30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 23rd October 2016. Cycle C

22/10/2016

 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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 23rd October 2016. Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TAKING THE MASK OFF

 

Because she was in a hurry, a woman wanted to find a parking space close to the supermarket door. As she asked God to help her, she saw a car backing out of the car park right next to the store front, and she said, “Never mind, God. I’ve found one myself!”

Some of us have an inflated view of our own abilities. Even when we look in the bathroom mirror when we get up in the morning, we see someone else’s face! We see the person we would like to be rather than the person who is actually staring back at us. That’s because the mask that we put on for everyone else to see becomes confused with the real person behind the eyes.

No one of us escapes from this. We wear all sorts of different masks depending on whom we are talking to and what we want them to think of us. We present an image, a projection of someone we would like to be.

When we pray, we can keep this mask on, but it is quite useless. That’s because the one person who knows us better than we know ourselves is God. All our being, all our faults and failings, weaknesses and strengths, hopes and fears, lie like an open book before God. There is no point in pretending to be someone else. God knows who we are.

Humility in prayer means being yourself before God, but your real self. You don’t have to use religious words to get a hearing. You don’t have to make out that you are doing more than you are or that you are better than you are. The humble man in today’s gospel simply said, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.”

God accepts us in prayer for what we are, warts and all. If we can simply place ourselves before God and ask the Lord to let us feel his presence then our prayer is authentic. Being honest and humble in prayer ultimately makes us humble and honest about ourselves. It strips us of the layers of self-deception and self-importance.

Then we’ll not only be more able to hear what God is really saying to us, but we’ll be better able to change.

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Only humble prayer works. We have to admit our true condition before we can stand before God and request a hearing. Humility in prayer means stripping ourselves of all pretension and waiting to receive what God knows we need.

 

 

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued if anyone is free in the mornings and would like to be on the rota, please let me know 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 biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.

 

St John’s One World Group is having a Family Bingo on Saturday,

19th November at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. Please keep this date free. Raising money is important but socialising with our fellow parishioners is also important. If anyone is uneasy about coming out in the dark, please let me know and we can organize lifts. Donations for prizes are always welcome. Thank you Cecily 645 7645

 

 

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.  

                    

 

On Saturday, 5th November 2016 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly welcome.

 

Tea Dance to be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Kings Road, Hr Bebington on Wednesday 26th October at 2.30pm. Refreshments available.

All welcome including children/grandchildren.

Remember Summer time finishes on SATURDAY,

29th October. The clocks go back 1 hour


 

 

30h Sunday in Ord Time 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Pat Kershaw RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 24th 9.15am Patrick Kennedy RIP
Tuesday 25th No Mass/Service/Service today
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Thursday 27th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Friday 28th 9.15am

12.30pm

Ellen Bradley RIP

Funeral Service –

Gabrielle Mia Emmerson

Saturday 29th
31st Sunday in Ord Time 30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

John Corrigan RIP

Prayer Meeting

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

OCTOBER MONTH OF 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.

 

Please pray for the soul of John Corrigan whose Funeral Mass is to be held at St Werburgh’s Birkenhead on Tuesday at 12 noon (hence no Mass/Service here that day). A Rosary will be prayed for John at Thomas McMullan’s Chapel of Rest today (Sunday) at 4pm.

Please pray also for Gabrielle Mia Emmerson, a young parishioner, whose Funeral Service will take place here at St John’s at Friday at 12.30pm . May they rest in peace.

 

NOVEMBER LISTS: Please ensure all names are received as early in October as possible. Please print names clearly and mark the envelope FAO Ann Murray and drop them into the presbytery or hand them to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike. This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Thursday, 10th November at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died. LAST DAY FOR LEAVING YOUR LISTS WILL BE FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER, allowing time for the lists to be compiled.

Money Matters:   Offertory £534.36p     Thank you for your generous giving.

 

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

 

Congratulations best wishes and prayers to Kimberley Anne Morris and David Anthony Powell

who are to be married here on Saturday 29th October at 1pm. If you intend entering into Marriage here at St John’s in 2017 and have not already been in touch, please phone 645 3314 to book your date etc. or talk to us after weekend Masses.

 

Confirmation 2016

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at

St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Tuesday

22nd November at 7.00pm. Please keep all candidates and their families in your prayers.

 

 

LPA ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION: on Saturday

12th November at 10-3.30pm. Led by Dr Marion Tolley. Further details on the notice board at the back of Church and in next week’s bulletin.

 

 

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are still available at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory bag this weekend. Your support for our brothers and sisters in the Third World is very much appreciated.

 

 

Three helpers are needed for Children’s Liturgy to assist the Leaders on a rota basis of one in four weeks. No experience is needed as full training will be given. Please see Fr Bernard or ring Jacqueline on

0151 201 6227.

 

 

St John’s Sunday Strollers… The next stroll will be 6th November at 2pm. More information is available from Maria Fryer.

 

 

 

“Our Mission Together”

Thank you for your continuing prayer and support for this initiative they are much appreciated by Bishop Mark and myself. If you have not yet pledged/donated to “Our Mission Together” you can still do so by filling in one of the pledge forms in the sacristy.

McQuillan’s have almost completed the electrical work in Church and thanks to Joe Seattle we have new notice boards at the front of the Church and by the Day Chapel door. Other alterations and improvements will follow…some before Christmas and others afterwards.

 

The Association for the Propagation of Faith Red Boxes are due to be collected during this month. There will be a container at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support.

 

The next singing practice will be on Thursday,

27th October at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

 

Faith Talks. A series of talks to explore matters relating to our faith will be held at Christ the King in Bromborough over the coming months..

Faith Talk 1 Led by Fr Peter Phillips :

The Joy of Love – Pope Francis will take place at Christ the King Parish Centre on Thursday

27th October from 7.15pm-9.00pm. Everyone is most welcome.

Union of Catholic Mothers & SPUC Join Forces for Unborn Children and are launching a joint campaign this Autumn to publicise the upcoming

50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act, commemorates its victims and generate meaningful political action which they hope will prove a catalyst for political change for unborn children. The campaign consists of three stages:

The First Stage is in October 2016 Campaign Postcard Day. The Postcard features a “Pro-Life Pledge” for MPs to sign. Parishioners can use the card to draw their MP’s attention to the plight of the unborn, and to encourage them to vote along pro-life lines in Parliament. Postcards are available on the table at the back of church and poster is on the Notice Board.

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