28th Sunday 13th October 2013 Cycle C

11/10/2013

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

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

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