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

Pentecost Sunday Yr. B 27th May 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: HIDDEN HELPER

“Footprints in the Sand” is a poem about God’s invisible presence. Sometimes seen on greeting cards, it’s about someone complaining that God was nowhere to be found at crucial moments. Then God replies pointing out that he was there all the time. Although he couldn’t be seen, there were two sets of footprints in the sand.

At Pentecost, Whit Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the advocate promised by Jesus. The Holy Spirit is with us at every moment of our lives, and many of the things we do are only possible with the help of the Spirit. We may not always sense his presence, but there are always two sets of footprints wherever we go. For the Holy Spirit is the power behind all our attempts at doing good.

God’s Spirit makes people bold. The disciples were timidly huddled in a room before the Spirit released them to be fearless in their preaching. And when we need the courage to speak up for what is right or to take a difficult course of action it is the Spirit who emboldens us.

Life does not always go the way we hope it will. We suffer loss, we become downhearted, and we sometimes feel defeated. It is the Spirit within us that is able to console and comfort and who allows us to offer solace to others in their need. And when our world is riven with strife and discord it is the Spirit who urges us on to bring peace, reconciliation and unity.

But of course life is not all doom and gloom. We are capable of achieving great happiness, of being enormously creative, of sharing loving relationships with God and each other. This too is the work of the Spirit. For the Spirit animates us, encourages us and inspires us to go beyond our own human limitations to act in a God-like way.

Christians possess the Spirit through their baptism and confirmation. And today when we step forward to eat and drink at our Whitsun Eucharist we ask that his gifts may continue to blossom within the Church so that we may continue to proclaim to the world that God is alive and active, working through the hearts of men and women. Even if we can’t always see his footprints.

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages

as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. (Acts 2: 4)

WORD FOR TODAY

Pentecost recalls the birthday of the Church. People only too aware of their human weakness were strengthened by God’s Spirit to be united in proclaiming the most important message of all time. And we still are today.

PENTECOST

On Whit Sunday men of common clay like ourselves heard the wind of God blowing with the force of an ultimatum and compelling surrender. This is the climax in the long serial of creation. But it is not the end. For it is the Spirit’s vocation to inspire, to possess and transform and it will not rest until the last atom of creation burns with a life as full and as fine as its own. (HughLavery)

“Tongues” is a heart to heart language. As a baby lies in his mother’s arms and babbles to his mother – they both understand what he means. So we lie in God’s arms and babble to him. And we both understand. (John Harper)

The very words “Whit Sunday” give us a clue. Whit is “white” and Pentecost is the flowering of the “white” season of Easter. The danger with “red” is that it can turn the feast into some sort of votive celebration of the Holy Spirit independent of the 50-day season. Thus we lose sight of the connection between the resurrection and the sending of the Spirit. For in reality the descent of the Holy Spirit is the climax of the whole Paschal Mystery: death, resurrection, ascension and coming of the Spirit. If we must wear red then let us remember that the Spirit makes sense of the Good Fridays of life. (Oliver Todd)

Our Mother Church, St Anne’s Rock Ferry is celebrating a big milestone this year-150 years since its foundation. There will be special Mass there next Tuesday at 7pm. Fr. Philip extends a welcome to all who wish to share this special time with them.

The feast of the Visitation is on Thursday 31st.. It celebrates Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and her example of faith in God’s word and sensitivity to the Spirit. It wasoriginally introduced in the 13c

Pentecost

Yr. B

27th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

St Luke’s Parishioners

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 28th. 9.15 Ewing Family
Tues 29th. 9.15 Eleanor McGuigan
Wed 30th. 9.15. Tom Topping
Thurs. 31st 8am. Shaun Barrett
Fri 1st. 9.15 Mary Daniels
Trinity Sunday

Yr. B

3rd. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Arthur Brockway

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Max Kenney, 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 £827 32p.

Boiler £10.

Books £35

120 Club Winner No.113 M Rooney £20

The party in the park is almost upon us. There will be something for everyone. The key thing is that people simply bring a picnic along and enjoy the occasion. Put it in your diary-Next Saturday 2nd June Mayer Park 10-3pm and get your picnic baskets packed!(Don’t let Yogi know)A lot of effort has gone into the organisation of this event so I hope there will be lots of support from St John’s

It’s not too late to sponsor the Altar servers whose walk on the Wirral Coast is happening this weekend. List at the back of church.

Knights of St Columba are holding a charity concert on Friday 8th June at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre. Proceeds to Aid to the Church in Need and other charities.

Tickets from Bernard 645 7929 or Tony 645 9934

Packing non-stop humour and fast-paced historic and cultural detail into a first-class performance.” YORK PRESS– Riding Lightsappearing at Bebington High Sports College on June 1st. Tickets a mere £5 (list at back of church)London is limbering up for an athletic summer. The stadium is built, the torch is lit and grants for the cultural olymp-events are handed out. But not to everyone. Taking this hurdle in his stride, theatre entrepreneur Simon Baxendale goes ahead with a national tour of the show whicheveryone will want to see: the glorious, remarkable and often hilarious story of the rebirth of the Opymlic© Games in Athens in 1896…Enter onstage Baron Pierre de Coubertin, boasting an impressive moustache and an even larger sporting vision, inspired by everything from Ancient Greece to Tom Brown’s Schooldays. He wants to re-invigorate the world, body mind and spirit, with heroic sporting endeavours… and this time he wants everyone to wear clothes! But long before any shorts are pulled on in earnest, Monsieur de Coubertin has his own marathon to run, discovering, not for the last time, that international sport is far from an easy game. Epic, energetic and full of unusual sporting skills, Monsieur de Coubertin’s Magnificent Opymlic© Feat! is an exhilarating new show about the revival of what has become the greatest sporting event on the planet. HURRY- the date is fast approaching!
This week’s book review

An excellent treatise on the subject based on the three acts within the Roman Catholic Eucharist and, at the same time, fully applicable to other Christian denominations. It is written clearly, with humour and undeniable logic supported by numerous quotations and references. It is a compelling and challenging read and one I have thoroughly enjoyed. (Amazon review)

This is just one of a number of books by this author which can be obtained from our bookstall. We also have a couple more Sunday Missals in stock- do you have a friend who is to become a Catholic? A book would be a perfect gift!

Fr. Gerald Courell PP of St Winifred’s Neston, died last Sunday 20th May after a short illness. May he rest in peace. His funeral arrangements are as follows:

Monday 28th May 7.00pm St Winefride’s, Neston Reception of body &Vigil Mass.

Tuesday 29th May 11.00 am St Winefride’s, Neston Funeral Mass followed by interment in StWinefride’s Church Graveyard.

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Don’t forget that we have started to collect good quality clothes, shoes, bags, belts.Look out for the containers in the porch after mass on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Irish Night was a great success. Fred (The Voice) Archbold took to the mike at one point. The event was much enjoyed by one and all. Thank you to all those who arranged the occasion.

There is to be a Family Camp Retreat at Franciscan Retreat Centre Pantasaph 1st- 7th June (Half Term). Advance booking is necessary. Adults £10, child £5 per day. See posters for contact details etc.

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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

Ascension Sunday Yr. B 20th May 2012

The following is the text of the sermon that Archbishop Rowan Williams gave on the feast of the Ascension in 2011- (continued on back page.)

Plenty of people look around and say, ‘This is a world without God’. It’s a world where, moment by moment, children are dying in poverty of preventable diseases, where tyrants are planning to secure their power over suffering populations, where men and women are struggling to put their lives back together in the wake of natural disaster and where people are dying in loneliness and living in anxiety all around us. Any Christian with a shred of intelligence will surely understand why so many are driven to say, ‘Well, it feels like a world without God’ – and perhaps in secret they agree that, for quite a lot of the time, that is indeed how it feels for them too.

And today, Ascension Day, the friends of Jesus face the fact that they are going to have to get used to living in a world without Jesus – or at least, living in a world without the Jesus they have known. After those frightening and exhilarating few weeks of Easter, when – amazed and confused – they have almost got used to the possibility of meeting Jesus in unexpected faces and places, he is now saying to them, ‘It’s going to be different. Don’t expect to see me around in the old way.’ They must have felt deeply disoriented, even fearful.
According to St John’s gospel, he’d already said to them, ‘It’s better for you if I go away.’ What kind of sense does that make, though? In what way can it be better for us to live in a world from which the visible signs of God’s love seem to be absent? Not only the signs of love or joy that might persuade us to believe, but the greatest sign of all, the actual presence of Jesus, risen from the dead in his flesh and blood? If Jesus’ friends are feeling apprehensive at the thought of his going away, we can identify with that, because we know what it’s like to live in a world where it so often looks as if God has withdrawn and left us to it.

But there are two all-important things that completely change our perspective on this. The first is a theme that St John’s gospel in particular is keen to underline. We are always liable to hang on to what we can see and understand so as to make ourselves feel safe; when Jesus is simply ‘there’ like the other things we find in the world, part of the furniture, there’s a big risk that we can make him too familiar. We domesticate him and we lose the possibility of being shocked and surprised by him. We don’t grasp the fact that he isn’t just one thing among others, one person among others. We miss out on the great truth that he is within and beyond all things, mysteriously holding everything together.

So if the world often feels like a world without God, is that a sort of caution to us? Be careful not to think that God is there to fill the gaps, to solve the problems, to fit in in our terms. God isn’t a thing among other things. God is the depth of energy out of which every single thing comes. If we can’t instantly ‘see’ God in the world, perhaps it’s because he is like the air we breathe, so all-pervasive that we can never pin down its presence as if it were an object.

Well yes; that’s all very well, but it sounds a bit chilly, doesn’t it? So it does – if we ignore the other big thing we need to remember. Jesus goes away – but he promises that he will fill his friends with his Spirit; he will make them breathe the same air he breathes, as we might put it. Whatever we may be feeling from moment to moment, we’ve been given a relationship with Jesus that doesn’t depend on being able to see him and speak with him in the way his friends could during his earthly life and immediately after his resurrection. And this relation means that we are able to turn in complete trust to God as father in the way Jesus did, and also to respond to the apparently God-less world with something of his compassion and his transfiguring energy.

“Jesus hasn’t just gone away. He has gone deeper into the heart of reality – our reality and God’s. He has become far more than a visible friend and companion; he has shown himself to be the very centre of our life, the source of our loving energy in the world and the source of our prayerful, trustful waiting on God.”

Ascension

Yr. B

20th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Christina Gaynor

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Mon 21st. 9.15 Jane’s Ints.
Tues 22nd. 9.15 Moira Roberts
Wed 23rd. 9.15. Shaun Corrigan
Thurs. 24th. 8am. Celeste Ferreira
Fri 25th. 9.15 Valerie Kelly
Pentecost

Yr. B

27th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Parishioners of St Luke’s

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

Money- thank you

Offertory £725 49p.

Boiler £15 50p.

120 Club Winner No. 53 K Ryan £20

Many thanks to all the mums that baked, Brownies that sold and a big thank you to everyone that bought cakes on Sunday. We raised a fantastic £101.44!
Thanks for your support for Clatterbridge Oncology Dept. and your support for this Brownies’ effort.

Remember the silence

Wirral Walk

Have you sponsored the altar servers yet? The form is on a clip board at the back of the church. It doesn’t have to be a large amount of money- all contributions will be gratefully received on behalf of Claire House and the Guild of St Stephen. They will be stepping it out on 27th under Mike’s eagle eye. Blisters may be available for inspection.

I am sure we have all been deeply affected by the tragic news from St Luke’s parish. I hope we will remember to keep in our prayers all those people who have been damaged in any way. The parishioners of St Luke’s are very welcome among us as they wait to discover what the future holds.

World communications day prayer

God, whose word is truth and in whose light we see light, guide those who tell the story of our times through word and image. Make them seekers after truth and advocates of human dignity. Grant discernment to all who rely on their labours, and, as we confront the pain and promise of this world, awaken in us a sense of wonder at your presence and of longing for your peace.

Pope Benedict writes: “Learning to communicate is learning to listen and contemplate as well as speak”

2nd Collection is for Catholic Communications network

Catherine Prickett, who is a volunteer for the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes and parishioner at St Hilda & St Aidan, Wythenshawe, is taking a 62 mile bike ride from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday 8 July to help raise funds for the Lourdes Sick Pilgrims Fund. This helps meet the expenses of sick pilgrims who would otherwise be unable to go on pilgrimage. The pilgrimage this year takes place between 24-31 July. Visit her web page

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/catherineprickett1

We had good sales on the book stall last weekend. The books we have chosen have excellent reviews and we may get round to publishing some of them to help you make your choices. There are several selections for children including the beautifully illustrated ‘Angel in the Waters’ One reviewer wrote:A delightful book both for pregnant mothers & children from about 7 years onwards, Particularly helpful if there is a new baby on the way in a family. The children to whom I read it were delighted with the story & loved the pictures.

There is to be a Family Camp Retreat at Franciscan Retreat Centre Pantasaph 1st- 7th June (Half Term). Advance booking is necessary. Adults £10, child £5 per days. Please see poster for full details of this event led by the Capuchin community. Sounds as though there won’t be a dull moment!

The party in the park is fast approaching! It sounds as though it is going to have something for everyone and that there will be lots of entertaining things to participate in. The key thing is that people simply bring a picnic along and enjoy the occasion. Put it in your diary-2nd June Mayer Park 10-3pm (that’s if you’re not going to Pantasaph) and get your picnic baskets packed! A lot of effort has gone into the organisation of this event so I hope there will be lots of support from St John’s.

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

6th. Sunday of Easter Yr. B 13th May 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: OMNIBUS

You could say that the Church is rather like a bus. It started out from the terminus and it keeps on moving until it reaches its final destination. People get on and then get off, and it never carries the same passengers throughout the whole of the journey. As it winds its way through town and country it enjoys different views, encounters varied traffic hazards and meets fog and ice, snow and rain, sunshine and cloud.

Of course, not everyone is happy with such an image because it seems to them to be too fluid, too subject to change. They prefer the picture of a caravan in a field. Caravans are fixed and stable so that you always get the same timeless view.

During Eastertide we are presented with the extraordinary growth of the Church. Thousands of new disciples are converted by the preaching of the apostles. And already we begin to see rifts building up, as the early Christians are unsure about letting the pagans into the community of the Church. Yet God’s call is continuous. Every day is like the first Easter for God, a day to reveal the glory of the resurrection to new people.

In parishes up and down our country there are people who have only been Christians for five weeks when they were baptised at the Easter Vigil. How will the Church react to them? Will it expect them to take a back seat as newcomers, or will it wait with bated breath for the influx of new life and fresh air that their arrival will bring?

And what about us? Do we see the Church as something settled and fixed, or do we look forward to the challenge of the gospel to change? Whatever might be happening in our neck of the woods, the Church is growing in other parts of the world and God continues to have no favourites or preferred nationalities. Are we big enough to incorporate different cultures, age groups, customs and traditions? Do we take Jesus’s words about constant renewal seriously?

So our bus continues on its journey. While we are on it we may occasionally complain about the bumpy ride. We can moan about it being a bit late. We can say that it’s getting crowded and uncomfortable. But only if we keep our eyes closed can we pretend that the view is not changing.

WORD OF GOD

Could anyone refuse the water of baptism to these people, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as much as we have? (Acts 10: 47)

WORD FOR TODAY

God does not have favourites and uses anyone to reveal his purposes, even the most surprising people. How open are we to being enriched and to learning from unexpected sources? From non-believers? From the poor and uneducated? From asylum seekers? What could they possibly offer us?

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Men fear change, it reminds them of their mortality and we do not want to die. At least not yet. So we like old things, familiar chimes, Chippendale chairs, villages mellow with time. They ease the emotions and make for stability. But we cannot live on the past. It is a Life we seek as a fish seeks water or a bird the air. Real time is the present.

(Hugh Lavery)

O God, put back thy universe and give me yesterday. (Henry Arthur Jones)

David Payne (of CAfé fame) will lead an inspiring evening at St Sebastian’s Fairfield, Liverpool L7 0HG on Monday 21st May from 7.30 until 9pm. Further details on poster or phone Tim on 07875 848138 or see Diane Baylis.

6th.Sun.

Easter

Yr. B

13th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Jim Sweatman Jnr.

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Mon 14th. 9.15 Private Int.
Tues 15th. 9.15 Jean McGaughran
Wed 16th. 9.15. Shaun Corrigan
Thurs. 17th. 8am. Sean Barrett
Fri 18th. 9.15 Barbara Jackson
Ascension Sun

Yr. .B

20th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Christina Gaynor

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

Money- thank you

Offertory £916 40p.

Boiler £10

Peter’s Ballroom dancing £120

120 Club Winners No. books79B McGuigan £20

The parish has had a generous bequest of £1000 from the family of a late parishioner for which we are extremely grateful.

Remember the silence

The Bereavement Group will be holding a coffee morning in the Parish Centre on MONDAY, 14th May, 10-11am. ALL welcome (no silence involved!).

Our summer Fair will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday, 21st July 11-3pm. Donations for bottle stall, groceries and raffle prices would be gratefully accepted. Please DO NOT include bric-a-brac, toys, books or videos. If you have flags and/or bunting left over from the Jubilee celebrations we would be most grateful for this to decorate Centre. Let’s make this a great day before we all leave for our well-earned summer holidays.

We will also again be collecting good quality clothes, shoes, bags, belts. This will starts this weekend. Look out for the containers in the porch after mass on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Brownies are holding their cake sale after the 10am. Mass this Sunday. I hope you have brought a few extra coins to buy a cake- take it over to the hall to eat with your cuppa! Their aim is to raise money for a piece of equipment for the oncology department at Clatterbridge. You wouldn’t want to let them down now would you?

Family Camp Retreat at Franciscan Retreat Centre Pantasaph 1st- 7th June (Half Term). Advance booking is necessary. Adults £10, child £5 per days. Please see poster for full details

of this event led by the Capuchin community. Lots of activities- art, music etc.

The party in the park is fast approaching! It sounds as though it is going to have something for everyone and involve lots of fun, fun fun. The key thing is that people simply bring a picnic along and enjoy the occasion. Put it in your diary-2nd June Mayer Park 10-3pm

The altar servers will once again be doing the Wirral walk in favour of Claire House and St Stephen’s Guild. Please sponsor them as they brace themselves to brave the elements. The form is at the back of the church.

Next Friday (18th)is the long awaited Irish night in the parish centre- get your ticket today and prepare for a night of great crack. When Michael Coyne gets underway, you will think you have been transported across the Irish Sea! All you have to do is put on your dancing shoes and let the music take you over. Bring your own tipple.

There have been several fresh injections of books to enliven our bookstall. There is usually someone to man/ woman the stall at the weekends. The prices should be found on the back of the books. This is non-profit making venture and is simply for your convenience. There are also 1st communion cards and gifts and lots of lovely children’s

books. Feast your eyes and then treat yourself or someone else.

Bishop Paul Hendricks will be blessing the new Heart Gives Unto Heart Studio on 20th May. The day will also be celebrated with a concert to record tracks for the new CD for ‘100 days of Peace – the Peace Legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games’. Although this is based in Guildford you don’t need to live near there to volunteer go to http://www.hguh.co.uk/volunteers.htm

Calling PPT members! There is a meeting on Wednesday 16 May at 19:30 in the Parish House.

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

5th. Sunday of Easter Yr. B 6th May 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: MEASURE OF SUCCESS

We are used to having to work hard to get results. We have to study if we want to pass our exams, train if we want to win the race and practise if we want to play an instrument. From our earliest days we have had it drummed into us that results are achieved only through effort.

With faith, though, things are not quite the same. True enough, we do have to act, to discipline ourselves, to train ourselves in the ways of prayer. If we simply sat back we wouldn’t make very good Christians.

But today’s gospel about the vine and the branches is an Eastertide reminder to us that the basic thing required of all Christians is to be rooted in Christ, to be so attuned to his voice and presence that all our actions spring from his promptings through the Holy Spirit.

Any good that is achieved in the world comes about through God’s action and grace. We are simply co-operators. We are not the vine itself, just the branches. And Jesus points out that we will keep ourselves fruitful if we are pruned. And we are pruned by listening to the word that he has spoken. So each of us has to consider how we are joined to Jesus through faith, prayer and keeping his word.

If each of us has to produce fruit, what is this fruit to be? Service? Action for justice? A life offered silently to God? Only God’s word can tell you and me what is being asked particularly of us. But the most important thing is that we don’t simply rush into action off our own bat, but that the fruits we bear should come from the Spirit and bear his seal. Our action should spring from prayer.

The success of the Church and of Christians is not measured by achievements but by the progress of those who interiorise Christ’s Easter mystery, who make it their own and share in his cross and resurrection. Anything else is just window-dressing.

WORD OF GOD

Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain as part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.

(John 15:3-4)

WORD FOR TODAY

As the Easter season progresses St John reminds us that we are branches on the vine that is Christ. Hustle and bustle, feverish activity and forward planning mean nothing if we are not firmly rooted in Christ. Ultimately it is the Spirit that causes us to grow, not ourselves.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

The longest journey is the journey inward…The road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.

(Dag Hammarskjold)

A church that starves itself and its members of the contemplative life deserves whatever spiritual leanness it may experience. (Michael Ramsey)

Prayer is neither word nor gesture, chant nor sound. Prayer is to be in still communication with our Ground. (Angelus Silesius)

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5th.Sun.

Easter

Yr. B

6th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Nancy Clark RIP

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Mon 7th. 9.15 Private Int.
Tues 8th. 9.15 Jean McGaughran
Wed 9th. 9.15. Shaun Corrigan
Thurs. 10th. 8am. Sean Barrett
Fri 11th. 9.15 Barbara Jackson
6th.Sun Easter.

Yr. .B

13th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Jim Sweatman Jnr.

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

Money- thank you

Offertory £978 30p.

Boiler £19

120 Club Winners No. 14 A Murray £20

No 120 J. Davies £10

First Communions will take place on 3 consecutive Saturday mornings in May at 10am. Mass. The first one was this Saturday 5th and the next will be on 12th and 19th. Please support the children and their families with your prayers. They are growing up in a very different world from all us oldies!

Day’s devotion to Our Lady of Fatima Sunday 13th May at Ss’ Peter Paul New Brighton CH45 9LT
Starting with Mass at 11.30,

The Irish themed night will be a family event and is scheduled to take place on May 18th from 7.30pm in the parish centre. Without doubt it will be a really entertaining evening so make sure you get the date in your diaries and dust off your boogying skills. Tickets a mere £5 or £15 per family (List at back of church or ring Maria on 201 5837) bring your favourite Irish tipple -musician – Michael Coyne. SIGN UP TODAY and bring your friends!

Party in the Park which Bebington churches are organising to celebrate the Queen’s diamond Jubilee, promises to be a fun day for families so I hope you will find time to support the event in Mayer Park on June 2nd 10-3pm

PLEASE KEEP THE SILENCE FOR 5 MINUTES FROM THE BELL.

We are getting better at this and many people are very appreciative. I hope the slide displayed on the screen helps you to understand the reasons why we are encouraging you to maintain the silence. It changes the atmosphere in which we are about to celebrate the most important event of the week.

The Bereavement Group will be holding a coffee morning in the Parish Centre on MONDAY, 14th May, 10-11am. ALL welcome.

New Ferry Butterfly Park open day THIS Sunday 6th 11-4pm. FREE entry- woodland craft demos, art workshops, plant sale, face painting, BBQ, tombola, nature walks, pond dipping and more. See notice for details.

Our summer Fair will be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday, 21st July 11-3pm. Donations for bottle stall, groceries and raffle prices would be gratefully accepted. Please DO NOT include bric-a-brac, toys, books or videos. If you have flags and/or bunting left over from the Jubilee celebrations we would be most grateful for this to decorate Centre. Let’s make this a great day before we all leave for our well-earned summer holidays.

We will also again be collecting good quality clothes, shoes, bags, belts. This will start on the weekend of 12th/13th May. Look out for the containers in the porch after mass on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Brownies are holding their cake sale after the 10am. Mass next Sunday, 13th.Please bring a few extra coins to buy a cake. Their aim is to raise money for a piece of equipment for the oncology department at Clatterbridge. You wouldn’t want to let them down would you?

The altar servers will once again be doing the Wirral walk in favour of Claire House and St Stephen’s Guild. Please sponsor them as they bite the bullet and brave the sound of Mike cracking the whip (I mean urging them on….) The form is at the back of the church.

WORD OF GOD

What we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.

(I John 3:2)

WORD FOR TODAY

What are we here for? What’s the point of life? Why try to be good when others seem to profit from doing evil? These are just some of the questions that every Christian asks at some time or another. What will happen to us after death? Today St John tells us that we will share in the glorious risen life of Jesus and see God face to face. Of course, you may prefer something different.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

This is our destiny in heaven – to be like Christ: not Christ limited, as he was on earth, to the confines of time and flesh, but Christ risen, the great, free, timeless Christ of the Easter morning. (David Winter)

If you find God, you find life. If you miss God, you miss the whole point of living.

(Kenneth Pillar)

In his love he clothes us, enfolds and embraces us; that tender love completely surrounds us, never to leave us. As I saw it, he is everything that is good.

(Julian of Norwich)

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

4th. Sunday of Easter Yr. B 29th. April2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: A BETTER OFFER?

A well-known American preacher, Eugene Walsh, once finished off his sermon with the remarkable words, “Jesus only promises you two things: Your life has a meaning. And you’re going to live forever. If you get a better offer, take it!”

Much copied by other preachers who disguise them to try and make them their own, these few sentences seem to sum up the whole business of faith in Jesus. They encapsulate the Easter message in a simple and direct way.

So what was Jesus’s body like after the resurrection and what is the afterlife like? What will happen to us and will we meet those loved ones who have died before us? Will we see God or will it be total blackout?

People with no faith ask the same questions and they often are left with the desperate trek to mediums and spiritualists who claim to contact the dead and to offer comfort and solace to the bereaved. No matter how many times this practice is exposed as a sham, people still turn up in the hope of “getting through” to the other side.

St John was aware of all these questions that people ask. The difference for him was that he had an unshakeable faith that Jesus had conquered death and had offered that same glorious post-resurrection life to those who believe in him. He says that what we are to become in the future has not yet been revealed.

So if your life has a meaning, then it is that you were made for love. Made to be loved by God who like a shepherd guides you into a life that will reap benefits. You are made to love others and to have that love returned. Your life’s purpose is to grow in knowledge of God and the wonderful universe created for our delectation. You are here to learn how to serve God by serving others, to enjoy life to the full and at the end to join God in the unfathomable happiness that no ear has heard nor eye seen.

This is the promise that the Easter season brings. So, as the man said, if you get a better offer…

4th..Sun.

Easter

Yr. B

29th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Benefactors SSCF

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 30th. 9.15 Jonathan’s Ints.
Tues 1st. 9.15 John Price
Wed 2nd. 9.15. Joan Kinsella
Thurs. 3rd. 8am. Eddie Drozniack
Fri 4th. 10.30 Funeral Mass

Veronica Parry

5th.Sun Easter.

Yr .B

6th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Nancy Clark RIP

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 £827p.

Boiler £22

120 Club Winners No 61 T Cunningham £20

A letter received from Liz Aiello the CAFOD Shrewsbury Diocesan Officer wishes me to thank parishioners for the total donation of £958 09p for the Lent fast. As you know this will be matched pound for pound by the government making the value of the donation £1916 18p.

“Please extend our thanks to all who donated assuring them that their support will make a great difference to the lives of some of the poorest people in our world”.

What Liz doesn’t know is that those who attended the Pilgrim Troupe production here also donated to CAFOD (About £250 as I recall) and as well as that £550 to Lucy Cottee’s appeal. I think we have some of the most generous people in the diocese living in New Ferry!

Last weekend, I announced the death of Fr. Jimmy Collins who at the age of 94 had been a priest for 70 years- a tremendous example of fidelity to his vocation and a man of deep joy. His next healing Mass was to be on May 18th at 7.30 in Liverpool Cathedral (accompanied by the Archbishop). The Mass will go ahead as planned with Fr. Jimmy there ‘in spirit’(his own words) All are welcome to attend.

The obituary on the Archdiocesan website describes him as ‘A much loved Parish Priest, writer and bringer of healing to many from throughout the world, Father Jimmy was small in stature but mighty in ministry.

I recommend that you visit the website to read it in its entirety. His Funeral Mass isscheduled to be celebrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral on Tuesday 1 May, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker and the title of the parish in Kirkby where he was a beloved parish priest.

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.

PLEASE KEEP THE SILENCE FOR 5 MINUTES FROM THE BELL.

Foundation Governors

Becoming a Foundation governor of a Catholic School is a rewarding way of making a contribution to the Catholic education we offer our children and young people. No special qualifications are required but you should be over 18, a practising Catholic and resident in the diocese. Your nomination would need to be supported by a member of the clergy. Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education and team work are important qualities. You don’t need to have a child at school or professional experience of education to become a governor,

To find out more please attend a meeting at CTK primary school on Wednesday 9th May 7.15- 8.30pm

The long awaited Family Irish themed night will take place on May 18th 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.

On 26th 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.

Message from Fr. Peter Sharrocks re Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes July 24th/ 25th – July 31stBookings for the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage are coming in steadily with the plane now over 80% full. There is a similar take up for the overland section. Regular pilgrims who have not, so far, made contact with the pilgrimage office and are intending to travel should get in touch as soon as possible to reserve a place. This year the theme of the pilgrimage is ‘With Bernadette, praying the Rosary.’ and you can find the pastoral notes on the Lourdes website.http://fr.lourdesfrance.org/sites/default/files/pdf/theme_pastoral_2012_en.pdfDetails of our pilgrimage can be found at www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk

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 orClaire.hetherington

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.

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 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.”

3rd.Sun. Yr.B

Easter

22nd. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Evelyn & Philip Powell

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 23rd. 9.15 Vera Meria
Tues 24th. 9.15 Raymond Burton
Wed 25th. 12md

6pm.

Funeral Mass

Elizabeth McGowan

Vigil service James Carolan

Thurs. 26th. 11.30 Funeral Mass

James Carolan

Fri 27th. 9.15

11am

Ivan Gregory

Burial of Ivan’s ashes

4th.Sun Easter.Yr.B 29th. 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, 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 £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 beheld 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 23rd April from 9am. Why not have a break from Beatties and pop in there for a reviving brew instead?

On 26th 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 18th 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 23rd 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 5th. 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 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.

As you may have noticed (opposite)Ivan Gregory’s ashes will be buried at 11am on Friday 27thin 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.