25-26 April 2015,,Fourth Sunday of Easter (Yr B)


St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw (also parish priest of the parish of St Anne, Rock Ferry)

Deacons: Revd Philip White; Revd Michael Daly

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

25-26 April 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Yr B)

Good Shepherd Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The name comes from the gospel reading on this day, which are taken from tenth chapter of John. Christ is the Good Shepherd who, by dying on the Cross, lays down his life for his sheep. Dom Henry Wansborough writes in this week’s Wednesday Word that to think of ourselves as woolly and cuddly sheep, obedient to the shepherd, would be a mistake. Sheep are renowned as being silly, contradictory creatures, always starting off in the wrong direction, getting themselves into tangles and difficulties. In the Holy Land they are scraggy beasts, pastured on rocky and often dangerous ground, amid boulders and cliffs, threatened by wild animals and marauders. The shepherd needed to be on the alert to save the sheep from hurting themselves….. So Jesus as the good shepherd is kept well occupied by our foibles, our stubbornness, our mistakes and our fears.

What do you value most in those who guide you? In recent times this day has also become known as Vocations Sunday, a day on which prayers should be said for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The celebration of Good Shepherd Sunday is an opportunity to pray that the Lord will raise up more people to inspire the Church as priests and consecrated women and men. This is a moment of prayer for these specific vocations. Everybody is involved in the work of this Sunday, a time of grace for all the faithful as we pray together.

Come along to our parish QUIZ NIGHT on Fri 15 May 2015 at 7.30 pm in the parish centre. £5 per table (payable on the night). Maximum of 4 adults per table. Bring along your own drink (and something to eat if you like). See the poster for more information.

This year the Church is celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life. Locally, we will be closely involved in September 2015. But you might like to know that Pope Francis is asking the church’s religious sisters, brothers and priests to ‘wake up the world’ with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope. There will be a mass on 17 May at Sacred Heart, Wythenshawe, celebrated by the Bishop as part of our diocesan celebrations for the Year. There will be another mass in September at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry.

LORD of the Harvest, BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call. Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things. INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving— for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people. Amen.

Parish Summer Fair Sun 5 July after mass in the parish centre and church grounds. Next planning meeting for stall-holders, helpers and others interested is on Mon 11 May at 7pm in the presbytery.

St Anne’s are having a FAMILY FUN DAY from 1pm-4pm on 4 May in the Lourdes Hall (face-painting, crafts, entertainment, games, quiz, Irish bingo, refreshments). Sounds great. £5 family ticket or £2 individual.

A Vocations Sunday poster was put up at a bus stop in Fiveways, Liverpool last Thursday inviting people waiting patiently for their bus to ‘Change a Life’ by praying for vocations. Next time you find yourself waiting for a bus or a train, think what good you could be praying for……

Sat (mass of Sun Easter 4B) 25th 5.30 pm Anne Cuffe RIP

(Sun Easter 4B)

26th 9.30 am

7.30 pm


Prayer meeting

Mon 27th 9.15 am Vocations
Tues 28th 9.15 am Peter Tweeddale RIP
Wed 29th 9.15 am Marie Rooney (int)
Thu 30th 9.15 am Kathleen O’Hanlon RIP
Fri 1st 9.15 am Betty & Sean Morrissey RRIP
Sat (mass of Sun Easter 5B) 2nd 5.00 pm Fred Archbold RIP
Sun (Sun Easter 5B) 3rd 9.30 am

7.30 pm


Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30 am mass. [Please encourage your children and grandchildren to
participate in this.]

Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before weekday masses

Please pray for our sick and those who care for them Pray also for those in the parish who do not wish their illness known publicly. If anyone who is sick would like a home visit, please let Fr Bernard or one of the deacons know.

Steven Francis and Hannah Szpak are being married here at St John’s next Saturday at 12 noon. Please remember them in your prayers and all couples preparing for marriage here and elsewhere in 2015.

Money- thank you Offertory: £580-55p

Next Weekend there is the Annual Mission Appeal at both Masses which this year in Shrewsbury Diocese is being given by the SMA Fathers.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of John McKenzie from Port Sunlight who died last week shortly after he was reconciled to the Church and anointed. Fr Bernard will preside at his Funeral Service in Church on Thursday 7th May at 2.30 pm. May he rest in peace

‘Called to be …?’ is the question Father Christopher Jamison O.S.B will explore on Friday 15 May 2015 from 7pm with young adults aged 16 to 30 years of age. Join Father Christopher at Saint Werburgh’s Parish Centre in Chester for food, drink and a chance to ask ‘what kind of person does God want me to be?’ The venue is easy to find and is not far from Chester Train Station. For more details please see the poster at the back of church or visit the Diocesan Website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/youth

CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) – This coming Thursday, 30 April, the third module “The Father’s Love” will be held in the Parish Centre from 7.30-9.00pm. Further sessions follow in succeeding weeks.

Anyone aged between 18 – 35 is welcome to a Day of Reflection organised by ACTS (Adult Catholics Together Spiritually) led by Bishop Brian Noble at Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS on Sat 2 May 2015 – 9.30am-5pm. £20 (£15 for unemployed /students). Bishop Brian will lead us prayerfully through a reflection on the Bishops’ Conference document, ‘Do You Love Me?’. Contact Siobhan at siobhanbc or tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761 138947

We are, all of us of whatever age, invited to reflect prayerfully with Fr Christopher Jamison OSB on Sat 16 May on our calling in the Church’s mission to the world at a LAY VOCATION EVENT at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, CH65 7AQ from 10.30 am until 3.30 pm (£5 contribution on the day). To book a place, email pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury. org.

Amended Notice: Do you have children who are current Year 8 children who will be Year 9 in September who want to receive Confirmation this year? We are having an overnight “Confirmation Gathering” fun-event at Barnstondale Activity Centre 8th to 9th May. Please contact Mike Daly on – daly.m or leave your details and that of your child at St John’s presbytery. All details must be received before 30 April to ensure inclusion.

Don’t forget to put our monthly singing practice on the second Thursday of the month into your diary (Thu 14 May at 7pm).

St Teresa speaks of the straying sheep: The great King, like a good shepherd, whistles softly, making his sheep recognise his voice, so that they will return to their inner dwelling place.

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