Pentecost Sunday, 8th June, 2014 Cycle A.

07/06/2014

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

Pentecost Sunday, 8th June, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: SPIRIT E-FIT

An E-fit (Electronic Facial Identification Technique) is used to identify someone’s features, usually when the police are investigating a crime. It is the most up-to-date computerised method of describing a person.

If today, Pentecost or Whit Sunday, we were to try and provide an E-fit of the Holy Spirit, what evidence could we offer?

At Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan the Holy Spirit was seen in the form of a dove. We tend to think of peace when we think of doves. But anyone who tires to get close to a dove will know that they immediately fly away. They can’t be tied down and they can only be studied by people who are approach them calmly and slowly. The Holy Spirit cannot be “pigeon-holed” and only with prayer and reflection can we begin to understand his (or her?) machinations.

Of course, we are introduced to the Holy Spirit on the first page of the bible in the form of the breath of God hovering over the waters of the earth. The Spirit breathes life, inspires and vivifies. It is the Spirit that motivates us and enthuses our actions.

And in the story of the very first Pentecost we see two more characteristics of the Holy Spirit: wind and fire. The Spirit appears like a powerful wind from heaven and also as something that looks like tongues of fire. We sometimes speak about a “wind of change” that sweeps through a society or a continent. The Holy Spirit blows wherever he wills, bringing a blast of fresh air and then disappearing as quickly as he arrived. No one can catch the wind. And the tongues of fire burn to bring heat, light and warmth. Fire casts out darkness, provides comfort and enlightens.

We know a lot about the Spirit and yet we know almost nothing. Our E-fit would show a dove, breath, wind and fire. A strange mixture for a photo! Each time we get close to thinking that we have got a handle on the Holy Spirit we realise that the Spirit cannot be categorised. For the Spirit is the wind that blows through our cobwebs and changes our hearts. The Spirit is the flame of fervour that burns within us and makes us ardent witnesses to Christ. The Spirit is the very life-breath of God within us that inspires all we say and do. And today we recall the gift of the Spirit to the Church and the world.

WORD OF GOD

No one can say, “Jesus is Lord” unless he is under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

(I Corinthians 12:3)

WORD FOR TODAY

No one can ever have a private Christianity. We are bound together in the Holy Spirit who enables us to claim Jesus as our Lord. When those who believe in the lordship of Jesus come together to call on his name the community that is the Church is reborn.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Let us pray for the Church throughout the world that, as it celebrates today its birth at Pentecost, it may always be emboldened by the Spirit to speak out for those who have no voice and no champion. Send forth your Spirit

O Lord: And renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray for those of our community who will be confirmed around this time, that they may receive the fullness of the Spirit’s gifts and be encouraged to use their God-given skills and talents for the benefit of others. Send forth…

Let us pray for the gift of prayer, that we may be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within us and may experience Jesus as Lord and learn to respond in prayer and generosity of heart. Send forth…

Let us pray for the human family throughout the world, that the Holy Spirit may unite those who live in discord, may free those who are held in chains of war and console those who suffer violence, abuse or neglect. Send forth…

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

There will be a retiring collection NEXT weekend for the

National Catholic Fund. Thank you for your continued generosity

Pentecost

Sunday

8th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Romanello Family

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 9th 9.15 am David Reid
Tues 10th 9.15am Anne Morris
Wed 11th 9.15am Maureen Denyer
Thurs 12th 9.15am
Friday 13th 9.15am Vocations
Saturday 14th
Trinity Sunday 15th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Francis & Ann Y

Parishioners

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

Extraordinary Collections: Communications £277.32

Flowers: Further Donation of £40

Offertory: £ 571.53

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £ 14.20p

120 Club winners: No 36 A Murray £20

There is a vacancy, at the Curial Offices, for a Safeguarding Co-ordinator. Salary £35-38k. Closing date Monday, 30th June. See notice Board for details.

There will be Praise in the Park in Vale Park, New Brighton today 2-4pm. Entrance and deck chairs are free. The café is open or bring a picnic and relax.

Further message from Dominic Ion (SVP)

The Rt. Hon Frank Field MP will officially open the new shop on Milton Pavement, Grange Shopping Centre, at 12 noon, Friday 13th June. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of the work of the SVP in the community and to encourage local people’s support. Why not come along and show your support. If at the same time you’d like to bring along any good-quality clothing, books and CD’s/DVD’s, household goods, bric-a-brac – or indeed anything else that you no longer need but that someone else could make use of – then so much the better!

Steph Macleod , singer songwriter , will be appearing at St Andrews Church on Sunday 22nd June at 6.30pm . He appeals to both young people and adults. Free Admission , See Notice Board for details.

A reminder to all Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers of the training day being held at Shrewsbury Cathedral on Saturday, 14th June,

10-3.30pm. See Notice Board for details.

Please take a look at the notice board as there are a number of local events which may be of interest to you. If you have any posters to display, please leave them in the box at the back of

church and they will be appropriately displayed.

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will take place in the Parish Centre tomorrow, Monday, 9th June, 10-11am. Pop in for a chat and a cuppa. Confidentiality is the key to everything shared within the group.

Confirmation 2014
Confirmation this year is taking place on 26th November in Christ the King, Bromborough.
The Confirmation Team is extending the following invitation to all interested adults and confirmed young people:
Would you consider joining us in this worthwhile and rewarding role of helping our young people along the path of their Journey of Faith?
If you would like more details, contact Mike Daly at daly.m

St Anselm’s College will be hosting an Open Evening on Wednesday, 25th June 5-8pm, for pupils currently in Years 4 and 5. See Notice Board for details.

You may have noticed our list of mass intentions is running low. Please pass your requests to

Joan Hannam/Ann Murray.

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