18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd August 2015. Cycle B

31/07/2015

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:

Websites:

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd August 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: MIXED MOTIVES

Have you ever wondered why people practise the religion they do? Take Christianity, for example. The essence of Christianity is love of God through love of neighbour. In other words to be a Christian is to put others always before yourself. It means being at the service of whomever is in need.

It’s not rocket science to see that this approach to life is going to cause Christians a good deal of inconvenience, not to mention suffering and hardship at times. That’s why one of Christianity’s mottoes is about carrying your cross.

A more natural way of life would be to feather your own nest, to make sure that you are well provided for and comfortable and then, if it took your fancy, to think about helping others, provided that they weren’t too much of a nuisance.

So why do we do what we do? Some people think that religion is a sort of insurance policy that they take out to give themselves a soft landing in the afterlife. At best we can say that they see this way of living as qualifying them for eternal life. Their motivation is the reward of heaven.

Other individuals have ulterior motives for practising their religion. Sometimes these are harmless, like enjoying the company of other people or feeling good after a good Church sing-along. Not so helpful ulterior motives could be the desire to be seen as part of the religious community for social reasons, to get votes in an election or to increase the sales of your ironmongery business. This is to use religion for other purposes.

Of course, there are folk who espouse Christianity because they are absolutely convinced by the teaching of Jesus; it makes sense of life here and now and it offers the best chance of living life to the full. They can see the wisdom of it all and can appreciate what God is promising on both sides of the grave.

In today’s gospel Jesus looks at the crowd and sees all the above types of people: those who believe because they have seen the signs and those who believe because they have had all the bread they wanted to eat.

Which are you?

WORD OF GOD

I tell you solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.

(John 6:26)

WORD FOR TODAY

Why do we practise our faith? Why do we follow Christ? Is it because we think that some sort of eternal life insurance policy is worth having just in case? Or is it because we have seen the signs, as Jesus says, and realise that our faith gives meaning to our lives on earth?

St Teresa speaks

All blessings come to us through Our Lord. He will teach us. For in beholding hiss life we find he is the best example.

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character. (James Russell Lowell)

Nothing is more disgraceful than insincerity. (Cicero)

The authors found that religious satisfaction was the most powerful predictor of existential wellbeing. The degree to which an individual felt close to God was the most important factor in terms of existential well-being. While frequency of prayer contributed to general life satisfaction and personal happiness. As a result of their study the authors concluded that it would be important to look at a combination of religious items, including prayer, relationship with God, and other measures of religious experience to begin to adequately clarify the associations of religious commitment with general well-being. (David B Larson)

THE CURÉ OF ARS (August 4th)

The Curé of Ars has a romantic ring to it. In fact, the phrase simply means the parish priest of the village of Ars. St John Vianney occupied this position in the early part of the nineteenth century. Because of the French Revolution there was widespread ignorance about the Catholic faith. John Vianney applied himself to the task of gradually bringing his parishioners back to God. He was known for the many sympathetic hours he spent in the confessional and he soon gained a reputation for being an outstanding pastor. The village of Ars became once more a thriving parish. He died in 1859 aged 73 and after his canonisation in 1925 was recognised as patron saint of parish priests.

Saturday 1st 5.00pm Parishioners
18th

Sunday Ord Time B

2nd 9.30am

7.30pm

Dave Kenny Ints.

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 3rd. 9.15am. Service of Word &

Communion

Tuesday 4th 9.15am Joan Anton Ints.
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Denise

Evans

Thursday 6th 9.15am Madge

Callaghan RIP

Friday 7th. 9.15am Elizabeth

Ibaldi RIP

Saturday 8th. 5.00pm Parishioners
19th

Sunday

Ord Time B

9th. 9.30am

7.30pm

Fr Peter Robertson Ann

Prayer

Meeting

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.

Feastdays this week: Mon- St Oswald, Tues- St John Vianney, Thurs is the Feast of the Transfiguration

Money Matters Offertory: £588.98p Many thanks

Kath Woolley’s funeral Mass will be celebrated this Friday at 12noon at St. Werburgh’s Birkenhead.

Please pray also for Rona Lamb, Fr. Bernard’s aunt who died recently. Her funeral Mass is at Christ the King, Bromborough on Monday at 12noon.

May all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Congratulations to Clare Fitzgerald and Peter Robinson married in our church this weekend. May they have a long and happy life together.

TRANSFIGURATION (August 6th)

Lord of the mountaintop, God of dazzling clothes, be with us when we come down from the height of worship to face a world that didn’t see what we just saw in you.

Show us what to do.

When violence threatens to engulf our communities, let it not be said that your disciples cowered in fear, or walked on the other side of the road.

When there is peril or fire or flood, let it not be said that your disciples cleared the unwanted junk from their garages and called it charity.

Lord of the mountaintop, God of dazzling clothes, show us how to be. Change us; transfigure us so that this world might see what we have just seen, and worship you.

Amen.(Safiyah Fosua)

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.

KSC are to have a day of recollection at Pantasaph on Wed 9th September. See notice board for details. There is a list at the back of church. £5 deposit required.

Diocese of Shrewsbury Caritas Roadshow, ‘Being a Church for the Poor’ on Saturday,

26th September from 10.00am for 10.30am start to 3.30pm at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

CH65 7AQ. The day will include workshops, as well as a social action Marketplace where local charities and parish based projects have the chance to talk about the work they do in the Diocese. Speakers include Bishop Mark Davies and Rt. Hon. John Battle KC*SG. Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own packed lunch. For further information and to register a place please contact Pauline McCulloch 0151 652 9855 or email .

See notice board for further information.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes-Please keep all the pilgrims in your prayers as they remember us and the needs of the diocese in their prayers at the French shrine this weekend.

There is an opening for an Accounts Assistant at the Curial Offices. 21hrs per week over 4 days. For further information/application form email or phone 0151 652 9855

The scouts did a great job last Sunday and raised £146 which was split evenly between the church and the scouts. 18 parishioners left the car park with gleaming cars. A great big thank you to all those parishioners who contributed and to all the youngsters who worked so hard.

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