15th Sunday, 14th July, 2013

12/07/2013

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

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

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