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


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


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.


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


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.



Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ

6th 12 noon



Thanksgiving Service


Gajewski RIP

Sunday 7th 9.30am

7.30 pm




Monday 8th 9.15am Paddy


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


Owen O’Donnell RIP





Friday 12th 9.15am



Turnbull RIP


Hour for Priests

Saturday 13th 5.00pm Joan

Reynolds RIP


Sunday in Ord Time B

14th 9.30am





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


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.


”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


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.

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