17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 27th 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

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


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?

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


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



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


Vocations – Local

Holy Hour

Saturday 27th
18th Sunday

In Ord.Time

28th 5.30pm


7.30 pm



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


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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