15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 13th July, 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

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


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.


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)


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?


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



Jim Sweatman Annv


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


Maggie Rooney

Holy Hour

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

In Ord.Time

20th 5.30pm


7.30 pm

Tony Armstrong


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)


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


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.

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