4th Sunday in Lent 30th March, 2014 Cycle A.

28/03/2014

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

4th Sunday in Lent 30th March, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: LIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TUNNEL

It’s an interesting question that the disciples asked Jesus. Since they thought that illness was a punishment sent by God, they wanted to know whether the blind man or his parents had sinned for him to be born blind. Jesus turns the question upside down and simply says that the man was born blind so that God could be glorified through his cure. Obviously he was answering them on their own level.

Even today we come across people who think that sickness or disability is something “sent” by God on people. Under the guise of religion we hear people say that those who do wrong will get their “comeuppance” from God in the end.

There are two flaws in this reasoning. First of all, how can a newborn baby be responsible for sinful actions? How can it have merited being born blind, deaf or malformed? But secondly, and more importantly, this argument reduces God to a petty busybody who spends his time getting his own back on those who break the rules.

The truth is that God loves all people, no matter what they are like. Hard for us to take? Probably. But then God even loves you and me, and we both know what we’re like!

The Church puts the gospel of the man born blind before us in Lent to show that at the heart of God’s grace is the ability to be rescued from the darkness that produces sin, aimlessness and life-weariness. Lenten repentance invites us to a new vision, to light, to seeing things in a clearer and brighter way. Those who live in Christ know where they are going; they are not blind stumblers who have to take what life throws at them. They can choose to walk in the light of God’s promises.

Now that we’re about mid way through Lent we have the chance to thank God for the light of faith. In a world of darkness and half-truths we are not condemned to await the next storm that threatens the horizon. Christians face the future with confidence. It’s not just that we see light at the end of the tunnel. We see it in the middle, and that’s where it counts.

WORD OF GOD

You were children of darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord;be like children of light,for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. (Ephesians 5: 8-9)!

WORD FOR TODAY

If we follow the daily round of current events, taking our cue from what the press or media think is good for us, then we will survive. But we’ll only survive for mediocrity. Christ tells us that to follow him is to walk in the light, to see things in a completely new way. This is not surviving; it’s living!

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

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

Reconciliation Service to be held at St John’s on Wednesday, 2nd April, 7pm. There will be no general absolution and a number of priests will be available to hear confession.

Don’t forget to reset your clocks 1 HOUR FORWARD on SATURDAY NIGHT 29th March

4th Sunday

Of Lent

30th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Aileen McGuigan

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 31st 9.15 am Jose McGree Annv.
Tues APRIL 1st 9.15am Laurence Nugent Annv.
Wed 2nd 10.00am

7pm

Churches Together Lenten Lunch

Reconciliation Service

Thurs 3rd 9.15am Terry Cooke Annv.
Friday 4th 9.15am Betty Crebbin Annv.
Saturday 5th 11-

12 Noon

Exposition with the opportunity for Confession
5th Sunday

of Lent

6th 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30 pm

Parishioners

John Rice RIP

Stations of the Cross

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: £690.89

Boiler: £ 4.00

Book Sales: £

Lenten Lunches over 2 weeks £43.60p. Many Thanks

120 Club winners: No 61 T Cunningham £ 20

There is no Lenten Lunch on Friday 4th April . Friday 11th April will be our next 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.

“Evening Faith Talks” The final talk at Christ the King, Tuesday,8thApril – Pope Francis – One Year On – Canon David Roberts. 7.30pm start. Session will close by 9.00pm

Churches Together Wednesday Lenten Lunch is on 2nd April and St John’s will be the host church commencing 10.30am with coffee followed by service at 11am and a soup lunch at 12 noon. 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.

The remaining two talks at St John Plessington commencing 7pm :

Friday 4th April – “Together into the Future” – Led by Margaret Lillis

Friday 11th April – “A wake-up Call – What me?” – Led by Fr Nick Kerns

Thank you for your donations to the Wirral Foodbank. This is an on-going scheme and so the need for your support is also on-going. We need to support those in our community who need our help. The food bank relies on non-perishable, in date, food donations to feed local people in crisis. The food bank has asked for the following items which they need urgently: 500gms Sugar, UHT/powdered milk, drinking chocolate, tinned custard, tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned fish, instant mash, feminine hygiene items, and toiletries. Please place food in the box provided at the back of church. For further information please ring Cecily 0151 645 7645.

13th April will be the next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning. 10-11am in the parish centre.

They have arrived!! Our new notice boards are up and looking brilliant. We are not using sharp objects as notices will be fixed using Velcro discs . Please leave your posters for fixing by Colette and her buddy Roison, with a bit thank you.

We also have a notice board for the Liturgy Group so you can see the work the children do. It is on the left of the door where they enter the Side Chapel. Please take a minute to look at it on your way out of church. They are VERY enthusiastic and would like to show you what they do. Many thanks. Children’s Liturgy Group

Joan Hannam is relinquishing her role as Minister of the Liturgical Environment. There is a “Job Description” on the Notice Board for anyone who might like to take on this role. A BIG thank you to Joan as her artistic flair in dressing the altar and church to bring alive the liturgical seasons, I am sure, has been a great help to everyone in making the services more meaningful and thought provoking.

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