27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd October, 2016. Cycle C

01/10/2016

St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd October, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK?

The first four Sundays of October this year invite us to consider different aspects of prayer.

We can sense the frustration in today’s first reading of someone who seems to be calling on God in distress and yet nothing appears to be happening. Is prayer nothing more than mouthing words that can have no real effect on our situation? Is God simply playing with us?

A good question to ask is “What do I think I am doing when I pray?” Often we are letting God know what we feel and asking him to change things to the way we want them to be. At worst we end up thinking that we are informing God, and at best we find ourselves pouring our heart out.

Pouring our heart out is no bad thing. In fact, it’s what Jesus asks us to do in prayer. We don’t actually have to use any words to do this: we can simply and silently place ourselves consciously in God’s presence. And when we do this, we may find ourselves listening to God rather than talking. God is able to penetrate our busy thick skins and communicate his word to us.

When we are aware that God wants to get through to us, we are on the first step to letting him change us. For prayer is not about changing God but about conforming ourselves to the will of God. This does not mean that we stop praying for people in need, for things to be otherwise, but it does mean that we start to ask God to mould us, to allow ourselves to be used as part of his plans. God will often turn our ideas upside down in prayer, especially by pointing out that we don’t understand the whole picture.

If we seem to pray and pray and nothing happens, then either we are doing something wrong or God couldn’t care less. It’s more likely to be the former. Prayer does work when we put our own interests second and ask God to change us

WORD OF GOD

How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen ;to cry “Oppression” in your ear and you will not save? (Habakkuk 1: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

Sometimes it can seem as if God has taken his eyes off the game and fouls are being committed with impunity. Yet the Lord promises to be faithful to those who patiently wait for him to act, and tells us today that if justice appears to be slow in coming, come it will.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support and generosity in these summer months when the need is as great as ever. Please see the list of urgently needed goods on the notice board at the back of Church.Urgently required goods include deodorants, size 4&5 nappies and sponge puddings. Thanks.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection 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.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays.

This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.

Wirral Knights of St Columba Charity Concert at St Joseph’s Upton on Friday 14th October at 7.30pm. Entertainment from Ukulele Fanatics plus Bingo and Raffle. Bring own drinks (glasses provided). All proceeds to Bolivian children’s Cancer Hospital and Wirral Tuesday club for less able. Tickets £5 from Bernard McGuigan Tel-645 7929 or pay at the door.

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ord Time 2nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints. Bishop Mark

Terry McMahon RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Tuesday 4th 9.15am Arthur Lonsdale RIP
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Catherine Brigette RIP
Thursday 6th 9.15am Les Duff Ints
Friday 7th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Saturday 8th
Twenty SeventhSunday in Ord Time 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Mary Quinnie RIP

Sick Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT EACH SUNDAY 9.30AM MASS
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

OCTOBER MONTH OR THE ROSARY. If you are interested in having Our Lady’s statue in your home for a day and join in our rosary chain of prayer see Maria Fryer.

TRAIDCRAFT – Lots of Traidcraft produce will be available to purchase after both masses this Saturday 1st of October and Sunday 2nd of October.

Tea/Coffee & Biscuits are also available in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday.

Carmel’s Annual Benediction in honour of St Theresa today (Sunday) at 3pm at the convent 12 Grosvenor’s Place Birkenhead. All most welcome.

Money Matters:

Offertory £ 577.64 Thank you for your generous giving.

Lately Dead- Your prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of John Joseph Donnelly. Funeral Service Tuesday 11th October at 10am in church. Ellen Bradley Funeral Mass in church Wednesday 12th October at 10am. Kathleen Twist Funeral Service in church Thursday 13th October at 11.15am. May they and all the faithfully departed rest in peace.

Confirmation 2016

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s Rock Ferry Tuesday 22nd November at 7.00pm ….. If you are in Year 9 or above and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike on 645 9256 as soon as possible. Confirmation preparation meetings for candidates take place in the parish center each Friday from 6.30pm – 8pm.

St Johns Strollers….a new venture…once a month we are hoping to do a local walk from the Church car park (for about an hour) finishing with tea/coffee in the presbytery. The next stroll will be this Sunday 2nd October. More info from Maria Fryer.

“Our Mission Together”

Thank you for your continuing support for this Diocesan initiative. To date 36% of the parish have pledged/donated towards this exciting new initiative and for those that haven’t yet pledged there are some pledge forms in the sacristy. A copy of the proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church are on the notice board at the back of Church for everyone to take a look at. McQuillanElectrical Contractors have started work on improving the lighting in the Church… apologies for any inconvenience caused over the next few weeks.

Church parade here today at 9.30am Mass.

St John’s CAFOD/ONE WORLD GROUP.

The Lampedusa Cross has been in our parish this week. It has been in a prominent position in the Church and visited our schools. We have all been able to send individual messages of hope to the world’s refugees.Many thanks to those who participated in the Holy Hour last Sunday.

This coming Friday is Family Fast Day. A Cafod envelope is attached to this newsletter, please return it in the Offertory bag at any weekend Mass up to the 22nd/23rd October. Your support for our brothers and sisters in the Third World is much appreciated.

McMillian Coffee Morning Well done to the organizer’s and thank you to those who supported Friday’s Coffee Morning, which raised the magnificent sum of £500.

Diocesan Symposium…. A day of reflection. “The role of mercy in end of life care” Saturday 15thOctober. See Diocesan website or leaflets at back of church for further details.

Please join in the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) and Bishop Mark Davies on Tuesday 11thOctober from 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Columba’s church, Chester for an evening of talks given by Archbishop Sebastian Shaw, Lahore, Pakistan and Sister Annie Demerjian from Aleppo in Syria.

The Parish Website needs looking at & regularly updating. If you would like to be part of a small group of parishioners involved in this important work (especially if you have any expertise in this field) please have a word with Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike. We would like to press on with this as soon as possible.

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