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

2nd. Sunday of Lent 24th. February 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE QUICK FIX

You can’t help feeling sorry for Peter in today’s gospel. He goes with James and John up the mountain to pray with Jesus. But the three disciples don’t appear to have the same sticking power as Jesus, and they begin to nod off. Then an incredible event takes place: the aspect of Jesus’s face becomes changed and his clothing turns a brilliant white as he is transfigured before their very eyes. Heavy with sleep, Peter makes out that Jesus is talking with Moses and Elijah and decides this is so wonderful that he’ll set up three tents for them. In this way he’ll be able to enjoy the scene any time he wants! It was only God’s voice speaking from the cloud (telling them that Jesus was his Son) that made him see sense. There was much more at stake than met the eye.

We can’t laugh at Peter because there’s something of him in all of us. We’d all love to have a deep religious experience on tap. We’d be happy with a God-in-the-box to call on whenever we needed reassurance. We too are quite capable of setting up three tents to contain our God. But, of course, life’s not like that and neither is God.

The call of Abraham in today’s reading is much closer to the mark. God made him a tremendous promise: he would be the father of countless generations who would inherit the land and enjoy God’s favour. But that was when the trouble began, as he was led into uncharted waters and called upon by God to be tested in so many ways. It took courage and perseverance for him to follow God’s call. Hence his title, “Our Father in Faith”.

There is no quick and easy way to faith. It has to be nourished and tended daily. The voice from the cloud tells us that if we want to reach perfection, to enjoy life to the full, then we must listen to the words of God’s Son. And in Lent we are reminded each week of our need to turn away from those things which are not of God, those things which seem good at the time but which do us only harm in the long term. Lent is a time for being even more attentive to the word of God in scripture and for putting it into practice in the way we treat others. There is no quick fix, only faith and perseverance.

WORD OF GOD

Look up to heaven and count the stars if you can. Such will be your descendants.

(Genesis 15:5)

WORD FOR TODAY

The glimpse that the three disciples got of Jesus in glory, on the top of the mountain, is what we too yearn for here on earth. We long to know what we must do for our lives to be fruitful. And the voice from the clouds gives us a clue: “This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.”

A believer is never disturbed because other persons do not see the fact which he sees. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

People are going mad and talking balls (sic) to psychiatrists, not because of accidents to the chamber-pot in the nursery, but because there is no logical structure to their beliefs. (Evelyn Waugh)

A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. (Thomas More)

1st Sunday

of Lent

24th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

8pm

Ann & Vic Gemmell

Parishioners

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Mon 25th. 9.15 Brendan Fearon
Tues 26th. 9.15 Davis Family
Wed 27th. 9.15 Eileen Sheahan
Thurs. 28th. 8am Mary Fraser
Fri

St David’s Day

1st 11am

11.45

Eleanor McGuigan

Anniv. was 11/2/13

Lenten Lunch

3rd.Sunday of Lent 3rd. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30pm

Recovery from Illness

Parishioners

Lenten Devotions

(Traditional Stations)

Prayer Meeting

(New time from now on)

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fred Archbold, Colette Howes, 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 & Josie Toohey, 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 for your generosity

Offertory: £726 70p

Boiler £10 10p

Books £13 98p

The parish census has now been collated and thanks go to all of those who completed one our forms.

We missed Family Fast Day (was 22nd) so we will have it next Friday instead. Please take an envelope and give what you save through your fast to CAFOD to be collected next weekend..

During Traidcraft fortnight, on the weekends of 2nd/3rd and 9th/10th. Eileen Bell will have a tempting display of Traidcraft goods available on her colourful stall. These are temptations you are allowed to yield to! Please come and have a look at what is on offer. If you haven’t visited before then you will have a pleasant surprise by the range and quality. If you have any money left then you can meander over to the bookstall where Colette or deputy will await you willing and able to locate a book you may be interested in. We have a stock of Lenten and Easter publications to please the heart of child or adult. Prices are from tiny to moderate. Have a browse! If there are books or pious objects you would like us to try to order then we are amenable. Someone has suggested we might want to obtain a few holy water fonts for use in the home?

Bebington Churches are holding a series of Lenten Meetings on Wednesdays at 10.30. The next one is at Hr. Bebington Methodist Church.

Please remember in your prayers two of our faithful parishioners who are suffering; Fred Archbold is in hospital with a chest infection and a broken vertebra and Pat Fearon is mourning the loss of her son who died recently. We are community and hopefully we can uphold members of our community in prayer.

As you know, we are now a collection point for donations to the Wirral foodbank- thank you for your support. The foodbank relies on non-perishable, in date, food donations to feed local people in crisis. The foodbank has asked for the following items which they need urgently: tinned tomatoes, sugar, coffee, instant mash, tinned sponge puddings, tinned fruit, tinned meats & fish, squash, pasta sauces & feminine hygiene products.

Please place food in the box provided at the back of church. Further info Bernadette 609 0198

Despite the notice in last week’s newsletter requesting that Food Bank goods be left only at weekends, a carrier bag with groceries was left here on Monday morning! PLEASE bring your offering to Mass on Saturdays and Sundays only, take them out of the bags and put them in the boxes provided and take your carrier bags away with you. As we explained last week, we just can’t have things left during the week and we are accumulating an awful lot of carrier bags!

Women’s World Day of Prayer

Will take place at Christ Church P/S URC on Friday 1st March at 2pm. The Rev Anne Bedford is the leader of the service. All (including men!) are welcome.

See notice board for details

Youare invited to St Joseph’s Parish Centre on Friday 1st March at 7.30 to hear St Mary’s College swing band perform to raise funds for the parish’s organ restoration. Tickets £2 or family£5

See notice board for details

You have been handed fliers with details of the four Lenten meetings which are scheduled to take place on Fridays at SJP. The first of these is on 1st March and will be presented by Bishop Brian.

Please see notice board for details or pick up a flier

Singing the Word

You are invited to join Frs. Chris McCurry & Peter Dutton for a workshop at St Mary’s Middlewich on Saturday 9th March from 10.30 until 1pm.

See notice board for details.

We now have a designated lost property box (further progress in our grand tidy up). Items not claimed within a month will be recycled through charity shops.

As you leave church, devotional Cards are available to help us to pray for Pope Benedict at the conclusion of his ministry as Bishop of Rome and Supreme Pontiff.