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.

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WORD OF GOD

Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace.(Daniel 12:2)

WORD FOR TODAY

Eventually, no one knows when, time will come to an end. If our existence has any sense or meaning then our actions here and now will have consequences. God will weigh our lives and judge our worth. We can prepare for this only by days of fruitful service of God and others.

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

I consider the greatest dangers of the 20th century to be:

1. Religion without the Holy Ghost

2. Christianity without Christ

3. Forgiveness without regeneration

4. Morality without God

5. Heaven without hell

(General William Booth)

In this year of Faith, when we hope to reignite some fervour, perhaps one of the questions to ask ourselves is whether we could attend Mass more than once each week? The daily Mass numbers have dropped and I wonder why this should be. Should we alter the times or provide evening Mass- any answers?

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

33rd. Sunday of Year November 18th 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE BOOK OF LIFE

The idea of a book with the names of those to be admitted to heaven rings strangely in our modern ears. Rather than a leather-bound ledger we would probably have a data base of names, addresses and personal details kept on computer disk or CD.

But when Daniel speaks of this book he is echoing in ancient terms the same situation that still applies today. Men and women still seek a meaning to life, to their actions, their choices, their ultimate hopes and dreams. And, just like us today, Daniel points out that God gives us the freedom to behave in any way we choose in this world, as long as we know that our conduct affects our eternal future.

It’s easy for Christians to get caught up in the here-and-now values of our world. Although society values great acts of personal heroism and admires people who make sacrifices for the benefit and development of others, it still is firmly fixated on the transient, on a passing view of life. Just look at the TV adverts to see what you are supposed to be aiming for. Most are about comfort, luxury and image. You’ve really made it when you have a beautiful person on your arm, can wear the latest designer products and drive the fastest of cars. You are judged by what passes for success.

Yet the gospel tells us that we judged by how we treat others and how close we try to come to knowing and loving God. As the Church’s year draws to a close we remember once more that the values we seek are kingdom values which turn the world’s standards on their head.

If our names are to appear in the Book of Life then it will be because we allowed ourselves to respond to the inner promptings of God’s Spirit, because we took Christ’s teaching and his promises seriously enough to act on them. And just in case we get sucked into thinking that God is so kind that everything will turn out fine whatever sort of lives we lead, we are reminded that God values our free will so much that he lets us choose to opt out of his plan of salvation. God is the last one who would force us to behave in a way that we did not want to. His final judgement is real, and we are helping him to make it day by day.

33rd.Sun. B 18th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Joseph Moore

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 19th. 9.15 Joseph Moore
Tues 20th. 9.15. Eleanor McGuigan
Wed 21st 9.15 Sr. Mary McDonough
Thurs. 22nd 8am. November List
Fri 23rd. 9.15am. November List
Feast of Christ the King 25th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

November List

Parishioners

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, 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 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: £707 28 p.

Boiler £12

Peter’s dance money £105

Book Sales £

120 Club Winners No 90 M Brockway £20

Some of the book revenue has disappeared and so we have to assume it has been stolen. Please be attentive since this is the second theft from the church in recent weeks.

Fred tells me that numbers attending the Irish club at St Anne’s have started to dwindle slightly. You are most welcome to attend each Wednesday from 12md until3pm for an afternoon of chat, music, bingo and snacks for the miniscule amount of £1- bargainiferous!

Today is your last chance to sign up to join us for the festive lunch on Sunday 9thDecember.The list is at the back of the church please also indicate your choice of main course and dessert. You may have complete confidence that the food will be delicious. Your deposit of £10 per head is also required this weekend. Perhaps you have never attended a parish event such as this before. Why not give it a try?

We are hoping Philip may be persuaded to revive his role as quizmaster as we relax between courses…..

This should be a real treat and a great opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners in thefriendly atmosphere of our very own parish centre. There are some flyers and cards for Pauline & Tony’s catering business for your perusal.

The parish Christmas Fair is just 3 short weeks away and we are still welcoming items from you. Thanks for all you have donated so far and we hope that those of you who haven’t done so may be able to add to our collections. A bottle or a gift will be very welcome and if you are baking a cake perhaps you could pop another one in the freezer to be defrosted for 8thDecember

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.

With deep regret, the leaders of the Children’s Liturgy Group have decided they need to take a break and meet up again in January. They too have family and other commitments, and it has been increasingly difficult to run the group as they would like. Furthermore, thenew volunteers need to be able to settle in comfortably.
FINALLY AND IMPORTANTLY THEY REALLY DO NEED MORE HELPERS AND POTENTIAL LEADERS if the group is to survive and prosper in the long term. This is the year of Faith- ask yourself what part YOU can play in passing on the gift of faith to the youngest generation in our parish. This is arguably the most important group in the parish where the seeds are faith are sown and fostered. There is no lack of children but there is a lack of personnel.

Despite this hiatus, the children’s newsletter will continue to be provided each week and the crib service will also take place as usual on Christmas Eve.

Don’t wait for the Last Judgement. It takes place each day. Albert Camus

The first batch of catholic diaries is available for your collection- please help yourselvesfrom the box at the back of the church.

LAUDATE. The new hymn books have been incorporated into the stock. They are slightly thicker and have some additional words on the front cover. If you pick up one of these, you don’t need the supplement. We will continue to display the pieces in the supplement as a RED S on the hymn board.

The Advent Reconciliation service will take place on Tuesday 12th December.

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

32nd. Sunday of Year November 11th 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: SMALL CHANGE?

When the man at the checkout apologised to the woman for giving her so many coins in her change the woman said ‘No, that’s fine. I need some small change for Church tomorrow.’ The supermarket cashier looked surprised but the woman didn’t notice.

In the Temple the coin boxes were made in the shape of a horn or trumpet. People queued up and then threw their coins in. You could tell what they gave by the sound that the noise made. The two coins that the widow put in were called ‘lepta’ which means ‘thin’. They were the smallest denomination of currency. But they were her last.

Jesus doesn’t condemn the rich people who put in more money than the widow, but he does praise her for her wholehearted generosity. For there is one important difference between them: the widow didn’t give the leftover money she had; she gave all that she had. The rich people could afford to put in more but she couldn’t. She gave to God all that she had and then simply trusted that God wouldn’t let her down and would take care of her (like the widow in today’s first reading from the Book of Kings).

This gospel is not intended to accuse us of being stingy with our donations to the Church collection (though that might be true too!). Rather it serves to point out the difference between ‘what’ we give and ‘how’ we give it. The widow made her donation not out of guilt or fear but because she was in love with God. Nothing of what she had was to be held back from God.

Anyone can serve God from their surplus. What counts, though, is serving God when it means making a sacrifice. And this applies to all areas of our religious practice, not just money. Are we prepared, like the widow, to place ourselves entirely in the hands of God or do we need some form of safety net, just in case? Is the practice of our faith unconditional or do we hold back? In fact, is it possible to serve God and yet keep a nest-egg held in reserve?

Apparently not, says Jesus. And so he was unconcerned by the smallness of the widow’s mite but mightily impressed by the way she gave it.

WORD OF GOD

This poor widow has put more in than all those who have contributed to the treasury… all she had to live on. (Mark 12: 42-44)

WORD FOR TODAY

We know what it means to give our all when playing sport, when running for a bus or caring for a sick relative. But what does it mean to give our all in serving God? Are we not entitled to break, to an occasional rest? Is there nothing we can hold back?

On Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December ,Rock Ferry operatic society are to perform the pantomime Humpty Dumpty- written and directed by Julia Whitehead -in St Anne’s function suite. Please see the poster with all details of times and ticket prices. Fun for all the family!

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

If we have penetrated the meaning of the widow’s mite incident, we have understood the mystery of a hidden life of prayer and its power. Although we certainly want to make reasonable use of our talents, serve others, and do our duties well, these are not the most essential things. The gift that God wishes us to offer is much more difficult than all other kinds of service because it is the total gift of our being – our inmost self – whatever this actually is. It usually includes much weakness and sinfulness. And these are what tend to predominate in our consciousness. This offering of our spiritual destitution is a gift for which there may be no refund in this life. We please Christ when we have nothing to show for long years of service and yet still go on serving him. But when such a person gets to heaven, there is going to be a tremendous revelation!

(Thomas Keating)

The point of Jesus’s commendation is that it is not the amount which one gives that matters but the spirit in which the gift is given. When specified, that spirit is variously seen as self-offering, self-forgetfulness, unquestioning surrender, total commitment, loyalty and devotion to God’s call, gratitude, generosity, humility and unobtrusiveness, trust in God to provide for one’s needs, and detachment from possessions. In fact, it is all the things that the other donors did not possess.

(Christine Morris)

31st.Sun. B 11th. 5.30pm

10am

3.30pm

8pm

November List

Parishioners

Yr. of Faith talk

Prayer Meeting

Mon 12th. 8.30 Jane Dooley int.
Tues 13th. 9.15. John Rooney
Wed 14th. 9.15 November List
Thurs. 15th. 8am. November List
Fri 16th. 9.15am. November List
Sat 17th. 11.45 Carmelite

mass

33rd.Sunday

Yr. B

18th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Joseph Moore

Parishioners

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, 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 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: £785 42p.

Boiler £11.66p

Book Sales £49.05p

120 Club Winners No 115 C McGree £10

Still a few numbers available from Vera

I have received a cheque from Vera for £1400 which is the amount she has raised for the parish from the 120 club. Many thanks to her- it will be put to good use.

Message from Kath Markey

A big thank you to all those wonderful people who gave so generously to the

missions. The red box total donations came to £405!! God Bless you all. Next collection of boxes will be March 2013This is a tremendous achievement.

The next coffee Morning for the bereaved will be held in the parish centre this Monday 12th from 10am until 11am. If you would like to come and chat with a member of the group or simply sit in companionable silence you will be made welcome. If you feel you need extra support we may be able to point you in the right direction. The recent mass for the bereaved revealed what a lot of sorrow people carry with them, sometimes for a very long time. There is no time limit for us.

Philip has treated some of us to a fascinating introduction to the documents of the Second Vatican Council. The accompanying power point presentation was equally absorbing, with pictures of the way we were! Future monthly meetings will be on the last Wednesday in the month after morning Mass with the next one being November 28th.Being aware that Wednesday mornings are only available to a limited section of the parish community, Philip has generously offered to repeat his first talk this Sunday11th at 3.30pm. The talks will be opened to other local parishes so please feel free to invite anyone who you think may be interested.

There is a PPT Meeting at 19:30 on Wednesday 14/11 – will members please try to attend please.

The parish Christmas Fair is just 4 short weeks away and we are still welcoming items from you. Thanks for all you have donated so far and we hope that those of you who haven’t done so may be able to add to our collections. A bottle or a gift will be very welcome and if you are baking a cake perhaps you could pop another one in the freezer to be defrosted for 8th December

If you wish to attend the festive lunch on Sunday 9th December the list is at the back of the church. The numbers are limited but there are still spaces available. The list will be closed next Sunday 18th and a non-returnable deposit of £10 per person will be expected by that date. The full cost will be £14 per head. Details of the menu are on a separate sheet near the list. There is now another sheet with a list of the names of people who have booked so far asking them to make their selections for their main course and dessert. Philip may be persuaded to revive his role as quizmaster as we relax between courses…..

This should be a real treat and a great opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners in the friendly atmosphere of our very own parish centre. There are some flyers and cards for Pauline & Tony’s catering business for your perusal.

What is important is not what you give to God but what you hold back. (Jan Vittorio)

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO MASS TIME ON MONDAY 12TH.

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

31st.Sunday of Year November 4th 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: HEART-SOUL-MIND-STRENGTH

The Jews had 613 laws and regulations which Jesus summarised into one two-part commandment: If you want to be in the kingdom of God then love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbour as you love yourself.

Love God with all your heart. The heart is called the seat of emotion. Are you ‘emotional’ about God or is God just a cosmic idea, a celestial force that controls the universe? Do you feel passionate about God? Do you have ‘feelings’ for God?

Love God with all your soul. Your soul is the real you. It’s the deep down psyche that makes you what and who you are. Is your whole existence oriented towards God or is God simply a facet of your life that you turn to from time to time, on Sundays or in times of trouble?

Love God with your whole mind. Your mind accounts for the intellectual side of your activity. Do you make decisions about life and your future with God in mind? Do you use your brainpower to try to learn as much as you can about your faith or are you content to hobble along with the same understanding that you had when you were still a young child?

Love God with all your strength. Strength refers to the vigour with which we devote ourselves to God. Do you proclaim your faith with all the force and might at your disposal? Or is the practice of your faith heartless, soulless and mindless? Do you use all the faculties that God has endowed you with (heart, soul, and mind)?

Love your neighbour as yourself. Everyone is our neighbour no matter how far away they are. We can only love God if we love our neighbour. Do you give any practical help to the needy? Are you another Christ to the people you live and work with?

If you want to be part of the kingdom of God, says Jesus, then just keep this two-pronged commandment. Alternatively, you can apply for a copy of the original 613…

WORD OF GOD

Keep and observe what will make you prosper and give you great increase, as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you. (Deuteronomy 6: 3)

WORD FOR TODAY

Christianity is not a religion of rules. It’s a religion that’s founded on one simple principle: if you show that you love God by the way you treat your neighbour then you will not be far from the kingdom of God.

THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.

(Vincent van Gogh)

Those who believe that they believe in God, but without passion in their hearts, without anguish in mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe in the God idea, not God himself.

(Miguel de Unamuno)

31st.Sun. B 4th. 5.30pm

10am

5pm

8pm

November List

Parishioners

Joseph at Floral

Prayer Meeting

Mon 5th. 9.15 John & Mgt. Kenny

Novena to Our Lady of perpetual help

Tues 6th. 9.15. November List
Wed 7th. 9.15 November List
Thurs. 8th. 8am. November List
Fri 9th. 9.15am. November List
32nd.Sunday

Yr. B

11th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

November. List

Parishioners

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, 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 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: £892 42p.

Boiler £ 8 66p

Book Sales £16

120 Club Winners No 92 B Duncan £20

No 115 C McGree £10

Joan Braidwood who is good friend of several parishioners has been badly injured in a head on collision through no fault of her own. Please remember to pray that she may recover.

Message from Fiona’s mum

Fiona and family are deeply grateful for your prayers and are delighted to report that she is now in remission. May God bless you all

I have ordered 100 more hymnbooks which have the supplement integrated. The total cost of these will be £567 so I would ask that you take care of them and please leave them in church.

The next coffee Morning for the bereaved will be held in the parish centre on Monday 12th from 10am until 11am. If you would like to come and chat with a member of the group or simply sit in companionable silence you will be made welcome.

If you judge someone then you have no time to love them. (Mother Teresa)

After the 9.15am. Mass on Wednesday, Philip treated us to a fascinating introduction to the documents of the Second Vatican Council. The accompanying power point presentation was equally absorbing, with pictures of the way we were! Future monthly meetings will be on the last Wednesday in the month after morning Mass with the next one being November 28th.Being aware that Wednesday mornings are only available to a limited section of the parish community, Philip has generously offered to repeat his first talk on Sunday11th at 3.30pm. The talks will be opened to other local parishes so please feel free to invite anyone who you think may be interested.

On Saturday 8th, we will be holding our second Christmas fair of recent years. The last one was a great success and we are hoping that this one might even exceed that. Please keep the goodies rolling in!

As mentioned last week, Pauline & Tony Pearson now have their own catering business and they have agreed to cater for a festive lunch on Sunday9th 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. The list will be closed on 18th and a non-returnable deposit of £10 per person will be expected by that date. The full cost will be £14 per head. A waiting list will be available in the event of cancellations. In the interests of fairness, there will be a list for Saturday and for Sunday with up to 30 names allowed on each list. Please take a line for EACH name. After this weekend both lists will be left out if not full. Details of the menu are on a separate sheet near the list and next week, after you have had some thinking/choosing time we will start to take your choices.

This will be a real treat and a great opportunity to get to know fellow parishioners in a relaxed atmosphere.

A replica of the Icon of Our Lady of Jasna Gora will be present in the Diocese from 10th-11th November 2012. The Icon has been entrusted to the Catholic and Russian pro-life movement to intercede for the protection of human life and the sanctity of marriage and the family. It will be venerated at St Anthony’s Church, Woodhouse Park, Wythenshawe Manchester M22 0WR. Bishop Mark will welcome the Icon to the Diocese at 4.30pm on Saturday 10th November and will lead the recitation of the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. All are welcome.