*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@gmail.com

/websites/:www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

First Sunday of Advent 2011 27^th .November 2011.Year B

FAITH IN FOCUS: COME ON DOWN!

As we begin our Advent season today, in preparation for the coming of Christ, Isaiah makes an urgent plea to God. He uses the same catch-phrase as that old TV programme “The Price is Right” by saying to God “Come on down, tear the heavens open”.

Whenever we celebrate Advent we are involved on three levels: past, present and future. And at each level we make that same plea: Come on down!

We look to the past, to history. We recall that the Jewish people were waiting for a Messiah who would lead them to political and religious freedom. In this setting we see Mary and Joseph and we witness the birth of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.

We look to the present, to today. Jesus has not stopped coming to us in our day to day lives. He comes and speaks to us in the word of God, in the sacraments we celebrate, in the faces of those who bear God’s impression both in need and in joy.

We also look to the future. Christ will come again in glory when the plan of God is finally fulfilled. This coming will usher in the end of the world and all will be revealed for what it truly is.

So Advent is wake-up time. It’s the four-week season when we look for the ways in which Jesus comes to visit us. It’s easy to get caught up in an Advent that is just a pale religious reflection of the world’s commercial season. It’s easy to get stuck simply on the level of the past and start getting nostalgic and gooey about the trappings of Christmas, getting no further than the crib, the angels and the star. Yet if we are to celebrate the liturgy of Advent then we have to engage on all three levels.

Yes, we do remember the past events of Bethlehem. But our Advent and Christmas celebrations are imbued with the need to be alert and awake to the Christ who challenges us daily in our interaction with others, the same Christ who will come again to judge us on the way we responded to his invitation to love.

And we know that we are really capturing the spirit of the season if, like Isaiah, we can say and mean it when we ask God to “Come on down!”

_WORD OF GOD _

And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, you the potter, we are the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

_WORD FOR TODAY_

In Advent we contemplate the coming of Jesus. Today he comes to us in the message of his word and in the sacrament which we celebrate in the Eucharist. We stand alert and ready so that we may not miss what he brings today as we await his final coming in glory.

_ANDREW (November 30th) _

St. Andrew, fisherman brother of St Peter, is said to have been responsible for spreading Christianity though Asia Minor and Greece. Tradition suggests that he was put to death by the Romans in Patras, Southern Greece by being pinned to a cross. The diagonal shape of this cross is said to be the basis for the Cross of St. Andrew which appears on the Scottish Flag.

St. Andrew’s bones were entombed, and around 300 years later were moved by Emperor Constantine to his new capital Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey). Legend suggests that a Greek monk called St. Rule (or St. Regulus) was warned in a dream that St. Andrew’s remains were to be moved and was directed by an angel to take those of the remains which he could to the “ends of the earth” for safe-keeping. St. Rule dutifully followed these directions, removing a tooth, an arm bone, a kneecap and some fingers from St. Andrew’s tomb and transporting these as far away as he could. Scotland was close to the extremities of the known world at that time and it was here that St. Rule was shipwrecked with his precious cargo.

St. Rule is said to have come ashore at a Pictish settlement on the East Coast of Scotland and this later became St. Andrews. Thus the association of St. Andrew with Scotland was said to have begun.

_ADVENT_

You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time,

Want us to wait For the right time in which to discover

Who we are, where we are to go,

Who will be with us, and what we must do.

So thank you … for the waiting time. (John Bell)

*Take home the Bishop’s Advent Pastoral letter and read at your leisure.*

1^st Sunday of Advent

27^th .

5.30

10 am

8pm

November List

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon

28^th .

9.15

Doreen Tiernan

Tues

29^th .

9.15

Bill Ebbrell

Wed

30^th .

9.15

*7.30*

November List

*Confirmation*

Thu

1st

9.15

November List

Fri

2^nd .

November List

2^nd . Sunday of Advent

4^th .

5.30

10am

8 pm

Parishioners

Anastasia Sweatman

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.& Chris Foster. Remember also those in theparish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

_*Money*_

Offertory last week: £767 p

120 Club Winners No. 91 P White £20

4 numbers still available

Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present. (Edward Hays)

___*Pope’s prayers for*____*December 2011*__
_*General Intention:*Peace among All Peoples.
That all peoples may grow in harmony and peace through mutual understanding and respect.
_*Missionary Intention*_*: *That children and young people may be messengers of the Gospel and that they may be respected and preserved from all violence and exploitation

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.

(Pope Benedict XVI)

The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon. (Jan L. Richardson)

Christmas Fair 10^th December. Please keep the goodies rolling in. Take one of the yellow flyers to remind you of all that is on offer and encourage friends and family to come along.

Scout stamps are available to you for the next 3 Sundays. Get a good deal and make someone happy by greeting them with a card this Christmas.

Confirmation of the young people of the LPA by Bishop Mark will take place here on Wednesday 30^th. This is an important event in the life of the parish and the LPA so please pray for the people concerned that the Holy Spirit will overshadow them and strengthen their faith.

We have had just one meatless recipe contribution for the box so far -and that was taken by another parishioner! Don’t worry, you don’t need to own up, but the idea is that you _*bring*_your recipes to church and then we make it into a booklet to be sold for a small amount. Shall we try again?

*Diaries to the ready?As the nights get longer and the cold penetrates the bones, the parish team have arranged a barn dance for January 20th -a treat for us to look forward during these long winter months. *

As promised there is now a fine array of Advent books on the bookstall available for you to buy. The price is indicated on the back of most of the items. Included in the fresh stock are a few copies of the *new*Simple Prayer Book at £1.95p. We have marked down the old ones to 50p There are some calendars for children to guide them on their Advent journeys. Why not make someone’s Christmas and buy a new Sunday Missal! Also there will be some pamphlet copies of mark’s Gospel at a mere 90p.

Mass for CGA (Catholic Grandparents Assoc.) at Liverpool Met on Sunday 18^th at 11am. More details on poster. You are welcome to attend this Mass to be jointly celebrated by Bishop Brian and Archbishop Kelly.

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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/phone/: 0151 645 3314

/email/: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

/websites/:www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Feast of Christ the King 20^th .November 2011.Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: FINAL TALLY

Peggy Jones was a local woman who had lived in the village all her life. She kept herself to herself, rarely joined in with any community activities and was a member of no club or society. When she died people were at a loss to know what to put on her tombstone since she’d done nothing of any significance. Eventually the stonemason carved the following epitaph: Here lie the bones of Peggy Jones, Whose life never knew any terrors. She lived an old maid, And she died an old maid: No hits, no runs and no errors.

Was Peggy a good woman or a bad one? It’s hard to say. She never did any harm to anyone but at the same time she never put herself out to do anyone any good. And if she didn’t do anyone any good then you could argue that she wasn’t a particularly good person.

Many people think that they are good people because they don’t steal, cheat, lie or murder. They pay their taxes and keep themselves to themselves. And many Christians think that they never sin because they too never do anyone any harm.

The parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew’s gospel today should put us on our guard against this attitude. Jesus tells us that we will be judged just as much for what we failed to do as for what we actually did.

Most of us are not headline sinners. But when we face the judgement that Christ is speaking about at the end of our life we will be measured by the way we responded to those in need, to the hungry, the thirsty, those in prison etc. He reminds us that we can commit wrong and this is a sin. But we can also omit to do good. Both commission and omission are equally guaranteed to alienate us from God.

So as we look around at our world today, what are the situations we’re closing our eyes and ears to? And are we aware that we’re doing it?

_WORD OF GOD _

I shall look for the lost sheep, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them. (Ezekiel 34:16)

_WORD FOR TODAY_

The Church’s liturgical year ends with the promise that no matter how far we may wander from God he will never abandon us. Like a shepherd he is able to tend to our needs, to bind us up and to restore us to health, feeding us on the pasture of his word and sacraments. There is nothing we shall want.

_PATRON SAINT OF MUSIC (November 22nd) _

Cecilia, born in Rome, vowed her virginity to God, but her parents married her to Valerian of Trastevere. She told her new husband that she was accompanied by an angel, but in order to see it, he must be purified. He agreed to the purification, and was baptised. Returning from the ceremony, he found her in prayer accompanied by a praying angel. The angel placed a crown on each of their heads, and offered Valerian a favour. So the new convert asked that his brother be baptised.

During the persecutions, the two brothers gave proper burial to martyrs. In their turn they were arrested and martyred for their faith. Cecilia buried them at her villa in 117AD on the Appian Way, and was arrested for the action. She was ordered to sacrifice to false gods; when she refused, she too was martyred by being suffocated and then beheaded.

The Acts of Cecilia has the following: “While the secular music of her wedding was heard, Cecilia was singing in her heart a hymn of love for Jesus, her true spouse.” It was this phrase that led to her association with music, singers and musicians.

Her grave was discovered in 817, and her body removed to the present church of Saint Cecilia in Rome. Her tomb was opened in 1599, and her body found to be incorrupt.

_*Happy feast day to at least one Cecilia we know and love!*_

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. (Thomas Merton)

The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.

(Plutarch)

Feast of Christ the King

20^th .

5.30

10 am

11am

8pm

Deceased members of Hickman & Sweeney families

Parishioners

Mass of election

(St Anne’s)

Prayer Meeting

Mon

21^st .

9.15

Sr. Mary McDonough

Tues

22^nd .

9.15

Vincent Sarson

Wed

23^rd .

9.15

Nov. List

Thu

24^th .

9.15

Nov. List

1^st Sunday of Advent

27^th .

5.30

10am

8 pm

Nov. List

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.& Chris Foster. Remember also those in theparish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

_*Money*_

Offertory last week: £697 62 p

Boiler £18 80p

120 Club Winners No. 23 P. Dobbie £20

Vera has just presented a cheque for £1500 from the 120 club which will help to swell parish funds. Many thanks to her for gathering the money week in and week out. There are currently six numbers available if anyone would like one at 50p per week. If you are interested please phone Vera on 645 6140 or see her in church.

*Thanks to all those who gift aid their donations to the parish, the sum of**£5,428.96 has been added to the parish central account. This is a much needed boost to our funds.*

*I hope you have 10*^*th* *December highlighted in your diaries- the date for our Christmas Fair. Now that you have seen what Gerry and team have done in the Centre, you realize what else can be done if we have more funding at our *

*disposal. This is what this effort is all about. Please support the event in every way possible.*

In the parable of the sheep and the goats, Christ issues a warning in love. It is not a prescription but a description. A prescription is something that we must do if we are to achieve a desired end. A description is a picture of the ways things are, or will be. Sheep and goats are not made sheep and goats by the judgement; they are only identified for what they are. Therefore, judgement reveals what has long been true. The deeds of mercy which the sheep performed were not works of merit, but examples and evidences of the fact they were sheep and not goats. Therefore, judgement is not a threat of something to be feared in the future, but a warning that one day all people will be revealed for what they are now. (Richard Hoefler)

If you would like to support the Sue Saul appeal, you can sponsor a young man who is to take 2 weeks to walk the Pennine Way (270miles). You will find a form at the back of the church. Just a penny a mile would help, but all contributions, however small, will be gratefully received on behalf of Sue. The fund to send her abroad for treatment of osteosarcoma has now

passed the halfway mark. Many thanks.

Don’t forget we want your recipes for meatless meals! They don’t have to be complicated with dozens of ingredients, but if you have used them successfully, then they are the ones for our collection. Place yours in the box at the back of the church.

*As the nights get longer and the cold penetrates the bones, the parish team have arranged a January treat for us to look forward during these long winter months. On 20*^*th* *, we are to have a barn dance in the parish centre, so hunt out the elderly denims and the check shirt and pull on those boots and prepare for the doe c doe.*

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website *www.catholicsingles.org.uk* or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

*In a couple of weeks, Bishop Mark will be coming to the parish to confirm the young people of our LPA who have been preparing for this sacrament over the past few months. Please remember them in your prayers- it is not easy to be young these days.*

WORD FOR TODAY

God has given each one of us talents: particular skills or qualities that he expects us to us for his glory. As the Church draws towards the end of its year we are invited to reflect on how well we are making use of what we have been given. For no one has been given nothing. What has been entrusted to you and how are you using it?

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (November 13th)

Lord, we remember those who died when madness ruled the world and evil dwelt on earth, those we knew and those whose very name is lost. Because of their sacrifice, may we renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, against prejudice, tyranny, and oppression. Still we cry to God out of the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish. Let not new clouds rain death upon the earth.

Turn to yourself the hearts and wills of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men and women live as friends in the bond of your peace.

In a world still troubled with war, hatred and unrest, we pray for peace and unity. You have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony, and yet we are divided, race from race, faith from faith, rich from poor, old from young, neighbour from neighbour. O Lord, by whose cross all enmity is brought to an end, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred. Forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking; overcome our prejudices and fears. Give us courage to open ourselves to others and by the power of your Spirit make us one.

Amen.

The word “talent” was used to indicate a very large sum of money. Its value varied depending on whether it was copper, silver, or gold. While commentators differ on the exact amount, most agree that it would take an ordinary worker almost twenty years to earn just one talent. To put this into our economy, using a minimum wage, a talent would be the equivalent of almost £150,000.(Eric Goughelle)

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

33rd. Sunday of Year 13th. November 2011.Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: CAPITAL GROWTH

Young Antonio’s voice was high and squeaky and so he did not pass the auditions for the Cremona Boys’ Choir. When he took violin lessons, the neighbours persuaded his parents to make him stop. Yet Antonio still wanted to make music.

His friends gave him a hard time because his only talent was whittling wood. When Antonio was older he served as an apprentice to a violinmaker. His knack for whittling grew into a skill of carving and his hobby became his craft. He worked patiently and faithfully. By the time he died, he left over 1,500 violins, each one bearing a label that read, “Antonio Stradivarius.” They are the most sought-after violins in the world and sell for more than £100,000 each. Antonio couldn’t sing or play or preach or teach but his responsibility was to use his ability, and his violins are still making beautiful music today.

Our potential is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to God. Are you investing what you’ve been given, regardless of how much it is? Or, have you buried your blessing and kept it hidden from others?

We can sometimes confuse hiding our talents with humility, with not wanting to push ourselves forward. Yet if we stop to think for just a moment we’ll soon realise that, whatever our talent is, it is God-given. God has entrusted us with skills and talents to be used for his divine purpose. And no one else can ever be you and me. We’re unique, with unique gifts that God has welded into our character and personality. And it’s part of God’s plan from the beginning of time that we should use what we have been given so that the good news of the gospel might be spread and people should come to experience God through you and me.

Today’s gospel reminds us that life will not last for ever on this earth. The master is returning and we are returning to our master. What answer will we have to give him when he asks what we have done with all that he gave us? Will we have buried it, or will we have produced a capital return?

33rd.Sunday of the Year A 13th. 5.30

10 am

8 pm

Nov. List

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 14th. 9.15 Frida Owens
Tues 15th. 9.15 Kevin Mulholland
Wed 16th. 9.15 Nov. List
Thu 18th. 9.15 Nov. List
Fri

Sat

18th.

19th.

12md

11.45.

Funeral Ethel Farrelly

Carmelite Mass

Christ the King 20th. 5.30

10am

11am.

8 pm

Deceased members of Hickman & Sweeney families

Parishioners

Mass of election (St Annes’s)

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, AileenMcGuigan. & Chris Foster. 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: £927 07 p

Peter’s dance money £112

120 Club Winners No. 41 T Mclean £20

The memorial books will be on display for the whole of November. Please feel free to have a look for the name of your loved one(s) but remember that they contain only the names of those people whose funerals took place from this church (since the church was founded). If you find any errors please write the corrections clearly and hand them to Fr. Frank.

We hope to have some Advent books on sale in the next week or so. Advent is a beautiful season. Please do your best to keep it in the right spirit.

CALLING ALL PAINTERS AND DECORATORS. Your help and skill is needed for the Parish Centre. Please contact Gerry Topping 645 1510.

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. (Zig Ziglar)

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me”. (Erma Bombeck)

There are lots of people who are prepared to use their talents to help with the Christmas Fair on December 10th but we can never have too many. Please help to make it a success by contributing what you can. You could make a cake; bring a bottle, sometoiletries a few groceries or some clothes that are no use to you anymore. There is always somesmall way…so have a think. Most of all we want you ALL to come along and participate in this event which will help to get our parish centre ship shape! Collection crates at back of church.

St Hilda’s feast is celebrated on Thursday 17th. She became the Abbess at Whitby, which under her leadership became a great centre of learning, of literature and the arts. Renowned for her wisdom, she was consulted by Kings and Bishops alike. Having hosted the decisive synod of 1664, she loyally accepted the decision that the Church in England would follow Roman customs even though she was sympathetic to the Celtic tradition.

St Margaret of Scotland married Malcolm 111 of Scotland in1070. They produced 8 children. Margaret reformed the royal court, founded monasteries and sponsored major reforms of church life. She was known for her generosity to the poor. Her feast is on Wednesday 16th.

No prizes for guessing that last week’s photographer was Fr. Dennis. His ice cream was the one with extra raspberry sauce! This week he is featured yet again- in Leuven with some friends you may recognise!

Pilgrimages by Jumbulance in 2012.

Two pilgrimages to Lourdes and a new pilgrimage to Rome – all by Jumbulance – are being planned for 2012. A Jumbulance is a very large adapted coach with seven beds on it, so some very sick and disabled people can journey to Lourdes. A team of nurses and helpers care for the sick. There are vacancies for both sick and disabled people and helpers on both pilgrimages to Lourdes at the end of June and the beginning of September. The cost will be £700. For the first time in many years, a Jumbulance will travel to Rome at the beginning of March at a cost of £800.There is a fund-raising event for our local ACROSS Groups on Thursday 9th February 7.30pm at the Alicia Hotel, Sefton Park, Liverpool, cost £40. A Jumbulance will be there if you would like to see it.

*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@gmail.com

/websites/:www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

32nd. Sunday of Year 6^th . November 2011.Year A

FAITH IN FOCUS: GETTING ROUND TO IT

You can’t live without food but you can seemingly get through the day without being a Christian. So even Christians themselves sometimes never quite get round to putting their baptismal promises into action.

Young people usually think that after they get older, after they’ve had some fun and sowed their wild oats, they’ll get round to it. They get older and then get married and the wild oats have been sown. Then their jobs and families take priority. They want the nice houses and the nice cars. They are so busy with the kids that they don’t have time to accept Christ in their lives. Then the kids grow up, and the marriage is unstable because they have focused so much time into everything else that their marriage is on the rocks, so instead of accepting Jesus, they work on their marriage or they get a divorce and start a new life. They get old and set in their ways and think it’s too late to accept Christ, their heart hardens to the point where they just don’t care anymore. But if you were to ask them their intentions along the way, they had good intentions, they never intended to reject Christ.

And if we’re honest, it’s a bit like that with most of us. We may go to church, we may even be known by our neighbours as Christians. But in our heart of hearts we know that there’s a lot we could and should be doing about our faith that we never quite get round to. Perhaps it’s praying more, reading scripture more often or giving a bit more of our time and talent to help others less fortunate.

The foolish bridesmaids in today’s gospel were just as aware as the wise ones that the groom was on his way. But they hadn’t quite got round to buying the oil for their lamps so that they could go out and meet him in the middle of the night. They knew what they ought to do but they became distracted with other seemingly more important things. And by the time they realised it was their turn to meet the groom, it was too late.

What’s stopping us from being ready? And can any of us honestly say that we know the time when the groom will call out to us?

_WORD OF GOD _

Wisdom is bright, and does not grow dim. By those who love her she is readily seen, and found by those who look for her. Wisdom 6:12

_WORD FOR TODAY_

As we begin the last few weeks of the Church’s calendar year we are reminded to stay alert for the ultimate fulfilment of our Christian faith. What is it that we hope to get from our faith and what is it that could easily blind us to what is on offer? The gift of wisdom can be elusive.

Spiritual readiness, preparation and growth does not just happen. It comes as a result of intentional habits built into one’s life. You cannot depend on a Sunday morning service to provide all your spiritual needs. You cannot depend on Christian fellowship to provide you with spiritual development. It comes through routine, mundane attention to ordinary spiritual disciplines, making sure you have enough oil: spiritual fuel.

(Rodney Buchanan)

At the time of Christ, marriage rituals were a lot more elaborate than we have at present. Once a groom had paid the wedding price to the father of the bride a period of a year would elapse. During that time the groom would go back to his home and prepare it for the arrival of his bride. When the right moment had arrived he would set off to the bride’s house to bring her ‘home’. A great procession would be the order of the day and everyone in the procession would have their own torch/lamp. To be in the procession without a lamp/torch meant that you were a gate crasher to the wedding celebrations and you would be locked out when the groom reached his home. (Alan McCann)

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.

(Oliver Wendell Holmes)

CONFIRMATION ELECTION MASS – WILL BE HELD AT St Anne’s, 11am, Sunday 20^th November. Feast of Christ the King

32nd.Sunday of the Year A

6^th .

5.30

10 am

8 pm

Parishioners

Grace Kilburn

Prayer Meeting

Mon

7^th .

9.15

Private Int.

Tues

8^th .

9.15

Nov. List

Wed

9^th .

9.15

Nov. List

Thu

*10*^*th* *.*

*12md*

*Funeral Mass*

*Vic Gemmell*

Fri

11^th .

9.15

Nov. List

33rd. Sun Yr. A

13^th .

5.30

10 am

8 pm

Nov. List

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.& Chris Foster. Remember also those in theparish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

_*Money*_

Offertory last week: £694 78 p

Boiler £24

120 Club Winners No 54 C Richards £20

No. 11 P. Fletcher £10

Red Box collection £321 53p

Vic Gemmell died at home on 31st October. He was surrounded by his loving family to whom we offer our condolences. May he rest in peace after his suffering. His funeral Mass will take place on 10^th November at 12md. Annrita & family would like to thank you for the masses and prayers for Vic during his long illness. Also for the cards and flowers but especially for all your warmth and kindness throughout this year.

CALLING ALL PAINTERS AND DECORATORS. Your help and skill is needed for the Parish Centre. Please contact Gerry Topping 645 1510.

Recipes for meatless Fridays!

*Calling all chefs & chef-esses. If you are fed up of fish fingers and beans on toast, show your culinary prowess by submitting tried and tested recipes for a Meatless Friday. Please join in this bit fun and if we get enough recipes, a booklet will be made and put on sale for us all to share in each other’s creations.*

Those who attended the Mass for All Souls found it very beneficial and were most grateful for the warm response of the parishioners. The memorial books will be on display for the whole of November.

I think we are all getting a bit more used to the new translation now-not as many mistakes on either side. The projection is a great asset but the people who prepare the slides and operate the overhead are even greater ones. We now have supplements to Laudate hymn books. The numbers will be prefixed S where appropriate.

A cooooool character. The second ice cream was for the photographer. Guess who?????

39 Steps is to be performed at the Gladstone theatre in November. The proceeds for one of the performances will go to the SVP in this area so I would ask that you kindly support the event on Wednesday *November*16^th . Tickets can be obtained from Dave Kenny. See him after Mass or telephone 645 3626. There is a poster on display with further details.

Jo Boyce and Friends Concert at St Joseph’s 1^st Sunday of Advent– See Poster at back of church. Tickets £6 and available from Andy, Pilgrim Troupe 608 1214; St Joseph’s 652 5767 and CJM Music 01675 466254 or http://www.cjmmusic.com .

There are several posters which can be found on the notice boards advertising various events both here and elsewhere. We haven’t got space in the newsletter to advertise them several times but please take time to look at the external notices where you may find something to interest you.