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

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.


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)


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


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


1st. 5.30pm



Ben Brannon


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


7th./8th 5.30pm.



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


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.

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