5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8th February. Cycle B.

05/02/2015

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

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8th February. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALL A BIT TOO MUCH?

You can’t help feeling sorry for Job. He’s having more than a bad hair day. Everyone admits that he has always been an upright man and that he has never wavered in trying to serve God, even though he is not one of God’s chosen people. And then suddenly everything has gone wrong. He’s had his family and his livelihood wiped out at a stroke. So much for that God of yours, his friends goad him? . How will he respond

Hopefully we will never experience the depths that Job sank to. But we cannot expect to go through life unscathed, and there are times when we too wonder why God allows us to undergo some troubles and to have to carry certain crosses. If God does not exist then surely the whole thing is a waste of time?

The lessons from the book of Job are many, but one of them rings out loud and clear: the things of this world can never satisfy us by themselves. We always yearn for something more; we long for a deeper experience of life than the mere day-to-day existence of getting and having. It’s as if we’re programmed to realise that deep down there is something missing from our lives that could make us really happy.

Some people try to fill this hole with wealth. They work themselves to the bone in order to have possessions. And so they get a better car, a bigger house in a posher area, a more exotic holiday each year. Others rush about doing things in order to fill their time. Their diaries become cluttered with a round of meetings, of parties, of going here and there. The activity stops them from having to think about what they are really doing with their lives and although they may be in demand they never experience peace. Then there are those who just opt out. They do the minimum to survive but they contribute nothing to the common good because they think life is just a chore and they probably feel cheated with their share of it.

All of these people are right. There is a hole in life. And it’s that sense of emptiness that God longs to fill. God offers us the chance to make sense of all that is happening to us. It is the Lord alone who can heal the broken-hearted. And God alone can raise us up, like Job, to share the hope of a future without blemish.

WORD OF GOD

Lying in bed I wonder, “When will it be day?”Risen I think, “How slowly evening comes!”Restlessly I fret till twilight falls. (Job 7: 4)

WORD FOR TODAY

We can all feel for Job when he is at his lowest. Nothing seems txo satisfy and nothing seems to make sense deep down. What’s the purpose of life? Why do bad things happen to good people? There is no answer to these questions if we exclude God from the equation.

Life is rather like a tin of sardines – we are all looking for the key. (Alan Bennett)

Some great spiritual teachers thought life was rather like a waiting-room. It’s certainly not your eternal home, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t make yourself as comfortable as you can before you get there.

(Lionel Blue)

Pope Francis’ Intentions for February

Universal: Prisoners: That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild live s with dignity.

Evangelization: Separated Spouses: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.

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

5th Sunday of the Year 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

John J Kelly RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 9th 9.15 am November List
Tuesday 10th 9.15am Mabel Evans
Wed 11th 9.15am Eleanor McGuigan Annv
Thurs 12th 12 Noon Funeral Mass

Mary Devine

Friday 13th 9.15am November List
Saturday 14th
6th Sunday

of the Year

15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30 pm

Sheila Nugent RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please note the change in mass time to 12 noon on Thursday for the Funeral Mass of Mary Devine. Please pray for all those who mourn

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30a.m Mass …….. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this.

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. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Money Matters

Offertory: £ 670

Many thanks for your generosity

Today, Sunday, 8th February, is a Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. Please keep all victims in your prayers.

Will those readers who will NOT be available for Palm Sunday and/or the Easter Triduum please contact Dot Humphrey. Thank you

The Diocesan Liturgy Commission invites all Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to a TRAINING DAY on Saturday, 28th February at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, Ellesmere Port. Please inform Fr Bernard if you are willing to attend. The Day will start at 10am and conclude at 3pm with the commissioning of all the attendees at 3pm. Please see poster at the back of church for more details.

Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom Saturday, 21 February at Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Bishop Mark, the Cathedral Parish and the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need have come together to host this event to which all are cordially invited. The vigil will include scriptural readings, guided and silent prayer, as well as a statement of personal witness from an Iraqi Christian. Please join us to offer your prayers for those suffering and persecuted Christians who greatly need our love and support in these extremely difficult times

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 28/29th July – August 4/5th 2015

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from July 28th – August 5th overland and July 29th – August 4th by air. Booking forms are available from St Alban’s Wallasey and St Peter’s Hazel Grove as well as from the pilgrimage website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk. The pilgrimage is led by Bishop Davies and in recent years some 900 people from the diocese and of all ages have joined in making the pilgrimage to this special place. All are welcome to join the pilgrimage and we look forward to receiving applications from those who have never been to Lourdes. We particularly look forward to welcoming nurses and healthcare professionals to assist in the care of the sick and less able. Full details are available on the website. Fr Peter Sharrocks, Pilgrimage Director.

LENTERN DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Christ the King, Bromborough, are holding a series of Lentern talks and have cordially invited the parishioners of St Johns. They will take place on Tuesday evenings, in the church, commencing at 7.30-9pm with a short refreshment break in the middle.

Overall Theme: “Vocation” (in its widest sense!)

Feb 24th – Fr Nick Kern – History of Vocations

March 10th – Canon David Roberts – Role of Lay in

the Church (Ref Vatican 2)

March 24th – Canon David Roberts – Vocations of

Discipleship (Ref Mark)

March 31st – Margaret Lillis – Lay missionary

vocations (Ref in particular to

El Salvador)

Youth Events in Lent – On Sunday, 1st March, Holy Apostles and Martyrs, Wallasey Village, will be holding an afternoon of prayer, reflection and celebration for the season of Lent, commencing at 3pm with Mass at 5pm followed by a social time.

The event is aimed at young people from post-confirmation through to young adults. For catering purposes, please let Fr Bernard know if you would like to attend.

Also commencing the First Sunday of Lent, 22nd February at 6.30pm, and every fourth Sunday of each month, St Joseph’s, Seacombe will be having a “youth Mass” . These events are great opportunities for the young people of our parishes to come together in prayer and fellowship.

Ordinary Need: St Teresa Speaks

I know through experience that a good means to having God is to speak with His friends, for one always gains very much from this.

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