3rd Sunday of Easter, 4th May, 2014 Cycle A


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 of Easter, 4th May, 2014 Cycle A.


The gospel passage today presents us with a complete turn around. It starts with two men walking along in complete misery. Everything they had hoped for over the past three years has gone up in smoke in the course of the last seven days. Yet by the end of the passage they are elated and are running into Jerusalem to tell the apostles their good news.

What happened to make things change so much? Someone listened to them.

The world is full of people. And each person has their own story, their own set of events and circumstances that have shaped them into the person that they are. In fact, my story is my history. It’s what makes me “me”. If someone can’t be bothered to listen to my story, especially when I feel the need to tell it, than they can’t be bothered to find out what makes me tick. But if they do bother to spend time getting to know my story, then they affirm and validate my experience,

Every single person in church on a Sunday morning has his or her story. They need to be allowed to tell it, to share it and to have people who will listen to it. If we are more than just a congregation, if we are the Body of Christ, then we have been given ears to listen and tongues to encourage.

So as we gather to celebrate the eucharist each week we bring our own stories and all that I am.

That’s what Jesus did with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. He met them “where they were at” and he made sense of their story in the light of the scriptures. When they had thought about their lives in the light of the scriptures and had broken bread with him, all seemed different.

with us. We bring them so that God might shed light on them through the words of scripture, as he did on the road to Emmaus. And as we listen to God’s word and share the body and blood of his Son, the tangled tales of our complicated lives begin to take a shape that makes more sense. For, at the heart of it all, we each have a role in everyone else’s story. And after the events of that first Easter all our stories are intertwined with God’s.


You killed this man, but God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades.

(Acts 2: 23)


Just as Jesus explained the scriptures to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, and then broke bread with them, so too does he speak at our Eucharist through his word as he feeds us with his body and blood.

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

During the six week Easter period, we are asked to pray for these intentions: New members of the church; vocations; the right use of the media; the Church and human work.

The Pope’s intentions for May:

Universal: That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace.

For Evangelisation: That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations.

3rd Sunday

Of Easter

4th 5.30pm



Lilian Thomson (sick)


Prayer Meeting

Mon 5th 9.15 am NO SERVICE
Tues 6th 9.15am Maureen Nusun RIP
Wed 7th 12.30pm


Funeral Mass

Barbara Gillespie

Service of Remembrance

At St Anne’s

Thurs 8th 9.15am Service of Word &


Friday 9th 9.15am Parishioners
Saturday 10th 10am First Holy Communion
4th Sunday

of Easter

11th 5.30pm


7.30 pm


John Price

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, 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: £ 632.66

Boiler: £ 9

Book Sales: £ 30

120 Club winners: No 38 E Glover £ 20

No 34 A Murray £10

Funeral Mass for Barbara Gillespie (nee Fitzpatrick)

will be celebrated on Wednesday, 7th May at 12.30pm, followed by cremation at Landican. Barbara and her family are long standing members of St John’s community. She had suffered greatly over recent months, but now she is at peace. Please remember her grieving husband and family in your


A Service of Remembrance will be held at St Anne’s on Wednesday, 7th May, at 7.30pm. This is a service to remember the dead of World War One

The Diocesan Liturgy Commission invites all Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in Shropshire to a Training Day at Shrewsbury Cathedral on Saturday, 14th June, 10.30-3.30pm.

The day is free. Bring a packed lunch. It is expected that ALL Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers attend a formation day prior to being re-commissioned by Bishop Mark. The Training Day will not be available again in Shropshire until 2016, as it is part of a rolling programme and commissioning of Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for each region. Please do try and make this a priority in your diary. SEE Notice Board for details.

Chester ACROSS Group require a couple of helpers, at least none of whom must be a female, for their pilgrimage to Lourdes, overland by Jumberlance, from Thursday, 15th –Saturday 24th May. Cost £750 with help available to those who cannot afford the full amount. Information from Maria Marsh 07969261997 OR Tony Murphy 07881656974.

There are a number of retreats available at Sandymount. See Notice Board for details

Copy of Churches Together Spring Bulletin listing forthcoming events can be found on the Notice Board

12th May will be the next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning. 10-11am in the parish centre. Why not pop in and have a chat & a cuppa

Cafod are holding a Novena of Peace from March to November . The next Novena will be held at St Mary’s, Madeley, Telford on Friday 9th May at 7.00pm. All welcome

The Butterfly Park will be holding a Grand Opening Day and Craft Fair TODAY, 4th May,

11-4pm. Entrance is FREE. This is an absolute gem of a nature reservation right on our doorstep and well worth a visit. See Notice Board for details.

The Wirral Coastal Walk takes place on Sunday, 11th May, and once again our altar servers will be taking part. They are seeking your sponsorship for this event and all money raised will be divided between children’s hospice, Claire House and St Stephen’s Guild. Forms can be found on the table at the back of church. Please sign up so their sore feet will not have walked in vain!!!

Contributions to the Food bank will be gratefully received. There are an unprecedented number of families requiring short term help. There is a notice listing all the items which are particularly needed. Items should be brought at the weekends only. Many thanks for your continued support.


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