27th Sunday 28th. October 5th 2014 Cycle A.


St John the Evangelist

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

Priests: Fr Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

Deacons: Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

Phone:   0151 645 3314

email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

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

27th Sunday 28th. October 5th 2014 Cycle A.


A man dies and goes to heaven where he meets Peter at the Pearly Gates. Before he can enter Peter gives him a few questions to answer. He has to accumulate 100 points before he can go in. “So, how often did you go to church?” Peter asks. “I went twice a week,” replied the man. “That’s one point,” answers Peter. “One point? Wow! I thought it would be worth more than that.” “And did you put any money on the plate?” asked Peter. “Yes, I gave 10% of all my income every week,” answered the man. “Right, let’s see,” answers Peter, “that’s worth 3 points. Did you do anything else?” “Well, right off hand, I can’t think of a whole lot. I did mostly what I thought I was supposed to do.” “Ok, we’ll give you 5 points for good behaviour, can’t you come up with something else?” By this time, the man is completely flustered. He finally cries, “Well, I can’t come up with anything else. It looks like that no one can enter heaven except by the grace of God!” “100 points! Come on in!”

We are God’s vineyard. God has planted us like vines in it and each day takes enough care of our patch of land for us to be able to produce sweet tasting grapes. What does he get in return from us?

God looks for peace from his people yet he gets discord, bickering and war. God seeks true worship from us yet our lives are littered with false gods. God shows us how to produce justice yet our world is full of corruption and exploitation of the poor and the weak. He awaits goodness but is repaid with evil. God teaches us about caring and sharing but sees us becoming more acquisitive and greedy as we strive to improve our own selfish lifestyles. Where he yearns for community he encounters exclusivity, class distinction and snobbery. Grapes sown for humility produce only pride. Seeds of godly living bear the fruit of a merely secular mentality.

What more could he have done for his beloved vineyard? I suppose he could have offered us his grace…

What could I have done for my vineyard that I have not done? I expected it to yield grapes. Why did it yield sour grapes instead?

(Isaiah 5:4)


Do we take our gift of faith for granted? Do we consider ourselves to be in a privileged position in our relationship with God? Do we strive to produce fruits or do we bank on everything turning out well in the end irrespective of our contribution?

Pope’s prayer intentions for October

  • Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
  • World Mission Day.  That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.

Some of you may know that Sr Marie Clare has moved from Rock Ferry to a convent in London. She recently celebrated her 80th birthday so if you would like to send a belated birthday card or send any other correspondence we are sure she would be delighted to hear from you:

St Joseph’s Convent, 36 Mare St, Hackney, London, E8 4RT


If you have forgotten your CAFOD contribution this week then next week is not too late!


The latest Readers’ list is now available.

As Pope Francis and the Bishops meet in Rome for their Synod on the family this month please pray that they will be led by The Holy Spirit.

27h Sunday 5th 5.30pm




Agnes Hynes


Holy Hour (World Peace)

Prayer Meeting

Mon 6th. 9.15 Sr. Marie Clare
Tues 7th. 9.15am Joe Moore
Wed 8th. 9.15am Pat McGregor
Thurs 9th. 9.15am Isabelle Delaney RIP
Friday 10th. 9.15am



Holy Hour

Saturday 11th.


12th. 5.30pm


7.30 pm


Theresa Mclean RIP

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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 make a Frs Bernard or Emeka aware if you know of any sick person who might need a visit from a priest.

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: £655. 17p

Boiler £9.21p

Peter’s Dance money £102

120 Club Winners

No. 35   S. Higgins £250

No 15   G. Owens £100

No.12  A. McLean £50

No.72   Scout Group £20

No 82   M. Davies £10


Saturday Mass is now being celebrated each week at St Anne’s. There is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 11.15 am with Confessions from 11.15-11.45 followed by Mass at 12md.

Diamond Geezer!

Fr Frank will be celebrating his diamond jubilee on Monday December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Bernard has very kindly invited him to celebrate here at St John’s. There will be a Thanksgiving mass on that evening at 7pm.followed by a buffet in the hall. Noelene is coordinating contributions to the buffet and so if you would like to contribute please see her after masses to add your name to the list.

November List

Please have all names in by the last weekend in October. It does take some time to compile the lists so we would appreciate your early attention please.

The next coffee morning hosted by the bereavement group will be on Monday 13th from 10am until 11am. If you need extra help to cope with your bereavement then a member of the group will point you in the right direction.

A Busy Sunday!

At the 10am Mass this weekend our young people will be enrolled for the Sacrament of Confirmation. please hold them and their families in your prayers

Please try to drop into the Holy Hour this Sunday afternoon even if it is just for a few minutes. The world seems to be in turmoil at the moment whichever direction you choose to look.


PPT meeting to take place this coming Wednesday 8th at 7.15 am. All members please make every effort to attend.

Bishop Mark’s father died last week. Please remember the Bishop and his family in your prayer.


SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER – Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents

Canon Michael Gannon VG will be celebrating (the 3rd) Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents on Saturday 18th October at Our Lady & the Apostles Church, Stockport SK38BQ.  The Mass is at 2pm and it would be wonderful to see as many grandparents and families as possible gathering to celebrate either their own vocation as grandparents, or praying for their grandparents.  All are welcome, there’s tea/coffee and cake after the celebration of Holy Mass.



There is much discussion today about the treatment of people who have become seriously affected by illness, whether they are young or old. Statutes seek to legislate, among other things, for what level of treatment should be afforded to people when they reach the stage where they can no longer speak for themselves.

Christians believe that no one has the right to deprive people of treatment when this implies the deliberate deprivation of human life through starvation or direct action. Perhaps it was most elegantly summed up by Pope John Paul II both in his final weeks of illness and in his forceful defence of the vulnerable when he said:

“Human life is a precious gift to be loved and defended in each of its stages. The Commandment ‘You shall not kill’ always requires respecting and promoting human life, from its beginning to its natural end. It is a command that applies even in the presence of illness and when physical weakness reduces the person’s ability to be self-reliant.”

A reminder that the RCIA Catechist Day is due to take place on Saturday 11 October  at St Columba’s Parish Centre in Chester.  Please find attached a copy of the poster in two formats.  All are welcome to attend

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