St John the Evangelist

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

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

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

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

Ascension Day 1st June 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PASS IT ON!

Bill was a barber but wasn’t one of the brightest or most tactful people around. But he always took the priest’s sermon to heart. One was about the need for every Christian to witness to their faith in Jesus, at home, on the street and at work. So Bill decided to take the plunge. After he had lathered up a customer for a shave, he stood with the cut-throat razor and said, “Are you ready to meet your maker?” The man fled with his face covered in shaving soap!

It’s amazing the number of people who think that passing on the good news (“evangelising” as it’s called) is something that is for the professionals, for those who have trained for many years or those who hold prestigious degrees. Yet today in the Ascension gospel Jesus commands all of his followers to go out and meet people, to teach them, making them disciples and baptising them.

This command of Jesus is sometimes called the Great Commission. It’s the most fundamental aspect of Christian life, witnessing to what we believe. If we stop witnessing then clearly we will die out. If there was no one who first introduced us to Christ, or introduced our parents and grandparents, then we would not be Christians ourselves.

Many of us feel uncomfortable about certain types of witnessing to Christ. Groups of hymn-singing Christians in the middle of the market on Saturday morning can do as much damage as good. Yet we each have a duty as Christians to bring the good news to those around us. How do we do it?

The most basic way is by example. People notice. They notice the way we do or don’t talk about others, the way we are prepared to volunteer our time to help others, the way we treat others on our street or at work. And if they know that we do this out of our belief in God and our faith in Christ then this attracts others. They may then get to the point of asking us about our faith, why we bother to go to church, why we believe what we do believe. It’s then that we have another opportunity to tell people the good news. If there are things that we can’t explain we can always offer to put them in touch with people who can. And just in case we think that we can’t cope alone, Jesus tells us today that as we undertake this spreading of this good news he will always be at our side.

WORD OF GOD

Know that I am with you always until the end of time.

(Matthew 28:20)

WORD FOR TODAY

Christ’s resurrection and ascension are not things of the past. They are very much present and powerful in our world today if we allow them to affect our vision of life and to guide us in our search for the ultimate meaning of our common existence. Jesus promises to be with us until the end of time.

In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are stuttering.

(Howard Hendricks.)

Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. Confusion here is fatal. (J I Packer)

The danger is that every religion, including the Catholic one, says “I have the ultimate truth”. Then you start to rely on the priest, the mullah, the rabbi, or whoever, to be responsible for your acts. In fact, you are the only one (Paulo Coelho)

Please take your copy of the Wednesday Word- an invaluable tool for those who wish to explore the scriptures of the following Sunday.

Invocation 2014– A vocations festival at St Mary’s College, Oscott from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014. The festival is a mixture of faith and friendship; prayer and worship, adoration and reconciliation, engaging talks and inspiring workshops. It is a discernment festival- a weekend full of opportunities for you to think about who God is calling you to be. More details and a booking form are available from invocation.org.uk

Ascension of the Lord

World Communications Day

1st 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

JoeMoore

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 2nd 9.15 am Arthur Brockway RIP
Tues 3rd. 9.15am Rose CorriganRIP
Wed 4th 9.15am
Thurs 5th 9.15am Vocations (locally)
Friday 6th 9.15am
Saturday 7th.
Pentecost

Sunday

8th. 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Romanello Family

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. 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. Rosary commences 5 mins after conclusion of Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £652 65 p

Boiler: £9

Book & Card Sales: £ 11.83

120 Club winners: No 76 M Halpin £20

No. 64 T. McLean £10

Flower Collection: £370-many thanks, this will allow the flower team to maintain their very high standards. Just a reminder that if you have a wedding coming up and require special flowers or colours, it is important that you contact the team as early as possible to discuss your requirements.

There is a retiring collection this Sunday for World Communications. Prayer cards are available at the back of church.

Message from Dominic Ion (SVP)

As hopefully all of you know by now, our brand-new Birkenhead SVP Community Shop opened at 11.00 am on Tuesday 13th May in Unit 16-18, Milton Pavement, Grange Shopping Centre, Birkenhead, CH41 2YA.

So far this has been very successful but they do need your help to keep the shop stocked with the kinds of items you can generally find in charity shops. If you are having a late Spring clear out please consider taking your goods to St Vincent’s or call them if you have large items that need collection. 647 8599- you can help turn someone’s house into a home

The Holy Father’s Universal prayer intention for June is: “That the unemployed may receive support and the work they need to live in dignity”.

His missionary prayer intention is “that Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers”.

If there are any stragglers who haven’t yet paid their sponsorship monies to the Wirral walkers then perhaps they can do so today.

Those of you who bought tickets last year for the Lion King will soon have to dig them out from the safe place you left them because on June 22nd you will be going to the Empire to see this wonderful production.

Today is world communication day and earlier this year Pope Francis wrote a challenging message for us all to receive on this day. We have decided to print it separately so that every family can have a copy of their own. Please take one and let us all try to take its meaning to heart.

EWTN Global Catholic Television has sent the following information concerning the times of four transmissions when Bishop Mark will be reflecting on the Life on St John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests and the New Evangelisation. Each talk is 30 mins Episode 1: Saint John Vianney – Heart of the Priesthood Sunday 8 June, 16:00 Episode 2: Pastoral Plan. Sunday 8 June, 16:30 Episode 3: Saints and the New Evangelisation Sunday 8 June, 17:00 Episode 4: Vocations Sunday 8 June, 17:30 www.ewtn.co.uk

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St John the Evangelist

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

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

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

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

6th Sunday of Easter, 25th May, 2014 Cycle A.

You may remember that Philip was one of the six Greek-speakers appointed to wait at table; but here is the surprise, that whenever we see him (or his colleague Stephen, for that matter) he is not distributing food, but preaching the gospel. So in Sunday’s first reading we see him, in the wake of the killing of Stephen, doing what the Lord had said would happen, and taking the gospel out to Samaria, where he clearly made an immediate impact: “signs”, “unclean spirits shouting in loud voices”, and, above all, “much joy in that city”, which leads to the apostles making an official visit and praying for them to receive the Holy Spirit. This is not at all what good Jews would expect in a town inhabited by “those dreadful Samaritans”. God works in very surprising ways.”In the second reading, we continue the selection from 1 Peter that we have been following all during the Sundays of Easter. Here too there is a sense of astonishment at what God has done: “the just one suffered for sinners…put to death in the flesh, but brought to life in the spirit”. For that reason, it is necessary for Christians under persecution to be “always ready to make your defence… but with gentleness and reverence”. That is not what we are prepared to do, as a rule; but, in the light of God’s Easter, it is possible. So to the gospel. Once more we are allowed to eavesdrop on Jesus’ words to the sad little group, huddled together against the darkness that menaces outside; hanging over them is the sad question, which gains in urgency as the Easter season rushes to its close, “How can we survive without Jesus?” The answer to the question, we hear, lies in love: “if you love me, you will keep my commandments”. It is as simple as that. The entire reading is held together by “love”. Now this is something that we human beings do not easily manage; but God is in charge, and so we hear Jesus promise, “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete, so that he may be with you forever”. Then he explains about this “Paraclete” (a name which probably means something like “Counsel for the Defence”): “the Spirit of Truth which the world can’t accept, because it neither sees nor knows [the Spirit]”. Whereas the little group does know the Spirit, “because [the
Spirit] remains with you and will be among you”. Then we hear Jesus’ reassuring promise: “I shall not leave you fatherless”, and the profound guarantee that Easter gives us: “you see me, because I am alive, and you also will be alive”. Nor are we to understand this as mere pious aspiration; this is for real: “on that day, you will know that I am in the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you”. Then it all comes back to love, that mysterious quality of human living which Easter celebrates above all: “the one who loves me will be loved by my Father; and I shall love that person, and will show myself to them”. This is a very surprising God.

God – close in love

In receiving and giving love, God is close to us. We can look over a day or week, and sense that the love we have shown or received is just a pale reflection of god’s love for each of us. Lord, make our love cheerful and kind. Let us know always that human love reflects your love. Donal Neary SJ

Christ Alive

Jesus speaks in the gospel about being still alive even after his death. Mostly we find Jesus alive in the love of others. There is an energy of love which is connected to the energy of God, for God is love. There are times we find God close to us in prayer; but where we sense him alive mostly is in the ordinary and extraordinary loves of every day, in marriage, family, friendship and care for others. Many of us do not realise that in this way we have been Christ-bearers. In listening to another, in care of all sorts, in putting ourselves out for the other, in working for justice and for peace the Spirit of God is alive and people are touched by God’s love through the co-operation of ordinary men and women. Donal Neary SJ

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings

There will be a retiring collection next Sunday, 1st June, for World Communications. There will be prayer cards available next week at the back of church.

6th Sunday

Of Easter

25th 5.30pm

10am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Celeste Ferreira Annv.

Parishioners

Exposition in Day Chapel

Prayer Meeting

Mon 26th 9.15 am Nicola Smith RIP
Tues 27th 9.15am
Wed 28th 9.15am Miriam Northall RIP
Thurs 29th 9.15am
Friday 30th 9.15am
Saturday 31st
Sunday

Ascension of the Lord

World

Communications Day

1st June 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Joe Moore

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. 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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £ 685.87p

Boiler: £ 5.00p

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 79 B McGuigan £20

Contributions to the Food bank will be gratefully received. There are an unprecedented number of families requiring short term help. There is listing all the items which are particularly needed ON THE notice board. Items should be brought at the weekends only. Many thanks for your continued support.

I am sure you are aware that later this month our Holy Father Pope Francis will be making an apostolic visit to the Holy Land. It has been proposed by the Friends of the Holy Land that this will be an opportunity to be united in prayer with Pope Francis for all the people of the Holy Land. On Sunday 25th May I would invite you to join Pope Francis specifically in prayer perhaps organising an hour of Eucharistic Adoration in the parishes between 3pm and 4pm. I am conscious this is the time when Pope Francis will be visiting Bethlehem and so is an especially appropriate moment for us to be united across the Diocese in prayer with the Holy Father and intercession for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Bishop Mark.

In response to Bishop Mark’s invitation, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Day Chapel at 3-4pm this afternoon (Sunday).

There will be a retiring collection this weekend for church flowers. it is many months since our last collection so we hope that we can rely on your your continued support.

Half term has come around very quickly. The Children’s Liturgy will be taking a break over the next two weekends and will restart on Sunday 8th June. We extend a big thank you to all the Liturgy Team who look after and walk with our young people on their journey of faith.

Have all Wirral walk sponsors coughed up the dosh????

EWTN Global Catholic Television has sent the following information concerning the times of four transmissions when Bishop Mark will be reflecting on the Life on St John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests and the New Evangelisation. Each talk is 30 mins Episode 1: Saint John Vianney – Heart of the Priesthood Sunday 8 June, 16:00 Episode 2: Pastoral Plan. Sunday 8 June, 16:30 Episode 3: Saints and the New Evangelisation Sunday 8 June, 17:00 Episode 4: Vocations Sunday 8 June, 17:30 www.ewtn.co.uk

Please keep all students in your prayers as they prepare to take their exams.

All our young children have now received their First Holy Communion. Please continue to pray for them and their parents that they will become active members of our parish community and the children will seriously consider joining our great group of altar servers.

Please take your copy of the Wednesday Word- an invaluable tool for those who wish to explore the scriptures of the following Sunday.

St John the Evangelist

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

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

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

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

5th Sunday of Easter, 18th May, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE ONLY WAY

In today’s gospel Jesus makes four promises to those who follow him.

1. We do not have to fear death. Jesus tells us not to be troubled and anxious about the afterlife. We worry about how our end will come, and that is natural. But he tells us not worry about death itself for he has conquered death by rising again, and because of our baptism we too can rise with him. We tend to view death as the end. Yet really it is the beginning of life, the life that dwarfs this earthly existence and opens us out fully to the vision of what God’s love is all about. Those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith already enjoy this wonderful vision of God and we too can hope to share it after death.

2. Jesus has prepared a place for us after death. No one has seen this place, heaven, but we know it to be a place of great beauty. There are no disabled parking places in the celestial car park, for sickness and anxiety, frustration, hurt and disappointment are things of the past. Pain and failure vanish in the all-consuming love of God. What we do know is that all of our earthly existence will make sense in a flash as we are finally caught up in God’s life.

3. He will be there to greet us. He promises to be there so that where he is we may be too. The embrace of Christ upon our death is one that melts all hurt, one that enfolds us in such a way that the deepest longings we have ever had will be more than satisfied in an instant. God’s love is forgiving and unconditional.

4. The only way to these promises is through Jesus himself. Jesus is the Way that leads us to the Father, by listening and responding to his word. He is the Truth, unwavering in a sea of conflict, a truth that makes sense of our life and sets us free to enjoy it even this side of the grave. He is the Life, the source of all our longing, the way for men and women to be like God. To follow Jesus Christ is to possess fullness of life, here and now. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

WORD OF GOD

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

(John 14: 6)

WORD FOR TODAY

How central is Christ to the decisions we make in our life? He claims to be the Way that leads to the Father, the Truth that sets us free and the Life that never ends. This claim to exclusivity should challenge us about our relationship with him and about our commitment to living a life based solely on gospel values.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings

The Pope’s intentions for May:

Universal: That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace.

For Evangelisation: That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations.

As you will agree our floral arrangers do a magnificent job adorning the church, particularly the altar. There will be a retiring collection next weekend to enable them to continue to fill our church with the brightness and artistry of the church’s seasons. They are very grateful for your continued support.

5th Sunday

Of Easter

18th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Thanksgiving EDS

Prayer Meeting

Mon 19th 9.15 am

3pm

Funeral at Landican East Chapel – Raymond Cavanagh
Tues 20th 9.15am Maureen Nusun RIP
Wed 21st 9.15am Barbara Gillespie RIP
Thurs 22nd 9.15am
Friday 23rd 9.15am Moira Roberts RIP
Saturday 24th
6th Sunday

of Easter

25th 5.30pm

10am

3-4pm

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Celeste Ferreira Annv.

Exposition in Day Chapel

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. 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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £ 701.02

Boiler: £ 17.45

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 74 D Brockway £20

Contributions to the Food bank will be gratefully received. There are an unprecedented number of families requiring short term help. There is a listing all the items which are particularly needed ON THE notice board. Items should be brought at the weekends only. Many thanks for your continued support.

I am sure you are aware that later this month our Holy Father Pope Francis will be making an apostolic visit to the Holy Land. It has been proposed by the Friends of the Holy Land that this will be an opportunity to be united in prayer with Pope Francis for all the people of the Holy Land. On Sunday 25th May I would invite you to join Pope Francis specifically in prayer perhaps organising an hour of Eucharistic Adoration in the parishes between 3pm and 4pm. I am conscious this is the time when Pope Francis will be visiting Bethlehem and so is an especially appropriate moment for us to be united across the Diocese in prayer with the Holy Father and intercession for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Bishop Mark.

In response to Bishop Mark’s invitation, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Day Chapel 3-4pm .

The Diocesan Liturgy Commission invites all Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in Shropshire to a Training Day at Shrewsbury Cathedral on Saturday, 14th June, 10.30-3.30pm. The day is free. Bring a packed lunch. It is expected that ALL Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers attend a formation day prior to being re-commissioned by Bishop Mark. The Training Day will not be available again in Shropshire until 2016, as it is part of a rolling programme and commissioning of Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for each region. Please do try and make this a priority in your diary. SEE Notice Board for details.

Fr Emeka is celebrating a birthday this weekend. It may even be one with a zero on the end! We extend our congratulations and warm best wishes to him and advise him to get his ear plugs in as we sing Happy Birthday!!!

After their successful Wirral Coastal Walk the Altar Servers are now collecting their sponsorship money from all those who kindly signed the forms at the back of church.

Many thanks for your generosity.

There are a number of events on the notice board. Please take a minute to have a look before you leave today.

The bookstall has a number of interesting books. Please have a browse and if there is a book you would particularly like, please hand in the details and we will try our best to order it for you.

Once again, as you will see from the Mass times, we are running out of mass intentions. If you would like a mass said, please hand details to Joan Hannam and/or Ann Murray.

St Anne’s over 55s meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 12md in their parish centre. Sometimes they have an interesting speaker or enjoy a fish and chip lunch and other times they enjoy trips out together. This month’s meeting involved a canal trip in Chester with lunch on the barge. A few of St John’s parishioners joined them and had a great time going through the locks and racing against the ducks (the ducks usually won.) All those of an eligible age are most welcome to join them and the next meeting will be on June 3rd. See you there!

St John the Evangelist

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

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

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

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

3rd Sunday of Easter, 4th May, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WANT TO HEAR A STORY?

The gospel passage today presents us with a complete turn around. It starts with two men walking along in complete misery. Everything they had hoped for over the past three years has gone up in smoke in the course of the last seven days. Yet by the end of the passage they are elated and are running into Jerusalem to tell the apostles their good news.

What happened to make things change so much? Someone listened to them.

The world is full of people. And each person has their own story, their own set of events and circumstances that have shaped them into the person that they are. In fact, my story is my history. It’s what makes me “me”. If someone can’t be bothered to listen to my story, especially when I feel the need to tell it, than they can’t be bothered to find out what makes me tick. But if they do bother to spend time getting to know my story, then they affirm and validate my experience,

Every single person in church on a Sunday morning has his or her story. They need to be allowed to tell it, to share it and to have people who will listen to it. If we are more than just a congregation, if we are the Body of Christ, then we have been given ears to listen and tongues to encourage.

So as we gather to celebrate the eucharist each week we bring our own stories and all that I am.

That’s what Jesus did with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. He met them “where they were at” and he made sense of their story in the light of the scriptures. When they had thought about their lives in the light of the scriptures and had broken bread with him, all seemed different.

with us. We bring them so that God might shed light on them through the words of scripture, as he did on the road to Emmaus. And as we listen to God’s word and share the body and blood of his Son, the tangled tales of our complicated lives begin to take a shape that makes more sense. For, at the heart of it all, we each have a role in everyone else’s story. And after the events of that first Easter all our stories are intertwined with God’s.

WORD OF GOD

You killed this man, but God raised him to life, freeing him from the pangs of Hades.

(Acts 2: 23)

WORD FOR TODAY

Just as Jesus explained the scriptures to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, and then broke bread with them, so too does he speak at our Eucharist through his word as he feeds us with his body and blood.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings

During the six week Easter period, we are asked to pray for these intentions: New members of the church; vocations; the right use of the media; the Church and human work.

The Pope’s intentions for May:

Universal: That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace.

For Evangelisation: That Mary, Star of Evangelisation, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations.

3rd Sunday

Of Easter

4th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Lilian Thomson (sick)

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 5th 9.15 am NO SERVICE
Tues 6th 9.15am Maureen Nusun RIP
Wed 7th 12.30pm

7.30pm

Funeral Mass

Barbara Gillespie

Service of Remembrance

At St Anne’s

Thurs 8th 9.15am Service of Word &

Communion

Friday 9th 9.15am Parishioners
Saturday 10th 10am First Holy Communion
4th Sunday

of Easter

11th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

John Price

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. 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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £ 632.66

Boiler: £ 9

Book Sales: £ 30

120 Club winners: No 38 E Glover £ 20

No 34 A Murray £10

Funeral Mass for Barbara Gillespie (nee Fitzpatrick)

will be celebrated on Wednesday, 7th May at 12.30pm, followed by cremation at Landican. Barbara and her family are long standing members of St John’s community. She had suffered greatly over recent months, but now she is at peace. Please remember her grieving husband and family in your

prayers.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at St Anne’s on Wednesday, 7th May, at 7.30pm. This is a service to remember the dead of World War One

The Diocesan Liturgy Commission invites all Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in Shropshire to a Training Day at Shrewsbury Cathedral on Saturday, 14th June, 10.30-3.30pm.

The day is free. Bring a packed lunch. It is expected that ALL Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers attend a formation day prior to being re-commissioned by Bishop Mark. The Training Day will not be available again in Shropshire until 2016, as it is part of a rolling programme and commissioning of Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for each region. Please do try and make this a priority in your diary. SEE Notice Board for details.

Chester ACROSS Group require a couple of helpers, at least none of whom must be a female, for their pilgrimage to Lourdes, overland by Jumberlance, from Thursday, 15th –Saturday 24th May. Cost £750 with help available to those who cannot afford the full amount. Information from Maria Marsh 07969261997 OR Tony Murphy 07881656974.

There are a number of retreats available at Sandymount. See Notice Board for details

Copy of Churches Together Spring Bulletin listing forthcoming events can be found on the Notice Board

12th May will be the next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning. 10-11am in the parish centre. Why not pop in and have a chat & a cuppa

Cafod are holding a Novena of Peace from March to November . The next Novena will be held at St Mary’s, Madeley, Telford on Friday 9th May at 7.00pm. All welcome

The Butterfly Park will be holding a Grand Opening Day and Craft Fair TODAY, 4th May,

11-4pm. Entrance is FREE. This is an absolute gem of a nature reservation right on our doorstep and well worth a visit. See Notice Board for details.

The Wirral Coastal Walk takes place on Sunday, 11th May, and once again our altar servers will be taking part. They are seeking your sponsorship for this event and all money raised will be divided between children’s hospice, Claire House and St Stephen’s Guild. Forms can be found on the table at the back of church. Please sign up so their sore feet will not have walked in vain!!!

Contributions to the Food bank will be gratefully received. There are an unprecedented number of families requiring short term help. There is a notice listing all the items which are particularly needed. Items should be brought at the weekends only. Many thanks for your continued support.