15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th July, 2015. Cycle B

11/07/2015

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:

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th July, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: SING A SONG OF JUSTICE

The visiting preacher told the congregation that their worship was all very fine but they were so inward-looking that they failed to see on their very church doorstep the sort of needy people they were always singing and praying about. “Take the noise of your songs away from me; I won’t listen to the melody of your harps. Instead, let justice roll down like the waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” The local priest, Amaziah, was not thrilled; he told the preacher, Amos, to push off.

Amos was never one to pull his punches. He told it like he saw it. And what he saw was a bunch of people who took refuge in a dangerous complacency. They had a lovely building to worship in; they had the finest of vestments, mellifluous music and all the latest prayers that tripped off the lips. But it all took place in an atmosphere of comfortable self-congratulation.

The constant danger with liturgy is that because it is centred on worshipping God in church, we can end up forgetting about the plight of God’s people outside the church door. Of course, true worship requires conversion, and conversion includes our active care and concern for the world’s needy. So worship doesn’t operate in a vacuum. It presupposes that Christian worshippers are also vigorous in charity, wherever it is required: on our doorstep, in our society and in our world.

Our churches would be empty if we turned our services into political rallies. But our songs, our prayers and our symbols speak loudly about the central act of Jesus in setting us free by his death on the cross. Liturgy is about liberation. It proclaims that in water, oil, bread and wine Christ offers all people freedom to live as God intended.

The Eucharist should be the liberating adventure of the whole Church, the sacrament that frees us from our unhealthy self-absorption and melts our self-satisfied cold isolation from the cries of the voiceless. Our worship is in spirit and truth only when it unites us into a bond of believers who agonise for a Church of charity and a world of justice. So what’s the next hymn, then?

WORD OF GOD

Go away, seer; get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. (Amos 7:12)

WORD FOR TODAY

Prophets deliver their message come what may. T hey are consistent whatever the weather. What about us? Are there aspects of our faith we are reluctant to talk about? Are there areas of our life that we keep our faith separate from? How faithful are we to our calling as prophets of the Good News?

Ways of Prayer: St Teresa Speaks. I tried as hard as I could to keep Jesus Christ our God and our Lord present within me. That was my way of prayer.

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.

The next singing practice has been changed to Thursday, 16th July, at 7pm in the day chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

Summer Fair Raffle1st Prize has not been claimed. The winning ticket Pink No 44 was sold before Mass last Saturday. Please check your tickets and collect your prize.

The Catholic Education Service would very much like to encourage uptake and study of the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS); please see poster at back of church if you are interested in completing the course. Details contact Rebecca Hayward Tel No 0207 901 1908 CCRS

Foreign Coins:If you have any coins left over from your globetrotting, please put them in the jar at the back of church. St Anne’s are collecting the coins for charity.

Saturday 11th 5pm SJP College Intentions
15th Sunday in Ord Time. B 12th 9.30am

7.30pm

Eileen Myles Annv.

Prayer Meeting

Monday 13th 9.15am For all Seafarers
Tuesday 14th 9.15am John Joseph Kelly RIP
Wednesday 15th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –

Marie McGhee

Thursday 16th 9.15am Rona Lamb Intentions
Friday 17th 9.15am Srs. of Charity Intentions
Saturday 18th 12 Noon

5.00pm

Carmel Mass

Jim Sweatman RIP

16th Sunday

In Ord Time B

19th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please note the change of mass time on Wednesday for the Funeral Mass of Marie McGhee.

This Sunday 12th July is a Special Day of Prayer for Seafarers

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30 am mass.

[Please
encourage your children and grandchildren to participate
in this.] PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, 19th July, is the last Children’s Liturgy as it closes during the Summer holidays. We look forward to starting again on Sunday 13th September.

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 Matters: Offertory £668.55p Thank you

Summer Fair £635

Thanks to those who helped with the preparations for the summer fair and all the generous donations received. Thanks to everyone who came along to make this a fun day and we were certainly blest with good weather.

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 . Tel No 645 9256

The Bereavement Group held their annual memorial service last Thursday, 16th July. It was attended by family members and friends of the deceased of our parish. It was a very moving service and helped, I am sure, in the process of healing the loss of a loved one and also to celebrate their lives. The service was followed by a time of fellowship over a cup of tea and home made cakes. A big thank you to the organising group.

Thursday, 16th July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The cult of Mary under this title originated in the 14th century and came to be observed throughout the west during the 18th century. It commemorates the Virgin Mary as associated with Mount Carmel (Israel), site of the Prophet Elijah’s altar to the one true God and of the 12th century eremitical forerunners of the Carmelites. Mary is celebrated on this day as a method of reflection, solitude, and prayer.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)is the Church’s way of welcoming new members. If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about joining the Catholic Church please contact

Fr Bernard. Meetings will start in the Autumn.

Wirral Coastal Walk for CAFOD – Bernard McGuigan sends his grateful thanks for the generous sponsorships totalling £180. Only a few amounts are still outstanding. Please let him have the cash as soon as possible. Many thanks. Bernard

As our schools finish for their summer break, here is wishing our students a great holiday and good weather, coming back refreshed and enthusiastic for the start of a new school term in September. We also think of those anxiously awaiting their exam results.

Divorce and Separated Support Day of Reflection isto be held in the Seacombe area on Saturday, 18th July, 9.45am-4pm for people who are divorced or going through a divorce and those who are separated after marriage or a long term relationship. The groups are run in association with the Shrewsbury Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Commission. See poster at back of church. Details: contact Janet 0161 494 9437.

CAFOD Shrewsbury would be delighted if you can join us to celebrate and to give thanks for our abundant blessing at:

A CAFOD Shrewsbury Summer Evening Gathering and Mass of Thanksgiving on Friday 24th July at 7.00pm at St Clare’s, Downsfield Road, Chester CH4 8HH. For further details please contact Sue or Liz

01244 677594, email: shrewsbury

National Grandparents Pilgrimage will be held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham on Sunday, 26th July. Please see poster at back of church for full programme. Further details contact

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from July 28th – August 5th overland & July 29th – August 4th by air. Booking forms are still available from the Pilgrimage website

Youth 2000 Prayer Festival,

27th-31st August, 2015, held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. This is a 5 day Prayer Festival, aimed at

16-35 year olds, packed with dynamic talks, live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops, in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and lots more. See poster at back of church for full details.

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