St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

Feast of the Holy Family. Cycle A. 29th December, 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: FAMILIES

No two families are the same and each of us has to work out how best to function in our own family. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are put before us as models for us to emulate. But how do we do that in the twenty-first century? Perhaps with three simple ingredients, the three Cs:

Commitment: Joseph’s trust was stretched when it came to committing himself to Mary and her unborn child. It goes without saying that families need commitment. Casual groupings of adults and children find it harder to provide the necessary stability. Families only exist because people have a “no matter what” attitude to their wives, husbands, children and parents. We don’t give up when things get tough. But commitment has other natural consequences. If you’re committed to someone then you have to convince them of the fact. When did you last tell your child, wife etc that they really mattered in your eyes? How quick were you to forgive them when they did something that displeased you? What do you bring to your family to show your commitment?

Communication: The greatest danger to married life is not infidelity but lack of communication. Many people survive long years of marriage but never get to know the mind of their partner because they simply don’t talk about things that matter to them both. Many parents find their children’s behaviour puzzling but don’t know how to sit down with them and talk things through. And so the children never expect their parents to understand, especially when they really need them to. It’s just easier to talk to the computer for hours on end.

Common Activity: When a survey asked children what single thing they would most like to change in their family, the answer came back that they would like to do more things together with their parents. Being part of a family means sharing time, experiences, hopes, joys, tears and dreams. Building a family means planning common activity, going out together, doing things together.

Just as human beings need to grow and develop, so do families. We really know very little about how the Holy Family functioned, but you can bet that the three Cs were there somewhere.

WORD OF GOD

Joseph settled in a town called Nazareth. In this way the words spoken through the prophets were to be fulfilled: He will be called a Nazarene. (Matthew 2: 23)

WORD FOR TODAY

Jesus, Mary and Joseph are put before us as models for our family life. They had more than their share of ups and downs yet their faith in God and each other kept them safe. In times of trouble today whom do we turn to and who can turn to us?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Let us pray for the families of our community that each member may value the others so that, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, all may feel esteemed and loved. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the family of nations throughout the world that peace may reign in places that are ravaged by civil and religious dissent, by war, violence and tyranny. Lord in your …

Let us pray for those, like the Holy Family, who are forced to become refugees and asylum seekers due to the harshness of conditions in their own country. Lord, in your …

Let us pray for those who do not know the love of a family, particularly for orphans, and for those who are separated from their families due to working away from home, serving abroad or spending time in prison. Lord, in your …

Sunday

Feast of the Holy Family

29th 5.30pm

10am

8 pm

Les RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 30th 9.15 am Deceased Relatives & Friends of McGree Family
Tues 31st 9.15 Deceased Relatives & Friends of Fryer Family
Wed 1st Jan 9.15 Parishioners
Thurs 2nd 9.15 November L:ist
Friday 3rd 9.15 Ambrose Michael Walsh RIP
Saturday 4th
Sunday

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

5th 5.30pm

10am

8 pm.

Harold O’Neill RIP

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, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & Angela Dimelow. 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: £ 805.22p

Christmas Offering £1371,48p Many thanks

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £ 12.00p

120 Club winners: No: 100 C Brockway £20

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

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

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.

There is a basket at the back of church containing Rosary beads. Please feel free to take one, initially, and if you are able to, leave a donation in the CAFOD box.

The requests for mass intentions are running very low. There is a small number of November List Masses still to be said and if you have any requests, please hand details, in writing, to Joan Hannam or Ann Murray. Thank you.

A big thank you to everyone who has a part to play in the smooth running of our Parish of St John’s, the list is endless and also for your parish family support. As we enter into a new year, let us continue to be community and embrace the way ahead with enthusiasm and love of neighbour and pray for our clergy, who are striving to draw us into the heart of God and encouraging us to spread the gospel message within our troubled world.

Many thanks to everyone for your donations, your time, freely given, in preparing the centre and making the Christmas Fair a success, not just in monetary terms, but more importantly a truly inspirational sign of the parish community & the neighbourhood coming together and getting to know each other and enjoying themselves. Christmas Fair Team

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website info

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There is a small (Everton) blue ring bound book at the back of the church and this is for parishioners to write down any message for Fr Frank or any memories of the times we have spent together- we will leave it there for a few weeks. Day trips, holidays, pilgrimages, we have done the lot! Just one memory-on one of our trips to Ellesmere the coach broke down and Carmel Smyth did her best to keep the kids occupied in the growing darkness- we could hardly see her as she whizzed down the playground slide!

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Frank Rice (PP for the last time)

Fr Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org
4th. Sunday of Advent 2013. Cycle A. 22nd. December 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: FULL OF THEMSELVES

Time and time again in the bible we find that God acts in precisely the opposite way that we would have done. Over and over again God chooses the very person we would think of as most unsuitable. A man with a speech impediment becomes God’s spokesman (Moses), a boy with a sling beats a giant (David), a child thrown down a well goes on to become leader (Joseph), and a woman succeeds in slaying a mighty warrior king (Judith).

So perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to see that when God makes the cosmic decision to come down onto earth, it is to two unlikely characters that he chooses to entrust the birth of his Son. Rather than choose to be born into some noble family where he would be sure of a safe life and an influence among the movers an shakers that would prove useful in preaching the gospel, Jesus allowed himself to be born of a young virgin girl and her carpenter boyfriend, to a common couple in a backyard stable.

The last thing you could say about Mary and Joseph is that they were full of themselves. Quite the reverse. But because they were not full of themselves they left room for God, and God has a flair for filling voids. It seems that God has a weakness for the poor, the humble and those with no one to stand up for them.

And what of us? Are we so full of our Christmas preparations, of what we are going to do, what we are going to buy, that we have lost sight of the Advent message of humble expectation? We cannot force God to come; we cannot fabricate Christmas joy. God can only come to us when we are aware of our void and of our need for him.

The best gift God could give us this Christmas would be to fill our lives as he filled the lives of Mary and Joseph. In order to make this happen, we have to be sure that we are not full of ourselves. At Christmas, only the poor, the hungry, and those who need someone to come on their behalf, will have that someone. That someone is God, Emmanuel, God-with-us. Without poverty of spirit, there can be no abundance of God.

WORD OF GOD

The maiden is with child and will give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us”.

(Isaiah 7: 14)

WORD FOR TODAY

The spotlight now turns on the birth of Jesus as Mary and Joseph find that their child will be Emmanuel, God with us. In this final week of Advent we seek to see the face of Christ in those whom we meet, to let Christ be born in our own lives.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. (Helen Keller)

Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. (Abraham Lincoln)

The unique personality which is the real life in me, I cannot gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear. (Felix Adler)

Looking back over the past year or more, the number of requests for Mass intentions has dropped dramatically. Currently, you can have your pick of any date- the only thing that may disrupt proceedings is if we have to plan a funeral Mass when that will take precedence. Any offerings received go into St John’s parish account.

4th.Sunday

Advent

22nd. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Safe Journeys

Prayer meeting

Mon 23rd. 9.15 Deceased rels & friends of John Corrigan
Tues 24th 4pm

8pm (MN)

Crib Service

Fr. Pat O’Brien

Wed

Nativity of the Lord.

25th. 10am. Parishioners
Thurs.

St. Stephen’s Day

26th. 10am. The Guild of St Stephen
Fri

Patronal Feast

27th. 10am. Parishioners
Feast of the Holy Family 29th. 5.30pm.

10am.

7.30pm.

Les- RIP

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, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. 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: £805 22p

Peter’s Dance Money (Hall) £111

Boiler: £0

Christmas Fair £925 25p- thanks everyone!

There is a list in the porch of lucky raffle prize winners

120 Club Winners No. 23 P. Dobbie £20

Last chance to sign the big Christmas card. Only£1 to support our SVP.

Colette Reavey has sadly died after much suffering. Because of Fr Frank’s departure, the funeral will be held at St Anne’s on Monday 23rd. at 12md.We commend her to the Lord and ask consolation for her grieving family.

EXPECTANT MOTHERS

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent we hear the gospel story of how Mary and Joseph became the parents of Jesus. The Church invites us on this day to remember all women who are awaiting the birth of their child:

All-loving God, you created the human family as a reflection of your own divine life so that your creation might share in your happiness.

Hear our prayer for your daughters who await the birth of their children. They have co-operated with you in giving life. Assist them now as they prepare to give birth to the child in their womb. May Mary be their guide and support, calming their fears and strengthening their love.

May your daughters be filled with your peace and blessings that they may bring their children into this world safely and in good health to the praise and glory of your name.

Last Sunday’s celebration of my time here left me with a full heart. I have been shown so much love and generosity. The beautiful sentiments expressed in so many cards and gifts have had a great emotional impact. All I can do is to thank you over and over again for everything. My life ahead is a new one, full of mysteries- which can be difficult to solve at my great age and I do ask most sincerely, that you continue to pray for me as I will for all of you.

I am hoping for visitors and of course I will be joining you at the Lion King next summer, God willing!

Last Christmas message from Fr. Frank

Dear Friends

This year is different for all of us.

The decision to retire was not an easy one but there was a growing realisation that the support I needed to continue as parish priest here was increasing inexorably and I was getting more tired. You deserve better than a weary forgetful pastor!

Of course I am very sad to leave St John’s, my home for sixteen years and after what has been my longest period as a parish priest in any of the parishes where I have served. The generous support and encouragement you have always shown me has been very much appreciated and you have certainly helped me on my own pilgrimage as I hope I have helped you. The laity has always been the main focus of my ministry. I trust that I will have a steady stream of visitors to my door once I have settled into my new home! I will never forget the warmth and kindness of the people of New Ferry. I pray that the parish will continue to thrive and grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord.

I am grateful that I am to have a lovely flat and will be well looked after by the diocese whatever happens to me, realising that not all the people in Britain have the luxury of such security. The savage economic and welfare cuts have probably left few people unscathed whether employed or not. It is easy to become disheartened in the prevailing circumstances.

But in the midst of the gloominess of winter we once again gladly celebrate the birth of the one who became man to save us. Once again we greet the infant King who grew up to spread his message of love and forgiveness, of peace, joy, and hope.

I hope God will bless you all this Christmas, especially the sick and those who face their first Christmas without a loved one. May you know His consolation and peace.

Let us all continue to look forward with hope.

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

2nd. Sunday of Advent 2013. Cycle A. 8th. December 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: NO-FRILLS MESSAGE

John the Baptist needed no spin-doctor or publicist to get his message across. Attracting people to listen to what he had to say was no problem for him. Even though he was out in the desert, crowds flocked to hear what this strangely dressed ranting preacher had to say.

And his message was anything but soothing: you’ve got to change, and change now! He knew that the time was at hand for God to make a decisive revelation, a revelation that would come via his own cousin, Jesus. And if anyone wanted to be part of that new kingdom, then they had to do something about it now.

Repentance is about making changes. It means realising that the way we are living at present is not leading us in the right direction, and doing a U-turn. Our pride makes it hard for us to admit that we are going nowhere, that our lifestyle has become predictably stale, that we look further and further to get satisfaction, to feel good about ourselves.

Yet God has planted a seed of yearning within each of us that lets us know how unfulfilled we really are. This is the longing we have for something that takes us beyond the here and now. It is the seed of eternal life. And Advent is the time to water this seed as we anticipate the birth of our Saviour.

And how do we do this? By giving God a chance. That’s what John the Baptist means when he quotes the prophet, saying that we need to prepare a way for the Lord. Preparing a way for the Lord means being open to God’s working within us, allowing God to pervade our minds and hearts, to provoke us to change.

At a time when Christmas parties have already taken place and our streets are full of a Christmas message that seems at odds with the gospel story of Christ’s birth, Advent presents us with the no-frills message of the Baptist: be prepared to change and give God a chance.

“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” —Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

WORD OF GOD

Repent,for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.

(Matthew 3:3)

WORD FOR TODAY

Today John the Baptist warns about half-hearted repentance: pretending we want to change, when we have no real intention of altering our lifestyle. The urgent call is that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand, and next week’s repentance may not be an option open to us.

Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.

(St Augustine)

Advent is the time to take the barnacles off my Catholic bottom – the obstacles that keep me from being enthusiastic in my faith and hope and love, too sophisticated to love God with all my mind and heart, all my soul and strength, too self-centred to love my brothers and sisters as much as I love myself.

(Walter J Burghardt)

Deep level change isn’t going to happen just because you know something in your head. Being effective at “changing your mind” requires taking steps to train your heart that it is right, good, and safe to turn and draw near to God. You have to take steps to calm your fears and build your faith. You have to become a teacher and your own heart has to become your student. By this, you can change from the inside out.

(Jacinto Caudrelier)

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

(December 8th moved to 9th)

Pray, O Mother, for all of us. Pray for humanity who suffers poverty and injustice, violence and hatred, terror and war. Help us to contemplate with the rosary the mysteries of him who “is our peace”, so that we will all feel involved in a persevering dedication of service to peace. Look with special attention upon the land in which you gave birth to Jesus, a land that you loved together with him, and that is still so sorely tried today. Pray for us, Mother of Hope! “Give us days of peace; watch over our way. Let us see your Son as we rejoice in heaven.” Amen!

(Pope John Paul II)

2nd. Sunday

Advent

8th. 5.30pm

9am

7.30pm

Sr. Carmel

Fr Frank’s intentions

Prayer meeting

Mon 9th. 9.15

7 30pm

Margaret Randles

Advent

Reconciliation

Tues 10th. 9.15 Deceased rels.& friends of V. Brockway
Wed 11th. 9.15 Patricia Woodley (sick)
Thur 12th. 9.15 Deceased rels. & friends of Bell Family
Fri 13th. 9.15 Deceased rels.& friends of N. McCormick
3rd. Sunday

Advent

14th.

15th.

5.30pm.

10am.

7.30pm.

Deceased rels. & friends Mrs. K Ryan

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: £713.54p

Boiler: £7. 53p

Book Sales: £

120 Club Winners No. 94 C Foster £20

The collection following the funeral of Margo Storey’s father amounted to £330 which Margo wished to be donated to the Philippine typhoon appeal via CAFOD. Thanks to all who attended the funeral and donated towards this good cause.

The money has been handed on to St John’s CAFOD rep Bernard McGuigan

Next Sunday around 200 of us including some invited guests will be joining Fr Frank in the parish centre for a farewell party. If you aren’t one of the 200 (list is closed now) but you are free at around 4.30 then sneak into church where there will be some special entertainment to make this farewell a memorable one. Intrigued? Come and see (as he is always saying!)

Our Advent Reconciliation service will take place this coming Monday 9th at 7 30pm so if you haven’t already done so, gather in sinners from the highways and byways so that we are all well prepared to the celebrate the feast of the nativity of the Lord.

Scout stamps are still available with the last date for posting being 18th December.

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will not be meeting in December and January and we hope normal service will resume in February weather permitting.

The BIG card is at the back of the church on the notice board. Why not use it to send your best wishes to all your fellow parishioners instead of writing dozens of individual cards? The minimum cost is £1- a lot less than a packet of cards and of course you have the added knowledge that the money is going to a good cause- our SVP. The organisation is a bit short of funds at the moment so any extra you can spare would be most welcome.

The parish priest of Pensby, Fr Pat O’Brien died suddenly on Tuesday evening. Your prayers are requested for the repose of his soul and also for his grieving friends, family and parishioners. Those responsible for diocesan planning are having a difficult time too, so we ask you to remember them as they try to see the way forward after this unexpected blow

This weekend, marks 59 years since Fr.Frank’s ordination in Rome. The photo shows him celebrating his first Mass. We must all surely send him our thanks and heartfelt congratulations for being such a wonderful shepherd here at St. John’s for the past 16 years and an all-round good egg. He has made a lot of changes, some popular and others not so popular but he has always listened to the people and tried to say close to them which is probably why most of his ideas have been so good! He will be greatly missed by most people and we hope he will come back and celebrate his diamond jubilee with us in 2014. Ad multos annos!

Buon appetito for this lunchtime…..

Where did that come from?!!!

The Christmas Fair is NEXT SATURDAY!!! You still have a week to bring in bottles, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes, DVDs etc and stock your freezer up with home bakes ready to produce on the day. Please make an effort to attend this parish event between 11am and 2pm either before or after the BCT carol singing….

In Lower Bebington: Will be held outside the Coop in The Village at 11a.m. on Saturday 14th

and

In Higher Bebington: Will be held outside the Coop in Teehey Lane at 12noon.

Pope Francis (@Pontifex)
14/11/2013 14:30

Take

care of God’s creation. But above all, take care of people in need.

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

1st Sunday of Advent 2013. Cycle A. 1st December 2013

Doing Nothing

One of the great American characters of the 19th century was Daniel Webster, a famous lawyer and statesman. whose speeches were celebrated for their wit and clarity. When he was asked why he worked so hard he told the story of an incident that happened when he was a child at home on a poor farm in New Hampshire. His father left him and his brother Ezekiel for the day with instructions on the work they had to do. When his father returned and saw the work undone he questioned his sons about their laziness. “What have you been doing Ezekiel?”

“Nothing sir”, replied Ezekiel

“Well Daniel, what have you been doing?”

“I’ve been helping Ezekiel, sir.”

Doing nothing may present an attractive face in childhood stories but it gets sharp treatment in the biblical writings. We are often told that we must be alert and be ready. But ready for what? At this time of year, people are trying to get ready for Christmas, for winter, for cars that won’t start, and for heating bills that climb ever higher. Some people are preparing for exams, some are preparing for death, some are preparing for new life in their families. Life goes on in the middle of all this coming and going.

In the days of Noah everyone is busy about the normal: eating and drinking, making new relationships, holding on to old ones. But in the midst of all this normal business there is an old eccentric who is busy with his family building a boat- in spite of the fact that there is nowhere in sight to sail in it. In the end, Noah is the one who is ready because he is alert to something others are doing nothing about: the coming catastrophe.

We are not being instructed to build a boat or buy a parachute or construct an air raid shelter but we are being asked to listen to the Lord so that, as Isaiah says “he may instruct us in his ways and we may walk in his paths.”

The only way to secure the future is to care about the present. We are all responsible for the world we live in. If we do nothing, we can hardly accuse the world of conspiring against us. Peace never comes because people are not bothered. Because we care for the world the Lord has given us, we stay awake to what is happening in it, good and evil.

From Seasons of the Word- Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

WORD OF GOD

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, and there will be no more training for war. (Isaiah 2:4)

WORD FOR TODAY

At the start of the Church’s New Year we prepare to meet our saviour. This is not simply a re-enactment of some 2000 year-old drama, but an invitation to renew ourselves in mind and heart as we seek afresh to find God in the ups and downs of our daily lives.

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…

Bebington churches together

Carol singing:

In Lower Bebington: Will be held outside the Coop in The Village at 11a.m. on Saturday 14th

and

In Higher Bebington: Will be held outside the Coop in Teehey Lane at 12noon.

St John Damascene 7th Century. December 4th

John spent most of his life in the monastery of St. Sabas, near Jerusalem, and all of his life under Muslim rule, indeed, protected by it. He was born in Damascus, received a classical and theological education, and followed his father in a government position under the Arabs. After a few years he resigned and went to the monastery of St. Sabas. He is known as a writer and poet.

His devotion to the Blessed Mother and his sermons on her feasts are well known.

1st. Sunday

Advent

1st. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Ben Brannon

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 2nd. 9.15 Margaret Randles
Tues 3rd. 9.15 MM. Decd. members McLoughlin family
Wed 4th. 9.15 Anastasia Sweatman
Thur 5th. 9.15 Decd. Relatives & friends Mrs. K Ryan
Fri 6th. 9.15 Holy Souls (Nov. List)
2nd Sunday

Advent

7th./8th 5.30pm.

9am.

7.30pm.

Sr. Carmel 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: £6

CAFOD

A big thank you to all who contributed to the CAFOD crisis appeal. The magnificent sumof £1084.27 was collected and gift aid pledges of £666 meant that the total amount reached £1250.27. God bless you for your generosity.

Boiler: £3p

Book Sales: £

120 Club Winners No. 13 M Brannon £20

No. 11 P. Fletcher £10

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website info

We have had notice this week that the amount added to Parish Central Fund through Gift Aid for year 2012-2013 is £4,786.05. This just shows how valuable Gift Aid is to the parish finances. Manythanks to all those who use the scheme and especially to Steve Bell who manages it. He is one of several unsung people who work behind the scenes to keep our parish running.

Watch out- he’s back….for 3 weeks anyway

You have been warned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next Sunday 8th is 59th anniversary of Fr. Frank’s ordination and 47 of us will be setting off for Hawkstone Hall to join him in a celebration/festive lunch. To ensure we are comfortably in time the Mass next Sunday will be at 9am. Please make a special note of it and don’t turn up at 10am just to see a trail of exhaust smoke heading for the A41. The restaurant manager wants us to be seated by 12.15.The journey takes about an hour and a quarter. Hope you have all got your lifts sorted.

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.

(Joseph Ratzinger)

The supreme trick of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practising music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos—the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all.

(Edward Hays)

Our Advent Reconciliation service will take place on Monday 9th so you have plenty of notice to gather in sinners from the highways and byways so that we are all well prepared to the celebrate the feast of the nativity of the Lord.

The Christmas Fair will be upon us soon (14th) and things seem to have begun slowly. Please get cracking to bring in bottles, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes, DVDs etc and stock your freezer up with home bakes ready to produce on the day. Please make an effort to attend this parish event between 11am and 2pm.

Pope Francis (@Pontifex)
22/11/2013 14:40

The Kingdom of Heaven is for those who place their trust in the love of God, not in material possessions.

Please note that we have reverted back to 9.15 Mass on Thursdays. The original reason for the earlier time was to allow Fr Frank a longer ‘day off’, however he stopped taking days off years ago but the time remained. A tradition arose that after these masses people would join him in the presbytery for a cuppa and a biscuit. Fr Emeka is more than happy for this to continue and we will school him in the habit of filling the flask! All welcome.