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: www.lpa24.org

26th. Sunday 27th September 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: JEALOUS OR ZEALOUS?

Moses and Jesus faced a similar problem. Moses picked seventy people who received the spirit of prophecy. But people complained that two other men had received the same gift even though they hadn’t been picked by Moses. And in today’s gospel John tries to stop a man from casting out devils because he wasn’t one of the disciples.

Both Moses and Jesus deal with the problem in the same way: if only everyone could prophesy; if only everyone could cast out devils; if only everyone were so zealous. Anyone not against us must be on our side. So leave them alone and just be happy that they’re doing something good!

You can’t help thinking that there’s a bit of jealousy and envy in these two scenes. Why else would you complain about someone doing good, unless you were jealous of them? But jealousy easily parades as righteousness.

Jealousy is a strange emotion. On a human level it involves us feeling that we should be in the same position as the other person. We should be as popular, as important, as rich or as valued as the other. But on a religious level it shows a lack of trust in God: if we are jealous of others then we are fearful that God hasn’t given us enough.

If we find we’re envious of other people then it’s a sure sign that we’re not at ease with ourselves and with our relationship with God. For God loves each person as if they were the only one to exist. God doesn’t have favourites and he gives to each of us according to our needs. Maybe if some people “have all the luck” then it’s a sign that they need it? As for jealousy about other people having more money or possessions than us, St James puts it into perspective in today’s reading. What’s the point of flaunting your temporary wealth on this earth if you fail to prepare yourself for the life that will last for ever?

Oddly enough, we sometimes talk about God being a jealous God. What this means is that God is zealous for his people. God will never let us down. He will never leave us wanting and he promises us all we need. So if we try to become like God then we need to be zealous about our faith, not jealous.

WORD OF GOD

No one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.

(Mark 9:39-40)

WORD FOR TODAY

When we see others and are jealous or envious of them it’s because we have failed to see how much God has given us. We are looking in the wrong direction. Jealousy is actually lack of faith in God’s ability to deliver to us what we need in daily life.

Forgive us…as we forgive: St. Teresa speaks.

Who, being close to Mercy itself, realising the great deal God has pardoned, would fail to pardon his offender immediately.

THREE OUT OF FOUR? (September 29th)

September 29th celebrates the feast of three archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Michael defended justice and right against the rebellious angels led by Lucifer. Gabriel appears several times in scripture to announce what God intended for his people. Raphael is seen looking after Tobias in the Book of Tobit.

However, in some Christian traditions there is a fourth archangel who never seems to get a look-in and has been pushed out of this feast. Who is he? His name is Uriel.

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.

(Harold Coffin)

Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point – that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative – self-value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it’s a mistake or luck. (Jennifer James)

Room at the inn? Charity HOST is seeking friendly people who could volunteer to offer an invitation to adult international students for a day, weekend, or four days at Christmas. Learn about other cultures, welcome a guest far from home, and make the world a little friendlier! To be put in touch with your local organiser, visit www.hostuk.org or call 020 7739 6292

As we are about to enter the month of October, please ensure that your names for the November list are handed in ASAP-please write clearly and FAO Ann Murray. Thanks.

26th.Sunday 27th 5pm

9.30am.

7.30

Parishioners

Gerald Kavanagh

Prayer Meeting

Mon. 28th 9.15 Tom Dobbie RIP
Tues. 29th 9.15 Immelda Lloyd RIP
Wed. 30th 9.15 Mary Gibbs RIP
Thurs. 1st. 9.15 Kath Wooley RIP
Fri. 2nd. 9.15 Sr. Martina RIP
Sat. 3rd.
27th.Sunday 4th 5pm.

3-4pm

9.30am.

7.30pm

Ann & Ursula Youell

Holy Hour

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 remembering 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 £689 88p–Many thanks for your generosity to the parish.

Gift Aid Appeal. Mike Russell from the Diocese thanks you for making him so welcome during his visit to the parish last w/e and also thanks you for your response. So far 24 parishioners have joined the Gift Aid scheme… a very good response. If you took a Gift Aid/standing order form home with you, and have not yet returned it, please could you do so by handing it in at the offertory collection in a sealed envelope or by posting it through the presbytery door. Alternatively send them directly to Mike Russell at the Curial Offices in the envelope provided. If you missed the appeal but would like to Gift Aid your offertory donations or set up a standing order please contact Steve Bell on 644 7512. Thank you

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday-Family Fast Day- from after 9.15 am Mass until 10.30. Please join us to pray for the many poor and hungry people in our world.

Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Wednesday Word which will help you to get more out of the Sunday Scriptures.

A ROSARY CHAIN OF PRAYER.October is the month of the Rosary and as usual a pilgrim statue of Our Lady will be circulating the parish. If you wish to have the statue in your home for a day please see Maria Fryer or telephone 201 5837 (evenings only). Note: there were a few people who thought because they had the statue they were obliged to have other parishioners in their home, this is certainly not the case and in fact most people who take the statue just say the rosary in their homes by themselves. This is a lovely, yet simple tradition for Our Lady that you can be part of and this year we are looking for a few new people to join us.

The Legion of Mary will lead a public Rosary in St. Werburgh’s Square on Saturday 10th October. Please join them in showing witness to our faith.

The annual Benediction in honour of St. Therese of Lisieux will take place at the Carmelite Monastery this Sunday 27th September at 3pm. All are welcome.

Embrace 2015. Build My Kingdom! This is a big event for young people (year 10 at school and upwards) at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 21st. November from 9.30am until 6pm. For more information go to

The Confirmation Group meet on Friday in the Parish Centre. Next Sunday’s Mass will be the Mass of Election

RCIA meetings continue at St Anne’s presbytery on Thursdays at 7.30 with a tour around the church. If you (or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic then please have a word with Fr. Bernard

Harvest Fast Day is Friday, 2 October. Your support and donations this Harvest Fast Day will enable our partners to work with people across the world to have access to tools and training, and empower them to become self-sufficient despite living in the most difficult of conditions. Additionally, your donations this Fast Day will be used to fund our partners work in Europe and the Middle East to support those affected by the refugee crisis. Please take an envelope.

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies CCRS is a basic course in theology designed for people who are engaged in the communication of their Catholic Faith, whether directly or indirectly. It is open to everyone. You can complete the certificate or just attend the sessions- your choice. The course starts with the Old Testament Module and takes place at Our Lady’s Ellesmere Port on Saturday 10th October and Saturday 7th November from 10am until 3.30pm. For further details contact Rowena Neild- Rowena.nield or phone 0161 440 8619

Next Sunday from 3-4pm. As the Synod on marriage and family life begins in Rome, Philip White will lead us in a time of prayer and reflection on this important topic and intention. Please join us for the whole hour or for part of it.

On Thursday we will be joined by the Year 1 staff and parents of St. John’s Infant School at the 9.15am Mass which will have a harvest theme. Please note that Mass will be in the main church and will be followed by tea and biscuits at the back of church. All welcome.

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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: www.lpa24.org

25th. Sunday 20th September 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS:THE MADNESS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN

Billy, aged four, and his brother Tommy, aged six, were arguing about who was going to get the first pancake that their grandmother was making at the stove. She took the opportunity to teach them a lesson, telling them that Jesus would let his brother have the first pancake. Tommy turned to Billy and said, “Ok, Billy. Go on then, you be Jesus.”

Self-preservation seems to lead to selfishness, just as the instinct for survival tends to make us want to be the “alpha male”. Even in the Garden of Eden it had already started when Adam and Eve were convinced that eating the fruit of the forbidden tree would make them just as good as God. No longer would they be in second place.

Yet Jesus tells us that being first in the kingdom of heaven means being last on this earth. It’s the paradox at the heart of Christianity that says to get the most out of life you must give up your life, to rule people you must be their servant, and to be first you must make yourself last.

There’s no doubt that such an attitude goes against the grain. We seem to be programmed to want to be at the front of the queue. Adverts in magazines and on television pamper to the fact that we “deserve” this or that, that we should adopt a me-first approach to getting what we want in our no-win no-fee society. Knowing your rights and getting everything you’re entitled to has become the norm. It’s a dog-eat-dog world and you’re worth it.

Nothing could point more clearly to the fact that Christianity is not a socially comfortable religious position to adopt. To follow Jesus means to stand out as a sign of contradiction to the views that our society takes as normal and normative. That’s why Christianity is not merely a question of “being nice”. It’s a choice to forego many of the values and attitudes that are prized by most of our fellow citizens. It’s an option to set aside a self-serving approach to what we can get out of life, and instead to live life in a way that puts others first. Is this madness? Billy and Tommy clearly think so. Most people would think so. But Christians wouldn’t.

WORD OF GOD

If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself the last of all and the servant of all. (Mark 9:35)

WORD FOR TODAY

In a world that encourages us to put ourselves first, to be assertive and to get every last ounce of what we deserve, the message of Christ rings a lonely bell: put yourself last and become the servant of everyone else.

MATTHEW (September 21st)

“Matthew” means gift of God. Jesus called the tax-collector Matthew to be one of the apostles and he left his job to follow Jesus who promised gifts that tax money could not buy. St Bede put it very well when he preached a homily about St Matthew:

“There is no reason for surprise that the tax collector abandoned earthly wealth as soon as the Lord commanded him. Nor should one be amazed that neglecting his wealth, he joined a band of men whose leader had, on Matthew’s assessment, no riches at all. Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking to him in words. By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his mind with the light of grace, he instructed him to walk in his footsteps. In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible treasures of heaven in his gift.”

Give us this day our daily bread: St. Teresa speaks

He never fails to give! He will care for you always. In having this (daily bread) you will have everything

When we put others first and ourselves last, all we are really doing is following in the footsteps of our God who in every age allows himself to be pushed out of this world and onto the cross. (Oliver Todd)

Only to the extent that someone is living out this self-transcendence of human existence is he truly human or does he become his true self. He becomes so, not by concerning himself with his self’s actualisation, but by forgetting himself and giving himself, overlooking himself and focussing outward. (Victor Frankl)

25th.Sunday 20th 5pm

9.30am.

7.30

Jack McGree

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon. 21st 9.15 Fr. Lawrence Jones RIP
Tues. 22nd 9.15 Theresa McLean RIP

(In Junior School)

Wed. 23rd 9.15 Ann Mulheirn RIP
Thurs. 24th 9.15 Violet McGrath RIP
Fri. 25th 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Sat. 26th
26th.Sunday 27th 5pm.

9.30am.

7.30pm

Parishioners

Gerald Kavanagh RIP

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.

Money Matters Offertory £623-52p–Many thanks for your generosity to the parish.

Mr Mike Russell is making a Gift Aid appeal at both Masses this weekend 19th/20th September.

Why not pick up a copy of Wednesday Word this weekend? You will be well prepared for next weekend’s scriptures

Your voices will be well rested after the summer break so please come and join us for our next music practice this coming Thursday 24th at 7pm in the day chapel. All welcome.

The annual Macmillan Coffee morning will take place at St Anne’s from 9.30 until 12.30 on Friday 25th September. Raffle, cakes, books etc. Please support this very worthy cause. all welcome.

Please note the various High School open evenings over the next few weeks- these are advertised on the church notice board and in the local press. Bishop Mark will officially open the new 6th form building at St. John Plessington this coming Wednesday 23rd. September.

Legion of Mary will lead a public Rosary in St. Werburgh’s Square on Saturday 10th October. Please join them in showing witness to our faith.

The annual Benediction in honour of St. Therese of Lisieux will take place at the Carmelite Monastery on Sunday 27th September at 3pm. All are welcome.

“The bishops of England and Wales invite every parish on 20 September 2015 to celebrate Home Mission Sunday to support the Catholic community to respond generously to the call to evangelise.”Many Mass-going Catholics feel the pain and sorrow caused by a large number of family members and friends not practising their faith. In response, there is an urgency for us all to consider afresh how we might respectfully and joyfully reach out to our absent brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for all that you are already doing in this regard.

Shrewsbury Diocesan History Day. This will take place at St Mary of the Angels. Hooton on Saturday 26th September. 10.30 for 11am. Coffee and registration from 10.30. Cost £5. Please bring packed lunch (tea and coffee provided).

Refugee Crisis.St John’s knitters did a great job last year and their garments will have kept quite a few Syrians a little warmer! Many people have been wondering how we can help further. The Secretariat of the Bishop’s Conference will provide a web page where practical support initiatives are listed as well as how each diocese is coordinating the local response. The contact person for this diocese is Mary Kilcoyne from the Catholic Children’s Society. Email mary, telephone 0151 652 1281 or via the group page on Facebook/Shrewsbury Diocesan Catholic Children’s Society.

Embrace 2015. Build My Kingdom! This is a big event for young people (year 10 at school and upwards) at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on Saturday 21st. November from 9.30am until 6pm. For more information go to

Shrewsbury Caritas Roadshow, ‘Being a Church for the Poor’ Saturday, 26th September Ellesmere Port catholic High School 10.30am start.

Just an update on our diocesan roadshow! Speakers include Bishop Mark Davies and Helen O’Brien. There will be workshops on foodbanks; women in poverty; the SVP and the Olive Branch –an organisation supporting those affected by drug addiction. There will be an opportunity to attend the ‘Marketplace’ where local groups, parishes and organisations will showcase what they do to promote social action in the Diocese. We will be accompanied by John Battle and invited MPs. 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.

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: www.lpa24.org

24th. Sunday 13th September 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS:GETTING THE BALANCE RIGHT

Today’s scripture readings have caused much trouble in the past. Martin Luther had no time for St James and his letter, and in fact referred to it as “a work of straw”. The hub of the dispute is about faith and good works. Are we saved simply by faith or do we also need good works to accompany it before we can be saved?

Some people’s faith is almost exclusively intellectual. It’s all in the mind. They can dissect complicated questions of doctrine, hold forth on the divinity and humanity of Christ as well as the complex relationship between the members of the Trinity. There is nothing about the Creed that they don’t know. But it doesn’t make them love God. In fact, some of the most intellectually gifted people remain on a very dry level of faith.

Other people learn all these teachings of faith and understand them but their response is only emotional or cultural. They go into raptures at the sight of a beautiful stained-glass window, a magnificently carved statue of Virgin and Child, or the sonority of a cathedral organ. Their emotions are stirred by “Abide with Me” on Cup Final Day and their sense of cultural propriety is bolstered by the flags and colours of the regiments that hang from the ceilings of some of our churches. But it doesn’t make them love God. In fact, some of them even equate Christianity with their own political leanings.St James speaks out forthrightly today about the type of faith required if we are to be saved. It must be an active, dynamic faith. It’s true that we’re saved not by our own merits but solely by the grace of God made visible in Jesus Christ. But if faith is the root of the tree of salvation then good works are its fruit. It makes no sense to profess a faith whose primary tenet is love of God and neighbour without showing any evidence that we care at all for our neighbour. Having an active faith shows that we do indeed love God. It shows that our faith is not all talk but is also walk; we get up and do something about it.

It’s a very delicate balance between faith and good works. But, of course, before you can have a balance you need to have two things to weigh

WORD OF GOD

If good works do not go with faith, it is quite dead.

(James 2:16)

WORD FOR TODAY

Simply claiming to be a Christian isn’t enough; there has to be some evidence that we are living a life consistent with the faith we proclaim to espouse. For as St James reminds us, if we claim to have faith then we must be able to back it up with good deeds.

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

Thy will be done on earth as…in heaven: St Teresa speaks

O my Lord, I have had great experience of the gain that comes from freely abandoning my will to Yours. O friends, what a great gain is here!

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies CCRS is a basic course in theology designed for people who are engaged in the communication of their Catholic Faith, whether directly or indirectly. It is open to everyone. You can complete the certificate or just attend the sessions- your choice. The course starts with the Old Testament Module and takes place at Our Lady’s Ellesmere Port on Saturday 10th October and Saturday 7th November from 10am until 3.30pm. For further details contact Rowena Neild- Rowena.nield or phone 0161 440 8619

Those affected by mental health issues. Next Saturday 19th at 3pm there will be a healing Mass including the Sacrament of the Sick at St Joseph’s for all those touched by mental health issues- either directly or indirectly as carers. Refreshments afterwards.

Shrewsbury Diocesan History Day. This will take place at St Mary of the Angels. Hooton on Saturday 26th September. 10.30 for 11am. Coffee and registration from 10.30. Cost £5. Please bring packed lunch (tea and coffee provided).

24th.Sunday 13th. 5pm

9.30am.

7.30

Vocations from the Diocese

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon. 14th 9.15 Michael & Lydia Cunningham
Tues. 15th 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Wed. 16th 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Thurs. 17th 9.15 Peter Foot RIP
Fri. 18th 9.15 No Mass or Service
Sat. 19th
25th.Sunday 20th 5pm.

9.30am.

7.30pm

Jack McGree 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.

Money Matters Offertory £593 72p–Many thanks for your generosity to the parish.

Books and Cards £7 20p

Mr Mike Russell will be making a Gift Aid appeal at both Masses next weekend 19th/20th September.

Why not pick up a copy of Wednesday Word this weekend? You will be well prepared for next weekend’s scriptures

Your voices will be well rested after the summer break so please come and join us for our next music practice on Thursday 17th at 7pm in the day chapel. All welcome.

The Children’s liturgy group is ready to welcome old faces and new as they recommence this Sunday 13th at the 9.30am Mass.

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.

Many of you will have been saddened by the death of Fr. Terence Boylan who was the recently retired PP of Our Lady’s Heswall. His funeral arrangements are as follows:

Vigil Mass at Our Lady & St John Heswall at 7pm on Thursday 17th.

Funeral Mass St Joseph’s North Rd. at 10.15am on Friday 18th- so no mass or service here at St. John’s on Friday. May he rest in peace.

TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS (September 14th)

Begun around the seventh century as a result of rediscovering fragments of the cross of Christ, the feast of the Triumph or Exaltation of the Cross celebrates the victory that Christ won on Calvary over evil, sin and death. It reminds us that salvation is offered to us by Jesus’ sacrifice and that from now on there is nothing on this earth that can ever hold permanent sway over our lives since Christ has conquered all that stands in the way of fullness of life. Until quite recently this feast was considered of such importance that the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the week in which the feast fell were designated as Ember Days, days of special prayer and fasting.

Confirmation 2015. The Confirmation group meet on Friday evenings from 6.30 until8pm in the parish Centre. They are also taking part in the 9.30am Mass this Sunday

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.

This weekend is Racial Justice Sunday, a day of prayer for peace and tolerance among all peoples of every nation. Please keep all migrants and refugees in your prayers at this difficult time. Some practical initiatives are being organised (e.g. clothing collections etc.) more details during the week and in next week’s newsletter.

LPA reps meet at St. Luke’s Presbytery, 76 Church Rd. Bebington on Tuesday at 7.30pm. In addition to Fr. Bernard, Philip White, Carol Dalziel and Mary Bulmer will be representing St. John’s parish and schools.

Please note the various High School open evenings over the next few weeks- these are advertised on the church notice board and in the local press. Bishop Mark will officially open the new 6th form building at St. John Plessington on Wednesday 23rd. September.

Legion of Mary will lead a public Rosary in St. Werburgh’s Square on Saturday 10th October. Please join them in showing witness to our faith.

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:

23rd. Sunday 6th September 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: HAPPY DAYS

The Jewish people couldn’t wait for the Messiah to come. The prophets had promised that when he did arrive, things would be very different and it would be a time of great rejoicing. Isaiah paints a picture of blind people seeing once more, deaf people hearing again and disabled people jumping like deer. There was a tremendous feeling of longing and yearning for the Messiah, especially since the land was currently occupied by a foreign army.

So when Jesus appears on the scene people begin to wonder whether or not he might be the Messiah they were expecting. By the end of today’s gospel they have made their minds up. “He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak”, they say, quoting what Isaiah had predicted would happen.

Jesus hasn’t gone away. He’s still with us till the end of time through the Spirit. So what about these “happy days”, these Messianic signs? Have they disappeared? Or is Jesus still doing “all things well”?

To have faith means to see and hear things differently. We often speak about people having the eyes of faith. It doesn’t mean that they see different things but that they are able to see things in a different perspective, from God’s perspective. That’s why when they see grief and suffering they feel the same pity as an atheist but they are able to see beyond the grave. When they walk in the countryside and listen to the singing of the birds they are aware of nature but they know that there is someone who created our natural world around us.

Faith in Jesus the Messiah opens our eyes to what lies beyond physical sight; it opens our ears to hear good news in the midst of the world’s troubles; it provides us with a cause for joy because it reminds us that God will not abandon us.

The Jewish people did not fear the coming of the Messiah, because they had an expectant hope that he would set them free from all that prevented them from living the life that their God had promised them. Christians too welcome Jesus as Messiah, for he comes to set us free, to release us from a blurred vision of our world, from being deaf to the voice of God in our surroundings. He invites us to sing for joy!

WORD OF GOD

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unsealed; then the lame shall leap like a deer and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy.

(Isaiah 35:5-6)

WORD FOR TODAY

People knew that when the Messiah came he would be accompanied by wonderful things happening in the world. Christians accept Jesus as the Messiah. As a Christian what positive signs do you see around you that point to the Messiah?

Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.

St. Teresa speaks:

You do more by saying one word of the Our Father than by rushing through it all. Believe that herein lies the true praise and hallowing of his name

RACIAL JUSTICE DAY (September 13th)

“Hospitality and sanctuary for all” is the theme of this year’s Racial Justice Day. You would have to be blind not to have noticed the way in which these islands have become more multicultural and cosmopolitan over recent years. How do Christians respond to this? Or, more importantly, are Christians bothering to respond? If we sit back and offer no support to vulnerable sections of society, whatever their origins, then we open the door for extremists to seize the moment and to peddle suspicion, hatred and racism. And this is no distant problem that can be solved from the comfort of an armchair. It’s on our parish doorstep…

Sister Marie Clare sends her regards to all her friends at St John’s and ask for your prayers for her continued recovery after the completion her last course of chemotherapy.

23rd. Sunday 6th. 5pm

9.30am.

7.30

Fr. Kevin Byrne (10th Anniversary)

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Mon. 7th. 9.15 Ints. of George & Sheila Flattery
Tues. 8th. 9.15 Mary & Sid Havard RIP
Wed. 9th. 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Thurs. 10th. 9.15 Margaret

Warren RIP

Fri. 11th. 9.15 Rita Hamilton RIP
Sat. 12th..
24th..Sunday 13th. 5pm.

9.30am.

7.30pm

Vocations from Diocese

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.

Next Friday’s Holy Hour (11th September) follows 9.15Mass until 10.30am. It is the day the House of Commons votes on the Assisted Suicide Bill.if you haven’t already done so then please send an email or postcard to Alison McGovern MP

Money Matters Offertory £631.87p–Many thanks for your generosity to the parish.

Mr Mike Russell Diocesan director of Planned Giving and Gift aid will speak at both Masses on 19th/20th September.. he will be thanking you for your contributions to our parish and explaining hoow we can further improve our financial giving

Day of recollection at Pantasaph Friary on Wednesday.-There are still a few places left on the coach for this. leaving St Anne’s at 9.10 and returning around 5.15pm. The cost is £10- please bring a packed lunch Names to Bernard McGuigan or to Fr Bernard after Masses this weekend.

PPT members please do your best to attend the forthcoming meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the presbytery.

As we move into the Autumn days perhaps it’s time for some of us to think about how we could do a little more to help our parish to thrive?

Be merry, really merry. The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity. (TheophaneVenard)

On Wednesday 9th, the Queen will become the longest serving monarch in British history. The Bishop has asked that we pray for Queen Elizabeth at this significant moment in her reign.

Catholic Singles

This organisation was founded in 2007 with the aim of helping single, widowed, divorced and separated Catholics of all ages (over 18) meet other single Catholics either one to one or through social evets.

info or phone 0161 941 3409

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?

Diocese of Shrewsbury Caritas Roadshow, ’ 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. Bishop Mark hopes that by our participation in the day we will be able to explore how we can answer the call of Pope Francis to be @a church for the poor in this diocese. If you wouldlike to represent St. John’s at this major diocesan event then please let Fr. Bernard know.

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

Why not pick up a copy of Wednesday Word this weekend? You will be well prepared for next weekend’s scriptures.

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.

Confirmation 2015. Many thanks to candidates and parents for their attendance at the meeting last Friday. The meetings this Friday for candidates only in the parish Centre. The Confirmation group will also be involved in next Sunday’s 9.30am Mass.

This coming Friday there is to be a Deanery Holy Hour for vocations at St. Michael’s Woodchurch from 7pm until 8pm. Please support.

Those affected by mental health issues. On Saturday 19th September there will be a healing Mass at St Joseph’s North Rd. for all those touched by mental health issues- either directly or indirectly as carers. The Mass will start at 3pm and includes the Sacrament of the sick and it will be followed by refreshments in the parish Centre.