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

12th Sunday of Year 23rd. June 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: INTERVENTION

Sometimes situations are allowed to get so out of hand that everyone says, “They’ll have to do something about it soon”. The “they” varies depending on circumstances. It might be some Star Wars lord to restore cosmic balance between fighting planets, a charismatic Nelson Mandela figure to rebuild justice and offer hope, or some plain, ordinary, concerned, local councillor to get the bus-stop moved to a more sensible place.

We have a word for this type of effective action: we call it intervention. We need the intervention of someone who can step in and take things in hand so that never again will we be left in the same situation.

At the core of our faith stands the belief that God intervened in human history. God sent his son Jesus to “do something about it”. The prophets, including Zechariah today, foretold that someone would be sent by God, but that people would mistreat him and “pierce him through”.

God intervened in history to show us that a better world was possible, a world governed not by sin, greed and violence, but by the divine rule of love. Jesus preached a different way of living, one that contradicted the wisdom of the world and ran in the face of conventional values. By his birth, death and resurrection, Jesus has provoked a situation where nothing can ever be the same again. He has urged a choice on us: for him or against him, living for the kingdom or for the world alone. Zechariah puts it beautifully when he says that God has opened up a fountain for us to cleanse ourselves of our sin and impurity. God’s fountain is open to all, but spurned by most.

Yet God still intervenes today through you and me. We are asked to “carry our cross”, to live out the values of our Christian faith no matter what the cost or sacrifice. Like Jesus, we are sure to meet mockery and ridicule in a climate that sees embracing sacrifice as sheer lunacy. That’s why Jesus asks each one of us today, “Who do you think I am?” Are we for him or against him? He wants us to be sure we know what we are taking on before we go out and make our own intervention in society.

WORD OF GOD

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine,

let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.

(Luke 9:23)

WORD FOR TODAY

Taking up our cross does not simply mean bearing our hardships with magnanimity. It means being prepared to carry the triumph of the cross into situations that are denied life. As we bear our personal cross, whatever it may be, we also take the hope of ultimate victory into the lives of others who knowingly or unknowingly yearn for fulfilment.

One cannot adjust to the “world”, sharing in it, accommodating oneself, even if only to a certain point, to dominant values, playing the dangerous game of current morality, losing sight of Christ and letting oneself be drawn along paths that lead away from him. Whether in personal, family, social, economic or political life, to follow the Lord is to be exposed each day not only to renunciations but often to the loss of “one’s life” or something that, in the eyes of the “world”, is necessary to life and success.

(Romain Swaeles)

12th Sunday of Year 23rd. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Andrew & Mgt. Welch

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 24th. 9.15 Jim Sweatman
Tues 25th. 9.15 Fred Archbold
Wed 26th. 9.15 Rice Family
Thurs 27th. 8am Nicola Smith
Friday 28th. 9.15 Private Intention.
Ss Peter & Paul. 30th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Andrew & Mgt. Welch

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

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £834 31p

Boiler: £10.00p

Book Sales

120 Club winners: No. 29 R Harvey £20- still a few numbers available.

There are very few Mass intentions coming through at the moment. I do try to ensure that Masses are celebrated on the requested date but obviously these can be displaced by funerals and the like. I would be grateful if you would inform me of any problems in this regard. When requesting masses, please write names and details clearly. Thanks

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

(Laurence J. Peter)

Please see poster for ‘Come and See’ weekend 5th/6th October. Participants include Daniel O’Leary, and Jo Boyce and friends among several other notables. Booking form available.

I am very aware that there are parishioners who are unable to come to Mass but who may need an occasional visit from me . The Eucharistic ministers have been requested to let me know of housebound people who may wish for sacrament of reconciliation or sacrament of the sick. Although our ministers are very faithful in their visiting, there are some roles they can’t fulfil. If you know of anyone who might like a visit, please write their names and contact details and they will be added to the list which we are compiling. Thank you.

This weekend marks the last chance to pay for the Lion King. We reserved 38 seats and at the last count only 32 of these had been confirmed so there is still a late opportunity as long as you make your request known to Teresa or Joan today and that the cheques appear through the door by this Sunday evening. The tickets will be obtained during the week and will be distributed into your safe keeping. Please take time to look at the new list to check that details are correct. A signature will be required from you to confirm receipt of tickets.

Get the Buzz!

On Saturday July 6th Tony Parker of Liverpool World Museum will lead a day – all about bees- both mining and bumble! The venue is Thurstaston Wirral Country park from 10am until 3pm.The cost is £5 per person and is an occasion aimed at adults and teenagers.

You can find out more by logging on to www.wirralwildlife.co.uk or phone Hilary Ash on 327 5923

To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.

(Jean Shinoda Bolen)

The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is taking place within the parish. Mass on the feast day (27th) is at 8am. All are welcome.

Steve and Phil Price and members of their families wish to thank parishioners for all the prayers, cards, Masses and messages of sympathy and support following the death of their brother John Price.

Community support is very much appreciated when people are grieving and it is good to know that this community is aware of other members.

Next weekend, local girl, Theresa Codd, will be coming to make an appeal on behalf of Survive Miva. I am sure we will give her a great welcome. Some of you will remember her as the angel Gabriel in ‘Enter an Angel’ which the Pilgrim Troupe performed some years ago.

She will tell you all about the organisation which arranges medical transport.

Mystery Plays

Every 5 years the mystery plays take place in Chester and this year for the first time they will take place in the nave of the Cathedral. The dates are 26th to 13th July. You can book tickets for the events by ringing 01244 500959 or to

find out more- search the internet. www.chestermysteryplays.com

Fascinating stuff!

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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

11th Sunday of Year 16th June 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: 0.00% APR)

They say that personal debt is spiralling out of control and that credit card spending is the only thing keeping many people’s heads above water. For the moment, that is. The time will come when the Annual Percentage Rate will come and claim its spendthrift victims, whether they pay by one convenient monthly lump sum or not!

We’re not stupid. We all know that if we spend on account, we’ll have to repay it sooner or later, and there’ll be that extra bit on top. The only thing you get for nothing in this life is trouble.

Maybe that’s why the gospel of forgiveness sounds so strangely even in a Christian’s ears. For forgiveness is a grace that is given free. The only down payment is true sorrow and then there are no monthly repayments, ever. The APR is zero.

And so it is today that King David is caught out. He has committed adultery and premeditated murder. What’s his sentence? “The Lord forgives your sin; you are not to die.” And the woman whose reputation went before her, what happened to her? Jesus simply said, “Your sins are forgiven; your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

What it took for David and the woman to be forgiven was for them both to admit their guilt and show a willingness to change. They made no excuses. They didn’t try to deny anything. They were just honest before God. And God was his normal self towards them. Faced with repentance God always forgives, unconditionally.

Because we’re brought up in a hard world where you can’t get anything for nothing, the concept of forgiveness disturbs us. We talk about “cheating justice”, about “going scot-free”, about being “let off” or “leaving the debt unpaid”.

Of course, the debt of our sin has been paid. Jesus wiped it out for us on Calvary. But that debt wasn’t wiped out so that we can go straight out and build up another one. Forgiveness gets us back on a firm footing so that we can move forward with a greater sense of security. That’s why, to every sinner in the full flush of forgiveness, Jesus says, “Your sins have been forgiven; go and sin no more.” Or perhaps, “Your debt has been wiped out. Isn’t it time you cut up your credit card?”

WORD OF GOD

David said to Nathan,

”I have sinned against the Lord.”

Then Nathan said to David,

”The Lord, for his part, forgives your sin;

you are not to die.”

(II Samuel 12:13)

WORD FOR TODAY

God forgave David for his adultery and premeditated murder. Jesus pardoned the prostitute despised by anyone who was anyone. And what about us? God gains nothing from us wallowing in our guilt. To stand truly sorry before God is to be forgiven. Already.

(Christians) know whence comes the love and mercy of God. So their confession of their sin is one with the confession of the mercy of God and thanksgiving for his forgiveness: “I will give thanks to the Lord by confessing my sins” (Ps 32)

(Robert Gantoy)

From his very beginnings man has always known that estrangement and that alienation we call sin. At every time and place he has yearned to be made whole again, to be restored, renewed, reconciled. Therefore, since sin and its attendant evils have been such a deep part of the human experience it was impossible that Jesus would not deal with it. In fact, he made it the theme of his ministry.

(William J Bausch)

Our friends are those who know their own faults well enough to forgive us ours.

(Moulton Farnham)

Next Thursday 20th June is the Feast of St Alban who is venerated as Britain’s first saint. He was executed just outside the city which now bears his name. Alban was a pagan soldier who gave shelter to a Christian priest and was converted by him He then took on the priest’s garments and was arrested and died in his stead

11th Sunday of Year 16th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Mrs Whalley

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 17th. 9.15 Catherine McGuigan

(40th anniv.)

Tues 18th. 9.15 Fr. Albert Knight
Wed 19th. 9.15 Keith Stone
Thurs 20th. 8am Harold O’Neill
Friday 21st. 9.15 Mona Heaney
12th Sunday. 23rd. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Andrew & Mgt. Welch

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: £693 15p

Peter’s dance money £114

Boiler: £7 11p

Book Sales

120 Club winners: No. 43 J Cohen £20

On the weekend after next, local girl, Theresa Codd, will be coming to make an appeal on behalf of Survive Miva. I am sure we will give her a great welcome.

Carol Dalziel will be looking after the Parish Centre Diary until 23rd June and can be contacted on 07808975011.

The children who have made their First Communion this year will celebrate together at the 10am Mass next Sunday. Please continue to remember them and their parents in your prayers

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

Due to several cancellations, the people on the waiting list will be able to take their places as long as they pay by next weekend.

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. You have until 23rd to pay.

Big thanks to Teresa who has volunteered to help with collection of money (adding that to the numerous other jobs she does!)

It has been suggested that parishioners join together to make a novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Succour) from next Tuesday 18th with a service in church on 27th at the conclusion of the nine days. The daily prayer would take part in the homes of several parishioners. Maria Fryer is to facilitate this.

Anyone interested in leading a group of young people to this World Youth Day festival? Group booking forms are available on line or we can make one available for a prospective leader. Clearance for child protection would be required. All this in the beautiful setting Aylseford Priory.

Next Saturday we celebrate the feast of Ss.John Fisher & Thomas More. These eminent men of 16th. century England were drawn into the conflict with Henry V111 over his divorce of Catherine of Aragon and ultimately over papal supremacy. Both were imprisoned and beheaded for treason. They are remembered for their wide learning, for their devotion to the Church and for their uncompromising integrity and courage.

The AGM and day conference of the National Board of Catholic Women will be held on Saturday 22 June at Liverpool Cathedral. After the meeting in the Gibberd Room, Bishop Malone will offer Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 12.15. At 2.15 the guest speaker Christine Allen will speak on ‘Why Women Matter’. Christine is well known for her work as Director of Progressio for 10 years. She is currently a policy officer with Christian Aid.

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

10th Sunday of Year 9th June 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE GRACE OF BEREAVEMENT?

It’s hard to imagine the grief of the widow in today’s reading as she takes part in the funeral of her only son. How anyone can cope with such a situation is hard to fathom.

When someone we love dies, our first reaction is often shock and denial. Nothing seems to make sense; we can hardly believe it and we keep thinking that it’s all some sort of mistake, even if we’ve been expecting it for months or even years. We can feel numb, and there seems no point in lots of things that previously we took for granted. Yet this shock and denial can be our way of getting through things, since without it everything could become too much for us. Could it be that shock and denial are part of God’s grace?

And we can feel angry. Maybe we direct our anger at the easiest targets; perhaps it’s the medical staff, maybe it’s the priest, often it’s the Church or even God. Later, it becomes those who didn’t attend the funeral, those who never sent their condolences, those who’ve avoided you since the death. And sometimes we get angry at ourselves, blaming ourselves for not doing enough, being hard on ourselves for not being as loving as we could have been. Such anger is a powerful thermometer of our love for the person who has died. And love, of course, is grace.

But anger like this inevitably leads us to feelings of guilt. We feel that somehow we have let ourselves down as well as the other person. We experience bargaining situations with God or whomever we believe in. “What if….”, “If only… ” There’s a real temptation to go back in time and act in such a way that the death could be avoided and the clock turned back. Sometimes people go through these feelings even before their loved one has actually died. “I’ll go to church every day of my life if you stop this happening….I’ll give half of my life savings to charity…..” We try to negotiate our way out of the hurt. Doing this promotes healing. And healing, of course, is grace.

It’s not surprising that people become depressed in bereavement. It’s perfectly normal to feel depressed under such circumstances; it’s a natural reaction. We don’t feel like doing much and we resist the advances of those people who try to coax us back into the swing of things. Besides, when a fog hangs over us and we go in and out of nostalgia and sadness, we can sometimes find it hard to envisage where we will be this time next month or next year. Yet grief is part of the healing process that restores us to some sense of equilibrium.

With the passing of time, however long or short, we manage to accept if not exactly embrace what has happened. This does not mean that everything gets back to normal, that all is OK, that we can now put it all behind us. That would be impossible, not to mention cold and inhuman. But we do reach a stage where we can survive, where we can be grateful for our time with the person we loved, where we go from good days to bad and back again, and where we realise that this new reality is with us for the rest of our lives. We realise that other people still need us and that we are called to respond to the world and to life.

On that day in the town of Nain, no one could have missed the grace of God at work when Jesus raised the widow’s son to life. Today, when we are faced with bereavement for the loss of someone we love, there is no shortage of God’s grace.

WORD OF GOD

“Young man, I tell you to get up.” And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

(Luke 7: 14-15)

WORD FOR TODAY

Do we compartmentalise our faith? Do we see it as something apart from “real” life or is it something that inspires and enlivens our daily activity? Today, in the midst of death and bereavement, Jesus brings hope and life to a dead man and his mother. What he did for them, he promises to do for you.

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.

John Taylor.

Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.

(Roman Preface of the Dead)

Deliberate repeat!

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)

A frequent user of Twitter and one of his recent tweets!

Pope Francis (@Pontifex)
The world tells us to seek success, power and money;
God tells us to seek humility, service and love
10th Sunday of Year 9th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Hanora Barrett (1st anniv.)

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 10th. 9.15 Teresa Dyson
Tues 11th. 9.15 Joe Moore
Wed 12th. 9.15 Peter Haslock
Thurs 13th. 8am Fred Archbold
Friday 14th. 9.15 Jack Lowe
Sat. 15th. 12md Carmelite Mass
11th Sunday. 16th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Mrs Whalley

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: £816 90p

Boiler: £19 50p

Book Sales £12

120 Club winners: No. 109 D McLean £20

If you wish an item to appear in the newsletter please email us at the parish address as early as possible in the week. The newsletter is usually completed by Thursday morning and is printed on Friday. Unfortunately for latecomers a Reuter news agency does not operate in New Ferry!

Re issue of baptism/ wedding certificates will involve a fee. Please keep these documents safely to avoid further expense to yourself.

Members of the Parish team are called to a meeting this coming Wednesday at 7.30pm. Please make every effort to attend.

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

The list (now closed) at the back of church needs the urgent attention of those who have not yet amended it with a tick. A tick is required to confirm your order, or it is requested that you delete your names from the list (some people have already done this) double tick if you have paid and further amend with word ‘PAID’. Payment is due as soon as possible but certainly by 23rd June. THIS YEAR!!!

N.B.ANY NAMES WHICH REMAIN UNTICKED THIS WEEK WILL BE DELETED.

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? No offers last week!

Generally Joan Sutton and Liz de Seine share the flower arranging between them and I am sure you will agree that they do a fantastic job. Liz will soon be undergoing surgery which means she will be out of action for some time. Joan has a busy life with job and grandchildren. THEY NEED SOME HELP! Being a ‘flower lady’ involves far more than just arranging the flowers. It also involves buying the flowers and other materials (from fund) dismantling/tidying them, preparing containers for the person who is arranging them and general maintenance- watering etc. Why don’t some of you out there give it a try? No one expects perfection and even if you can do just one arrangement or agree to do the maintenance that would be a help. Please don’t always leave things to A. N. Other- she /he also has other things to do and is probably a person already making a time contribution to the parish!

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.

St Barnabas feast is on Tuesday 11th and it is also the 53rd anniversary of Bishop Brian’s ordination to the priesthood.

The apostle Barnabas was one of the first converts in Jerusalem and was a leading member of the church there though not one of the 12. Barnabas championed the Gentiles at the Council of Jerusalem and is remembered as ‘A good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith’. The date of his death is unknown but his feast is celebrated on the day on which his remains were found in 5th century.

St. Barnabas pray for us and let us remember that other gentleman- full of the Holy Spirit and of faith- Bishop Emeritus, Brian who continues to contribute so generously to this diocese of Shrewsbury.