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

21st. Sunday of Year 25th August 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: HEAVEN AND HELL

Some modern people don’t believe in hell. They say that it’s an old-fashioned way of frightening people into behaving in a moral manner. If God is so loving, they argue, then no one will be allowed to miss out on heaven.

Of course, this is not what Jesus says in today’s gospel. He says “there will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside”.

Hell is not a place. It doesn’t have a floor and walls, or even a fire. Hell is the never-ending state of pain and frustration after death at realising that we were given the chance of eternal happiness that comes from choosing God, but that we chose not to accept it and now it is beyond our grasp.

If God were to ignore our life choices and simply “smooth things over” when we die, then we would have been made fools of during our life. Life, rather than being a drama, would have been reduced to a divine farce in which we thought we had freewill but in reality were just playing a part in some predetermined global heavenly extravaganza. God has too much respect for us to toy with us like that.

And so Jesus warns his audience today about becoming complacent, about thinking that they are guaranteed a place in the kingdom of God because of their nationality, their ancestors, or their religious practice. And just as Isaiah had done centuries earlier, he angers them by saying that heaven will be full of “riffraff” while some of them will be excluded. For God has no favourites. People of high standing in society and the Church will find themselves at the foot of the pile, and vice versa.

And what about you and me? Have we joined the throng of people who never give heaven and hell a second thought? Do we automatically think that we have some sort of season ticket for religion that will see us through at the eleventh hour? Or are we acting on Jesus’ words and trying to enter by the narrow door?

WORD OF GOD

There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.

(Luke 13:30)

WORD FOR TODAY

The order we like to impose on the world, the Church and our lives may not necessarily be that which God intends. As we see things turned upside down in our lives and our world, could it be that this is God’s way of telling us that his ways are very different from the predictable patterns we have come to expect?

The method of entering heaven was to spell a word correctly. Louise died and was asked to spell “love”. She got in. A year later her cheating husband, Tom, arrived at the pearly gates and she asked him to spell “Czechoslovakia”!

I hate to say it but the holiday season is drawing to a close- nothing lasts forever. Lt’s hope we have all managed to have a bit of relaxation even if we have only managed a few days out.

The annual diocesan history day will take place on Saturday 5th October at St Mary and all Angels Hooton, full details are available of the poster displayed in various areas around the church. Look closely and you will see that for the second year running one of our very own is to make a contribution. This is a fascinating day- why not give it a try?

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA present a Social Evening with entertainment from Wallasey Operatic Concert Party on Saturday 7th September at 7.30pm. St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Upton. Bring your own drinks .Proceeds to Aid to the Church in Need and KSC charities. Tickets £5 from Bernard McGuigan tel 645 7929 or pay on the door.

Sincere apologies to the people who arrived for 8am Mass on Thursday and found that we were not available. We have had a couple of changes because of my absence and because of the Holy Day and so things have been a bit confused of late. We will return to the early Mass this coming Thursday because most people have returned from their holidays and then I will canvas opinions as to whether we should continue .

21st.

Sunday

25th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Kathleen McNair

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 26th 9.15 Andrew Welch
Tues 27th 9.15 Mary Kenny
Wed 28th. 9.15 Charles Russell
Thur 29th. 8am Maureen Burns
Fri 30th 9.15 Kathleen McNair
20th

Sunday

31st/

1st

5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

John Rooney

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: £ 548 76 p

Boiler: £1 90p

Book Sales: £ p

120 Club winners: No. 2 M Glove £20

Oliver Wendell Holmes said “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it “but we must sail, and not drift, not lie at anchor.”

Thanks to everyone who participated in the celebration of my 85th birthday- a momentous and enjoyable day for me. Many thanks for the cards and gifts but most of all for your many kindnesses to me.

A street evangelist was urging those who could or would listen to him to flee from the wrath of God to come. “I warn you,” he roared, “that there will be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth!” An old woman in the crowd shouted snidely: “Sir, I have no teeth!” “Lady,” the evangelist retorted, “teeth will be provided!”

The collection for flowers will take place over the next couple of weekends. Let’s hope we manage to swell our funds so that we don’t need to ask again until next summer.

The young people who have taken public exams this year will all have received their results by now. We hope it is a time of rejoicing for them, not a time of disappointment. Good luck to all of them as they continue their journeys- academic or otherwise!

Soon a new school year will be upon us. We pray for all our young children just about to embark on school life we trust that it will be an enjoyable new phase for them.

Re-issue of baptismal certificates will require a charge of £5 to be paid. I urge those of you who have had your children baptised recently to keep the card certificate safe. Proof of baptism is required at several junctures in life.

Do you know anyone who might be eligible for Confirmation later this year? Please ask them to write down their names and contact details and post them through the letter box of the house and the team will be in contact when the date of the initial meeting has been arranged. Thanks.

Week 47

By faith the Apostles went out to the whole world, following the command to bring the Gospel to all creation (Mark 16: 15), and they fearlessly proclaimed to all, the joy of the resurrection, of which they were faithful witnesses.

On Saturday 7th September Fr. Pat Collins will be speaking at a Day of Renewal at The Marian Centre, St Marie on the Sands, Southport PR9 0EJ from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. Tickets £10 from Cathy Cameron Tel: 01704 224286.

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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

20th Sunday of Year 18th August 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: NOTHING BUT TROUBLE?

Maybe it’s because most of us get our first impressions of Jesus while we are still young that we tend to think of him as a gentle person. After all, the meek and mild image seems to fit in well with what we want to say to small children.

But when we grow up it’s a different matter. Do we still think of Jesus as the quiet, gentle mannered preacher who never spoke a word in anger? If we do, then we’re in for a shock in today’s gospel.

The Jesus whom we glimpse today is full of passion and single-minded about his mission. He’s the activist from heaven, the zealous, fiery, frustrated messenger of change. Do you think I’ve come to bring peace? No, he says. If you listen to me then the trouble will really start. My message brings not peace but division.

To believe in Jesus is to accept a whole set of values that threaten many people, a life so radical that it looks down on what others deem success, an all-consuming dedication to fight for the downtrodden which makes more enemies than friends. Even your own family will be divided, says Jesus. That’s because the message you bring and the life you live will prove too much for them.

The temptation of human frailty is constantly to downgrade the demands of the gospel. Our tendency is to pass off Christianity as if it were as domesticated as bingo, as socially acceptable as a round of golf and as unthreatening as a rubber cutlass.

Over the next five or six weeks St Luke will present us with some of the social implications of following Jesus, showing us that the values which society considers normal are often far from Christianity. We will see Jesus calling us to give our lives for others with no thought of reward. And we will be called upon to be so outspoken that it will stick in people’s throats. Not very comforting? Perhaps not, but that’s what Jesus promises us in today’s uncompromising gospel.

Word of God

Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

Luke 12: 51

WORD FOR TODAY

Are you a little on the reticent side when it comes to talking about your religion? Do you think that religion like politics is best kept a private matter? Or are you the sort who wants everyone to know you are a Christian and that they too can live life on a different level if they follow Jesus? Are you here for peace or division? You may get a surprise in today’s gospel.

Jesus of Nazareth always comes asking disciples to follow him–not merely “accept him,” not merely “believe in him,” not merely “worship him,” but to follow him: one either follows Christ, or one does not. There is no compartmentalization of the faith, no realm, no sphere, no business, no politic in which the lordship of Christ will be excluded. We either make him Lord of all lords, or we deny him as Lord of any. Lee Camp

Year of Faith Week 46

By faith the Apostles left everything to follow their Master. (Mark 10: 28) They believed the words with which he proclaimed the Kingdom of God present and fulfilled in his person (Luke11: 20)

20th

Sunday

18th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Robert McDermott

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 19th 9.15 Private Intention.
Tues 20th 9.15 Canon Brian McEvoy
Wed 21st. 9.15 Fr. Frank’s birthday intentions
Thur 22nd. 8am Pauline Codd
Fri 16th 9.15 Tony Armstrong
20th

Sunday

18th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Kathleen McNair

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: £ 653 58 p

Boiler: £13.50p

Book Sales: £ 4.30p

120 Club winners: No. 54 C Richards £20

Fr. Frank is back tomorrow just a couple of days short of his 85th birthday. We hope he is feeling more rested and we wish him many happy returns on 21st. All welcome to cake and coffee after Wednesday’s Mass

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Fear looks; faith jumps. Faith never fails to obtain its object. If I leave you as I found you, I am not God’s channel. I am not here to entertain you, but to get you to the place where you can laugh at the impossible.

Smith Wigglesworth

Do you know anyone who might be eligible for Confirmation later this year? Please ask them to write down their names and contact details and post them through the letter box of the house and the team will be in contact when the date of the initial meeting has been arranged. Thanks.

Do you have a special ministry in the parish? Please ensure whether you be a welcomer, a reader or a minister of the Eucharist that you find someone to deputise in the event of you being away on holiday.

St. Bernard (1090-1153) was born near Dijon and died in Clairvaux, France. He was of a noble family and received a careful education in his youth. With his father, brother and thirty noblemen he entered the Benedictine monastery of Citeaux. Two years later he led a group of monks to establish a house at Clairvaux, and became its abbot. The monastic rule which he perfected at Clairvaux became the model for 163 monasteries of the Cistercian reform. He was a theologian, poet, orator, and writer. He is sometimes considered as a Father of the Church.

Pope Francis@Pontifex

One cannot separate Christ and the Church. The grace of Baptism gives us the joy of following Christ in and with the Church.

On Saturday 7th September Fr. Pat Collins will be speaking at a Day of Renewal at The Marian Centre, St Marie on the Sands, Southport PR9 0EJ from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. Tickets £10 from Cathy Cameron Tel: 01704 224286.

“Why Pope John Called the Council – Vatican II’s teaching on Christian Unity”.

This study day has been organised by the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission as its particular contribution to the Year of Faith. There are to be two talks with discussion led by Fr.Peter Phillips. Saturday, 21st September, 10am – 1pm at St.Columba’s Parish Centre, Chester, CH2 1SA. Starts promptly at 10am. Those from other Christian traditions also welcome!

You will recall that we didn’t have a collection for flowers prior to Easter because the pre-Christmas collection had carried us through. Now we need to replenish the coffers and so we propose to have a collection over the next couple of weeks. If the funds are swollen sufficiently as a result, we will be able to skip the Advent collection when people are less likely to be able to afford to contribute. Thanks.

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

18th Sunday of Year C, 4th August, 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: FOUND A PENNY LOST A POUND

The preacher in today’s reading summed it all up: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!” The Hebrew word for vanity means “emptiness” or a mere “breath of air”, something that is insubstantial, here today and gone tomorrow. What the preacher is trying to get across is that there is no point in getting involved with working, earning and enjoying possessions if at the same time we miss out on the real happiness of life.

A young man once found a £20 note on the pavement. From that time on he never lifted his eyes from the ground when walking. In the course of 40 years he accumulated 29,516 buttons, 54,172 pins, 7 pennies, a bent back and a miserly disposition. At the same time, he lost the glories of the sunlight, the smiles of friends, the songs of birds, the beauties of flowers, trees, blue skies and all that is worth living for in life: the opportunity to serve his fellow men and women, to spread happiness and to walk with God.

Most of us have to work in order to live. But we don’t have to join the rat race. We need money to buy food and clothes but if we don’t enjoy what we are doing then we live unfulfilled lives. Nothing that we possess actually belongs to us; it passes to the next generation. Jesus tells us that our life is not made secure by what we own but by our relationship with God and others, particularly with our families. We can become distracted by what the world considers important – money, power, status – and if we are distracted, then our toil and work is like the breath of wind here one minute, gone the next.

It is only through God that my toil, my work, my enjoyment of life can have meaning and purpose. It is in that relationship with God that I can be free to work, free to use the fruits of my labour to serve God and the people around me. In that relationship with God I can be free to love and care, free from the bonds of greed to enjoy life, to discover the beauty of relationships with those who care for me as I am, and the thrill of knowing that when this life is ended, I will be given eternal wealth.

WORD OF GOD

Happy those servants whom, the master finds awake when he returns. (Luke 12: 37)

WORD FOR TODAY

When we own everything we ever dreamed of, what will we do next? Fulfilment here and life in the hereafter is all that matters. And possessions cannot guarantee this for they are basically hollow. Today’s reading reminds us that seeking after earthly success is nothing more than vanity.

ANYONE FOR CRICKET??? You could not mistake these two fans or their beaming smiles as they stand outside Lords Cricket Ground enjoying their time together and maybe even watching a few overs. Frs. Frank and Dennis enjoyed a holiday in Rome and Assisi. Fr Dennis will be returning to South Africa and we wish him well in his ministry and hope it is not too long before we see him again and Fr Frank is reunited with his chum.

18th

Sunday

4th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Margaret & Joe Carr

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 5th 9.15 Tony Armstrong
Tues 6th 9.15 Parishioners

Transfiguration of the Lord

Wed 7th 9.15 John McLean
Thurs 8th 8am. Private Intentions
Friday 9th 9.15 Private Intentions
19th

Sunday

11th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Michael Morrison

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: £604.99p

Day for Life: £284.05p

Boiler: £6.50p

Book Sales: £12.75p

120 Club winners: No 62: P Mullen £20

No 66: Mums & Tots £10

Wedding and Funeral Service Administrator

Christ Church United Reformed Church Port Sunlight is 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.

Stella McGann (of Pilgrim Troupe fame) will be holding a Garden Party at her home on Sunday 18th August, from 2.00-5.00 p.m. This is a fund raiser for Zambia mission to train teachers. Entrance £5, which includes afternoon tea. There will also be stalls, bar, raffles, pig race etc. You and your friends/family are warmly invited… to chat…catch up with friends….sit in the sun…. and support a really worthwhile cause.

Woodlands, 10 Oaklea Road, Irby, Wirral CH61 3US Tel 648 4901

RSVP to me with numbers if you’re able to come. Gifts for lucky dip, bottle stall or larger items for auction would be most welcome before the day if possible. Many thanks in advance, Stella

STOP PRESS!!! Catholic Newspapers – There were no papers sold on Sunday, 21st July. Could you all please be vigilant and let me or the deacons know if the papers are not on display and between us we can ensure this does not happen in the future.

During the month of August the Bereavement Group monthly coffee morning and the Sunday Morning Tea Group will be taking a summer break and will resume in September. Scanning an attachment…

The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord celebrates the revelation of Christ’s divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21), Christ, along with Ss. Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain. There, St. Matthew writes, “he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.”

You will have received a copy of Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter. It will not be read out during mass to enable you to find a quiet moment at home to read it and then maybe discuss its contents with other members of your family.