*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

FAITH IN FOCUS: SENSING FAITH

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.”

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WORD OF GOD_

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)

_WORD FOR TODAY_

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.

_THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER_

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

Easter

22nd.

5.30pm

10am

8pm

Evelyn & Philip Powell

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon

23^rd .

9.15

Vera Meria

Tues

24^th .

9.15

Raymond Burton

Wed

25^th .

12md

6pm.

Funeral Mass

Elizabeth McGowan

Vigil service James Carolan

Thurs.

26^th .

11.30

Funeral Mass

James Carolan

Fri

27^th .

9.15

11am

Ivan Gregory

Burial of Ivan’s ashes

4th.Sun Easter. Yr.B

29^th .

5.30pm

10am

8pm

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

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.

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WORD OF GOD

Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.

(John 20: 25)

WORD FOR TODAY

Faith means that, although we cannot see God in the flesh, we are sufficiently receptive to the signs of his risen presence in our world, that not to believe would make no sense. And for Christians the only way forward is by faith.

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

That man is perfect in faith who can come to God in the utter dearth of his feelings and desires, without a glow or an aspiration, with the weight of low thoughts, failures, neglects, and wandering forgetfulness, and say to him, “You are my refuge”. (George Macdonald)

Question with boldness even the existence of God, because, if there be one, he must approve more of homage of reason than that of blindfold fear.

(Thomas Jefferson)

There comes a time in every man’s life when he must wonder what the hell it is all about. (Padre Woodbine Willie)

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 Easter Yr. B 15th April2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: HURTING THOMAS

It would be so easy to read the passage from today’s gospel about “doubting” Thomas and then just presume the lesson to be learnt is that it’s all right to have doubts if you hang on to your faith.

But if we look closer we might discover that it’s not so much “doubting” Thomas that we see. It’s more like “hurting” Thomas. He has invested all the energies of his past three years in something that looks as if it has ended in failure. His words show that he feels more let down than anything. Thomas is not so much the reasoned agnostic as the disheartened follower.

Most parishes have dozens if not hundreds of hurting Thomases. Some of them are young people who desperately want to believe in God, in a sense of purpose to life. They really do have deep spiritual feelings, but they feel that the Church is unable to harness these God-given yearnings. “All my kids have lost their faith” is something we often hear. Maybe they have not lost their faith, but they’ve probably lost yours.

Of course, there are many other people whose lives take them down paths that make their connection with the Church less than welcoming. It’s not that they reject the Church. It’s just that they can’t see the point of the Church at this particular moment. But they desperately want to be part of the promise.

Interestingly, when Jesus meets Thomas after the resurrection he doesn’t start a lesson on the faith with him. He just takes him as he is. In fact, he repeats Thomas’s own words back to him… a sign of a wise counsellor.

Maybe the point of today’s gospel is to remind us how easy it is to mistake confusion and disappointment for doubt. And perhaps we are being invited as a community to be more sympathetic to those who once worshipped and believed with us but who now feel that they are unable to stand up and profess their faith in God and the Church as in former days. We could start by acknowledging that we too have holes in our hands and our side.

2nd.Sun. Yr.B

Easter

15th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Sean Barrett

Prayer Meeting

Mon 16th. 9.15 Nora McCormick intention
Tues 17th. 9.15 Private Int.
Wed 18th. 9.15 Susannah’s birthday
Thurs. 19th. 8am. Louise Sutton
Fri 20th. 9.15 Gerry Kinsella
Ssat. 21st. 11.45 Carmelite Mass
3rd.Sun Easter.Yr.B 22nd. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Evelyn & Philip Powell

Parishioners

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, MaryBryden, 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 the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Money- thank you

Offertory £1261 64p.

Further £50 cheque received for Lucy Cottee Appeal- such great generosity will surely be rewarded.

120 Club Winners No M Brockway £20

This weekend, Mark Mounsey and Sarah Brown were married in our church. We pray that they may enjoy many years of happiness together.

Next Friday, Sara Campbell and Keith Swale will be tying the knot. We hope that their marriage too will be richly blessed and that they too will enjoy many happy years together.

The family of Sean Barrett RIP wish to thank Fr. Frank & all at St John’s for their prayers and good wishes, it has been a great source of comfort to us and is much appreciated. We ask your continued prayers to helus through the difficult days ahead. Chris (Sean’s Nan & family)

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.

In a week or two, the Brownies will be holding cake sale after Mass to raise funds for a cancer charity. They are full of enthusiasm for this sort of event so I hope you will be generous and buy lots of goodies. Date to be announced soon.

Bernard McGuigan and family wish to thank everyone who joined them at Aileen’s funeral service and also those who sent sympathy cards and letters of support. They send particular thanks to Fr. Frank and to Philip who conducted the service. A Mass will be offered for all your intentions.

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 orClaire.hetherington

I would like us to observe a short period of silencebefore mass begins. We have all become very chatty which is very nice but perhaps for the final 5 minutes we could be quiet to contemplate what we are about to celebrate. We may decide to ring a warning bell. Chatting can be continued on Sundayover a cup of coffee in the hall!

SJP Plant sale will take place at the school on 5th May. I encourage you to buy your bedding plants etc. from the school rather than the big profit-making outlets. You can fill in one of the forms at the back of the church and simply collect your order on the day of the sale.

St Anselm of Canterbury was born in Aosta, Italy c. 1033 –died in Canterbury 21 April 1109.

His home monastery was at Bec in Normandy. He was a Benedictine monk, aphilosopher, and a prelate of the church who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God. Born into the noble family of Candia, he entered the Benedictine order at the Abbey of Bec at the age of twenty-seven, where he became abbot in 1079. He became Archbishop of Canterbury under William II of England, and was exiled from England from 1097 to 1100, and again from 1105 to 1107 under Henry I of Englandas a result of the investiture controversy, the most significant conflict between Church and State in Medieval Europe.

Tom Doyle is calling in the red APF boxes to be counted. Please bring yours at the earliest opportunity.

On Saturday 12th 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.

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Frank Rice;

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone

: stjohntheevangelist

websites

: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

Passion Sunday Yr. B 1st. April 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE FULL PICTURE

When momentous events happen, only a few people are able to grasp their full significance. So when the Berlin wall fell, everyone cheered, but a few knew what problems lay ahead for a unified Germany. When the iron curtain was finally pierced, only a few realised the implications this would have for an enlarged Europe. It takes a perceptive mind to see beyond what’s under their eyes and be able to grasp the wider picture.

On Palm Sunday there were only a few in the crowd who had any idea of what the real picture was. The crowd cheered and sang; the children were enjoying every moment of Jesus’s entry on a donkey into Jerusalem. It was a colourful pageant and a welcome diversion from the religious duties of the festival period.

But only a few knew that the man on the donkey was no mere rabbi, politician or rebel leader. He was, in fact, God’s Son. He was the Messiah sent by God to bring good news to his people and to reveal the sort of God that they had.

Only a few people could see that the cheering crowd would turn before the week was over and, bored once more, would demand a public spectacle again… this time an execution. In this they were representative of the people at large who rejected the message of Jesus.

Most people would have expected him to argue his case and try to defend himself against the charges of treason in order to save his skin. But a few people were convinced that he would remain absolutely faithful to the will of his Father. That’s because he knew that his mission depended on this.

And while the vast majority of the crowd thought that the whole thing was something of a damp squib and the fun was over after his death, a few understood that his life and death had a purpose. Though he was innocent he gave his life in sacrifice so that sin, death and evil might no longer have a hold over us.

Some people knew that, but not many.

The crowds who had come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

They took branches of palm and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the King of Israel, who comes in the name of the Lord.” (John 12:12-13)

WORD FOR TODAY

During the coming week we can both stand at a distance and watch the events that befell Jesus, or we can enter into our own journey with him. By bearing our own trials with dignity and by playing our part to overcome our sinful inclinations we can share in his risen life. The liturgy of Holy Week gives us the opportunity to be more than mere spectators in the crowd. We can become participants in Christ’s work of salvation.

PASSION SUNDAY

It’s easy for Christians to appear as masochists when they talk about human suffering. But there is no denying that suffering can also be redemptive. History is littered with examples of people whose suffering has produced the recognition that pain can be a thread in the pattern of God’s weaving. And through the torment they achieve a fundamental joy.

(Florence Walsh) Nobody can love suffering, but we can love to suffer. Instinctively we recoil from suffering but we can learn to suffer for a positive dynamic reason.

(Basil Hume)

I can’t believe in a God who only saves people who live in certain latitudes. If I had happened to be born in Delhi I’d probably be a Hindu; or in Iran a Muslim.

(Robert Runcie)

We pray for all who suffer in the cause of right, for those who give their lives for a purpose larger than their own safety and survival. That their generosity of spirit might meet its own reward in the fullness of everlasting life.

Denis McBride

Passion.SunLent Yr. B 1st. 5.30pm 10am8pm Donor’s Int.Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 2nd. 11.30am

7.30pm

Jose McGreeReconciliation
Tues 3rd. 11.30am Terry Cooke
Wed 4th. 11.30am Betty Crebbin
Thurs. 5th.. 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Fri 6th. 12md.3pm

7.30

Churches Together Parade. P.SCelebration of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday Meditation

(Tenebrae)

Sat. 7th. 11. 30am Morning Prayer followed by shared lunch
Easter Sun Lent Yr. B 8th. 8.30pm10am

8pm

Vigil MassParishioners

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 the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Money- thank you

Offertory £ 926 26p.

Boiler £6

120 Club Winners No 83 N. Martin £20

No 102 P. Fletcher £10

EASTER greetings from the Children’s Liturgy Group
There will be no Children’s Liturgy on Easter Sunday, so that the children can celebrate with their families. We look forward to seeing you all again at 10.00 Mass on Sunday, 22nd April,as well as any new members or helpers!

As you see above, there are several changes to our ‘routine’ this coming week. Please ensure you take home your newsletter so that you can check the times of our services- particularly the Triduum. Please note that the Vigil Mass starts in the grounds with the lighting of the Holy Fire. There will be no admittance into church prior to this except by personal arrangement with Fr. Frank. The service of light is so beautiful– why would you want to miss it anyway?

Last flower Collection this weekend. Your generosity in these straitened times is very muchappreciated.

Total TBA.

Order forms at the rear of the church if you wish to order bedding plants from SJP plant sale on 5th May. Why swell the profits of B & Q when you can support our local school and supply your garden with great plants for the summer?

The funeral service for Aileen McGuigan will be at 12.30pm, on Tuesday 3rd April here in church followed by committal at Landican at 2pm.

Please pray for the McGuigan family who have suffered two blows in quick succession. I am sure they would find it helpful to know that they have our support.

This Monday 2nd 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 collectionfor this purpose last year and this evening you will have a copy of her letter of thanks distributed to you so that you can see what a big difference your contribution made.

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.

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