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

17th Sunday of Year C, 28th July, 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: PRAY LIKE THIS

The apostles already knew how to pray when they asked Jesus to teach them. They had prayed in common in the synagogues and must have had their quiet moments with God. But they sensed that Jesus had a different way of praying that he relied on so much to achieve his mission.

What Jesus did was to teach them the difference between prayers and prayer. Anyone can say prayers but not everyone can pray. What was this technique of Jesus all about?

Pray to God not out of duty, says Jesus, but because he is your Father. Talk to him as a child would to a parent. And don’t begin by asking for things. Begin by recognising the holiness of his name, by sharing his great desire for a kingdom on earth that shares the values of heaven. Pray that what God wants may become a reality.

And when you do ask for things, just ask for what you really need, not for what you fancy you’d like. Do this honestly, recognising that your faults are overlooked by God only if you too are prepared to show unconditional forgiveness to others. Ask for the courage to do this even though it might hurt. Ask God to keep you safe from harm and never to let you get to the point where you may be prepared to abandon your faith in his promises in exchange for some earthly pleasure or convenience.

The “Our Father” or the “Lord’s Prayer” contains all these ingredients and is a useful prayer for saying in common. But it’s only a model. When Jesus taught the apostles to pray, he wasn’t telling them to keep saying these words in their hearts. He was saying, “This is the sort of approach and attitude you should come before God with”. If we included all of this in our prayer we would soon grow in our relationship with our Father.

Finally, we have to remember that God is not a spiritual one-armed bandit. If we put enough prayers in we don’t automatically get what we want. Perhaps prayer isn’t so much about changing God’s mind as about making us sensitive to what our real needs are and what God wants from us. Maybe prayer gives us a clearer vision and the courage to meet the challenge. That way we always get what we need.

WORD OF GOD

Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test. (Luke 11: 2-4)

WORD FOR TODAY

We don’t always get what we pray for. That’s because God alone knows what we really need. What prayer does do for us, however, is to give us a clearer vision of God’s will and the courage to persevere in following it.

Thursday, 1st August is the feast of St Alphonsus Liguori . Born Naples, Italy, 1696 died and died at Nocera on this day in 1787. He had been a lawyer before he became a presbyter. After founding the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), he was for 13 years Bishop of Saint Agata dei Goti, but he resigned due to ill health. Alphonsus coped with much internal conflict within the congregation and external opposition. He is remembered as a popular preacher and devotional writer and as an influential master of moral theology.

Even our prayer can become a form of fidgeting. We use a lot of words to present our worries to the Lord, we become overly concerned about everything being perfect and we try to convince God that what we want will be best for everyone. We should look for a form of prayer in which we take time to put ourselves in the presence of God before ever opening our mouths. If we let go of our concerns at the start, we may find time to listen to God. (Stephanie Coughlan)

17th

Sunday

Day for Life

28th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Dorothy Welch

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 29th 9.15 Mary McNamara
Tues 30th 9.15 Tony Armstrong
Wed 31st 9.15 Michael Morrison
Thurs 1st Aug 8am. Tim Delaney
Friday 2nd 9.15 Hannah O’Neill
18th

Sunday

4th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Margaret & Joe Carr

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for 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: £661.97p

Boiler: £8.35p

Book Sales: £17.21p

120 Club winners: No 78 C Dougherty £20

There will be a second collection TODAY for, DAY FOR LIFE,

If you have any posters for the notice boards, please place in the box provided, at the back of church, and they will be appropriately displayed.

Volunteers are needed for the Sunday Tea/Coffee Rota. Please help by entering your name and contact details in the volunteer’s book on the table at the back of church.

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this week with over 900 pilgrims making their way to the famous shrine by air and overland under the leadership of Bishop Mark. Following the recent heavy flooding in Lourdes there has been a remarkable clean up operation and the Grotto and Domaine are functioning near normally. As we prepare to leave for Lourdes the Underground Basilica of St Pius X has still not reopened but may well do so before the end of our pilgrimage. For those of you with access to the internet you may wish to share in some of the ceremonies shown on Lourdes TV and in which the diocese will be taking part. On Thursday morning, July 25th , from 08 45 (BST) the diocese will be celebrating Mass at the Grotto with the Westminster and Brentwood pilgrimages with Bishop Mark presiding and archbishop Nichols preaching and then at 1 00 p.m we shall be taking some of our sick pilgrims to venerate the rock of the Grotto. These two events will be on Lourdes TV. There may also be shown the Eucharistic Procession on Friday when we take part as a diocese beginning at 16 00 and the International Mass on Sunday beginning at 08 30 although this will depend on the reopening of the St Pius X church. Go to http://fr.lourdes-france.org and then click on Lourdes TV. During this week we invite you all to join in the pilgrimage prayer intentions which are as follows:-

1. For our new Holy Father, Pope Francis that he will be granted all the strength and courage he needs to continue the ministry of the Apostle Peter in our time.

2. For our Emeritus Pope Benedict that we may continue to experience the fruits of his teaching and especially of the witness of his Apostolic visit to the United Kingdom. May God grant him peace and sustain him in his hidden life of prayer for the Church.

3. For World Youth Day 2013; for all who share with the Pope in the celebrations in Rio de Janeiro and across the world reflecting on Christ’s call: “Go and make disciples of all the nations” (Mt.28:19). May the young of every nation be ready generously to accept Christ’s call to pass on the Gospel and the Catholic faith to new generations.

4. For an increase in faith for all of us in the Shrewsbury Diocese so that we can each accept the call to a “new evangelisation” in our time. Finally on behalf of all our pilgrims may we thank everyone for the support they give to the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Details of next year’s pilgrimage will be available in the New Year

Wedding and Funeral Service Administrator

Christ Church United Reformed Church Port Sunlight are seeking to appoint a person to co-ordinate the booking and administration of weddings and funerals. This will be on a part-time basis. The hours of work will initially be 12hours each week. PLEASE SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR DETAILS

You are invited to a newly formed Charismatic prayer group which meets every fortnight at St. Joseph’s Birkenhead. 7.30-9. The next meeting is on Fri. 26th July. The first meeting was very encouraging with 25 people from 4 different parishes. Our Fr. Nick is very keen and brought his guitar along.

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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

16th Sunday of Year C, 21st July, 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: HOSPITALITY

Imagine that you and your husband or wife are in your eighties and are told you are going to have a baby. And this is because you showed hospitality to three strangers. That’s what happened to Abraham and Sarah: Isaac was born.

A similar situation arises with Martha and Mary who are playing host to Jesus. Martha moans that Mary is sitting around while she has to do all the work. Yet Jesus praises Mary for being a good host and says that she is the one who will benefit from what she has done.

It’s easy to polarise Martha and Mary and make it a straight fight between activity and rest, work and contemplation. But this misses the point.

When we have visitors for a meal there is no point in sitting around chatting if we haven’t prepared the food. But nor would we want to sit people down to eat as soon as they knock on the door. A good host knows how to set guests at ease, to make them comfortable, to let them settle down, get things off their chest and relax.

In our Christian lives we need the balance between Martha and Mary. If the Church were just a talking-shop then nothing would ever get done and we would all be hypocrites. Yet if we just rushed around incessantly organising fundraisers and holding special services then we would soon run out of steam and probably out of motive.

We must never be so taken up with the work of the Lord that we forget the Lord of the work. Our work as Christians is to serve others in order to serve God. This means that the people we meet are given to us by God as occasions for seeing his face. If we are to respond to God in others then we need to cultivate the habit of talking to God, of trying to discern God’s voice in our work, our family, our socialising. What Martha shows us today is that we can become bound up with our “doing” to the extent that we never really meet God in the things that we are doing.

God is alive and well and will be offering you the chance to play host to him several times in the coming week. Will you have the nous to sit, to listen and to relax with him?

WORD OF GOD

It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her. (Luke 10: 42)

WORD FOR TODAY

Have we become so busy in our lives that we have forgotten how to listen to others? Mary knew how to slow down and make Jesus at home in her house. In our comings and goings do we ever take the time just to sit and listen to Jesus and to talk to him?

“Jesus teaches us to care for life

because it is the image of God, who is absolute life. We cannot announce anything else but life, and from the beginning to the end. All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth….to give life is to open (our) heart, and to care for life is to (give oneself) in tenderness and warmth to others, to have concern in my heart for others. Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing…So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it!”

Extract taken from Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s homily, Argentina 2005, now Pope Francis. There will be a second collection next weekend, DAY FOR LIFE, and you will be handed an information leaflet on entering church.

16th

Sunday

21st 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Private Intention

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 22nd 9.15 Those Who Trespass Against Us
Tues 23rd 9.15 Fr J Warnock
Wed 24th 9.15 Priest’s Intentions
Thurs 25th 8am. Priest’s Intentions
Friday 26th 9.15 Feast of Ss Joachim & Anne, Parents of BVM.
17th

Sunday

Day for Life

28th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Dorothy 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: £635.23

Apostleship of the Sea: £243.03p

Boiler: £29

Book Sales £

120 Club winners: No 15 G Owens £20

Happy holidays to all going away. Enjoy yourselves and be safe.

MOBILE PHONE USERS: Please ensure your phone is switched off or in silent mode during Mass.

Please be aware of those parishioners who have come early to church to take advantage of the quiet atmosphere to pray. It is a time to still ourselves before the celebration of mass begins. Thank you for your consideration.

A new supply of books has just arrived. Please have a look and see if any catch your eye. There is a lot of good reading for you

to enjoy.

If you have any posters for the notice boards, please place in the box provided, at the back of church, and they will be appropriately displayed.

Volunteers are needed for the Sunday Tea/Coffee Rota. Please help by entering your name and contact details in the volunteer’s book on the table at the back of church.

Why stand outside church after mass and chat when you could pop along to the Parish Centre and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee in the recently completed café area. Come and join us.

The Bereavement Group held their annual memorial service last Tuesday, 16th July. It was attended by 40 family members and friends of the deceased of our parish. It was a very moving service and helped, I am sure, in the process of healing the loss of a loved one and also to celebrate their lives. The service was followed by a time of fellowship over a cup of tea and home made cakes. A big thank you to the organising group.

Friday, 26th July. Ss Joachim & Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Joachim and Anne are named as Mary’s parents in a late 2nd century tradition. Churches dedicated to Saint Anne are found in Jerusalem and Constantinople from the middle of the 6th century. The feast of St Anne was kept in Rome by the 8th century, that of St Joachim from the 15th century. The feast honours both parents of the Virgin Mary and grandparents of the Lord

We welcome Fr Jack McLeish who will cover services during Fr Frank’s holiday. There will be someone in residence in the presbytery to take enquiries.

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

15th Sunday, 14th July, 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: KITCHEN SINK HEROES

Jesus rubs up everyone in today’s gospel. First he angers the Jewish establishment by telling a story about a man who was mugged, ignored by two clergymen and helped by a member of the hated ethnic minority.

Then he shuts the legal boffins up by saying that you don’t need a degree in jurisprudence to understand God’s Law. Just a bit of common sense will do. You can know the Law but still be incapable of love.

In fact, that’s what God said through Moses in today’s reading from Deuteronomy: “This Law is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach… it is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart.”

Yet we have problems thinking that God’s Law should be so easy. Coming from a superhero culture we tend to expect some great heroic sacrifice will be asked of us, some death-defying feat that will hit the front pages of the newspapers. But God simply says: look around and make sure your neighbour is OK. Christian morality is as simple as that. Love your neighbour.

Today’s Samaritans are not those who go off to save the Third World but those who keep an eye out for the elderly or sick person on their street. They’re the kitchen sink heroes whose daily acts of kindness show that everyone is their neighbour. We shouldn’t need to ask, “Who is my neighbour?” Rather, we should listen for the call within us to become close to those in need around us.

St David said, “Do the little things well”. Perhaps that’s what God is trying to tell us today. For if we want to fulfil God’s Law, then we will do so by opening our eyes and ears and responding to people of all races and creeds when they need us. This is not something so difficult that only professionals can grasp it. It’s obvious, says God. It’s what we would want others to do for us, and we can do it for others simply by doing the little things well.

WORD OF GOD

For this Law that I enjoin on you today is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. (Deuteronomy 30: 11)

WORD FOR TODAY

Doing the ordinary everyday things is what’s asked of us today if we want to obey God’s law. Yet it’s these things that we’re slow to take up. We tend to think that God must be asking for some major sacrifices in our lives, when perhaps all that is needed is for us to attend to the blindingly obvious.

Love does not consist simply in being moved by another person’s distress. Notice how the Samaritan stopped by in spite of it being a dangerous place, how he paid for the expenses and promised to take care of whatever else might be necessary. Instead of just “being charitable” he took unconditional and uncalculated risks for a stranger. These extras are what distinguish the Christian response from one that is purely humanistic. Ann Montgomery)

15th

Sunday

Sea Sunday

14th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Jim Sweatman

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 15th 9.15 Eileen Miles
Tues 16th 9.15

7.30pm

Private Intention

Memorial Service for Deceased of Parish

Wed 17th 9.15 Mary & Sidney Havard
Thurs 18th 8am. Private Intention
Friday 19th 9.15 Communion Service
Sat 20th 12 Noon Carmelite Mass
16th

Sunday

21st 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Private Intention

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: £691.50

Survive- Miva An extra £13

Boiler: £8.44

Book Sales £

Peter’s Dance Money £100

120 Club winners: No 83 N Martin £20

There will be a retiring collection today for Sea Sunday. If you are a tax payer, there are gift aid

envelopes at the back of church.

A letter has been received from Michael Archbold, thanking everyone for the generous

retiring collection of £1064 taken at Fred’s funeral mass. This will be divided between

St John’s Hospice and the Puerto Quito Mission, Equador.

Please be aware of those parishioners who have come early to church to take advantage of the quiet atmosphere to pray. It is a time to still ourselves before the celebration of mass begins.

Thank you for your consideration.

A new supply of books has just arrived. Please have a look and see if any catch your eye. There is a lot of good reading for you

to enjoy.

Tuesday, 16th July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The cult of Mary under this title originated in the 14th century and came to be observed throughout the west during the 18th century. It commemorates the Virgin Mary as associated with Mount Carmel (Israel), site of the prophet Elijah’s altar to the one true God and of the 12th century eremitical forerunners of the Carmelites. Mary is celebrated on this day as a method of reflection, solitude, and prayer.

As our schools finish for their summer break, here is wishing our students a great holiday and good weather, coming back refreshed and enthusiastic for the start of a new school term in September. We also think of those anxiously awaiting their exam results.

We have finished now for the summer holidays, and will be back at the start of the new term. Thank you all for taking part. Have a lovely summer, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the autumn. The Children’s Liturgy Team

Fr Frank will be taking a well earned break and Fr Jack McLeish is covering the services in his absence. I am sure you will give him a warm welcome as you always do. There will be someone in residence in the presbytery to take any enquiries.

Next meeting of the PPT will be Wednesday, 17th July at 7.30pm

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

14th Sunday, 7th July, 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: MAKING PEACE

Peace is complex matter. We tend to think of it as a thing, something that can be won or lost, something that brings about an end to war and terrorism. So we think of peace as a lack of conflict, a time when we don’t have to worry about those unclaimed packages on the train, when arrests on suspicion of terrorism are a thing of the past.

In reality this is not peace; it’s only a type of truce, because peace can never be the absence of something. It’s always the presence of something. Peace is not a static situation where nobody is fighting against anyone else. It is a dynamic thing which has to be worked for, and then supported and maintained by justice.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that the peace God promised through Isaiah two and half thousand years ago has only been enjoyed for very brief periods. Jerusalem is, of course, the centre of daily attacks and outrages. Yet God promises to send peace there like a flowing river. So where is it?

Perhaps we can say two things. The first is that each of us has to play our part in making peace. We may be tempted to think that our individual efforts to be peaceful people can have little effect in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine. Of course, to a degree this is true. But if everyone worked to make their own patch of the world a just and peaceful place, then the chance of global peace would be greater.

The second point is that the Christian Church cannot simply preach peace, sing about it and lament its absence. We have to make representations so that just and equitable decisions are made in our name that affect the lives of others. We have to support those who are fighting for civil and political structures that respect the rights of other people. Everyone is in favour of peace, but we have to work to see that peace does not come at the price of some people’s rights and freedom.

The peace that Jesus promised is one which the world cannot give. Yet even the world’s peace is worth fighting for.

WORD OF GOD

For thus says the Lord:

Now towards Jerusalem I send flowing peace, like a river, and like a stream in spate the glory of the nations. (Isaiah 66: 12)

WORD FOR TODAY

Where is this peace that God promised to send? Either God has not kept the bargain or we have failed to be bearers of peace in the circumstances of our daily lives. For peace is not a thing; peace is peaceful people. And even in the most severe conflicts peaceful people always end up prevailing.

Where people are praying for peace the cause of peace is being strengthened by their very act of prayer, for they are themselves becoming immersed in the spirit of peace.

(John Macquarrie)

There are two powers: the sword and the spirit. But the spirit has always vanquished the sword.

(Napoleon)

14th

Sunday

7th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Blessing on Schools

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 8th 9.15

11.30

Pauline Codd RIP

Frances Mary McNally Funeral Service

Tues 9th 9.15 Rev John Warnock RIP
Wed 10th 9.15 Private Intention
Thurs 11th 8am. For All Travellers
Friday 12th 10.30 Anthony Armstrong

Funeral Mass

15th

Sunday

Sea Sunday

14th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Private Intention

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: £746.20p

Survive- Miva £547.51

Boiler: £3.00p

Book Sales £

120 Club winners: No 38 Ernie Glover: £20

There will be a retiring collection today for Sea Sunday

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 June 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

Tomorrow, Monday, 8th July, members of the Bereavement Group will hold their monthly coffee morning in the parish centre from 10-11am. Members of the group are there to listen if you wish to chat.

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website info

On Tuesday, 16th July, at 7.30pm the Bereavement Group will be hosting their annual Memorial Service. Invitations have been sent out but all are welcome to come along to remember their loved ones.

Please be aware of those parishioners who have come early to church to take advantage of the quiet atmosphere to pray. It is a time to still ourselves before the celebration of mass begins.

Thank you for your consideration.

Celia Daly had a nasty fall after mass on Sunday and broke her wrist, resulting in an operation and a short stay in hospital. Here’s to a speedy recovery and a lot of pampering from the male members of the Daly household!!

On Friday, 12th July at 7.30pm you are warmly invited to hear Dr Howard Morgan speaking on “Restoring the Hebraic Foundation of the Church” at ‘The Upper Room’, St Paul’s Church, St Pauls Road, New Ferry. See notice board for more details.

Thursday, 11th July is a Day of Special Prayer for Europe.It is also the feast of St Benedict, Abbot, Patron of Europe. Born at Norcia, Italy about 480, Benedict died at Monte Cassino about 547. After studies in Rome he became a hermit at Subiaco , where man y sought his counsel. He then founded the monastery at Monte Cassino. Benedict is remembered for his widely influential monastic rule, combining work and prayer, and for his charity and moderation. Since 1964 he has been honoured as Patron of Europe, a title shared since 1980 with Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius (14th February)

United Utilities have been back to inspect the ongoing water leak and may have to dig up

a section of the car park. Please pray for an early solution and conclusion to this ongoing problem.