12th Sunday of Year 23rd. June 2013

20/06/2013

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

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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