All Saints, 1st November, 2015

02/11/2015

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:

All Saints, 1st November, 2015

FAITH IN FOCUS: BLESSED EXISTENCE?

It’s not how we live that makes us saints. It’s how Christ lived for us, how he died and rose again for us.

So today’s feast is not about our trying to become saints. It’s about focussing on what Christ has done and the fact that we are already called saints by him due to our baptism. We are incorporated into the holy people that are his Church. We’ve already taken our place in the line of God’s saints.

You’d think, wouldn’t you, that being a saint would be a blissful experience? Yet we seem to have all the same problems that non-believers have. We mourn, we suffer and we find it hard to make ends meet just like everyone else.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised at this. After all it’s exactly what Jesus told us in the Beatitudes: saints are those who mourn, who hunger and thirst for justice, who are abused and persecuted. Do you recognise your life in this? You should certainly recognise there what happened to Christ in his earthly life.

In a world that looks for instant gratification, whether it’s fifty-nine minute dry cleaning or drive-through fast food restaurants, the feast of All Saints teaches us a lesson in perseverance. Through the Spirit, God is fashioning us slowly into the saints we are intended to be, as long as we let him. This means that we bear whatever crosses come our way, secure in the belief that we are promised the life that God has prepared for us from the beginning of time. But letting God mould us into saints takes a lifetime of maturing, a lot of patience and much starting over again.

As we make this journey to our heavenly home we have the inspiration of those who have already completed their journey and now enjoy God’s glory in God’s holy city, what we call the heavenly Jerusalem. We hope that one day we will meet up with them there to share their joy and see God face to face. In the meantime we celebrate today’s feast, thanking God for what Christ has done for us and asking that we may become more and more responsive to the Spirit who prompts us to grow in holiness.

ALL SAINTS (November 1st)

Father of all, you have given the saints in heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of your glory. Because of their holy love for you, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church and my neighbours. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. I ask our patron saints and every saint who has become especially so dear to me to intercede for us. I ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with you. Amen

ALL SOULS (November, 2nd)

All Souls Day is the last day of the Triduum (a three-day celebration) of commemoration of the dead dating back to pre-Christian eras.

On this day, the Church remembers all of the faithful departed who died peaceable deaths with the expectation of Christ’s promises of eternal life. These were ordinary people, who were not given the status of sainthood by the Church, but were nevertheless saintly communicants. Today, all Christians are reckoned as saints, a concept referred to as the Communion of Saints.

In the Latin world, All Souls Days is known as the Day of the Dead. On this day, families are reunited in the cemeteries where their ancestors are buried. During these family reunions, they decorate their ancestors’ tombs and hold parties that begin in the afternoon and continue on into the evening. These are not morbid celebrations, as one might expect, but very happy and positive occasions that are intended to bring back happy memories of the ancestors who are very much included in the celebrations.

May the Lord our God free us from all anxiety and strengthen our hearts to serve him in humility so that recognising God’s goodness and grace in our lives we may be exalted to share his glory.

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 and to look at the Book Stall and to buy your Catholic Paper.

As you do your weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. We would be most grateful, from the beginning of November, to receive donations of sweets and Advent calendars. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment. Thank you for your continued generosity

All Saints 1st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Wilfred & Mary Humphrey RIP

St John’s Parish

Prayer

Meeting

All Souls 2nd 7.00pm Mass of Remembrance
Tuesday 3rd 9.15am Elizabeth

Robinson

Wednesday 4th 9.15am Bert

Grunnill (Get Well)

Thursday 5th 9.15am Fr John Woods Intentions
Friday 6th 9.15am Eileen Myles
Saturday 7th
32nd

Sunday

8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sam

Kershaw RIP

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Due to half term, there will be no Children’s Liturgy this Sunday. We will recommence on Sunday, 8th November
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before weekday masses

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass each Friday until 10.15am.

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 £594.87p Thank you for your generosity to the Parish.

APF Red Box. Please leave your donations in the tub located at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support

Eucharistic Ministers Meeting and Training

Saturday, 14th November in the Day Chapel from

9.30am-11.30am. Please make every effort to attend.

Confirmation meetings begin again on Friday, 6th November, in the Parish Centre. Please keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers as they continue their preparation for this great Sacrament to be celebrated here at St John’s on Wednesday, 24th November at 7pm.

Our Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Monday,

2nd November at 7pm Invitations have been sent to bereaved families. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this special Mass after which Tea/Coffee will be served at the back of Church.

Newsletter Team

There is a need to expand the number of people who compile the parish weekly newsletter. If you would like to join a rota please have a word with Fr. Bernard. The newsletter is an important vehicle of communication within the parish. The more people who join any rota the less of a burden it becomes.

Shrewsbury Diocesan Refugee Response

Catholic Children’s Society has been named as the Diocesan point of contact. To enable information sharing, links to useful websites and opportunities for parishes and groups to inform/involve others in fundraising activities, collection points, offers of accommodation, volunteering time and skills, a Facebook page has been opened. In order to gain access please do the following connect to the website cathchildsoc.org.uk, click on the Facebook icon (top right hand corner of home page) and scroll down the page to click onto the Shrewsbury Diocese Logo and you are in, or please enter the following UTL:

On Saturday, 7th November at 2.30pmat the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there will be a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray f or members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly welcome. Mrs P Young, Headmistress.

Laudato Si: The imperative to change. St. Agnes West Kirby Justice and Peace group have arranged a study day on 21st November from 11am until 3pm on Pope Francis latest encyclical. Ellen Teague, Tablet journalist and member of the Columbians JPIC team will speak on Laudato Si and Paul Kelly member of the Lancaster diocese Faith and Justice Commission will speak on climate change. No charge and a light lunch is included. Registration is essential for catering purposes.

Tel. 0151 625 6512

An Introduction to Luke’s Gospel: On Tuesday, 10th November, 7pm-8.30pm at St Werburgh’s Parish Centre.

Fr Michael Coughlin will give a talk “Looking at Luke” in preparation for the new liturgical year. Booking essential. Ring 652 9855 or email

Scripture Group An opportunity to rediscover the joy of the personal encounter with Jesus and to consider afresh the good news of our saving from all that would harm us…. We have been thinking of offering sessions on Holy Scripture and in particular of helping people deepen their own grasp of the person of Jesus and of the formation and content of the gospels. To start with Philip will be playing a series of recordings reflecting on key moments of the story of Jesus handed down to us in the gospels. The recordings were made by Fr Denis McBride (a Redemptorist priest and scripture scholar). The recording lasts for about 45 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of the topic covered.

If you would like to come, please join us for the first session on Thursday, 26th November at 10.00am (aiming to finish by 11am) in the presbytery. Remember, please, to bring your bibles

4th Diocesan Symposium: “Lourdes Open to the World” On Saturday, 28th November at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE an on Sunday, 29th November in Shrewsbury, Dr De Franciscus, the President of the Office of Medical Observations, will lead a reflection on what Lourdes has to offer today’s world in the care of those who are disabled, marginalised, sick and dying. See poster on the notice board, the Catholic Voice or the Diocesan website.

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