5th Sunday of Easter, 28th April, 2013


St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Frank Rice;

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

5th Sunday of Easter, 28th April, 2013


Joan and Tom invited their friends over for a belated housewarming. They had moved in last year with their three little girls, all under five and the youngest just two months old. It had been a struggle to get a mortgage for the house but at least they could look forward to a few years stability until the girls grew bigger and needed their own rooms.

Peter, their banker friend from the city, was there with his young son Gary. A custody battle meant that Peter only saw Gary a couple of times a month, and so he was pleased to have some time with his son and watch him careering round the house, enjoying himself with the other children.

Lucy from over the road was in her first year at university doing modern languages, finding city living very different from the farm on which she was brought up. She was talking to Mike. He lived with another man and when people at work found out they made his life such hell with snide comments that he was glad to take voluntary redundancy, though he was now looking for work.

When they came here from France, Jean-Luc and Suzette hoped to start afresh after failed marriages. Things were going well until Jean-Luc’s son, Alex, was arrested for drug possession. Stealing to feed his habit meant it was not long before he was in youth custody.

Bill and Margaret ran the local corner shop and were finding it hard to compete with the newly opened hypermarket. They were there with their middle child, Matt. When Alex went over to chat with Matt, they couldn’t help worrying that where Alex had been, Matt might follow.

No one at the party was normal. Yet they all were. Each was capable of love and each was in need of it.

Today Jesus tells us, “By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples”.


By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples. (John 13:35)


The love that Jesus showed went to extraordinary lengths, even to the point of death. A Christian’s life ought to reflect this same love. Most of us will not be called on to prove our love by dying, but the distance we are prepared to go is the measure of how much we love like Christ.

It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. (Mother Teresa)

To love means not to impose your own powers on your fellow man but offer him your help. And if he refuses it, to be proud that he can do it on his own strength. (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)



of Easter

28th 5.30pm



Fred Brabandin


Prayer Meeting

Mon 29th 9.15 Aileen McGuigan
Tues 30th 9.15 Josie McGree
Wed 1st May 9.15

12 noon

Mrs Power

Funeral Service

Ian Carress

Thursday 2nd 8am. Ann Sutton
Friday 3rd 9.15 Margaret Hughes

Sunday of


5th 5.30pm



Private Intention


Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Fred Archbold, Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, John Price, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Margaret Randles, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Betty Kennedy, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally & John McManus, Colette Reevey. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £887.48p

Boiler: £16.42p

Book Sales £16.00p

120 Club winners: No 37 £20 T McLean

Bebington Churches Together have organised a number of events during Pentecost which include an evening of Songs and Praise and a Youth Event. Watch the bulletin for more details

Catholic Children’s Society will be opening a charity shop, in May, on Liscard Road Wallasey. They are asking for donations to sell. Please see letter on notice board. If you have any donations, please ring 652 1281 or Trish 07824 329335

Alpha Course with Churches Together. The next meeting will be held on Monday, 29th April at the Jireh Chapel. The meeting will start at 7pm with refreshments, followed by talk.

SJP Plant Sale 4th May, 9-11.30am in the College Dining Hall. Remember to call in to collect your plant orders. You may also find other plants that catch your eye to adorn your gardens and patios for the coming summer months. Do pop in the plants are great value.

Thanks to all who supported the Barn Dance last Friday. The numbers were small but the atmosphere was great. Everyone joined in the fun. I was told here were many aching limbs the next morning! After expenses, we made £110.

Legion of Mary, Wirral Curia will be holding a public rosary for world peace on Saturday, 11th May, at 2pm, in St Werburghs Square, Birkenhead

4th Bebington (St Johns, New Ferry) Beaver Scouts have vacancies for boys & girls aged 6-8 years old in their colony. They meet on a Monday 6.15-7.15pm. in the Parish Centre. Please contact Sue Meadows 645 5245. The Cub Pack are looking for Adult helpers to start a Scout Troop. If interested please contact Sheena Schofield 334 8194. Full support & training available

Friday, 3rd May

Ss Philip & James, Apostles. Philip from Bethsaida in Galilee, became a disciple of Jesus and one of the twelve. He is recorded in the fourth gospel as recognising in Jesus the one foretold by Moses and the prophets (John 1:45) and as introducing Gentiles to the Lord. According to Acts 8:5 he was the first to preach the gospel to non-Jews. James, son of Alphaeus, was also one of the twelve called by Jesus (Mark 3:18). Known as James the Less, he has been venerated traditionally as the author of the Letter of James and as leader of the Church in Jerusalem, where he died in the year 62.

Saturday, 4th May The English Martyrs. This group of religious, secular clergy, laymen and laywomen suffered death for conscience’s sake during a period of 150 years following the religious changes brought about by King Henry VIII. Those particularly celebrated in the Shrewsbury Diocese include St John Plessington, St Ambrose Barlow and St Margaret Ward.


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