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

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 27th July, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WEALTH VERSUS RICHES

You’ve probably seen the TV commercial. A meal with friends £80; a seat at the theatre £30; some gifts for your family £50; receiving a mobile phone photo of your baby “Priceless”. For everything else there’s your credit card!

In Palestine people used to bury their valuables in the ground because there were no banks in which to keep them safe. It was especially useful when enemy tribes ransacked your village. And this is probably how the man in today’s parables found the treasure hidden in the field.

What do we consider to be of real value in life? What would we give up everything else for? What have we found that really matters to us? Jesus uses three parables to tell us that if we really knew the happiness of living in the kingdom of God here and now then we would do all in our power to make sure that we were not left out.

A lot of people confuse being rich with being wealthy. Money makes people wealthy, but not rich. Wealthy is financial, but rich is relational, emotional, spiritual. A wealthy person buys and sells, but a rich person gives and takes. Being wealthy is having the things that money can buy, but being rich is having the things that money cannot buy. The wealthy think a person is broke without money, but although the rich are poor if they have no money, they are never broke. Wealthy people are defined by what they have, but rich people are defined by who they are. Wealth is what you have in the bank but riches are what you have in the heart. The wealthy are prosperous, but the rich are fulfilled.

The riches of the kingdom of heaven demand sacrifice. Sometimes we are made to look fools by a world that puts store on material and social success. But Jesus dismisses this kind of wealth as corruptible. It eventually fails to satisfy. So Christians learn to value the riches of the kingdom of heaven here on earth. They come to cherish the gifts that surround them, to share their blessings and to experience the joy of life in God’s presence. Are you rich? Or are you just wealthy?
WORD OF GOD

I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you. (I Kings 3:12)

WORD FOR TODAY

If the genie appeared and offered us three wishes, what would we choose? Health, wealth and fame? Jesus tells us that if we really knew the happiness of living in the kingdom of heaven we would sell everything we owned to get our hands on it.

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

Congratulations to Kate Ashman and Mike Ray who were married here at St John’s on the 3rd July. We all wish them a long and happy life together.

There is a second collection this weekend for Day for Life. There have been a number of collections of late and we do our best to spread them out. Once again thank you for your continued generosity and support.

17th Sunday

In Ord.Time Day of Prayer for Life

20th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Vera Norman

Margaret and Joe Carr

Prayer Meeting

Mon 21st 9.15 am Dorothy Welch RIP
Tues 22nd 9.15am
Wed 23rd 9.15am All Travellers
Thurs 24th 9.15am
Friday 25th 9.15am

9.45am

Vocations – Local

Holy Hour

Saturday 27th
18th Sunday

In Ord.Time

28th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

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, Rachel Mulrooney. 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: £ 597.73p

Boiler: £ 3.05p

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 116 K Ryan £20

You may have noticed our list of mass intentions is running low. Please pass your requests to Joan Hannam/Ann Murray.

PROTECT AND CHERISH LIFE. Day for Life – the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life – will this year call upon young people in particular to protect life from conception to natural death. There will be a second collection this weekend and all proceeds will go to The Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the church. Leaflets available at the back of church.

A reminder to all budding poets. Please see details on the notice board of the forthcoming competition open to all ages and no entrance fee. Closing date is 31st January, 2015. Why not put pen to paper we could have the new poet laureate in our midst!!!

The Catholic Education Services have written to encourage the uptake and study of the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS). CCRSvisit the website www.brs-ccrs.org.uk

or call 0207 901 1900. PLEASE SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR DETAILS.

The July/August Newsletter from the Irenaeus Project contains many Scriptural Events, one of which is the ARC Renewal Conference/Gathering, 2nd-9th August at Patelely Bridge, North Yorkshire. This has been established for 32 years – low cost camping and residential (some en suite), disabled (en suite) places available. Please see notice board for more details of this and all other events available.

The Catholic Children’s Society is holding a fundraising Charity Golf Tournament on 22nd September at Wirral Ladies Golf Club. Each team of 4 can be made up of Ladies, Men and mixed groups. See Poster on notice board for details. Contact Trish on 0151 652 1281 or visit the website www.catholicchildsoc.org.uk. Watch out Rory McIlroy!!

Dates for Catechists. Fr Chris Matthews has sent advanced notice of forthcoming catechist days. All the events will be held at St Columba’s, Chester. Further details of time and booking forms will be made available over the summer. While each of the three Catechist Days can stand alone, each day will build on the previous session(s) together building a course, and attendance at all three is recommended.

The THREE dates are for new and existing catechists

Saturday, 27th September

Saturday 15th November

Saturday, 6th December

There is also Saturday, 11th October which is an annual day for RCIA Catechists. These days are very worthwhile and can be of great help and encouragement to our catechists who do a great job.

Please remember your donations to the Foodbank. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basked for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment. Many thanks for your continued and generous support.

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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

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 13th July, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: SPREAD THE WORD

We all know the parable of the sower. A farmer sows seed on his land; it falls into four different types of soil and it produces anything from no crops at all to a field full of harvest. Usually we say that God is the sower, the seed is the word of God and we are the various types of soil.

How can it help? Isn’t it just a collection of old books with limited value in the third millennium?And surely if we’re looking for advice on how to live life today then there are plenty of modern books in the library or the bookshops?

=We put a premium on the bible not because it contains words about God but because it contains the words of God. In fact, it contains the word, the message of God. And scripture is the place that God has chosen to reveal himself. Using human beings as the writers of the bible’s books God inspires them with the Holy Spirit. So Christians believe that the bible is not simply religious opinion or outlook; it is what has been revealed through close faith in God and it comes from a people living cheek by jowl with God. So scripture is not simply one source about God among many others; it is the privileged place from which God chooses to speak to us. To be ignorant of scripture is to be ignorant of God.

And why should we bother to sow the word? The call that God makes to us through his word is compelling. We freely choose to accept it but then we are impelled to tell others about it because it is the most important ingredient in our daily lives. God’s call infuses everything we do and cannot be kept as a sideline to be looked at like a stamp collection or played with like a model train set. It is the dynamo of our existence, what gives us hope and provides us with direction to our lives.

If Christians don’t read and study the word of God then they atrophy, they wither. If Christians don’t use every means to propagate the seed of the word then they fail to comply with the conditions of God’s call to go out and teach all nations. Today’s parable asks us to be both an assiduous farmer and good soil. Without these nothing will grow. Least of all us.

WORD OF GOD

The word that goes from my mouthdoes not return to me empty,without carrying out my willand succeeding in what it was sent to do.

(Isaiah 55:11)

WORD FOR TODAY

God promises to guide our lives with his word. Do we make it our concern to study the word of God? Is it central to our lives? Or is it just something we hear for a few moments each week in church?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

We have been nourished on the word of God, sown in our readings today. Let us now pray that we may be united in that word as we are called to his supper: Lord, I am not worthy…

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

There will be a second collection this weekend for Sea Sunday. Thank you for your continued generosity.

15th Sunday in Ord. Time Sea Sunday 13th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Jim Sweatman Annv

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 14th 9.15 am Eric Crebbin RIP Annv
Tues 15th 9.15am Charlie Woods
Wed 16th 9.15am Service of the Word
Thurs 17th 9.15am Maria Dillon
Friday 18th 9.15am

9.45am

Maggie Rooney

Holy Hour

Saturday 19th 12 Noon Carmelite Mass – All Welcome
16th Sunday

In Ord.Time

20th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Tony Armstrong

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, Rachel Mulrooney. 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 Collection – Friends of the Holyland £483

Offertory: £ 666.08

Boiler: £ 20.-00

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 51 C Sabino £20

Friends of the Holyland. Karen Baxter has written expressing thanks for your generosity for the recent appeal by Pat Revans, which raised £480.

CONFIRMATION2014. The date for Confirmation this year is Wednesday, 26th November and preparation sessions will begin in September.

Can any pupils in Year 9 and 10 who have not yet been Confirmed, and anyone else who is interested, please let us know as soon as possible. Please contact Mike Daly: daly.m

Sound System: We are looking into possible improvements in the sound system, and John Ash would welcome any information you may have about its history or the wiring layout. If you can help, please email John at john.f.ash or phone 327 5923. Thank you.

School Reunion: St John’s Junior School, Class of ‘72

Calling all those born in 1960 or 1961. Can you believe that we left our primary school in July 1972? We are having a reunion on 13th September 2014 at the Railway Inn, Port Sunlight, from 7pm. We look forward to catching up on old times and having a chat and a drink. Refreshments provided.

Christine Davies.

Fr Philip McGovern has emailed the following invitation: EARLY MORNING MASS. In Birkenhead there is every opportunity for masses throughout the day. The earliest morning mass is at Carmel at 7.45am and this suits those who start work or who live in the area. However, there is no provision for those who do shift work or who start earlier than office workers. There will be a7am mass at Our Lady’s. Cavendish Street, on Thursday mornings starting on 24th July until 28th August (There might even be bacon butties)

LITURGICAL MUSIC WORKSHOP

Fr Peter Dutton extends an invitation for Parish Musicians to join one of two workshops to be led by American Liturgical Composer Paul Hillebrand.

Dates: Wednesday, 16th July 8pm (7.30pm Mass) at St Mary’s, Middlewich or Sunday, 20th July 2-5pm at St Joseph’s. Winsford, concluding with Mass.

£3 per person. See Notice Board for booking details.

The Catholic Education Services have written to encourage the uptake and study of the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS). CCRSvisit the website www.brs-ccrs.org.uk

or call 0207 901 1900. PLEASE SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR DETAILS.

TODAY is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. For more information on the work of the AoS, please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

Gift Aid envelopes at back of church if you are a tax payer.

Snowdrops Are a Sign of Hope. This last Thursday, the Bereavement Group held their Annual Memorial Service which brought together families and friends of those who have died over the past 6 months. It was a very moving service bringing comfort and hope to the 40 people who attended. Many thanks to those who helped make this evening so special for many.

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

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 6th July, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WORRYING TIMES?

The current rise in prices is getting on top of Maureen. She’s on a fixed income and every time she goes to the supermarket she despairs. Everything seems to be pushing her into a corner and she’s not sure just how long she can manage to feed the kids and pay the bills now that she’s been widowed. She doesn’t know where to turn to.

Ken never seems to settle these days. Several years ago he was convicted of fraud and went to gaol for two years. He recently moved into the parish with his family and set up home. They got jobs locally and their children go to the nearby school. He’s deeply ashamed of what he did. He’d do anything to turn the clock back. He feels tied up in knots and his worst nightmare would be if everything went public.

Annie has been a parishioner all her life. People comment on how you can set your clock by Annie’s arrival in church with her prayer book and rosary beads. But in her heart she’s just going through the motions. Inside she feels spiritually dry and it’s hard to get enthusiastic about anything to do with her faith. It’s as if in the last years of her life God is taking all comfort of faith away from her.

Tom is the local GP. He seems to spend hours in his surgery and he loves his job but he’s beginning to feel worn out. With all the paper work on top of his medical work he’s wondering how long he can go on for. He never lets his patients know how he feels, but it’s getting to the point where his lifelong desire to help people in their moments of need is starting to wane. He spends his days telling others not to live such a hectic lifestyle but he knows he’s just as guilty himself.

Joan and Alan are having marriage problems. They got back together after Alan got involved with another woman at work. Things seem a bit better now but there’s also the problem of their three teenage children. If there’s any way they can rebel they’ll find it. Joan’s sick of being called to the school where they’re causing disruption, and Alan’s convinced that one of these days the call will be from the police.

On Sunday morning when Maureen, Ken, Annie, Tom, Joan and Alan settle into their places in church they all hear the same words of Jesus in the gospel: “Come to me all you who are overburdened and I will give you rest”

WORD OF GOD

Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

WORD FOR TODAY

The gospel message makes sense of our lives. It lightens the burden, sheds light and guides us through difficult decisions. Jesus’ promise today is the same as always: when you feel overburdened I will give you rest.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Lord Jesus, your yoke is easy: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, your burden is light: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you promise rest to the overburdened: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

In his goodness may the Lord have mercy on us, confirm us in faith, forgive our sins and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

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

There will be a second collection next weekend for Sea Sunday. Thank you for your continued generosity.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 6th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Tony Armstrong

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 7th 9.15 am Special Intention
Tues 8th 9.15am James Vickery RIP
Wed 9th 9.15am Parishioners
Thurs 10th 9.15am

7.30pm

Joan Guntripp RIP

Bereavement Group Memorial Service

Friday 11th 9.15am

9.45am

Eileen Myles RIP Annv

Holy Hour

Saturday 12th
15th Sunday

In Ordinary Time Sea Sunday

13th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Jim Sweatman Annv

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, Rachel Mulrooney. 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: £ 570.25

Boiler: £ 3.20

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 64 T McLean £20

No 69 N Evans £10

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 10th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to bereaved families. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

Sound System: We are looking into possible improvements in the sound system, and John Ash would welcome any information you may have about its history or the wiring layout. If you can help, please email John at john.f.ash or phone 327 5923. Thank you.

School Reunion: St John’s Junior School, Class of ‘72

Calling all those born in 1960 or 1961. Can you believe that we left our primary school in July 1972? We are having a reunion on 13th September 2014 at the Railway Inn, Port Sunlight, from 7pm. We look forward to catching up on old times and having a chat and a drink. Refreshments provided.

Christine Davies.

The Bereavement Group coffee morning will be taking a break during July and August and will restart on Monday, 8th September. Look forward to seeing you then.

We try, as far as possible, to allocate mass requests on days asked for. This is not always possible and we will place your mass intention to the nearest available day. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone and apologise if we are not able to fulfil your wishes.

Assisted Dying Bill – Please write to a member of the House of Lords.

The Bill to legalise “assisted dying” – meaning “assisted suicide” – will be debated in the House of Lords on 18th July, 2014. There will be a free vote because it is not government legislation. If passed, this Bill would place vulnerable people at serious risk. Especially if you have direct experience of caring for a dying person, either a family member or as a health or social care professional, please write before 18th July to a Peer to tell them your views. For more information, including details of how to write to a Peer, please visitwww.catholicchurch.org.uk/assisted-dying-bill

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO WRITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND CERTAINLY BEFORE 18TH JULY.

URGENT CALL TO all group leaders who use parish centre, please contact Ann Murray, 645 5514 (answer phone message can be left) to register the number of sets of keys your groups hold, together with names and contact numbers. This will enable a register to be set up to record all key holders to parish buildings. TO DATE ONLY ONE PERSON HAS RESPONDED.

LITURGICAL MUSIC WORKSHOP

Fr Peter Dutton extends an invitation for Parish Musicians to join one of two workshops to be led by American Liturgical Composer Paul Hillebrand.

Dates: Wednesday, 16th July 8pm (7.30pm Mass) at St Mary’s, Middlewich or Sunday, 20th July 2-5pm at St Joseph’s. Winsford, concluding with Mass.

£3 per person. See Notice Board for booking details.

A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held on Sunday, 10th August (6pm) till Saturday 16th August, 2pm. The theme is “God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time”. Foyer Retreats are mainly held in silence. See Notice Board for details.