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

29th Sunday 20th October 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DON’T GIVE UP

The widow in today’s gospel was worried. She had a legal grievance and she needed a “man” to unlock the doors of Jewish society. Because she had no clout the judge kept putting her off until eventually he heard her case just for a quiet life.

Jesus uses this story to teach us that we should never stop praying. Prayer increases our faith and feeds our life with God. The great Christians of the past constantly tell us that we should keep going in our prayer, no matter how worried we are and no matter how long it seems to take.

Worry is a destructive thing. It only allies us to thoughts of disaster and unpleasantness. It causes us to fall into the rut of negative thinking and this starts to erode our mindset and curtail our happiness. Yet it is possible to channel worry into prayer. If, instead of sitting and thinking the worst, we make our worries into petitions to God and begin to praise and thank God for what we do have, we can get a sense of the wholeness of God’s presence and come to an understanding of that peace of God that cannot be taken away from us.

Even the greatest men and women get knocked down in life, but what separates them from the rest is that they get right back up. Perseverance in prayer is a virtue. That’s because it’s the actual praying that gives us the strength to go on. Giving up praying when in trouble is like giving up eating when you are ill. You are only going to get worse.

But we have to pray positively. If we feel that God won’t answer, then he probably won’t. We need to pray with confidence, firmly believing that God wants us to have what we need and what is good for us. Jesus would not have told us that our prayers will be answered if it were not true.

And how do we know that our prayer has “worked”? Only God can grasp the full picture of what is good for us. Sometimes our prayer can be answered speedily. At other times God has reasons for delaying. Sometimes God may improve on our prayer by granting us something even better than what we asked for. And do remember that even when the answer is “No”, it’s still an answer to prayer. So don’t give up.

WORD OF GOD

As long as Moses kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage.

When he let his arms fall, the advantage went to Amalek. (Exodus 17: 11)

WORD FOR TODAY

Jesus points to the relationship between faith and prayer. We can’t claim to have faith if we don’t pray. And when we seem to pray and nothing happens, it is then that the need to persevere in prayer is even greater. For prayer feeds faith.

(Victor White) maintained that what people call distractions in prayer are just their real wants and concerns breaking in on the bogus wants and concerns that we think are the only suitable ones for prayer. If you get “distractions”, he said, take a good look at them and see what wants and needs they spring from and pray about these ñ whatever they are. When you are really praying for what you really want you won’t be distracted ñ the prayers of people in sinking ships are rarely troubled by distractions, they know what they want.

(Herbert McCabe)

Thursday 31st October at St Francis of Assisi church in Chester.

To mark the occasion of 750th anniversary of the discovery of the relics of St. Anthony of Padua by St Bonaventure, two relics from his basilica in Italy will be venerated.

The programme of events:

12noon Mass

1-6.30pm Veneration

7pm Mass

8-9pm Veneration

St Anthony was a gifted preacher which was hailed at the Papal court as a jewel case of the Bible

STOP PRESS********* Rabbi Wollenberg will speak at St Winifride’s Neston on Thursday 24th October at 7.30 ‘One day in the life of a Rabbi’

See notice boards for details.

29thSunday 19/20 12md.

5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Wedding

Julie Kenny&

David Pierce

Parishioners

Church Students

Prayer meeting

Mon 21st. 9.15 Birthday Int. JH
Tues 22nd. 9.15 John & Mgt. Kelly
Wed 23rd. 9.15 Isabel Delaney
Thur 24th. 8am Eileen Myles
Fri 25th. 9.15 Private Int. E.D.S
30th.Sun 26/27 5.30pm.

10am.

7.30pm.

Nicola Smith

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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: £1011 28p

Family Fast £90 added to last week’s £650

Boiler: £ 9. 06p

Book Sales: £13 34p

120 Club Winner No 25 L Brockway £20

On Friday, Margaret Randles died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was a wonderful example of someone who bore her suffering patiently. May she enjoy the sight of her Saviour in heaven.

FCJ announcement.

On Saturday 2 November 2013 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community.
Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

The names for the November list have started to trickle in, please keep them coming to ensure they are all in by next weekend, thanks.

Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon you.

(St Augustine)

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. (Phillips Brooks)

Our heartfelt congratulations to Julie Kenny and David Pierce who were married in our church this weekend. We wish them many years of happiness as they embark on their married lives.

After half term, Traidcraft Christmas cards will be on sale every week. Please buy yours from this source and boost the coffers of all the worthwhile charities that are supported through Traidcraft.

The Bishop is leading a large group of pilgrims from our diocese to the Holy Land this coming Monday. We pray that their faith may be deepened by following the paths that Jesus trod during his earthly life and that in their turn they will pray for us.

Please take your free CAFOD prayer card.

Is there anyone who doesn’t have transport to Hawkstone Hall on 8th December? Please put your names on a list and we will endeavour to find you a space in a car. (May be asking for people with car spaces next week)!

Fr. Frank is starting to sort through his books as his future home will not accommodate his present collection in full. Over the next couple of weeks he plans to place the surplus ones in church for parishioners to take one (initially just one) as a memento of him and of his time at St. John’s. A prayer card will be inserted into each one.

On Wednesday 20th November at the Gladstone theatre there will be a performance of ‘A kick in the Baubles’ in aid of the SVP. Tickets from Teresa Young

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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

28th Sunday 13th October 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: SHOWING GRATITUDE

A man who worked for a charitable trust said that it was amazing how people reacted when told that their application for a grant had been approved. No one was ever ungrateful and quite a few people even suggested they would take him out for a meal to show their gratitude. But it was against the rules!

We’re all pretty good at showing our gratitude on the spot when someone gives us something. You can see it in the person of Naaman the leper when he is cured in today’s reading. He almost goes “over the top”, wanting to give a present to Elisha!

Yet the gospel story of the ten lepers is very different. Only one came back to thank Jesus for his cure. The other nine were so caught up in their new-found health that they never bothered to come back and say thank you. Perhaps they intended to seek out Jesus later, but their thoughts were elsewhere.

It can’t be that they didn’t appreciate their luck. They were embarking on a new life, restored to the society that had kept them apart. It was simply that, like most of us, we take so much for granted. We don’t realise how lucky we are until something is taken from us, and then we begin to realise how fortunate we were all the time without realising it.

In prayer we are tempted to forget about thanksgiving even though it should be the springboard for all that we bring to God. We are inclined to start by asking for things, bringing our concerns and worries to God. Yet our reason for believing that God will give us what we need is surely based on what he has done for us in the past? And this implies the duty of thanksgiving.

If you find thanksgiving difficult, then just sit for a moment and think about the three things you most take for granted that you could not do without. Think about who it is that provides you with them. Then the rest should be easy…. thanks be to God.

WORD OF GOD

Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel.

Now, please, accept a present from your servant.

(II Kings 5: 15)

WORD FOR TODAY

We’re very good at praying when we need things or are in trouble. There is nothing wrong with this; it’s what God asks us to do. Yet perhaps a greater measure of our faithfulness to God is the frequency with which we thank God when things are going well. Our prayer should start with thanksgiving and praise before it springs to requests.

This Sunday 13th October Bishop Mark will renew in the Cathedral the entrustment of the Diocese to Our Lady associating this prayer with the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary being made by Pope Francis.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother,

to your Immaculate Heart we consecrate ourselves,

in an act of total entrustment

and of oblation to the Lord.

By you we will be led to Christ your Son,

and Only-Begotten Son of God,

and by Him and with Him to His Eternal Father.

We shall walk in the light of faith, of hope and of love

so that the world may believe

that Christ is the One sent by the Father

to give to us His word,

and we, as His ambassadors,

shall carry His knowledge and love to the ends of the earth.

Thus under the maternal protection of your Immaculate Heart, we will be one people with Christ,

ransomed by His death and witnesses of His Resurrection,

and by Him led to the Father

for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity

Whom we adore, praise and bless. Amen

28thSunday 12/13 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Michael Brannock

Alwyn & Tony

Ruby wedding

Prayer Meeting

Mon 14th. 9.15 John O’Reilly RIP
Tues 15th. 9.15 Sylvia Horan
Wed 16th. 9.15 All our friends and relatives
Thur 17th. 8am Sr. Angela Murphy
Fri 18th. 9.15 Private Int.
Sun 19/20 5.30pm.

10am.

7.30pm.

Parishioners

Church Students

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: £881 03p

Family Fast £791 54p (so far)

Boiler: £ 0p

Book Sales: £0

120 Club Winner No 85 M Brockway

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning, will be held in the Parish Centre this coming Monday 14th October, 10-11am.

Two words-

Missio Boxes!

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer. G E Lessing

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you”, that would suffice. Meister Eckhart

Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies. (Charles E. Jefferson)

FCJ announcement.

On Saturday 2 November 2013 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community.
Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

The first meeting of this year’s Confirmation Group is on FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER. This is in the PARISH CENTRE from 6.00 to 7.30. It is for the candidates and their parents and, if they have already been chosen and are available, their sponsors.
If anyone else wants to join the group, write down your details and put them through the presbytery door, or contact Father Frank on 645 3314.

The names for the November list have started to trickle in, please keep them coming to ensure they are all in by weekend of 26th and 27th- thanks

Last Sunday, Rosemary Larkin’s brother Gerard Heaney was ordained deacon in St Patrick’s church Lurgan.We congratulate him and ask God’s blessing on a long and fruitful ministry.

Christmas cards and seasonal items will be on sale this weekend on the Traidcraft stall. The cards are really beautiful and if you are planning to send cards then let this be your first stop. Several charities benefit from the sale of the cards and they are Tradecraft’s highest earners!

Chris is also appealing for large pieces of scrap card (A4/A3 if possible) to be used by the Brownies in making crafts. If you are able to help, please contact Chris 0151 739 9964

Incidentally we made an error in announcing that she is area Commissioner for the Beavers! Just the Brownies and Guides.

PLEASE KEEP THE SILENCE WHEN THE BELL RINGS

5 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF MASS

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

27th Sunday 6th October 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK?

The first four Sundays of October this year invite us to consider different aspects of prayer.

We can sense the frustration in today’s first reading of someone who seems to be calling on God in distress and yet nothing appears to be happening. Is prayer nothing more than mouthing words that can have no real effect on our situation? Is God simply playing with us?

A good question to ask is “What do I think I am doing when I pray?” Often we are letting God know what we feel and asking him to change things to the way we want them to be. At worst we end up thinking that we are informing God, and at best we find ourselves pouring our heart out.

Pouring our heart out is no bad thing. In fact, it’s what Jesus asks us to do in prayer. We don’t actually have to use any words to do this: we can simply and silently place ourselves consciously in God’s presence. And when we do this, we may find ourselves listening to God rather than talking. God is able to penetrate our busy thick skins and communicate his word to us.

When we are aware that God wants to get through to us, we are on the first step to letting him change us. For prayer is not about changing God but about conforming ourselves to the will of God. This does not mean that we stop praying for people in need, for things to be otherwise, but it does mean that we start to ask God to mould us, to allow ourselves to be used as part of his plans. God will often turn our ideas upside down in prayer, especially by pointing out that we don’t understand the whole picture.

If we seem to pray and pray and nothing happens, then either we are doing something wrong or God couldn’t care less. It’s more likely to be the former. Prayer does work when we put our own interests second and ask God to change us

WORD OF GOD

How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen; to cry “Oppression” in your ear and you will not save? (Habakkuk 1: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

Sometimes it can seem as if God has taken his eyes off the game and fouls are being committed with impunity. Yet the Lord promises to be faithful to those who patiently wait for him to act, and tells us today that if justice appears to be slow in coming, come it will.

The next four Sundays of the Lectionary are dedicated to prayer. There’s many a preacher who has not planned ahead and has used up all his or her “prayer material” on the first Sunday homily, storing up sleepless nights for the next three weeks!

In fact, Luke presents us with four clear aspects of Jesus’ teaching on prayer. The first week is about the effectiveness of prayer, the second about thanksgiving, the third about perseverance and the final Sunday about humility in prayer.

(Oliver Todd)

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.

(Soren Kierkegaard)

We are all weak, finite, simple human beings, standing in the need of prayer. None need it so much as those who think they are strong, those who know it not, but are deluded by self-sufficiency. (Harold C Phillips)

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

27thSunday 5th/6th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Michael Morrison

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 7th. 9.15 Private Int. MM
Tues 8th. 9.15 Teresa Harmon
Wed 9th. 9.15 Peace in Syria
Thur 10th. 8am Fr. Frank’s Ints.
Fri 11th. 9.15 Teachers in our schools
28thSunday 13th/14th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Michael Brannock

Alwyn & Tony

Ruby wedding

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: £715 10 p

Clergy Education Fund £392 11p

Boiler: £10 80p

Book Sales: £5

Bumper Crop of 120 Club winners:

1st Prize No. 47 £250 M. Arthur

2nd Prize No. 78 £100 C. Dougherty

3rd Prize No 57 £50 Mrs. Halewood

4th Prize No 81 £20 E. Wall

5th Prize No 10 £10 B. Staunton

Two numbers available in 120 Club. Phone Vera on 645 6140 if you wish to avail yourself of one at 50p per week.

Kath Markey is after your red Missio boxes- please return as soon as possible. If you don’t have a red box but would like to make a donation anyway, then envelopes are available at the back of the church for this purpose. Kath reports that contributions have been much diminished of late so if you can manage a small donation it would be most welcome. 20th October is World Mission Sunday and your prayers are asked for this vital apostolate. Thank you.

Last Saturday, around Mass time, the second list for the Festive meal at Hawkstone vanished and we do not have a copy. We think it may have been taken by accident along with a Catholic paper or magazine. It was actually on the table at 5.25pm and has not been seen since!! While we hope for its return we need those people who had their name on the second list to repeat their names and food selections and to fill in the ‘paid’ column. Some of the relevant names have been recalled by us so the second list has been started but is by no means complete. Please help!!!!

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day was on Friday, 4th October. Envelopes were distributed last Sunday but were not out in time for the Saturday evening Mass so if you didn’t manage to get an envelope last week, your donation can be collected next week instead. Tax payers are reminded to complete the Gift Aid Certificate which will add 25% to their donation.

I am sorry there have been so many extra collections of late but I hope this will not affect the usual generous support St John’s gives CAFOD.

Our 5 minute of silent preparation before the start of Mass seems to have been forgotten since the removal of the power point. Please be aware that other people may want to quieten their minds to get ready to enter into the Eucharistic celebration, so when the bell is rung please keep the silence!

Coffee is served……in 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.

We can bask in the reflected glory of Philip White who (as well as being a member of the marriage tribunal) has been appointed as Chancellor of our diocese. This is very important administrative role within the Curia. We extend our sincere congratulations to him, confident that he will do a great job- a multi-talented man indeed! Keep him in your prayers.

CONFIRMATION GROUP
The first meeting of this year’s Confirmation Group is on FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER in the PARISH CENTRE from 6.00 to 7.30.This is for the candidates and their parents and, if they have already been chosen and are available, their sponsors also.
If anyone else wants to join the group, write down your details and put them through the presbytery door, or contact Father Frank on 645 3314

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning, in Parish Centre

Monday, 14th October, 10-11am.

Congratulations to Chris Foster who has been appointed Joint Area Commissioner for Brownies, Beavers and Guides in the Bebington/Sunlight Area. Chris and her team have done brilliant work encouraging our young people to bring out their many gifts and talents to be shared with the parish and wider community. Keep on Guiding!!!!!!

Chris is also appealing for large pieces of scrap card (A4/A3 if possible) to be used by the Brownies in making crafts. If you are able to help, please contact Chris 0151 739 9964

Message from Fr. Frank

I am sure it will not be a surprise to many of you, that at the age of 85, thoughts of retirement must have been on my mind. After lengthy consideration over many months and following recent discussions with the Vicar General and those close to me, I have written to Bishop Mark and he has accepted my letter of resignation. Plans for my future are in progress but incomplete. Please keep me in your prayers and I will keep you informed as things become clearer over the next few weeks.