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

8th Sunday of Year 2nd March 2014. Cycle A.

In today’s gospel we hear the voice of Jesus speak words of comfort: Do not be anxious. ‘I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more that food and the body more than clothing.’ However if you are poor and hungry you are always anxious, because you can never be certain about your daily bread. Poverty and anxiety go hand in hand.

Jesus is not suggesting that being his disciple means that we will have a care free life without a worry in the world. That would be wholly unrealistic. Jesus himself will be anxious and afraid when his passion gets underway and he has to look death in the face. What Jesus argues against is an anxiety that consumes us, that steals all our energy and leaves us feeling abandoned by God. When Jesus faces the cross he must trust in a God beyond the cross; he does not ignore his own fear but puts it in the framework of his belief in God. His fear is not the ultimate reality. God is.

As his disciples Jesus asks us to see beyond our real fears to a God who knows us and values us. That is not easy. When we are anxious it is difficult to pay attention to anything other than our anxiety. Many people are exhausted simply from coping with what life brings them; they feel they have no heart left for God because they have nothing left to give. Jesus asks us to place our anxiety in the larger perspective of the kingdom and put it in God’s care. If our heart is set first on the kingdom then everything that happens is seen in the light of the heart’s priority. Nothing can alter God’s love for us. Nothing. And that is why we pray in each eucharist: ‘protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our savior, Jesus Christ

Denis McBride (Seasons of the Word)

Word of God

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect

and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money. That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you

are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in

the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are?

Word for Today

There are many people who lead lives of quiet anxiety and who never say what haunts or troubles them. W H Auden tried to capture this affliction in his poem The Age of Anxiety where he wrote about

….this stupid world where

Gadgets are gods, and we go on talking,

Many about much, but remain alone,

Alive but alone, belonging-where?-

Unattached as tumbleweed.

(Denis McBride -Seasons of the Word)

We should all be gearing up for the Lenten Fast! How about having a look at our bookstall to see if there is anything there to feed your spirits during this holy season? If there is a particular title you have set your heart on but can’t find it there then please write it down and we will do our best to have it in stock for the following week.

8th Sunday of the Year 2nd 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Arthur Evans

Prayer Meeting

Mon 3rd 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Tues 4th 9.15 Eileen Moon
Ash Wed 5th 10am Parishioners
Thurs 6th. 9.15 Fr. Frank
Friday 7th. 9.15 P Ryan
Sat
1st Sunday in Lent 9th. 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30 pm.

Mary Gibbs

Parishioner

Lenten Devotions

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. 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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when being said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £p

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £0

120 Club winners: No. 69 N Evans £20

No.89 F . Morris £10

This weekend there is a retiring collection for the work of the Society.

Please be aware that we will have just one Mass on Ash Wednesday at 10am celebrated by Fr Chris Lightbound. If you are unable to attend Mass at that time then you may attend at St Anne’s at either the school at 9.30 or in church at7.30pm

Pope Francis’ Prayer intentions for March ;For Women. That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.

Vocations. That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.

Next Friday 7th March at Christ Church Hr. Bebington, Canon Anne Samuels will be the speaker at the Women’s World Day of Prayer. Canon Anne is a wonderful speaker and you are urged to go along if you have the opportunity. Proceedings begin at 2pm. There are further details on the posters which are displayed on our notice boards. All are welcome.

Fairtrade fortnight concludes this weekend, so raid the piggy banks and treat someone to a gift from Eileen’s selection of beautiful or delicious goods on sale at the back of the church.

Fr. Frank is starting to settle into his new home and is getting ready for visitors. Joan will give you his number if you want to arrange to partake of a cuppa with him. No more than 8 people at a time because that is the limit of his cup collection-unless you want the builder’s mug!

March =

We hope that those of you who took away a copy of The Wednesday Word found it helpful. Sometimes it takes a while for people to get into the habit of using things like that so we will carry on throughout Lent in the hope that it catches on

There is a series of talks already underway at CtK on Tuesday evenings as follows:

Tuesday 11th March—Scripture—the Gospel according to Matthew—The Man and his message Canon David Roberts

Tuesday 25th March—Evangelii Gaudium—The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis and his vision Fr Nick Kern

Tuesday 8th April – Pope Francis—One Year On – Canon David Roberts

Unfortunately we have missed the initial meeting which was by Bishop Brian. Please let us know if you see things advertised in other parishes which you think may be of interest to the people of St John’s. Thanks.

There is also to be a series of Lenten talks at St John Plessington school on the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. We will give you details as soon as we get them but we know that Bishop Brian will be the speaker at one of them. The last series of talks there were wonderful so it is in our interests to try to attend if we are able.

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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

6th Sunday of Year 16th February 2014. Cycle A.

BLESSED ARE THEY WHO FOLLOW THE LAW OF THE LORD!”

A story is told about Fiorello LaGuardia, who, when he was mayor of New York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of WWII, was called by adoring New Yorkers ‘the Little Flower’ because he was only five foot four and always wore a carnation in his lapel. He was a colourful character who used to ride the New York City fire trucks, take entire orphanages to baseball games, and when the New York newspapers were on strike, he would go on the radio and read the Sunday funnies to the kids.

One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city. LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself. Within a few minutes, a tattered old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter’s husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the charges. “It’s a real bad neighbourhood, your Honour.” the man told the mayor. “She’s got to be punished to teach other people around here a lesson.” LaGuardia sighed. He turned to the woman and said “I’ve got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions–ten dollars or ten days in jail.”

As he pronounced sentence, the mayor was already reaching into his pocket. He extracted a bill and tossed it into his famous sombrero saying: “Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; and furthermore I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Baliff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant.” So the following day the New York City newspapers reported that $47.50 was turned over to a bewildered old lady who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren, fifty cents of that amount being contributed by the red-faced grocery store owner, while some seventy petty criminals, people with traffic violations, and New York City policemen, each of whom had just paid fifty cents for the privilege of doing so, gave the mayor a standing ovation.

In this story we see how the mayor of New York City maintains & defends the laws under his jurisdiction, not by merely keeping them himself, but much more than that by showing respect, even to the accused and being compassionate to her and helping her out at the same time.

Word of God

If you wish, you can keep the commandments; to behave faithfully is within your power. He has set fire and water before you; put out your hand to whatever you prefer. Ecclesiasticus.

Word for Today

Reconciliation is more important than sacrifice; the duty to make peace is more urgent than the duty to offer sacrifice to God.

When we see our own record of doing good against the demands of Jesus in the Gospel, we can all come away feeling helpless. Our own efforts look so shabby against the clear unambiguous demands of the larger vision. But Matthew is not writing his Gospel to grind his readers into the dirt or make them feel helpless. He is calling the community of believers to face the vision of Jesus with a willing heart and a ready spirit. None of us can do this alone. That is why we are here, gathered in community, to pray that God will fund our efforts to bring that vision down to earth. (Denis McBride.)

The Pope tweeted on Feb 11 (Our Lady of Lourdes)

‘I greet all those who are sick and suffering. Christ Crucified is with you; cling to him’

CATHOLIC PARLIAMENTARY AND PUBLIC POLICY INTERNSHIPS:For the last eleven years the Catholics Bishops Conference has organised Parliamentary and Public Policy Internships for recently graduated Catholics. This year we are looking to offer 8 internships: Four interns will be placed with Christian MPs at Westminster; one in a parliamentary support role within the Bishops’ Conference Secretariat; one in each of the Catholic Agencies (CAFOD and CSAN) in a public policy role; and one in a media internship in Archbishop’s House Westminster. All internships will run from September 2014 – July 2015 and include accommodation and subsistence allowances.Full details and an application form can be found on our website: interns or posted to: Michaela Kelly, Head of HR, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX. The closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 26th February 2014; the Assessment days will be 1st and 2nd April 2014. If you know anyone who may be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to apply

6th Sunday of the Year 16th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Thanksgiving MM

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 17th. 9.15 Pat Shyne
Tues 18th 9.15 Michael Brannock
Wed 19th 9.15 Dennis Welch
Thurs 20th. 9.15 Andrew Welch
Friday 21st. 9.15 Maureen Denyer
Sat
7th Sunday

of the year

23rd. 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Dorothy Welch

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. 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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when being said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £669 31p

Retired Priests £475 55p (grand total)

Boiler: £8. 70p

Book Sales: £0

120 Club winners:

No:97 M Duffy£ 20

There will be a cake sale by the Mums and Tots Group on Sunday, 23rd Feb in the Parish Centre after the 10am mass to raise money for essential equipment. Go on , it’s not Lent yet, treat yourself to a cake and help a good cause.

CHILDRENS LITURGY ANOUNCEMENT
There will be no Children’s Liturgy on the next two Sundays, 16th and 23rd February since it is half term.
We are returning at 10 o’clock Mass on Sunday 2nd March and look forward to seeing you all then, together with any new members.
Enjoy the break!

The Children’s Liturgy Group.

Pope Francis ‏@Pontifex 8h

Let us pray for all good and faithful priests who dedicate themselves to their people with generosity and unknown sacrifices.

CHAIR OF PETER (February 22nd)

This must be the only feast in the world to be dedicated to a seat! There is a chair of Peter in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It’s a bronze statue whose right foot has been word shiny by millions of pilgrims touching it. But that’s not what today’s feast is all about.

The “chair” of Peter refers to the teaching authority and the focal point of unity that is found in the Bishop of Rome, and today’s feast has been kept since the fourth century.

The word cathedral comes from the Greek word for a chair. It was from his chair that a bishop taught and preached, and when eventually bishops stopped carrying their chairs around they were housed in their cathedrals.

So that’s how we come to have a feast of a chair!

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

JULY 23/24 – JULY 30/31 2014

Bookings have started to come in for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in July such that the plane is well over half full already. Anyone wishing to fly is asked to send their booking form in as soon as possible.

Our greatest need at the moment is for some more nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals to accompany the pilgrimage. Details for medical staff can be found on the pilgrimage website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or you can speak with the Matron Nuala Fitzmaurice on the Medical Office no. 07970 943940

Incidentally, did you know that there is a webcam at the grotto? You can see what is going on there any time of the day or night and you can even get a candle lit!

Fairtrade Fortnight will soon be upon us- indeed it starts next weekend, 22nd-9th March. Eileen will be laying out a tempting display of goods for the weekends of 22nd/23rd February and 1st/2nd March. Please do your best to support this worthwhile event. The foodstuffs are wonderful and the jewelry etc is beautifully made and quite unusual. If you need to buy a birthday gift or similar then look no further.

On Friday 7th March at Christ Church Hr. Bebington, Canon Anne Samuels will be the speaker at the Women’s World Day of Prayer. Canon Anne is a wonderful speaker and you are urged to go along if you have the opportunity. Proceeding begin at 2pm. There are further details on the posters which are displayed on our notice boards.

We are starting to think about how we can improve our spiritual lives during Lent. Philip has suggested that we meditate on the Stations of the Cross each Sunday afternoon. We would look closely at perhaps 2 of the stations each week. Joan may also lead the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary using the haunting power point presentations which she has created for all the mysteries of the Rosary. Watch this space.

Sadly, as you may realize, we will not be celebrating our customary Pardon and Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Warn your friends. There are other parishes on the Wirral who have similar services so you will have to get your deerstalkers on Sherlocks!!

We have had a message from Kath Markey requesting that the red Mission boxes for the APF be brought into church during March.

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

5th Sunday of Year February 2014. Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PASS THE SALT!

In Jesus’ day salt was very precious. Some people were even paid in it. (Our word “salary” is from the word for salt-payment.) Since there were no fridges or freezers people used it to preserve food as well as to flavour it. In fact, there is even today an Arabic expression of friendship that says, “There’s salt between us”.

The obvious thing about salt is that it pervades everything it comes into contact with. You can’t just have part of your soup that is salty. The whole lot gets transformed. And today Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth. They are to bring flavour and taste to the earth, to all the people and situations they find themselves in. So often Christians appear as killjoys whose message is one of a life of deprivation and self-denial that would appeal to no normal person. Yet Jesus is saying that our job is to bring good news to a society that is becoming increasingly fearful and feeling under threat. The message of the gospel is one that is intended to add the flavour to life, to give life some seasoning, to leave a nice taste in the mouth. And we are called to be that salt.

He also calls us the light of the world. The Jews he was speaking to had no electricity. They used oil wicks. Without matches it took an age to light these lamps and so, for safety reasons, when people went out of their homes for a while, they put the lamp under a container where it could burn without danger of catching fire. As soon as they came back in they took it from under the pot and put it on a stand.

As our world comes under the grip of real or imagined terrorist threats, as conflicts break out here and there, and as once more we hear of countries suffering famine and disaster, where can we look to shed some light on the situation? The only true source of light is God since there is no darkness in God. Jesus today tells us that we are to be the light of the world. By living his life, by witnessing to him, to the power his gospel has to transform, we reflect not our own light but God’s.

You are the salt of the earth, but what happens if the salt loses its flavour? You are the light of the world, but what happens if the light grows dim? Pass the salt!

WORD OF GOD

If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, if you give your bread to the hungry and relief to the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness and your shadows become like noon. (Isaiah 58: 9-10)

WORD FOR TODAY

We can never underestimate the power of example. It’s not just people with high profiles who have the ability to affect how people think and behave. Who looks at me for some sort of lead, and what do they see in return?

The Church in our country has many challenges, but I am confident that if we face them together – bishops, priests, religious, lay people – then we need have no fear. Why do I say that? Because, the Lord is with you; the Lord is with us. It is not our work; it is His work and it is His path. It is His strength that we need in order to fulfil in our own discipleship the command of Jesus to follow Him, to follow His ways, to be open to His truths and to receive His life.

(Cormac Murphy-O’Connor)

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same (Nelson Mandela)

Pope Francis ‏@Pontifex

Dear young people, Jesus gives us life, life in abundance. If we are close to him we will have joy in our hearts and a smile on our face.

It is important to have friends we can trust. But it is essential to trust the Lord, who never lets us down.

62 children attended a joyful mass last Tuesday evening and began their official journey towards first Sacraments which they will receive laster this year. Each one of them is represented by one of the candles decorating the walls of the sanctuary. Please remember them in your prayers.

On Friday 7th March the Women’s world day of prayer will take place at Christ Church Hr. Bebington at 2pm. Canon Anne Samuels is the speaker. See posters for further details

5th Sunday of the Year 9th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Joan Hall

Wm. & Joyce Dalziel

Prayer Meeting

Mon 10th. 9.15 Mary Gibbs. (funeral service taking place in Landican at this time
Tues 11th 9.15 Eleanor McGuigan (anniv.)
Wed 12th 9.15 Sawtell Family

(Bereavement)

Thurs 613h 9.15 Arthur McCann
Friday 14th. 9.15 John J Kelly
Sat 15th 12md. Carmelite Mass

(all welcome)

6th Sunday

of the year

16th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Thanksgiving MM

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Aside from a couple of months in the year, there is a mass at 12md on the third Saturday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend Mass alongside the members of the lay Carmelites who meet here on those occasions.

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. 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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when being said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £706 16p

Retired Priests £80

Boiler: £17 85 p

Book Sales: £0

120 Club winners:

No: 24 M Moore £ 20

Mary Gibbs died suddenly last Saturday and her funeral will take place at Landican Crematorium on Monday 10th at 9.30am. Her family lives in USA and the time restrictions have meant that they were unable to arrange for her to have a requiem Mass. Mary’s daughter Jane visited often and always joined in anything that was going on in the parish. If you have time to attend the funeral then I am certain that Jane and her family would appreciate the presence of the parishioners. Mary was a well-known member of the congregation. May she rest in peace.

A day of refelection led by Fr Nick Kern has been organized by A.C.T.S’ (Adult catholics together spiritually) If you are aged 18-35 you are more than welcome to join us. Fr Kern will help us to prayerfully reflect on Pope Francis’ first teaching document on the joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium.) This will take place at Wistaston Hall, Crw. The day will satart at approximately 9.30am until 5pm (exact times to be confirmed nearer the date.) Cost £20 (£15 for unemployed/students.) If you would like to join in or know more about it please contact Siobhan at Siobhan or phone 0161 477 2783/07761 138947

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

JULY 23/24 – JULY 30/31 2014

Bookings have started to come in for the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in July such that the plane is well over half full already. Anyone wishing to fly is asked to send their booking form in as soon as possible.

Our greatest need at the moment is for some more nurses, doctors and healthcare professionals to accompany the pilgrimage. Details for medical staff can be found on the pilgrimage website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or you can speak with the Matron Nuala Fitzmaurice on the Medical Office no. 07970 943940

The next coffee morning hosted by members of the bereavement group will be on Monday 10th February from 10am until 11am.

Maura Garside, Secretary of the Diocesan Commission for the Promotion of Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility, writes:

“Bishop Mark asked the newly refreshed Justice and Peace Commission to promote the Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking on Saturday 8th February. He also urged the Commission to positive action in the causes we uphold. Therefore the request below to promote this Anti Human Trafficking Forum in Frodsham Methodist Church on Saturday 29th March 2014 from 9.30am – 4.30pm is very timely and the programme appears geared to positive steps to combat this evil. It also has the support of Churches Together in Cheshire. Would you please promote this event in your parishes and encourage anyone interested to attend.”

Voirrey Embroidery in Brimstage has sent the following:
We have an exhibition space which has been used to showcase the work of local schools and specialist groups such as the Wirral Embroiderers’ Guild, but this year we are hoping to develop the use of this space in new ways.

As a Christian family we would love to host a selection of work inspired by faith so are very pleased to invite your Church or individual members of the congregation to join the exhibition. We welcome any artistic expression of faith, including textile art, paintings, or even sculptures. We are writing to a number of churches in the area so we are hoping that we will get a very diverse exhibition.
We intend to host the exhibition over the Easter period, from 9 April to 30 May. If you or anyone in your congregation is interested in exhibiting please do let us know by 16 February by phone, email or drop in and see us. We are very happy for part of the exhibition to include details of the work of the church, including services and any special activities taking place over Easter.