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

11/03/2012

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

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.

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