11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 14th June, 2015. Cycle B

14/06/2015

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

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 14th June, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE INVISIBLE FORCE

Christians sometimes focus so much on the Church that they lose sight of the kingdom. They tend to think that the Church is the be-all and end-all of religious activity and they can become blind to the kingdom of God.

Yet the kingdom and the Church are not the same things. The Church is the bearer of the kingdom but not the exclusive owner. The kingdom, which Jesus today speaks about in his parables, is wider than the Church and is not so visible and tangible.

Jesus taught his disciples that the kingdom is already with us, though it can seem to be hidden. It has already been inaugurated, though it is yet to reach its fulfilment. Day after day it is unfurled, little by little in an almost unnoticeable way.

The ideals of the kingdom clash with the values of the world. That’s because the kingdom is eternal and universal whereas the world is about fads and fashion, about exclusivity and partiality. The kingdom is about truth and life, whereas the world happily lies and trades in destruction of all types. The kingdom espouses holiness and grace, concepts which the secular world considers laudable but outmoded. And the kingdom’s principles of justice, love and peace are more likely to be echoed in the world’s pop songs than in its strategies.

Does this mean that we’ve nothing to hope for? That injustice, violence, corruption and oppression will always be with us? Is it just par for the course?

Jesus says not. With his arrival on earth the kingdom of God has begun to embed itself in all aspects of our world. There are invincible forces already at work as the world matures and the kingdom silently grows. Like a seed planted in a field it grows unobtrusively, by day and by night. Like a mustard seed it starts off tiny but becomes a force to be reckoned with. And even now we sometimes catch a glimpse of the power of the kingdom when world events are confounded and when men and women, even just for a moment, unite in a shared vision that reflects the will of God.

The kingdom is here now. The way we behave will help or hinder it. But it’s bigger than all of us put together. That’s why we pray: Thy kingdom come.

WORD OF GOD

Every tree of the field will learn that I, the Lord, am the one who stunts tall trees and makes the withered green.(Ezekiel 17: 24)

WORD FOR TODAY

God’s plan for the world, the setting-up of the kingdom, is taking place as history unfurls. We might not always be able to see its signs but Jesus assures us that it is occurring already. The crucial thing for us is not to wonder how this is happening but to make sure we are part of it.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

The kingdom of God is unfurling in history day by day. Let us pray in Christ’s own words that the kingdom may come in our lives and our hearts… Our Father…

The kingdom is something within you which has the power of growth like a seed; something that you are searching for, and of whose values you become more confident and excited as the search proceeds and you discover truer, lovelier things which are constantly being surpassed; something for which you have to give everything you have, no less yet no more, including the earlier finds with which you were once so completely delighted. (George Appleton)

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings.

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Saturday 13th 5pm Joan Reynolds
11th Sunday in Ord Time B 14th 9.30am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 15th 9.15am Ann & Frank Redmond for Healing
Tuesday 16th 9.15am Those who suffer persecution
Wednesday 17th 9.15am Fr Roger Clarke Intentions
Thursday 18th 9.15am Canon Francis Pullen Annv
Friday 19th 9.15am Intentions of Forshaw Family
Saturday 20th 12 Noon

5.00pm

Carmel Mass

Ann Kelly RIP

12th Sunday in Ord Time B 21st 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30 am mass. [Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this.]
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 Pray also for those in the parish who do not wish their illness known publicly. If anyone who is sick would like a home visit, please let Fr. Bernard or one of the deacons know.

Money MattersOffertory £713.93p. Thank you

Please pray for the souls of Ann Kehoe who died on the

3rd June and Elizabeth Robinson who died on the 6th June. Ann’s Funeral Mass will be held at St John’s on Monday, 22nd June at 10.30am. Elizabeth’s Funeral Mass will be held at St John’s on Wednesday, 24th June at 10.30am. May they rest in peace and may their families and friends find consolation.

CONFIRMATION 2015

”Calling All parents of current Year 8 and future Year 9 (in September) students. Thank you for allowing your children to participate in the Barnstondale gathering – it was a huge success. We now need to meet you and them together to discuss the programme and individual responsibilities before school breaks up in July. Consequently, we are holding a meeting at 6.30pm on 2nd July in the Parish Centre. Please come along and do not worry if you missed Barnstondale: we still want and need to see you there. All inquiries please to Fr Bernard

On Friday, 19th June, at 12 noon, we will start a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Following dates and times:

Saturday 20th June After Mass 6pm

Sunday 21st June After Mass 10.30am

Monday 22nd June 7.30pm

Tuesday 23rd June 12 Noon

Wednesday 24th June 7.30pm

Thursday 25th June 12 Noon

Friday 26th June 7.30pm

Saturday 27th June Mass at 12 Noon

On Sunday, 5th July, after the 9.30am Mass we will be holding our Summer Fair so we need your help. Next meeting will be in the day chapel on 24th June at 7pm. In the meantime, please remember we need raffle prizes, items for the bottle stall, books etc. Please help to make this a great parish day.

Department for New Evangelisation

RCIA an invitation – A twilight session. An opportunity for those involved in RCIA to come together, to pray together, to share experiences, and look at resources. The session will be held at St Werburgh’s Parish Centre, Birkenhead on Tuesday 16th June 7-8.30pm. See Poster on Notice Board for details.

Diocesan Conference for Confirmation Catechists is being held on Saturday 20th June at Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Baguley M23 1HP “Fill them with then spirit of wonder and awe….” is an invitation from Bishop Mark ton all our Confirmation Catechists to join him as we look afresh and explore then Sacrament of Confirmation in our Diocese. The conference runs from 10am to 1pm and offers us the opportunity to look afresh at the Sacrament, it’s theology, history and liturgy, as well as a look at some of resources available to our catechists (we hope many of which will be available to buy or order on the day. The day is free but advance booking is essential. Please contact Pauline McCulloch at the Curial Offices 0151 652 9855 or email

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Hymn Book Amnesty: If you have

” borrowed” a hymn book from Church, please return it to the trolley as soon as possible….. we seem to be several hymn books short at the moment and we have a number of large Masses and Services coming up.

Altar Servers: Children, boys and girls, who have received their First Holy Communion can become altar servers . This is a wonderful opportunity for them to assist the Priest at Mass and take an active part in our parish services.

If your child would like to become an altar server, please contact Deacon Mike Daly email daily.m. Tel No.645 9256.

Fr Roger Clarke’s celebration of his Golden Jubilee is being held on Wednesday, 17th June. The evening will begin with the celebration of Mass at St Joseph’s Upton at 6.30pm, followed by a reception at Upton Hall Covent School. Fr Roger has issued an invitation for us to join him. The organisers do need numbers, however, so please ring Claire 645 1720 if you are intending to go.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus:

St Teresa Speaks.How is it possible that one can enjoy You with so special a friendship! Along many paths, in how very many ways You show us love.

The next singing practice has been changed to Thursday, 18th June at 7pm in the day chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

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