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

5^th .Sunday of Lent Yr. B 25^th March 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: DYING TO LIVE

One of the saddest stories told recently was about a people that were suffering famine. Eventually they were given some meagre rations to keep them from starving to death. In addition they were given seed potatoes to be planted so that they would produce a crop that would eventually feed them. But they were so hungry that they ate most of the seed potatoes and when harvest time came round the yield was so small that it was not enough to feed them.

Stupidity? Maybe, but who knows what we would have done when the pangs of hunger got the better of us? What the story illustrates is that there are times in life when we have to deny ourselves in order to reap the benefit later. At a deeper level it shows that we have to take the long-term view of many things in life rather than going for the here and now.

Of course, the gospel story today involves Jesus reminding us that like the wheat grain we too have to die in order to live. There are circumstances in which we are asked to put ourselves in second place and see to the needs of others first. And this is what is asked of all Christians.

They are not particularly famous, but they are heroic. There’s the wife who has lived with her husband for forty years and now he’s developed Alzheimer’s disease and no longer knows who she is, yet she is there for his every need, putting him first. There’s the family who live with the consequences of the eldest son’s drug taking. Their lives are regularly thrown into turmoil. It would be easier for them to disown him, but they keep supporting him in the hope that the treatment will eventually come up trumps. And what about the teenager who holds faith with his father even though he regularly fails to turn up on weekend visits, or the husband whose wife fritters away their meagre earnings on drink? Or even the kids who let the no-hoper play on their team because his grandma died last week and he’s feeling really low? And then, of course, there’s you. What wheat grain has been offered to you? For Christ says that if you plant it deep, then you will reap a rich harvest.

_*WORD OF GOD*_

*Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. (John 12: 24)*

_WORD FOR TODAY_

Dying is something we don’t need to wait until the end of our lives for. There are many ways in which we are called to put ourselves into second place day by day. And dying to self means being prepared to forego pleasure, to put someone else as a priority instead of ourselves, to practise self-denial. Our Lenten reading today reminds us of this daily death.

_FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT_

Are you willing to be sponged out, erased, cancelled, made nothing?

Are you willing to be made nothing, dipped into oblivion? If not, you will never really change. The phoenix renews her youth only when she is burnt, burnt alive, burnt down to hot and flocculent ash. Then the small stirring of a new small bub in the nest with strands of down like floating ash shows that she is renewing her youth like an eagle, immortal bird. (D H Lawrence)

*The image of the phoenix has been in front of you throughout Lent. Have you thought about it as you have made your Lenten pilgrimage? Have *_*you*_*been renewing yourself in preparation for immortality?*

*Christ the King’s Walsingham Group is advertising the annual pilgrimage to the shrine. Please see the notice board for the poster with details of contacts if interested in joining them.*

5th.Sun Lent Yr. B

25^th .

5.30pm 10am

8pm

Donor’s Int.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon

26^th .

9.15

Joy Gillan

Tues

27^th .

9.15

Friends & supporters of McGuigan Family in their sorrow.

Wed

28^th .

9.15

Peter Gordon

Thurs.

29^th ..

*8am*

Eddie Foley

Fri

30^th .

*11am*

*12md.*

Joan Bacrat

Lenten lunch Parish centre.

Palm Sun Lent Yr. B

1^st .

5.30pm

10am

8pm

Peter James

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

_Please pray for our sick and those who care for them_

Fred Archbold, ,John Rooney, John Price, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Teresa McLean, 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, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster, Aileen McGuigan.& Chris Foster, Norah & John McManus. Remember also those in theparish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

_*Money- thank you*_

Offertory £ 678 87p.

Family Fast £1059. 07p

(This sum will be added to when we have collected all the Friday lunch monies and then the total will be doubled by the government)

120 Club No 70 W Humphrey . £20

*Flower Collection this weekend & next. Your generosity in these straitened times is very much appreciated.*

*There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, by philosophy and by religion. (Charles Caleb Colton)*

Next weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week. As usual palms will be blessed in the parish centre and the procession will lead us into church. *Please enter into the spirit of Holy**Week and don’t try to barge your way into church ahead of the procession***If you don’t come to the parish centre you have missed part of the liturgy including one of the readings!

*We have a 4 legged visitor on Palm Sunday and we invite the children’s liturgy group (and some of the adults!) to take home today, the biblical costumes that Maria has organised. They can be found at the rear of the church. You will then be ready to join the procession in style!*

*On Monday 2*^*nd* *we will hold our service of reconciliation as we make our final preparations to celebrate the passion death and resurrection of Our Lord-the Easter Triduum. We will have a collection at the service for the work of Lucy Cottee, a former pupil at Upton. You will recall our collection for this purpose last year and you should have a copy of her letter of thanks distributed to you so that you can see what a big difference your contribution made.*

The local churches are planning a ‘Picnic in the Park’- I am certain you will have read the posters announcing that this is the way in which we plan to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. This promises to be a really fun day with something for every family member to enjoy. I hope you will do your best to attend the party in Mayer Park on Saturday 2^nd June from 10am until 3pm Bring a picnic and enjoy the fun which includes activities and games, free sports coaching, under 5s play area, refreshments and lots more. See the posters for further details.

_*The Journey of Easter,*_*another Churches together event will take place on Good Friday at 12md from the Lady Lever Art Gallery. This is a family event and includes music and a parade. The children will display a giant cross. This is an important witness of our faith to the local area. Please pray for good weather and try to join in.*

Years ago, when the Betty Crocker Company first began selling their cake mixes, they offered a product which only needed water. All you had to do was add water to the mix which came in the box, and you would get a perfect, delicious cake every time. It bombed. No one bought it and the company couldn’t understand why, so they commissioned a study which brought back a surprising answer. It seemed that people weren’t buying the cake mix because it was too easy. They didn’t want to be totally excluded from the work of preparing a cake; they wanted to feel that they were contributing something to it. So, Betty Crocker changed the formula and required the customer to add an egg in addition to water. Immediately,the new cake mix was a huge success. Unfortunately, many people make the same mistake when it comes to “packaging” or presenting the Christian religion. They try to make the call of Jesus Christ as easy as possible because they’re afraid people won’t ‘buy it’ if it seems too hard Jesus said, unless a grain wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it bears much fruit. Jesus then explained what he meant. He said, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it.” It’s true in life isn’t it? If we are going to get anything out of it we have to invest ourselves in it.

Advertisements

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

4th.Sunday of Lent Yr. B 18th March 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: FACE TO FACE WITH THE SERPENT

When they were wandering in the desert, the Israelites began to get fed up. They lost faith in God’s promise of a land of milk and honey, and when Moses went off they began cursing God for being so slow to help them. They were afflicted with a plague of snakes that packed a deadly bite.

When Moses found out about it he had a bronze serpent made and anyone who had been bitten had to look at the serpent lifted up on high. If they did this they were saved.

What Moses was doing was making them look at a symbol of their own sin. When they saw the bronze snake they remembered and acknowledged their sinfulness. Of course, it’s not a pleasant thing to look at one’s own sinfulness. We find it hard to do for more than a moment or so. That’s because we are reminded of the hurt that our sin causes, and of the gap between the way we act and the way we like to think of ourselves as being. It’s hard to face the serpent within us.

Yet the simple truth is that all God demands of us is that we look deep into our own hearts and recognise our need for change. This is the message of our six-week season of Lent. And we have to be prepared to shed light in the darkest corners of our lives if we are to allow God to take what is rotten and breathe fresh life into it.

If it all depended on us, then we would be lost indeed. Yet the paradox of Christianity is that when we confess our guilt we are saved not by our own efforts but by the grace of God. What sets us right in God’s sight is Jesus’s death on Calvary, not our penitential practices.

And it doesn’t take a genius to notice that when Christ is lifted up on the cross, like the bronze serpent was in the desert, we are reminded of our sin. Christ died so that those who are baptised in him might themselves die to sin and rise to a new form of life. By following his example we can end the long reign of sin in our lives and once again be made whole.

WORD OF GOD

The Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.

(John 3:14)

WORD FOR TODAY

If we were left to ourselves to realise just how far short of God’s ideal we all fall, then desperation would be our only option. Today our scripture reminds us that those who look into their own hearts and turn to God’s mercy are guaranteed not only forgiveness in this world, but eternal life in the world to come.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Our faith is sound if we believe that no one, young or old, is delivered from the contagion of death and the bonds of sin, except by our Mediator between God and humanity, Jesus Christ.(St Augustine)

Sin is always loving badly, or not loving at all. Redemption is Jesus Christ restoring to the world the full weight of love, which we robbed it of through our sin.

(Michel Quoist)

Doctors tell us that when a snake bites someone it’s important that they receive the antidote to the bite quickly, and that this antidote is actually made from the poison itself. In a strange way this is mirrored by the bronze serpent as the antidote to the Israelite’s threat, and even more so by Christ being lifted up with the weight of sin so that our sin may be wiped away.

(Yvonne Lunt)

4th.Sun Lent Yr. B 18th. 5.30pm 10am

3pm

8pm

Parishioners

John Devine

Stations of the cross

Prayer Meeting

Mon 19th. 9.15 Vic Gemmell
Tues 20th. 9.15 Jim Sweatman
Wed 21st 9.15 Danny Kenny
Thurs. 22nd. 8am Carolan Int.
Fri 23rd. 11am

12md.

Eleanor McGuigan

Lenten lunch Parish centre.

Sat. 24th. 11.45 Carmelite mass
5th Sun Lent Yr. B 25th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Donor’s Int.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

John Rooney, John Price, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Teresa McLean, 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 & JosieToohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster, Aileen McGuigan. & Chris Foster, Norah & John McManus. 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 £829. 78p.

Boiler £58 30p

120 Club No.113 M Rooney £20

For the next week or two, there will be a retiring collection for Easter flowers, the first of two this year. The next collection won’t be taken until Advent so your offerings will take us through until then. Your great generosity is much appreciated by the flower ladies.

Advance warning of our Holy Week Reconciliation which will take place at 7.30 on Monday 2nd April.

Today is Mothering Sunday – a Christian festival celebrated throughout Europe that alwaysfalls on the 4th Sunday in Lent when families traditionally revisited the

churches of their baptism (Their Mother church) Secularly it has become a celebration of motherhood.

Have you returned your CAFOD envelope? If not you can put them through the door of the house or simply add your donation today. Remember the Government will match pound for pound the donations you make to CAFOD this Lent. What an opportunity!

The Pilgrim Troupe invites you to join them in the parish centre on Friday 23rd for a liturgy entitled The SHADOW OF THE CROSS.You may have been to some of their Lenten liturgies in the past but this one is newly written and gives fresh insights into Jesus’ journey to Calvary. We have always supported these events well in the past and I hope this will be no exception. No charge is made but they have a retiring collection for CAFOD.

Please see the notice boards for details of various talks and retreats taking place both locally and in the diocese. There are lots of things on offer including a talk by Fr. Nick Kern to take place at Christ the King on March 22nd at 7.30pm. The title is Models of the Church and arises out of the book of the same name written by Cardinal Avery Dulles

There will be a meeting in the Parish Centre on Saturday, 24th March, at 11am to plan for the Summer Fair and future social events.All welcome.

Laetare Sunday This sneak preview of Easter joy in the middle of Lent is a subtle invitation to respond anew to God’s invitation to deeper friendship with each one of us. How has Lent been going for you so far this year? Will you employ the brief recess from Lenten penances occasioned by LaetareSunday to examine your capacity for love? Will you be ready to modify (or begin) your Lenten project if the need for such seems indicated?

Lent is a great time to begin some serious spiritual reading, well-rooted in sound Catholic tradition that will help us grow in the knowledge of God and of his saving love.

You may have read in the local Press about the death of a teacher at Upton Hall.

A devout Catholic, Gerard Donovan was the Director of 6th Form and was very much loved by pupils and staff alike. He worked incredibly hard to help pupils get into their universities and colleges of choice. He leaves a wife and young son. The school has been rocked by the deaths of two pupils over the past year and is now mourning again. Please remember them all in your prayers.

19th March marks the feast of St. Joseph, the beloved and silent husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was the earthly guardian of Jesus.

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

3rd.Sunday of Lent Yr. B 11th March 2012

WORD OF GOD

God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. (I Corinthians 1:25)

WORD FOR TODAY

We know what the Ten Commandments are. We have learned them from our childhood. The question is not simply whether we keep them or not, but how we make sense of them in a world for whom they seem quaint and old-fashioned. How do we make God’s will a reality in the 21st century?

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

All who believe in Christ must also walk in his steps, but this means that they will be in conflict and that a radical detachment will be required of them. The foolishness of God must become our foolishness. It is evidently impossible to maintain such an attitude unless we believe unconditionally in the resurrection of Christ. (Adrian Nocent)

It can take less than a minute to commit a sin. It takes not as long to obtain God’s forgiveness. Penitence and amendment should take a lifetime.

(Hubert van Zeller)

Soren Kierkegaard once said that the problem with Christians today is that nobody wants to kill them anymore! Whilst we may rejoice that we are now safe on the streets, it could be that our security owes more to our presenting Christianity in the same vein as line-dancing or calligraphy, one hobby among many, rather than a passionate way of life that drives our every God-given moment and challenges the stale status quo that passes for respectability and civilisation. (William O’Donnell)

HEALING CIRCLE – Thursday 15th March Ecumenical service of prayer and reflection for Healing will be at Holy Cross Church, Woodchurch – an opportunity to continue the Lenten journey with a blessing of hope and those we carry with us in our hearts. – Service starts at 6.45pm after Stations of the Cross at 6.00pm and healing for ourselves

FAITH IN FOCUS: CLEARING THE DECKS

Christian writers tend to see the episode when Jesus overturned the Temple traders’ tables as a sign of the human side of Jesus. He was genuinely angry and lashed out at those who were abusing the real purpose of the Temple.

One such writer, Origen, points out that each one of us has to allow our own tables to be overturned if we are to worship God in spirit and in truth. And Lent is the time for clearing the decks of those obstacles that prevent us from serving God to the best of our ability.

If we’re honest then we’ll admit that there are many things that get in the way of our spiritual life. We know how we’d like to be, but we never seem to get round to it. It’s not that we’re headline sinners. It’s just that we tend to drift. Perhaps we need to allow Jesus to overturn the tables of our lives and to chase out what is getting in the way.

Origen points out that the cattle in the Temple represent attachment to earthly things, since they require constant husbandry and need looking after at all times. The sheep symbolise the senseless way in which we act, wandering without rhyme or reason. The doves conjure up images of empty and unstable thoughts, or ‘flightiness’, while the coins of the moneychangers portray all that we strive for but which brings us no good.

Jesus says that for true worship to happen in the Temple all these things need to be cleared out. And the same is true of our lives. Lent gives us the chance to reset our sense of values, to ask ourselves whether all the effort we put into getting and having, into consuming and spending, into keeping up appearances is really doing us any good. And St Paul hints that if we go with the flow then we are probably missing the boat. For what God asks of us seems foolish to those who do not believe. Whereas, in fact, God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom

3rd.Sun Lent Yr. B 11th. 5.30pm 10am

8pm

Mr Hayes

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 12th. 9.15 Rosaleen Reynolds
Tues 13th. 9.15 Donor’s Int.
Wed 14th. 9.15 John Perloe
Thurs. 15th. 8am Alf Williams
Fri 16th. 11am

12md.

Sheila Kany

Lenten lunch Parish centre.

4th.Sun Lent Yr. B 18th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

8pm

Parishioners

John Devine

Stations of the cross

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

John Rooney, John Price, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Teresa McLean, 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, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster, Aileen McGuigan. & Chris Foster, Norah & John McManus. 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 £1003. 26p.

Donation from Pilgrim Troupe £200

Peter’s Dance Money £145

Boiler £5

120 Club No.96 M Brannon £20

The SVP are delighted that the collection last weekend realised £314.32p. In future this will be taken on an ad hoc basis though we will try to give you warning. Many thanks for your generosity.

The CAFOD family fast will be taken this weekend. The Government will match all Lent donations to CAFOD £ for £ so this provides a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference. Envelopes will be provided. Alms-giving should be one of the 3 cardinal features of our Lenten practice

Last chance to get tickets for Langollen Male Voice Choir St Alban’s Liscard Friday 16th March at 7pm. Tickets are just £5 from Phil Corcoran 637 1617. Proceeds are in aid of the Lourdes Nurses Fund.

HAVE YOU HAD A LOOK AT THE BOOKSTALL? THERE ARE BOOKS ON SPIRITUALITY AND PRAYER AS WELL AS GREAT GIFTS FOR COMMUNION REMEMBRANCE- CHILDREN’S BIBLES, MISSALS ETC. THERE ARE ALSO SOMECOMMUNION CARDS. THE BOOKSTALL IS STOCKED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE AND IS NON-PROFIT MAKING. PLEASE TRY TO HAVE A LOOK. YOU CAN BUY A BOOK TO HELP YOUR LENTEN PILGRIMAGE FOR AS LITTLE AS 50P!THE REDEMPTORISTS HAVE NOW PRINTED A DAILY MISSAL AT A PRICE OF £30-£40. WE WILL ORDER FOR INDIVIDUALS IF ANYONE WANTS ONE BUT WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE EXPENSIVE ITEMS HANGING AROUND FOR MONTHS ON END. PLEASE GIVE YOR NAME TO COLETTE OR PHIL WHO KINDLY MAN THE STALL.

The TV Series ‘Catholics’(now concluded)can be viewed on iplayer BBC4- very interesting!

The Irish themed dance scheduled for Friday 30th has been postponed until April 13th.More details later-watch this space.

The Pilgrim Troupe invites you to join them in the parish centre at 7.30pm on Friday 23rd . for a liturgy entitled The SHADOW OF THE CROSS. You may have been to some of their Lenten liturgies in the past but this one is newly written and gives fresh insights into Jesus’ journey to Calvary. We have always supported these events well in the past and I hope this will be no exception. No charge is made but they have a retiring collection for CAFOD.

Many congratulations to Julie Farrelly who has been appointed Head Teacher of St Peter’s Noctorum. She will take up the post in September.

Happy feast day next Saturday to all our Irish parishioners! Most of us have our Irish ancestors to thank for passing on the faith to us.

St Patrick was a Roman born at the end of the 4th century and died in Ireland in the middle of the 5th century. As a missionary Bishop in Ireland he faced hardship and opposition even from his friends and fellow Christians. Despite this he worked to conciliate. to evangelise and to educate local chieftains and their families. Patrick is remembered for his simplicity and pastoral care, for his humble trust in God and for his fearless preaching of the gospel.

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

2nd Sunday of Lent Yr. B 4th March 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?

Imagine you felt you were called by God to do something that everyone else thought was stupid. Imagine you received God’s call to up sticks and move from your home, travelling to the middle of nowhere just to show how much faith you had. And imagine, when you got there, that God asked you to prove your faith by sacrificing one of your children.

Unbelievable? Yes, certainly in today’s climate. But that’s what happened to Abraham. Mercifully, God prevented him from killing Isaac once he realised that Abraham would do whatever was asked of him. This is one of the reasons we refer to Abraham as our ‘Father in Faith’.

But before we think we have got away with it, we need to remember that during this Lent God will ask something of us that will give us an opportunity to show our faith. We won’t be asked to sacrifice our children but we will have six weeks in which we can show that we are prepared to grow in the faith we profess. How far will we go?

For Lent is not simply a time for giving up things or doing something extra. It’s a journey of renewal. There is no doubt that during Lent God will use the ordinary circumstances of our lives in order to reveal the depth of his concern for us and to seek our loving response. This will be different for each one of us. It might be the reminder that we really ought to devote more time to our prayer. It might be the nagging realisation that there is unfinished business with family members that we ought to set right once and for all. It might be that during Lent we will come to see the selfishness that has caught hold of us and take steps to remedy it.

We each know that we are capable of being much better people than we allow ourselves to be. God has given us a greatness that we are only too prepared to hide. And Lent is our annual season for renewing ourselves in spirit, for controlling those aspects of our character that make us less than loveable, and realising that although we live in this passing world there is another which will never end.

WORD OF GOD

God said to Abraham, ‘Take Isaac your son… and offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.’ (Genesis 22:1-2)

WORD FOR TODAY

What does our faith mean to us? Is it a set of facts to believe or an adventure to live a life that seems to defy all odds? God brought Abraham to the brink of trust in order to reward him. What is God asking of us this Lent and are we ready to take the risk?

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

Life is very simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent to God and God is shining through it all the time. This is not a fable or a nice story. It is true. God manifests himself everywhere, in everything, in people and in things and in nature and in events. You cannot be without God. It’s impossible. Simply impossible. (Thomas Merton)

Perhaps we should remember that at the Transfiguration God’s voice was heard from the cloud. And today too it is in the clouds and mists of life that we most closely approach God. Religion is not an answer book but an invitation to search for God in the complications, scandals, sorrows, disappointments and roughness of life. Thank God that he is also there in our moments of joy.

(Eileen Morin)

The meeting on Wednesday was well attended by people from Bebington churches and we all enjoyed the get together. I hope some of you will manage to make it to one or two of the other meeting. The list of venues etc. is posted on the notice boards. Next one is Hr Beb URC Wednesday 7th March. See you there!

2nd.Sun Lent Yr. B 4th. 5.30pm 10am

2pm.

8pm

Parishioners

Nan & Patrick Corr

Stations of the Cross

Prayer

Meeting

Mon 5th. 9.15 Teresa Fannon
Tues 6th. 9.15 Jim Sweatman
Wed 7th. 9.15 Private Int.
Thurs. 8th. 8am Alice Hewson
Fri 9th. 11am

12md.

Gerry Kinsella

Lenten lunch Parish centre.

3rd.Sun Lent Yr. B 11th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Mr Hayes

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

John Price, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Philomena Moore, Margaret Randles, Michael Collins, Teresa McLean, 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, Christopher & Raymond McNally, Mark Harrison, Genevieve Foster, Aileen McGuigan. & Chris Foster, Norah & John McManus. 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 £851 51p.

Boiler £30 + £52 bequest

120 Club No. 76 M Halpin £20

No. 63 J Reynolds £10

The SVP are to have their retiring collection this weekend. Hopefully this will boost their funds which go to help the poor.

The CAFOD family fast will be delayed until next weekend. The Government will match all Lent donations to CAFOD £ for £ so this provides a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference. Envelopes will be provided. Alms-giving should be one of the 3 cardinal features of our Lenten practise

Bernard McGuigan and family wish to thank everyone for the wonderful turnout for Eleanor’s Funeral Mass. Thanks too for the hundreds of Mass and Sympathy cards and donations to her favourite charities (cash is still coming in). Mass will be offered for all your intentions.

Also many thanks to Father Frank & Deacon Philip for the wonderful celebration of Eleanor’s life

I misled you slightly last week regarding Stations of the Cross. These services will be held on 2nd and 4th Sundays

We always try to encourage the congregation to join in the singing. Remember, all hymns were new once! We have provided the words to the opening hymn on the PowerPoint because it is not in the books, although it should be familiar to many of you. We will try to do this again in the future. Sing up!!!!

The bookstall has had a further injection of treasure and as well as books on spirituality and prayer, includes great gifts for Communion remembrance- children’s bibles, missals etc. as well as some cards for Communion. The bookstall is non-profit making and stocked for your convenience. Please try to have a look. You can buy a book to help your

Lenten pilgrimage for as little as 50p!

Llangollen Male Voice Choir is to perform at St Alban’s Liscard on Friday 16th March at 7pm. Tickets are just £5 from Phil Corcoran 637 1617. Proceeds are in aid of the Lourdes Nurses Fund. Nurses who go to Lourdes with the Diocese give up their own holidays to look after the sick and most of them also pay their expenses from their own funds. The Lourdes Nurses’ fund helps provide

a subsidy for those who are unable to fund themselves.

On 30th March at 7.30pm in the parish hall, there will be a dance to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

Tickets a mere £5 Tel.201 5837 or see Maria Fryer. List at back of church as numbers limited.

Mothers’ Prayers

Mothers’ Prayers was formed to help those mothers who wished to pray together for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they needed. During the meetings a mother may share her worries without the fear of anything being repeated outside of the meeting. The other mothers support her in her prayer and she will feel supported by thousands of mothers around the world who are also part of Mothers Prayers. Mothers experience a great peace with the blessing of this wonderful prayer support You are invited to pray with us on Sundays during Lent @ 7:15pm (starting on Sunday 4 March)Where: 101 Old Chester Road, Bebington (just past St Johns school)Enquiries ring Diane on 645 4620