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

06/12/2013

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

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.

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