living in the place. He earned more than enough to live on from the animals and he couldn’t be bothered to put himself out. A few buyers came and tried to offer him a large amount for the property, given its potential. But Henry wasn’t interested and of course never mentioned it to Edward.

The sting in the tail came one November’s evening. News arrived that his younger brother had died. And when the will was read, Edward had left the farmhouse and all the property to Henry.

27th.Sunday of the Year A 2nd. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Rafaelo Spina


Prayer Meeting

Mon 3rd. 9.15 Tony Yeardsley
Tues 4th. 9.15 Donald Illidge
Wed 5th. 9.15 Julie Brannon
Thu 6th. 9.15 Benefactors SSCF
Fri 7th. 9.15 Donor’s Int.
28th. Sun Yr. A 9th.. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Theresa & Claire


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.


Offertory last week: £705 26p

Church Students £522 73p

(Many thanks for your generosity)

120 Club Winners No. 60 S. White £250

No. 56 M. Brannon £100

No.62 P. Mullen £ £50

No. 86 K. Markey £20

No. 92 B Duncan £10

From now, readers of the Universe & Catholic Times face a price hike to £1.30p.

The music which is playing repeatedly before mass is that of the ‘Shrewsbury’ Mass by Fr Chris McCurry–you will hear the Holy Holy and the 4 acclamations. Hopefully this will help you to become familiar with it before we start singing it- very soon!

Christmas Fair-please keep the date of December 10th in mind and put your thinking caps on regarding what contribution you can make towards its success. Although the primary aim is to raise funds to help upkeep the hall it is also a way of getting to know and working with your fellow parishioners.

Now that we are in the month of October we have to start thinking about November -the month of the Holy Souls. Please bring your names for the November list as soon as possible. Ann Murray has kindly offered to type the lists again and it would help her considerably if she receives your names promptly. I think we have to draw the line at names received after 23rd so please act now!

Next week’s harvest collection which 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

Please be extra generous (as always) so that both these worthy causes can receive a decent sum. Thank you.

If you have been unfortunate enough to miss the two sessions on the new words at Mass which were led by Philip, then you do have another opportunity to catch up with the changes. There are posters around the place advertising the 3 sessions which are to be held in SJP. If you did come to Philip’s talks it doesn’t stop you from attending those inPlessington- you may get the opportunity to show off your knowledge in a smug fashion…..

In October last year, Bishop Mark declared a year of prayer with Mary in all our parishes and families. To this end, on October 8th, there will be a procession in honour of Our Lady at 3.30pm from the war memorial in Port Sunlight. This will be followed by refreshments but will allow people time to get back to St John’s for the evening Mass. If we are unlucky enough to have rain, the event will take place in church.

Also on October 8th at 2pm in St Werburgh’s Square there will be a public Rosary. See poster for details.

Furthermore it has been proposed that during October (month of the Holy Rosary) that people have the opportunity to pray the Rosary together after the weekend masses. Please make your way to the day chapel after mass if you wish to participate-starts today!!

A statue of Our Lady is circulating around the parish during October and provides a focus for praying the rosary as a group. If you would like to have the statue in your home for a day then please phone Maria on 201 5837

Francis was born in Assisi in 1181 and dies nearby on 3rd October 1226. The carefree son of a welthy merchant, he gave up his inheritance to embrace utter poverty.Hiscanticle of the sun captures his lyrical spirit and sense of oneness with all creatures Atthe end of his life Francis bore the stigmata. An outstanding example of beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” he is remembered for preaching the poor and crucified Christ in both word and humble action.