The Most Holy Trinity 26th May 2013

25/05/2013

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.

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