WORD FOR TODAY

Don’t rush to set your life straight. There’s plenty of time. You’ll probably not die for a good number of years and when life is a little less hectic you can start to think about putting your house in order. Unless you listen to today’s gospel.

WORD OF GOD

Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zionand to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria.Lying on their ivory beds and sprawling on their divansthey dine on lambs from the flock.(Amos 6: 1.4.)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. (Robert Louis Stephenson)

True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need. Twitter 21/9/13

Friday, 4th October, Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Day for Special Prayer for the Needy of the World and Family Fast Day. Francis was born in Assisi (Italy) in 1181 or 1182 and died nearby on 3rd October, 1226. The carefree son of a wealthy merchant, he gave up his inheritance to embrace utter poverty. Under a simple gospel rule, he and his Friars Minor were authorised to be mendicant preachers. His Canticle of the Sun captures his lyrical spirit and sense of oneness with all creatures. At the end of his life Francis bore in his flesh the marks of Christ’s suffering. An outstanding example of beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” he is remembered for preaching the poor and crucified Christ in both word and humble action.

NOVEMBER LISTS: Please drop off your names at the presbytery to enable the lists to be typed up. Many 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

26th Sunday of Year. 29th September 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: NO RUSH?

Frank and Lilly were a happily married couple. He worked in a factory and she spent most of her time at home as the family grew to seven children. They didn’t have much time to themselves but Frank was a member of the parish Society of St Vincent de Paul, helping the poor and disadvantaged, and for the past twenty years had been elected to the local council where he was much respected by members of the public. They liked to go ballroom dancing every few months when they could find a baby-sitter and Frank’s hobby was carpentry, although the odd chair or table was about all he had the chance to make.

They didn’t have much in the way of savings but they always told themselves that they would build a workshop in the garden for Frank if they ever scraped the money together. With seven children they never quite managed it.

When he was 55, Frank had to retire from work on health grounds. He got a small lump sum and an even smaller pension. He and Lilly were quite looking forward to his retirement. Lilly had a part time job and Frank was looking forward to making some furniture for the grandchildren’s bedroom. They’d be able to do a bit more dancing now that the children were old enough to look after themselves, and they ordered a shed for Frank.

Frank’s brother Tom had lived a different life. He had done well for himself and lived in luxury house a few miles away. He used to make fun of Frank’s work for the Church and for the council, and he had given up the practice of his faith after leaving school, concentrating instead on developing his haulage business. He and his wife had no children and kept themselves to themselves. When Frank talked to him about his faith he said he didn’t object to religion but he had other things on his plate and perhaps one day he would start practising again.

Tom was with Frank in the van on the way to pick up the shed from the DIY store when it crashed and they both died….

26th

Sunday

29th 5.30pm

10am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Jean Marooth

Frida Owens

Carmelite Convent

St Therese’ Lisieux

Prayer Meeting

Mon 30th 9.15 Fr Frank’s Intentions
Tues 1st Oct 9.15 Julie Brannon
Wed 2nd 9.15 John O’Reilly RIP
Thurs 3rd 8am. Parishioners
Friday

St Francis of Assisi

4th 9.15 Peace in the World

Family Fast Day

27th

Sunday

6th 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. Angela Dimelow (nee Evans). 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: £573.63p

Peter’s Dance Money £136.00p

Boiler: £16.60p

120 Club winners:

Last Weeks No: 77 M Rooney £20

This Weeks No: 33 K Clements £20

Apologies for last week’s omission

There are 3 numbers available in the 120 Club.

If you are interested they are 50p

When the altar bell rings please honour the 5minutes silence<a href="mailto:info

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND in aid of the Clergy Education & Training Fund. Gift Aid envelopes are available for tax-payers.

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day is on Friday, 4th October. Envelopes will be distributed this weekend and collected next weekend. Tax payers are reminded to complete the Gift Aid Certificate which will add 25% to their donation. A

The Annual Diocesan History Day will take place on Saturday 5th October at St Mary and all Angels, Hooton. See poster for details full details. This is a fascinating day- why not give it a try?

The Little Way

On Saturday 5th October, Sandymount House of Prayer at Crosby is holding a day on the spiritual path of Therese of Lisieux. The day will be led by Fr Michael Miners OCDS. It will begin at 10.00am and conclude at 4.00pm. To book a place phone Sandymount on 0151 9244850. Offering: £12. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

As a Parish requirement we need a Health and Safety Officer and are looking for a volunteer. If you are interested, please speak to Fr Frank or a member of the Parish Pastoral Team.

Thank you for your donations to the Wirral Foodbank. This is an on-going scheme and so the need for your support is also on-going. We need to support those in our community who need our help.

The food bank relies on non-perishable, in date, food donations to feed local people in crisis. The food bank has asked for the following items which they need urgently: 500gms Sugar, UHT/powdered milk, drinking chocolate, tinned custard, tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned fish, instant mash Please place food in the box provided at the back of church. For further information please ring Cecily 0151 645 7645.

YOUNG ADULTS RETREAT 18th-20th OCTOBER, 2013. A.C.T.’S (ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALITY) annual retreat taking place this October and if you are aged 18-35 you are welcome to join us. Canon Brendan Hoban will lead us prayerfully through the weekend with a focus on ‘ God’s forgiveness’. The retreat will take place at Sandhymount Retreat Centre, Blundellsands. The cost is by anonymous donation (suggested contribution £95). For details contact Siobhan at siobhanbc

Or tel: 0161 477 2783/07761138947

Speaking of coffee – how about going across to the parish centre after Sunday Mass? You will be made most welcome and will be able to enjoy coffee or tea and biscuits in the company of friends. Give it a whirl! There is also an appeal for more volunteers to join the rota to serve the drinks- see Noelene.

This Sunday at 1pm, GILLIAN JONES & CHRIS KOUMAS will be married in our church. We wish God’s blessing on them and pray it will be the beginning of a long and happy marriage.

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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@gmail.com
websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

24th Sunday of Year. 15th September 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: FIVE STEPS BACK HOME
What was it about the prodigal son that took him back home when everything had gone wrong? He took five steps to get back to the family atmosphere of his father’s house.
First, he recognised the senselessness of his sinful condition. This can be hard. We fool ourselves that our sin is really quite harmless or maybe even just a bit of fun. Yet eventually the realisation comes upon us that what we are doing is not making us fuller people but simply stunting our development. We are brought short and forced to face the truth that the grass is in fact greener where we used to be.
Repentance is the second step. The awakening brought about by the hopelessness of our situation leads us to accept that we’ve been going in the wrong direction long enough and it’s time to turn around and go back. It forces us to admit that we alone are responsible for the mess we are in; sin is our choice and nobody forces us. And what the prodigal son really wanted was not just some food but the restoration of his relationship with his father.
Repentance must always be accompanied by honesty. There’s no point in making excuses for what we have done. The son could have blamed the home situation, his father or his brother, the farmer who gave him a job with the pigs, etc. But the less we are found making excuses the more likely we are to be serious about changing our way of life.
When he repented the son displayed humility. He simply acknowledged that he had sinned, was sorry and did not deserve to be called a son any more. He knew he had disgraced his family and friends, accepted it and was determined to do something about it. He set no conditions to his confession.
Then he made his resolution to go back home. He didn’t ask for time to consider things, procrastinate and put things off. He did something about it, left his sorry situation and determined to start things afresh. Five steps. But the only ones that would take him back to the feast. And us?

WORD OF GOD
So the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. (Exodus 32: 14)

WORD FOR TODAY
Because God is just he has every right to punish our wrongdoing. If this were to happen then none of us could ever claim exemption for we are all sinners. Yet God’s constant way of dealing with us is to show mercy, to get us to recognise our faults and to turn from them. If we do this, then rather than disaster there is feasting.

In his book, Capital of the World, Ernest Hemingway wrote about a father in Spain who had a son named Paco. Because of his son’s rebellion, Paco and his father were estranged. The father was bitter and angry with his son, and kicked him out of the home. After years of bitterness, the father’s anger ended and he realised his mistake. He began to look for Paco, with no results. Finally, in desperation, the father placed an ad in the Madrid newspaper. The ad read, “PACO, ALL IS FORGIVEN. MEET ME AT THE NEWSPAPER OFFICE AT 9AM TOMORROW. LOVE, YOUR FATHER.” Paco (Francis) is a rather common name in Spain, and Hemingway wrote that when the father arrived the next morning, there were 600 young men ‘all named Paco’ waiting and hoping to receive the forgiveness of their fathers.

24th
Sunday
Home Mission Sunday 15th 5.30pm

10am
7.30pm Sick Members of Parish
Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Mon 16th 9.15
Mary & Sidney Havard
Tues 17th 9.15
Richard Rowe
Wed 18th 9.15 Sick Members of Parish
Thurs 19th 8am. World Peace
Friday 20th 9.15 Those who teach in our schools
Saturday 21st 12 noon Carmelite Mass
25th
Sunday

22nd 5.30pm
10am
7.30pm.
George Gaynor
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. Angela Dimelow (nee Evans). 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: £719.66p
Boiler: £9.00p
Book Sales: £17.50p
120 Club winners: No: 48. M Simmons £20

There are 3 numbers available in the 120 Club.
If you are interested they are 50p each.

There will be a SECOND Collection today for Home Mission Sunday. FESTIVE MEAL AT HAWKSTONE HALL ON 8TH DECEMBER
We have 40 names which is fantastic! Those of you who have been before know what a great spread
you can look forward to. We will draw a line under those names but if you wish to come then there may still be negotiation space for 10 more but after this weekend the possible opportunity is lost. Will those who are signed up, please fill in your menu choices and pay Teresa at your earliest opportunity. Thank you

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.

This is the final week for collecting names for Confirmation. Do you have anyone or know of anyone who might be eligible? If you do, then please pop names and contact details through the door of the house or pass them on to a member of the clergy. The final date for name collection is 20th September because we need to finalise dates for the programme.

On 20th September, 10am-3pm, there will be an RCIA Formation Day for Catechists and Clergy, at Saint Columba’s in Chester, led by Canon Philip Gillespie. This would be an ideal opportunity for all catechists who are involved in the various ministries within our parish.
pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org Please see Notice Board for booking details.

If you purchase a book from our bookstall, please can you ensure that you write the title and the amount you have paid on the clipboard so we can keep an eye on popular items among our stock and replenish where necessary.

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT Weekend Retreat “to share fellowship, testimony and to allow the Spirit to move amongst us” to be held at Pantasaph Franciscan Friary, on
1st-3rd November. Cost £90. Contact Catherine.mossey34@virginiamedia.com or 01625 426 868. See Notice Board for booking details.

Wirral Hospice St John’s are holding a Midnight Walk on Saturday, 21st September from Moreton to West Kirby. Why not join them to celebrate this special 30th Anniversary. Contact 343 0778. See Notice Board for details of registration.

Saturday 21st September is the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. Matthew, also known as Levi, was a Jew who collected taxes for the Romans at Capernaum in Galilee. Here Jesus met him and called him to be an apostle (Luke 5: 27-28). Matthew is venerated as the author of the gospel which highlights Jesus’ role as Messiah and underlines the presence of the kingdom of God in the Church.

After a wonderful sunny summer break, we welcome back the Children’s’ Liturgy.

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

23rd Sunday of Year 8th September 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: IS THERE A CHRISTIAN IN THE HOUSE?

You may be in the church building, but are you in Christ? Your name is on the parish records, but is it in the book of life? You may be in the Church, but is Christ in you? Being in a classroom does not make you a teacher. Being in a surgery doesn’t make you a doctor. And being in a church building doesn’t make you a disciple!

Jesus preaches in such a way that we either get on board or abandon ship. Either we will follow Christ or forsake him. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. He is making his way to the cross. He is on his way to betrayal, flogging, mocking, scourging, and beating. His own people have rejected him. He is on his way to Jerusalem to die for the very people who will murder him. They have called him Beelzebub. They have accused him of breaking the law. They have numbered him with the publicans and sinners. Jesus knows his disciples will suffer the same fate and only a true disciple can endure such persecution.

Before you decide to buy that new home cinema system you have to sit down and work out whether you have enough money to pay for it, whether in cash or instalments. And it’s the same thing when it comes to being a disciple of Christ. There is a cost involved.

Jesus never tried to get big crowds. In fact, he said things that would put the faint-hearted off. To follow him, he said, you must love your family but never let them get in the way of your responding fully to God’s call. Those who appreciate the wisdom of God’s plan are prepared to give up wealth, reputation, security and even their own lives if it is demanded. This does not come cheap. It’s easy to say that we would do all this for God, but how well are we faring in the ordinary things of life, the little demands that are put upon us? This is a good guide to how much we are being true to our calling as disciples.

Being a Christian means accepting all our family and social responsibilities but giving Christ top priority. There can be no part-time Christians.

WORD OF GOD

What man can know the intentions of God? Who can divine the will of the Lord? The reasonings of mortals are unsure and our intentions unstable.

(Wisdom 9: 13-14)

WORD FOR TODAY

Where do we look to find a guide in our decisions of life? Do we buy self-help books, read the columns of the agony aunts and take on board the latest theories of personal relationships? Or do we look to the pattern of living provided by God’s word and faithfully lived out by so many Christians in the Church over the ages?

Crossing the Threshold

September 15th is Home Mission Sunday which provides outreach to non-church going (lapsed) Catholics. On that day we will have a second collection to support this work which was initiated by the Bishops’ Conference Department for Evangelisation. The leaflets which will be distributed on the day describe the work which is being done and refer the reader to their website where testimonials of returning Catholics can be viewed. www.catholicnews.org.uk/hms13

The leaflet also contains an invitation to prayer

Parish Pastoral Team Meeting Wednesday, 11th September,

7.30pm in the Presbytery.

23rd

Sunday

8th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Mary & Sidney Havard

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 9th 9.15 Michael Morrison
Tues 10th 9.15 Mary Barton
Wed 11th 9.15 Dorothy Welch
Thurs 12th 8am. Fr Frank’s Intentions
Friday 13th 9.15 Fr J O’Reilly
24th

Sunday

15th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Sick Members of Parish

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. Angela Dimelow (nee Evans). 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: £826.23p

Boiler: £5.50p

Book Sales: £43.00p

120 Club winners: No 22: P Donnelly £20

After 2 years of using the power point to familiarise ourselves with the Mass responses, we think it is time to fly solo! If you are still unsure, there are a few Order of Mass cards at the back of church.

The next coffee morning to be hosted by the Bereavement Group will take place tomorrow in the Parish Centre 10-11am. Scanning an attachment.place

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If you know anyone in the parish who is struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one, why not encourage them to come along?

Day for Young Catholics. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the day in St Columba’s, Chester, planned for Sunday 8th Sept, and evening in St Peter’s, Hazel Grove on Monday 9th Sept, have both been postponed. Work continues in preparing activities for young Catholics and new launch dates will be sent out to all involved in the near future. Many thanks for your support of young Catholics in not losing sight of Jesus – Fr Peter Wright.

The Riding Light Theatre Group will be performing “A Different Drum” on Saturday 28th September at St Stephen’s Church, Prenton Lane, and Saturday

25th October at Northgate Church, Chester at 7.30pm. Tickets £10. See Notice board for details.

FESTIVE MEAL AT HAWKSTONE HALL ON 8TH DECEMBER

The list is available at the back of church and is filling up rapidly so please add your name this weekend and make your payment as soon as possible BY THE END OF THE MONTH AT THE LATEST. Teresa Young will be collecting the monies. Most of the original 30 places have been taken but we have been allowed 20 more. When we reach 50, I am afraid the list is closed – so add your name to avoid disappointment.

On Saturday, October 5th at 12 noon,

St Wilfrid’s Church, Northwich will be hosting a Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents and will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies. See Notice Board for details. I would be grateful (for catering purposes) if you could indicate if you wish to attend Please contact info or Tel 01606 42440.

Children’s Liturgy Group. There will be a meeting for all those involved in, or wanting to help with, the Children’s Liturgy Group after 10am Mass today over a cup of tea in the Parish Centre. We are planning to start again at the 10am Mass next Sunday, 15th Sept. and looking forward to seeing everyone after the summer break. We are asking for volunteers to help in any capacity; for information please contact Liz McIntosh

645 0873. If the valuable (and enjoyable and rewarding) work of the Group is to continue, we are going to need more helpers in different roles. At the moment it is dependant on the ”Faithful Few”, who are finding it increasingly difficult to fit it in with other commitments. Please have a think, and see if you feel you could join us.

Thanks. The Group

10th Sept Memorial of St Ambrose Barlow 1595-6411

After studying at Douai and Valladolid, Ambrose entered the Benedictine Order and ministered to the many Catholics in the Manchester area. He was famed for his preaching and love of the poor. Imprisoned on a number of occasions he was finally arrested and executed at Lancaster in 1641.

WORD OF GOD

The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord. (Ecclesiasticus 3:18)

WORD FOR TODAY

What do we have to be proud of? Many things, perhaps. But humility demands not that we pretend our achievements and abilities do not exist, but that we give credit where it is due: to God. If we boast, then let us boast in what the Lord has done for us and through us.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Lord of the poor and the crippled, God of the blind and the lame, listen to the prayers we have brought before you for our own needs, for those of our Church and our world. Teach us true humility that we may be at the service of all who call upon us. Encourage us to use our talents to spread your kingdom, and when we meet with success help us to recognise you as the source of our strengths. We make this and all our prayers through him who humbled himself to share our human weakness, your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Crossing the Threshold

September 15th is Home Mission Sunday which provides outreach to non-church going (lapsed) Catholics. On that day we will have a second collection to support this work which was initiated by the Bishops’ Conference Department for Evangelisation. The leaflets which will be distributed on the day describe the work which is being done and refer the reader to their website where testimonials of returning Catholics can be viewed. www.catholicnews.org.uk/hms13

The leaflet also contains an invitation to prayer

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

22nd Sunday of Year 1st September 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: TOP TABLE

A London-based pastor was boasting about how his church had grown from a handful to thousands of members in such a short time. The interviewer asked him what he thought had brought this about. “A top rate dedicated and qualified management team” he replied. “And what about the Holy Spirit?” asked the interviewer. By then it was too late for the pastor to dig himself out of the hole.

Don’t take the seats on the top table, says Jesus today, because someone more distinguished might have been invited. Of course, there’s always someone more distinguished than us. The problem is that we often fail to recognise it.

A top-table mentality can be very corrosive. As we grow up we naturally take things for granted. We get on in life, we get promotion, we acquire status and position and we find ourselves making decisions that affect other people’s lives. We know we’ve got the top-table mentality when we think that we are owed respect by right. We expect to be given preferential treatment, to be obeyed, to have our opinion carry more weight than other people’s.

Humility does not mean pretending we’re not who we are, denying skills and talents or feigning a type of false modesty. Humility rejoices in what it can do, but knows that it can do nothing without God and others. So humility boasts, but it boasts about God who is the source of all gift and talent.

Humble people don’t stop aiming high. It’s just that when they achieve their goal they know who deserves the credit. And since humble people don’t push themselves forward for the top places, they are not disappointed not to have them. Nor do they suffer the embarrassment of being taken down a peg when they overstep the mark.

Set your sights as high as you like but keep your soul on the ground. The man who fulfilled the cosmic act of salvation did so by humbling himself to become a mere human and although he was God he claimed no glory for himself. It’s those who humble themselves, he said, who will be exalted.

22nd Sunday 31st./1st. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

John Rooney

(1st anniversary)

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 2nd. 9.15 Sheila McCormick
Tues

(Gregory the Great)

3rd. 9.15 Private Intention
Wed 4th. 9.15 Sheila McCormick
Thur 5th. 8am Robert McDermott
Fri 6th. 9.15 Rev John Warnock
3.30 Wedding Mass

Karl Davies & LisaClewlow

23rd.

Sunday

7th/8th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Mary& Sidney Havard

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:£ 690 20 p

Boiler: £5

Book Sales: £ p

Flowers: Saturday 24/8 £190+ Sunday 25/8 £81+ thanks everyone, we hope to leave any further collections for a decent interval.

120 Club winners: No. 113 M Rooney £20

No. 46 M Dawson £10

The next coffee morning to be hosted by the bereavement group will take place on 9thSeptember in the parish centre from 10-11. If you know anyone in the parish who is struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one, why not encourage them to come along?

Pope’s prayer intentions for September 2013

General: That the men and women of our time, often immersed in noise, may rediscover the value of silence and learn to listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.

Missionary: That Christians who suffer persecution in numerous regions of the world may be prophets of the love of Christ by their testimony.

C. Gene Wilkes says that many people have a head table mentality. “When given a position, we happily accept the status that goes with it and somehow believe we no longer need to go near the kitchen “[We accept] the myth that those who sit at the head table are somehow more important than those who serve in the kitchen.” Head tables have replaced the towel and washbasin as symbols of leadership among God’s people.

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as results. (Herman Melville)

Next 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.

The annual diocesan history day will take place on Saturday 5th October at St Mary and all Angels Hooton, full details are available on 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? Put the date in your diary!

As in previous years, Hawkstone Hall is holding a series of seasonal meals in Advent. One of them is on the anniversary of my ordination (8th December) but it is a Sunday. It would be good to move the Mass to 9.30am so that we could get to Hawkstone for 12md. The meal is served at 12.30pm

As children change schools the usual requests for reissue of baptismal certificates have started to trickle in.

I urge parents to keep baptismal certificates in a safe place.

£5 is now the charge for a reissued certificate

On Wednesday we celebrate the feast of St Cuthbert 634-687. This ‘child of God’ as St. Bede described him, was a monk at Melrose before becoming Bishop of Lindisfarne. He devoted himself to his flock; helping with alms and advice and visiting all parts of his large diocese. His need for solitude and his love of nature drew him to the desolate isle of Farne, where he died.