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:

Feast of Ss Peter & Paul, 28th June, 2015. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: MARTYRS?

She’s a martyr to her corns, we say. Or perhaps we think that we shouldn’t give publicity to terrorists because they’ll become martyrs.

We use the word martyr in a different way from the way it was thought of in gospel times. For us, martyrdom means suffering, like the woman with her corns. And when we hear of the death of various holy people we call it martyrdom. But in fact the word martyr doesn’t necessarily involve suffering or dying.

The word martyr means a witness. If you are a martyr to the cause, then you are a good advert for the cause, a good example or a witness to what the cause is all about.

In fact, although Sts Peter and Paul were both killed for their faith, they are really martyrs because they both witnessed to it. In an obvious way we can say that dying in order to witness to your faith is the ultimate martyrdom.

Yet what’s important about Peter and Paul isn’t that they died but that they spent their lives passing on the message of Jesus Christ. The ancient Preface prayer for today’s feast speaks of “Peter, our leader in the faith, and Paul, its fearless preacher.”

If we want to emulate the two saints of today’s feast then we don’t have to seek out death before our time; we have to be martyrs by witnessing and passing on what we have been taught and believe. In fact that’s how Christian faith survives. Faith, they say, is not taught but caught. We catch it at our mother’s knee, at the feet of good teachers, from the lips of holy people we come to meet in life.

It’s easy to bypass our job of transmitting the faith by saying that this is the task of others, of clergy and catechists, of teachers and preachers. But the truth is that the only reason why we can celebrate today’s feast is because of generations of mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles and aunts who accepted the responsibility of handing on their faith to their own families and friends.

Peter and Paul would be happy to accept praise for their martyrdom, for the way they transmitted their faith, but they’d probably be even happier if they thought we were also joining the martyrs’ queue ourselves.

WORD OF GOD

You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the under world can never hold out against it. (Matthew 16:18)

WORD FOR TODAY

Peter and Paul are credited with being so fired up by their faith that they couldn’t help passing it on. And so from generation to generation the teaching of Christ has come down to us. Who are we passing it on to? And how?

The True Voice of the Church: St Teresa Speaks. These are not the times to believe everyone! Believe firmly what Holy Mother Church holds and you can be sure you will be walking along a good path.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings.

Saturday 27th 5pm Joan Reynolds RIP
Feast of Ss Peter & Paul 28th 9.30am

7.30 pm

Patrick

Mulholland RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 29th 9.15am Elizabeth Robinson RIP
Tuesday 30th 9.15am Peter Warren RIP
Wednesday 1st 10.00am Rev Philip White Ints
Thursday 2nd 9.15am Ann Kehoe RIP
Friday 3rd 9.15am Patricia Dean RIP
Saturday 4th 5.00pm Jim Burke
14th Sunday in Ord Time. B 5th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please make a note of the mass time change on Wednesday for Philip’s Silver Jubilee.

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.

Money Matters:Offertory £601.19. Thank you

Peter’s Dance Money £100

CONFIRMATION 2015

”Calling All parents of current Year 8 and future Year 9 (in September) students. Thank you for allowing your children to participate in the Barnstondale gathering – it was a huge success. We now need to meet you and them together to discuss the programme and individual responsibilities before school breaks up in July. We are holding a meeting at 6.30pm this Thursday, 2nd July, in the Parish Centre. Please come along and do not worry if you missed Barnstondale: we still want and need to see you there. All inquiries please to Fr Bernard

Rev. Philip White: Silver Jubilee

Fr Bernard writes: Philip celebrates 25 years as a Deacon on Wednesday,

1st July. Philip tells me he does not want a big celebration but I feel we cannot let this major milestone pass by without some recognition for all Philip has, and continues to do, for our Parish. So on Wednesday, 1st July, Mass will be celebrated for Philip’s intentions at 10.00am in the Main Church, after which I warmly invite everyone to stay behind for some celebratory refreshments in the presbytery.

Next Sunday, 5th July, after the 9.30am Mass, we will be holding our Summer Fair so we need your help. We need raffle prizes, items for the bottle stall, cakes, books etc. Help will be needed on Saturday, 4th July, 4pm onwards to set up the stalls in the Parish Centre. Please support our Summer Fair and make this a great Parish day .

Altar Servers: Children, boys and girls, who have received their First Holy Communion can become altar servers. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to assist the Priest at Mass and take an active part in our parish services.

If your child would like to become an altar server, please contact Deacon Mike Daly email . Tel No 645 9256.

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 9th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to bereaved families. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

Saturdays at Sandymount: Join us for the following events:

11th July: Advance with Courage Led by Gillian Coxhead

3rd October: The Butterfly Takes Flight:

Led by Fr Matt Blake OCD and Gillian Coxhead

24th October: St John’s Gospel: The Woman at the Well: Led by Donna Worthington

19th December: Don’t Miss the Meaning of Christmas: Led by Fr Daniel O’Leary.

See poster at the back of the church. For details contact

info

or ring 0151 924 4850

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Annual Catechist Gathering due to take place on Saturday, 25 July at St Nicholas Catholic High School in Hartford has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

National Grandparents Pilgrimage will be held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham on Sunday,

26th July. Please see poster at back of church for full programme.

Further details contact

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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

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 21st June, 2015. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: A HERE-AND-THERE GOD

Job is often credited with being a patient man. We talk of the patience of Job perhaps because so many awful things happened to him and yet he kept his faith in God. Yet it didn’t stop him from having a go at God and complaining about his circumstances. In today’s reading God comes back at him and says, “Where were you when I was creating the world?”

Our relationship with God in Christ is a strange one. On the one hand we keep God at a distance, recognising that he is all-powerful, that he is the author of creation and that we are nothing but impotent compared to the attributes of God. Yet on the other hand we claim enormous intimacy with God, calling him our Father, confiding our hopes and fears to him and expecting him to forgive our faults and failings.

The idea that God is up there in heaven and completely beyond our fathoming is called God’s transcendence. The idea that he is very much present here on earth, accessible in Jesus and made visible in the lives of other people is called God’s immanence. Today’s scripture reveals that our God is both transcendent and immanent. He’s both here and there.

When Jesus and the disciples are in the boat and it’s in danger of sinking their natural reaction is to turn to Jesus who calms the storm. This teaches us a number of things. Firstly, it teaches us that God hasn’t just made the world and then left it to its own devices. Jesus uses the power given by his Father to intervene. God is not simply transcendent, not simply up there. He’s here as well. And secondly it shows us the closeness of Jesus’ relationship with the Father that he could rebuke nature and it would obey him. This story is perhaps one way in which St Mark tries to let us know how the disciples gradually learned Jesus’ secret: that he was the Messiah of God.

Unlike the disciples, Job had no trouble realising that God was up there and yet down here. He recognised that God was responsible for creating the world and keeping it in being and yet he dared to call on God to engage in the most mundane things. If you were looking for God today, would you look up there or down here?

WORD OF GOD

Who can this be? Even the wind and sea obey him.

(Mark 4:41)

WORD FOR TODAY

Such is the God that we have that, although he has mastery over all creation, he does not keep us in captives in fear but offers us the fullness of life and love. Any other idea of God that we might have would be far too small.

God our Father, We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old. We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice. We pray for fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow. We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice. We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen

The Faithful Friend: St Teresa Speaks. Remain with so good a Friend as long as you can. He will never fail you; He will help you in all your trials; you will find Him everywhere.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings.

Saturday 20th 12 Noon

5pm

Carmel Mass

Ann Kelly RIP

11th Sunday B

Father’s Day

21st 9.30am

7.30 pm

Phil Price RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 22nd 10.30am Funeral Mass –

Ann Kehoe

Tuesday 23rd 9.15am Harold O’Neill RIP
Wednesday 24th 10.30am Funeral Mass –

Elizabeth Robinson

Thursday 25th 11.30am Funeral Mass –

Anne Mulheirn

Friday 26th 9.15am Canon John McNamara
Saturday 27th 12 Noon

5.00pm

Novena Mass

Joan Reynolds RIP

Feast of Ss Peter & Paul 28th 9.30am

7.30pm

Patrick

Mulholland RIP Prayer Meeting

Please make a note of mass time changes due to the funeral masses on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Novena Mass on Saturday at 12 noon.

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.

Money MattersOffertory £681.19p Thank you

Books £9

CONFIRMATION 2015

”Calling All parents of current Year 8 and future Year 9 students. Thank you for allowing your children to participate in the Barnstondale gathering – it was a huge success. We now need to meet you and them together to discuss the programme and individual responsibilities before school breaks up in July. Consequently, we are holding a meeting at 6.30pm on Thurs 2nd July in the Parish Centre. Please come along and do not worry if you missed Barnstondale: we still want and need to see you there.

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

being held here at St Johns

Following dates and times:

Saturday 20th June After Mass 6pm

Sunday 21st June After Mass 10.30am

Monday 22nd June 7.30pm

Tuesday 23rd June 12 Noon

Wednesday 24th June 7.30pm

Thursday 25th June 12 Noon

Friday 26th June 7.30pm

Saturday 27th June Mass at 12 Noon

On Sunday, 5th July, after the 9.30am Mass we will be holding our Summer Fair so we need your help. Next meeting will be in the day chapel on Wednesday 24th June at 7pm. In the meantime, please remember we need raffle prizes, items for the bottle stall, cakes, books etc. Please help to make this a great parish day.

Hymn Book Amnesty: If you have

” borrowed” a hymn book from Church, please return it to the trolley as soon as possible….. We seem to be several hymn books short at the moment and we have a number of large Masses and Services coming up.

Altar Servers: Children, boys and girls, who have received their First Holy Communion can become altar servers. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to assist the Priest at Mass and take an active part in our parish services.

If your child would like to become an altar server, please contact Deacon Mike Daly email daily.m. Tel No 645 9256.

St John Plessington Catholic College will be holding Open Mornings on Tuesday 23rd June and Monday 29th June, 2015 from 9.00am-11.30am. Please see SJP Newsletter on Notice Board which gives details of the Learning and Activities Programme for 2015.

On Sunday, 28th June, Bernard McGuigan is taking part in the Wirral Walk for CAFOD after a lapse of

some time and a new knee! The Walk starts from Seacombe Ferry 8.30-10.30am. If you would like to sponsor Bernard, please sign up on the sponsor form which is available at the back of church. Many thanks

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 9th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to bereaved families. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

We try as far as possible to allocate mass requests on days requested. This is not always possible and we will place your mass intention to the nearest available day. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone and apologise if we are not able to fulfil your wishes.

WIRRAL F.U.S.S. (Free Uniforms for Secondary School Pupils) Recycling at Lower Bebington Methodist Church. The cost of a new Secondary School Uniform can be £350. This is a lot of money for families on benefits. As the end of the school year approaches there will be many unwanted uniforms that could be recycled for the benefit of needy families with pupils starting Secondary school in September. Lower Bebington Methodist Church (opposite the Sunlight Restaurant, Bromborough Road) stocks uniforms for:

BEBINGTON HIGH SPORTS COLLEGE

PLESSINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

WIRRAL GIRLS SCHOOL

NESTON HIGH SCHOOL

Please see poster at back of church for times uniforms are available and how to donate unwanted uniforms. This is a great opportunity to help the local community.

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

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 14th June, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE INVISIBLE FORCE

Christians sometimes focus so much on the Church that they lose sight of the kingdom. They tend to think that the Church is the be-all and end-all of religious activity and they can become blind to the kingdom of God.

Yet the kingdom and the Church are not the same things. The Church is the bearer of the kingdom but not the exclusive owner. The kingdom, which Jesus today speaks about in his parables, is wider than the Church and is not so visible and tangible.

Jesus taught his disciples that the kingdom is already with us, though it can seem to be hidden. It has already been inaugurated, though it is yet to reach its fulfilment. Day after day it is unfurled, little by little in an almost unnoticeable way.

The ideals of the kingdom clash with the values of the world. That’s because the kingdom is eternal and universal whereas the world is about fads and fashion, about exclusivity and partiality. The kingdom is about truth and life, whereas the world happily lies and trades in destruction of all types. The kingdom espouses holiness and grace, concepts which the secular world considers laudable but outmoded. And the kingdom’s principles of justice, love and peace are more likely to be echoed in the world’s pop songs than in its strategies.

Does this mean that we’ve nothing to hope for? That injustice, violence, corruption and oppression will always be with us? Is it just par for the course?

Jesus says not. With his arrival on earth the kingdom of God has begun to embed itself in all aspects of our world. There are invincible forces already at work as the world matures and the kingdom silently grows. Like a seed planted in a field it grows unobtrusively, by day and by night. Like a mustard seed it starts off tiny but becomes a force to be reckoned with. And even now we sometimes catch a glimpse of the power of the kingdom when world events are confounded and when men and women, even just for a moment, unite in a shared vision that reflects the will of God.

The kingdom is here now. The way we behave will help or hinder it. But it’s bigger than all of us put together. That’s why we pray: Thy kingdom come.

WORD OF GOD

Every tree of the field will learn that I, the Lord, am the one who stunts tall trees and makes the withered green.(Ezekiel 17: 24)

WORD FOR TODAY

God’s plan for the world, the setting-up of the kingdom, is taking place as history unfurls. We might not always be able to see its signs but Jesus assures us that it is occurring already. The crucial thing for us is not to wonder how this is happening but to make sure we are part of it.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

The kingdom of God is unfurling in history day by day. Let us pray in Christ’s own words that the kingdom may come in our lives and our hearts… Our Father…

The kingdom is something within you which has the power of growth like a seed; something that you are searching for, and of whose values you become more confident and excited as the search proceeds and you discover truer, lovelier things which are constantly being surpassed; something for which you have to give everything you have, no less yet no more, including the earlier finds with which you were once so completely delighted. (George Appleton)

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings.

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please phone 0161 941 3498 or visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email

info

Saturday 13th 5pm Joan Reynolds
11th Sunday in Ord Time B 14th 9.30am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 15th 9.15am Ann & Frank Redmond for Healing
Tuesday 16th 9.15am Those who suffer persecution
Wednesday 17th 9.15am Fr Roger Clarke Intentions
Thursday 18th 9.15am Canon Francis Pullen Annv
Friday 19th 9.15am Intentions of Forshaw Family
Saturday 20th 12 Noon

5.00pm

Carmel Mass

Ann Kelly RIP

12th Sunday in Ord Time B 21st 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

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.

Money MattersOffertory £713.93p. Thank you

Please pray for the souls of Ann Kehoe who died on the

3rd June and Elizabeth Robinson who died on the 6th June. Ann’s Funeral Mass will be held at St John’s on Monday, 22nd June at 10.30am. Elizabeth’s Funeral Mass will be held at St John’s on Wednesday, 24th June at 10.30am. May they rest in peace and may their families and friends find consolation.

CONFIRMATION 2015

”Calling All parents of current Year 8 and future Year 9 (in September) students. Thank you for allowing your children to participate in the Barnstondale gathering – it was a huge success. We now need to meet you and them together to discuss the programme and individual responsibilities before school breaks up in July. Consequently, we are holding a meeting at 6.30pm on 2nd July in the Parish Centre. Please come along and do not worry if you missed Barnstondale: we still want and need to see you there. All inquiries please to Fr Bernard

On Friday, 19th June, at 12 noon, we will start a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Following dates and times:

Saturday 20th June After Mass 6pm

Sunday 21st June After Mass 10.30am

Monday 22nd June 7.30pm

Tuesday 23rd June 12 Noon

Wednesday 24th June 7.30pm

Thursday 25th June 12 Noon

Friday 26th June 7.30pm

Saturday 27th June Mass at 12 Noon

On Sunday, 5th July, after the 9.30am Mass we will be holding our Summer Fair so we need your help. Next meeting will be in the day chapel on 24th June at 7pm. In the meantime, please remember we need raffle prizes, items for the bottle stall, books etc. Please help to make this a great parish day.

Department for New Evangelisation

RCIA an invitation – A twilight session. An opportunity for those involved in RCIA to come together, to pray together, to share experiences, and look at resources. The session will be held at St Werburgh’s Parish Centre, Birkenhead on Tuesday 16th June 7-8.30pm. See Poster on Notice Board for details.

Diocesan Conference for Confirmation Catechists is being held on Saturday 20th June at Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Baguley M23 1HP “Fill them with then spirit of wonder and awe….” is an invitation from Bishop Mark ton all our Confirmation Catechists to join him as we look afresh and explore then Sacrament of Confirmation in our Diocese. The conference runs from 10am to 1pm and offers us the opportunity to look afresh at the Sacrament, it’s theology, history and liturgy, as well as a look at some of resources available to our catechists (we hope many of which will be available to buy or order on the day. The day is free but advance booking is essential. Please contact Pauline McCulloch at the Curial Offices 0151 652 9855 or email

pauline.mcculloch

Hymn Book Amnesty: If you have

” borrowed” a hymn book from Church, please return it to the trolley as soon as possible….. we seem to be several hymn books short at the moment and we have a number of large Masses and Services coming up.

Altar Servers: Children, boys and girls, who have received their First Holy Communion can become altar servers . This is a wonderful opportunity for them to assist the Priest at Mass and take an active part in our parish services.

If your child would like to become an altar server, please contact Deacon Mike Daly email daily.m. Tel No.645 9256.

Fr Roger Clarke’s celebration of his Golden Jubilee is being held on Wednesday, 17th June. The evening will begin with the celebration of Mass at St Joseph’s Upton at 6.30pm, followed by a reception at Upton Hall Covent School. Fr Roger has issued an invitation for us to join him. The organisers do need numbers, however, so please ring Claire 645 1720 if you are intending to go.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus:

St Teresa Speaks.How is it possible that one can enjoy You with so special a friendship! Along many paths, in how very many ways You show us love.

The next singing practice has been changed to Thursday, 18th June at 7pm in the day chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

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

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. 7th June, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: ON MEDICINE FOR LIFE

There can be nothing sadder than listening to someone who believes that they are not good enough to go to communion. They feel that they are unworthy and they simply stay put in their seat when the rest of the congregation gets up to eat and drink the body and blood of Christ during the celebration of Mass.

Of course none of us is good enough. That’s why we say, ‘Lord, I am not worthy… ‘ just before we approach the altar. We realise that we mere human beings cannot presume to receive such a gift without acknowledging our unworthiness. But beneath this idea of unworthiness there lies a fatal error.

Communion is not for good people. It’s not for saints. It’s for people who are not very good, who are sinners but who want to get better. Our feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus et Sanguis Christi) teaches us that communion is not a reward but a medicine.

When we eat and drink (both!) Christ’s body and blood we are signing up to be better. Some of the Church’s early hymn-writers used a lovely phrase to describe the eucharist: they called it food for the journey. An ancient hymn (O, Esca Viatorum: O, Food of Travellers) makes it clear that the eucharist is not some celebratory picnic on the journey but is the survival rations, the staff of life.

At the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the eucharist he commanded us to eat and drink and to do this in memory of his death and resurrection. God has made an agreement (a covenant) with us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He will be our God and we will be his people by ratifying the covenant: by eating and drinking in memory of Jesus.

The eucharist is our way of signing-up again and again to the promises of God, showing our renewed commitment and gratefully receiving God’s gift. Saint Ignatius of Antioch called the eucharist ‘the medicine of immortality, the antidote which prevents us from dying so we can live forever in Jesus Christ.’ On the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ we share in communion here on earth, and we pray that one day we may be found rejoicing together at the everlasting meal of heaven.

WORD OF GOD

The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name. (Psalm 115:13)

WORD FOR TODAY

Contrary to popular thought, going to Communion is not a sign that we are good. It’s a sign that we need to be better. Eating and drinking the body and blood of Christ is the spiritual medicine that helps us stay close to our God.

What you see is the bread and the chalice; that is what your own eyes report to you. But what your faith obliges you to accept is that the bread is the Body of Christ and the chalice the Blood of Christ. … How is the bread his Body? And the chalice, or what is in the chalice, how is it his Blood? Those elements, brethren, are called sacraments, because in them one thing is seen, but another is understood. What is seen is the corporeal species, but what is understood is the spiritual fruit. … “You, however, are the Body of Christ and his members.” If, therefore, you are the Body of Christ and his members, your mystery is presented at the table of the Lord, you receive your mystery. To that which you are, you answer: “Amen”; and by answering, you subscribe to it. For you hear: “The Body of Christ!” and you answer: “Amen!’” Be a member of Christ’s Body, so that your “Amen” may be the truth. (Augustine of Hippo)

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings.

Thanks to those who have attended the singing practises! We intend to have regular monthly meet-ups to learn new material on the second Thursday of the month. The next practice has been changed to Thursday, 18th June at 7pm in the day chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

Future Café’s. Meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel to discuss future Café meetings. Please do come along and share your thoughts. We would like these adult reflection/education evenings to continue in the Autumn.

LPA Meeting: The first formal meeting of our LPA for sometime will be held on Wednesday at 8pm at St Luke’s Presbytery with Canon Paschal Byrne in the Chair. Fr Bernard will be attending. Carol Dalziel will be representing St John’s Parishioners. Philip White will be representing the Deacons and Mary Bulmer will be representing our schools.

Saturday

The

Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ

6th 12 noon

5.00pm

Baptism

Thanksgiving Service

Bernard

Gajewski RIP

Sunday 7th 9.30am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 8th 9.15am Paddy

Foley

Tuesday 9th 9.15am Vocations
Wednesday 10th 9.15am Sr Francis Pemberton RIP
Thursday 11th 9.15am

1.30pm

Owen O’Donnell RIP

Funeral

Service

Ann

Kelly

Friday 12th 9.15am

9.15-10.40am

Bernard

Turnbull RIP

Holy

Hour for Priests

Saturday 13th 5.00pm Joan

Reynolds RIP

11th

Sunday in Ord Time B

14th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

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

Holy Hour for Priests

15 minutes before weekday masses

Next Friday the Feast of the Sacred Heart from after 9.15am Mass until 10.40am

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.

Money MattersOffertory £770.90p. Thank you

EATING AT THE TABLE

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

Special welcome to our First Communion Children and their families at 9.30am Mass today on this Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

CONFIRMATION 2015

”Calling All parents of current Year 8 and future Year 9 (in September) students. Thank you for allowing your children to participate in the Barnstondale gathering – it was a huge success. We now need to meet you and them together to discuss the programme and individual responsibilities before school breaks up in July. Consequently, we are holding a meeting at 6.30pm on 2nd July in the Parish Centre. Please come along and do not worry if you missed Barnstondale: we still want and need to see you there. Any and all inquiries please to

Fr Bernard.

On Sunday, 5th July, after the 9.30am Mass we will be holding our Summer Fair so we need your help. Next meeting will be in the day chapel on 24th June at 7pm. In the meantime, please remember we need raffle prizes, items for the bottle stall, books etc. Please help to make this a great parish day.

On Friday, 19th June, at 12 noon, we will start a Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Details of times and dates can be found on the poster at the back of church.

Please take time to peruse the notice boards at the back of the church to get to know what else is happening in our area over the next few weeks.

Help! The Sunday morning tea rota requires more personnel to join. Can you help? See Noelene for more info.

Also, as the holiday season approaches, the cleaning team need some help. Could you give an hour of your time on Tuesdays from 10am?

Diocesan Conference for Confirmation Catechists is being held on Saturday 20th June at Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Baguley M23 1HP “Fill them with then spirit of wonder and awe….” is an invitation from Bishop Mark ton all our Confirmation Catechists to join him as we look afresh and explore then Sacrament of Confirmation in our Diocese. The conference runs from 10am to 1pm and offers us the opportunity to look afresh at the Sacrament, it’s theology, history and liturgy, as well as a look at some of resources available to our catechists (we hope many of which will be available to buy or order on the day. The day is free but advance booking is essential. Please contact Pauline McCulloch at the Curial Offices

0151 652 9855 or email

pauline.mcculloch

Fr Roger Clarke’s celebration of his Golden Jubilee is fast approaching. Being a former parish priest at St John’s, he still remembers many of you and has generously issued an invitation for us to join him at Upton Hall School following Mass at St Joseph’s Upton on June 17th at 6.30pm. The organisers do need numbers however so please ring Claire on 645 1720 if you are intending to go.

The Blessed Sacrament: St Teresa Speaks. His Majesty is merciful by letting us know that it is He who is present in the most Blessed Sacrament. Those who desire Him greatly are His true friends.