WORD OF GOD

On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servant. (Daniel 7:14)

WORD FOR TODAY

As citizens of Christ the King we are called to collaborate with God’s Spirit in building up a different type of kingdom: one of truth and life, of holiness and grace, a kingdom where justice, love and peace reign. If we celebrate today’s feast we agree to sign up to this new form of citizenship.

CHRIST THE KING

When Christ appears in the clouds, he will simply be manifesting a metamorphosis that has been slowly accomplished under his influence in the heart of the mass of humanity. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

God’s word, by whom all things were made, was himself made flesh so that as a perfect man he might save all people and sum up all things in himself. The Lord is the goal of human history, the final point of the longings of history and of civilisation, the centre of the human race, the joy of every heart and the answer to all its yearnings. (Vatican II, The Church Today)

When you see the orb set under the cross, remember that the whole world is subject to the power and empire of Christ our Redeemer.

(From the Coronation Ceremony of the Monarch)

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

Christ the King November 25th 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: MAD, BAD OR SAD?

When people act in a manner that challenges us we normally react to them in one of three ways. We say that they are mad, that their claims or behaviour are ludicrous and not worth bothering about. So we can ignore them. Alternatively we say that they are bad, that they have some ulterior motive underpinning their actions. So we can ignore them. Or, in today’s parlance, we say that they are sad, that they are some sort of nerd or anorak. So we can ignore them.

The Romans thought Jesus was mad. Pilate questioned him about claiming to be a king when he knew the Romans were in control. As a joke he had the sign nailed to Jesus’s cross: ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’.

The Jewish leaders thought he was bad. They had reports which accused him of heresy, he had seemed to make light of the Law and he claimed a union with God which was blasphemous.

Most other people would have found him sad. He was something of a preacher with a fixation on religion who had preached one synagogue too far and got his comeuppance by being executed as a political and religious nuisance.

Christians do not believe Jesus to be mad, bad or sad. We take his words as genuine when he told Pilate, ‘Yes, I am a king.’ So we can’t ignore him.

Jesus is very clear that the kingdom over which he reigns as king is very different from any earthly kingdom. Those who wish to become citizens by baptism have to follow a charter. This charter is about creating a world in which truth holds sway and people are encouraged to have the deepest respect for life. Its citizens are encouraged to grow close to God that they may experience his holiness and respond to his grace. In this kingdom, work for justice is tireless. For only with justice will there be genuine care and concern which shows itself in love and true peace.

As the Church’s liturgical cycle closes another chapter today, we thank God for the glimpses of Christ’s kingdom during this past year. We praise God for raising Jesus as king of all creation. And as we do so we’re not mad. Nor are we bad. And we’re certainly not sad. Just very glad.

Christ the King 25th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

November List

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 26th. 9.15 Kelly & McCormick families
Tues 27th. 9.15. Sweeney & Hickman Families
Wed 28th. 9.15 November List

Philip’s talk on Vatican 11 documents

Thurs. 29th. 8am. November List
Fri 30th. 9.15am. November List
1st Sunday of Advent 2nd. 5.30pm

10am

3.30pm

8pm

November List

Parishioners

Repeat of Philip’s talk on Vatican 11 documents

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

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, SheilaStockley, 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 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: £840 88 p.

Boiler £14.50p

Book Sales £

120 Club Winners No 119 N McCormick £20

Wistaston Hall, Nr Crewe is the venue for an Advent reflection led by CAFOD’s Clare Dixon on Sunday 9th December at 4.30pm This has been organised by the Shrewsbury Diocese Commission for the Promotion of Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility. All are welcome – please bring some food to share (drinks will be provided)

LAST SUNDAY A BLUE NOVENA BOOK DISAPPEARED FROM THE BACK OF THE CHURCH. IT HAD BEEN LOANED TO ONE PARISHIONER TO HELP HIS BROTHER WHO IS SERIOUSLY ILL. IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THIS IN ERROR SO WE REQUEST THAT IF YOU ARE THAT PERSON COULD YOU PLEASE RETURN THE BOOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Next week we begin the beautiful season of Advent and we start year B, the year of Luke. This week we have given you an extra sheet of paper with a short introduction to the Gospel of St Luke. It was written by Fr. Denis McBride and the style may encourage you to investigate some of his writing. We have several of his books available for purchase on the bookstall.

28th November is the date for Philip’s next talk about the documents of 2nd Vatican Council. This will take place after the 9.15am Mass. The repeat will be on 2nd December at 3.30pm in the church. This was well attended last time and we will re configure the seating so that we can hear each other more easily. Please invite fellow Catholics or other interested folk to join us. Refreshments afterwards.

The parish Christmas Fair is just 2 weeks away and we are still welcoming items from you. Thanks for all you have donated so far. A bottle or a gift will be a very welcome addition to our growing collection and if you are baking a cake perhaps you could pop another one in the freezer to be defrosted for 8th December.

Date for your diary

Reconciliation Service 12th December- tell your friends!

Festive Lunch

We hope you are all looking forward to this event- it should be one to remember- for all the best reasons. There are a few people who haven’t yet paid their deposits of £10 per person. Please can you make sure you pay this weekend. The balance can be paid on the day but you are welcome to pay in full if you wish. You will be given a ticket when you come into the parish centre which will indicate to the Caterers the choices you have made. Glasses will be supplied for your drinks,and water will be available on the tables.

Fr. Dennis sends his greetings to the family of St John’s. He is in his homeland of S Africa for the next few months and seems to have developed delusions of grandeur as he takes to the speaker’s chair in SA parliament!

There will be a Day of Recollection and Reconciliation forming part of the Birkenhead LPA preparation for Advent and Christmas.
It will take place on Saturday 1st December from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Carmelite Monastery in Birkenhead. People are welcome to ‘drop in’ and bring packed lunch if staying for the day.

Scout stamps available after Masses this weekend at just 25p each. With the latest round of price rises from Royal mail this represents fantastic value for postage on your local cards. Get them while the going is good.