WORD OF GOD

Ezra read from the Law of God, translating and giving the sense, so that the people understood what was read. (Nehemiah 8:8)

WORD FOR TODAY

The people cried when Ezra read them God’s law, not because of its severity but because of its over-arching goodness and mercy. For Christians the wisdom of God took shape in the person of Jesus and in his summary of all laws: love God and love your neighbour as yourself.

Probably all laws are useless; for good people do not need laws at all and bad people are made no better by them.

(Demonax the Cynic)

I have never agreed with those who sayÖthe churches should not comment on political and social problems. But politicians have an equal right to comment on the role the churches play and there is little point in crying “foul” when they do not like what is being said. (Douglas Hurd)

A tightrope has to be walked. On the one hand worship is primary. We exist to praise God. But Christian worship only praises God when it is spoken and sung by people whose lives are consumed by God’s Spirit. There is no point in singing about setting captives free and giving sight to the blind if our lives centre only on hymnbooks. The bread and wine at our Sunday liturgy should be ground and fermented from the crucible of our lives during the previous six days.

(Anne McQuaid)

Chris Foster is knitting Easter chicks for charity and hopes to reach last year’s total of 300! She is seeking donations of double knotting wool of any colour. Wool may be left with Chris Brockway who is usually at Saturday evening Mass. Alternatively you can ring Chris Foster on 645 6678

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 the Year 27th January 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: THERE SHOULD BE A LAW ABOUT IT

Politicians know that to be successful they have to convince us they would pass better laws in four main areas: education, health, transport and earnings. Everything else just comes and goes.

Even though most of us don’t like laws (we’d prefer fewer rather than more), we do recognise that they can be useful in regulating life for the common good. So we elect people to make laws that promote fairness and foster harmony in society.

The Jewish people were famous for their laws; they seemed to have one for every occasion. But when they were deported to Babylon in Iraq in exile, the new generations lost touch with their legal system. Upon their return to Jerusalem Ezra gathered them into an assembly and read the whole of the Law to them. They cried and wept, not because the laws were harsh, but because they showed the all-encompassing care that God had for them in setting up this legal system. That’s why the psalmist sang about the Law of God being perfect and gladdening the heart.

All the Old Testament laws come to fulfilment in Christ. The wisdom of God once encased in legal codes is now distilled in the person of Jesus. And when we come across him in his home-town synagogue he takes the opportunity to tell people that the law is now fulfilled in their very presence. We know later that he would sum all of thisup in two laws: love God and love your neighbour.

Unlike man-made laws, the law of God is not intended to be a burden to people. It’s intended to set them free to get on with life. God’s law is ordered in such a way that the innate goodness and beauty of human life should be shared by all to the maximum. It encourages growth rather than restricts; it offers freedom rather than a straight-jacket. It looks at the whole picture rather than the interest of the moment.

So when Jesus says that the law and prophets are about to be fulfilled, what does he say will happen? The poor will get some good news, prisoners will be given their liberty, the blind will see again and oppressed people will be set free. If there’s a politician out there, your time may be running out…

3rd.Sunday of Year 27th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Theresa Candeland

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 28th. 9.15 Jones Family
Tues 29th. 9.15 Ivan Gregory
Wed 30th. 9.15 Davis Family
Thurs. 31st. 8am

6pm

Peter McCloskey

Enrolment Mass

1st Sacraments

Fri 1st. 9.15 Private Intention
Sat. 2nd. Feast of Presentation
4th.Sunday of the Yr. 3rd. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Private Intention

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Barbara Gillespie, 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 & JosieToohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & 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: £570 88 p

Retired Priests’ annual collection. £514 63p

Boiler £13

120 Club Winners No. 29 R Harvey £20

Latest Heating Bills

House £842 08

Hall £960 48

Church £1392 24

As we shiver onward through the winter please be aware of the cost and where possible ensure the church doors are not left open for lengthy periods. Thanks
The Carlton Players present Double Vision a comedy by Eric Chapell at the Little Theatre Birkenhead on Tuesday 5th February. This performance will be in aid of the SVP. Doors open at 7pm ready for the performance at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 from Theresa Young.

Spinks, a short sighted, hard up ex-boxer tells the other residents of his tower block that he has won the lottery. With the assistance of his alcoholic friend Kingsley he attempts to woo the twin sisters who come after his alleged fortune.

Sadly, we were forced to cancel the barn Dance because of the poor weather conditions. Perhaps we can find a suitable time to re stage this later in the year. No! All that practice won’t go to waste!

St. John’s is now a food collection point for the Wirral Food bank. The food bank relies on non-perishable, in date, food donations to feed local people in crisis. Please help by bringing along any of the items listed from the food bank’s urgent food list: UHT or powdered milk, instant mash toilet rolls in packs of 2 or 4. Also needed are baby milk, nappies, feminine hygiene, tinned meat, squash and cereals.

No baked beans or tinned soup at present.

Please place donations in box at the back of the church. WEEKENDS ONLY (Mass times)

For further information ring Cecily 645 7645 or Bernadette 609 0198

It is quite a few years since we collected information about our parish and parishioners. A lot of what we have is now out of date. So before and after the masses next weekend we will be handing out and inviting you to complete a form to help us with our records. The information we will be asking you to supply is needed to enable the parish to work effectively in the community and provide better services to our parishioners and achieve our pastoral objectives. I can promise you that the information you give will be kept securely and that your privacy will be entirely respected. The information you give will be held in confidence and available solely to parish clergy and some ministers being completed in church, they will need to go to those who cannot easily get to mass, and also to Catholics who do not come to church that often. If you can help with delivering and collecting forms in those cases, please let Carol Dalzielor Philip know. Thank you for your co-operation with this and used only for the church’s pastoral provision. It will certainly not go to any commercial concern.