4-5 April 2015,,Easter Sunday (Yr B)

04/04/2015

St John the Evangelist

New

Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw (also

parish priest of the parish of St Anne, Rock Ferry)

Deacons: Revd Philip White; Revd Michael Daly

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

4-5 April 2015

Easter Sunday (Yr B)

Faith in Focus: A JOHN OR A PETER?

When the women told John and Peter that Christ’s body was missing from the tomb they both set off running to the grave. Because John was much younger, and presumably fitter, he arrived first but waited for Peter before going into the tomb. When Peter saw the scene he saw an empty tomb. But when John went in he saw that Jesus had risen. And there’s the big difference.

They saw the same scene very differently. Peter notices that the body is gone. John, on the other hand, seems to grasp the reality behind the empty tomb. He believes, understands the meaning of the scriptures and accepts that Jesus is no longer dead but alive. While Peter’s world has suddenly become dismal, bleak and confusing, John’s is about excitement, joy, peace, hope and life. And remember that they are both looking at the same thing. Fortunately, Peter cottoned on fairly quickly!

That first Easter scene is a mirror of our world more than 2000 years later. Today there are still many things that bring us to our knees. There are still wars, murders, political intrigues in government and Church, famine, sickness, racism, scandals, poverty, exploitation, unemployment…the list is endless. Each of us can view life as an empty tomb, something to grieve over and a cause of bitter sorrow. Or we can see the same thing as full of hope, expectation and light. The choice is between a mentality that sees life as basically cruel, hostile and cold (Peter) or as full of possibility, crammed with life-giving chances to bring hope, trust and growth (John).

The resurrection did not abolish tears and pain from our lives; we have to wait till the end of time for that. But what it does do is to allow us to see through the obvious, beyond the empty tomb to a hope that beckons. That’s what St Paul means when he speaks about our thoughts being on heavenly things. We do not deny the reality of sin, evil and death in our world. But because we are baptised into Christ’s resurrection we share a risen life that also lets us see God alive and active in our moments of emptiness and pain as well as in our times of joy. For those who believe in the resurrection life can never be the same again.

WORD FOR TODAY

Tombs, grave clothes and shrouds now lose their meaning, for Christ is risen from the dead. The evil hold of death and sin has been overcome. It may indeed threaten us, but once and for all its grip has been broken as the power of God triumphs. Jesus is Lord of all creation!

WORD OF GOD

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first.

(John 20: 2-4)

Lourdes Annual (2015) Diocesan pilgrimage (28 July – 5 August 2015) Booking forms are available from St Alban’s Wallasey and from the Pilgrimage website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk

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

Don’t forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events.

Holy Saturday

(Easter Vigil)

4th 8.00 pm Easter Vigil and

Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Betty Crebbin anniv

Sun

(Easter Sunday)

5th 9.30 am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer meeting

Mon 6th 10.00 am Bernard McGuigan
Tues 7th 9.15 am Paddy Foley
Wed 8th 9.15 am Terence Cooke RIP
Thu 9th 9.15 am Josie McGree RIP
Fri 10th 9.15 am Jack McCormick RIP
Sat (mass of Sun Easter 2B) 11th 5.00 pm Thanksgiving (CMcG)
Sun

(Easter 2B)

12th 9.30 am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

There will be no tea after mass on Easter Sunday.

(Normal service resumes on 12 April.)

Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before weekday masses

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, Winifred Sweeney, Anthony McLean. Pray also for those in the parish who do not wish their illness known publicly.

Money- thank you Offertory: £869.96

CAFOD Lent Fast Day Collection: £1249.63

Please note with regard to your donations to our mass collections for the parish (Gift Aid); If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay Income Tax please let Father Bernard know or contact the parish organiser Steve Bell (0151 644 7512). If you do pay tax and are not in the Gift Aid Scheme, why not join and help the parish benefit from some of your Income Tax? If you do not pay Income Tax but your wife or your husband is a tax payer, why not get them to join?

Please remember those who have recently died, especially Julia Higgins, Rachel Mulrooney and Peter Smith. May they rest in peace. Their funeral masses will be later this month.
St Teresa speaks of Easter Glory:

Behold

Him as risen! This will bring you joy. The brilliance! The beauty! The majesty! The victory… and all of that He desires for you!

We welcome and thank Canon Brendan Hoban who is helping Fr Bernard with Easter masses at St John’s and St Anne’s

MESSAGE FROM Fr BERNARD: Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make the Holy Week services so prayerful and devotional. Thank you too to all those parishioners who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. May you all be filled with the Easter gifts of faith, hope, peace and joy. Many thanks. Fr Bernard

An open meeting to plan for the Parish Summer Fair will take place on Mon 20 April at 7.30pm in the side chapel. Please come along and help with suggestions!

Fr Emeka writes from Pensby to thank all parishioners ‘for your kind gestures to me while I was with you and for your presence, solidarity, magnanimity, kind words, cards and gifts…. I’m praying that the risen Lord make us all an Easter people, a joyful people!!!’

Churches Together in Wirral – Course on the Bible in history and today – The Revd Dr David Lamb leads six sessions looking at the Bible’s origins, authority and interpretation. It will consider what ‘Bible’ means, how we use it today and how it can be relevant in church and society. Starts Tuesday 14 April, from 8pm to 9.30pm at Christ Church, Upton Road, Moreton, Wirral CH46 OPA To book email jane.hood or call 01928 718834 ext 257.

CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) – The first module “The Father’s Love” will be held in the Parish Centre Thu 16 April, 2015 from 7.30-9.00pm. Five further sessions follow in succeeding weeks.

General Election Wirral South Hustings.

Quiz the candidates about the issues that matter to you! Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington CH63 8LX on Fri 17 April, 7.30-9pm. [To
table a question, contact Rev Mike Loach (mgloach@gmail.com
– 0151 609 0943) by Mon 13 April] All welcome. Admission free.

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