Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, 9th November, 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

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

Email: stjohntheevangelist


Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, 9th November, 2014 Cycle A.

This feast celebrates our unity with the Church in Rome. The Basilica of St John Lateran, also known as the Basilica of Our Saviour, is the parish Church of the pope and is the first publicly dedicated basilica in Christendom.

When you hear the word “church” what comes to your mind?

Do you think of : a building like this one, where people gather to worship

or perhaps “church” brings to mind a gathering of believers, the church as its people, a community of faith. Some see the church as a haven, a refuge, a place of peace, for others it’s a chore, a burden, an obligation.

Some think of church as one big guilt machine and for others it’s a gas pump of grace. But whatever the word “church” brings to mind, let us hope it is still, in every mind and heart, a place to meet Christ Jesus.

St Paul personalises the temple and writes “YOU” are God’s building! YOU are the temple of God!” Ezekiel describes the temple as a great well-spring from which flows a river of living water filling the oceans, nurturing all life and providing healing. Whatever the word “church” brings to mind, these scriptures have something to say to us all.

WE are God’s building; WE are the temple of God. Each of us is one of the living stones in the temple of God. None of us is the whole temple, but each of us and all of us together build up that temple that is Christ’s body. Together, we are the living, moving, breathing Body of Christ. From this body, this living temple, should flow healing waters providing life and sustenance, especially for the poor, hungry and homeless, because the Body of Christ never exists for itself but always for others.

The author James Joyce is said to have said; “Catholic means: here comes everybody!” And there is a universal diversity, true to the root meaning of Catholic, that marks who we are as a church. Here, in the middle of our church is the altar of the Body of Christ, the one who’s truth we celebrate, communion with whom is our joy. May this table, around which we, the church, gather, provide the nourishment we need to be the church the Lord has made of us, the church the Lord calls us to be.


Lord, we remember those who died when madness ruled the world and evil dwelt on earth, those we knew and those whose very name is lost. Because of their sacrifice, may we renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, against prejudice, tyranny, and oppression. Still we cry to God out of the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish. Let not new clouds rain death upon the earth.

Turn to yourself the hearts and wills of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men and women live as friends in the bond of your peace.

In a world still troubled with war, hatred and unrest, we pray for peace and unity. You have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony, and yet we are divided, race from race, faith from faith, rich from poor, old from young, neighbour from neighbour. O Lord, by whose cross all enmity is brought to an end, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred. Forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking; overcome our prejudices and fears. Give us courage to open ourselves to others and by the power of your Spirit make us one.


The Piety Stall is well stocked with cards and leaflets including Diamond Jubilee Cards and Christmas Cards produced by the Carmelite Sisters in Grosvenor Place, Birkenhead.

The Chapel and Card Shop at Carmel are open 7 days a week: 7.30am – 5.00pm. Mass Sunday’s & Saturday’s at 8.00am, Monday-Friday 7.45am

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


of the Lateran Basilica/



9th 5.30pm




Rels & Friends of Peggy McAllister


Parishioners especially those who died during war and conflict



Mon 10th 9.15 am Win


Tues 11th 9.15am November


Wed 12th 9.15am McGree

Family Thanksgiving

Thurs 13th 9.15am The

Intentions of Bernard Dillon

Friday 14th 9.15am




Holy Hour

Saturday 15th


Of the year

16th 5.30pm


7.30 pm






Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Denis Arnold, 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, Winifred Sweeney. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please make 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: £743.20

Boiler: £5.20

Books & Cards £

Cafod Harvest Fast Day £545.54

As we begin our journey into winter with wet and cold mornings, why not come along to the parish centre and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after Sun mass in the warm and friendly surroundings. Beats chatting outside church in the cold brrrrrh!


Unfortunately there will be no Children’s Liturgy this week, 9th November. This is due to preparations for the forthcoming Confirmation at the end of the month. Apologies from The Children’s Liturgy Group. If you are interested in helping with Children’s Liturgy please let Fr Bernard/Deacon Mike know,. It’s an important part of our parish but we need more volunteers to help it grow

Love of the Church: St Teresa


All is for the good of the Church; and to pray for the Church is an obligation.


SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER, 10am-1pm in the Side Chapel. Please make every effort to attend.

Fr Frank’s Diamond Jubilee Mass Monday,

8th December, 7pm.Please don’t forget to make a contribution to Fr. Frank’s diamond jubilee celebrations. There is a list at the back of church and also an opportunity to make a monetary donation in lieu of a food donation. Only 5 weeks to go, so we need to get organised!

Bebington Dramatic Society presents a Charity Night Performance of THE WINSLOW BOY on behalf of the Birkenhead and Bebington St Vincent de Paul Society being held at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight on Wednesday

19th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 obtainable from Teresa Young.

Our young people will be confirmed on Wednesday, 26th November at Christ the King. Please continue to keep them in your prayers that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be active in their lives. “Thank you” to the Confirmation Team for their care and commitment.

Your continued donations to the Wirral Foodbank are very much appreciated. The need to help and support those in our community is ongoing. The Foodbank relies upon non-perishable, in date food donations to feed people in crisis. There is a comprehensive list of items on the notice board. Please place food in the boxes provided at the back of church.

Thanks to everyone for coming together and taking part in the Harvest Fast Day. Our gift of £545.64 will help communities in Sierra Leone build back their lives after years of brutal civil war. Letter from Cafod is on the notice board.

Weekend Mass Times at St John’s from the First Sunday of ?Advent: Sat/Sun: 29th/30th November will be SATURDAY 5.00pm & SUNDAY 9.30am. I trust this will not inconvenience people too greatly but it will assist Fr Emeka and I to cover both parishes more effectively. There will be no changes to Weekday Mass Times except, obviously, when funerals occur.

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