*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.*

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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
29th.Sunday of Year October 21st. 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: BEING USED
We employ a strange phrase in English when we talk about “being used”. It implies that one person takes advantage of another without the second person really being aware that it is happening.
Sometimes being used is a straightforward process. The boss knows that an employee needs to keep their job and so piles up all sorts of extra work without offering a salary increase. A girl knows a boy has a crush on her so she gets what she can out of it even though she has no intention of ever becoming serious about the relationship.
But at other times people know that they are being used and they allow the situation to continue. A mother keeps accepting her drug-dependent son back home even though she knows he’ll soon disappear, having robbed her to feed his habit. The volunteers at the local refuge keep turning up even though they know that some of the clients are only there to try and con them. Both the mother and the volunteers care enough about their son and clients that they are prepared for this to happen so that they can maintain that vital link that one day might bear fruit. They live in the hope that their unconditional care will rub off on people, that people will come to appreciate what they are really doing for them.
This is precisely what God has always done in history. Today’s scripture readings point to the “suffering servant” of God who receives all kinds of abuse at the hands of others. This suffering servant comes to fulfilment Jesus Christ who is innocently put to death. Yet it is through Jesus being used like this that the world is offered its greatest chance. He allows himself to be used in order to take the sins and selfishness of the world on his shoulders. He atones for us in the very act of being used.
No one is suggesting that you should let yourself constantly be taken for a ride or put upon. But sometimes acts of kindness, to someone whom you know does not deserve it, may reap great rewards.

WORD OF GOD
The Lord has been pleased to crush his servant with suffering… By his sufferings shall my servant justify many, taking their faults on himself. (Isaiah 53:10-11)

WORD FOR TODAY
Nobody wants setbacks in life. But when they do happen to us, how do we view them? Can we see beyond the nuisance value of them? What can we learn from suffering and seeming defeat?

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Take the cross he sends, as it is, and not as you imagine it to be. (Cornelia Connelly)

God calls you to suffer for the gospel; he does not call you to sickness. (Colin Urquhart)

Nobody can love suffering, but we can love to suffer. Instinctively we recoil from suffering but we can learn to suffer for a positive dynamic reason. (Basil Hume)

29th. Sun. B
21st.
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Private Intention.
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon
22nd.
9.15
Clare Owens
Tues
23rd.
9.15.
Mary Burrows
Wed
24th.
9.15

12.30pm
Benefactors of SSCF
Funeral Service
Teresa Dooley
Thurs.
25th.
8am.
Deceased parishioners
Fri
26th.
9.15
John Rooney
30th.Sunday
Yr. B
28th.
5.30pm
10am
8pm
Private Intention
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.
Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass Money- thank you
Offertory: £649p.
Boiler £6.50p
120 Club Winner No 37 T McLean £20

There is a display of this year’s Traidcraft Christmas card selection at the back of the church. Eileen asks that you make an order of the cards you want. There is also a catalogue for perusal and order forms. The cards are unbeatable in my opinion and they also help the poor- so try to choose yours as soon as possible.

28 tickets have been booked for the 5pm performance of Joseph at the Floral Pavilion on 4th November. The tickets are £20 each which represents an excellent saving of £8 on an adult ticket and £6 on a child’s ticket. Fr. Frank has paid the sum of £560 from his own pocket so please note that those who asked for tickets owe the cost of the tickets to him.
There is a list at the back of church with details of those who ordered tickets so when you have paid please ensure that the payment column is ticked and add your phone numbers if you haven’t already done so. I am sure transport can be managed between us if there are people who don’t have cars.

On 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 our present school community. We will also be remembering two members of staff who we lost through illness last year.
Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

Please ensure that you submit names TODAY for the November list to be displayed on the walls of the church during the month of the Holy Souls. Please don’t put this off- it is a painstaking job compiling these lists. Ann Murray is working hard, try to make her life easier!

British summer time ends next weekend and clocks go back one hour.

Children’s Liturgy takes a holiday during half term so we will not have sessions either this Sunday or next Sunday but but we will return at 10am Mass on 4th November.
There will be a meeting for leaders after 10am Mass on 28th. As usual there is always room for more help. If you think you can help in any way please make yourselves known to Liz or Jackie.

Next Year during 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!

Could all parishioners with red mission boxes (A.P.F) please hand them in for emptying during the month of October? Thank you. Perhaps you might like to count your own box and Kate Markey has rather cheekily suggested that you might want to round it up to the nearest pound…..

The Christmas Fair is just 6 weeks away! Are you having a sort out of clothes, bric a brac. books etc? Have you given up alcohol and no longer want those bottles of wine? are you having a baking day?
Think Christmas fair! The boxes are there for you to pile groceries, clothes etc. Keep the cakes in the freezer until the date arrives. Your help is needed to make this a success!

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
28th.Sunday of Year October 14th 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: WHERE THE HEART IS
Would you consider buying a cream that can instantly make you look 20 years younger? A bottle of pills that guarantees to reduce your weight by 10 pounds per week? Or a tape that promises to have you fluent in Spanish within a month?
We all know in our heart of hearts that this is all rub¬bish. It couldn’t be true and these types of claims never materialise. But we still get hooked on them any¬way, just on the off chance that we might strike lucky.
Our attraction to adverts like this says a lot about us. It shows where our values really lie, what we really want out of life, what we expect for ourselves in an ideal world.
Today’s scripture readings challenge us on our priorities. What is it that occupies most of our wak¬ing hours? Is it dreaming of wealth and riches, of a bigger house, a faster car, a purple dishwasher and an avocado fridge? Or have we cottoned onto the fact that all of these material possessions may lighten our load a bit, but can never bring us happiness.
True happiness, or wisdom of heart as the bible calls it, consists in knowing what is important in life and what is mere padding. The Book of Wisdom says that knowledge and love of God is better even than health or beauty, that pure silver is as mud, and riches pale into insignificance.
It’s easy to get caught up in the thought patterns of a world that does not believe in a life after death. If there were no afterlife then it would be quite under¬standable to go for bust in this life. But what Jesus promises his followers is an eternal life, a quality of existence that will never cease. That’s why our idea of what is important does not always square with what is presented to us via TV and radio commercials and in the newspapers and magazines.
Those who seek this wisdom of God are happy to live by the commandments of God, to weigh carefully the pros and cons of what passes for sophistication, and to place their hope in God’s promise of eternal happiness. That’s why the psalmist urgently sings his prayer: Lord, make us know the shortness of our life, that we may gain wisdom of heart!

28th. Sun. B 14th 5.30pm
10am
8pm Paul Robinson
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon 15th. 9.15 Fr Albert Knight RIP
Tues 16th. 9.15. John Williams
Wed 17th. 9.15 Rob McDermott
Thurs. 18th. 8am. Private Intention.
Fri 19th. 9.15 Mike McKeigue RIP
29th.Sunday
Yr. B 21st. 5.30pm
10am
8pm Private Intention.
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
If you haven’t been to daily Mass for a while then please be aware that Morning Prayer precedes Mass by 15 minutes. 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: £734 95p.
CAFOD (Family Fast) £643 50 which will amount to £713 75 when £70 25 Gift Aid is applied. Thanks for your generosity. Dance Club £100
Boiler £9.50p
120 Club Winner No 34 A Murray £20
There has been another injection of books and cards into the bookstall at the back of church. Have a look at what is on offer there. Lots of possible items for children for the forthcoming season. We can order more if we run out.

Could all parishioners with red mission boxes (A.P.F) please hand them in for emptying during the month of October? Thank you. Perhaps you might like to count your own box and Kate Markey has rather cheekily suggested that you might want to round it up to the nearest pound. God loves a trier!

WORD OF GOD
I prayed and understanding was given me; I entreated and the spirit of Wisdom came to me. I esteemed her more than sceptres and thrones; compared with her, I held riches as nothing. (Wisdom 7:7-8)

WORD FOR TODAY
They say home is where the heart is. Similarly, if you want to know where your real values lie then ask yourself what it is that takes up most of your thoughts and energy. Is it getting and having things? Or is it about the quality of your life before God? If it’s the latter, then you’ve acquired true wisdom.

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge so as to meet successfully the emergencies of life. Men may acquire knowledge, but wisdom is a gift direct from God. (Bob Jones)
Wisdom is fruitless when it comes from people who have no knowledge of themselves. (Erasmus) The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. (William James)

On Monday 15th we celebrate the feast of one of the doctors of the Church, St Teresa of Jesus- perhaps better known as St Teresa of Avila. At the age of 20, she left her aristocratic family home for the Carmelite monastery in Avila but it was only after 20 years of dryness in prayer that she found an inner conversion to Christ. She is honoured as a spiritual writer and mystic who bexperienced and comprehensively described the life of prayer. Teresa is remembered as a stron, practical reformer who restored the strict Carmelite observance of poverty, solitude and austerity

Dates for your diary
The Family Quiz Night is almost upon us! 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. £5 per table. Maximum of 4 adults per table-extra children included in price. Let’s fill the hall and have some fun. Bring own drink if you wish. Tea and coffee will be available.

Spread the word, the Mums and Tots Group has re-started on Monday mornings 9.30-11.45am, led by Lisa Clewlow. These groups play an important part in helping children to socialise and also young mums to meet and have a chat. The facilities are good and there is plenty of equipment.

You may have been wondering about the whereabouts of our chief guitarist over the last year or so…. Well, we’re delighted to be able to tell you that Julie Kenny has spent her time getting to know the man who is to be her husband! We send her our best wishes for a long, happy future with David her new fiancé. We look forward to seeing her here a bit more frequently when they tie the knot as they intend to start their married life on the Wirral.
There are just 2 names down for Joseph at the Floral Pavilion. I think we need about a dozen people to get a reduced rate so we may have to scrap the idea unless we get a sudden rush of names this weekend.

On 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 our present school community. We will also be remembering two members of staff who we lost through illness last year.
Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

This week you will each have a flier with your newsletter informing you about our plans for the Year of Faith. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council we will take a second look at the most important documents which sprang from the Council’s deliberations. We hope you will take this opportunity to deepen your knowledge and thereby deepen your personal faith.

You have about another 10 days or so to submit names for the November list to be displayed on the walls of the church during the month of the Holy Souls. Please do your best to be prompt with yours. Ann Murray is working hard, try to make her life easier!