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

06/03/2012

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

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