The Body & Blood of Christ, 22nd June, 2014 Cycle A.


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


The Body & Blood of Christ, 22nd June, 2014 Cycle A.


PAST: 2,000 years ago on a Thursday evening Jesus ate what was probably a Passover meal with his disciples in the Upper Room. This meal was a memorial of how God had freed the Jewish people by liberating them from slavery and providing them with a promised land. During his meal Jesus told the disciples that from now on they were to eat this meal not in remembrance of Moses and the Exodus but in memory of him. For the bread that they would eat was his body that the next day would be nailed to the cross, and the wine that they would drink was his blood that on the same Friday would be shed on Calvary.

PRESENT: Today we Christians have a living memorial of that saving action of Christ. It is the eucharist. Over the centuries Christians have never ceased to follow that command of Jesus at the Last Supper. They have gathered together, listened to God’s word in the scriptures and then, when they have taken, blessed and broken the bread, they have shared communion by eating and drinking what Christ tells us is his body and blood. In this sacrament of the eucharist Jesus is really present to those who receive him. His flesh is real food and his blood is real drink because both of them nourish, they sustain us and keep us spiritually healthy. As we eat and drink from the one bread and cup the eucharist becomes a sign of the unity that we share and at the same time it also makes us one in Christ.

FUTURE: The eucharist is food for our journey, medicine for our health and strength for our future. Not simply about the past and present it directs us towards two futures. The first future means that the eucharist is a sign of our commitment to building up the kingdom of God here on earth. So receiving the eucharist is not just an act of devotion; it commits us to action. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit we pledge ourselves to playing our full part in the Church’s work of bringing about a world in which justice, peace and holiness reign. And the second future is in the afterlife. The eucharist is a pledge of the heavenly banquet that God has promised to those who listen to the voice of his Son. What we experience in the food of the eucharist is a foretaste of an eternal feast with God.

The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ allows us to thank God for this wonderful gift.


The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ.

(I Corinthians 10:16


The eucharist that we celebrate is the very food that nourishes us on our Christian journey of life. It’s not so much a reward as a medicine, not just for good people but for those who know their faults and want to be better.


Lord Jesus, you are the bread of life: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you are the cup of eternal salvation: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, through your death and resurrection you have redeemed the world: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God have mercy on us, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and through our communion with blood of Christ bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

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

Body & Blood of Christ

(Solemn Communion)

22nd 5.30pm



Fr Peter Ryan


Prayer Meeting

Mon 23rd 9.15 am Jim Sweatman RIP
Tues 24th 9.15am Dorothy Stocker RIP
Wed 25th 9.15am Anne Ashley RIP
Thurs 26th 9.15am Vocations (Locally)
Friday 27th 9.15am Harold O’Neill Annv.
Saturday 28th
29th 5.30pm


7.30 pm


Joan Guntripp RIP

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, Rachel Mulrooney. 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

Extraordinary Collections:

National Catholic Fund £180.98

Peters Dance Money £112

Offertory: £ 556.08

Boiler: £ 13.00

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No 28 P Dobbie £20


This is the time of the year when our children make their First Communion. They have spent a lot of time preparing for this special event and we wish them well. In their classes they have learned that the Eucharist was instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper and that it is the central act that we the community enact when we call on the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. In their own simple way they understand that by eating and drinking Christ’s body and blood they are joining the family (the Church) at its table, where it gathers to be fed for the journey that is life.

Those of us who are adults have a responsibility to pray for these children so that they may be sustained in this attitude of faith that they bring on this special day. The quality of our lives, the way we welcome them, the manner in which we wholeheartedly take part in our worship…all these things will have a lasting effect upon them and ensure that they will be fellow diners at the table of the Lord for many years to come. For children learn how to behave at table from adults.


There will be no tea/coffee after mass today (Sunday)due to the First Communicants enjoying their party in the Parish Centre.

PAUSE FOR HOPE Second Annual Ecumenical for hospitals and hospices in Cheshire and Wirral is to be held in Chester Cathedral on SUNDAY 22nd JUNE at 3pm. today

Call to all key holders. A register is to be set up to record all who hold keys to parish buildings, with particular attention to the parish centre. Watch this space as further details will follow shortly.

WE HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING INVITATION: Procession for the Feast of Corpus Christi at Ss Peter Paul and Philomena’s, Atherton Street, New Brighton CH45 9LT, on Sunday 22nd June 2014. Please join us for procession straight after the 11.30am Mass, followed by free lunch and refreshments. All welcome!

There is a vacancy, at the Curial Offices for a Safeguarding Co-ordinator. Salary £35-38k. Closing date is Monday, 30th June. See notice Board for details.

You have no doubt heard in the media about the increasing use of food banks. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment.

Catholic Singles is a well-established group which offers friendship and shared social events. Don’t be lonely!

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