22nd Sunday of Year 1st September 2013 Cycle C

01/09/2013

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.

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