2nd Sunday in Lent, 16th March, 2014 Cycle A.

16/03/2014

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@gmail.com
websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org
2nd Sunday in Lent, 16th March, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WONDER AND DELIGHT
People often say that the thing they most enjoy at Christmas is the look on small children’s faces as they open their presents. We all know what they mean. The wide eyes, the squeals, the laughter and excitement. The word that actually describes these children, a word that we don’t use that much these days, is delight.
We’ve all experienced delight in some form or other. We’ve all experienced something so magnificent or wonderful that the only response we can make is one of praise. Perhaps the birth of a baby, a fantastic view, a great wine, an unexpected gift or favour, or even a proposal of marriage (!) has done it for us! At any rate, whatever it is, we just couldn’t stay silent about it.
The transfiguration teaches us a lot about our relationship with God. The disciples were so thrilled, so delighted, that they wanted to keep the whole thing going by putting up three tents where they could keep enjoying Jesus, Moses and Elijah…their three heroes.
This is what worship is about, keeping up the delight and wonder at our hero-God. When we come to church on Sundays it is with this awe and wonder of having experienced the life-giving presence of God during the week. We come not as miserable subjects under some obligation, but as children of God who have been gifted daily in so many ways. And we come to experience more of it.
Liturgy is our proclamation of delight at having the God that we do have. The hymns and songs are not there to make us feel good; they’re there to praise God for bothering to call us sons and daughters. Our Sunday worship springs from gratitude; it is the heartfelt response to the beauty and majesty of God visible all around us in the people and events of our lives. Yet liturgy is not all about what we are doing. Through our payer and praise God reveals further delights to us as we grasp this love at ever-deeper levels. We have a delightful God! And when our preliminaries are over and we sit to listen to God’s word in the scriptures, that same voice calls to us from the clouds and says, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!”

WORD OF GOD
There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white s the light. (Matthew 17: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY
What are the really great moments in our life? What needs to happen for us to sit up and notice that something special is going on? What really hits us between the eyes and speaks to us of God? In fact, where do we experience our transfiguration?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
The divinity of Jesus was revealed to us on the top of the mountain. Let’s ask that our lives may be transfigured by God’s presence here on earth as his Spirit prays through us while we say: Our Father…

Thanks to all who have handed in their RED Missio
Boxes. If anyone has a box to be emptied please leave in church. I will let you know the total mount in April. Kath Markey

Friday 14th March was Cafod Family Fast Day. There will be a retiring collection after each mass and for taxpayers please use envelopes provided. Many thanks

Parish Team Meeting Tuesday, 18th March, 7.30pm.

2nd Sunday
of Lent 16th 5.30pm
10am
3pm
7.30pm Colin Sambrook
Parishioners
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Mon Feast of
St Patrick 17th 9.15 am Our Schools
Tues 18th 9.15am Mr Devine Annv
Wed
Solemnity of St Joseph 19th 9.15am 1st Anniversary of the Inauguration of Pope Francis Thurs 20th 9.15am Private Intention
Friday 21st 11.30am
12 Noon Parishioners
Lenten Lunch
Saturday 22nd 12 Noon Monthly
3rd Sunday
of Lent 23rd 5.30pm
10am
7.30 pm. Parishioners
Mary Gibb
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 said) Money- thank you for your generosity
Offertory: £663.75p
Boiler: £ 4.00p
Book Sales: £
120 Club winners: No: 69 N. Evans £ 20

This Sunday there will be Stations of the Cross in church at 3pm. All welcome to come along.

The 19th March is the 1st Anniversary of the Inauguration of Pope Francis. Please remember him and pray for his intentions.

Friday 21st will be our second Parish Lenten Lunch which will begin with mass at 11.30am followed by a soup lunch in the parish centre. Further dates 28th March and 11th April.

Churches Together Wednesday Lenten Lunch is at Jireh on 19th March, commencing 10.30am with coffee followed by service at 11am and a soup lunch at 12 noon. On Wednesday 2nd April, St John’s will be the host church. SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR FULL LIST OF VENUES AND DATES.

Day of Reflection for Eucharistic Ministers will be held in the day chapel on Saturday, 29th March 10-2.30pm. Day will include a simple shared lunch.

At Christ the King at 6.45pm on Tuesday evenings, during Lent, and possibly longer, Rosary will be said for Peace in Syria and for the Syrian people. All welcome.

There will be a further Traidcraft Stall over the weekend 22/23rd March before Mothering Sunday. Please come along and buy a unique gift – even treat yourselves!!!

Do not forget 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 in there then please write it down and we will do our best to have it in stock for the following week.

“Evening Faith Talks” The third talk taking place at Christ the King (Church Hall), Tuesday, 18th March – Evangelii Guardium – The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis and his vision – Fr Nick Kern. 7.30pm start. Session will close by 9.00pm
Stuart Townend will be coming to St Andrew’s Church, Bebington on Thursday, 15th May at 7.30pm. Stuart is an English Christian worship leader and writer of hymns and contemporary worship music. His songs include “In Christ Alone”, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”, “Beautiful Saviour” and “The King of Love”. For tickets please contact Ash Vestergaard 201 7801.0787328 or email ash@vestergaard.co.uk

Birch Tree Manor Care Home Port Sunlight.
Befriending Invitation
Show a little interest, have a chat, bring a smile and make somebody’s day special. If you have the occasional half an hour spare and would like to do this during Lent please telephone Maria on 644 0777 (daytime) or 201 5837 (evenings & weekends).
Hoping a few parishioners will respond to this invitation which follows on from Fr Philip’s homily two weeks ago i.e. do something extra for lent, give a little time, be a Christ to someone in need.

There have been a number of second/retiring collections of late and these are sometimes unavoidable to space out. Many thanks, once again, for your overwhelming support and ongoing generosity.

Sandymount Retreat House, Crosby will be holding a weekend workshop entitled “The Second Half of Life” on 28-30th March. £100 residential, £60 non-residential. For more details tel 0151 924 4850 or http://www.sandymountretreats.org.uk

Notice boards under construction , sorry for any inconvenience but we are confident everyone will be happy with the results

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