29th Sunday 20th October 2013 Cycle C

21/10/2013

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

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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