St John the Evangelist

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

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

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

All Saints 2nd November 2014

The feast we celebrate today. The saints remind us of things that are changeless, timeless. Things we need to remember and hold onto right now. Things like Courage. Sacrifice. Holiness. Hope.

For all the trials and hardships that the world has known, through the centuries ordinary people have stepped forward to live out those ideals. God has given us examples. He has given us saints. They often come from unexpected places.

There’s an arrogant Italian playboy who scandalized and embarrassed his family —and then gave up everything for God. We know him today as St. Francis of Assisi.

There’s the son of a deacon who was kidnapped and held as a slave for years before he escaped, and found his way home, and found his way to God: St. Patrick.

There’s the spoiled, rich Spaniard who attended the finest schools. But, when famine struck Spain, and he saw human suffering, he was so moved with pity that he sold all he had and joined a monastery. That man became St. Dominic.

And there’s that young man from a prosperous and prominent family in Germany who did everything his father didn’t want him to do – including, finally, becoming a priest. That was St. Boniface.

But the saints, these saints, are us. At times brash, at times weak and impulsive and disobedient. They sinned like all of us. And yet…here they are.Saints.

They remind us of who we are – and who we can be.

An old saying puts it this way: every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

That is one of the messages of this feast day. No matter where we come from, what we have been, what we have done, we can all still be saints. And the gospel today explains how it is done.

You’ll notice in this gospel reading that there’s nothing here that’s grand or grandiose. The people described here, the “blessed,” embody virtues that are, in fact, very simple, very modest. To be blessed is to be merciful, to make peace, to be meek, to be poor in spirit. Greatness is rooted in things that are seemingly small.

Yet, here are the seeds of sainthood.


ALL SAINTS (November 2nd)

Father of all, you have given the saints in heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of your glory. Because of their holy love for you, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church, and my neighbours. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. I ask our patron saints and every saint who has become especially dear to me to intercede for us. I ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with you. Amen.

ALL SOULS (November 3rd)

All Souls Day is the last day of a Triduum (a three-day celebration) of commemorations of the dead dating back to pre-Christian eras.

On this day, the Church remembers all of the faithful departed who died peaceable deaths with the expectation of Christ’s promises of eternal life. These were ordinary people, who were not given the status of sainthood by the Church, but who were nevertheless saintly communicants. Today, all Christians are reckoned as saints, a concept referred to as the Communion of Saints

In the Latin world All Souls Day is known as the Day of the Dead. On this day, families are reunited in the cemeteries where their ancestors are buried. During these family reunions, they decorate their ancestors’ tombs and hold parties that begin in the afternoon and continue on into the evening. These are not morbid celebrations, as one might expect, but very happy and positive occasions that are intended to bring back happy memories of the ancestors who are very much included in the celebrations.

May the Lord our God free you from all anxiety and strengthen your hearts to serve him in humility so that recognising God’s goodness and grace in your lives you may be exalted to share his glory.

SCRIPTURE WEEKEND led by Fr Chris Thomas

At Irenaeus 32 Great Georges Road Waterloo l22 1rd

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd November

‘Go out into the world and preach the gospel to all creation’

Reflections on the gospel of Mark. please contact Irenaeus

Tel: 0151 949 1199 or email jenny to book your place.

Pope Francis’ prayers for November

  • Lonely people. That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
  • Mentors of seminarians and religious. That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.
31st. Sunday

of year

2nd. 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Vic Gemmell RIP

Prayer Meeting

Mon 3rd. 7pm OUR DEAD
Tues 4th. 9.15am Theresa McLean
Wed 5th. 9.15am Kathleen O’Hanlon
Thurs 6th. 9.15am November List
Friday 7th. 9.15am

9.45am

Greg Young RIP

Holy Hour

Saturday 8th.
32nd. Sunday

Of the year

9th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Deceased Rels & Friends of Peggy McAllister

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Denis Arnold, Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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: £625 32p

Boiler: £11

Books & Cards £ 8.99

The ultimate 120 Club winners: No 36 A Murray £ 20

No. 21 R Skelly £10

Thanks again to Vera for 26yrs years of commitment and for all the funds that the 120 club has poured into St. John’s coffers over that time. Enjoy the freedom Vera! Some of you have overpaid and Vera will be returning any monies due to you as well as donating her final cheque to the parish.

Perhaps those of you who have contributed could start to use that 50p weekly amount to some other good cause such as CAFOD.

Persevering in prayer:

St Teresa speaks

When experiencing weariness, approach His Majesty as often as possible. Take His Blessed Mother and His saints as intercessors, so that these intercessors may fight for

you when you have little strength

WOW! What a fantastic response to the appeal to knit for Syria- thank you on behalf of all the people who will be warmer because you bothered. The box provided is almost overflowing but I will pass on all that has been produced so far. There is no time limit so if you have a spare ball of wool and a pair of needles you can just knit even a square. Perhaps this is an opportunity to pass on some skills to the younger generation? Joan x

Fr Frank’s Diamond Jubilee Mass Monday, 8th December, 7pm.Please don’t forget to make a contribution to Fr. Frank’s diamond jubilee celebrations. There is a list at the back of church and also an opportunity to make a monetary donation in lieu of a food donation. Only 6 weeks to go, so we need to get organised!

We have some new books from the Redemptorists, so the book stall has been refreshed with items for your delectation. Soon some publications which focus on Advent will also be on sale.

Annual Mass of Remembrance, tomorrow (Monday) at 7pm in church. All most welcome

The Catenians are making an appeal for unused Rosaries. They have been sending them to Aboriginals in Oz and to the Missions in the 3rd world countries in Africa. To date they have sent 120,000 Rosaries but many more are needed. Please have a hunt around in cupboards and drawers and ask your friends to do likewise. Is there anyone among you who might be responsible for collecting donated Rosaries so that they can be sent off together? The address is Michael Blackburn, 164 Green Park Rd, HALIFAX, W. Yorkshire HX3 0SP.

Email Michael or 01422 352559

CHANGE OF SUNDAY MASS TIMES:

Having consulted the Parish Pastoral Team, Bishop Mark, the Dean, Fr Nick Kern and others, it is my intention to change the weekend mass times to

SATURDAY 5pm AND SUNDAY 9.30am from the 1st Sunday of Advent, 29th/30th November. I trust this will not inconvenience people too greatly but it will assist Fr Emeka and I to cover both parishes more effectively. There will be no changes to weekday mass times except, obviously, when funerals occur

Pope Francis tweets:

Jesus’ Cross shows the full force of evil, but also the full power of God’s mercy.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekend to be held on 2O-22nd March 2015 at Pantasaph Friary. Cost £90. £20 non-refundable deposit. Please contact Ann Murray for further details on 0151 645 5514 email ann1.murray

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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
Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org
30th Sunday of the year 26th October 2013

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE YARDSTICK
It’s too easy to repeat parrot-fashion that we must love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbours as ourselves. What on earth does this involve? It’s such a broad thing that it seems to lose any practical meaning.
The Jews had a very efficient way of measuring love of God and neighbour. Three categories of people were used as the yardstick: strangers, widows and orphans. These people represented the disenfranchised of society, the truly vulnerable, those who had no social or economic support to back them up if trouble came on the horizon. Strangers, or foreigners, were by nature in a foreign land and lacked the network of friends and family, of framework and familiarity. People cheated them because of the ignorance of local currency values and their inability to speak the language. Widows had no man to stand up for them. Intolerable language in the twenty-first century but, in the first century, women were at the mercy of a male-dominated society and widows were at the bottom of the pile. Orphans were clearly vulnerable in a culture that could use children in so many unacceptable ways.
But we still have to love the strangers, widows and orphans today. Who are today’s strangers? We don’t mean tourists, but what about the growing file of refugees that search for a better life in countries other than their own? What about those who seek asylum from torture or death in their native land? They are today’s strangers. And today’s widows? Women have fought for their rightful voice and pensions have eased the economic isolation. Perhaps the modern day widows are the single mothers, the lone parents and those who have been abandoned? Who are today’s orphans? We no longer have queues of orphans; orphanages have largely been closed down. Yet we need not look very far to see children who are abandoned to their own devices by adults who have no parenting skills, young people who are exploited sexually or employed for long hours in the sweat shops of the world.
We have our own modern-day strangers, widows and orphans. And, just as in days gone by, we show how much we love God and neighbour by the way we respond to these people in our midst. The yardstick still applies.

WORD OF GOD
You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow or with the orphan.
(Exodus 22: 20-21)

WORD FOR TODAY
Today’s readings show us that the way we deal with people who can do us no favours is the litmus test of our faith. The stranger (foreigner), the widow and the orphan represent the disenfranchised of our society. Christ suggests that the only way we can follow him is to treat them as we would hope to be treated ourselves.

Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him. (C. S. Lewis)

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
(Henry Drummond)

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. (Mother Teresa)

On Bill Martin’s last delivery of goodies to the food bank he was informed that you have fed 25,000 people from last December up to this September. Pat yourselves on the back and keep the stuff rolling in. It is very encouraging to have such positive information.

Pope Francis Tweets:·
The family is where we are formed as people. Every family is a brick in the building of society.
If faith is to be strong and healthy, it must be constantly nourished by the Word of God.

30thSunday
of year

26th
5.30pm
10am
7.30pm
Parishioners
Theresa McLean
Prayer Meeting
Mon
27th
9.15 am
Gerry Forshaw (b’day)
Tues
28th.
9.15am
Elizabeth Simmons
Wed
29th.
9.15am
Those suffering from mental illness
Thurs
30th.
9.15am
Joan Hannam
Friday
31st.
9.15am

9.45am
Wilfred & Mary Humphrey
Holy Hour
Saturday
1st.

31st. Sunday
Of the year
2nd.
5.30pm
10am
7.30 pm
Parishioner
Vic Gemmell RIP
Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for
Denis Arnold, Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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: £648 63p
Boiler: £ 9
Books & Cards £
120 Club winners: No 79 B McGuigan £ 20
Many thanks to Cecily Sabino who has stepped in to take over from Bernard McGuigan as CAFOD parish representative. There will be a Mass for Bernard’s intentions during November.

Diocesan Symposium at E. Port High School next Saturday 1st. Looks like a fascinating programme with wonderful speakers. It is free if you are!
See the posters around the church for further details
Time is now short for the inclusion of names for our November list. Please ensure all names are given in this weekend if possible. It is quite an undertaking to get all the names together and type them up. Any names received after the end of this month will have to be added separately. Please also remember that the Mass for our dead will be on Monday 3rd November at 7pm.

CALLING ALL READERS:
A date for your diary:
Saturday 22nd November,
A Day of Reflection and looking forward towards Advent/Christmas Season. Time and Venue to follow.

In a few weeks’ time Kate Markey will be coming to empty the red Missio boxes. Please bring yours as soon as you can.

FROM THE CHILDRENS LITURGY TEAM
Although it is half-term, the Children’s Liturgy is operating as usual from today, Sunday 26th October at 10.00 Mass.
We look forward to seeing you all there!

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekend to be held on 2O-22nd March 2015 at Pantasaph Friary. Cost £90. £20 non-refundable deposit. Please contact Ann Murray for further details on 0151 645 5514 email ann1.murray@gmail.com

Fr Frank’ diamond Jubilee celebrations
Fr. Frank is off to Rome next week with other jubilarians ( including Mgr. Peter O’Neill and Fr Denis Maher from our diocese) from all over the country and as part of their celebrations they will be celebrating Mass with Pope Francis- a much deserved honour for them all.
If you would like to make a cash donation in lieu of a food donation then there is an opportunity to do that- a diamond jubilee is a rare event and Fr Frank has contributed so much to our diocese over his 60 years of priesthood and it is fitting to thank him in this way. See the list at the back of church.

SCRIPTURE WEEKEND led by Fr Chris Thomas
At Irenaeus 32 Great Georges Road Waterloo l22 1rd
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd November
‘Go out into the world and preach the gospel to all creation’
Reflections on the gospel of Mark
please contact Irenaeus
Tel: 0151 949 1199 or email jenny@irenaeus.co.uk to book your place.

The state of the world:
St Teresa speaks
The world is all in flames…. This is not the time to be praying to God about matters of little importance.
( How relevant can it get!)

St John the Evangelist

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

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

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

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th October, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

The Pharisees and Herodians were bitter opponents. The Pharisees favoured Israel’s independence as a religious homeland. The Herodians supported the Roman occupation. They both feared Jesus as a troublemaker and so they made an alliance to try and catch him out.

The question about taxes in today’s gospel boils down to this: Are you in favour of Rome or Israel? Whatever he answered he was sure to step into the trap. We know what happened: Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

Besides being a very clever answer it also points to something much deeper than the obvious. Jesus is not some sort of revolutionary who invites his followers to overthrow the civil authorities. He recognises their legitimacy but he alludes to something beyond the here and now, to the things of God.

Is there anything that does not belong to God? Is there any arena of public interest that belongs only to politicians and has nothing to do with the divine? Presumably not, given that the world is God’s and it is God whose design is stamped upon it.

Nothing weakens the impact of our faith more than putting it into a neat religious compartment. Never discuss religion or politics, they say. They only say it because they’re scared of what might happen if we do. And so we’re lured into the social convention of thinking that it’s somehow not decent to wear our religion on our sleeve. Religion should be a personal matter, they say. That’s because it has uncomfortable consequences when we display it in the light of day. When politicians know that they have produced legislation that is questionable, they usually try to silence religious leaders by claiming that they should keep religion out of politics, should stick to hymns and prayers rather than public demonstration.

Faith must be the leaven of society, not one of its side-shows. That’s because the image stamped on our tax coins may well be Caesar’s, but the image stamped on those who pay the taxes is unmistakably God’s.

WORD OF GOD

Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God. (Matthew 22:21)

WORD FOR TODAY

As citizens of our country we are called to serve the needs of our society and world. As citizens of the kingdom we are summoned to render to God what is God’s. Is there anything that is not God’s?

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

.Rosary Chain of Prayer

The statue of Our Lady is now circulating the parish for October, which is the month of the Rosary. Whilst most of the month is now taken, there are a few days still available. If interested, please ring Maria 201 5837.

The month will end with a public rosary after the 9.15 am Mass on 31st October.

Please note that from Oct. 24th the prayer group at St. Joseph’s, Birkenhead will start at 7pm – 8.30pm during the winter months.

Dates up to end of year are…Oct 24th, Nov. 7th and 21st. Dec. 5th and 19th.

Maranatha Lecture on Wednesday 22nd at St Peter’s House Precinct Centre, Oxford Rd Manchester to be given by Baroness Caroline Cox.

‘The Persecuted Church: Challenge & Celebration’ see poster for details of her lecture on this important subject.

On October 15th this year the Church began to celebrate the 5th centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila. 500 years on from 1515, this Carmelite woman of wisdom still has much to share with us and so each week during this special year St Teresa will speak to us.

This week she says:

‘Prayer in my opinion, is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.’

29thSunday

of year

19th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

All our sick parishioners

Kathleen O’Hanlon

Prayer Meeting

Mon 20th 9.15 am Margaret Kealey
Tues 21st 9.15am Agnes Hynes
Wed 22nd 9.15am John & Mgt. Kelly RIP
Thurs 23rd 9.15am Sr Marie Clare
Friday 24th 9.15am

9.45am

Persecuted Christians

Holy Hour

Saturday 25th
30th Sunday

Of the year

26th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Theresa McLean

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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: £794.62

Boiler: £6.81p

Books & Cards £

120 Club winners: No 7 C. Dalziel £ 20

Message from Bernard McGuigan

The final result for the collection is £615 including the valuable Gift Aid.

I have decided to give up my role as CAFOD Parish contact after over 50 years since it was founded.

I would like to thank all the parishioners who have been so generous in their support over all these years. On behalf of CAFOD and more importantly the people throughout the world who still go hungry every day and lack the health care which we take for granted may God bless you all.

CALLING ALL READERS: A date for your diary:

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER,

A Day of Reflection and looking forward towards Advent/Christmas Season. Time and Venue to follow.

November List

Please have all names in by the last weekend of October. It does take some time to compile the lists so we would appreciate your early attention please. The annual Bereavement Mass will take place on Monday 3rd. November at 7pm.

Fr Frank will be celebrating his diamond jubilee on Monday, 8th December. There will be a Thanksgiving mass at 7pm followed by a buffet in the hall. Noelene is coordinating contributions to the buffet and so if you would like to contribute, please see her after masses to add your name to the list. If you would like to make a cash donation in lieu of a food donation then there is also an opportunity to do that- a diamond jubilee is a rare event and Fr Frank has contributed so much to our diocese over his 60 years of priesthood and it is fitting to thank him in this way.

Please keep all our young people in your prayers as their Confirmation programme proceeds.

In a few weeks’ time Kate Markey will be coming to empty the red Missio boxes. Please bring yours as soon as you can.

The third diocesan symposium will take place at Ellesmere Port High School on Saturday 1st November from10am-4pm. Lunch will be provided. Cost is free though contributions welcomed. The title is: The human person and reconciliation: what does reconciliation mean in practice? The speakers include the parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen. See poster for further details.

Invitation from the Head of Upton Hall

On Saturday 8 November 2014 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community.
Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

The great Syria knitting appeal

This has been coordinated by Facebook but one of the teachers at Upton Hall School is encouraging the staff there (and the girls) to join in with this event. We thought some of you might like to join in too, so if you have a pair of needles and a few scraps of wool you might like to knit a hat, a scarf or some baby clothes. Whoever is to blame for the wars in the Middle East it is certainly not the children who will once again suffer in the harsh winters of the mountains where the refugees are living

Syrian winters can be VERY cold, and there was very heavy snow in the winter of 2013/14. People can and do die of hypothermia, and children are very vulnerable. Displaced people often live in freezing, damp and draughty conditions, such as tents, caves and abandoned buildings. We urgently need NEW knitted/crocheted clothing for anyone from newborn infant to adult. The number of premature babies born in Syria has skyrocketed from 19% of all births in 2011 to 45% in 2013, so we also need tiny woollen clothing to fit premature babies. – See more at:

There will be a box for any donated garments at the back of church. Any further info from Joan Hannam.

St John the Evangelist

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

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

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

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th October, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: DRESS CODE

The parable of the king’s wedding feast at first seems easy enough to understand. He invited guests to his son’s wedding but they all found excuses not to come. And so he sent his servants out onto the streets to gather in anyone they could find so that the celebration could go ahead, the feast could begin and the food and drink would not be wasted.

Discerning readers will realise that Jesus has been goading the chief priests and the elders of the Jews. In this parable he’s telling them that although they inherited the promises of God, they have lost sight of what this means and as a result no longer qualify as guests at the wedding. They are going to miss the festivity while common and garden people are going to take their places.

So far so good, you may think. But what about the man who has no wedding garment and is thrown out of the reception hall? This sting in the tail throws us and makes us wonder why Jesus has gone and ruined such a nice story. Surely the man couldn’t help the way he was dressed?

Unlike today, when some people make a safari out of shopping for a “new wedding outfit”, the people invited to a wedding in Jesus’ time did not need to worry about what they wore. The family of the bride and groom provided the clothes so that no one looked out of place.

What seems to have happened at this wedding is that the man deliberately chose not to wear the required garment. He refused the dress code and thought he could carry on, on his own terms, without respecting the custom and convention.

By our baptism we have accepted our wedding invitations. We are invited to the feast of the kingdom of God. But are we coming on God’s terms or our own? Do we stand in solidarity with the Church, the Bride of Christ, or do we have our own particular ways of interpreting the “rules” especially when they make demands of us? Do we consider some of the Church’s teaching to be for other people but not for us? Do we happily share the riches of the banquet of life with only a nod in the direction of our responsibilities as guests? Are we wearing the white garment of our baptism at the wedding feast of life?

WORD OF GOD

On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines, of food rich and juicy, of fine strained wines. (Isaiah 25: 6)

WORD FOR TODAY

No one goes to a wedding in their working clothes. There’s a dress code for such occasions. What is the dress code for the kingdom of God and do we observe it, or do we prefer to make our own individual “fashion statement”? Do we take faith on God’s terms or our own?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Lord God, you invite us from all corners of the world to your table. Only your love can make us worthy to receive the riches that you spread before us. Listen now to the prayers we have brought before you and in your goodness grant all we ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Flame Radio Open Day, Saturday, 18th October 2-4pm. Flame Christian and Community Radio broadcasting on 1521 medium waive (AM). Flame Studios will be playing host at St Paul’s Road Mission Church, St. Pauls Road, Rock Ferry. If you would like to get involved in any way please go along . You could even find yourselves performing live on air!!

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

28thSunday

In Ord.Time

12th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Theresa McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting

Mon 13th 9.15 am Fr Denis Marmion
Tues 14th 9.15am Agnes Hynes
Wed 15th 9.15am Pat McGregor
Thurs 16th 9.15am Carol Braden
Friday 17th 9.15am

9.45am

Margaret Randles

Holy Hour

Saturday 18th
29th Sunday

In Ord.Time

19th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

All Our Sick Parishioners

Kathleen O’Hanlon

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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 make Frs. Bernard or Emeka aware if you know of any sick person who might need a visit from a priest.

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: £684.13

Boiler: £1.00

Books & Cards £ 10.00

120 Club winners: No 112 T Halewood £20

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.

Rosary Chain of Prayer

The statue of Our Lady is now circulating the parish for October, which is the month of the Rosary. Whilst most of the month is now taken, there are a few days still available. If interested, please ring Maria

201 5837

CALLING ALL READERS: A date for your diary:

SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER,

A Day of Reflection and looking forward towards Advent/Christmas Season. Time and Venue to follow.

November List

Please have all names in by the last weekend of October. It does take some time to compile the lists so we would appreciate your early attention please.

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will be held this Monday, 13th October 10-11am

in the Parish Centre. If you need extra help to cope with your bereavement, then a member of the group will point you in the right direction

CAFOD Shrewsbury Novena for Peace: – organised in response to Bishop Mark’s invitation that we make 2014 a Year of Prayer for Peace. We are nearing the end of our Novena but looking forward very much to the next Mass at St Saviour’s, Great Sutton, on Wednesday, 15th October at 7.00pm. For more information contact Sue nor Liz on 01244 677594 or email shrewswbury – See poster for details

Opening Mass of the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Theresa of Avila, Carmelite Saint and Doctor of the Church – Wednesday, 15th October, 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Light refreshments, information and books available after mass in St Anne’s Parish Centre. All Welcome.

Fr Frank will be celebrating his diamond jubilee on Monday, 8th December. There will be a Thanksgiving mass at 7pm followed by a buffet in the hall. Noelene is coordinating contributions to the buffet and so if you would like to contribute, please see her after masses to add your name to the list.

A number of years ago Riding Lights Theatre Company were well received by St Johns. They will be in the area again performing their thought provoking interpretation on Acts. St Stephens Church,

Prenton Lane, will be hosting an evening performance on Tuesday, 10th October at 7.30pm. All enquiries for tickets call

608 3638 between 9-12 noon.

Please keep all our young people in your prayers as their Confirmation programme proceeds

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@gmail.com

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

27th Sunday 28th. October 5th 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE GRAPE HARVEST

A man dies and goes to heaven where he meets Peter at the Pearly Gates. Before he can enter Peter gives him a few questions to answer. He has to accumulate 100 points before he can go in. “So, how often did you go to church?” Peter asks. “I went twice a week,” replied the man. “That’s one point,” answers Peter. “One point? Wow! I thought it would be worth more than that.” “And did you put any money on the plate?” asked Peter. “Yes, I gave 10% of all my income every week,” answered the man. “Right, let’s see,” answers Peter, “that’s worth 3 points. Did you do anything else?” “Well, right off hand, I can’t think of a whole lot. I did mostly what I thought I was supposed to do.” “Ok, we’ll give you 5 points for good behaviour, can’t you come up with something else?” By this time, the man is completely flustered. He finally cries, “Well, I can’t come up with anything else. It looks like that no one can enter heaven except by the grace of God!” “100 points! Come on in!”

We are God’s vineyard. God has planted us like vines in it and each day takes enough care of our patch of land for us to be able to produce sweet tasting grapes. What does he get in return from us?

God looks for peace from his people yet he gets discord, bickering and war. God seeks true worship from us yet our lives are littered with false gods. God shows us how to produce justice yet our world is full of corruption and exploitation of the poor and the weak. He awaits goodness but is repaid with evil. God teaches us about caring and sharing but sees us becoming more acquisitive and greedy as we strive to improve our own selfish lifestyles. Where he yearns for community he encounters exclusivity, class distinction and snobbery. Grapes sown for humility produce only pride. Seeds of godly living bear the fruit of a merely secular mentality.

What more could he have done for his beloved vineyard? I suppose he could have offered us his grace…
WORD OF GOD

What could I have done for my vineyard that I have not done? I expected it to yield grapes. Why did it yield sour grapes instead?

(Isaiah 5:4)

WORD FOR TODAY

Do we take our gift of faith for granted? Do we consider ourselves to be in a privileged position in our relationship with God? Do we strive to produce fruits or do we bank on everything turning out well in the end irrespective of our contribution?

Pope’s prayer intentions for October

  • Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
  • World Mission Day.  That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.

Some of you may know that Sr Marie Clare has moved from Rock Ferry to a convent in London. She recently celebrated her 80th birthday so if you would like to send a belated birthday card or send any other correspondence we are sure she would be delighted to hear from you:

St Joseph’s Convent, 36 Mare St, Hackney, London, E8 4RT

 

If you have forgotten your CAFOD contribution this week then next week is not too late!

 

The latest Readers’ list is now available.

As Pope Francis and the Bishops meet in Rome for their Synod on the family this month please pray that they will be led by The Holy Spirit.

27h Sunday 5th 5.30pm

10am.

3-4pm

7.30pm

Agnes Hynes

Parishioners

Holy Hour (World Peace)

Prayer Meeting

Mon 6th. 9.15 Sr. Marie Clare
Tues 7th. 9.15am Joe Moore
Wed 8th. 9.15am Pat McGregor
Thurs 9th. 9.15am Isabelle Delaney RIP
Friday 10th. 9.15am

9.45am

Sarah-Anne

Holy Hour

Saturday 11th.
28th.

Sunday

12th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Theresa Mclean RIP

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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 make a Frs Bernard or Emeka aware if you know of any sick person who might need a visit from a priest.

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: £655. 17p

Boiler £9.21p

Peter’s Dance money £102

120 Club Winners

No. 35   S. Higgins £250

No 15   G. Owens £100

No.12  A. McLean £50

No.72   Scout Group £20

No 82   M. Davies £10

 

Saturday Mass is now being celebrated each week at St Anne’s. There is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 11.15 am with Confessions from 11.15-11.45 followed by Mass at 12md.

Diamond Geezer!

Fr Frank will be celebrating his diamond jubilee on Monday December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Bernard has very kindly invited him to celebrate here at St John’s. There will be a Thanksgiving mass on that evening at 7pm.followed by a buffet in the hall. Noelene is coordinating contributions to the buffet and so if you would like to contribute please see her after masses to add your name to the list.

November List

Please have all names in by the last weekend in October. It does take some time to compile the lists so we would appreciate your early attention please.

The next coffee morning hosted by the bereavement group will be on Monday 13th from 10am until 11am. If you need extra help to cope with your bereavement then a member of the group will point you in the right direction.

A Busy Sunday!

At the 10am Mass this weekend our young people will be enrolled for the Sacrament of Confirmation. please hold them and their families in your prayers

Please try to drop into the Holy Hour this Sunday afternoon even if it is just for a few minutes. The world seems to be in turmoil at the moment whichever direction you choose to look.

 

PPT meeting to take place this coming Wednesday 8th at 7.15 am. All members please make every effort to attend.

Bishop Mark’s father died last week. Please remember the Bishop and his family in your prayer.

 

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.

 

THE EDGE OF LIFE

There is much discussion today about the treatment of people who have become seriously affected by illness, whether they are young or old. Statutes seek to legislate, among other things, for what level of treatment should be afforded to people when they reach the stage where they can no longer speak for themselves.

Christians believe that no one has the right to deprive people of treatment when this implies the deliberate deprivation of human life through starvation or direct action. Perhaps it was most elegantly summed up by Pope John Paul II both in his final weeks of illness and in his forceful defence of the vulnerable when he said:

“Human life is a precious gift to be loved and defended in each of its stages. The Commandment ‘You shall not kill’ always requires respecting and promoting human life, from its beginning to its natural end. It is a command that applies even in the presence of illness and when physical weakness reduces the person’s ability to be self-reliant.”

A reminder that the RCIA Catechist Day is due to take place on Saturday 11 October  at St Columba’s Parish Centre in Chester.  Please find attached a copy of the poster in two formats.  All are welcome to attend