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.

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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

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

1st Sunday of Lent 17th. February 2013

WORD OF GOD

You must lay your gifts before the Lord your God, and bow down in the sight of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 26:10)

WORD FOR TODAY

The devil tempted Jesus to be someone and something he was not. We too have 40 days to journey with Christ towards finding our own true identity as children of God. What are we tempted to become in exchange for the wonder that we are? And is it really worth it?

All my possessions for a moment of time. (Elizabeth I)

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.

(William Booth)

When the house in Washington of Thomas Hart Benson, the American senator (1782-1858), was destroyed by fire he was summoned by Congress to view the ruin. He gazed at it for a while and then said, “It makes dying easier. There is so much less to leave”.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Do we really believe that Jesus was tempted? Surely the Son of God was above such things? Not if we are to trust the gospel writers. According to them there is no temptation that we experience that Jesus did not undergo. And because of his position it was much worse for him. Yet if he did not give in to temptation, he did no wrong. And so our temptations cannot be sins either. Only if we give in to them.

The tempting of Jesus by the devil in the desert draws us to some home truths. For Jesus was tempted at his very roots. The three temptations that today’s gospel reports are catch-all temptations; they are samples or specimen charges. They encompass all that human beings can have dangled before them and they have different names. Perhaps we could call them: money, power and success. More old-fashioned language gives them different titles: sensual appetites, excessive worldly desire and proud self-sufficiency. Whatever name we give to them, they are the temptations that all of us undergo throughout our lives. They are the usual suspects.

What was really happening to Jesus is that he was being offered the chance by the devil to change his identity. Why go through all the suffering that awaited him, when simply to pay homage to the devil would get him an easy life? The devil was offering him a chance to have things easy, but at a price. The cost of giving up who he really was: the Son of God and Saviour.

When the devil failed to overcome Jesus he went off to look for another chance. It’s strangely comforting for us to know that Jesus’ temptations continued long after the 40 days in the desert. There would be other occasions when he maybe had to think twice about taking the easy way out. And this rings bells with any honest Christian, for temptation is something we have to struggle against constantly. It’s a battle that never ends.

In the 40 days of Lent that stretch before us we are given the chance to look at our own identity. Who am I really? What sort of person am I called to be and how can I ensure I don’t duck the challenge? There’s no need to make a list of the ways in which we are tempted to take the soft option. The usual suspects will show up sooner or later.

1st Sunday

of Lent

17th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

8pm

Theresa Candeland

Parishioners

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Mon 18th. 9.15 Ivan Gregory
Tues 19th. 9.15 Jones Family
Wed 20th. 9.15 Eddie Foley
Thurs. 21st. 8am Private Int.
Fri 22nd. 7pm. Bishops Intentions

(3rd anniv. of ordination)

2nd.Sunday of Lent 24th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

8pm

Ann & Vic Gemmell

Parishioners

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

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: £702 44p

CAFOD Shrove Tuesday collection –approaching £200

Boiler £122

Books £33

120 Club Winners No. 8 P Ashman £20

Please note the change of Mass time next Friday. We have Deanery conference at St John’s on 22nd which begins at 11am. We will also have to omit the Lenten Lunch that day because we will be using the hall for part of our meeting. I am very sorry about that. For the remainder of Lent though we will endeavour to have the lunches following on from the 11am on Fridays. Thanks

Thanks to all who attended Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, it was moving to see so many people anxious for anointing -hungry for healing. This feeling continued on Shrove Tuesday when people gathered from all around the area to attend our service of reconciliation. We are all in need of the healing forgiveness of Christ. Let us go forward on our Lenten journey in His love, serving our brothers and sisters.

The next presentation by the Pilgrim Troupe will take place next Friday 22nd at St Michael’s.

I have seen the latest script and have every intention of attending what should prove to be a very thought provoking event. The title is: AndGod became man. I would encourage you all to make an effort to join me at St Michael’s during Lent in this year of Faith. There are posters with fuller details as well as fliers if you wish to distribute them to friends.

Just a further suggestion with regard to rotas etc. supplied by you for display on notice boards: if possible, please could people use the font Gill Sans in size 20. As you see this font is clear and simple and the size should be easily read from below. Hope you don’t think this proposal is confining! It is just a recommendation.

Can I please re iterate that collection of goods for the food bank will take place ONLY at weekends. 2 very generous boxes of goods were left here during the week. We don’t wish to have boxes lying around since it gives an impression of being messy when we have services during the week for example when we have mourners coming to funerals (as happened on Friday.) PLEASE leave your offerings ONLY when you come to Mass on Saturday or Sunday It is depressing when we are trying to clear the area at the back to see it starting to accumulate clutter again.

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.

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

You are 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

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekend at Pantasaph Friary, 26th-28th April.

Theme “The New Evangelisation”

Speaker: Fr. Gerard Kelly. Cost £90.

Please see notice board for details or Ann Murray 645 5514.

NB. The above posters and notices will be in a temporary position on the board until we have the boards renewed. Thanks for your cooperation with this.

The Bishop’s pastoral letter is enclosed with your newsletter- please take it home and re read there.

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

5th. Sunday of the Year 10th. February 2013

WORD OF GOD

“Your sin is taken away, your iniquity is purged.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will be my messenger? “I answered, “Here I am, send me.”

(Isaiah 6: 7-8)

WORD FOR TODAY

There’s an old saying that God can write straight even on crooked lines. When Isaiah had his vision of God he felt so unworthy. Yet God is able to wipe away our sinfulness and equip us for service. Recognising this unworthiness is not only a sign of God’s grace working in us; it’s the way to God’s kingdom.

A true love of God must begin with a delight in his holiness and not with a delight in any other attribute; for no other attribute is truly lovely without this.

(Jonathan Edwards)

Holiness consists in doing the will of God with a smile.

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Holiness is not about doing holy things but about being holy people. Being first, and doing second. We do not make ourselves holy by thinking of a kind deed and then doing it. We make ourselves holy by contemplating what God has done for us and then bringing this understanding to bear on even the most mundane of our daily affairs. (Davida Cody)

FAITH IN FOCUS: A HOLY PEOPLE?

Some early Christians thought that only blameless people could belong to the Church. They said that the personal holiness of the priest was necessary for the sacraments to be valid. And some of them went round re-baptising those who had been baptised by “unworthy” priests. Fortunately, this false teaching, known as Donatism, was stamped out largely due to the efforts of people like St Augustine.

Underpinning this misconception is the idea that we ourselves are responsible for God’s action in the world. We preach and people are converted, we baptise and a person becomes a Christian, we counsel and people become consoled.

Another problem with this is that it fails to grasp what holiness really is. It is God who acts and works in the world, through us. No one is worthy of themselves to share in God’s saving work. No priest ministers from a personal reservoir of holiness. It is by God’s grace that they share in the action of Christ. No congregation is worthy enough to “conjure up” the Eucharist. It is only through the grace of the Holy Spirit that we are “qualified” to do so.

Today we hear how Isaiah was acutely aware of his unworthiness. And we see Peter so ashamed of himself when he met Jesus that he asked to be left alone. People faced with sheer holiness realise the shallowness of much of their existence.

And so too with us. In spite of our own unworthiness God chooses to have us as living members of his Church. That’s because we share the holiness of God in Jesus. We’re called to be prophet-disciples in a Church that is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. And holiness means loving like God loves, in a wholesome way.

The Church, then, is holy not because of us. It’s holy because it belongs to God. We don’t possess our own brand of holiness. We share in God’s. So, unworthy as we are God calls each one of us to holiness. And if God doesn’t put us down, we should be careful about doing so ourselves.

5th.Sunday of Year 10th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Jim Sweatman Jnr. RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 11th. 9.15 Sick members of parish
Shrove Tues 12th. 9.15

7. 30pm

Davis Family

Pardon & Pancakes

Ash Wed 13th. 12md

7.30pm

Genevieve Foster

Eileen Sheahan

Thurs. 14th. 8am Dorothy Rice
Fri 15th. 11. 30 Funeral Mass

June Dooley

1st.Sunday of Lent 17th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

8pm

Theresa Candeland

Parishioners

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

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: £1359 20p

Peter’s dance money £103 (A total of £1746 over past 12 months)

Priests’ retirement fund: A gift of £1000 brings final total to £1614. 43p- a fantastic result or is it a heavy hint???

Boiler £4

Books £25

120 Club Winners No. 7 C. Dalziel £20

Please note the change of Mass time next Friday to accommodate the funeral of June Dooley. Please pray for the repose of her soul and also for the consolation of her family who mourn her death.

The next coffee morning for the bereavement group is this Monday 11th. If you are bereaved or know someone who might benefit from coming to such an event then please encourage them to come along from 10 till 11. There are open ears and members who can guide such individuals to appropriate help.

Please have a look at the bookstall. We have bought several items with children in mind- activity books and cards with accompanying sticker books- children love them and they are very reasonably priced. With the coming of Lent we should all be taking our faith more seriously and to that end you may feel like buying a book for yourself. The compendiums of the catechism have arrived at last and are beautifully produced, manageable volumes and are reasonably priced at £6 95p. Several people expressed an interest in having one of these and there are about half a dozen available. Take 15minutes each day to improve your knowledge of what our church does actually teach!

The next presentation by the Pilgrim Troupe will take place on Friday 22nd at St Michael’s.

I have seen the latest script and have every intention of attending what should prove to be a very thought provoking event. The title is: AndGod became man. I would encourage you all to make an effort to join me at St Michael’s during Lent in this year of Faith. There are posters with fuller details as well as fliers if you wish to distribute them to friends.

The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is this coming Monday and the Mass will be celebrated for the sick of the parish. All present will be offered anointing .

I hope we are all gearing up and girding our loins to spend a good Lent together. The kick-start is on Tuesday when we will celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation with our traditional ‘Pardon & Pancakes’ service.

The Masses on Fridays in Lent will be at 11am and will be followed by our Lenten lunches in the hall. On some Sunday afternoons we will hope to have Lenten devotions-perhaps Stations of the cross or a Holy Hour.

There are to be weekly meetings at St Joseph’s from 1st March with the initial one being presented by Bishop Brian- all are welcome (see posters for details)

I hope you will all try to do something extra to bring us to a better understanding of what Christ has done for us.

All the notice boards are going to be altered and upgraded and Colette has very kindly agreed to maintain and update these each week. There is nothing more depressing than notices which have been up for years and others which have faded or gone out of date.

We hope the changes will be up and running before the Bishop’s visit in mid-March. A box will be provided where people may leave posters which they wish to have displayed. Each Tuesday; Colette will sort through and position them in the designated areas. Would those who create the rotas for Eucharistic Ministers, Readers and any other groups (eg SVP, St Stephen’s Guild, Carmelites etc), please have their notices prepared by the beginning of March on A4 paper in an easily readable font size-possibly around 20? Contact details should be written on the reverse of the papers. It would be helpful if any posters are provided (if possible) by those who wish them to be displayed rather than emailing them for printing in the office here which adds to our volume of work and also has cost implications for the parish.

It is also hoped that the whole area around the back of the church will be de cluttered. On one of those long tables at the back are a number of glossy publications which are yours to take away for free to read or pass on. If they are still here in a few weeks I’m afraid they will be consigned to recycling.

A velvet revolution is underway!

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

4th. Sunday of the Year 3rd. February 2013

WORD OF GOD

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as prophet to the nations.

(Jeremiah 1:4-5)

WORD FOR TODAY

God does not create audience members. Everyone is an actor in God’s plan for the world. Before we even come to birth God knows what we are capable of, and he is waiting patiently for us to play our part in the drama of making him known and loved in our world. Do we know our lines?

There is so much misery, Lord, and how do I respond? I drown out your cry with the music of my iPod. When they judge you unjustly, I become absorbed in my favourite sports or sitcoms. When you are imprisoned, I go on vacation or a shopping spree. Sometimes I give a small donation or old clothes to be rid of you and to feel pious without following your path. (Enrique Dussel)

In these times of development everybody is in a hurry and everybody is in a rush, and on the way there are people falling down, who are not able to compete. These are the ones we want to love and serve and take care of. (Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

There are two words used a great deal in the gospel by Jesus. One is “come” and the other is “go”. There’s no use coming unless you go, and there’s no use going unless you come. (Sarah Ellis Evans)

FAITH IN FOCUS: STRONG CONVICTIONS

It’s not really fair to speak of Jeremiah as the “prophet of doom”. True, he did have some pretty devastating messages for the Jewish people and he warned that if they did not live up to their side of the bargain with God then things would only get worse.

He was a man of strong convictions who lived through some of the most harassing periods of Old Testament history. So perhaps he could be forgiven for coming down in a heavy way. Not that he was the sort of person you’d invite to your party. He refused to go to festivities because he thought things were too disastrous to be partying. He never married because he thought his children wouldn’t survive. His townspeople plotted against his life. He was put in the Temple stocks for prophesying that the city would be destroyed. And he was put on trial for blasphemy. He didn’t want to be a prophet but took his calling seriously, realising he had a duty to tell the world what he thought God wanted it to hear.

When we baptise people we make them prophets. I’m one and so are you. This means that in our daily lives we have to tell others what we think God wants them to know. This task isn’t just for bishops, priests, deacons and other worthies. It’s what we agree to every time we answer “Amen” at Communion, what we proclaim every time we say the Creed. It’s what being a Christian means.

Of course, it’s easier to keep a low profile, to pretend that we’re not quite sure about some aspects of our faith, to leave it to others. Yet God has given us a role in the never-ending drama of revealing his love to the world. Prophets don’t exist to bring bad news but to be living proof of God’s love for those he has created. You and I are surrounded by God’s care and as prophets we’re here to let others see that this love makes a difference in our lives. A relationship with God is not a private affair, so I mustn’t be fooled into keeping quiet about (politics and) religion out of a misplaced sense of decency. If we never talk about God, people will never come to know him.

And today Jeremiah gives us some very comforting words from God if we’re feeling a bit inadequate. He says, “They will fight against you but shall not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you.” So what are we waiting for?

4th.Sunday of Year 3rd. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Private Intention

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 4th. 9.15 Earl McGlincey
Tues 5th. 9.15 Colette Reavey
Wed 6th. 9.15 Kitty White
Thurs. 7th. 8am Private Intention
Fri 8th. 9.15 Private Intention
5th.Sunday of the Yr. 10th. 5.30pm

10am

8pm

Jim Sweatman Jnr. RIP

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 & 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

Offertory: £653 48 p

Priests retirement fund received a further £100

Boiler £77 23p (Hurrah & thanks)

120 Club Winners No. 98 M Daly £20

No 50 C Harrison

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.

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 this 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 and used only for the church’s pastoral provision. It will certainly not go to any commercial concern. As well as forms 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 Dalziel or Philip know. Thank you for your co-operation with this.

The food bank collection seemed to have a good response last weekend-and the boxes were moved efficiently- thank you. It is important that we are consistent with our efforts and try to remember to bring even one item on the recommended list. People unknown to you will be grateful for your caring and in a small way we are living the beatitudes.

Lent will soon be upon us and he book stall will be refreshed again. Please consider taking on some extra reading during this holy season. If you can’t afford a book you really like, I am sure we can come to some arrangement!

The next bereavement Coffee morning will be on February 11th from 10am until 11am

It has been drawn to my attention that a mother and her three children were recently moved from seats near the front by someone who said that another family usually sat there. I was sad about this, firstly because I have always been proud of the welcome we give to newcomers to the parish and secondly, because no one has any right to sit in a particular seat. I know many people have a favourite place but I hope I never have to hear a similar story from anyone else.

Wirral Wildlife presents an illustrated talk by Carol Ramsay on Friday 8th February at 7.30pm Admission is £3. The title of the talk is :‘Introducing Art to New Ferry Butterfly Park’

There are to be 4 meetings at SJP during March with the focus being the year of Faith. The first of these is on Friday 1st March from 7-9pm and concerns liturgy. It will be led by Bishop Brian. The other 3 meetings follow at weekly intervals. The details are on the posters and we will remind you as the dates arrive.

Are there any Biblical costumes lurking in your home? If you have borrowed such costumes in the past can you please return them to Maria Fryer at your earliest convenience so that she can sort them ready for Easter and do any running repairs. Thanks.

Have you noticed anyone regular Mass attenders missing? If so please can you let a member of the clergy know so that we can ensure they are receiving communion or appropriate visits. If we aren’t informed we can’t respond to any spiritual need they may have. Thanks and remember to be on the alert.

The Bill regarding same- sex marriage comes before Parliament this coming Tuesday. There is still time to complete one of the postcards to be found at the back of the church to send to your MP to ask them to vote against the Bill.