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

22nd. Sunday of the Year 31st. August 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: BETTER THAN LIFE ITSELF?

Psalm 62, used in our liturgy today, is a prayer of a person who desperately longs to know God and to feel God’s presence in their lives. In fact, without God they feel like dry, weary, waterless soil. And although they don’t always feel God close to them they sit and gaze at the sanctuary to sense God’s strength and glory.

We have so many distractions in our lives. Many of them are necessary: we have to work in order to be able to live; our lives with each other inevitably throw up problems and difficulties; and in all the process of getting and having we can end up missing the real point of why we’re here on earth.

But it doesn’t matter how much we are considered successful by others, in our heart of hearts we know that we will always feel empty if we have not found a place for God in our lives.

Jeremiah says as much in our first reading. God is so important to him that he experiences a fire in his belly that he must tell people about even though he suffers ridicule. And Jesus goes even further in the gospel today. What’s the point of possessing the whole world, money, riches, status, power, if it means that you never enjoy the real purpose of life? He reminds us that the only way to enjoy life to the full is to renounce self, to put aside selfish interest, in order to follow him. In other words, if we let anything get between us and God then we become cut off from what can really satisfy our needs.

One of the lines of psalm 62 is quite extraordinary. It simply says, “Your love is better than life”. Better than life? The psalmist is saying that if our life is not centred on what is really important then it’s not worth having. If we have found God then we realise that our lives are very short indeed yet the only thing that ultimately matters is that we possess God for eternity.

The temptation is to live only half a life, to conform to what our world tells us living is really about. Yet with all its superficial glitter and gloss we know that this sort of shimmering existence can never meet our real needs and aspirations. And those who have found God’s love have no need of this tinsel. For, as the psalmist says, “Your love is better than life.” Makes you think, doesn’t it?

WORD OF GOD

For your love is better than life, my lips will speak your praise.

(Psalm 62:4)

WORD FOR TODAY

No matter what degree of wealth people may enjoy, no matter how lucky they appear in other people’s eyes, they will always wander in a dry desert until the moment they discover the living spring that is God. Those who have found this fountain never look back.

Not a soul pauses to think how well they may live, only how long. Yet a good life might be everybody’s whereas a long one can be nobody’s.

(Seneca)

Life can be worth the energy it takes to live it only if it is governed by something that is stronger than death. (J Neville Ward)

No conceivable life can be so interesting, so stimulating, as that which we live in Christ. (William Little)

Message from St Luke’s

SCHOOL REUNION. St John’s Junior school Class of ’72.

Calling all those born in 1960 or ’61 who attended our Junior School.

We are having a reunion on 13th September at the Railway Inn P.S. from 7pm. We look forward to catching up on old times and having a chat and a drink. Refreshments provided. For more information please contact Christine Welch (now Davies) on 07443454861

22nd. Sunday 31st. 5.30pm

10am

3-4pm.

7.30pm

Hannah O’Neill

Parishioners

HOLY HOUR

Prayer Meeting

Mon 1st. 9.15 am
Tues 2nd. 9.15am
Wed 3rd. 9.15am
Thurs 4th. 9.15am
Friday 5th. 9.15am

9.45am

Holy Hour
Saturday 6th.
23rd.

Sunday

7th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Gail Burkey

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: £600. 18p

Boiler: £2.40pp

Book Sales: £19

120 Club Winners No. 16 M Callaghan £20

No. 96 M. Brannon £10

😦 Sorry to say there are a going to be a few more tugs on the purse strings over the next few weeks with Family Fast Day approaching; the clergy education and training fund which helps towards the cost of training priests and deacons; and home mission Sunday. Watch this space and try to bring a little extra if possible.

The number of Catholic papers sold keeps falling despite reducing the stock from 20 to 10 so we may have to consider a further reduction.

There is a lot of information on the notice boards about various organisations and events e.g. The Barnabas society; a SPUC conference; the National shrine of St Pio at Pantasaph etc. etc.

The newsletter is too limited to write about all these in detail but please take some time to read the notices and you may find something of interest to you. St Anne’s newsletter: The Rock, is also available for you to read most weeks- very relevant as we draw closer to our sister parish under the leadership of Fr. Bernard.

There are also some free booklets available from Missio and others about the life of John Bradburne whose cause for beatification is being supported by Cardinal Nichols.

Our sincere apologies if you have requested a Mass for a particular date and it has not been celebrated on that day. There are several reasons why this might happen –the most common being that someone has got there before you! The most efficient method of ensuring your request is granted is to pass it to Joan or Ann or one of the deacons with the name clearly stated. -better than putting it through the door of the house where it is more likely to go astray. If a particular date is required we will always do our best to accommodate you

There is a day of renewal at St Joseph’s Birkenhead on Saturday 6th September from 10am until 4pm with a shared lunch. The theme is The Joy of the Gospel. Be who God wants you to be. The speaker is Fr Ged Kelly from the Sion Community

  • Pope’s Prayer intentions for September
  • Mentally disabled. That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
  • Service to the poor. That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.

· Recent Tweets from Pope Francis

Lord, with so much violence in Iraq, may we persevere in our prayer and generosity.

My heart bleeds especially when I think of the children in Iraq. May Mary, Our Mother, protect them.

Trust in the power of Christ’s Cross! Receive his reconciling grace and share it!

St Anselm’s open evening will take place on September 11th from 5pm-8pm. Please see the notice board for further information.

So you have done the ice-bucket challenge? Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna of Baghdad is nominating us all for a REAL challenge. He wants the faithful across the world to join in 30minutes of prayer and silence before the Blessed Sacrament for peace in Iraq and for refugees of violence in the north of the country who are living in bad conditions. He says the real challenge is that of evil and immorality. To this end we will have an extra holy hour THIS SUNDAY from 3 until 4pm. Bucket loads of prayer are needed for Iraq and indeed the whole of the Middle East.

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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

21st. Sunday of the Year 24th August 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: RE-BRANDING

Peter’s name wasn’t really Peter, as we know. It was Simon. But when Simon boldly professed his belief that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus changed his name for him. He re-branded him. From now on you will be called Peter, which means a rock, and on this rock I will build my Church.

Of course, anyone who knew Peter was well aware that he was anything but a rock. He was quite the opposite, in fact. He was not a steady character but a volatile one, likely to explode rather than remain calm.

What Jesus was doing by changing his name was giving him the opportunity to grow into being something different. At the moment you are Simon, but you will become Peter. The name Jesus gives him is a calling for him to become something which at the moment is beyond his grasp.

When we profess our faith in Jesus, that’s not the end of things. Our profession of faith is not like passing a test and receiving a certificate which we can then hang on the wall. Our profession of faith is a statement of commitment to whatever Christ has in store for us in the future.

For those who believe in him, Jesus has a name-change in store. Whatever our name might be, Jesus says you may be John or Mary but you will become Christian. The call to become Christian is a dynamic one that doesn’t simply let us rest on our laurels but challenges us to a lifetime of growth. Just as Simon had to grow into becoming Peter, so we too have to grow into becoming Christian.

Peter’s name change meant that he was given a very specific task: to become steady, reliable, firm and rock-like. What does God have in store for us? By changing our name to Christian, God is summoning us to grow, to change and to become something that only we can be, something that God can use for the sake of his kingdom on earth. What special “brand name” of Christian is God expecting from us? Are we content to live out the rest of our lives at our current level of faith, or do we yearn to grow in faith, to develop what God has given us and to enjoy a new name?

WORD OF GOD

You are Pete and on this rock I will build my Church.

(Matthew 16:18)

WORD FOR TODAY

People say a lot of things about Christ today. Some think he was one of the cleverest philosophers ever. Some think he was a wonderful humanitarian thinker. Some think he was God’s son and others think he was nothing more than a political agitator. And yet again Jesus asks each of us today, “But you, who do you think I am?”

Everyone has their own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that requires fulfilment. In this they cannot be replaced, nor can their life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as their specific opportunity.

(Victor Frankl)

A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks (wallets) at the cost of emptying our souls.

(Sam Keen)

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of the dignity of my high vocation and its many responsibilities. Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness or impatience.

(Mother Teresa)

21st. Sunday 24th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Joan Evans

Prayer Meeting

Mon 25th 9.15 am Andrew Welch
Tues 26th 9.15am Michael Brannock
Wed 27th 9.15am
Thurs 28th. 9.15am Norah Martin
Friday 29th. 9.15am

9.45am

Vocations

Holy Hour

Saturday 30th.
22nd.

Sunday

1st 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

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: £

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £10

120 Club Winners No 101 D Simmons

After 26 years of running the 120 club Vera has decided to close the books this autumn. She must surely have raised many thousands of pounds for the parish’s benefit over all those years. We should all be very grateful for her sticking power and thankful for the benefits we have had from it. If there is anyone who would like to take it over, Vera would be willing to show them the ropes. Thank you Vera!

A Message from the Children’s Liturgy

Following the message two weeks ago, we would like to repeat our appeal for more volunteers.
There are two categories:
1] Those prepared to become leaders

2] Those prepared to come in as helpers,
the first being the more critical.

As was stated, we have reached “Tipping Point” now, and unless we get more help, we will have to close.
As we are sure you appreciate, this would be a great loss, as the Children’s Liturgy is preparing the parish of the future.
The children, and helpers, gain a great deal from the sessions and without the Liturgy, the parish would lose an important dimension.

This weekend will be Fr Philip Atkinson’s last weekend at St John’s before he moves to his new Parish of St Peter’s & St Raphael’s, Stalybridge at the beginning of September, and he asks for your prayers at this time and thanks you for all your support and good wishes.

In just a couple of weeks we will be welcoming Fr Bernard as the new parish priest of St John’s and St Anne’s. He will celebrate his first Mass here in New Ferry on September 6th. We pray for both these men as they enter a new phase of their priestly lives and for openheartedness amongst the people of the Ferries communities.

LOVING AND LOSING (August 28th)

Despite having a real saint for a mother (St Monica) Augustine was far from a perfect son. Born in the mid fourth century in Tagaste, present-day Algeria, Augustine embarked on a life of wine women and song, fathering at least one child that we know of. In Milan he came under the influence of St Ambrose who was the city’s bishop and as a result of listening to him he eventually was baptised. Subsequently he was ordained and became Bishop of Hippo, in his native Algeria. His struggle with his lifestyle and his gratitude when finally he turned over his life to Christ are summed up beautifully in one of his prayers:

Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.

Fr Frank wishes to thank all those of you who helped him celebrate his 86th birthday on Thursday-for the myriad cards and thoughtful gifts received; for those that attended mass that day and for the ones that managed to visit him (sorry if you didn’t get the message) and share some cake and bubbly. Thank you!

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

20th Sunday of the Year 17th August 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FOREIGNERS?

When we first start to read the pages of the bible we get the impression that God is dealing simply with the Hebrew nation. The early accounts tell us about the history of the Jews and how they were God’s promised people, living in a land given them when they were led from slavery. Not many other nations get much of a good press.

But the middle section of the Book of Isaiah, written much later by a distant pupil of the original prophet, (and sometimes called Deutero or Second Isaiah) starts to show a realisation that God has other plans. And in today’s first reading we hear very plainly that foreigners will be able to offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord. This was revolutionary and revolting to some Jewish ears.

The idea that God does not limit his promises to just certain categories of people is known as Universalism and we see it once more today when Jesus speaks to the Canaanite woman. It’s not where she comes from that matters, her nationality is irrelevant. Jesus praises her for the quality of her faith and then he cures her daughter.

Nowhere in scripture can we find any evidence of God turning his back on someone just because they didn’t fit the bill. There is no support for a God who leaves people wanting when they call on him in good faith. In fact God exudes inclusiveness. God is a gatherer rather than a scatterer, an integrator rather than an excluder.

On Sundays we profess our faith during the Creed in a Church that is one, holy, catholic and apostolic. We may be a migrant community; we may be a settled suburban group worshipping in a parish that has been established for years and years; we may be multi-racial; we may be all one colour or a rainbow of faces.

But what unites us is that we are baptised members of a “catholic” Church. And catholic means nothing more than universal. The opposite of catholic is not Protestant. The opposite of catholic is exclusive. So if we’re ever tempted to feel that our congregations are becoming too varied, or to hive ourselves off into some sort of sub-group then we have lost a grip on our catholicity.

I want “foreigners” to come and place their gift on the altar, says God through Isaiah today. And, of course, we are somebody else’s foreigner!

WORD OF GOD

Foreigners’ holocausts and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

(Isaiah 56:7)

WORD FOR TODAY

The scriptures contain no evidence of anyone ever turning to God in good faith and being ignored. Our God is a God who wants all peoples to be happy, to know him and love him and thus reach their full stature. He invites us to apply.

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR

This is the time of the year when there’s so much coming and going, with people away for a few weeks on holiday and visitors from outside who are staying here with family and friends. Make sure you keep an eye out, especially for the elderly and those who live alone. If you normally see someone in the Post Office collecting their pension or buying food in the supermarket, then don’t just presume they must be away… make some discreet enquiries to see if they’re all right.

They may thank you for it. And you may thank someone else one day!

A poor man is like a foreigner in his own country. (Ali Ibn Abi Talib)

I don’t hold with “abroad” and think that foreigners speak English when our backs are turned. (Quentin Crisp)

I can’t believe in a God who only saves people who live in certain latitudes. If I had been born in Delhi I’d have probably been a Hindu; or in Iran a Muslim. (Robert Runcie)

The Holy Family Sisters are recruiting for a registered nurse and a relief cook. If you are interested, please see the notice board for specifics of the two positions and contact details if you wish to apply.

20th Sunday 17th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Joan Hall

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 18th 9.15 am
Tues 19th 9.15am
Wed 20th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Thurs 21st. 9.15am Fr Frank. B’day ints.
Friday 22nd. 9.15am

9.45am

John McLean

Holy Hour

Saturday 23rd.
21st

Sunday

24th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Joan Evans

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: £617

Boiler: £ 8

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 50 C Harrison £20

Fr Emeka is going on retreat for a few days next week and once again Fr. McLeish is coming to the rescue. Please note that Mass will not be celebrated at St John’s on Wednesday. We wish Fr Emeka a fulfilling break at Mount St Bernard.

Two of our priests have died this week.

We remember both these fine men with great gratitude for all the years they have ministered to the people of our diocese and pray that they will receive great bounty from the Lord whom they served so well.

Fr Peter Robertson was born in Wallasey and attended St Anselm’s College. His nearest appointment was to St Joseph’s Upton but he had great involvement in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and was responsible for the choir there. His funeral will take place at St Michael & All Angels on Wednesday 20th August at 12noon.

Perhaps better known to us here at St John’s is Fr. Denis Marmion who died on Wednesday 13th. He was born in Birkenhead and was at college with Fr. Frank and was one of his dearest friends as well as being his holiday companion on many occasions. He frequently supplied for Fr Frank and so was a familiar figure hereabouts. He retired to St Winifred’s Neston where he was a popular figure who greatly enriched parish life there. We have no arrangements at present.

EXAM RESULTS

Many of our young people have been awaiting results of the exams they took earlier in the summer. Our thoughts are with you and we hope you have been able to show your true skills and receive the recognition you deserve. Of course, if you pass with flying colours we are pleased for you, but if you don’t do quite so well then we’re still on your side. The important thing is to try to do your best. And should it happen that things don’t turn out as you’d hoped, then remember there’s always a next time. Learning is a life-long thing not just something that’s found in a classroom, and a very wise person once said that you sometimes have to travel past failure on your way to success.

Good luck!

Don’t forget your copy of the Wednesday Word!

Every day we are receiving more images of people in great distress throughout the Middle East. Please pray fervently for the many thousands of people who are caught in situations which are beyond their control.

CAFOD (member of the DEC) is again appealing for our help and there is a letter from them available for you to read.

St Anne’s Lottery was established 14 years ago. During that time the same team has overseen the development and success of the lottery but now as a team they have decided to retire this coming November.

The many members of the parish and local community who have been helped by monies from St Anne’s lottery have reason to be very grateful for the dedication and hard work of the team over the years.

If you would like to continue this viable and reliable source of fundraising and support for the church and local individuals, please talk to any member of the outgoing team who will explain the legalities involved and also the process and responsibilities of the lottery practice.

Sincere thanks to Paddy McNally, Chris Grogan, Sean McNally, Chris & Declan Evans, Jim & Sheila McAllister and Paddy Roberts.

St Agnes Church, Darmonds Green, West Kirby CH48 5DU will host a half day conference on4thOctober 2014 from 11 am to 2.30pm on Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church (Evangelii Gaudium). The speaker will be Brian Davies, who, after a career in adult and Higher Education and as CAFOD’s former Head of
Education, has been involved in Justice and Peace activities and reflections on Evangelii Gaudium in various parts of the country. The event is free and
includes tea and coffee. You are asked to bring your own lunch. To register an interest please email mgmacook or leave a message on 0151 625 6512

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

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 3rd August, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: NOTHING TO OFFER?

We’re always being asked for things. Maybe it’s a disaster appeal. Perhaps it’s the letter through the door asking for money for cancer research. Or it may just be someone at Church asking for volunteers to give up their time for this and that.

What matters is whether or not we can recognise the need when it presents itself and know how to respond. The gospel speaks about Jesus feeling pity for the hungry crowd in his very guts. His awareness was wall-to-wall because he cared about people. He knew what their deepest needs were, not just their rumbling stomachs.

How do we react when we become aware of a need around us? Do we automatically think that it’s someone else’s problem? Do we offload it onto relief agencies, the local authorities or national government? Do we make the excuse that we are not really in a position to do anything about it? Do we say that our resources are really quite limited in the face of such a huge problem?

If Jesus had answered in this way, protesting that there were only a few loaves and fishes available, there would have been no miracle. But he didn’t.

We cannot measure the effectiveness of our response by our resources for that would be to take God out of the equation. And God is able to take our humble attempts and make them great. To take a basket of food and feed 5000 people. That’s because whenever we make any attempt to do good it’s not really us who are doing the good but God who is working through us. And God is goodness itself, the source of all our goodness and effectiveness, understanding the size of our need and acting through our faith and obedience to his will.

If we allow God to work through us there will always be more than enough since no need can ever be too great for God. That’s why there were twelve baskets of scraps left over when everyone had had their fill.

Who knows how Jesus worked the miracle? Maybe the real miracle was that by listening to his message the people were encouraged to share. And of course this couldn’t have happened if they thought they had nothing to offer.

WORD OF GOD

Listen, listen to me and you will have things to eat and rich food to enjoy. (Isaiah 55: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

No food or drink can satisfy us for long. Today Jesus tells us that if we accept his message of eternal life our deepest needs will be met. By eating and drinking his body and blood we become heirs to his immeasurable riches.

The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realisation of the world in which we live.

(Bertrand Russell)

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. (Henry Van Dyke)

I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do. If that’s to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study, then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do. And then you will be well on your way of doing the labour that works miracles. (Jim Rohn)

The Holy Fathers Universal Prayer Intentions for August:

Universal: That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find generous welcome and the protection of their rights.

For Evangelisation: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.

The month of August is dedicated to

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

18th Sunday

In Ord.Time

3rd 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Dinny Mahoney Annv.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 4th 9.15 am Fr Martin Riley
Tues 5th 9.15am
Wed Transfiguration of the Lord 6th 9.15am Parishioners
Thurs 7th 9.15am
Friday 8th 9.15am

9.45am

Dorothy Welch RIP

Holy Hour

Saturday 9th
19th Sunday

In Ord.Time

10th 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: £500.79

Day for Life Collection £211.72

Boiler: £ 2.00

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 106 M Arthur £20

No 119 N McCormick £10

My sincere apologies for last week’s above calendar dates. No excuses and have put it down to a senior moment

We have received news of the death of Derek McCarthy. His funeral service was held in Landican on Wednesday, 30th July. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.

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

When the altar bell rings please honour the 5 minutes silence. It is a time to still ourselves before the celebration of mass begins. Thank you for your co-operation.

ADVANCE NOTICE TO ALL CATECHISTS All the events will be held at St Columba’s, Chester. Further details of times 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.

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 for our catechists who do a great job.

The bookstall has a number of books. Please have a browse and if there is a book you would particularly like, please hand in the details and we will try our best to order it for you

There will be no tea/coffee in the Parish Centre during the month of August.

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. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY

There are a number of interesting events on the notice board. Please take a minute to have a look before you leave today.

Esgobaeth Wrecsam – Diocese of Wrexham will be holding a Music Congress – “With Hearts and Minds and Voices” on 6th September, at Glyn Dwr University, Wrexham. Seminar leaders include –

Paul Inwood, Frances Novillo, Philip Duffy & Catherine Christmas, who will deliver practical workshops on; new music for the Mass; vocal technique; the role of the cantor, successful accompaniment of the liturgy, along with a seminar on Making the most of what we have. See Poster on Notice Board. Further details contact: 07908093661 or

www.wrexhamdiocesanmusic.org.uk

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