21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st August, 2016. Cycle C

19/08/2016

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)

Deacon: Revd Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

Websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st August, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: HEAVEN AND HELL

Some modern people don’t believe in hell. They say that it’s an old-fashioned way of frightening people into behaving in a moral manner. If God is so loving, they argue, then no one will be allowed to miss out on heaven.

Of course, this is not what Jesus says in today’s gospel. He says “there will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside”.

Hell is not a place. It doesn’t have a floor and walls, or even a fire. Hell is the never-ending state of pain and frustration after death at realising that we were given the chance of eternal happiness that comes from choosing God, but that we chose not to accept it and now it is beyond our grasp. If God were to ignore our life choices and simply “smooth things over” when we die, then we would have been made fools of during our life. Life, rather than being a drama, would have been reduced to a divine farce in which we thought we had freewill but in reality were just playing a part in some predetermined global heavenly extravaganza. God has too much respect for us to toy with us like that. And so Jesus warns his audience today about becoming complacent, about thinking that they are guaranteed a place in the kingdom of God because of their nationality, their ancestors, or their religious practice. And just as Isaiah had done centuries earlier, he angers them by saying that heaven will be full of “riffraff” while some of them will be excluded. For God has no favourites. People of high standing in society and the Church will find themselves at the foot of the pile, and vice versa.

And what about you and me? Have we joined the throng of people who never give heaven and hell a second thought? Do we automatically think that we have some sort of season ticket for religion that will see us through at the eleventh hour? Or are we acting on Jesus’ words and trying to enter by the narrow door?

Intercessory Prayer: If you are interested in being part of an intercessory prayer group….. praying for the Church and our world particularly at this time, please contact Gerry Topping Tel No 0151 645 1510

WORD OF GOD

There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last. (Luke 13:30)

WORD FOR TODAY

The order we like to impose on the world, the Church and our lives may not necessarily be that which God intends. As we see things turned upside down in our lives and our world, could it be that this is God’s way of telling us that his ways are very different from the predictable patterns we have come to expect?

FOODBANK Did you know during April and June 2016 we fed & supported 2568 people, which included 801 children. 7.46kg will feed & support a single person for 3 days. 20.64kg will feed & support a family of 2 adults & 2 children for 3 days. For every £10 donated we can feed & support a single person for 3 days & for £25 we can feed & support a family of 2 adults & 2 children for 3 days. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY.

URGENTLY NEEDED GOODS:-Please see list on the notice board at the back of church.

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.

Twenty First Sunday in Ord Time 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr Frank Rice (Birthday)

Jim Jones RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 22nd 9.15am Joan and Roy Clayton Ints
Tuesday 23rd 10.00am Funeral Service

Catherine Elizabeth Bridgette

Wednesday 24th 9.15am Andrew G Welch RIP
Thursday 25th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 26th 9.15am Brenda Frodsham Ints
Saturday 27th
Twenty Second Sunday in Ord Time 28th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kevin Serry RIP

Francis Yovell Annv

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY IS TAKING A SUMMER BREAK AND WISHES ALL THE CHILDREN A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY. WE WILL RESTART ON SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER AT THE 9.30AM MASS
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let Fr Bernard know.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Catherine Elizabeth Bridgette who died recently. May she rest in peace. Funeral Service here at St John’s on Tuesday at 10.00am.

Recently Married

Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Hannah Storer and Andrew Johnson married here yesterday.

If you intend entering into Marriage at

St John’s in 2017/2018 and have not already been in touch, please phone 645 3314 to book your date or talk to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike after weekend Masses.

Confirmation 2016

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Wednesday, 23rd November at 7.00pm ….. If you will be in Year 8 or above in September and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few weeks.

There will be a short meeting for all our Eucharistic Ministers (old and new) on Saturday 10th September at 10am in the Day Chapel. Please make every effort to attend.

The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Team will take place on Thursday 8th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any items for the agenda/discussion /consideration (in writing please) to Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard.

Money Matters: Offertory £456.86

Many Thanks.

Year of Mercy visit to Pantasaph

The Wirral Knights of St Columba invite you to join them for their Annual Day of Recollection in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph in North Wales on

Monday 12th September. Please bring a packed lunch, Tea and Coffee provided. The coach leaves from outside St Anne’s Church at 9.15am and returns around 6.00pm.

Details and bookings from Bernard McGuigan Tel 645 7929 / bmcguigan51 or Tony Patton Tel 645 9934 / a.paton260

Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 4th September at 2.00pm in St Wilfred’s Parish Hall, Witton Street, Northwich CW9 5NP. For further details please contact Kath Emsley via email atkathemsley

If you know of any non-Catholics connected with/living in St John’s Parish who would be interested to learn more about the Catholic Faith, please let us know. We hope to reconvene the local RCIA group in the Autumn.

A list of dates and tutors for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies from September 2016 to June 2017 is displayed on the notice board at the back of church. There may be parishioners who would like to just follow the course without writing the essays and obtaining the Certificate. This year there will be 2 modules before Christmas and one after, rather than the other way round. The course will start on 10th September which is earlier than usual.

“Our Mission Together”

Up to this weekend here at St John’s 51 gifts have been received totaling £103,395.

45 direct debits are now being processed every month.

42 parishioners are declaring Gift Aid on their pledge. To date 28% of the parish has pledged towards this exciting new initiative and for those who haven’t yet pledged, there are some information packs and pledge forms on the table at the back of Church. I do hope and pray that with some more parishioners pledging this month we will reach our challenge goal of £115,000 !

A copy of the proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church are on the notice board for everyone to take a look at. Now that the replacement and cleaning of the windows behind the altar has been completed we hope to begin more work from the Our Mission Together fund shortly.

I will keep you informed of ongoing developments or you can check the diocesan website www.diocesofshrewsbury.org

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