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.

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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/:www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

_4^th .Sunday of Advent 23rd.December 2012___

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FAITH IN FOCUS: JUMPING THE GUN

We live in an instant society. If we wish to speak to Australia we pick up the phone. If we want to know about the traffic in Times Square we go to the web camera. If we require a Chinese Banquet then we order a take away. We have got used to the quality of life being measured by the speed at which we are served.

Maybe that’s why we can’t wait for Christmas. The store displays are up in October. The festive street lights are switched on in November and the strains of ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’ are already proving to be a bit repetitive, especially when we’re feeling a little precious after yet another Christmas party. Even our schools have moved on following the success of their Nativity Plays.

Not so with the Church. One of the loveliest seasons is that of Advent because, in a world that cannot wait, it teaches us to savour the promise that is to come. Advent is a time of preparation, of readying ourselves, of longing expectation for one of the most important feasts of the year.

In just a few days we will come face to face with what it means for God to have shared our human lot. Knowing that we could not make it by ourselves, God agreed to enter into our world of time. The baby in the manger is God’s human matrix, God’s pattern for how to be fully a man, fully a woman. And by coming as a defenceless child God endured all our limitations. There is no depth to which God will not stoop, for he consented to be like you and me.

Just as nobody gulps down a glass of vintage wine in one go, so we take time to savour the full impact of God’s coming in our midst. We hear the ringing tones of Advent echoing the themes of coming, fulfilment, wonder, justice, harvest, judgement, joy, exultation, expectation, anticipation, motherhood, growth, maturity, gratitude, power, vigilance, preparation, promise and liberation.

Not long now. Just a few days. Days to cherish the never-ending goodness of our God. Days to thank him for bothering with us.

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_WORD OF GOD_

You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, the least of the clans of Judah, out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule over Israel.(Micah 5:1-2)

_WORD FOR TODAY_

As Christmas draws near we have a choice. Will it just be a time of eating and drinking and merrymaking? Or will it be our opportunity to respond to God’s generosity in becoming like us and showing us how to really live life to the full?

Our everyday attempts to create a world of dignity, freedom and communion are themselves inspired by God. Through the Spirit, Christ arouses in us a desire for the world to come so that here on earth we try to replicate the values of that kingdom. That is why the kingdom is mysteriously present today; and when Christ comes again it will enter into its perfection. (John Durnell)

The one who truly seeks the face of God also desires that his face be seen by others. Every Christian is called to believe the sign of God-with-us in Christ and then is missioned to preach by his or her very life the Good News… God has come… he is here… and he is till coming.

(Mary Alban Bouchard)

Rebbe Barukhís grandson, Yehiel, came into his study in tears. “I was playing hide and seek and my friend gave up looking for me. And that’s not fair.” His grandfather comforted him and said, “God too. God too is unhappy; he is hiding and people are not looking for him. Do you understand, Yehiel? God is hiding and people are not even searching for him.” (Hasidic Tale)

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*4^th .Sunday of Advent*

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*23^rd .*

*5.30pm *

*10am*

*8pm*

*Parishioners*

*John Campbell*

*Prayer Meeting*

*Mon*

*24^th .*

*4pm*

*8pm.*

*Children’s crib service*

*Rice Family*

*Tues*

*25th.*

*10am.*

*Parishioners*

*Wed*

*26^th .*

*10am.*

*Peter McLean*

*Thurs.*

*St John the Evangelist*

*27^th .*

*12md.*

*Parishioners*

*Fri*

*28^th .*

*9.15am.*

*Mona Healey*

*Holy Family*

*30th.*

*5.30pm*

*10am*

*8pm*

*Parishioners*

*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, 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:*£718 93p.

*Reconciliation Collection*: £350 in all which will be divided between Lucy Cottee for her work amongst the orphans in Africa and the local food bank.

*Boiler *£23 20p

*Book Sales*£15

*120 Club Winners*No M Brockway £20

This week’s Universe is double price because it is a double issue. £2.60p

Fr. Denis Herlihy died peacefully in Ireland on 20^th December. He was a faithful servant of this diocese for many years. Please remember him in your prayers as he meets his risen Lord.

Please note that 27^th is our patronal feast and it would be good to see as many of you as possible at the midday Mass

There were just half a dozen people for the Joyful Mysteries last Sunday but those that attended said they really enjoyed the way in which they were prayed. Joan has made power points for all the mysteries and in Lent she will make a time to pray the sorrowful mysteries.

If you were short of money last weekend you have another opportunity to make a contribution to the flower collection this weekend (we don’t expect you to give twice!) Remember the two collections which we have each year largely sustain what we do each week to make the church even more beautiful. Thank you for your past generosity.

_Message from Ann Murray_

The final takings for Christmas Fair amounted to £1869.92. Many thanks to everyone for your donations and time, freely given, in preparing the centre and making the fair such a success, not just in monetary terms, but in a truly inspirational sign of getting to know each other and enjoying one another’s company. It was also good to see so many of the local community who popped in on their way to the shops.__

Message from James Judge the founder of /Catholic Singles/

Three couples who met through Catholic Singles have married over the last few months, the latest on Sept.22nd., and we wish them all well. Having said that, many of our members join for friendship and our social events continue to thrive with many listed each month in our bulletin together with contact details of regional organisers. I met up with nine other members in Glasgow last October and we enjoyed a meal & walk along the Clyde Walkway, ending with a coffee together in the City centre and will be travelling to London & elsewhere in the New Year to join in social events organised by local members.

If you think you might like to join, please view the website www. catholicsingles.org.uk

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*Now that you have had a breather, you can start looking forward to the Barn Dance on 18^th January. What better way to bring some cheer into those dark winter nights? Sign up for your ticket on the form in the church porch. The tickets are a snip at £5 and there are bargainiferous family tickets available. Bring your own drink and come and demonstrate your doh-see-dohs.*

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*St Catherine & Martina’s church in Meols will be holding a Carol service this Sunday 23^rdat*

*3pm. The service will be led by Special Needs groups helped by children from local schools. Carols, candles and warm mince pies. Phone 632 48981 for further details. The community at St Catherine’s would welcome your support.*

The yellow diaries have now arrived. Please help yourselves. No spelling mistakes in these ones!

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

3rd.Sunday of Advent 15th.December 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: HAPPY AND GLORIOUS

It was easier for the first Christians to have that sense of expectancy about the return of Jesus at the second coming. They were closer to him in time, and the sense of urgency was more pronounced. 2000 years later we have to make an effort to remind ourselves that the second coming is something real and not just a fairy tale.

The early Church felt that the Lord was very near and his return was imminent. So St Paul exhorts them to be happy at all times. This happiness is not just a pleasant feeling. It’s real joy, and joy is a much deeper thing than happiness.

When a grandmother is given a birthday present by a grandchild, she feels happy at the gift. But deep down she feels a more profound emotion. She feels a warmth, a sense of wellbeing, a glow of pride at having brought up her family and been given strength to see them grow to maturity. A pride and satisfaction that is symbolised in the action of the young child. If the gift breaks she will feel unhappy, but that deeper joy cannot be so easily shattered.

That is the difference between happiness and joy. Oddly enough, you can experience joy even when you are unhappy. And as we wait for the final coming of Jesus, as we celebrate Advent, we are urged like the early Church to shout for joy, to rejoice, to exult and share in God’s glory.

Our faith does not change what happens to us in life. We do not embark on an Advent pretence that all is rosy in our world, that happiness is on every street corner. But what our faith does allow us to do is to view things in a broader perspective. Christ came, and will come again, to set us free, to liberate us from despair and futility. If we really believe this, then we carry around with us a joy that the world cannot understand and which can never be taken away from us.

Advent stands as a sign that Christ is Lord of all creation, of all situations. We do not simply look forward to the crib and the carol service. On this ‘Gaudete’ (Rejoice) Sunday we expect a final visitation that will vindicate the whole reason for our Christian existence. And that’s the reason for our joy.

WORD OF GOD

The Lord has repealed your sentence; he has driven your enemies away.

The Lord, the king of Israel, is in your midst; you have no more evil to fear.

WORD FOR TODAY

Far from being a religion of fear, Christianity sets us free to enjoy life to the full. Gaudete (‘Rejoice’) Sunday brims over with the good news that our God comes to liberate us from all those things which otherwise would strike terror and despair in our hearts. Today we proclaim our trust in God, and God agrees to dance at our feast.

(Zephaniah 3:15)

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Those who wish to sing always find a song. (Swedish Proverb)

All who joy would win must share it, – happiness was born a twin. (Lord Byron)

If you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.

(Billy Sunday)

The God we know through the bible is a liberating God, a God who destroys myths and alienations, a God who intervenes in history to break down the structures of injustice and who raises up prophets to point the way to justice and mercy. He is the God who frees slaves (Exodus), who makes empires fall and lifts up the oppressed (Magnificat). (Josephine Cupit)

Along with your newsletter this week, you should have a copy of the letter sent via our Bishop penned by Archbishops Nicholls and Smith on the question of same sex marriage. Please ensure you have sight of this and take home to re-read.

Our reconciliation service was unusually structured this year and several people remarked on how it had touched them. The collection taken is to be shared between the local food bank and Lucy Cottee’s work in Africa. When Lucy was informed about the continuing generosity of St John’s she wrote:-“Wow! Sarah that’s amazing! And unbelievably kind. Wow!” so, so kind of them. Yes I would definitely go and speak to them – they’ve been so supportive! It’d be pretty nerve wracking but they definitely deserve a personal thank you!”

I think it is gratifying to have a direct contact with someone working in these circumstances and I hope that Lucy will find time to come and address us about herwork- she will be sure of a warm welcome and will soon conquer her nerves!

3rd Sunday of AdventGaudete 16th. 5.30pm 10am

3pm

8pm

November ListParishioners

Joyful Mysteries

Prayer Meeting

Mon 17th. 9.15 Josephine Gurney
Tues 18th. 9.15. Peter McLean
Wed 19th. 9.15 November List
Thurs. 20th. 8am. November List
Fri 21st 9.15am. John Rooney
4th.Sunday of Advent 23rd. 5.30pm10am

8pm

November ListParishioners

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: £730 57p.

Peter’s dance Money £120

Christmas Fair Proceeds approx. £1800

Boiler £13 70p

Book Sales £15

120 Club Winners No 34 A Murray £20

Our ‘Midnight’ Mass will begin at 8pm, following the tradition we have established over the past few years. This is to enable older folk to take advantage of the time without worrying about wandering round in the early hours of the morning. The Christmas Day Mass will be at 10am as usual. We will be seeing a lot of each other over the next weekend as the days follow hot on the heels of one another.

We live in a perpetual Advent. We are always waiting for the messiah to come. The messiah has come, but is not yet fully manifest. The messiah is not fully manifest in each of our souls, not fully manifest in humankind as a whole. This means that just as Christ was born according to the flesh, in Bethlehem of Judah, so must he be born according to the spirit in each of our souls. (Jean Danielou)

The festive lunch was a great success. Old friendships were renewed and new ones forged. Let’s hope we can enjoy more such occasions.

Now we turn our attention to our January social event which is to be another Barn Dance on Friday 18th at 7.30 Bring your own drinks. Ann will be selling tickets today. These are hot tickets and last time we had a barn dance they sold out very quickly so reserve yours today and confound the ticket touts!

There was so much going on at the back of church last weekend that the flower collection was omitted. Please give as generously as you can to the collections this weekend and next weekend. One of our flower ladies will be wielding a basket as you exit the building.

Happiness is often confused with joy but in certain sense happiness is almost the opposite of joy. For happiness results from pleasurable feelings and is necessarily transient. Joy, on the other hand, has a dimension to it that is not affected by passing events since it is that deep-down feeling of being cared for by God, that sense of profound well-being which Jewish people call “shalom”. It is not adequately translated by “peace”, for it is the realisation that we are held in the palm of God’s hand and that no evil can ever gainsay us. In fact, joy is the echo of God’s life in ours. So even when we might be unhappy we still carry this joy with us. Christian joy, which once given cannot ever be taken away, is what we both experience and look forward to in Advent as we proclaim, “Come, Lord Jesus”. (Oliver Todd)

Frs. Christmas & Frank!

Frs Christmas & Frank

Frs Christmas & Frank

 

*_*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/:www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

_2^nd .Sunday of Advent 9th.December 2012_

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*_WORD OF GOD_*

*Take off your dress of sorrow and distress, put on the beauty of the glory of God for ever, and wrap the cloak of the integrity of God around you.*

*(Baruch 5:1)*

_WORD FOR TODAY_

Without God we would be left to our own devices, but Advent reminds us that God is always closer to us then we can ever imagine. The next few weeks call on us to take stock of how much or how little we rely on God in the daily decisions of our lives.

*Rome- a history of the eternal city* is on BBC 4 at 9pm on Wednesdays and repeated on Saturdays at 7pm. There are three programmes in all whereSimon Sebag Montefiore looks at how every event in ancient Rome revolved around religion. From the foundation myth through to the deification of Emperors; nothing could happen without calling upon the Pantheon of Roman gods. Simon investigates how the Roman’s worshipped and sacrificed to the gods. He discovers that sacredness defined what was Roman and it was the responsibility of every Roman to play their part in the cult. Even the ancient Roman sewer was holy ground!

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FAITH IN FOCUS: BACK TO THE FUTURE

If ‘things ain’t what they used to be’, then Christianity makes no bones about proclaiming that one day they surely will be once more. For in Advent we walk in the shadow of a wonderful promise, that one day the rule of God will hold sway over all creation and life will be restored to that perfect balance that God intended us to have from the beginning.

That’s why Advent carries with it a tremendous sense of yearning and longing. We look back to the initial peace and tranquillity of God’s creation (as symbolised in the story of the Garden of Eden) and we remember the coming of the Messiah in Bethlehem with the powerful promise of a kingdom where the meek and the humble shall rule.

But Advent is not locked in the past. It’s about now. We look around at ourselves and at our world and ask whether we can play a more active role in establishing the justice of God’s kingdom in our lives, on our street, in our family, in the place where we work. For Advent is also about change, changing ourselves and our world, and it beckons us to be renewed.

And like all feasts and seasons Advent has a future dimension to it. We look forward, beyond the Christmas scene, to the coming of Christ as he takes possession of this world once more and subjects all creation to the rule of God. None of us knows how or when this will happen, but Christians eagerly await the blessing that God’s coming again will bring.

Advent asks of us that we never lose sight of what God has offered us in Christ. It demands a rebuilding programme in our lives as we straighten our ways and smooth our roads for God. And it invites us to watch joyfully for the day, that day when the salvation promised us will be ours, when Christ will come again in his glory.

*2^nd .Sunday of Advent*

*2^nd .*

*5.30pm *

*10am*

*8pm*

*Fr Frank’s Intentions*

*Parishioners*

*Prayer Meeting*

*Mon*

*3^rd .*

*9.15*

*Agnes Gordon*

*Tues*

*4^th .*

*9.15.*

*November List*

*Wed*

*5^th .*

*9.15*

*November List*

*Thurs.*

*6^th .*

*8am.*

*Patricia Hynes*

*Fri*

*7^th .*

*9.15am.*

*Dave Young*

*Sat*

*15^th .*

*12md.*

*Carmel Mass*

*The Morton Family*

*3^rd .Sunday of Advent*

*9^th .*

*5.30pm*

*10am*

*3pm*

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*8pm*

*November List*

*Parishioners*

*The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary*

*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 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:*£755 45pp.

Boiler £

Book Sales £28

120 Club Winners No 61 T Cunningham£20

For the next couple of weekends we will have a collection for Christmas flowers. We collect for flowers twice each year during Advent and Lent and the money we collect then provides flowers for the rest of the year. The flower ladies are very grateful for all the support you give them and in return they delight us with their talent.

There are plenty of diaries still available- take one for friends! Also, you are welcome to one of the bookmark/prayer cards which have a short prayer for the year of Faith.

Sr. Marie has asked that we remember her niece in our prayers. She has suffered a severe stroke.

Next Sunday is Gaudete or Rejoicing Sunday. At 3pm in the side chapel we will pray the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. Joan Hannam will lead us in these using a power point presentation to help people to focus on the events leading up to and beyond the birth of Christ. Joan admits to being a Rosary rookie but has found that the images she has gathered have helped her to understand (a bit more) what it is all about. Despite the use of technology, it will be prayed very simply. All welcome to join in.

So the Christmas Fair is over for another year. As we go to press, we don’t have any results in money terms, but it has been wonderful to see people get together to organise things and also for all the many ways in which parishioners have contributed. Well done to all, Particular thanks to Mike Celia and their sons who have shifted and sorted tons of stuff, moving it from church to scout hut to parish centre.

Wednesday 12^th is the day for our Service of reconciliation at 7.30pm. Please feel free to invite your friends and perhaps neighbours who wanta new beginning this Advent.

This afternoon we have our parish festive lunch. Will those attending the please arrive from 1.30pm onwards for nibbles and a welcoming drink. You may bring your own wine (or whatever you prefer) to accompany the meal. Glasses will be provided. If you haven’t paid the balance for your meal we will take it today and you will be given a personalised ticket indicating your choices to the caterers. Philip will reprise his role as inquisitor extraordinaire between courses. It promises to be a great occasion and we will raise a glass to Fr. Frank the day after his anniversary.

Friday 14^th is the feast of St John of the Cross who died on this date in 1542 in Ubeda, Spain. A Carmelite presbyter, he joined St Teresa of Jesus in the work of Carmelite reform and despite opposition and imprisonment, organised the discalced Carmelites. He is remembered for his mystical writings which combine theology and poetry to describe the spiritual journey through darkness to union with God. Please pray for the Carmelites of Birkenhead as well as the group who meet in our church each month.

The Diocesan Year Book has arrived. I know you have been waiting with baited breath to see where your favourite priest has landed up….£3

*The Pilgrim Troupe present Waiting in Prayerful Hope at 7.30pm on Friday 14^th at St Michael’s Woodchurch. The script looks good and it is part of that LPA’s preparation for Christmas. All welcome*

WORD OF GOD

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (Luke 21:27)

WORD FOR TODAY

The beginning of the Church’s year is a reminder that as time passes by we are all on the way to salvation. Life does not stand still and one day we will meet Christ face to face. For the Christian this is a cause not for fear but for elation. We hold our heads high as we say, Come Lord Jesus!

“Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.” (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)

An Advent Prayer

God, Christmas is coming so I thought I would send you a list of what I want this year. I’m sending it early so that you have enough time to do the shopping. I know I should not confuse you with Santa Claus; however, I think I might need some of the following:

1) A place to go to get away from all the ads

2) A day of silence to just be with the mystery of the incarnation.

3) A chance to be of service to the poor

4) A little more time to be with my family and friends

5) Some time to meditate on the fact that Jesus was born poor.

6) Time to be watchful and alert to the needs of those who are poor today.

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

1st Sunday of Advent 2nd December 2012

FAITH IN FOCUS: SEVERE FLOOD WARNING

It only takes one bout of severe weather, like a few days of torrential rain, to make us realise that despite our air of sophistication we are really still at the mercy of the elements. We amble along quite happily until floods are upon us and then we start talking about the major issues of global warming, lack of investment in flood defences and the damage to the ozone layer caused by fuel emissions.

Of course, once the wind dies down and the water level recedes, we return to our old ways. We forget the lessons that seemed so obvious when the storms were beating down on us. We put away the buckets that caught the drips and we consign the sandbags to the back of the garden. It’s time to relax again.

Advent is our call to stay awake, day in and day out and be ready for the coming of the
Son of Man. Jesus tells us that no one knows the day or the hour when the Son of Man will demand a reckoning from us of how we have remained true to our principles. He warns us to be on the watch. Make sure that you don’t get so bogged down with the trivia of life, he says, that you neglect the really important things.

It’s quite likely that most of us will die before the second coming of the Son of Man. The temptation for us is to live for the day and give no thought to our future judgement. While there appears to be no religious flood warning we carry on regardless. When things go bad for us, when death takes our loved ones, when illness strikes us or troubles mount on all sides, we turn to God and remember that the Lord has promised to set us free from all that might threaten us. But it usually takes the prospect of disaster or discomfort to focus our minds on what is really important

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

Mon 3rd. 9.15 Josephine Gurney
Tues 4th. 9.15. Anastasia Sweatman
Wed 5th. 9.15 November List
Thurs. 6th. 8am. James & Kate Kennedy
Fri 7th. 9.15am. Evelyn Jones
Immaculate Conception 8th. 11am Fr. Frank will celebrate Mass in Carmelite Monastery on his 58thanniversary
2nd. Sunday of Advent 9th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Fr. Frank’s Intentions

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, 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: £738 52 p.

Boiler £4 70p

Book Sales £40

120 Club Winners No35 S Higgins £20

No 85 M Brockway £10

There are plenty of diaries still available- take one for friends! Also, you are welcome to one of the bookmark/prayer cards which have a short prayer for the year of Faith.

The countdown has begun to the two big events next weekend. Saturday, the feast of the Immaculate Conception is also the 58th anniversary of Fr. Frank’s ordination to the priesthood. Our thanks and congratulations go to him for amazing perseverance and great service to our diocese and to this parish for the last 15 years.

The Christmas Fair takes place from 11am until 3pm next Saturday and now that all the goodies (apart from the cakes of course) have been collected in, all we need is for people to come. Please come along and see what is on offer, bring the children to meet Santa, sit and have a chat and homemade cake with your friends. Lots of hard work has gone into making the fair a success so we don’t want things to go awry at the final hurdle.

See you there!

The dust will scarcely have settled on the floor of the parish centre before we will be preparing for our festive lunch the following day. Will those attending the

Lunch please arrive from 1.30pm onwards for nibbles and a welcoming drink. You may bring your own wine or whatever you prefer to accompany the meal. Glasses will be provided. If you haven’t paid the balance for your meal we will take it on the day and you will be given a personalised ticket indicating your choices to the caterers. Philip will reprise his role as inquisitor extraordinaire between courses. It promises to be a great occasion and we will raise a glass to Fr. Frank the day after his anniversary.

We have lots of books for sale whose focus is the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Some of them are £10 or even more but they range from 25p upwards. There are several inexpensive books for children. Please have a look at what is on offer. My particular recommendations areDenis McBride’s Journeying towards Jesus in Advent and Waiting on God but ALL our stock has been carefully chosen. Take your faith seriously in this Year of Faith. Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t baulk at paying £10 for a Christmas present and the effects of one of these books is going to remain within you, long after other things have been consigned to the next Christmas Fair. Think about it!

The second Sunday of Advent is Bible Sunday and it is an important day for our readers. Thatday they will be commissioned once again to continue in the privileged and crucial task of proclaiming the scriptures to the assembly.

Yet again Philip’s talk on Vatican II documents was well received by those who attended. I hope that all of you will avail yourselves of these opportunities to learn more about the wealth of these publications. You aren’t going to be tested-you canjust sit and listen! There will be opportunity for interaction if you wish to ask questions. Why not give it a try? The repeat of Wednesday’s talk is this Sunday at 3.30pm and andis called SacrosanctumConcilium- it concerns liturgy you might just learn something!

The Brownies of the local area will be celebrating Christingle in our church on December 4th at from 6pm until 7pm.