5th Sunday in Lent April 6th 2014 Cycle A

04/04/2014

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

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.

Pick up your copy today. This is a MUST for readers and a HUGEly helpful resource if you want to look at the scripture readings for the following Sunday.

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