30th Sunday of the year 26th October 2013


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

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.

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)

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.

of year

Theresa McLean
Prayer Meeting
9.15 am
Gerry Forshaw (b’day)
Elizabeth Simmons
Those suffering from mental illness
Joan Hannam

Wilfred & Mary Humphrey
Holy Hour

31st. Sunday
Of the year
7.30 pm
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.

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.

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!)

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