3rd Sunday in Lent 23rd March, 2014 Cycle A.

21/03/2014

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

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

3rd Sunday in Lent 23rd March, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FANCY A DRINK?

We’d be fooling ourselves if we thought that people wander around with a thirst for God. We’d even be fooling ourselves if we thought that most Christians experience a great thirst for the word of Christ. The fact is that they don’t.

Yet all of us, Christian or not, do have some deep-seated yearnings that we long to be fulfilled. We may find it hard to put our finger on exactly what these are. We disguise them under the veil of needing more money, more free time, or perhaps a few luxuries. But all of us have needs that can only be satisfied at the deepest level.

The most basic need we feel is to be loved. We soon get knocked off course if we sense that people dislike us or that we are not exactly crucial to anyone’s plans for the future. This is because we created in love by Love. Some of us learn to live with being rejected by most people, like the Samaritan woman at the well. But it doesn’t stop us from yearning. And it came as such a surprise to the Samaritan woman that Jesus should just treat her like a decent human being.

“I only want to be happy” is something we’ve all heard. Happiness and joy go hand in hand with being fulfilled. And when Jesus speaks about the water that is on offer to those who believe in him, he is talking in part about being freed from fear, from worry and anxiety. He is talking about knowing that we belong, we matter, and that nothing can ever come between us and the care and concern of God.

And everyone has times when they wonder what it’s all about. What’s the point of life? Where is its meaning and significance? We can get hung up on drinking what the rest of the world takes for water, yet it doesn’t satisfy our thirst deep down. Jesus tells us that the water he gives us will well up to eternal life, a life that has a purpose now and a promise for the future.

When the woman sits and talks with Jesus at the well she begins to get a whole new outlook on life. Jesus promises something she’s never had and yet always longed for. And he does it again to us during this Lent. Feeling thirsty already?

WORD OF GOD

You must strike the rock, and water will flow from it for the people to drink. (Exodus 17: 6)

WORD FOR TODAY

Not many of us are likely to die of thirst in our part of the world. But most of us do carry a thirst around with us. We thirst for something more than the ordinariness and banality of daily living. Christians believe that this thirst can be quenched and satisfied only in the promises of Jesus, the Christ of God.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings

Pope Francis’ Intentions for Lent. We are asked to pray for:

Candidates for the Sacraments; Women; The needy and hungry of the world; penitents and wanderers

Following Bishop Mark’s invitation to make 2014 a “Year of Prayer for Peace”, on Friday, 28th March , at 7pm, in the parish of Holy Apostles and Martyrs, George St, Wallasey Village, there will be a Novena Mass to support this initiative.

3rd Sunday

Of Lent

23rd 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Mary Gibb

Church Parade

Prayer Meeting

Mon 24th 9.15 am Parishioners
Tues 25th 9.15am Parishioners
Wed 26th 7.00pm Fred Diskin Annv.
Thurs 27th 9.15am Travellers
Friday 28th 11.30am

12 Noon

Parishioners

Lenten Lunch

Saturday 29th 12 Noon Monthly
4th Sunday

of Lent

Mother’s Day

30th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Aileen McGuigan

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 said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £653,07

Boiler: £ 4.00

Book Sales: £

Family Fast Day £883.15

SPUC £288.31

120 Club winners: No 105 D Dawson £ 20

Many thanks for your generous donation of £883.15. Late donations will be forwarded to Cafod. B McGuigan

Friday 28th will be our third Parish Lenten Lunch which will begin with mass at 11.30am followed by a soup lunch in the parish centre. Come along for a chat over a bowl of soup.

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.

There will be a further Traidcraft Stall this weekend before Mothering Sunday. Please come along and buy a unique gift – even treat yourselves!!!

“Evening Faith Talks” The third talk at Christ the King, Tuesday,25th March – Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis and his vision –

Fr Nick Kern. 7.30pm start. Session will close by 9.00pm

MYAPOLOGIES AS LAST WEEK I ADVERTISED THE INCORRECT DATE.

Churches Together Wednesday Lenten Lunch is at ST LUKES on 26th 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.

St Mary’s, Hooton, will be holding an all night vigil on Friday 11th April, commencing with Night Prayer at 9pm and concluding with Holy Mass at 6am.

The Camino de Santiago. An Easter Pilgrimage for young people (17-30). April 13th-20th April. Cost from London will be £429. If you are interested please contact Mary Tyrell, at St Anne’s for more details or an application form.

A series of Lenten Talks at St John Plessington college will start on Friday, 28th March at 7pm. The title will be “The Man and His Mission” and the speaker is Bishop Brian. The last series of talks were wonderful so it is in our interests to try to attend if we are able.

On 28th March, 5-6pm in the Day Chapel, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed with the opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation.

On the remaining Saturdays during Lent, commencing 29th March, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Church 11-12 noon followed by the opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Reconciliation Service to be held here on Wednesday, 2nd April, 7pm. There will be a number of priests available to hear confession

Don’t forget to reset your clocks on SATURDAY NIGHT

30th March

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