6th Sunday of Easter, 5th May 2013

04/05/2013

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)

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