25th Sunday 21st. September 2014 Cycle A.

21/09/2014

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

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.

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