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

16th Sunday of Year July 22nd. 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: SHEPHERDS AND SHEEP
Jeremiah usually gets called the “Prophet of Doom”. It’s rather an unfair title since all he was doing was pointing out that if people continued to ignore what God expected of them then they would suffer dire consequences. And suffer they did; they were exiled to Iraq and lived for years in misery not far from Baghdad.
It would be easy to read what Jeremiah has to say about negligent shepherds and simply apply it today to those in positions of leadership. The political leaders were involved in shady deals and the religious leaders gave the people a religion that they wanted to hear. Maybe we can make a stick out of this to beat modern-day politicians and clergy. But that would be to miss the point.
What Jeremiah actually prophesises is hope not doom. For he tells the people that although they may suffer bad leadership, although they are heading for a fall, they are still God’s people and they will never be abandoned. God will raise up a shepherd who will be called “The Lord-our-Integrity” or “The Justice of Yahweh”. And this shepherd will gather those who have remained faithful to the Lord and lead them back to where the pasture is good. It’s a promise not a threat.
In today’s society someone’s always got to take the blame. We blame politicians for the state of our living conditions and we blame clergy when things in the Church don’t go as we think they should. Maybe we ought sometimes to acknowledge our own part in the mess that we are quick to criticise. How active are we in local politics, or do we simply enjoy moaning about what others are trying to do? How involved are we in the Monday to Saturday concerns of our parish, or do we simply turn up on Sundays and expect everything to be fine? Are we using our “shepherds” as “scapegoats”, and then complaining that we’re being fleeced?
Jeremiah’s message was one of hope. God is greater than any failure we can concoct. God will never abandon us completely. But the fact that we have shepherds does not mean that we should behave like sheep.

WORD OF GOD
Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered. (Jeremiah 23:1)

WORD FOR TODAY
None of us is here simply to look after our own skins. Each of us is intended to be a shepherd for others. Whom are we called to guide? Whom do we feel responsible for? How do we live out our role as shepherds and who guides us?

Pessimism in our time is infinitely more respectable than optimism. The man who foresees peace, prosperity and decline in juvenile delinquency is a negligent and vacuous fellow. The man who foresees catastrophe has a gift of insight which ensures that he will become a radio commentator, an editor of Time, or go to Congress. (J K Galbraith)

If we are not full grown men and Christians, the fault is not in Quakerism, but in ourselves. (John Greenleaf Whittier)

CAN YOU TELL WHO IT IS YET?
*His mother’s name was Salome and his father’s Zebedee.
*He was a fisherman.
*He is called the “Greater” to distinguish him from a smaller man called the “Less”.
*He and his brother were known as the “sons of thunder”.*He is venerated at a shrine in Compostela, in Spain. *His feast day is July 25th.*His name is…James.

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this week with over 900 pilgrims making their way to the famous shrine by air and overland under the leadership of Bishop Mark. For those of you with access to the internet you may wish to share in some of the ceremonies shown on Lourdes TV and in which the diocese will be taking part. On Friday morning (27th) from 08 45 (English time) the diocese will be celebrating Mass at the Grotto and then taking some of our sick pilgrims to venerate the rock of the Grotto. On Sunday (29th) from 8 30 the International Mass will be shown, as well as the Eucharistic Procession from 16 00. These events will be on Lourdes TV. Go to http://fr.lourdes-france.org and then click on Lourdes TV. During this week you can join in praying for the pilgrimage prayer intentions

16th Sun. B
22nd.
5.30pm
10am
1pm

8pm
Hannah O’Neill
Parishioners
Wedding Michael Farrelly & Lindsey Critchley
Prayer Meeting
Mon
23rd.
9.15
Fr. Albert Knight RIP
Tues
24th.
9.15
Joe & Mgt. Carr
Wed
25th.
9.15.
John McLean
Thurs.
26th.
8am.
John J Kelly (B,day)
Fri
27th.
9.15
Private Int.
17th.Sunday
Yr. B
29th.
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Jim Sweatman Snr. RIP
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Fiona & Family, Max Kenney, Doreen Wrigg, Fred Archbold, John Rooney, John Price, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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: £684 53 p.
Sea Sunday (A of S) £218 34p
120 Club Winner: No.50 C. Harrison £20
Book sales: £18
(We will soon be stocking up again ready for your summer reading.)
Speaking of reading, there are just 3 names on the list for the Book reading club. We probably need a few more to make this a viable proposition so why not have a think about it? There would be an explanatory meeting to initiate the project before a commitment is made. If you are interested in simply finding out more then please add your names to the list,

Congratulations to Siobhan Sabino & Michael Fee who were married in our church last weekend. This weekend, sees the wedding of Michael Farrelly and Lindsey Critchley. We wish them all great happiness for their futures together.
Both the Sabino and Farrelly families have given great service to St John’s over many years.

Thanks to everyone who answered the call to help clean up the centre grounds last Saturday in preparation for the summer fair. It looks GREAT! As we go to print, the Fair has not taken place but I am confident that the weather is going to be fine and that we will have had a great response from everyone. Many thanks to all who have worked so hard over the past few months to make the event a success

Thursday 26th is the feast of Ss. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Our Lady. The feast honours both the parents of the Blessed Virgin and the grandparents of the Lord. At the request of Bishop Mark, as announced at St Wilfrid’s Church in Northwich in February, there will be a diocesan Mass for Grandparents on 6th October to be held in Our lady and The Apostles Church, Stockport at 2.00 pm. If you would like to know more about the Catholic Grandparents Association their website address is http://www.CatholicGrandparentsAssociation.com

This weekend there is a further chance to view some of the work the children have done during their attendance at children’s liturgy during the year. As we have said some of our personnel have to leave because of other commitments. Last week we had a good response to our appeal for help but there is always space for more people to join the team. Many hands mean a more flexible rota. It is most important that this service continues for the sake of the children’s spiritual development and also for their socialisation with other junior parish members. As we said last week, you can easily learn the ropes from Liz or Jackie. It is not a difficult task but it is a key one.

We are also looking for a gardening enthusiast/s who might be willing to look after the garden area at the side of the Centre and, if possible, trim the hedges surrounding the side of the church and keep the weeds at bay. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Ann Murray 645 5514.

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website http://www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

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WORD OF GOD

I was a shepherd and looked after the sycamores; it was the Lord who said, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

WORD FOR TODAY

Do we relish the prospect of witnessing to our faith or do we look for excuses to keep quiet about our Christianity. Are we willing prophets or last-resort Christians? Would our neighbours and colleagues suspect that we believe in Jesus, the Son of God and Saviour? (Amos 12: 14-15)

I don’t know whether we have really spotted the true face of God, such as the traits we can discover in Jesus? It’s true that people can get on with their lives and succeed in what they do without worrying at all about what God is saying in Jesus Christ. They can continue with their own ways of viewing things, ways that differ from the gospel, and God does not come to dissuade them or give them a rough ride. They can imagine that they have triumphed over God when God does not intervene to impose on them, but in this humble and discreet way of going about things God nonetheless carries on making the offer. (Christian Blanc)

A prophet is not a man or woman to whom God has communicated certain divine thoughts and truths. A prophet is a person whose mind is illuminated by the divine spirit. Such a person lives their life so much hand in hand with God that they learn to intercept what God is doing in our world and what God asks of us in response. Anyone who agrees to be baptised, or who in later life accepts their infant baptism, has been earmarked as a prophet. (Fausto Diaz)

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God, as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge. (Master Eckhart)

The feast of St John Plessington is on Thursday of next week. He was born near Blackburn in 1637 and trained for the priesthood at St Omer and Vallidolid. He ministered for 15 years in Holywell and Wirral before being arrested in the ‘Popish plot’ scare and was hanged drawn and quartered at Chester on this day in 1679. He was buried in Burton churchyard in the parish of Neston where his vestments are preserved. St. John Plessington pray for us.

St John the Evangelist

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

Fr. Frank Rice;

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

15th Sunday of Year July 15th. 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: SOMETHING MISSING?

Holy Trinity Church and St Mark’s were the two oldest parishes in the town. They dated back to early Victorian times and had seen some changes over the years. Trinity became the established centre-of-town parish while St Mark’s had seen its population dwindle as houses were knocked down to make way for new developments.

Trinity prided itself on its worship. It was a beautiful piece of architecture and it lent itself well to the 32 voice mixed choir that provided both inspiration and entertainment at the Sunday liturgy attended loyally by many of the older families of the town. The parish had been blessed over the years with zealous clergy who were meticulous in their presentation of worship and in their high standards of preaching. When the bell started to toll at 10.50 every Sunday morning you could feel a sense of expectation until the moment when at 11 o’clock a parade of colour, candles, incense and servers was greeted by the opening hymn. During the week there were faith-sharing meetings, as well as an active youth group, a choir practice and a bell ringers’ club.

St Mark’s had no bell but oddly enough provided an 11 o’clock service too. Liturgy was not its strongpoint and it was a more straightforward affair, a priest with no servers, a guitar group to accompany the music and a well-crafted sermon. It too had its share of loyal supporters many of whom were involved in the parish outreach to asylum seekers. The St Mark’s drop-in centre had its critics but managed to feed about 20 people every lunchtime and to offer a bed to a dozen or so each night in the parish hall. Like Trinity Church it too was active in local ecumenical schemes and enjoyed good relations with other Christian Churches. In addition it was in the early stages of training parishioners to form teams for a “Faith on the Streets” programme that the parish deacon was leading.

The last sentence of the first reading had just been read in both churches: “Go, prophesy to my people Israel”. The priest and people in both parishes felt somewhat uneasy when they heard it. Something was missing.

15th Sun.Yr.B 15th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Eileen Myler RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 16th. 9.15 Sr. Carmel RIP
Tues 17th. 9.15 Arthur Namack
Wed 18th. 9.15. Oliver Wessen (sick)
Thurs. 19th. 8am. Our schoolchildren

(Feast of SJP)

Fri 20th. 9.15 Private Int.
Sat 21st 11.45 Carmel Mass
16th.Sunday

Yr. B

22nd. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Hannah O’Neill

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fiona & Family, Max Kenney, Doreen Wrigg, Fred Archbold, John Rooney, John Price, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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: £807 37 p.

Books: £60.

Boiler £10

120 Club Winner: No. 98 Mike Daly. £20

This week there will be a retiring collection for Sea Sunday (it was overlooked last week).

This weekend we welcome Fr. Dennis back into our midst. That sun may be missing from the sky but Dennis brings the sunshine back into our lives by his presence. We hope he will be with us for many weeks. It is divine providence that he should arrive when Fr. Frank has once again succumbed to a kidney infection. He is on the road to recovery now- but it is great that Dennis is here to fulfil Fr. Frank’s duties.

The CCRS course is designed for people who are engaged in the communication of their Catholic faith whether on a formal or informal basis. If you are interested in knowing more about this course which is open to all please visit Rowena.neild to find out more.

Message from Liz McIntosh
Today and next Sunday, 15th and 22nd July, there will be a display of the Group’s work at the back of the Church. This will enable the children to show you all what we have been doing.
This year, due to their work commitments, we sadly say goodbye to Julie and Diane. They have been loyal and enthusiastic leaders for many years and will be greatly missed.
As always, we thank you all for your support.
This year particularly, we ask all of you to consider whether you could help the group in some capacity. IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE IN OUR PRESENT FORMAT, THEN WE ARE GOING TO NEED MORE PERSONNEL. This might be the perfect opportunity for anyone considering work with children to get some experience.
Could you take the opportunity to look at the display and chat to the children and leaders about the group and the different ways in which you could help? There is some way in which almost everyone could have some input.

Many congratulations to Philip White who reached the end of his degree course this year and passed it magna cum laude (which for the uninitiated means tops!). He is now a fully-fledged canon lawyer.

Knowing Philip, he won’t stop there….

Please see the posters for details of an orchestral concert on Saturday 21st July at St Hildeburgh’s Church Hoylake, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The programme looks excellent and the setting is beautiful.

The event of the summer will arrive next Saturday and I hope the summer fair will be enthusiastically supported by you all. Our recent events have been very well supported and it would be a shame if this didn’t follow suit. Pray that the sun shows its face on 21stand that everyone enjoys the day. Many people have worked so hard to make this a success and all the rest of us have to do is to be there!

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (16th)

The cult of Mary under this title originated in the 14th century and came to be observed throughout the West during the 18th century. It commemorates the Virgin Mary as associated with Mount Carmel (Israel), site of the Prophet Elijah’s altar to the one true God and of the 12th century eremitical forerunners of the Carmelites. Mary is celebrated on this day as a model of reflection, solitude and prayer.

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
14th Sunday of Year July 8th. 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: HOW MUCH DID JESUS KNOW?
When Jesus preached in his home synagogue of Nazareth people were amazed. Where did he get this wisdom from? Wasn’t he the just the carpenter’s son?
Now when Jesus lay in the manger at Bethlehem did he know he was the Son of God? When he began his ministry in Galilee did he know he was the Messiah? When he went through his Passion did he know he was God? The answer has to be “no” in all these cases, otherwise the life and death of Jesus is worth nothing more than a fairy tale. For if he knew that he was God then his humanity was never fully tested.
It’s easy to presume that because Christ was God then he knew all things. But God knows all things at once in an instant that never ends: eternity. However, we human beings think in ideas and concepts, and our human thought unravels in time; it takes us a while to grasp and formulate things. That’s why from birth Jesus had to learn from experience and discover the truth of things for himself. He had a clear awareness of his sonship, although he did not have the words to think or express this. This was a consequence of God humbling himself to take on our human nature. Jesus’s own consciousness was wrapped in human limitation.
It can shock people to realise the human limitations of Jesus, for many of us were brought up to think of him as an extension of God’s almighty power. Indeed, his miracles seem to support this way of thinking. Yet the more we look at Jesus the more we realise that, in the person of Christ, God decided to become vulnerable rather than almighty, gentle instead of imperious, tolerant not merciless.
This leaves us with a very different God from the one that’s popularly portrayed. In Jesus we find a God much closer to our way of being than we could ever imagine. We come face to face with God’s own lifestyle, God’s way to be human.
Most who heard his Sabbath sermon couldn’t cope with him and took offence – a prophet despised in his own land who could work no miracles. And what about us? Can we cope with the real Jesus or are will still hankering after a magical God for whom human life presents no problems? Because if we are, then we’re asking for a God who’s not one of us and who can work no miracles either.

WORD OF GOD
Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them. (Ezekiel 2:5)

WORD FOR TODAY
Why do we always seem to miss the good that is in our own back yard and go seeking elsewhere for wonderful things? How do we recognise the prophet in our midst? Or are we closed to certain possibilities through our prejudices?

BENEDICT (July 11th)
St Benedict lived between 480 and 547. He was born in Nursia, Italy, and as a young man he became interested in the monastic tradition that had been going for several centuries, started by monks who went out to live in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine and Asia Minor, usually alone but sometimes in common. He associated with other monks and learned the life from them and from reading the monastic literature. Eventually he founded a monastery himself, thus earning the title “Founder of Western Monasticism”, and he wrote his own Rule, a series of regulations that governed all aspects of life for his fellow monks, the Benedictines. This Rule has become the basis of many communities of monks and nuns that grew up over later centuries and is still used today in convents and monasteries around the world.
These days we are blessed with lots of role models in Europe. But when the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino was being rededicated in 1964 (after being bombed during World War II), Pope Paul VI designated St Benedict as the “principal, heavenly patron of the whole of Europe”.

A prophet is not a man or woman to whom God has communicated certain divine thoughts and truths. A prophet is a person whose mind is illuminated by the divine spirit. Such a person lives their life so much hand in hand with God that they learn to intercept what God is doing in our world and what God asks of us in response. Anyone who agrees to be baptised, or who in later life accepts their infant baptism, has been earmarked as a prophet. (Fausto Diaz)

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God, as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge. (Master Eckhart)

On Friday 13th at 12md there will be a funeral service for the late Agnes Jones RIP

Fourteenth
Sun
Yr B
8th.
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Sheila Hunt
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon
9th.
9.15
Kaye McLeod
Tues
10th.
9.15
Benefactors SSCF
Wed
11th.
9.15.
Sick parishioners
Thurs.
12th.
8am.
Jim Sweatman Snr.
Fri
13th.
9.15
Peace among nations
15th.Sunday
Yr. B
16th.
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Eileen Myler RIP
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Fiona, 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: £664 71 p.
Peter’s dance money: £128
Books: £20.
120 Club Winner: No 20. V Brockway. £20

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
Message from Kath Markey (new APF local secretary) Mission boxes will be collected twice yearly as before (September and March0 If anyone would like a red box, please call Kath on 538 8429
All supporters and friends that they all are welcome to the annual Mass at St Michael’s and All Angels, Woodchurch at 3pm on Sunday
8th July followed by refreshments. Please support the missionary work of the church.

Prayer for seafarers on Sea Sunday
Lord God, creator of land and sea, bless those who work at sea. Be with them in fair weather and foul, in danger or distress. Strengthen them when weary, lift them up when down and comfort them when far from their loved ones. In this life, bring them safely to shore and, in the life to come, welcome them to your kingdom. For Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen. For each other
God, you give us so much. Give us one thing more, a heart filled with love for you and for those we meet today from whatever shores. May we be as ready to listen to others as you are to listen to us. May we be happy to laugh with those who laugh, and weep with those who are tossed by the storms. May we share what we have with those who have less. For Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.
God, grant us the strength to voyage on in all weather. Give us the courage to believe in your kingdom, in your light in our darkness, and your love in our lives. For Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

I don’t know whether we have really spotted the true face of God, such as the traits we can discover in Jesus? It’s true that people can get on with their lives and succeed in what they do without worrying at all about what God is saying in Jesus Christ. They can continue with their own ways of viewing things, ways that differ from the gospel, and God does not come to dissuade them or give them a rough ride. They can imagine that they have triumphed over God when God does not intervene to impose on them, but in this humble and discreet way of going about things God nonetheless carries on making the offer. (Christian Blanc)
Please see the posters for details of an orchestral concert on Saturday 21st July at St Hildeburgh’s Church Hoylake, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The programme looks excellent and the setting is beautiful.
One week to get your gear organised to join the troops for the big clean up. Come on guys, almost everyone is capable of picking up some rubbish. If not then perhaps you could make tea for the workers?

The event of the summer will soon be here and I hope the summer fair will be enthusiastically supported by you all. Our recent events have been very well supported and it would be a shame if this didn’t follow suit. Pray that the sun shows its face on 21st and that everyone enjoys the day.

Message from Diocesan Director CAFOD
Given the exceptionally generous response of the Catholic community to CAFOD’s Lent appeal I thought you and your parish would be interested in an initial update on how we are using the resources entrusted to us. The total for the Lent appeal is now in excess of £9m (before we receive UK Aid Match Funding from the Government). We had been planning a £2m programme to ensure the provision of safe water for thousands of people. We are now significantly scaling up that programme which means that many thousands more people currently in dire need will be provided with sustainable water resources for the long term. This will have a huge and transforming impact on their lives. We will provide updates on progress in future issues of the CAFOD magazine (‘Side by Side’) and on our website. Once again thank you so much for the generosity of you and your community.

Are you suffering bereavement?
The bereavement group have regular coffee mornings and members will be there to keep you company and to listen if you wish to chat. The next one is Monday 9th July from 10am until 11am.