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

The Body & Blood of Christ 2nd June2013

FAITH IN FOCUS:

The 13th century was famous for its debates about the Eucharist. People were intrigued about the fact that Christ promised to be present to the world in bread and wine. So naturally they wanted to know how this happened. Was “This is my body” just a metaphor, like saying that your daughter is the “apple of your eye”, or did it mean something deeper? These were not new questions, but a renewed interest in philosophy and theology meant that people were openly asking questions and disputing with one another.

One of the positive results of all this is that the 13th century saw an upsurge in Eucharistic piety among believers. This feast grew up in Belgium as a response to debates about the real presence and by 1264 Pope Urban IV had extended it to the whole of the Western Church. Shortly afterwards the first Corpus Christi processions are recorded.

What is the reason for this feast? It reminds us that under the form of bread and wine Christ is enduringly present to the Church, and through eating and drinking his body and blood we are nourished in our spiritual lives and united into the communion of the Church, living and dead. By celebrating the Eucharist we make the memorial of Christ’s suffering and death, and we make him present here and now in the sacrament of his body and blood.

The bread of the Eucharist is rich in symbolism. It begins its life as a single sheaf of wheat blowing in a field. But when combined with many others, it can be ground down into a life-giving flour that can feed and nourish others. We who share this one bread of the Eucharist ourselves become one body: the Body of Christ, the Eucharist. And so too with the wine: just as the wheat is ground, so the grape is crushed to form the juice which will ferment into a wine. By allowing ourselves to be ground and crushed for each other, we make the choice of giving ourselves completely like Christ did for us. To eat and drink in memory of Christ means, therefore, to agree to become the very thing we eat: the Body of Christ, the Church.

WORD OF GOD

They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected, they filled twelve baskets.

(Lk. 9:17)

WORD FOR TODAY

When we come to Mass we obey Jesus’ command to eat and drink in his memory. He has left us a permanent and effective memorial of his death and resurrection: the sacrament of his sacrifice on Calvary, the food and drink for our journey to eternal life.

The Corpus Christi procession makes Christ present in towns and cities throughout the world. But his presence cannot be limited to just one day, a noise you hear and then forget. It should remind us that we have to discover our Lord in our ordinary everyday activity. Side by side with this solemn procession, there is the simple, silent procession of the ordinary life of each Christian. He is a man among men, who by good fortune has received the faith and the divine commission to act so that he renews the message of our Lord on earth. We are not without defects; we make mistakes and commit sins. But God is with us and we must make ourselves ready to be used by him, so that he can continue to walk among men.

(St Josemaria Escriva)

Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist.

(US Catholic Bishops)

Friday next is the feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus which was first celebrated on August 31, 1670, in Rennes, France, through but it took the visions of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) for the devotion to become universal.

In that vision, Christ asked St. Margaret Mary to request that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, in reparation for the ingratitude of men for the sacrifice that Christ had made for them. The Sacred Heart of Jesus represents not simply His physical heart but His love for all mankind.

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, GoodJesus that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Giveme health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessingon all that I do, and the graceof a holy death. Amen.

The Body & Blood of Christ 2nd 5.30pm

10am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Patricia Elbay

Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Mon 3rd 9.15 Kate Kenny
Tues 4th. 9.15 Niece of Irene Ivers
Wed 5th. 9.15 Sarah Maher
Thurs 6th. 9.15 Ann Ferguson
Friday 7th. 9.15 Jack Murray
10th Sun. 9th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Honora Barrett

(1st Anniv.)

Parishioners

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, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Colette Reevey. 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

I will be at St Beuno’s on retreat from Monday afternoon. Mass Intentions from Tuesday to Friday will be celebrated by me there. Frs. Lightbound & Marmion will be celebrating Masses here. Michael will kindly be in residence.

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £664 63p

Boiler: £7

Book Sales £15 94p

120 Club winners: No. 68 M Rooney £20

No 112 T Halewood £10

Vera still has several numbers available-

At 3pm next Saturday 8th June at St Michael’s Woodchurch, the annual APF/Mill Hill mission mass will be celebrated. All are invited. See poster for details. You are requested to add your name to the list to give an idea of numbers for catering- no names so far!

There is to be a Maranatha meeting next Saturday 8th in parish hall. This is an interdenominational nationwide movement and all are invited to attend. Gathering from 12.30 with shared lunch and fellowship. See poster for further details.

Sunday June 22nd 2014 is the date for Lion King and we will be attending the matinee performance at 2.30pm. The tickets are £45 each.

The list (now closed) at the back of church needs the urgent attention of those who did not attended to it last weekend. We need a tick to confirm your order or we request that you delete your names from the list (some people have already done this) double tick if you have paid. Payment is due as soon as possible but certainly by 23rd June. THIS YEAR!!!

Cheques should be made payable to St John’s and Fr. Frank will then make out a large cheque to the Empire, but the parish WILL NOT be paying in advance of your payment. No cheque/no place. Thank you! Anyone willing to help with collection of monies???

The Bereavement group will hold their next coffee morning on Monday 10th June from 10-11am.

There is a sacredness in tears.

They are not the mark of weakness,

but of power.

They speak more eloquently

than ten thousand tongues.

They are the messengers

of overwhelming grief,

of deep contrition,

and of unspeakable love.

(Washington Irving)

Speaking of coffee – how about going across to the parish centre after Sunday Mass? You will be made most welcome and will be able to enjoy coffee or tea and biscuits in the company of friends. You will also be able to see the improvements to the facilities- the result of months of hard work on the part of Gerry Topping and friends. Give it a whirl!

There is also an appeal for more volunteers to join the rota to serve the drinks- see Noelene.

Ss. Charles Lwanga and companions

These 22 martyrs were among many newly baptised Christians who were killed for their faith and virtue in Uganda between 1885 and 1887 by a debauched and brutal ruler. They were burned alive on 3rd June in 1886. They are remembered for the heroic calm of their fidelity to Christ

Thank you for your donations to the Wirral foodbank. This is an on-going scheme and so the need for your support is also on-going. We need to support those in our community who need our help. Donation levels are displayed on the notice board each week.

The food bank relies on non-perishable, in date, food donations to feed local people in crisis. The food bank has asked for the following items which they need urgently: tinned fruit, squash and juices, pasta sauces & mixes, feminine hygiene products instant mash, tinned sponge puddings Please place food in the box provided at the back of church.

For further information please ring Cecily 0151 645 7645.

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for June

Mutual Respect. That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples.
New Evangelization. That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization.

We find ourselves on this feast at the very heart of the Paschal Mystery, which completely reveals the spousal love of God. Christ is the Bridegroom because “he has given himself”: his body has been “given”, his blood has been “poured out”. In this way “he loved them to the end”. The “sincere gift” contained in the Sacrifice of the Cross gives definitive prominence to the spousal meaning of God’s love. As the Redeemer of the world, Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church. The Eucharist is the Sacrament of our Redemption. It is the Sacrament of the Bridegroom and of the Bride. The Eucharist makes present and realises anew in a sacramental manner the redemptive act of Christ, who “creates” the Church, his body. Christ is united with this “body” as the bridegroom with the bride. (Pope John Paul II)

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WORD OF GOD

From everlasting I was firmly set, from the beginning, before earth came into being.

(Proverbs 8:23)

WORD FOR TODAY

Our limited minds can never grasp the reality of God. God is the author of everything that came into being. Yet God is not so aloof that the ups and downs of our daily lives are beyond his concern. We have a God who cares passionately about each of us and has made us little less than gods.

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

The Most Holy Trinity 26th May 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: FATHOMING GOD

Dear Sons and Daughters,

I thought I’d drop you a brief line today since, after all, Trinity is my special feast. Though perhaps I should remember that your finite minds would find it easier on Trinity Sunday if I say “our” feast. The other two agree with me on this!

You know, of course, I am the only one with a total grasp on reality. That’s because I exist infinitely; I had no beginning and will have no end, unlike you who are limited to time and space. One day, of course, you will join me in this never-ending happiness. I’m really looking forward to that day. Well, actually, it’s already arrived for me but that would take too long to explain.

It pleases me that you are trying to be holy. It doesn’t matter whether you achieve it or not, because it’s the trying that’s important. What you are really doing is trying to become more like me. That’s because I possess the only real holiness: it comes naturally to me. And when you love, too, you are like a kitchen towel that blots up my love and passes it on to others.

One of the pleasures of being God is watching how much progress you are making on earth. DNA, space probes, computers, health cures: it’s all very impressive but sometimes I wonder what took you so long. And I have a good laugh when you try to take the credit for it all. It’s the same when you talk about the origins of life and of the universe. Big bangs, gases, planetary collisions. Well, yes, it’s all pretty close to the mark, but who do you think made the gases in the first place? Yes, I know it’s rude to boast.

Still, don’t think just because I am the one you’re all trying to catch up with, without really knowing it, that I am too busy or important to be bothered about your own individual cares and concerns. I have always loved you, even before you were born, and that’s why I came down to earth. And even when people talk about me as if I were a thing from the past, and behave in ways that contradict all I’ve ever said, I won’t stop loving. But that’s probably hard for you to understand, even though I’ve made you little less than gods. In the meantime I send you my blessing.

Best wishes from your loving Father.

PS The other two send their regards.

The Most Holy Trinity 26th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Patricia Elbay

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 27th 9.15 Paul de Seine
Tues 28th. 9.15 Benefactors SSCF
Wed 29th. 9.15 Rev Denis Herlihy
Thurs 30th. 8am Olivia Bradshaw
Friday 31st. 9.15 Fred Archbold
Sun. 2nd. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Private Int.

Parishioners

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, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Colette Reevey.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

The change in Mass time this coming Monday is to allow me to attend the funeral of a brother priest in Shrewsbury Cathedral. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £750 76p

Boiler: £14 70p

Book Sales £

120 Club winners: No. 113 M Rooney£20

Vera has several numbers available- 50p per week-please see her or contact her on 645 6140

At 3pm on Saturday 8th June at St Michael’s Woodchurch, the annual APF/Mill Hill mission mass will be celebrated. All are invited. See poster for details. Youare requested to add your name to the list to give an idea of numbers for catering.

I think that the best way to know God is to love many things. (Van Gogh)

Sponsorship money for Altar servers’ walk is now due!

People like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christadelphians claim that the Trinity is a Christian construct. If, as the anti-Trinitarians maintain, the Trinity is not a biblical doctrine and was never taught until the council of Nicaea in 325, then why do these quotes (Irenaeus, Tertullian, etc) exist? The answer is simple: the Trinity is a biblical doctrine and it was taught before the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.

Part of the reason that the Trinity doctrine was not “officially” taught until the time of the Council of Nicaea is because Christianity was illegal until shortly before the council. It wasn’t really possible for official Christian groups to meet and discuss doctrine. For the most part, they were fearful of making public pronouncements concerning their faith.

(Elizabeth Sweeney)

Two big thank you messages this week:

Liz & Paul de Seine have very much appreciated all the messages, cards, flowers and phone calls following Paul’s recent illness. Thankfully, he is making good progress and we hope will soon be fully recovered.

Ann Murray wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, Masses and all messages of love,sympathy and support following her recent bereavement. May her father Jack rest in peace and may she and the rest of the family find consolation in their memories and in knowing that he is now safe in God’s care.

State exam time has arrived for young people in our secondary schools. We hope that they manage to keep their nerves at bay and their memories in good shape!

If you are a definite for the Lion King next June could you please add another tick to your name. We need to ‘firm up’ the list because there are 3 more seats needed by members of the parish who were absent the first week the form was put out. Full payment will be needed by 21st June. Cheques to be made payable to St John’s and then we will pay one large cheque to the Empire. The seats will be lost if payment is not made by that date. Thank you

My apologies that the exterior notice board was late in being updated last week. The door was jammed so I was unable to open it until Wednesday….

Moreover, nothing in the Trinity can be called greater or less, since the fountain of divinity alone contains all things by his word and reason, and by the Spirit of His mouth sanctifies all things which are worthy of sanctification.

(Origen)

On Monday we celebrate the feast of St Augustine of Canterbury. He was born In Italy in the 6th century and as Prior of a Roman monastery was sent by Gregory the Great to preach the gospel to the English. He evangelized the kingdom of Kent and is venerated by Catholics and Anglicans as founder of the metropolitan see of Canterbury.

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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org
Pentecost Sunday 19th May 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: OFF OUR OWN BAT?
The Pentecost story is a remarkable one. The apostles had virtually gone into hiding for the seven weeks that followed Jesus’ death on Calvary. Today we meet them huddled in a room together. We have heard elsewhere how terrified they were that they even kept the doors locked. They were afraid that the authorities would come looking for them and that they too would be executed. To say they were demoralised would be putting it mildly.
Suddenly the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they are changed men. Out they go into the open and begin to preach about the marvels of God in all sorts of languages, yet, in a reversal of what happened when confusion reigned at Babel, everyone could understand what was being said.
In a world that prizes self-reliance the gift of the Spirit comes as an antidote. It teaches us that we are far too frail by ourselves to tackle the ills of our time, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We can’t even pray off our own bat; we need the Spirit to speak through our mumbling to God. Yet with God’s spirit we are capable of sharing in the wonders that God wants for this world.
The Spirit does lots of things. It is the Spirit who consoles, supports, comforts, inspires, forgives, gives strength and wisdom, and leads us to know the truth. An ancient hymn speaks about the Spirit as “bending the stubborn heart and will, melting the frozen and warming the chill, washing the stains of guilt away”.
The greater the saint, the more reliant they are on God’s Spirit. For to recognise our need for the Spirit is not weakness but simple common sense. It is God who acts in our world and in our lives, using the Spirit to guide and direct us. The Spirit was given to us at our baptism and we can either allow him to lie dormant, preferring to rely on our own resources, or we can summon the power of God to shape and inform our thoughts, words and deeds.
The Spirit certainly changes things, as the apostles would tell you. He invites us on God’s adventure. But, first, we have to let him in through our locked door.

WORD OF GOD
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven…each one bewildered to hear these men speaking their own language. (Acts 2: 5)

WORD FOR TODAY
God’s Spirit is the bond of unity among all humanity. Gender, race, colour and language take second place to what we share in Jesus Christ. What makes us one is not our difference but our unanimity in proclaiming that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

We have been given a wonderful Facilitator, namely, the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit awakens us to mysterious power within us, bids us live, and helps us grow. (Flor McCarthy)

As the wider world succumbs to the temptation to view with suspicion foreigners who have a different cultural background, the European Community looks with apprehension at its enlargement to include Eastern bloc countries and our newspapers pour disdain on every category of asylum seeker, Pentecost stands as the Christian clarion call that all men and women are equal, are united in the same Spirit and should be accorded by us the same dignity that God is pleased to lavish upon them. (Barbara Lloyd)

People fascinated by the idea of progress never suspect that every step forward is also a step on the way to the end. (Milan Kundera)

Fred was given a huge send off on Friday- one which he richly deserved. We will miss him. May he rest in peace after all his good works.

Pentecost 19th 5.30pm
10am
7.30pm Mgr. Sweeney
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon 20th N.B. 8.30
Moya Roberts
Tues 21st. 9.15 Fred Archbold
Wed 22nd. 9.15 Rev Gerry Courell
Thurs 23rd. 8am Private Int.
Friday 24th. 9.15 Rose Corrigan
Most HolyTrinity
26th 5.30pm
10am
7.30pm Patricia Elbay
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Please pray for our sick and those who care for them
Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, 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, Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Colette Reevey. 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
The change in Mass time this coming Monday is to allow me to attend the funeral of a brother priest in Shrewsbury Cathedral. Sorry for any inconvenience. Money- thank you for your generosity
Offertory: £933 70p
Boiler: £8
Book Sales £7
120 Club winners: No. 61 P White £20
Vera has several numbers available- 50p per week-please see her or contact her on 645 6140

The Wirral coastal walk takes place this Sunday and many of our altar servers are amongst the walkers. The walk is a sponsored one and if you haven’t already done so perhaps you might want to add your name to the list. They are raising funds for both Claire House and their own St Stephen’s Guild. They are a great team of youngsters and the activities they share outside of church give them a real bond. Collection of sponsored money will start soon…..

NB. There is a now small charge of £5 for the re issue of Baptismal certificates. Please keep certificates in a safe place as they may be required at several junctures in a child’s life (e.g. change of school, marriage etc.)

At 3pm on Saturday 8th June at St Michael’s Woodchurch, the annual APF/Mill Hill mission mass will be celebrated. All are invited. See poster for details. You are requested to add your name to the list to give an idea of numbers for catering.

St Bede’s feast is on Saturday 25th. He was born in 673 and was a monk and historian of the early English church. He is known as the ‘light of the church’ in the early mediaeval period and a s a forerunner of the 8th and 9th century renaissance of the Western church.

Our condolences go to the Price family whose brother John died last Monday. May he rest in peace and may his family and friends be consoled by the resurrection of Christ. Sr. Marie has kindly donated 10 books in perfect condition. We have put them on the bookstall marked with a red ‘Smiley’. If you fancy taking one and would like to make a small donation then please feel free to do so.

The principal patron of our diocese of Shrewsbury is Our Lady Help of Christians. The title was adopted in 1851 when the clergy met for the first time. Devotion to Our Lady under this title developed after the success of the Christian defeat at the battle of Lepanto in 1571 and was later popularised by St John Bosco and the Salesians. The feast is on Friday 24th

This weekend we celebrated the 1st Communions of the third and final group. Please keep the children in your prayers. The celebration Mass for the whole group will be on 23rd June followed by a party in the parish centre.

We have reserved 38 tickets for the Lion King at £45 a head. The date is for Sunday 22nd June 2014 Matinee performance. We have until 28th June this year to pay for the tickets. If you still wish to be part of this group we will make plans to collect cheques over the next few weeks- but by weekend of 21st at latest. If you decide against joining the group then please delete your name from the list by that same date. Thank You

The local authority is considering removal of the transport subsidy for pupils attending denominational schools. This is explained more fully on the notice board along with a suggested letter to your MP/Council member.

At the recent PPT Meeting it was decided to hold a session of Prayer, Renewal and Discussion for the Eucharistic Ministers on Thursday 30 May starting at 7:30, in advance of them renewing their commitment at the Masses on Corpus Christi Sunday.

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

WORD FOR TODAY

Ascension reminds us that we do not have a synthetic God. God sent us Jesus to be one of us, to know what life is like as a human being, and yet still to triumph. The ascension of Jesus is a cause for hope. In our relationship with God, the final frontier has happily been crossed.

WORD OF GOD

It is not as though Christ had entered a man-made sanctuary which was only modelled on the real one; but it was heaven itself, so that he could appear in the actual presence of God on our behalf. (Hebrews 9:24-25)

The friends of Jesus are called, in other words, to offer themselves as signs of God in the world – to live in such a way that the underlying all-pervading energy of God begins to come through them and make a difference. If we are challenged as to where God is in the world, our answer must be to ask ourselves how we can live, pray and act so as to bring to light the energy at the heart of all things – to bring the face of Jesus to life in our faces, and to do this by turning again and again to the deep well of trust and prayer that the Spirit opens for us.

Ascension Day is a perfect day to draw attention to the fact that literalism is not only problematic, but impossible. Even if someone insists on maintaining the literal truth of the claim in Acts that Jesus literally went up into heaven, they cannot maintain the worldview of the first century Christians which provided the context for the affirmation. They knew nothing of light-years, distant galaxies or interstellar space without oxygen. And it is not possible, through some act of either will or faith, to forget absolutely everything that has been learned since then and believe as they did. Even those who willingly choose to disbelieve modern science are making a choice that the first Christians did not have, and thus accept dogmatically what early Christians naively assumed because they knew no better.

There are plenty who continue to claim they are biblical literalists. But there are no actual biblical literalists. Because even the precise words of the Bible, taken literally, mean something different today than they did almost 2,000 years ago. (James F McGrath)

Please remember in your prayers those children who will receive First Communion on 3 consecutive Saturdays in May. If you or anyone you know is planning to be present at any of the Masses then it is our hope that both the solemnity of the occasion and the sanctity of the building will be respected.

Ascension 12th May 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: SAME OLD SONG?

For many years, on the Thursday of Ascension, one of the BBC radio stations has been accustomed to beginning its broadcasts by playing a (formerly) well know hymn to celebrate the feast: “Hail the day that sees him rise.” This is quite surprising, since in an increasingly secularised society most people are unaware of the significance of the Ascension. The rather old-fashioned hymn does little to make the feast vibrant.

People often wonder why Jesus waited around on earth 40 days after his resurrection, but that period is no accident. Jesus had endured the Devil’s temptation for 40 days in the wilderness at the beginning of his public ministry, but now the tables were turned. In the post-resurrection period Jesus triumphantly paraded his victory over the Devil and all his works. During this time, the conqueror of death displayed his supremacy before his faithful followers so that they might share in the joy of his victory. But there was another reason. Those 40 days of his appearing after the resurrection were of immense value to the believers for they established the reality of his lordship. A single sighting of the risen Christ may have been open to question, but his many encounters with them would remove the doubts of the most sceptical among them and assure them that he was risen indeed.

The Ascension is not about Christ leaving us, but about his going before us. Those of us who gather to celebrate this feast are far from being orphans abandoned to our own religious devices. Our Ascension Day liturgical assembly gathers to celebrate the virtue of hope, conscious that our prayers are to the God whose Son has now passed from our sight, but our songs vibrate with the faith-filled conviction that where Christ has gone we will surely follow.

So Ascension is very much an Easter feast even though we are tempted to think of it as a separate event. In fact, we speak about the “Easter Mysteries” which include the passion of Christ, his resurrection, his ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit. Every time we take part in worship we are recalling some aspect or other of these four elements in the Easter story. That’s why Easter is not a one-day but a fifty-day feast of music and prayer.

Like the other three Easter events, Ascension is about hope. Christ who has risen above death and evil ascends on high, not to leave us desolate and alone, but to send us the ever-present help of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Christ has finished his mission on earth as he ascends to the Father. He returns to claim a share in God’s life for each one of us. Where he has gone we hope to follow. Maybe that’s why Ascension deserves a new son

Ascension 12th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Joe Moore

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 13th 9.15 Rev Albert Knight
Tues 14th 9.15 Rev John Warnock
Wed 15th. 9.15 John Toner
Thursday 16th. 8am.

6pm

Private Int.

Vigil service

Fred Archbold

Friday 17th. 11am. Funeral Mass

Fred Archbold

Pentecost

Sunday

19th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Mgr. Sweeney

Parishioners

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, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Colette Reevey. 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: £802 36p

Boiler: £14p

Book Sales £p

Peter’s dance money £128

120 Club winners: No. 55 M Ross

Vera has several numbers available- 50p per week-please contact her on 645 6140

4th Bebington (St Johns, New Ferry) Beaver Scouts have vacancies for boys & girls aged 6-8 years old in their colony. They meet on a Monday 6.15-7.15pm. in the Parish Centre. Please contact Sue Meadows 645 5245. The Cub Pack is looking for Adult helpers to start a Scout Troop. If interested please contact Sheena Schofield 334 8194. Full support & training available.

Christ is already in that place of peace, which is all in all. He is on the right hand of God. He is hidden in the brightness of the radiance which issues from the everlasting throne. He is in the very abyss of peace, where there is no voice of tumult or distress, but a deep stillness… stillness, that greatest and most awful of all goods which we can fancy; that most perfect of joys, the utter profound, ineffable tranquillity of the Divine Essence. He has entered into His rest. That is our home; here we are on a pilgrimage, and Christ calls us to His many mansions which He has prepared. (Blessed John Henry Newman)

Does your son or daughter (or anyone you know) wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation? Please deliver names, addresses and other details through letter box of parish house ASAP and we will contact them. Thanks.

On Monday, members of the bereavement group will host their monthly coffee morning in the parish centre from 10am until 11am. Details are on the notice boards at the back of the church.

The Lion King is coming… to Liverpool Empire NEXT May 16th until July 5th. We are proposing organising a parish group. Are you interested? In order to gauge interest there is a form at the back of church. If you could just put your surname and the number of people you think you would like to go with you then we will carry it forward. A figure of around 40 has been mooted. This is a hugely successful musical and tickets will be in great demand and have already been on sale for a month. Names/numbers this weekend please!

Another reminder that the altar servers will be out in force next Sunday 19th May making their annual attempt at walking Wirral’s coast. Sponsorship forms are available at the back of church and they seek your support in their effort to raise funds for both their Guild of St Stephen as well as Claire House.

NB. There is a now small charge of £5 for the re issue of Baptismal certificates. Please keep certificates in a safe place as they may be required at several junctures in a child’s life (e.g. change of school, marriage etc.)

At 3pm on Saturday 8th June at St Michael’s Woodchurch, the annual APF/Mill Hill mission mass will be celebrated. All are invited. See poster for details. You are requested to add your name to the list to give an idea of numbers for catering.

Year of Faith

To celebrate the Year of Faith Shrewsbury Diocese Commission for the Promotion of Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility is holding a study afternoon and discussion on Saturday 18 May from 2.15 -5.30 at St Columba’s, Chester. Entitled ‘Drawing Inspiration from Vatican II’, the afternoon will be led by Brian Davies, former head of education at CAFOD. Hall opens from 1pm to socialize. Please bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee will be provided. All welcome – please invite others.

Director of Schools

The Diocese is seeking to appoint a practising Catholic with extensive educational experience at a senior leadership level to lead the Diocesan Education Service into its next stage of development.

Applications for the post are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates with qualities of vision and commitment and proven leadership and management skills. The successful candidate will have an informed understanding of the contemporary Church and the education challenges it faces.

The salary is £75,000 – £85,000 per annum commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications, experience and skills. See notice board for further details of closing date etc.

Monday is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The feast celebrates Our Lady’s appearance to three Portuguese children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco six times from May 13th to October 13th in 1917. The message of Fatima is repentance so that the world may be transformed into a place of peace.

WORD OF GOD

Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.

(John 14: 27)

WORD FOR TODAY

Peace is not the absence of war; it’s the presence of deep-down calm. Just as you can experience joy even in sadness so too can you find peace even when all around you things seem to scream of conflict.

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for May 2013.

The Pope’s general intention is “that administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience.”

His missionary intention is “that seminaries, especially those of mission Churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.”

The Pope uses Twitter regularly-if you wish to follow him, his Twitter address is

Pope Francis@pontifex.

The altar Servers are again seeking your sponsorship and support as they intend to join other groups on the Wirral coastal walk. As usual sponsorship monies will be divided between the Guild of St Stephen and Claire House.

Catholic Children’s Society will be opening a charity shop this month on Liscard Road Wallasey. They are asking for donations to sell. Please see letter on notice board. If you have any donations, please ring 652 1281 or Trish07824 329335

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: NO MORE TROUBLE?

Open a newspaper or switch on the TV and radio and you’ll discover lots of strange situations that have come into our lives. You’ll hear of Al Quaeda, suicide bombers, biometric passports, extraordinary rendition, Jihad, sarin gas, Taliban, heightened airport security, terrorism and extended police detention.

Our peace seems threatened. Yet if we look closely at history we’ll find that all of the above situations are simply our twenty-first century versions of ancient trouble. It’s hard to find any period in history when we can say that the world enjoyed peace. Is conflict endemic in the human condition? Are we programmed to create violent disagreement?

Politicians like to talk about world peace as if there were some set of policies that would guarantee it. Well, it’s true that material prosperity can create a climate of satisfaction but it doesn’t guarantee peace. And, yes, justice and tolerance can wipe away years of conflict. But this is not peace; it’s only truce; it’s only the absence of war. And the absence of war is not the same as peace.

The sort of peace that Jesus offers in today’s gospel as a gift to his Church is much deeper than cessation of hostilities. It is that “shalom” guaranteed by God’s Holy Spirit, that deep-down sense of the presence and all-embracing love of God that cannot be shaken by external circumstances. Christian peace means that we can have joy even in sorrow, tranquillity even in disturbance, faith even in doubt. The peace that Jesus offers is about integrity and wholeness, harmony and balance, serenity and security. And Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit who will teach the Christian how to live in this peace.

The source of a Christian’s peace is God. God is peace itself and without God we can experience no true shalom. To know that we are loved by God, that whatever might be happening all around us God still holds us in the palm of his hand, to realise that even death cannot destroy the life that God has given us, all of this creates that sense of wellbeing that accompanies real peace. So peace is not the absence of war; it’s the presence of God in our lives.

6th

Sunday

of Easter

5th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Private Intention

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 6th 9.15 John Turner RIP
Tues 7th 9.15 May Kennedy
Wed 8th. 9.15 Tommy Molloy
Thursday 9th. 8am.

10am

Cecilia Smiga

John Cooper funeral service

Friday 10th. 9.15 Private Int.
Sunday

(Ascension)

12th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Joe Moore

Parishioners

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, MargaretRandles, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, FayChalloner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Raymond McNally & Colette Reevey. 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: £933 84p

Boiler: £11.90p

120 Club winners: No 6 P Donnelly £20

No 10 107 T Welch

FYI Heating & Lighting Bills

Hall £1,368.11p

Church £2653 92

House £1,222.70p

4th Bebington (St Johns, New Ferry) Beaver Scouts have vacancies for boys & girls aged 6-8 years old in their colony. They meet on a Monday 6.15-7.15pm. in the Parish Centre. Please contact Sue Meadows 645 5245. The Cub Pack is looking for Adult helpers to start a Scout Troop. If interested please contact Sheena Schofield 334 8194. Full support & training available

Fred Archbold died peacefully on Thursday 2nd May aged 91. His funeral Mass will be at 11am on Friday 17th . Fred has been a huge presence in the parish for so many years and has led an exemplary life serving his fellow men. He will be greatly missed by all of us. RIP Fred after all your work.

Bebington Churches Together have organised a number of events during Pentecost which include an evening of Songs and Praise and a Youth Event. Watch this space for more details

Legion of Mary, Wirral Curia will be holding a public rosary for world peace on Saturday, 11th May, at 2pm, in St Werburgh’s Square, Birkenhead

Does your son or daughter or anyone you know wish to be confirmed? Please deliver names, addresses and other details through letter box of parish house ASAP. Thanks.

Please remember in your prayers those children who will receive First Communion on 3 consecutive Saturdays in May. If you or anyone you know is planning to be present at any of the Masses then it is our hope that both thesolemnity of the occasion and the sanctity of the building will be respected.

Thank you for your donations to the Wirral foodbank. This is an on-going scheme and so the need for your support is also on-going. We need to support those in our community who need our help.

The food bank relies on non-perishable, in date, food donations to feed local people in crisis. The food bank has asked for the following items which they need urgently: tinned fruit, squash and juices, pasta sauces & mixes, feminine hygieneproductsinstant mash, tinned sponge puddings Please place food in the box provided at the back of church.

For further information please ring Cecily 0151 645 7645.

MARY’S MONTH

May is Mary’s month, and I

Muse at that and wonder why;

Her feasts follow reason,

Dated due to season.

Candlemas, Lady Day;

But the Lady Month, May

Why fasten that upon her,

With a feasting in her honour?

Ask of her, that mighty mother:

Her reply puts this other

Question: What is Spring?

-Growth in everything

-All things rising, all things sizing

Mary sees, sympathizing

With that world of good,

Nature’s motherhood.

Their magnifying of each its kind

With delight calls to mind

How she did in her stored

Magnify the Lord.

Well but there was more than this:

Spring’s universal bliss

Much, had much to say

To offering Mary May.

This ecstasy all through mothering earth

Tells Mary her mirth till Christ’s birth

To remember and exultation

In God who was her salvation.

(Gerard Manley Hopkins)