11th Sunday of Year 16th June 2013


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


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?”


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)


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



Mrs Whalley


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



Andrew & Mgt. Welch


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.


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