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

12/09/2014

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.

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