2nd Sunday of Easter Yr. B 15th April 2012

14/04/2012

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.

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