*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

_30th.Sunday of Year October 28_^_th_ _. 2012_

_WORD OF GOD_

I will gather them from the far ends of the earth, all of them: the blind and the lame, women with child, women in labour, a great company returning here.

(Jeremiah 31:8)

_WORD FOR TODAY_

We do not require a physical or mental illness to need God’s healing power. What is it that God is trying to get us to look at in our own lives and in the needs of others? What words of warning or encouragement do we miss because we are hard of hearing? All of us are partially sighted and a little bit deaf.

_THIRTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR_

Though justice be thy plea, consider this, that in the course of justice none of us

should see salvation. (Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice)

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

(Martin Luther King)

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or more correctly, of being loved of yourself. (Victor Hugo)

*Way of the Spirit Meeting on Saturday 3*^*rd* *November at 10am. See notice board for details. All are welcome*

_FAITH IN FOCUS: DOOM AND GLOOM?_

Jeremiah is often dubbed the prophet of doom. This is because he saw the faithlessness of Jerusalem and warned people that God would get fed up with them before long. When the Jews were deported to present-day Iraq his words were proved right in many people’s minds.

Yet Jeremiah was not just an old misery. He was a prophet who spoke God’s words to the people. And today we hear him speaking to those people in exile in Iraq. But he doesn’t gloat. He offers them consolation, hope and support. He tells them that God will never abandon them completely but will gather them together and lead them home once more.

People who like things to be neat and tidy have problems with this side to God. They can accept that God has laws and is just. They are comfortable with people being punished who fall foul of the law. But they find it hard to cope with God relenting and letting people off. It clashes with their sense of justice.

God, however, always seems to relent when people sincerely approach him. And it seems that it’s never too late to turn to God and to be led back into the fold once more. Maybe it’s because God considers it more important for people to be repentant than to be punished. The returning exiles knew this only too well.

Whether it’s the blind man Bartimaeus who wants his sight restoring, or the helpless, the lame and the oppressed, it’s in God’s nature to want to heal and restore. Destroying people, even sinners, is not part of God’s scheme.

Jeremiah promises that all who turn to God in faith will share in this joyful event of salvation and restoration. Doom and gloom, or something worth shouting about for the world today?

30th. Sun. B

28^th .

5.30pm

10am

8pm

Private Intention.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon

29^th .

9.15

Bill Ebbrell

Tues

30^th .

9.15.

Jim Griffiths

Wed

31^st .

9.15

Vic Gemmell

Thurs.

All Saints

1^st .

10am.

Wilfrid & Mary Humphrey

Fri

All Souls

2^nd .

7pm

Mass for those who have been bereaved in past year.

30^th .Sunday

Yr. B

4^th .

5.30pm

10am

5pm.

8pm

Nov. List

Parishioners

Joseph@ Floral

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 theparish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

If this list needs updating then please do inform one of our clergy.

*Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass*

_*Money- thank you*_

*Offertory:*£717 22p.

Boiler £15.20p

Book Sales £15.00p

120 Club Winner No 84 P Mullen £20

*If you are reading this on Saturday, this is *_*another*_*reminder that the clocks go back tonight and if you are reading this on Sunday you must have remembered anyway!*

*There is to be a novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour starting on Monday 5th November, after morning Mass*

This Sunday Michelle Newton and Craig Latham are to be married in our church. We wish them both many years of happiness as they start their new lives together.

Traidcraft Christmas card Eileen asks that you make an order of the cards you want from the catalogue. There are plenty of order forms. The cards are unbeatable in my opinion and they also help the poor- so try to choose yours as soon as possible.

Rosemary Larkin ordered 2 tickets for Joseph in error. Is there anyone who would like to buy her tickets at the rock bottom price of £40 for the pair! As you were informed last week, this represents an excellent saving –even on the prices for a concession.

*Next Saturday 3 November 2012 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of the present school community. Two members of staff who have died during the last year will also have a special place in our remembrance.
Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.*

*The date of Christmas Fair approaches and we have started to gather items which we need to make it a success. Could you add anything? A bottle perhaps? A present you don’t have use for? Some clothes you no longer wear because you have lost so much weight…. or put it on. Try to think of what you have which you no longer need and which might help make the fair a success.*

*As you will know Julie Farrelly took up the post of Head teacher at St Peter’s at the beginning of this term and she has already got her name in the local rag! It is for a great reason though, in that she was making a comment on the fact that the school has received a prestigious award known as the Inclusion Quality Mark. Congratulations to St Peter’s and we are confident that the school will go from strength to strength under her great leadership.*

*Next Year during autumn half term there will be a Shrewsbury Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land for 8 days under the leadership of the Bishop. The cost is £1295 half board. This includes most things. Please take one of the leaflets at the back of the church. If you are interested -you may have time to save up!*

The Quiz last Friday was a great occasion and all who attended thoroughly enjoyed it. Let’s hope we can have more of such community building occasions.

*Pauline & Tony Pearson now have their own catering business and they have agreed to cater for a seasonal lunch on Sunday 9*^*th* *December. The numbers will have to be limited to 60 and if you have ever had the pleasure of a meal they have cooked you will be racing to put your name down. First come first served. There will be more details available soon when we have finalised cost and menus and then the list will go out. Fr. Frank will have achieved 58 years of priesthood on the previous day so it will give us an opportunity to celebrate with him as well.*