WORD OF GOD

I will bring the child and present him before the Lord and he shall stay there for ever.

(I Samuel 1:22)

WORD FOR TODAY

Faced with the perfection of the family at Nazareth it is easy to throw in the sponge and think that we will never come close. In fact, whatever the circumstances a family may find itself in, it grows in strength through mutual respect and love. What are the areas of your family life that cry out for your sense of understanding?

We are here to make known to one another how much we care about each other, and how profoundly we wish to affirm one another in our diversity.

(Cormac Murphy-O’Connor)

And here, in the “little space” of Mary’s body, divine fullness is alive; when Jesus is born, “the fullness of him who fills all in all”, to quote Paul again, is wrapped in cloths and tucked into a feeding trough. After the crucifixion, the fullness of God’s life is locked away in the tomb. God’s way with us is not to overwhelm us with majesty but to live his life “in little space” and to speak there the quiet words that summon us to faith.

Only when we are very quiet can we hear. Only when we stand still can we give him room. Faced with the fullness of God in the embryo, the baby, the tired wanderer in Galilee, the body on the cross, we have to look at ourselves hard, and ask what it is that makes us too massive and clumsy to go into the “little space” where we meet God in Jesus Christ. (Rowan Williams)

Your family is unique. Just like everyone else’s! (Anonymous)

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

Feast of the Holy Family 30th. December 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: COMING OF AGE

Feat of the Holy Family 30th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Parishioners

Private Intention

Prayer Meeting

Mon 31st. 9.15 John McLean
Tues 1st. 12md. Parishioners
Wed 2nd. 9.15 Mary Flood
Thurs. 3rd. 8am Sean Pickering
Fri 4th. 9.15 Sr. Marie
Holy Family 6th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Jack McCormick

Private Int.

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: £863 83p

Christmas Collection: £1,581 05p

Boiler £54.00p

120 Club Winner No 75 E McIntosh £20

Are you feeling a bit low after the Christmas festivities? This weekend we are expecting a rush on tickets for the Barn Dance on 18th January. What better way to bring some cheer into those dark winter nights? Don‘t be disappointed, sign up for your ticket on the form in the church porch. The tickets are a snip at £5 and there arebargainiferous family tickets available. Bring your own drink and come and demonstrate your doh-see-dohs.

Dear Friends

I apologise for the absence of a Christmas message this year- put it down to forgetfulness, aweakness which besets me and which I find most frustrating and I ask you to bear with me. But in every cloud there a silver lining and in having a New Year message it gives us time to look back at all the good work we have done together with the help of our loving Father in heaven.

In 2012, there has been a great increase in the number of children baptised and the number of marriages in our church has doubled. Six people were received into full communion with the Church. These statistics speak highly of the faith of people in the area. The number involved in the spiritual work of the parish is also rising. Visitors comment on the beauty of the church and the welcome they receive- all are welcome in this place. I believe that in general our music and liturgy bear comparison with the best in the diocese and the liturgical environment is both beautiful and very thought provoking. Indeed this is the gate of heaven. I am sure the bishop will be very impressed when he comes to visit the parish in March.

I am always amazed and most grateful for all the help you give me in so many ways. I am certain I must have hurt some of you over the last twelve months. I apologise to anyone who has been hurt by anything I have said or done or forgotten to do! As I get older I am conscious of changes taking place. My memory for one thing is very poor now and I was so proud of it in earlier days. Butpride goes before a fall and if I have seem to have neglected people please rest assured that it is not deliberate.

The continuing renovation and modernisation of the old school building has enabled the social life of the parish to grow in so many ways. I thank everyone who has helped and is helping. The social life of a parish is the key to its vitality, since it is where new friendships are forged and the family of God is built up in a very tangible way. I hope no one feels left out in this parish since everyone has gifts to share if they so choose.

Finally, I thank Philip and Mike our deacons. This parish could not survive without them and they complement each other in so many ways.

Philip has been working like a Trojan on material for the Year of Faith and his presentations on the Second Vatican Council have been most illuminating. I hope there will be more to come in 2013. He is also in charge of the readers and nothing seems too much trouble for him. Needless to say, he could not manage all these tasks whilst continuing his academic studies, if he did not have the strong support of Sara his wife. The work load of the pair of them would make your eyes water!

Mike is in charge of the altar servers and everyone comments on how well trained they are. They too have a good social life thanks to days out organised by Mike & Celia. These, coupled with their regular Monday meetings, help them to understand more fully the role they play in the spiritual life of the parish. Mike, Celia and their sons are pillars of this parish. Last Sunday saw them give up their entire afternoon to put up our huge Christmas tree (which almost dwarfs the one in Trafalgar Square for size!) as well as to decorate it. Without these two men and their families behind them, I know that I could not run this parish. I also appreciate how tolerant they are of my bad moods realising as I do, how increasingly cantankerous I am becoming in my old age. It is very hard to surrender decision-making to others when in the past you have made decisions single handed! I ask your patience, prayers and continued support in what is obviously my last appointment in this diocese. I hope and pray for more time, but that is in the hands of God. I thank you all for your support over these years and for all the cards and gifts you have so generously given to me this Christmas.

May this coming year be even more wonderful and fruitful and may God’s blessing stay with you and your families throughout 2013.