*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

3^rd .Sunday of Easter Yr. B 22nd April2012


Christianity is not a religion of the head. If it were, then only the clever people could become holy while the rest of us would remain on the edges as we struggled to use our few wits to try and work out what our religion was all about. It would be a philosophy, a body of knowledge, accessible only to the intelligent.

No, Christianity is about the five senses. It’s a body-religion, a sensing faith. It uses sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. In doing this it simply continues what Jesus himself did when he ate and drank, was bathed in the Jordan, laid hands on people, used paste to cure the blind man etc.

There is a slightly comic aspect to today’s gospel when Jesus scares the wits out of the disciples and then simply asks, “Have you anything here to eat?” And this is just one of several times after the resurrection that Jesus appears to them and starts eating. Maybe it’s no coincidence that St Luke is trying to teach us that the primary way we meet Christ today after his resurrection is when we eat and drink his body and blood. The Eucharist is the action of the Church in which Christ becomes present in many ways but most clearly in the act of communion.

And, of course, we recall his presence by using all five of our senses. That’s why the Church uses water to baptise, why we make the Sign of the Cross with it, why we sprinkle it during some services. It’s why we lay hands on the sick, why we make music to God, why we anoint people with oil when they are baptised, confirmed, ordained or weakened by sickness. It explains why some people use incense to beautify their worship and others put out a mass of blazing candles and wear colourful vestments. It is all about worshipping God with our whole person, body as well as mind, about recognising Christ with all the faculties that God has given us.

It goes without saying that our five senses do not exist apart from us, on some shelf where we take them down. They are part and parcel of us. It is people who incarnate sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. That’s why the best way of ensuring that Christ is present in our world is to carry him around in ourselves. This must be what Jesus meant today when he said, “You are witnesses to this.”


I prayed and understanding was given me; I entreated and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. I esteemed her more than sceptres and thrones; compared with her, I held riches as nothing. (Wisdom 7:7-8)


They say home is where the heart is. Similarly, if you want to know where your real values lie then ask yourself what it is that takes up most of your thoughts and energy. Is it getting and having things? Or is it about the quality of your life before God? If it’s the latter, then you’ve acquired true wisdom.


Although I am sure religion can be a great support and a stabilising influence in life, I am incapable of believing. (Mo Mowlam)

Sometimes people tell me that they believe in a Supreme Being. I know immediately that they have no faith. You can’t live or die for such a nebulous reality. What they do have is a valuable conviction, but their life is not remotely affected by it. (Maria Lopez)

The body you receive in the sacrament accomplished its purpose by nailing to a tree. You are to become this body, you are to be nailed…the nails that hold you are God’s commandments. (Austin Farrer)

Tim Aldred is to give a talk on issues surrounding the world food supply from a Christian perspective. The talk is on Monday, 23 April, at 7.30 p.m. at St Agnes’ church hall, West Kirby, and is free. Refreshments from 7.p.m All are welcome

/_*Maris Stella High School Reunion*_//__/

/There will be a Reunion of former pupils of Maris Stella High School, New Brighton//taking place on Saturday 19th May with Mass at 12 noon in St Albans Church, Liscard followed by refreshments and a cash Bar in the Parish Hall at 1pm. //All former pupils and teachers most welcome! Tickets are available at £8 per head./

/For further information and to reserve a buffet ticket please contact Veronica Cuthbert 0151 336 7150 or Claire.hetherington@talktalk.net /

Our sincere condolences are offered to the bereaved families of Laurence Nugent, Elizabeth McGowan and James Carolan. May all those who have died recently rest in God’s peace and may their families and friends find consolation in the belief that one day they will be reunited in the Kingdom of God.

3rd.Sun. Yr. B






Evelyn & Philip Powell


Prayer meeting


23^rd .


Vera Meria


24^th .


Raymond Burton


25^th .



Funeral Mass

Elizabeth McGowan

Vigil service James Carolan


26^th .


Funeral Mass

James Carolan


27^th .



Ivan Gregory

Burial of Ivan’s ashes

4th.Sun Easter. Yr.B

29^th .




Benefactors SSCF


Prayer Meeting

_Please pray for our sick and those who care for them_

Doreen Wright, 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, & 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*£629 54p.

Peter’s Dance Money £130

*120 Club Winners*No 39 S Armstrong £20

This Sunday sees the return of the Children’s Liturgy. New and old members as well as any new helpers are most welcome to join us at the 10am. Mass.

I have been inundated with requests for duplicate baptism certificates-
even from parents whose children have been baptised quite recently. These are clearly required by various schools at this time of year and also when people are getting married etc. and it is sad that they don’t seem to be important enough to be held carefully by all. _*Be warned*_that from now on a charge will be applied when a duplicate document is required.

The SVP are to hold a coffee morning in St Werburgh’s parish centre on Monday 23^rd April from 9am. Why not have a break from Beatties and pop in there for a reviving brew instead?

On 26^th May, Pantasaph will be the focus for An Our Lady of Lourdes Day. The day starts at 10am and you are requested to bring a packed lunch. There is a poster displayed with full details of the whole event.

It is full steam ahead for the collection of the red APF boxes.

Please bring yours in as soon as possible or risk the wrath of Tom D!

The long awaited Family Irish themed night will take place on May 18^th from 7.30pm. in the parish centre. This event promises to be a really fun evening so make sure you get the date in your diaries and dust off your dancing techniques. Tickets a mere £5 or £15 per family (List at back of church or ring Maria on 201 5837 bring your favourite Irish tipple (British beer at own risk)-musician – Michael Coyne.

Monday 23^rd is the feast of St George, Patron of England (and several other places too!). He was martyred at Lydda (Israel) around 303 during the persecution of Diocletian. His cult, which predates the legend of his slaying the dragon, spread quickly through east and west. During the crusades, George was seen to personify the ideals of Christian chivalry which is why he was adopted as several city states and countries.

Don’t forget the plant sale at SJP next Saturday 5^th . It would be blooming marvellous if all the plants were sold to help the school’s PTA.

A further reminder that our embargo on chatting during the 5 minutes prior to the start of Mass will begin this weekend. I hope I am not a killjoy but we have to think of our fellow parishioners for whom just a little silence is very important before we celebrate the Eucharist. One of the altar servers will ring a bell to remind you when the silence is to begin. It is just a good habit to develop.

*On Saturday 12*^*th* *May There will be a public rosary in St. Werburgh’s Square Birkenhead. The focus for the prayer will be world peace. Please join us.*

As you may have noticed (opposite)*Ivan Gregory’s*ashes will be buried at 11am on Friday 27^th in the graveyard of Christchurch Port Sunlight, near his home. Edite invites anyone who wishes to join her and the family for the short service there.