St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Deacons: Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

26th Sunday 28th. September 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE TWO SONS

There are three ways of reading today’s parable about the two sons who were asked to go and work in the vineyard.

One way is to view it as a simple story about two men. The first told his father that he would go and work, but he broke his promise and never bothered to do what he had agreed to do. The second son ignored his father’s request but later thought better of it and went to the vineyard to work. Jesus asks his audience which of the two sons they think did the father’s will. It’s obvious that it’s the second son.

Another way of looking at this parable is to realise that Jesus was addressing it to the religious leaders rather than the ordinary people. They were represented by the first son. They had learnt all the laws and customs of their religion, they went tot the synagogue and the Temple, but they were lukewarm in their love of God and neighbour, knowing how to do the minimum and still stay on the side of right. The second son symbolised the ordinary people who perhaps were not as involved as the religious leaders but nevertheless delivered the goods when it mattered. (Jesus told this parable in the last week of his life when the religious leaders stepped up their attack on him. It’s not surprising that they were annoyed!))

Or perhaps the best way of reading this parable, in order to make sense of it here and now, is to recognise that each of us has a bit of both sons in us. There’s a part of us that has said yes to God but when it’s crunch time we know that we largely go through the motions when it comes to our faith. We are seen at Church but we’re not prepared really to get involved in our community and we leave that up to those who usually can be relied on to step forward when help is needed. And yet there’s another part of us, the second son, which realises our need to respond in a deeper fashion to God’s call. We don’t want to be thought of as religious maniacs but in our heart of hearts we know that God is calling out to us and we put in just enough effort to stay on the books.

Maybe this parable is inviting us to be clear about those areas where we’re slow to act on our faith, and to do something about it?

WORD OF GOD

I tell you solemnly, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.

(Matthew21: 31)

WORD FOR TODAY

It’s easy to be all talk. Anyone can profess to love God with their lips but the crunch comes when they are called on to act. Have we become Sunday Christians? Do we promise God the earth and then find reasons for delaying? In today’s gospel Jesus points out that it doesn’t matter what we say, even if at first we say “no”; it’s what we do that counts.

ARCHANGELS (September 29th)

This feast celebrates the three archangels who were sent to us to proclaim wondrous messages, or defend humanity against wickedness.

Michael, whose name means “Who is like God?” which was the war cry of the angels, cast Satan and his followers out of heaven. He is especially honoured and invoked as a patron and protector by the Church throughout history. Many German temples to the god Wotan were converted to shrines to Saint Michael when Germany became Christian.

Gabrielprimarily appears as a messenger for God, in both the Old Testament and the New. He was the angel who appeared to Zechariah to proclaim the conception of John the Baptist and then appeared to Mary at the Annunciation. The name means “man of God” or “God has shown himself mighty”.

Raphaelmeans “God has healed”. This angel has acted as a guide to God’s people and healed others. He revealed his identity as “I am the Angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the throne of God.”

So angels are symbols of God’s presence and never-ending concern for us. Prayer to the angels are really prayers to recognise this watchfulness of God:

Almighty and eternal God, who in the counsel of your unspeakable goodness, have appointed to all the faithful a special angel guardian of body and soul, grant that we may so love and honour those whom you have so mercifully given us, that, protected by the bounty of your grace, and by their assistance, we may merit to behold, with them and all the angelic host, the glory of your face in the heavenly country. You who live and reign, world without end. Amen.

26th Sunday 28th. 5.30pm

10am.

7.30pm

Joan Hall

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 29th. 10.30 Funeral Mass

Teresa Mclean

Tues 30th. 9.15am Agnes Hynes
Wed 1st. 9.15am Fr Peter Robertson
Thurs 2nd. 9.15am Fr Pat O’Brien
Friday

Family Fast

3rd. 9.15am

9.45am

Poor & Needy of the world

Holy Hour

Saturday
27th.

Sunday

5th. 5.30pm

10am

3-4pm

7.30 pm

Agnes Hynes

Parishioners

Holy Hour –World peace

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, 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: £638 76p

Clergy Education Fund Total £349 88p

Boiler £2:

120 Club Winners No. 111 L Skelly £20

Shrewsbury Diocesan History day takes place at St Mary of the Angels Hooton on Saturday 4th

October. The day always provides fascinating insights into our Catholic heritage. Starts 10.30. Bring a packed lunch. Please see the notice board for details of the talks.

This week the envelopes for your CAFOD family fast (3rd. October) donation are available. There are so many demands on our family budgets these days but St John’s parishioners have always treated CAFOD as an especially important charity. We do hope this will continue to be the case. It won’t do many of us harm to go hungry on Friday for just one day to show some empathy with people who rarely have enough to eat. Whatever you save, please donate and -please gift aid if possible. There will be a Holy Hour on Sunday 5th from 3-4 for world peace.

We have received the sad news that Theresa McLean died last Monday. Her funeral will be on Monday 29th at 10.30 am. Theresa has been a dedicated parishioner for many years and has made a huge contribution to parish life at St John’s. She was a real matriarch to her large family-a lady with a great sense of fun who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. The Rosary will be said in McMullen’s funeral parlour at 3pm on Sunday. Our sincere condolences to Theresa’s family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.ukor

email info

This coming Sunday at 3pm, the annual Benediction in honour of St Therese of Lisieux will take place at the Carmelite Monastery in Birkenhead. Please be in good time if you want a seat- this is a very popular event. All are welcome.

SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER – Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents

Canon Michael Gannon VG will be celebrating (the 3rd) Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents on Saturday 18th October at Our Lady & the Apostles Church, Stockport SK38BQ. The Mass is at 2pm and it would be wonderful to see as many grandparents and families as possible gathering to celebrate either their own vocation as grandparents, or praying for their grandparents. All are welcome, there’s tea/coffee and cake after the celebration of Holy Mass.

OCTOBER, the MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY

www.therosary3.com

We need to be careful that the Rosary does not become wordy and mechanical. Pope Paul VI said “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul.”

therosary3.com is a scriptural Rosary. Whether you are already in the habit of praying the Rosary and want to renew the spirit of your prayer, or whether you are new to the Rosary and want to learn how to quieten your mind and heart, therosary3.com will help you enter more deeply into the Mysteries of Christ. Come then, come to a quiet place within … visit therosary3.com.

Forthcoming Irenaeus events include the Spiritual Guiding course and the Come & See Day. if anyone would like further details of any of our events please phone 0151 9491199 or email jenny

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St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Deacons: Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

25th Sunday 21st. September 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: DOING HIS OWN THING

We often talk about people “doing their own thing”. We mean that they act in an independent way without necessarily being bothered about what others think or say. Usually we have our doubts about them and think that they should conform to what everyone else expects of them.

If there was ever a person who does their own thing then it is God. In several places in the bible God lets us know that he doesn’t think like we do and doesn’t act like we act. His thoughts and ways are above ours. Miles above.

Yet we tend to want to bring God down to our size. It’s not “fair” that the workers who only did an hour’s work should get the same pay as those who worked all day, we say. But God never promised to be fair, only generous. And generosity far exceeds any concept of fairness. Where we are prone to punish God is apt to forgive. Where we would choose the front-runner God picks the no-hoper every time. Where we try to earn salvation by all our good deeds God says that he only grants it as grace, as a free gift that has not been earned.

The fact that God does his own thing only points to his being infinitely greater than we can ever imagine. Chancellors promise benefits; God promises abundance. Musicians entertain but God enthralls. Artists paint nature while God recreates it every day.

It’s easy to fit God into our own little systems, to write about God and talk about him as if there’s some agreed pattern that he should follow. (Or her for that matter!) Then our religion becomes efficient but dull. We end up with a predictable God who is constrained to come down to our level and behave as we think he should. This is to miss the thrill of having a God who is capable of acting beyond our wildest imaginations, of offering us much more than we would ever dare to ask for and who falls about in fits of laughter when he sees the pigeon hole that we’re trying to put him in for the sake of neatness.

Allow yourself to be surprised by the topsy-turvy way that God chooses to rule your life. It might be the best thing that ever happened to you!

WORD OF GOD

Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.

(Isaiah 55:9)

WORD FOR TODAY

God does not act like us. God chooses to see goodness where we see only the mundane and to find wrong in what our jaded senses have decided to accept as normal. Christianity invites us to discover the joy and wonder of God’s vision in the most ordinary areas of our daily lives.

OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM(September 24th)

O alone of all women, Mother and Virgin, Mother most happy, Virgin most pure, now we sinful as we are, come to see thee who are all pure, we salute thee, we honour thee as how we may with our humble offerings; may thy Son grant us, that imitating thy most holy manners, we also, by the grace of the Holy Ghost may deserve spiritually to conceive the Lord Jesus in our inmost soul, and once conceived never to lose him. Amen.

(Ancient Walsingham Prayer)

MONTH OF THE ROSARY

October is the month of the Rosary and as usual we will be having a pilgrim statue of Our Lady to circulate the parish. If you are interested in having the statue in your home for one day please put your name on the list at the back of church. For more information please ring Maria on 201 5837

Pope Francis @Pontifex · 18th Sept.

Mary, give us the grace of being joyful as we walk in the freedom of the children of God.

25th Sunday 21st. 5.30pm

10am.

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 22nd. 9.15 Jack McGree (Anniv.)
Tues 23rd. 9.15am
Wed 24th. 9.15am
Thurs 25th. 9.15am Betty Crebbin (anniv.)
Friday 26th. 9.15am

9.45am

Holy Hour
Saturday
26th.

Sunday

28th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Joan Hall

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, 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: £664 59p

Clergy Education Fund £6.40p (early donation)

Boiler £124

Book Sales:

120 Club Winners No. 21 R Skelly £20

Colette has very kindly brought us a beautiful selection of cards made by the sisters at Carmel. There are cards for many different occasions- cast your eyes over the book stall to see what is available- at bargain prices. If you are looking for a card, why not try to support the sisters just as they support us with their prayers?

CLERGY EDUCATION & TRAINING FUND – SPECIAL COLLECTION

Today the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund is being held. Special Envelopes are available for you to use. If you use weekly Offertory Envelopes, please can I ask that you write in your envelope number. If you do not have this, or you give to your Parish by means of a Standing Order, write in your name and full address (including postcode). It will then be possible to claim Gift Aid on your donation if you have joined the Gift Aid scheme.

A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which provides information on how you can make a regular donation of whatever amount to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can donate by Cheque. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid to boost your donation to the Fund. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends, and I would ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible. It is in every sense an investment in the future of the life and mission of the Diocese.

With every good wish,

Yours sincerely in Christ

+Mark

Bishop of Shrewsbury

‘Catechesis as a moment in Evangelisation’ will be led by Mrs Teresa Kehoe on Saturday 27th Sept at St Columba’s parish centre from 10am until 3pm. The cost is £5. Bring a packed lunch. Bookings by this Wednesday 24th please.

Contact Pauline McCulloch 0151 652 9855 or email pauline.mcculloch

Shrewsbury Diocesan History day takes place at St Mary of the Angels Hooton on Saturday 4th

October. The day always provides fascinating insights into our Catholic heritage. Starts 10.30. Bring a packed lunch.
On Thursday 25 September at 7.30pm, Fr Jonathan Brown from the blessed Sacrament Shrine in Liverpool, is speaking about the importance of the Blessed Sacrament. The venue is Westleigh, St Vincent’s, Altrincham, and light refreshments will be provided.

Next week the envelopes for your CAFOD family fast (3rd. October) donation will be available. There are so many demands on our family budgets these days but St John’s parishioners have always treated CAFOD as an especially important charity. We do hope this will continue to be the case.

Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS)

People in the diocese are being encouraged to study for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS); there is a poster at the back advertising the course, alternatively you may visit the website to obtain details of what is involved.

Today is Home Mission Sunday: Supporting outreach to Non-Church going (Lapsed Catholics) this year’s theme is; Evangelisation in the heart of the family.

Many children and young people will never see their parents receive the sacraments. Research suggests that an estimated 80% of Catholics in England and Wales rarely or never attend mass.

A Prayer for the Rediscovery of Faith

Loving and merciful God, we know and believe that you are near and are attentive to our every need.

We bring before you now all those we hold dear, who are distant from the family of faith.

(silently bring to mind the people you know to whom this applies)

We ask you in the name of Jesus your Son, that you bless them abundantly. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, use us to reach out to them in a way that they feel free to respond.

May we all seek and discover afresh the joy of faith and life in Christ, and always remember that your ways are not our ways, that the last will be first and the first last. Amen.

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Deacons: Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

Feast of The Triumph of the Cross14th September 2014 Cycle A.

EXALTATION (Triumph) OF THE CROSS

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross we honour the cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The public veneration of the cross of Christ originated in the fourth century, according to early accounts, beginning with the miraculous discovery of the cross on September 14th, 326, by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine, while she was on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the same day that two churches built at the site of Calvary by Constantine were dedicated.

The observance of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross has been celebrated by Christians on September 14th ever since. In the Western Church, the feast came into prominence in the seventh century, apparently inspired by the recovery of a portion of the Cross, said to have been taken from Jerusalem the Persians, by the Roman emperor Heraclius in 629.

Christians “exalt” the cross of Christ as the instrument of our salvation. Adoration of the Cross is, thus, adoration of Jesus Christ, the God Man, who suffered and died on this Roman instrument of torture for our redemption from sin and death. The cross represents the one sacrifice by which Jesus, obedient even unto death, accomplished our salvation. The cross is a symbolic summary of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ — all in one image.

For the people of Moses’ time they saw the results of their sin nailed to a pole and raised above them. If they looked to it in faith they would be saved. For us we see the results of our sin and that of all humanity nailed to a pole and raised. For Christ took the price of all our sins upon himself and was raised. To us it is promised that if we look to him in faith we will be saved as well. This is the importance of the crucifix in the Christian Tradition. We do not have empty crosses because an empty cross didn’t save us. Christ crucified is the sign of our salvation

Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world!

WORD OF GOD

Forgive your neighbour the hurt he

does you, and when you pray, your sins

will be forgiven.

(Ecclesiasticus 28: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

We did not earn the forgiveness that Jesus brings. It comes to us freely and with no strings attached. And it is precisely this type of forgiveness that we are called on to offer others in return. We have no “hold” on those who have offended us and the degree to which we forgive is the degree to which we ourselves will be forgiven by God.

September 15th

The title, “Our Lady of Sorrows,” given to our Blessed Mother focuses on her intense suffering and grief during the passion and death of our Lord. Traditionally, this suffering was not limited to the passion and death event; rather, it comprised “the seven dolours” or “seven sorrows” of Mary, which were foretold by the Priest Simeon who proclaimed to Mary, “This child [Jesus] is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare” (Luke 2:34-35). These seven sorrows of our Blessed Mother included the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt; the loss and finding of the child Jesus in the Temple; Mary’s meeting of Jesus on His way to Calvary; Mary’s standing at the foot of the cross when our Lord was crucified; her holding of Jesus when He was taken down from the cross; and then our Lord’s burial. In all, the prophesy of Simeon that a sword would pierce our Blessed Mother’s heart was fulfilled in these events. For this reason, Mary is sometimes depicted with her heart exposed and with seven swords piercing it. More importantly, each new suffering was received with the courage, love, and trust that echoed her fiat, “let it be done unto me according to Thy word,” first uttered at the Annunciation

Rev. W Saunders

23rd. Sunday 14th. 5.30pm

10am.

7.30pm

Vocations

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 15th. 9.50 am Funeral Mass

Doreen Wrigg

Tues 16th. 9.15am Fr. Denis Marmion RIP
Wed 17th. 9.15am Fr. Peter Robertson RIP
Thurs 18th. 9.15am Sick parishioners
Friday 19th. 9.15am

9.45am

John Rudd RIP

Holy Hour

Saturday 20th. 12md Carmelite Mass

(all are welcome)

24th.

Sunday

21st 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Peter Carr,, Colette Howes, 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: £621,.40p

Boiler

Book Sales:

120 Club Winners No. 29 R. Harvey £20

Envelopes are available this weekend for your contribution to the Clergy Education Fund. Please take an envelope and return it with your contribution next weekend. If you are a tax payer then please complete the necessary details on the envelope so that the tax can be reclaimed- it makes a significant difference to the final amount collected for this important fund. There are also information leaflets available so you can read how the contributions are used.

Please note the change in the time of Mass on Monday to accommodate the funeral of Doreen Wrigg. It would be a great support and comfort to her family if as many as possible were to attend. She was a familiar sight in our church as she regularly attended Saturday evening Mass on her mobility scooter. May she rest in peace.

Whoops! I was a week too early with this one…sorry!

Eileen Bell is manning the Traidcraft stall this weekend so please drop by and yield to temptation! Later on in the autumn she will have Christmas cards on sale. They are usually extremely tasteful and very reasonably priced so delay buying yours until you have feasted your eyes are her selection.

Are you serious about understanding the Word more fully?

Don’t forget to pick up your copy!

Confirmation for this year’s candidates will take place on Wednesday 26th November at Christ the King, Bromborough.It is aimed at Year 9 pupils and above, and all others who are interested.
Can all those interested please give their names as soon as possible to Mike Daly [email daly.m Daly] or Liz McIntosh [645 0783 ] either by email or in person at Church.
There is an Introductory / Information Meeting on next Thursday 18th September from 6.00 to 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.

The Diocesan history day is coming up shortly (4th October). If you have not previously attended then why not give it a try? You will be pleasantly surprised. See the notice board for details.

Please see the poster advertising the Formation Day for New and Experienced Catechists due to be held on Saturday 27 September at St Columba’s in Chester starting with coffee and tea at 10am.

Were you loaned a hymn book to arrange a wedding or funeral and have forgotten to return it? Did you perhaps absent mindedly walk out with one tucked under your arm after mass?

It is easily done, but the fact remains that we now have approximately 100 fewer hymn books than we bought. Please have a look round and return any copies which might have gone astray. We would be delighted to see them again…

Cancel your gym membership and join St.John’s dustbusters instead! A regular hour after mass on Tuesdays would help make light work of cleaning the church. Gentlemen are not excluded by the way…

See Teresa Young for more info

Please continue your donations to the food bank. Goods should be brought at weekends only and placed in the boxes at the rear of the church. There are regular updates on the notice board about the weekly amounts donated. Thank for all you do give.

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Priests: Fr Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr Emeka

Deacons: Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

23rd. Sunday of the Year 7th September 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE LOST ART OF CONFRONTATION

When the new Mother Superior abolished the mid-morning coffee break the convent was in uproar. She claimed that it was an unwelcome intrusion into work time and only encouraged the Sisters to slacken off and spend time gossiping.

Sister Fulgentia was knocking on the Superior’s door as soon as she heard the news. She pointed out that the coffee break was a long-standing part of the timetable, was welcomed by all and gave everyone a much-needed break from the daily routine in the various workshops. She hoped that the Superior would reconsider and go back on this terrible decision.

Sister Ignorata kept complaining about it but decided she wouldn’t bother to make her views known. There was no point, she said; no one would take any notice of her. And when the Superior privately asked her about it she said that she didn’t have any problem with the decision. But in her heart of hearts she missed the coffee break.

Sister Delusa didn’t want to cause any fuss either. Perhaps it was all a storm in a teacup and it wasn’t worth making waves. It wasn’t really a very important matter and all this bad feeling was getting her down. Anything for a quiet life. Some people would find fault with everything.

Sister Rose was quite disappointed when she found out. But instead of going to the Superior herself she tried to get others to take up the cause. She spent all lunchtime trying to persuade the young novices to form a delegation. It would be better, she thought, if others approached the Superior.

How do you handle confrontation when something needs sorting out? Do you tackle it head-on like Fulgentia? Do you blow hot and cold like Ignorata? Do you find yourself simply in denial about the problem like Delusa? Or like Rose do you try to persuade others to tackle the problem?

Today’s gospel reminds us of our Christian responsibility to confront wrong and harm. The way we react to the coffee break is a good guide to how we probably deal with the more serious issues of Christian life.

WORD OF GOD

If you do not speak to the wicked man, I will hold you responsible for his death.

(Ezekiel 33: 8)

WORD FOR TODAY

Do we care for one another enough to speak out when we think someone is doing wrong or harm? Or are we “insulated” Christians, concerned only with our own relationship with God and considering other people’s behaviour none of our business?

Maureen Krawczuk is now looking after all parish centre bookings. Ring her mobile or email enquiries to her and she will make contact between 5 AND 7pm Only. All enquiries outside this time scale will be dealt with the following day. Mobile No 07887614954; maureen.krawczuk

A Message from Fr Bernard.

I am very pleased to have been appointed by Bishop Mark as Parish Priest of St John’s (and St. Anne’s) and I am very much looking forward to working with Fr Emeka; Deacons Philip and Mike; your parish pastoral team, and indeed all of you as we continue to build up the Church in this part of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

I am reasonably familiar with this area as I was brought up in Bromborough where my parents still live. I attended Christ the King primary school and then St Anselm’s College in Birkenhead before beginning my studies for the priesthood at Ushaw college near Durham. I was ordained priest at Christ the King on 19th July 1986. After ordination I served as an assistant priest at St Peter and Paul in New Brighton, Holy Name in Birkenhead and St Alban’s Macclesfield. In 1997 I was appointed Parish priest at St Martin’s in Runcorn New Town and for the past 12 years I have been Parish Priest of St Peter’s Stalybridge which , four years ago also incorporated the parish of St. Raphael’s Millbrook.

As I join you here in New Ferry I ask for your prayers and fellowship and if you have any comments, suggestions etc don’t be afraid to share them with me.

Asking God’s blessings upon us all.

Fr Bernard.

23rd. Sunday 7th. 5.30pm

10am.

7.30pm

Gail Burkey

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 8th. 9.15 am Sid & Mary Havard
Tues 9th. 9.15am Jack McCormick
Wed 10th. 9.15am Nora Mahony
Thurs 11th. 9.15am
Friday 12th. 9.15am

9.45am

Holy Hour
Saturday 13th.
24th.

Sunday

14th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Peter Carr, Colette Howes, 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: £587. 57p

Boiler: £9.70p

Book Sales: £

Peter’s dance money £102

120 Club Winners No. 86 K Markey £20

(Vera is still hoping that someone might come forward to take over the reins… if you are interested contact Vera to find out what is involved.)

We extend a great big St. John’s welcome to Fr. Bernard who joins us for first time this weekend as our new parish priest .We hope you will be happy in the Ferries parishes Father, and assure you that we will do our best to support you as you take on the task of drawing our communities together.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man….(see Fr’s message to us on the back page)

The Holy Hour last Sunday was well attended. Please keep the suffering people of the Middle East in your daily prayer.

Upton Hall School FCJ will be holding an Open Evening on Thursday 25 September 2014 from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. For details of Admissions for September 2015 visit the school website www.uptonhallschool.co.ukor contact Mrs. Denise Taylor on 677 7696

We extend our condolences to the family of Doreen Wrigg who has died recently. Her funeral service will be in church on Monday 15th at 10am. followed by cremation at Landican. May she rest in Christ’s peace.

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Please see the poster advertising the Formation Day for New and Experienced Catechists due to be held on Saturday 27 September at St Columba’s in Chester starting with coffee and tea at 10am.

This is day one of a series of three days which build together into a course – they are stand alone, but each one will build on the previous session. We would recommend attendance at all three although it is not absolutely necessary.

Eileen Bell is manning the Traidcraft stall this weekend so please drop by and yield to temptation! Later on in the autumn she will have Christmas cards on sale. They are usually extremely tasteful and very reasonably priced so delay buying yours until you have feasted your eyes are her selection.

What great news that people have stepped in to help Liz McIntosh with the Children’s liturgy- one of the most important activities in the parish. It would be a sad day indeed if it were to fold. Many thanks to those who have volunteered- and of course to Liz herself.

Sunday 14th is the start of the new term and we look forward to seeing the children then. If your child is a little nervous at first then you are welcome to accompany them until they get used to things.

If you are looking for a free workout, St. John’s dustbusters (AKA the cleaners) are also looking for a bit of extra help on Tuesday mornings after mass. Can you spare an hour in pleasant company to help keep our lovely church looking lovely?

FROM THE CONFIRMATION TEAM
Confirmation for this year’s candidates will take place on Wednesday 26th November at Christ the King, Bromborough.It is aimed at Year 9 pupils and above, and all others who are interested.
Can all those interested please give their names as soon as possible to Mike Daly [email daly.m Daly] or Liz McIntosh [645 0783 ] either by email or in person at Church.
There is an Introductory / Information Meeting on Thursday 18th September from 6.00 to 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy!