Feast of Ss Peter & Paul, 28th 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


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


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.


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)


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


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



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.

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


”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


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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