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

26th.Sunday of Year September 30th 2012

WORD OF GOD

If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all! (Numbers 11:29)

WORD FOR TODAY

The Spirit of God is not a tidy thing. It blows wherever it wills. We have to get used to seeing God speaking through the strangest of people and in the most unlikely of places. Only if we are open to God working through others will the Spirit be able to be active in us.

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

She believed in nothing; only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist.

(Jean-Paul Sartre)

Suspect a man and he will soon merit your suspicion.

(Tubby Clayton, founder of Toc-H)

St Francis de Sales said that the test of a prophet or good preacher is that people go away not saying “Oh, what a lovely sermon” but “I will do something”. Anyone who can get us to act upon our faith is a prophet of God.

(Philomena Danson)

Now that Philip and Dennis are graduates in Canon Law from the University of Leuven, they are entitled to wear a biretta with a green pompom. Here’s Dennis sporting the one lovingly crafted in newspaper by his fellow graduate Philip. Anyone need the services of a milliner? Commissions accepted!

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

26th.Sunday of Year September 30th 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: ONE OF US?

Martha Lewis was distressed when her house was burgled. It wasn’t so much that she had lost her pension money and some jewellery that her late husband had given her. It was more a sense of outrage that someone had invaded her privacy, gone through her things and interfered where they had no right to be. She was only grateful that she had been out at bingo at the time. It could have been worse.

So when the local police phoned to say that some of the items had been recovered, she walked to the police station with a spring in her step. She’d only been inside the place on a couple of occasions and laughed to herself what people would think if they saw her coming out!

It was a hive of activity inside. The desk sergeant was processing a group of people who had had too much to drink and started a fight. There was a woman sitting with car documents who had been called to produce them after some minor traffic infringement. And there was a shabbily dressed youth who was clearly on drugs.

As she looked at the young man Martha sniffed. Those dreadlocks couldn’t possibly be healthy and he probably hadn’t washed them in a month. Why he needed to have so many rings piercing every possible extremity was a mystery to her. She was annoyed by the swishing bass sound that came from the earphones of his personal stereo and wondered why he hadn’t even bothered to tie the laces of his trainers. Anyway, thank God her grandchildren had steered clear of drugs. She’d been very strict with Violet, her daughter, and it had paid dividends with the way she was now bringing up her own children.

The policewoman took her to a room where Martha confirmed that the recovered property was indeed hers. She thanked the officer but the officer told her not to thank her but Mr Williams who had found them. “There he is,” she said, “with the dreadlocks and the stereo.”

Jesus said, “Anyone who is not against us is for us.”

26th. Sun. B 30th 5.30pm

10am

8pm

John Rooney

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 1st. 9.15 Clare Owens
Tues 2nd. 9.15. McIver Int.
Wed 3rd. 9.15 Michael Hennessy
Thurs. 4th. 8am. Peter McTighe
Fri 5th. 9.15 Don McDermott
27th.Sunday

Yr. B

7th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Int. of Carmelites

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fiona & Family, Doreen Wrigg, 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, Genevieve Foster & John McManus. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

If this list needs updating through death or recovery or needs additions then please do inform one of our clergy.

Money- thank you

Offertory: £752 66p.

Boiler £10. 50p

Book/card sales £

120 Club Winner:No.16 M Callaghan £20

FYI I have just paid the insurance bill for all the church buildings. The amount was £3,628. 08p (the equivalent of about 5 Sunday collections.) I think it is important that you are aware of where your money is spent.

FAMILY FAST DAY- envelopes available to send to CAFOD what you have saved through fasting.

St John’s Hospice is to hold a Hobby & Craft Fair at Heswall Hall on Saturday October 6th from 9.30 until 12.30.

Annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund- this will take place on W/E 30thSeptember. Envelopes are now available. Please see posters for details of where your contributions help. You can donate on line by visiting the websitehttps://mydonate.bt.com/events/clergyeducationtrainingfund/89742

Dates for your diary

Have you been hitting the quiz books in anticipation of the Family Quiz Night on October 19th? Come on you eggheads, this is your chance to show off and have a bit of fun into the bargain! 7.30pm in parish centre.

December 8th is the date of the Christmas Fair.

In order to make this as successful as last year’s effort we need your help! Please bring any items which you think may be of interest. Clothes (to be collected in the boxes at the back of the church) quality toys, books, decent bric a brac, bottles but no CDs DVDs or videos. Later on of course, we will require cakes for the ever popular cake stall (you could get ahead of the game and bake one for the freezer.) We will be giving reminders at regular intervals but try to remember us when you are sorting things at home.

Diane Baylis is hosting ‘Mothers prayers’ at her home on Sunday evening this week at 7:15pm. All are welcome, contact Diane for details tel. –645 4620

Sr. Marie has been unable to continue living alone and is now a resident in Hoylake Cottage Hospital. I am sure she would appreciate any contact from parishioners.

Spread the word, the Mums and Tots Group has re-started on Monday mornings 9.30-11.45am, led by Lisa Clewlow.

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning on Monday 8th October 10-11am. in Parish Centre.

St John’s Junior school is to hold a race night in Plessington main hall on Friday 5thOctober.Doors open, 1800 hrs. The first race will be at 1830hrs. Bring your ownrefreshments. Please try to support this effort on behalf of the school. Ring Ian Campbell.0151 645 1770 for more information.

Monday is the feast of St Theresa of the Child Jesus popularly known as the Little Flower. On the Sunday nearest to her feast, the Carmelite monastery celebrates by holding a benediction with a guest preacher. This year’s preacher is Fr. Nick Kern and the celebration starts at 3pm. B ethere early if you want a seat as this is a very popular occasion.