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

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

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.

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.

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
Jim Sweatman Snr.
Prayer Meeting
In honour of St Rita
Sean Barrett RIP
Rev Michael Donellan RIP
Eleanor McGuigan
Rev. Gerry Courell
Yr. B
Sheila Hunt

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.