26th Sunday 28th. September 2014 Cycle A.

26/09/2014

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

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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