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