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

Easter Sunday March31st. 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: TODAY’S THE DAY

Today’s the day of victory when Christ rose from the grave, conquering everything before him and restoring us to the life that God intended for us…

Today’s the day when our God lets us know in the most vivid form possible just how much we are loved…

Today’s the day when the idols of comfort, fleeting pleasure and false security go fleeing as Jesus proclaims the power of the only true God…

Today’s the day when Satan is cast down as injustice, violence, greed, pride and oppression are overcome by one man’s obedience…

Today’s the day when the empty promises that cannot satisfy us are shown in their true light…

Today’s the day when even death is subdued as we announce Christ’s shattering of the tomb and rejoice that our life with God is never ending…

Today’s the day when we are reborn once more to live as members of Christ’s Body, the Church, in unity with our fellow Christians scattered over the globe…

Today’s the day when the darkness of our lives is dispersed as the Light of the World rises upon us…

The power of this day drives away all evil, washes away all guilt, restores lost innocence, brings joy to those who mourn, casts out hatred, brings peace and humbles earthly pride.

Today is Easter Day. May we experience its power in our lives and in the lives of those we love.

A very Happy Easter!

WORD FOR TODAY

Christ is risen from the dead and we share in his victory. From now on there is nothing that can ever claim such a hold over us as to drag us down permanently. Death, sin and evil have been taken on and have been defeated. The Church joyfully proclaims today that Jesus is Lord over all life, to the glory of God the Father.

WORD OF GOD

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed;

let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord.

(I Corinthians 5:7-8)

Easter baptism has its consequences. There is a great mystery to learn and a great mission to begin. In more and more parishes, Eastertime is not just a remembering something that happened long ago. It is Christ dead and risen in our midst. It is the Spirit breathing in us today. For Easter is made present in the neophytes, the newly baptised among us. Easter is made present in the newly confirmed and those who are brought to the table to make their first eucharist. And it is baptism and anointing and eucharist which tells us what to do with these fifty days. (Peter Scagnelli)

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Update

Bookings are being taken for the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which leaves the diocese on July 23rd overland and July 24th for the air section with both sections leaving Lourdes on Tuesday July 30th. This year the theme in Lourdes ties in with the Year of Faith as we are invited to consider ‘Lourdes – a door of faith.’ All are invited and welcome to join the pilgrimage especially those less able who are may need assistance whilst on pilgrimage.

Costs have been kept to the same as last year and there is a full range of hotels available. Full details are available on the recently upgraded website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from the Pilgrimage Office, St Peters, 16, Green Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4EA or phone 07773324264

Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday

30th/31st Vigil

7.30pm

10am

Parishioners

Jose McGree

Mon 1st 10am. Gerry Topping

(Birthday 31/3/13)

Tues 2nd 9.15 Laurence Nugent (anniversary)
Wed 3rd. 9. 15

10am

Teresa Young

(Birthday 31/3/13)

Funeral Service Michael McDermott

Thursday. 4th. 8am. Betty Crebbin
Friday 5th. 9.15 Aileen McGuigan
2nd. Sunday of

Easter

7th. 5.30pm

10am

Fred Diskin RIP

Parishioners

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, 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.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £765. 63p

Syria appeal (CAFOD) £324 48p

Lenten Lunches (CAFOD )£108 06p

Boiler: £p

120 Club winners: No 55 M Ross £20

No 39 S Armstrong £10

Fred Diskin died peacefully on Tuesday after a sudden illness. Please join me in praying for consolation for his wife Pat, his daughters and all family and friends who mourn him.

May he rest in peace.

Christ easters in me because I trust that, whatever happens, God still cares for me. God will always be there. Such trust is indeed Christ’s resurrection gift to us begun in baptismal water, fed with his flesh, recovered in the sacrament of reconciliation. (Walter Burghardt)

O blessed Alleluia of heaven! No more anguish, no more adversity. No more enemy. No more love of destruction. Up above, praise to God, and here below, praise to God. Praise mingled with fear here, but without disturbance above. Here the one who chants must die, but there he will live for ever. Here we chant in hope, there in possession; here it is Alleluia en route, there it is Alleluia on arriving home. (Augustine)

Has anyone borrowed a Cd from our collection, the title is ‘Out of Darkness’ ?

The Year of Faith meeting which was to have taken place on 22nd March will be rescheduled for April. We will pass on the date as soon as we are informed and will rely on you to spread the news.

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.

Message from Brown Owl (Chris Foster) 5th New Ferry Brownies are celebrating their 40th birthday in April. We are having church parade on 14th April at 10am followed by refreshments in the church hall. All past Brownies, leaders and helpers are invited to join us.

Alpha Course with Churches Together, to be held from this coming Monday 8/04/13 to 24/06/13, with each session being held at a different venue, the first being Jireh Chapel. Each host Church will provide refreshments and the evening’s Speaker.

Many thanks to all who have helped us on our journey through Lent and to all who have helped to prepare the church and the liturgies for Holy Week: Cleaners; musicians; flower arrangers; readers; altar servers to name but a few and not forgetting those who led Lenten Devotions each Sunday afternoon and the Friday soup makers. Last but by no means least, my personal thanks to Philip, who has been doing most of the donkey work (in the absence of the 4 legged one last week!)

Next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will take place this coming Monday 8th April 10-11am in the Parish Centre.

The new date for the Barn Dance is Friday, 19th April, 7.30-11pm. Tickets on sale from Easter.£5 Adult.

Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 children) £15. Up to 14 years £3. Please put your name and number

of tickets on sheet in church porch. PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR PARISH CENTRE. See Poster for details AND

Ann Murray 645 5514

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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

Passion Sunday March 24th. 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: WALKING BY

Not everyone in the crowd on Palm Sunday and Good Friday was bothered about the goings-on surrounding Jesus of Nazareth. There were plenty of people just going about their own business who got caught up or inconvenienced by the fuss. Another demonstration on a Sunday; another public execution on a Friday. So what’s new?

Those whose lives were changed by the events had to follow Jesus closely. They had to feel for him, to get involved in his journey and identify with what it was all about. Anyone could just walk by.

And nothing has changed. We too can just walk by as the events of that first Holy Week unfold now before our eyes. How? Well, we can simply come to Church for our Three Day Feast (Maundy Thursday/Good Friday/Easter) and treat it as a walk down memory lane as we recall the events of so long ago. We can sing the hymns, say the prayers, carry the palms and light the candles. Or we can choose to follow Jesus in such a way that it bites into the reality of our lives. And we can do this in two ways.

Firstly, we can examine the way we react to suffering when it comes our way. Is suffering (not just illness but the mental anguish that comes with tragedy or misfortune) something that we avoid like the plague? No one wants to invite suffering on themselves, but how do we treat it when it comes our way? Do we have a spiritual attitude to suffering? Is it something that we take just as a bugbear or is it something that we see as an opportunity to bear as Christ bore it, to join our suffering with that of Jesus on Calvary? Do we see adversity as a nuisance or can we grow as a result of the way we react to it?

Secondly, do we look at the suffering of other people just from a distance, like those who went about their business as Jesus was humiliated and executed? When we view the pictures of misery that assault us from our TV sets do we react in an active way or do we think of it as mere information or, God forbid, entertainment? Do the stories in our newspapers really affect us or have we become immune to them? And what about the suffering that we see in the faces of those who live on our streets and in our places of work?

Passion (Palm) Sunday and Good Friday give us a choice. Christ’s passion is still going on. We can stand and watch in our own day, or we can put our faith into real action.

WORD OF GOD

Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple…

The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults.

(Isaiah 50:4-7)

WORD FOR TODAY

We follow the events of this coming Holy Week as onlookers in the crowd. We see what the world sees; we hear what the world hears. Yet God offers us the chance to move beyond the obvious, to embrace the gift of life that comes as a result of Jesus’ death. Will we cheer for Barabbas or will we use the week to renew our commitment to the innocent Lamb who takes away our sin and removes our shame?

The figure of the crucified invalidates all thought which takes success for its standard. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. (Edmund Burke)

Passion Sunday 24th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30

Pope Francis

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Mon 25th. 9.15

7.30pm

Aileen McGuigan

Reconciliation

Tues 26th. 9.15 Gerard Heaney
Wed 27th. 11am Funeral Mass

John Murray

Holy Thursday. 28th. 7.30 Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday 29th. 12md

3pm

7.30

Journey of Easter from Lady Lever

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday meditation

Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday

30th.

31st.

11am

7.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Morning Prayer & shared lunch

Easter Vigil

Jose McGree

Prayer Meeting

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, 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.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £856 43p

Boiler: £11. 10p

120 Club winners: No

The programme for Holy Week is displayed on the notice boards. As well as everything else we have a funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am. so please also take note of that as well remembering the grieving family in your prayers.

If you require a copy of a baptismal certificate we are making a small charge of £5. Cheques should be made out to St John’s. There is a cost involved for us and it may remind people that the originals should be kept carefully.

As a result of recent enquiries, we are going to draw up a list of suggested fees for various occasions which we will keep in the sacristy. If you wish to know what any of the fees are then please ask to see the list. Fees go to the various ministers for sacraments/services (eg. weddings, funeral, baptisms.)

ANOTHER WARNING- British summer times begins at 1am on Easter Sunday (31st March) when the clocks go forward one hourso if it is your intention to be present at 10am Mass then you need to be fully aware of this and tie a few knots or post a few notes for yourself!

Message from Brown Owl (Chris Foster) 5th New Ferry Brownies are celebrating their 40th birthday in April. We are having church parade on 14th April at 10am followed by refreshments in the church hall. All past Brownies, leaders and helpers are invited to join us.

A very big thank you to all who helped (in so many ways) to prepare the parish for the Bishop’s pastoral visit last week. He was very impressed with everything he experienced and everyone he met and I felt proud of all parishioners.

Think we got a 5* rating!

Message from Eileen Bell

£245 worth of goods were sold during Traidcraft fortnight and I would like to thank everyone who came and looked at what was on offer and for purchasing so much. I am delighted! Over the past 12 months £1440 worth of

goods were sold at the stall and bearing in mind that I was absent for most of last year, this is a fantastic result.

Thank you Eileen for your dedication!

Many congratulations to Claudia Fryer who was silver medallist in the UK Young Scientist of the Year 2013. Her interviewers included Professor Brian Cox! What a fantastic achievement. In the autumn she will be off to university and we will miss her flute playing and graceful altar serving but we are very proud of her on all accounts.

As we enter Holy Week, I would like to ask you all to participate as fully as possible in all the ceremonies of the three days. The timetable of events is on the notice boards and included here, so keep your newsletter safe to refer to.

I apologise for being an absentee landlord on Wednesday when we hosted Bebington Churches Together event in the hall. The RE department in the school was having a snap Ofsted inspection and I had to be present. I am quite sure Philip did a great job.

Speaking of deacons, Mike has had another hospital stay with a rather nasty infection in his hand. He has been in the wars of late. Please remember our deacons in your prayers because without their help and that of so many others, it would be nigh impossible to run this parish. Thank you all.

The cross on which Jesus hung did not disappear after Joseph of Arimathea took his body down from it; crucifixion, mental and physical anguish, is writ large over human existence and it calls for a Christian response. (Walter Burghardt)

The flower ladies have decided not to have a collection for Easter because there has only been a short time since their Christmas collection and they have sufficient funds at present. They will have one later in the year- perhaps in June. They thank you for your continued support.

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 Lent March 17th. 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: LOOKING BACK?

Wiping the slate clean…forgiving and forgetting…turning over a new leaf….beginning again from square one…. We all know what these things mean but we find it hard to put them into practice.

First of all we have difficulty in forgetting what others have done to us, even if we have forgiven them. There’s always that niggling raking-over of how we’ve been mistreated or taken advantage of. And in this sense our forgiveness becomes only partial.

Then we have difficulty in believing that God doesn’t behave in the same fashion with us when we commit sin. Despite God’s assurances, we still have a tendency to believe that we come to God with a “reputation” and that our past offences are somehow still lying on the record.

But when Jesus is confronted with the woman taken in adultery he makes it clear how God acts towards us. No one has condemned the woman and neither does he. He simply tells her to go away and not to sin any more.

Jesus’s words are about the future, not the past. What’s done is done and all that anyone can ever ask of us is not to repeat the same mistakes. And in today’s reading from Isaiah God tells us, “No need to recall the past, no need to think about what was done before. See, I am doing a new deed”.

A new deed. That’s what happens when God grants pardon. God’s forgiveness makes a completely new person of us since we are restored to the likeness of our maker. God’s forgiveness is not about cobbling together the best of a bad bunch or botching up what is still usable. When God forgives he creates a brand new situation, a fresh opportunity, a vast horizon, a complete rehabilitation and a “new deed”.

As we approach the last part of Lent we have the chance to come clean before God and to ask for the forgiveness that the gospel offers. Lent summons us to live in this passing world with our hearts set on the world that will never end. We do this in confidence, knowing that God is not here to condemn us but simply to say, “Forget the past and look to the future”.

WORD OF GOD

No need to recall the past, no need to think about what was done before.

See, I am doing a new deed, even now it comes to light: can you not see it? (Isaiah 43:18-19)

WORD FOR TODAY

We learn by our mistakes. But dwelling on the past prevents us from moving forward since it fails to look the present full in the face. God knows the sins of our past, but is much more concerned for us to grow into fullness of life. Accepting God’s forgiveness and moving on is the first step in this process.

The true physician does not preach repentance; he offers absolution.

(H L Mencken)

Forgiveness needs to be accepted, as well as given, before it is complete.

(C S Lewis)

Only one petition in the Lord’s Prayer has any condition attached to it: it is the petition for forgiveness. (William Temple)

5th.Sunday

of Lent

17th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30

Parishioners

Dorothy Welch

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Mon 18th. 9.15 John Devine
Tues 19th. 9.15 Laurence Hanley
Wed 20th. 9.15 Eric Smith
Thurs. 21st 8am Kevin Good
Fri 22nd. 11am

11.45

M Charles

Lenten Lunch- proceeds to CAFOD

Passion Sunday 24th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30pm

Pope Francis

Parishioners

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

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, 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: £888 17p

Boiler: £41 25

Books £ 9.99 p

Peter’s Dance money £110

120 Club winners: No £20

EARLY WARNING- British summer times begins on Easter Sunday (31st March) so if it is your intention to be present at 10am Mass then you need to be fully aware of this and tie a few knots or post a few notes for yourself! We should be able to have an early Easter Vigil Mass -probably 7.30pm because we won’t have to wait for it to go dark (every cloud has a silver lining….)

Unfortunately Bishop Mark is unable to be present for the Saturday evening Mass as he also had a commitment to meet the Deacons of the diocese on Saturday and thus was subject to time constraints. We welcome him for Sunday Mass and I am sure he will be happy to meet you in the hall after Mass.

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.

Message from Brown Owl (Chris Foster) 5th New Ferry Brownies are celebrating their 40th birthday in April. We are having church parade on 14th April at 10am followed by refreshments in the church hall. All past Brownies, leaders and helpers are invited to join us.

Despite Colette’s earnest prayers, the materials for the new notice boards have not arrived in time for this weekend. She has done a temporary job so that you have some idea of what she has in mind. Of course she is open-minded and if other groups are looking for space she will endeavour to help you. We are not counting our (Easter) chickens but hope that all will be in place by then. New posters into the box at the back please.

Going, going…..You have had flyers with details of the four Lenten meetings which are scheduled to take place on Fridays at SJP. The final one of these is on 22nd. March and will be presented by Fr. Kevin Kelly. So far we have been treated to 3 wonderful evenings pondering the gifts of Vatican 11 and I have every reason to believe that this one will live up to previous standards. If you haven’t attended any of the others try to make it to the final one. They are stand-alone events.

Please see notice board for details or pick up a flyer.

The committee have decided that there will not be a summer fair this year and will instead concentrate their efforts on the Christmas Fair. Meanwhile, they are planning other events to take us through the year and you will be kept up to speed on these.

Alpha Course with Churches Together, to be held from 8/04/13 to 24/06/13, with each session being held at a different venue, the first being Jireh Chapel. Each host Church will provide refreshments and the evening’s Speaker. There was an Introductory Meeting on Monday 11/03, and this will be followed by a Meeting for those with a definite interest next Monday18/03.

The Carmelites in Birkenhead are planning to produce Mass cards and we hope to stock some on our bookstall when the production line starts to flow. This will provide us with a small opportunity to support the nuns who so generously support us all with their prayers.

Michael (Mick) Gallagher died on 8th March at Elderhome. His funeral will be at CTK on Monday 18th at 9.15am. Displayed on the exterior notice boards is a short notice from the family regarding funeral arrangements etc. We offer them our sincere condolences on the death of a much loved family member.

Journey of Easter, a churches together event will take place on Good Friday at 12md. It will commence at Lady Lever. The parade will be accompanied by music and during the parade the children will display a giant cross. This is a family event. Biblical dress is available. Please see notice board for further details.

Fred has recovered sufficiently to return to his home but he is by no means returned to good health. Please keep him in your prayers.

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

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALWAYS SOMEONE WORSE

We’re fond of passing off our troubles with the phrase, “There’s always someone worse off than us”. Secretly, we’re rather glad there is, because we’d hate to think that we were at the bottom of the pile!

But by the same token we also end up thinking, “There’s always someone worse”. (Not worse off, just worse.) We know that we can be bad but we comfort ourselves with the thought that there are a lot of nasty people out there, and I’m certainly not as bad as they are. Newspapers and TV encourage us to think like this by dubbing people as monsters and beasts, or even just plain asylum seekers. And today Jesus is faced in the gospel with some righteous leaders who complain about the company he keeps and the sort of characters he eats with. It seems we always need someone to scapegoat because that makes us feel more worthy.

Yet the parable of the prodigal son is about all of us. No honest person can ignore the message of the story. Each one of us can recognise how capable we are of taking a perfectly lovely situation and reducing it to rubble. Spending the money on wine, women and song is merely a symbol of our tendency to mess things up in our own particular way.

Now the way God deals with sinners is the way the father dealt with his son. He welcomes them unconditionally and offers them food. That’s the hard part for some people. If the sinner were made to go through some public humiliation or dressing down, then they’d be happy. But in fact it’s an embrace and a dressing up that awaits the young man. And it’s the older brother who finds all this forgiveness too much to take. After all, he’s better than his prodigal relation.

The story of the prodigal son is an antidote to modern society. For it speaks of things that are given, not earned. It overflows with “concessions” that ring badly in the ears of many. It says that we should rehabilitate not punish, that we should be profoundly moved by someone who sees the error of their ways, and that we should welcome back rather than shut out. To a world thirsty for “justice” it offers only grace.

WORD OF GOD

This man, they said, welcomes sinners and eats with them. (Luke 15:2)

WORD FOR TODAY

There is nothing that is so bad that God cannot forgive it if we are truly sorry. There is no sin that can put us out of reach of God’s mercy. Today we are reminded that the God we worship is the same God who is humble enough to welcome sinners and to eat with them. Repentance has a central place in the Christian life. But fear doesn’t.

Who after his transgression doth repent, Is half, or altogether, innocent.

(Robert Herrick)

Reconciliation sounds a large theological term, but it simply means coming to ourselves, arising, and going to our Father. (John Oman)

Clean your fingers before you point at my spots. (Benjamin Franklin)

4th.Sunday

of Lent

10th.. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30

Parishioners

Arthur Evans

Sorrowful Mysteries with PPTX

Prayer Meeting

Mon 11th. 9.15 Thanksgiving (Bell)
Tues 12th. 9.15 God’s blessing on the Conclave
Wed 13th. 9.15 Rev John Warnock
Thurs. 14th. 8am Harvey Family
Fri 15th. 11am

11.45

Lenten Lunch- proceeds to CAFOD
5th.Sunday of Lent 17th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Dorothy Welch

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

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, 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 for your generosity

Offertory: £584 53p

Family Fast £784 59p

Boiler: £11

Books £1.95p

120 Club winners: No 83 N Martin £20

Regretfully, we have had to cancel those glossy magazines: (Catholic Life, The Vatican etc.) Sales werefew and far between. They are quite lavishly produced and consequently quite expensive, so the lack of buyers is understandable. If anyone wants to make a regular order for one of them then we will try to arrange it but otherwise the remaining (current) issues are the last you will see here for the present.

Just one week until the Bishop comes to visit. He has already had a very successful visit to our schools. We hope the new notice boards will be up and running and full of interesting things to attract. If you are responsible for any aspect of tidiness in the church, please ensure that you do your bit to help the cleaners so that all is ‘ship shape and Bristol fashion.’ Thank you.

Do you have a computer? Would you like to be a prayer sponsor for one of the cardinals? This website has been set up so that Catholics can pray for each and every one of the cardinals about to elect the next pope. Names are selected randomly. See below.

The website asks: ‘Do you as an important part of the Body of Christ wish to contribute through the power of your prayers so that the Holy Spirit may guide, protect and enlighten our Cardinals when they determine the next successor of St Peter? You now have the opportunity actively to be part of this providential endeavour by having a Cardinal assigned to you, who you will support through your prayer and intercession during the coming weeks before and during the conclave and for three days following the election. ‘To adopt a Cardinal, go to: Even if you can’t join this scheme I hope you will pray for the cardinals as a body as they embark on the onerous task which lies ahead of them.

You have been handed flyers with details of the four Lenten meetings which are scheduled to take place on Fridays at SJP. The third of these is on 15th. March and will be presented by Dr MarianTolley

Please see notice board for details or pick up a flyer

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.

Deacon Les Arch is seeking volunteers to help on the hospital chaplaincy team. Please see the notice board for further information and Les’s contact details.

Traidcraft fortnight ends this weekend. As usual Eileen Bell has a tempting display ofTraidcraft goods available on her stall including Easter chocolate delicacies!

Message from Fr. Frank

The membership of the parish team currently stands at 9 including me! Some of the members have been part of the team for a very long time and some would like to be able to bow out. Even if they all stay we need at least three more. We usually meet monthly but have occasional extraordinary meetings. If you are approached to join the team, I hope you will give it your serious consideration. You can look at a copy of the constitution to see if it is something for you to consider.

Last week, I quoted from Bishop Brian’s presentation on the Liturgy when he said (I paraphrase) ‘If you think of it in terms of a play; we are the cast, not the audience.’ I think this applies to other areas of parish life. The days are well and truly over (thank goodness)when the PP did everything with the help of just the housekeeper.

Next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will take place this coming Monday 11th March, 10-11am in the Parish Centre.

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The new date for the Barn Dance is Friday, 19th April, 7.30-11pm.

Watch this space re ticket sales.

Maria Fryer has been busy again. She has made Mike a new dalmatic and also beautifully covered our main altar missal rest. Thanks for sharing your talent Maria.

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 Lent March 3rd. 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: WHAT’S GOD’S NAME?

There’s an old joke about the little girl who thought that God was called Peter. When her mother asked her why she thought this, she said it was because at the end of Mass the priest said, “Go in peace” and we all replied, “Thanks, Peter God”.

God has lots of names, but we usually refer to him (or her?) as “the Lord”. This is a translation of the Hebrew word “Yahweh”, (or Jehovah), a word so solemn that Jews only use it in prayer.

When we know what a thing does we give it a name. The thing that keeps us warm is called the central heating. The thing that lets us see pictures from all around the world we call the television, and so on… But when it comes to naming God what do we say? When Moses asked God what his name was, God replied “Yahweh”. And as you might guess, “Yahweh” simply means “I am”, “I am the one who is” or “I am who I am”. Maybe that’s because we can’t tie God down. God simply is.

The trap we can easily fall into is to think that we know God. But God is eminently greater than anything we can ever understand. The great scholars had a rule of thumb for describing God. They said, think your most noble thought, conjure up your idea of the greatest power and try to come up with the supreme example of truth, goodness or beauty. And when you’ve done that, you’re not even close because God is greater than anything the human mind can conceive of.

Today’s gospel reading presents us with an example of this. It’s fashionable these days to speak about a God who is so loving that no matter what we do we will never be punished. Yet God does not seem to think so. Jesus reminds his listeners of a recent disaster where a tower collapsed in Siloam and 18 people were killed. They were not expecting to die that day but it turned out to be their last. And then he goes on to explain the need for repentance.

You cannot wait until tomorrow to set your lives right, he says, because tomorrow may be too late. God does not impose good behaviour. Nor does he ignore our choices whether good or bad.

Sometimes we think we know God. Yet most of the time we struggle even to know what his name means. All the more reason to repent today.

WORD OF GOD

Moses said, “If they ask me what your name is, what am I to tell them?”

And God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”

(Exodus 3:13-14)

WORD FOR TODAY

The only life worth living is the high-octane life that is God’s. That’s because God is life itself and if we want to enjoy this life then we have to make sure that we are going for the right choices. Lent urges us to look at our lifestyle and to make any necessary adjustments. It’s called repentance!

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”.

3rd.Sunday

of Lent

3rd. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30

Recovery from Illness

Parishioners

Traditional Stations with Chris Doherty

Prayer Meeting

Mon 4th. 9.15 Thanksgiving
Tues 5th. 9.15 Funeral Mass

Freda McLoughlin

Wed 6th. 9.15 Recovery of daughter
Thurs. 7th. 8am Rev John Berry
Fri 8th. 11am

11.45

Rev Denis Herlihy

Lenten Lunch- proceeds to CAFOD

4th.Sunday of Lent 3rd. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Arthur Evans

Sorrowful Mysteries with PPTX

Prayer Meeting

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, 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: £1056 62p

Boiler: £21. 05p

Books £14 95p

120 Club winners: 18/2/13 No 112 T Halewood £20

25/2/13 No 115 C McGree £20

25/2/13 no 114 L. Davies £10

Please return your Family Fast envelopes ASAP. Thank you for your contributions to CAFOD.

You have been handed fliers with details of the four Lenten meetings which are scheduled to take place on Fridays at SJP. The second of these is on 8th. March and will be presented by Fr. Nick Kern –

Please see notice board for details or pick up a flyer

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.

Traidcraft goods are available this weekend and next weekend. As usual Eileen Bell has a tempting display of Traidcraft goods available on her 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 and you can browse without pressure. 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? 2 new books have arrived during the week- one by the Pope Emeritus!

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.

Deacon Les Arch is seeking volunteers to help on the hospital chaplaincy team. Please see the notice board for further information and Les’s contact details.

It’s that time of year again when Kath Markey seeks your cooperation!

Please could all APF/Mill Hill mission box holders please bring in their boxes for emptying during March. Thanks for your continued support and prayers.

At present we don’t have a parish Mums and Tots group which is rather sad. We do have an available slot in the hall on Wednesdays from 1pm until 2.30pm. Are there any prospective group leaders out there? Lifelong friendships have been formed in past Mums and Tots groups. Think about it.

The group leader would need to have a CRB check and Celia would be able to advise on that.

Cecily has found that both St John’s Hospice and the Food bank would be able to use the plastic bags you bring your food bank donations in so please feel free to leave them if you wish. Sorry for any confusion last week- the note from Bernadette arrived too late for the newsletter. These are just teething problems and soon it will be like a well-oiled machine.

Churches Together in Bebington invite you to Jireh Church, Teehey Gardens on Monday 18th March for meal at 7pm to introduce another Alpha Course which will run on Mondays from 8th April at different venues in Bebington. For more info or to register your interest ring Anne Samuels on 608 4429 or email parishoffice

If you haven’t been to an Alpha course, you should try it. It is a really good way of getting back to basics and also a great way to meet other members of parishes in Bebington area.

It is just two weeks until the Bishop visits us to make sure out house is in order and meet you all. Let’s make sure everything is in apple pie order- a place for everything and everything in its place.. The new notice boards should be up and running by then too.