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

Feast of Christ the King, 24th November 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: STRANGE KINGDOM

The scene on Calvary seems at first an odd gospel to fit the feast of Christ the King. Christ is on the cross with two criminals, one on each side. What has this to do with his kingship? Surely it’s more a scene of defeat and humiliation?

Yet if we look more closely at what’s going on we begin to get an idea of the type of king Jesus is. The unrepentant criminal mocks Jesus and calls upon him to perform an escape act for all three of them. The repentant one simply accepts Jesus and asks, even in the midst of all his troubles, for a place in the kingdom.

St Luke emphasises Christ’s kingdom by drawing attention to his mercy. For it is by mercy that Jesus exercises his power. He preached that his kingdom was not of this world. But it is established in this world and its values are at odds with all the secular empires and kingdoms that we live with today.

Jesus is king because he is capable of breaking the power of evil, of snapping the grip of sin and death, and of restoring us to a former glory that God intended for us. As a result the “constitution” of this kingdom differs vastly from those of the world.

Only a person who really loves can show mercy. And the mercy of Jesus’s kingdom is seen in the type of society that he urges us to build: an eternal kingdom that aims to embrace and redeem the whole human race, and in which there are no strangers. Calling Christ our king means collaborating in building up this kingdom.

If today we are crowning Christ as king of our lives then we must do it by creating a society that respects truth and fosters life in all its forms. God’s unusual kingdom is one that tries to live by imitating his holiness and living by his grace. It is the community of those who have a thirst for justice rather than a hunger for profit, who extend the hand of love and care rather than the boot of competitiveness, and who seek not to cause conflict and division but always to promote peace.

And how do we enter this strange kingdom? Like the repentant criminal on the cross, by acknowledging our need for God’s mercy.

WORD OF GOD

You are the man who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you shall be the leader of Israel. (II Samuel 5:2)

WORD FOR TODAY

If we accept Christ as our king, then we are qualified to join the procession of saints into his heavenly kingdom. Today’s feast invites us to allow him into our lives, to exercise his justice through us and to be united with all humankind in singing the anthem of his praise.

In the evening of life we shall be examined on love. (St John of the Cross)

Life means being with Christ; where Christ is, there too is life and there is the kingdom. (St Ambrose)

There are 50 copies of the Pastoral letter available at the back of the church if anyone wishes to take a copy

Christ the King (Youth

Sunday)

24th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Seamus Reavey RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 25th 9.15 Jack McCormick
Tues 26th 9.15 Deceased Members of the Moore Family
Wed 27th 9.15 Deceased Members of the McCormick & Kennedy Families
Thurs 28th 8am

7.30pm

Tim Delaney

Confirmation at

St Anne’s

Friday 29th 9.15 Sr. Carmel 60th Anniversary
Saturday 30th
1st Sunday of Advent

Cycle A

Dec 1st 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Ben Brannon

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. 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: £681.00p

Boiler: £ 9.00p

Book Sales: £p

Peter’s Dance Money £120.00p

120 Club winners: No:85 M Brockway £20

CAFOD’s Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal Today there will be a special collection after Mass for CAFOD’s emergency response to the extensive damage and suffering caused by Philippines Typhoon Haiyan. CAFOD is working with local Church partners to provide emergency shelter, food and water. You can also donate online at cafod.org.uk/typhoon, or by calling CAFOD on 0500 85 88 85. GIFT AID ENVELOPES AT BACK OF CHURCH IF YOU ARE A TAX PAYER.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a Conference 14-16th February 2014 at the Friary, Pantasaph, entitled “Be who God meant you to be”. Cost £90. Details Ann Murray 645 5514. Also see poster at back of church.

Please be careful when lighting candles at the Lady Altar. If all spaces are taken, please light the wick of the new candle and blow it out, placing it in the tray provided. They will be positioned on the stand when places become available. We are concerned of the fire risk. Thank you for your co-operation.

Our young people will be confirmed on Thursday evening at

St Anne’s. Please continue to keep them in your prayers and that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be active in their lives and by their fruits you will know them. Also a big thank you to the members of the Confirmation Team for their care and commitment.

Scouts Post Stamps will be on sale after Mass, same price as last year – only 25p each. Please support your very own Scout Group and local charities, by buying stamps after Mass or from one of the local outlets.. Thank you. Sheena Schofield, Cub Scout Leader

ONLY 3 WEEKENDS TO GO Parish Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, 14th December, 11-2pm. We would welcome good quality Bric a Brac, Toys, Books, CD’s (not Videos), Raffle Prizes, Bottles for the bottle stall. Home made cakes (bring on the day). We will also be collecting cloths, to be sold by weight. Surplus Christmas Decorations and fairy lights to decorate the Centre would be gratefully received and appreciated. PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS ONLY TO WEEKEND MASSES AND NOT DURING THE WEEK TO THE PRESBYTERY. Thank you for your support

5 name plaques have arrived for those who ordered them. If still need to pay, cheques made out to St John’s Parish Account. Is there anyone out there who could attach them as our usual workman is otherwise engaged at present time.

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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

32nd Sunday of the Year, 10th November 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DEAD OR ALIVE

Because the Sadducees believed that this world was all there is, they tried to make a fool of Jesus by asking a question about the afterlife: if a woman had been married seven times, which man would be her husband in heaven?. They didn’t believe there was a hereafter or a final reckoning. Jesus cleverly answers them by calling the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob a God of the living not the dead. Since these patriarchs had died, they must have been raised from the dead to be still living.

There is no marriage in heaven, says Jesus, because things there are not the same as here on earth. We find this hard to understand. In fact, St Paul tells us that no eye has seen and no ear heard what awaits us after death. What we do know is that on one level it will be a continuation of what we have experienced here on earth, yet on another level it will be completely different.

The resurrection will perfect us. It will take all the goodness of God in us and magnify it in a glorious body. At death the human ties that bind us here on earth do not simply unravel. We will not only see God face to face, but all our loved ones who have gone before us and now form the company and the communion of saints.

Lucy was a healthy bounding woman until she was reduced to a vegetative state by a car accident. When I see her again in heaven it will be with the same body in which she died. And I’ll recognise her at once, but everything will now be perfected. She will have a glorious body, now in its eternal potential. Her personality will be at its fullest, and so will her wit, her charm, her tenacity and her love. She will be noble, beautiful, and even regal, because she will be like the risen Jesus.

God did not make us just to destroy us after our short spell on earth. God made us to have a relationship with him for eternity. That’s why we were baptised: for eternal life. And that’s why the thought of death does not paralyse the Christian, for it brings with it the promise and hope of a resurrection to glory with God. For when we are dead, we will be really alive!

WORD FOR TODAY

Resurrection sustains our faith. Its promise is that there is a meaning and purpose to all we undergo on earth. If Christ did not rise from the dead then our faith is in vain. Because he did rise, our future is eternal.

WORD OF GOD

We shall be raised up by him; whereas for you there can be no resurrection.

(II Maccabees 7:14)

I do not believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear. (Woody Allen)

If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another? (William Jennings Bryan)

One day you’ll read that Moody is dead. Don’t you believe it, for at that moment I will be more alive than ever before! (D L Moody)

Pope Francis (@Pontifex)

02/11/2013 14.02

The fight against evil is long and difficult. It is essential to pray constantly and to be patient

32nd

Sunday

10th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Elsie Connell

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 11th 9.15 Michael Williams
Tues 12th 9.15 Deceased Members

of Sweeney Family

Wed 13th 9.15 Rose Corrigan
Thurs 14th 9.15 Eleanor McGuigan
Friday 15th 9.15 Deceased Members of Moore Family
Saturday 16th 12 Noon Carmelite Mass
33rd

Sunday

17th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm.

Charles Nicholls

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. 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: £649.74p

Boiler: £12.45p

Book Sales:

120 Club winners: No: 5 D Kenny £20

£1,400 for Parish Funds raised by Vera through

120 Club. Thanks to her and to all the people who have bought a number.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MASS TIME ON THURSDAY, FR. EMEKA WILL BE AWAY AND

FR. JACK MCKLEISH WILL BE COVERING.

When the altar bell rings, please honour the 5 minutes silence before the beginning of Mass. Thank you

The list for Fr Frank’s retirement party will close this weekend and we will inform the caterers regarding the numbers involved. Due to the size of the parish centre numbers have to be restricted to regular parishioners and their IMMEDIATE families and regrettably will not extend to family friends and acquaintances. If you are unable to attend, please delete your name from the list asap. ONE NAME PER LINE PLEASE. A tight rein will be placed on the list after the disappearance of the one for the Hawkstone Festive Lunch.

Fr Frank is currently in Hawkstone for the next couple of weekends and several people have expressed the wish to have a collection for him so we can start this weekend during his absence. Please give any donations to the collectors at the back of the church. There will also be a further opportunity next week and possibly the next weekend as well.

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, feminine hygiene items, toiletries. Please place food in the box provided at the back of church. For further information please ring Cecily 0151 645 7645.

Our Parish Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, 14th December, 11-2pm in the Parish Centre. In the past you have supported, not only the preparation with your donations, but have come along and made the day a really enjoyable event. We would welcome good quality Bric a Brac, Toys, Books, CD’s (not Videos), Raffle Prizes, Bottles for the bottle stall.

Due to the success of the Great British Bake Off there must be many of you out there who have been captured by the baking bug. We would be most grateful for your contributions for the Cake Stall which is very popular. Cakes can be handed in at the Parish Centre on Friday, the eve of the Fair and on the day. We will also be collecting cloths, to be sold by weight, and added to the fair takings. Surplus Christmas Decorations and fairy lights to decorate the Centre would be gratefully received and appreciated. Many thanks to those of you who have already offered to help before and during the event. PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS ONLY TO WEEKEND MASSES AND NOT DURING THE WEEK TO THE PRESBYTERY.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a Conference 14-16th February 2014 at the Friary, Pantasasph, entitled “Be who God meant you to be”. Cost £90. Details Ann Murray 645 5514. Also see poster at back of church.

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will be held tomorrow, Monday 11th November, 10-11am in the Parish Centre.

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

31st. Sunday November 3rd. 2013 Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: LOVER OF LIFE

There’s a story told about the late King Hussein of Jordan. Besides being a very rich man, he was also a keen pilot. He heard of a young girl in Wales who was suffering with an illness which could only be operated on in America. The family had no way of affording this treatment, and so the king arranged to pay for her to be operated on in America and he personally flew her back to Wales.

We find this story remarkable because we don’t expect someone as important as a world leader to know about ordinary people’s problems, let alone go to all the trouble of sorting them out. A parent, brother or sister, aunt, uncle or friend… maybe… but not a complete stranger.

In today’s scripture we find that no one is so small or unimportant that God has no time for them. Quite the opposite, in fact. Although God is all-powerful, he still cares for the “least” of us. Hardly surprising, you might think, considering that God made everything that exists.

What we often fail to realise is that if God stopped loving us we would perish and be left to our worst devices. We are held in being by God’s love. And since God created everything, there is nothing on earth that he is indifferent to, and no person on earth that is abhorrent to him. Although God may be displeased by the way we sometimes act, he never confuses our sinfulness with our very being. The thing that a person does may be bad, but God does not consider the person to be anything other than lovable. That’s why the bible says that the plain fact that we are still alive is a sign of God’s will, and God is the supreme lover of life. God overlooks much in the hope that we may improve.

This was what Zacchaeus experienced with Christ. Jesus did not condone his cheating and siphoning-off of taxes, but he loved Zacchaeus the person and he happily dined with him. God does the same with us every time we share Eucharist.

WORD FOR TODAY

God never retracts his offer to save us and make us whole. The very fact that we continue to exist is a sign that God loves us, for without God’s love we would perish. Zacchaeus knew his need of God and Jesus promised him salvation, just as he does to us today. All we have to do is ask.

WORD OF GOD

Yes, you love all that exists, you hold nothing of what you have made in abhorrence, for had you hated anything, you would not have formed it.

(Wisdom 11:24)

We may choose to identify with Zacchaeus in this story, especially if we want to interpret it as a story of repentance. But I believe our challenge today is to identify ourselves with the people in the crowd and ask ourselves: who is our Zacchaeus? Who is that person in our lives to whom we refuse the recognition of their good deeds, because perhaps they are part of a corrupt system? Are we sometimes blind to the good deeds of others, to their positive contribution to society, by focusing on their mistakes, on their social or ethnic background? Margarita Desoleo

Did Zacchaeus ever take his grandchildren back to climb the sycamore tree where he caught his first glimpse of Jesus?

Helen Harris

This week Brownies went shopping to ASDA with a budget, several trolleys and shopping lists to buy items for the Wirral Food Bank Charity.

They managed to buy 70 items without breaking the bank!

Thank you to the Brownies and their families for their support.

Thank you from Brown Owl

Pope Francis (@Pontifex)
29/10/2013 14:29

If money and material things become the centre of our lives, they seize us and make us slaves

31st. Sunday 2/3rd 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30pm

Michael McNally

Parishioners

The church in VAT 11

Prayer meeting

Mon 4th 7pm Mass for bereaved
Tues 5th. 9.15 Pat & Hugh McNeill

(Golden wedding)

Wed 6th. 9.15 Wilfred & Margaret Humphrey
Thur 7th. 8am Michael Williams
Fri 8th 9.15 Bernadette Garfitt
32nd. Sun 9th./10th 5.30pm.

10am.

7.30pm.

Elsie Connell

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Angela Dimelow, 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: £697 97p

Boiler: £8 60p

Book Sales: £6

120 Club Winners No. 86 K Markey £20

No 81 E. Wall £10

If you would like another of Fr. Frank’s books then please help yourself. We have added more to the pile and there are more to come! You didn’t realize you had such a well-read parish priest did you? Prayer cards also available at the back.

Please try your best to attend this Sunday’s special meeting at 3pm- our final one as we move towards the close of the Year of Faith. It has been a wonderful time for learning more about the changes wrought by Vatican11 and we should celebrate that Pope Francis has been striving to reinvigorate them in his ministry so far.

Fr. Frank will be going to Hawkstone for a break this coming week and we welcome Fr. Emeka to St. John’s. Let’s do all we can to help him to settle in and enjoy his time here. He will be looking to us for guidance.

You are all invited to a farewell party in the parish centre for Fr. Frank on Sunday 15th December at 3pm (ish). For catering purposes, we do need to have some idea about numbers so please add your names to the list at the back of the church. We will have to close the list quite quickly so that we know how much room is available to invite people from outside the parish. We will miss him very much but we can’t begrudge him a happy retirement since he has given us10 extra years beyond normal priestly retirement age. We should all try to preserve and indeed nurture the rich spiritual legacy that he has left at St. John’s. His last Mass as parish priest will be on Saturday 21st December.

Each one of us should find hope in this story (about Zacchaeus) because, literally or figuratively, we have compromised in our lives. Perhaps in our work, by failing to live fully the implications of our faith. Perhaps in our family, by failing to love in the way that we know we ought, sacrificially. Perhaps in our “free time”- by giving into pursuits that we know actually lead to bondage. The “Good News” is that, no matter what has happened in our past, Jesus walks into the dusty streets of our own lives this day. He comes for us. Let us learn some lessons from Zaccheus about life in a Sycamore tree.

Keith Fournier

The next bereavement coffee morning will be on Monday 11th in Centre from 10am until 11am.

If you have any mass requests please give them to Joan and she will enter them in the book and do her best to oblige with your preferred dates.

Bebington Dramatic Society presents:

‘A KICK IN THE BAUBLES’
An hilarious Christmas comedy by Gordon Steel

“I HATE CHRISTMAS”

Frank does not wish it could be Christmas every day- in fact, he’s dreading the arrival of his snobbish in-laws who only ever bring a single bottle of wine for the entire festivities. Throw in a couple of rude neighbours, an estranged daughter, turkey, sprouts and let the drink flow merrily, and everything is set for a car crash Christmas

Theresa Young (608 4650) is selling tickets for the Wednesday performance of this which is in aid of our SVP. Tickets £8

Our very own Naoimh Moreton (Larkin) is to head a new St. John’s Mums and Tots, starting this coming Monday 4th from 9.30 until 11am.

Just £1 per family will provide lots of fun for the children and chat time for the mums as well as refreshments thrown in- what more could you ask? Ring Naoimh for further details on 201 0769.

Christmas Fair planning meeting in Centre, Saturday, 9th November, 11am. All welcome.

St Joseph’s (North Rd.) Charismatic Prayer Group will meet on 8th and 22nd November, 6th and 20th December and 3rd January and during the winter month it will be a 7pm start rather than 7.30pm.