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:

21st Sunday 23rd August 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: DAILY CHOICE

Life’s full of choices. Some are not earth-shattering, like the colour of the shoes you decide to put on in the morning or the filling for your sandwich at lunchtime. Others have a lasting if not permanent effect, like the person you ask to spend the rest of your life with or the career you make up your mind to embark upon.

In a spiritually restless society Joshua puts a blunt choice before the people of Israel. If they won’t serve the Lord then who are they going to follow? They decide to follow the Lord their God.

When Jesus began to lose his followers as they defected elsewhere, he too offered the twelve apostles the same choice. “What about you, do you want to go away too?” He realised that his teaching on the bread of life was something that many could not stomach. It gave them indigestion and they preferred to take a less spicy diet.

It was Peter who spoke up for them all. There was no point in going anywhere else when Jesus had the message of eternal life. Their choice was for Jesus, the Holy One of God.

Every Christian has made the choice for Jesus. But this choice isn’t something that’s in the past. It’s not something that we once made and can now sit back and be relaxed about. Because life has no script we have to face a new scene with each passing day. Choices face us every day of the week, some big, others small. We show our commitment to Christ by continuing to make the choice.

Most of us have made a fundamental option for Christ that we are unlikely to turn our backs on lightly. But we still have to keep that preference alive. We have to remind ourselves who it is who motivates us in our thinking and acting. We have to answer Jesus’ question each day: Do you want to go away too?

When we gather together to celebrate the Eucharist we give our reply to Jesus’ question. The Christian community comes to the table of the Lord to eat and drink the food of life and thereby ratifies its unequivocal choice for Christ. After all, as Peter said, where else would we think of going

WORD OF GOD

Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.

(John 6:68-69)

WORD FOR TODAY

For Christians there can be no life without Christ. Any such existence would be pointless. As we celebrate Eucharist by eating and drinking the food of life we acknowledge Christ as the source and summit of our faith. Who else could take his place?

The Our Father: St. Teresa speaks

I marvel that in so few words everything about contemplation and perfection is included in this prayer: we need to study no other book than this one

AIDAN (August 31st)

The most famous Aidan, whose feast is celebrated today, came from Ireland but spent some time on the Scottish island of Iona at the monastery that St Columba had founded. In 633 King Oswald invited some of the Iona monks to go to Northumbria and found a monastery. Aidan arrived a short time later with twelve other monks and they established their monastery on the island of Lindisfarne. Having learnt English he went out among the byways and chatted to ordinary people, trying to interest them in Christianity. Over the years as Bishop of Lindisfarne Aidan succeeded in consolidating the faith firmly in the north-east. His title of Apostle to England is sometimes disputed (along with Augustine of Canterbury) but he is certainly Apostle to Northumbria. He died in 651.

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

(John Dewey)

21st. Sunday 23rd 5pm

9.30am.

7.30

George McGrory RIP

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Mon. 24th. 9.15 Kath Woolley RIP
Tues. 25h. 9.15 Elizabeth RobinsonRIP
Wed. 26th. 9.15 Ann Kehoe RIP
Thurs. 27th. 9.15 Service

of Word & Communion

Fri. 28th. 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Sat. 29th..
21st. Sunday 30th. 5pm.

9.30am.

7.30pm

Parishioners

Bishop Brian Noble

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4-4.45pm

Morning Prayer of the church each weekday 15 minutes before Mass

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.

Masses this week are at the usual times.

Money Matters Offertory £579 01p–Many thanks

£284 50p was contributed to the SVP from mourners at the funeral of Marie McGhee. This is a great boost to SVP finances and they wish to thank the family for allowing donations to be made in their favour. It will certainly be used wisely.

Confirmation Programme 2015

There is to be a meeting for the present team of catechists (and anyone else interested in helping) on Friday 28th August at 6.30pm in the presbytery.

Candidates & Parents

Please note that there is to be a meeting for all candidates and their parents on Friday 4th September at 6.30pm in the parish centre. …..

All new prospective candidates are also most welcome even if you did not participate in the Barnstondale or Wirral way events. Come and see!

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.

KSC are to have a day of recollection in the beautiful setting of Pantasaph on Wed 9th September. This is open to all in local churches. A coach will leave St. Anne’s at 9.15 and return around 5.30-6pm. Two talks will be given by the Franciscans and there will be an opportunity for confession and a visit to the Padre Pio garden. The cost is £10 with a £5 deposit required.

Would you like to maximise your understanding of the Sunday scriptures? Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Wednesday Word !!

There are very few copies of The Universe being sold and once again, we will have to look at reducing the numbers ordered.

On Friday 11th September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide) or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church. There is also a postcard which you can simply complete and send off- not much effort required to make your feelings known on such an important matter.

The Foodbank is currently very short of the following items:

1/Household cleaning materials- washing up liquid, soap powder etc

2/Toiletries- soap, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes

3/Bottles and cartons of fruit juice and squashes

Can you help?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)

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 or Mary Tyrell. There will be a Come and see’ evening at St. Anne’s presbytery on Thursday 17th September and the meetings will start in October.

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.

(Leo Buscalglia)

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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:

The Assumption of Our Lady 16h.August 2015. Cycle B

We agree that there can be but one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ, and reject any interpretation of the role of Mary which obscures this affirmation. We agree in recognising that Christian understanding of Mary is inseparably linked with the doctrines of Christ and the Church. We agree in recognising the grace and unique vocation of Mary, Mother of God Incarnate (Theotokos), in observing her festivals, and in according her honour in the communion of saints. We agree that she was prepared by divine grace to be the mother of our Redeemer, by whom she herself was redeemed and received into glory. We further agree in recognising in Mary a model of holiness, obedience and faith for all Christians. We accept that it is possible to regard her as a prophetic figure of the Church of God before as well as after the Incarnation.

(ARCIC I)

On May 1st , 1946, Pope Pius XII, asked all bishops in the world whether they thought this belief in the assumption of Mary into heaven should be defined as a proposition of faith, and whether they with their clergy and people desired the definition. Almost all the bishops replied in the affirmative.

On November 1st , 1950, the Feast of All Saints, Pope Pius XII declared as a dogma revealed by God that “Mary, the immaculate perpetually Virgin Mother of God, after the completion of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into the glory of heaven”.

We have no real knowledge of the day, year, and manner of Mary’s death. The dates which have been traditionally assigned to her death vary between three and fifteen years after Christ’s Ascension. Both Jerusalem and Ephesus claim to be the place where she died. (By tradition, Mary lived at Ephesus after the death of Jesus.) Mary’s tomb was presumably found in Jerusalem. It is claimed that Mary died in the presence of all the apostles, but that after her burial, her tomb, when opened, was found empty. Therefore, they concluded that her body had been taken up (assumed) into heaven. (Oliver Todd

The hymn of the Virgin (Magnificat) has become an important point of reference for contemporary theology and spirituality and a basis for Christian involvement with society. Contact with the hymn has led theology to a rediscovery of its character as the word of salvation and liberation, and has taught spirituality to unite praise and joy in God—in the experience of poverty—with the reality of involvement, in accordance with God’s plan to overthrow the powerful and raise the lowly. The perspective of the Magnificat is in harmony with the liveliest contemporary expectations.

(A Valentini)

WORD OF GOD

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit exults in God my saviour, because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. (Luke 1:46-47)

WORD FOR TODAY

Where Mary has gone, we hope to follow. The glory of today’s feast is that Mary is one of our race. Like us she strove to be attentive to the word of God and to put it into practice in her daily life. The place she occupies in heaven is one that is also on offer to us.

After the Wedding

Have you noticed how when you go to church for a wedding there’s no mention of the honeymoon? Everything else gets talked about except what the couple are about to do next. Thousands of years ago it was the accepted practice in the East that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. The couple didn’t go off to another place; they just stayed at home and drank the mead. Now, mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon. True or false?

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.

Assumption of Our Lady 16th. 5pm

9.30am.

7.30

Frank Youell

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon. 17th. 9.15 Bernard Turnbull RIP
Tues. 18h. 9.15 Service of Word Communion
Wed. 19th. 9.15 Fr. Peter Ryan Ints.
Thurs. 20th. 9.15 Service of word & Communion
Fri. 21st. 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Sat. 22nd.
21st. Sunday 23rd. 5pm.

9.30am.

7.30pm

Donald Illidge RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4-4.45pm

Morning Prayer of the church each weekday 15 minutes before Mass

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.

Masses this week are at the usual times.

Money Matters Offertory £603.17p–Many thanks

Books & cards £16.40p

Hail, Queen of heaven:

St Teresa Speaks

His Majesty says to the Bride in the Song of Songs, ‘

You are all beautiful, my love’!

O Blessed Lady!

MELLIFLUOUS DOCTOR (August 20th)

Mellifluous Doctor sounds as if it should be a GP with a beautiful singing voice, but in fact it’s the title that was given by Pope Pius VII in 1830 to St Bernard whose feast is today.

Born near Dijon in 1090, he presented himself along with thirty of his relatives to St Stephen at the Abbey of Citeaux when he was only twenty-two years old and they became Cistercian monks there. Only three years later he founded the Abbey of Clairvaux and became its abbot. He was famous for his teaching, particularly about the Virgin Mary, and is credited with composing the Memorare prayer and the hymn “Jesus, the very thought of Thee”.

His reputation spread and he became an adviser to popes and bishops as well as peacemaker in various political controversies. He died in his monastery of Clairvaux on August 20th 1153.

Happy feast day to our Parish Priest!

Our 6th formers will now have received their results and we hope that congratulations are in order!

This coming week, GCSE results will also be received by students at SJP, Upton Hall and St. Anselm’s. We pray for our young people and wish them well for the next phase of their lives

The Foodbank is currently very short of the following items:

1/Household cleaning materials- washing up liquid, soap powder etc

2/Toiletries- soap, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes

3/Bottles and cartons of fruit juice and squashes

Can you help?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)

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 or Mary Tyrell.

There will be a Come and see’ evening at St. Anne’s presbytery on Thursday 17th September and the meetings will start in October.

Youth 2000 Prayer Festival, 27th-31st August, 2015-(probably still time to be part of this exciting event) 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. This is open to all in local churches. A coach will leave St. Anne’s at 9.15 and return around 5.30-6pm. Two talks will be given by the Franciscans and there will be an opportunity for confession and a visit to the Padre Pio garden. The cost is £10 with a £5 deposit required.

On Friday 11th September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide) or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church.

Come and See Conference 2015, 3rd-4th October is being held at Christ the King School, Southport. Sr Helen Prejean (featured in film Dead Man Walking) will be the keynote speaker with workshops by leaders including John Bell, Dermott Donnelly and David Matthews. For booking forms and further information, contact Jenny on 0151 949 1199 or email jenny