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

Passion Sunday 13th April 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FOR ME

As we enter the climax of the Church’s year, Holy Week, we will follow the events of Christ’s betrayal, suffering and execution. Then we will rejoice in the glorious event of the resurrection.

We’ll be doing this together with all the other people in our congregation. Others in our area will celebrate in a similar fashion in their own churches. And the whole world will be united at this special time.

Because the Paschal Mystery has such global implications – the fact that Christ died to take away the sins of the world – it’s easy to view it at a distance and think that we are contemplating some sort of epic, theological and historical set of circumstances. In fact, we are. It’s true that cosmic salvation was wrought by the events of this week. Jesus died to take away the sins of the world. But he also died for me. And for you.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Holy Week is that our God who is such an all-powerful cosmic being, is also bothered about you and me as individuals.

God is not some distant ruler who has our names on his books. God offers us a relationship that is as personal as the one we have with family and friends. God loves us not because we are cute, clever or amusing. God loves us because he made us and since he is love he cannot fail to love what he has made.

All the songs and hymns we sing during this week tell the everlasting story of the love that has set us free. We are not condemned to wander this earth. We have been rescued by a self-offering that opens the way to making sense of our existence, of our network of relationships with those who share our lives. The message of Calvary is that despite ourselves we are able to be what God intended us to be. To live life in Christ means that God’s grace can turn our coldness into heat, our dullness into excitement and our weakness into strength. Through Christ’s Passion we are no longer bound to the slavery of sin, are no longer held captive by monotony or threatened by the spectre of annihilation at death. Christ chooses to take all that is weak and frail about us and to turn it into victory.

And Christ doesn’t simply do this as saviour of the world. He does it for me, here and now.

WORD OF GOD

The Lord comes to my help, so that I am untouched by the insults. So, too, I set my face like flint; I know I shall not be shamed. (Isaiah 50: 7)

WORD FOR TODAY

Suffering is a part of living. To a greater or lesser extent we all have our fair share of it: illness, bereavement, betrayal. The test of a Christian is not how quickly he or she gets over it, but how they deal with it. Christ’s Passion is our model for looking suffering in the face and coming out enriched rather than diminished.

How quickly decent, nice people degenerate the moment their circumstances change. Their virtue suddenly vanishes, and there’s nothing left of their former selves. (Dostoyevsky)

A city revolted against its ruler. The king set forth to subdue and punish it and the city hastened to request a pardon. At a distance from the city the elders and great came and begged forgiveness. “For your sake,” the king said, “I forgive one half of the guilt.” At the gates of the city the masses turned out and pleaded for mercy. “For your sake,” the king said, “I forgive half the guilt that is left.” When he entered the city and found all the little children gathered with song and dance and joy to appear before him, he exclaimed, “For your sake I forgive everything!” And the king joined their celebration. (Jewish Midrash)

Napoleon, travelling through Switzerland with his army, was greeted with thunderous applause and enthusiasm. He remarked to one nearby supporter, “This same unthinking crowd, under a slight change of circumstances, would follow me just as eagerly to the scaffold!”

Passion Sunday 13th. 5.30

10am

8pm

Smethurst Family

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 14th. 9.15 Kath Morrison RIP
Tues 15th. 9.15 Rudy Belmar RIP
Wed 16th. 9.15 Grace Wade RIP
Thurs 17th. 7.30pm

Followed by watching at the altar of repose

Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Friday 18th. 3pm. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Saturday

Vigil Mass of Easter

19th. 8.30pm Parishioners
Easter

Sunday

20th. 10am

8 pm

John & Peter McLean

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)

Please note that we have reverted back to 9.15 Mass on Wednesday to allow Fr Emeka to attend the Chrism Mass in Manchester.

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Boiler £10

Books: £44

120 Club winner. No 86 K Markey £20

Please keep this newsletter carefully as we enter the most important week of the Church’s year. We have produced a separate leaflet with information about the Triduum. We encourage everyone to participate in each of the three days of this, the zenith of the church’s year. Please try to maintain a respectful silence when appropriate, gathering and leaving in silence on Good Friday, gathering at the altar of repose after Holy Thursday’s celebration and gathering in the centre on Saturday prior to the lighting of the holy fire. It is a time of drama as we remember Christ’s saving sacrifice. Your full participation is vital.

Do you need a listening ear? 14th April will be the next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning. 10-11am in the parish centre.

Parishioners are invited to join in many aspects of the social life at St Anne’s. They have a thriving over 55s group which meets monthly as well as a significant group of women who meet for the ‘Mothers’ each Wednesday evening at 7.30 as well as an Irish communitygroup which Fred Archbold used to lead. They meet on Wednesdays at 12md.Why not find out more about these groups and improve your social life and meet some of our neighbours down the road?

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Tweets from the Pope

Pope Francis ‏@Pontifex We need to rediscover a contemplative spirit, so that the love of God may warm our hearts

Pope Francis ‏@Pontifex How good it is for us when the Lord unsettles our lukewarm and superficial lives.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis will wash the feet of elderly and disabled people.

Kate Markey has sent a message regarding the Mission Red Box collection, which amounted to £260 which is £5 more that last March’s total. She extends a big thank you to all who contributed and reminds us that the next collection will be in October.

The Churches Together Good Friday parade will begin as usual at 12md, gathering next the fountain near the art gallery. Please try to lend your support thereby bearing witness to what Our Lord has done for us.

If you are aged between 20-35 then you are invited to a ‘Day of Reflection’ to be held on Sat 26th April 2014. Fr Edmund Montgomery will help us to take time out from the the demands of modern life by focusing on the theme, “‘Follow’ Me: How to follow Jesus on Twitter, Facebook, and Social Media”. This day, organised for ‘ACTS’ (Adult Catholics Together Spiritually) will be held at Wistaston Hall, Crewe. The day will start at 9.30pm until approx 5pm. Cost £20 (£15 for unemployed/students). If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it please contact Siobhan at siobhanbcor tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761 138947.

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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

5th Sunday in Lent April 6th 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: HERE’S TO LIFE!

If heaven’s so good, then why did Jesus bring Lazarus back from the dead? This is a question that is often asked. Was Lazarus disappointed at being reunited with his two sisters so soon after dying? It must have been tempting to throw this in their face whenever an argument broke out!

Another question arises from St John’s gospel story. Why was Jesus so distressed at the death of his friend? Surely the answer is simple: the gift of life is such a great thing that even faith in the afterlife cannot wipe away the tears we feel when a loved one dies. And even more, it shows how much we really value the life we live on this earth.

By raising Lazarus from the dead Jesus was letting the glory of his Father be seen by those who witnessed the miracle. He was letting them know that the Father had sent him. But he was also making a very positive statement about the value of human existence. There can be no greater gift than that of enjoying life. We experience life at its most complete when we know that we have been given it by God for a purpose. No on else has been made like us. God creates each one of us in a unique fashion so that we might reflect something of God’s nature by the way we live. We have been given different gifts and talents, different personalities, different reasons for being loved by others and loving in return. To believe in Christ is to have the chance of fullness of life, getting every last ounce out of it, benefiting from all its opportunities.

“Life” is the last of the three themes of Lent this year: water, light and life. The Church makes use of this gospel passage to remind us that our baptism in Christ affords us the opportunity to live the same life as everyone else, but to see beyond the passing things of this world, to have our hearts set on a life that will dwarf even this one. Christians don’t just exist. They thirst for the water that only God can give; they search for the light that God sheds on their journey through this world; and they live life to the utmost in all its glorious shapes and forms. And if this life is so good, then just think what the next one will be like!

WORD OF GOD

I am now going to open your graves; I mean to raise you from your graves, my people, and lead you back to the soil of Israel.

(Ezekiel 37: 12)

WORD FOR TODAY

God raises us to life not only on the other side of the grave but even now as we experience the wonders of this world. If we cannot see the glory of God’s creation now, then we are already dead. Lent invites us to live this life to the full.

We are so busy today, we rarely have time to stop and grieve like Jesus, Martha and Mary. In Biblical times people might take 30 days or more to grieve and mourn the loss of a loved one before attempting to return to life’s routine. Today what sort of leave time do businesses generally give for death of a loved one? It is very important that we surround those who lose loved ones with support and encouragement.(Greg Nance)

In the midst of grief we cannot understand why Jesus would stay where he was for two more days. He had the power to intervene, to heal Lazarus — why would he not come? In the midst of the pain we can easily miss what is really going on. Jesus is not bound by death’s timetable. Jesus is not bound by death. Jesus said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified.” Just as the healing of the blind man was to give God glory, so too the raising of Lazarus. God was not bound by dry bones in the desert, God is not bound by death.(Roger Haugen)

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?” (Leo Buscaglia)

Pope Francis (@Pontifex)
31/03/2014 10:00

Lent is a time to change direction, to respond to the reality of evil and poverty

5th Sunday

Of Lent

6th. 5.30

10am

3pm

8pm

John Price

Parishioners

Stns. of the cross

Prayer Meeting

Mon 7th. 9.15
Tues 8th. 9.15
Wed 9th. 7pm.
Thurs 10th. 9.15 Jack McCormick
Friday 11th. 9.15
Saturday 12th. 11-12

12md

Exposition

Carmelite Mass- all are welcome

Passion Sunday 6th. 5.30pm

10am

8 pm

Smethurst Family

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)

Lent is drawing to a close and we still have several opportunities to draw closer to Jesus. The Pope has spoken of the need for us to develop a personal friendship with the Lord. To that end, why not spend a few minutes before the Blessed Sacrament when the opportunity arises.

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £595 34p

Boiler: £16. 02

Book Sales: £129

SPUC £300

SVP (Reconciliation) £102 26p

Lenten Lunches last week £22.

120 Club winners: No 40 R Purfield £20

No. 11 P Fletcher £10

Do you need a listening ear? 13th April will be the next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning. 10-11am in the parish centre.

As you realize, next Sunday is Passion Sunday and both Masses will start in the parish centre with the blessing of the palms. Please try to come over to the Centre since if you just join the procession at the church door then you will not have heard the opening prayer or the first reading. There aren’t many people who are physically incapable of making this short walk! If you feel you need a dispensation then please wait PATIENTLY near the main door to await the entry of the procession.

“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

The final talk at St John Plessington commences 7pm

Friday 11th April – “A wake-up Call – What me?

Led by Fr Nick Kern. (sounds like a challenge”) The two previous talks have been excellent and if you have heard Fr Nick speak then you will want to book your place in their very posh hall. See you there.

We are extremely lucky in this part of the diocese to have the availability of such resources to enable us to deepen our faith. Please avail yourselves.

Pope Francis (@Pontifex)
01/04/2014 11:00

Dear parents, teach your children to pray. Pray with them.

The Camino de Santiago de Compostella (The way of St James). An Easter Pilgrimage for young people (aged17-30). April 13th-20th. 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. If you saw the film ‘The Way,’ this captured some of the spirit of the Camino which is a very old pilgrimage. Get your walking boots brushed!

Friday 11th April will be the final 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.

Preparing for Holy Week

On Saturday next, April 12, Sandymount Retreat House at Crosby is offering you an opportunity to prepare for Holy Week which is the most sacred time in the life of the Church. The day will be led by Philip McParland who is an experienced retreat director. It begins at 10.00am and finishes at 4.00pm. The offering is £15 which includes soup and a roll. To make a booking either phone 0151 9244850 or go online at: www.sandymountretreats.org.uk

Lenten Prayer and Reflection is offered at several venues in Liverpool by the Irenaeus team. Their newsletter is available online or contact them on 0151 949 1199 or jenny to learn about all their forthcoming plans.

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