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
Birth of John the Baptist of Yr. B 24th June 2012

WORD OF GOD
His father asked for a writing tablet and he wrote: “His name is John”. And they were all astonished. (Luke 1:63)

WORD FOR TODAY
The purpose of John the Baptist’s ministry was to point to the Messiah, his cousin, and then to bow out gracefully when Jesus came. We can have no higher ambition than to prepare the way for the Lord and then leave ourselves and our work in his hands.

BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
There is no question but that if Jesus Christ, or a great prophet from another religion, were to come back today, he would find it virtually impossible to convince anyone of his credentials despite the fact that the vast evangelical machine on American television is predicated on his imminent return among us sinners. (Peter Ustinov)

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Theodore Hook)

The feast of Ss. Peter & Paul is next Saturday 29th. Both these men were martyred in Rome. Peter was chosen by Christ to be first leader of the church. Paul was converted on the way to Damascus. Their epistles are included in the New Testament.

VISIT OF THE RELIC OF ST JOHN MARY VIANNEY – Friday 6th July, 2012 – St Michaels and all Angels is honoured to be a place of veneration for the relic during the visit to our Diocese. In the evening from 6pm – 9pm there will be a Procession and Veneration of the Relic and opportunity for Confessions, concluding with Compline at 8.45pm. Everyone is welcome to come along even for a short time to pray with the memory of St John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests.

FAITH IN FOCUS: A DISTURBING MESSAGE?
He’s a shadowy figure, impressive but slightly perplexing. Everybody knows that John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus, the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah. But some people think that he joined a type of separatist monastic community, the Essenes, who lived in the desert close to where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. They were a zealot group that was looking forward to the imminent coming of the Messiah who would once more set up the kingdom of Israel according to the promises that were made to their ancestors in the bible. Only those who adhered strictly to the Law would be part of this kingdom. If nothing else they were fundamentalists.
Certainly we do come across John in the desert, a strange character aged about 27, wearing a leather belt and camel hair tunic and living off locust and wild honey, and we know that he was preaching a message of repentance, getting people to be immersed in the waters of the River Jordan. Whether he was part of the exclusive Essene desert community we cannot say, but he converted many people and prepared the way for Jesus’ preaching. He told his own disciples to follow Jesus and he was beheaded in prison by Herod.
Many people refer to John the Baptist as the hinge between the Old Testament and New Testament prophets. The job of a prophet is to be a spokesperson for God. We may baulk at the thought of wearing a sandwich board and walking up and down the high street with Gospel messages. But because of our baptism we have each been called to be prophets, pointers, signposts and spokespeople for God and the Gospel. Maybe John the Baptist stands as a reminder of how necessary this is in a world that seems to be looking for compass points.

Birth of John the Baptist
Yr. B
23rd.
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Jim Sweatman Snr.
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon
25th.
9.15
In honour of St Rita
Tues
26th.
9.15
Sean Barrett RIP
Wed
27th.
9.15.
Rev Michael Donellan RIP
Thurs.
28th.
8am.
Eleanor McGuigan
Fri
29th.
9.15
Rev. Gerry Courell
13th.Sunday
Yr. B
1st.
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Sheila Hunt
Parishioners

Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Max Kenney, Doreen Wrigg, 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, 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 £848. 56p.
Boiler £7 10p.
120 Club Winners 11th June No.82 M Davies £20
18th June No. 40 R. Purfield
Book Sales £20

Our proposed book club would not start until the autumn and would meet on a monthly basis to discuss the chosen book. Several local parishes run something similar. Names and contact details of those who might be interested on the clipboard at the back of the church please. Sarah Hannam has offered to facilitate this unless anyone else wishes to!

Our Featured Book this week is Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr. (obtainable at book stall) Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (Paperback) -2
5*reviews. Richard Rohr’s “Everything Belongs” is an amazing book that not only encompasses contemplative prayer but also speaks about the Christian life in general. I just finished high school and I highly recommend it to other teens (and adults, too) who are tired of all the liberal/conservative Christian rhetoric and who are searching for the “Third Way,” taking the best from the liberals and the conservatives and building a new outlook on life. I also recommend his “Simplicity: the Art of Living,” however I do think one unacquainted with Rohr should start with “Everything Belongs.” I’m not joking when I say that Richard Rohr is my role model!
Richard Rohr never leaves you feeling comfortable, and this book continues his prophetic posture. Christianity for Fr. Rohr is a personal commitment to the cross, nothing less. His own brush with death, his faith, and age bring him wisdom which is worth contemplating. He leaves me desiring to know more about the Third Way. His best work yet, in my opinion.
14th July is Bastille Day in France and it’s a busy day here and there! We hope for some dry weather so that we will have lots of volunteers to storm the grounds for a clean-up prior to the summer Fair the following week. You are excused if you wish to attend the day for divorced or separated Catholics which will be held in Wallasey that day. Contacts are Janet on 0161 494 9437 or Clara on 0151 691 2811.
After your efforts you can go along to St David’s URC in Eastham to relax and enjoy a concert to be performed by the Wirral Recorder Orchestra.
For a mere £6, you can soak up the music and enjoy some refreshments after the labours of the day!
Please don’t forget the forthcoming summer Fair which will be held on 21st July in the parish centre from11am. until 3pm. We would be most grateful for contributions of bottles, groceries and prizes to raffle. No books, toys, videos or toys please. Bring any jubilee bunting you may have left over to help us make the environment jolly.

Bishop, Mark is keen to promote the veneration of the relic of the heart of St. John Vianney, which is here in the diocese in the first week of July. The veneration of relics was very popular in the Middle Ages. It has recently enjoyed something of a revival when the relics of St Therese of Lisieux came to the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is not everyone’s cup of tea and may seem very strange to some people!
On Thursday 28th June Fr.Nick Kern will give a talk ‘On the Veneration of Relics’ in St. Joseph’s presbytery at 10 Willowbank Road (off North Road) in Birkenhead at 7.30pm. All welcome.

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WORD FOR TODAY

God’s plan for the world, the setting-up of the kingdom, is taking place as history unfurls. We might not always be able to see its signs but Jesus assures us that it is occurring already. The crucial thing for us is not to wonder how this is happening but to make sure we are part of it.

WORD OF GOD

Every tree of the field will learn that I, the Lord, am the one who stunts tall trees and makes the withered green. (Ezekiel 17: 24)

ELEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

There is a difference between the Church and the kingdom. The Church has a role, a primary role, in the growth of the kingdom. But the kingdom is bigger than the Church and the Church only exists to facilitate the kingdom of God’s growth within the fabric of our society and the structures of our world. This work has already begun in Christ as the Spirit silently inspires men and women to espouse the values of the kingdom of God, and it will reach its fulfilment at the end of times when God’s will shall prevail and Christ will be all in all. (Anna Barragan)

A miracle is not the breaking of the laws of a fallen world; it is the re-establishment of the laws of the kingdom. (Anthony Bloom)

The kingdom is something within you which has the power of growth like a seed; something that you are searching for, and of whose values you become more confident and excited as the search proceeds and you discover truer, lovelier things which are constantly being surpassed; something for which you have to give everything you have, no less yet no more, including the earlier finds with which you were once so completely delighted. (George Appleton)

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

11th Sunday of Yr. B 17th June 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE INVISIBLE FORCE

Christians sometimes focus so much on the Church that they lose sight of the kingdom. They tend to think that the Church is the be-all and end-all of religious activity and they can become blind to the kingdom of God.

Yet the kingdom and the Church are not the same things. The Church is the bearer of the kingdom but not the exclusive owner. The kingdom, which Jesus today speaks about in his parables, is wider than the Church and is not so visible and tangible.

Jesus taught his disciples that the kingdom is already with us, though it can seem to be hidden. It has already been inaugurated, though it is yet to reach its fulfilment. Day after day it is unfurled, little by little in an almost unnoticeable way.

The ideals of the kingdom clash with the values of the world. That’s because the kingdom is eternal and universal whereas the world is about fads and fashion, about exclusivity and partiality. The kingdom is about truth and life, whereas the world happily lies and trades in destruction of all types. The kingdom espouses holiness and grace, concepts which the secular world considers laudable but outmoded. And the kingdom’s principles of justice, love and peace are more likely to be echoed in the world’s pop songs than in its strategies.

Does this mean that we’ve nothing to hope for? That injustice, violence, corruption and oppression will always be with us? Is it just par for the course?

Jesus says not. With his arrival on earth the kingdom of God has begun to embed itself in all aspects of our world. There are invincible forces already at work as the world matures and the kingdom silently grows. Like a seed planted in a field it grows unobtrusively, by day and by night. Like a mustard seed it starts off tiny but becomes a force to be reckoned with. And even now we sometimes catch a glimpse of the power of the kingdom when world events are confounded and when men and women, even just for a moment, unite in a shared vision that reflects the will of God.The kingdom is here now. The way we behave will help or hinder it. But it’s bigger than all of us put together. That’s why we pray: Thy kingdom come.

11th Sunday

Yr. B

17th.June 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Edward Foley

Prayer

Meeting

Mon 18th. 9.15 Eleanor McGuigan
Tues 19th. 9.15 Shaun Corrigan
Wed 20th. 9.15. Rev. Thomas O’Connor
Thurs. 21st. 8am. Harold O’Neill
Fri 22nd. 9.15 Breda O’Reilly
12th Sunday

Yr. B

24th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Jim Sweatman Snr.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Max Kenney, Doreen Wrigg, 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, 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 £. 655.93p.

Boiler £7 10p.

Books/cards £

120 Club Winners No. £20

Tom Doyle’s last Red Box collection amounted to £305.35.

In future, the collection will be taken by Mrs Kath Markey who is a very enthusiastic APF person. Many thanks to Tom who has been faithful to the collection for several years.

Reminder for PPT members: There is a meeting on Wednesday 20 June at 19:30 in the Parish House. Please will all members try to be present.

Are you separated or divorced?

A Day will be held in Wallasey on Saturday 14th July 2012 for the Separated and Divorced. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested please note the contact details:

Janet on 0161 494 9437 or Clara on 0151 691 2811

Wirral Recorder Orchestra presents a concert at St David’s URC Eastham on 14th July. Time 7.30pm. Cost £6 to include refreshments. Proceeds for Christians against poverty. See posters for details of ticket sales etc.

Would there be anyone interested in joining a Christian book club? We would meet monthly to discuss the chosen book. Names and contact details of those who might be interested on the clipboard at the back of the church please. Sarah Hannam has offered to facilitate this.

The grounds are looking messy again and while we would love to resurface the lot, we have to make do with another clean up. Next month (14th) we will be looking for volunteers to help make them look as presentable as possible while we await the arrival of a fairy Godmother! It is important that we do this before the Summer Fair which will take place on the 21st July. Bring along garden spades and weed removers and let’s spruce up the place good style!!

Featured Book: The New Creation

The New Creation engages with themes like the Word of God, the Son of God, the meaning of community and communion and the sacraments as mysteries of human unity; the place of physical healing in the redeemed world and the Old-Testament and pagan religious foundations upon which modern Christianity is built. There is a humane simplicity in McCabe’s insights into all of these subjects, similar to that found in the Gospels, which provides the reader with clarity on inherently complex theological issues. ‘Christ is present to us in so far as we are present to each other’ as McCabe tells us and this book plainly and vividly encourages us to find the company of both

I shall leaving for St Bueno’s following Mass on Monday where I will be on retreat until Friday afternoon. I will therefore be celebrating Masses there for the intentions stated in the newsletter.

WORD OF GOD

The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name. (Psalm 115:13)

WORD FOR TODAY

Contrary to popular thought, going to Communion is not a sign that we are good. It’s a sign that we need to be better. Eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ is the spiritual medicine that helps us stay close to our God.

CORPUS CHRISTI

With ever-living ardour, contemplate Christ in the mystery of the Eucharist. Following his example, be ready in all circumstances to make yourselves instruments of mercy and communion. The secret of pastoral success is the crucified and risen Lord, whom we adore in the sacrament of the Eucharist. As you well know, in order to be eloquent signs of his love and instigators of his peace in all environments, everyone is first of all asked to cultivate an intimate and constant familiarity with him. From intense participation in the Eucharist springs the spiritual energy needed to bring all projects of goodness to fruition. (Pope John Paul II)

What you see is the bread and the chalice; that is what your own eyes report to you. But what your faith obliges you to accept is that the bread is the Body of Christ and the chalice the Blood of Christ. … How is the bread his Body? And the chalice, or what is in the chalice, how is it his Blood? Those elements, brethren, are called sacraments, because in them one thing is seen, but another is understood. What is seen is the corporeal species, but what is understood is the spiritual fruit. … “You, however, are the Body of Christ and his members.” If, therefore, you are the Body of Christ and his members, your mystery is presented at the table of the Lord, you receive your mystery. To that which you are, you answer: “Amen”; and by answering, you subscribe to it. For you hear: “The Body of Christ!” and you answer: “Amen!’” Be a member of Christ’s Body, so that your “Amen” may be the truth.(Augustine of Hippo)

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

Corpus Christi Yr. B 10th.June 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: ON MEDICINE FOR LIFE

There can be nothing sadder than listening to someone who believes that they are not good enough to go to communion. They feel that they are unworthy and they simply stay put in their seat when the rest of the congregation gets up to eat and drink the body and blood of Christ during the celebration of Mass.

Of course none of us is good enough. That’s why we say, ‘Lord, I am not worthy… ‘Just before we approach the altar. We realise that we mere human beings cannot presume to receive such a gift without acknowledging our unworthiness. But beneath this idea of unworthiness there lies a fatal error.

Communion is not for good people. It’s not for saints. It’s for people who are not very good, who are sinners but who want to get better. Our feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus et Sanguis Christi) teaches us that communion is not a reward but a medicine.

When we eat and drink (both!) Christ’s body and blood we are signing up to be better. Some of the Church’s early hymn-writers used a lovely phrase to describe the Eucharist: they called it food for the journey. An ancient hymn (O, Esca Viatorum: O, Food of Travellers) makes it clear that the Eucharist is not some celebratory picnic on the journey but is the survival rations, the staff of life.

At the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Eucharist he commanded us to eat and drink and to do this in memory of his death and resurrection. God has made an agreement (a covenant) with us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He will be our God and we will be his people by ratifying the covenant: by eating and drinking in memory of Jesus.

The Eucharist is our way of signing-up again and again to the promises of God, showing our renewed commitment and gratefully receiving God’s gift. Saint Ignatius of Antioch called the Eucharist ‘the medicine of immortality, the antidote which prevents us from dying so we can live forever in Jesus Christ.’ On the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ we share in communion here on earth, and we pray that one day we may be found rejoicing together at the everlasting meal of heaven.

Corpus Christi

Yr. B

10th.June 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Benefactors of SSCF

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 11th. 9.15 Kate Kenny
Tues 12th. 9.15 Barbara Jackson
Wed 13th. 9.15. Mary Daniels
Thurs. 14th. 8am. Private Int.
Fri 15th. 9.15 Private Int.
Yr. B 17th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Edward Foley

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Max Kenney, Doreen Wrigg, 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, 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 £642 76p.

Peter’s Dance Class £136

Boiler £6 50p.

Books £45

120 Club Winners No. 77 M. Rooney £20

HEALING CIRCLE – Thursday 14th June Our ecumenical service of prayer and reflection for Healing will be at Holy Cross Church, in Woodchurch (behind the Arrowe Park Pub) an opportunity to share our thoughts with a blessing of hope and healing for ourselves and those we carry with us in our hearts. – Service starts at 7.00 pm. (Please note change of date)

‘Helen, Ted and Joanne Corrigan would like to thank all the people who have sent (and are still sending) Mass cards, cards and flowers since Shaun passed away-we are overwhelmed. Thank you so much, it is a great comfort to us to have such loyal friends and family.’

You may be aware that the heart of St John Vianney, (the Cure of Ars) is to come to England on 5th July.

Its initial arrival will be to St Anthony’s Wythenshawe where, between 4pm and 6.30pm there will be veneration of the relic and confessions. This is open to all. On Friday 6th, the relic transfers to Liverpool for a national Day at the Cathedral from 10am until 4pm.Thence to St Wilfrid’s Northwich where from 9.15 until 11am there will again be Morning Prayer, veneration of the relic and confession. At 12.30pm there will be Mass followed again by veneration and confessions. In the evening the relic travels to Oscott and following its return to Northwich it returns to Ars on Monday 9th.

Liverpool on Friday 6th is probably the most accessible to people in this area.

St John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests- he became internationally notable for his parish and pastoral work.

Through the efforts of the Brownies cake sale and the sale of the knitted Easterchicks, enough money was raised to fund a piece of equipment for Clatterbridge oncology. What a fantastic result. Well done to all concerned.

The party in the park was well attended though during my foray to Mayer Park I did not meet many St John’s parishioners! The weather was not very kind but my thanks go to Mike and his family who braved the elements and represented us there.

Please pray for the bereaved family and friends of Mary Larkey whose funeral took place on Friday last.

May she enjoy the sight of God in heaven.

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 are again collecting good quality clothes, shoes, bags, belts. This is well underway. Look out for the containers in the porch after mass on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our featured book this week.

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring,

Michael Davis

I hesitate to give five stars to any book, but in this case it’s warranted. I found this a wonderfully warm, humane, sane, witty and compassionate work, to be read and re-read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think.., 16 Jan 2010

By authentic (London, UK)

This is a fantastic book. So good that, I am writing a short review on our Church website. At times, though, the book can get very deep and sometimes I felt that I could not really grasp what the author is saying and had to read it twice. But that’s the essence of it: you read, stop, think and then read some more. Read it, it will make you think, it will open your eyes.

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

Trinity Sunday Yr. B 3rd June 2012

Understand this, therefore, and take it to heart: The Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. (Deuteronomy 4:39)

WORD FOR TODAY

God is not a subject in a book. God is a living being, Father, Son and Spirit, who works in and through the hearts of those who listen for his gentle voice. We may know about God, but do we actually know him?

TRINITY

How can plurality consist with unity or unity with plurality? To examine the fact closely is rashness, to believe it is piety, to know it is life, and life eternal. (St Bernard of Clairvaux)

To know someone truly and to love whom we know: this is the very essence of family life; it’s the essence of the Church’s life; and it’s the essence of God’s life.

Remember, the Hebrew word for “marriage”, kidushin, also means “holiness”.

Yet it seems that God built us all to live in a much larger love…a love that extends infinitely.(Scott Hahn)

Dear God, What is your money like? Has it got your head on it?

(Children’s Prayers and Letters to God)

Wirral’s Secondary Schools are hosting information and open events this term in response to the changed dates of admission tests to be implemented in Wirral from September 2012.

The open evening for St Anselm’s College for pupils currently in Year 5 will take place at the College on Thursday 28th from 5pm until 8pm.

We celebrate the feast of St Boniface on Tuesday next. As a monk and teacher, Boniface went from England to evangelise the Germanic peoples. Ordained Bishop, he was given wide ranging papal commissions throughout Germany and Gaul. He founded monasteries and established dioceses, presided at Synods and maintained close association with various emperors. He is remembered as a determined missionary and church organiser and reformer whose work shaped the future of Europe. He is honoured as an Apostle of Germany.

FAITH IN FOCUS: ETERNAL TRIANGLE

Theology students have nightmares about the Trinity. That’s because the books on theology try to explain the Trinity in complicated philosophical and theological terms that are based not so much on scripture as on the works of Greek philosophy and Latin scholars.

So we have to throw away the books and ask ourselves what our faith, based on God’s revelation and the constant teaching of the Church, tells us about the type of God we have. And our faith generally has nothing to do with concepts of person, nature, divine processions, economic or immanent relations etc. Thank God!

Scripture invites us to see God as Father (and if we look closely, even as Mother). This is because God is the parent principle of life, the author of creation. And society has attributed a protective and loving role to parents. Parents look after their children and want the best for them. So does God.

Jesus, the Son, was sent by the Father. He is the great communicator whose role is to tell us about the type of God we have and what God expects of us. He shows us a pattern, a way of living that will bring us happiness and let us live life to the full, while respecting everyone else’s right to live. And because we found it hard to respond to this way of life he showed us how to overcome sin, death, evil and all that would drag us down.

The Holy Spirit is the supreme enabler. It is he who animates us, who inspires us to go beyond our own limitations and who supports us constantly in all our endeavours. It is the Spirit who disposes our hearts to listen to the prompting of God’s grace and to bring hope, harmony, justice and reconciliation to all the areas of our lives.

Each one of the three is God. The fact that we attribute different aspects to each of them does not imply that one is greater than the other.

When we adopt a parental role or are seen as people who bring life and light to any situation, then we are living the life of the Father. When we follow the way that Jesus set out for us, then we are living the life of the Son. When we bring hope and encouragement, wisdom and support to those around us, we are living the life of the Spirit. When we do all three, we are living the life of the Trinity.

Trinity Sunday

Yr. B

3rd June 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Arthur Brockway

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 4th. 9.15 Nicola Smith
Tues 5th.. 9.15 Sean Kean
Wed 6th. 9.15. Tess Collins
Thurs. 7th. 8am. Helen Corrigan
Fri 8th. 9.15 Kath O’Brien
Corpus Christi

Yr. B

10th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Benefactors of SSCF

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 £776. 05p.

Boiler £35.

120 Club Winners No. 65 J. Corrigan £20

No. 47 F Archbold £10

Irish Night raised £248 90p- a great result but even more important than the money, was the companionship that people enjoyed. Thanks again!

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

Tickets from Bernard 645 7929 or Tony 645 9934

Please keep the silence for 5 minutes before Mass starts. We are getting better at this!

Altar Servers’ walk

The altar servers coped well with the extreme heat of last Sunday’s Wirral Coastal walk and deserve every penny for their efforts. Have you paid your sponsorship money yet? Blow the moths out of your wallet and pay up!

The next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will be on MONDAY, 11th JUNE, 10-11am in Parish Centre ALL WELCOME.

This week’s book

Freddie Freckles is a delightful character created by Fr. Buckley to help him explain Christian messages to children. Freddie has all sorts of experiences good and bad, and the black and white illustrations fill a whole page and are ideal for holding up to show a group of children to whom the story is being told.

Freddie and his friend Peter Pickles are perfectly normal young boys, doing everyday things and the stories could be read and enjoyed by children for themselves but also in a group.

Part of review from the GoodBookStall website

My two children (aged 3 and 5) enjoy this book so much. The stories are so easy for them to relate to, and are a wonderful way for them to see the connections between the gospel and their everyday lives.

This coming week is half term holidays. May the children and their teachers enjoy a much- needed rest from their efforts. It is exam time at the moment and we pray that students will acquit themselves as well as they deserve to.

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.

HEALING CIRCLE – Thursday 15th June Our ecumenical service of prayer and reflection for Healing will be at Holy Cross Church, in Woodchurch (behind the Arrowe Pub) an opportunity to share our thoughts with a blessing of hope and healing for ourselves and those we carry with us in our hearts. – Service starts at 7.00 pm.

You may be aware that the heart of St John Vianney, (the Cure of Ars) is to come to England on 5th July.

Its initial arrival will be to St Anthony’s Wythenshawe where, between 4pm and 6.30pm there will be veneration of the relic and confessions. This is open to all. On Friday 6th, the relic transfers to Liverpool for a national Day at the Cathedral from 10am until 4pm.Thence to St Wilfrid’s Northwich where from 9.15 until 11am there will again be Morning Prayer, veneration of the relic and confession. At 12.30pm there will be Mass followed again by veneration and confessions. In the evening the relic travels to Oscott and following its return to Northwich it returns to Ars on Monday 9th.

Liverpool on Friday 6th is probably the most accessible to people in this area.

St John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests- he became internationally notable for his parish and pastoral work.