1st Sunday of Advent, 30th November. Cycle B.

28/11/2014

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

1st Sunday of Advent, 30th November. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: COME ON DOWN!

As we begin our Advent season today, in preparation for the coming of Christ, Isaiah makes an urgent plea to God. He uses the same catch-phrase as the TV programme “The Price is Right” by saying to God “Come on down, tear the heavens open”.

Whenever we celebrate Advent we are involved on three levels: past, present and future. And at each level we make that same plea: Come on down!

We look to the past, to history. We recall that the Jewish people were waiting for a Messiah who would lead them to political and religious freedom. In this setting we see Mary and Joseph and we witness the birth of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.

We look to the present, to today. Jesus has not stopped coming to us in our day to day lives. He comes and speaks to us in the word of God, in the sacraments we celebrate, in the faces of those who bear God’s impression both in need and in joy.

We also look to the future. Christ will come again in glory when the plan of God is finally fulfilled. This coming will usher in the end of the world and all will be revealed for what it truly is.

So Advent is wake-up time. It’s the four-week season when we look for the ways in which Jesus comes to visit us. It’s easy to get caught up in an Advent that is just a pale religious reflection of the world’s commercial season. It’s easy to get stuck simply on the level of the past and start getting nostalgic and gooey about the trappings of Christmas, getting no further than the crib, the angels and the star. Yet if we are to celebrate the liturgy of Advent then we have to engage on all three levels.

Yes, we do remember the past events of Bethlehem. But our Advent and Christmas celebrations are imbued with the need to be alert and awake to the Christ who challenges us daily in our interaction with others, the same Christ who will come again to judge us on the way we responded to his invitation to love.

And we know that we are really capturing the spirit of the season if, like Isaiah, we can say and mean it when we ask God to “Come on down!”

WORD OF GOD

And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, you the potter, we are the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

WORD FOR TODAY

In Advent we contemplate the coming of Jesus. Today he comes to us in the message of his word and in the sacrament which we celebrate in the eucharist. We stand alert and ready so that we may not miss what he brings today as we await his final coming in glory.

Why not have a browse through the books on the bookstall which has been restocked and refreshed for Advent, including items for children. There are also a variety of cards including Christmas cards .

Pope’s Intentions for December:

Universal: That the birth iof the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.

Evangelisation: That parents may be true evangelisers , passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception which is celebrated on 8th December.

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

1st Sunday of Advent

Cycle B Psalter Wk 1

30th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Teresa McLean

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Mon DEC. 1st 9.15 am Fr Peter Ryan
Tues 2nd 9.15am Funeral Mass –

John Kenny

Wed 3rd 9.15am November List
Thurs 4th 9.15am Anastasia Sweatman RIP
Friday 5th 9.15am

9.45am

All Migrants & Refugees

Holy Hour

Saturday 6th
2nd Sunday of Advent

Bible Sunday

7th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Maud Boulton

Holy Hour

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, Winifred Sweeney, John Kenny.

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: £ 927.86

Boiler £ 12.49

Ballroom Dancing £ 110 .00

Cards and Books £ 12.90

John Kenny has done an enormous amount for this parish over many years. When you buy a card or a book- look at the bookstall- he made it! When you gaze into the crib this Christmas-he made the stable! When you look at a poster at the back of church- he made the wooden notice board! This is besides being a member of the team of volunteers who built up the sanctuary. If you have the opportunity, please support his family by attending his funeral Mass.

On the Sundays of Advent, starting today, in the day chapel, between 3-4 pm, there will be an opportunity to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament to reflect and contemplate on the true meaning of Christmas.

Advent – New Beginnings:

St Teresa speaks

There is no other remedy for the evil of giving up prayer than to begin again

FR. FRANK’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MASS,

MONDAY, 8th DECEMBER at 7pm.

Preparations for this momentous celebration are now well under way. WATCH THIS SPACE next week-end for details regarding the times for dropping off your edible goodies at the Parish Centre. Only 1 week

to go.

Churches Together Carol Singing will be held on Saturday 13th December at two venues:

Lower Bebington Co-op at 11am

Higher Bebington Co-op at 12 noon

All are welcome to come and join in with the singing.

The Pilgrim Troupe have performed many beautiful and thought provoking programmes. On Friday, 5th December, at 7.30pm they will perform “Advent with Our Blessed Lady” at Holy Name Church, Beresford Road, Oxton.

Your continued donations to the Wirral Foodbank are very much appreciated. The need to help and support those in our community is ongoing. The Foodbank relies upon non-perishable, in date food donations to feed people in crisis. As the Christmas Season approaches, we are being asked to donate Selection Boxes .There is also acomprehensive list of items on the notice board. Please place food in the boxes provided at the back of church.

This week the Big Card is on display. Instead of giving lots of cards to fellow parishioners, why not greet them by signing the Big Card? Thanks to the new notice boards, it can be removed, signed below and then replaced. The minimum payment is £1 and the money raised will go to The Olive Branch, a local charity which supports people recovering from addiction. Information about the Olive Branch is near the card

Scouts Post Stamps are now on sale after weekend masses up to 14th December. The cost this year is 30p. Please support your very own Scout Group and local charities by buying stamps after Mass or from one of the local outlets. Last post 17th December. Thank you. Sheena Schofield, Cub Scout Leader.

NEWS FROM THE CHILDREN’S LITURGY GROUP

For those interested with the Children’s’ Liturgy Group, there will be a meeting after Christmas on Monday, 5th January, after the vigil mass of the Epiphany, at 8.15pm in the Church House. We look forward to seeing all present and many new members. Many thanks. Liz McIntosh

Joan Hannam says a BIG thank you to all who sent cards and prayed for her – so very much appreciated.

St Anne’s 55+ Club will be holding a Christmas Buffet on Tuesday, 9th December,

2-4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre Entertainment – Raffle. Entrance £2.

All Welcome

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