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:

Websites:

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd August 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: MIXED MOTIVES

Have you ever wondered why people practise the religion they do? Take Christianity, for example. The essence of Christianity is love of God through love of neighbour. In other words to be a Christian is to put others always before yourself. It means being at the service of whomever is in need.

It’s not rocket science to see that this approach to life is going to cause Christians a good deal of inconvenience, not to mention suffering and hardship at times. That’s why one of Christianity’s mottoes is about carrying your cross.

A more natural way of life would be to feather your own nest, to make sure that you are well provided for and comfortable and then, if it took your fancy, to think about helping others, provided that they weren’t too much of a nuisance.

So why do we do what we do? Some people think that religion is a sort of insurance policy that they take out to give themselves a soft landing in the afterlife. At best we can say that they see this way of living as qualifying them for eternal life. Their motivation is the reward of heaven.

Other individuals have ulterior motives for practising their religion. Sometimes these are harmless, like enjoying the company of other people or feeling good after a good Church sing-along. Not so helpful ulterior motives could be the desire to be seen as part of the religious community for social reasons, to get votes in an election or to increase the sales of your ironmongery business. This is to use religion for other purposes.

Of course, there are folk who espouse Christianity because they are absolutely convinced by the teaching of Jesus; it makes sense of life here and now and it offers the best chance of living life to the full. They can see the wisdom of it all and can appreciate what God is promising on both sides of the grave.

In today’s gospel Jesus looks at the crowd and sees all the above types of people: those who believe because they have seen the signs and those who believe because they have had all the bread they wanted to eat.

Which are you?

WORD OF GOD

I tell you solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.

(John 6:26)

WORD FOR TODAY

Why do we practise our faith? Why do we follow Christ? Is it because we think that some sort of eternal life insurance policy is worth having just in case? Or is it because we have seen the signs, as Jesus says, and realise that our faith gives meaning to our lives on earth?

St Teresa speaks

All blessings come to us through Our Lord. He will teach us. For in beholding hiss life we find he is the best example.

Sincerity is impossible, unless it pervade the whole being, and the pretence of it saps the very foundation of character. (James Russell Lowell)

Nothing is more disgraceful than insincerity. (Cicero)

The authors found that religious satisfaction was the most powerful predictor of existential wellbeing. The degree to which an individual felt close to God was the most important factor in terms of existential well-being. While frequency of prayer contributed to general life satisfaction and personal happiness. As a result of their study the authors concluded that it would be important to look at a combination of religious items, including prayer, relationship with God, and other measures of religious experience to begin to adequately clarify the associations of religious commitment with general well-being. (David B Larson)

THE CURÉ OF ARS (August 4th)

The Curé of Ars has a romantic ring to it. In fact, the phrase simply means the parish priest of the village of Ars. St John Vianney occupied this position in the early part of the nineteenth century. Because of the French Revolution there was widespread ignorance about the Catholic faith. John Vianney applied himself to the task of gradually bringing his parishioners back to God. He was known for the many sympathetic hours he spent in the confessional and he soon gained a reputation for being an outstanding pastor. The village of Ars became once more a thriving parish. He died in 1859 aged 73 and after his canonisation in 1925 was recognised as patron saint of parish priests.

Saturday 1st 5.00pm Parishioners
18th

Sunday Ord Time B

2nd 9.30am

7.30pm

Dave Kenny Ints.

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 3rd. 9.15am. Service of Word &

Communion

Tuesday 4th 9.15am Joan Anton Ints.
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Denise

Evans

Thursday 6th 9.15am Madge

Callaghan RIP

Friday 7th. 9.15am Elizabeth

Ibaldi RIP

Saturday 8th. 5.00pm Parishioners
19th

Sunday

Ord Time B

9th. 9.30am

7.30pm

Fr Peter Robertson Ann

Prayer

Meeting

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.

Feastdays this week: Mon- St Oswald, Tues- St John Vianney, Thurs is the Feast of the Transfiguration

Money Matters Offertory: £588.98p Many thanks

Kath Woolley’s funeral Mass will be celebrated this Friday at 12noon at St. Werburgh’s Birkenhead.

Please pray also for Rona Lamb, Fr. Bernard’s aunt who died recently. Her funeral Mass is at Christ the King, Bromborough on Monday at 12noon.

May all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Congratulations to Clare Fitzgerald and Peter Robinson married in our church this weekend. May they have a long and happy life together.

TRANSFIGURATION (August 6th)

Lord of the mountaintop, God of dazzling clothes, be with us when we come down from the height of worship to face a world that didn’t see what we just saw in you.

Show us what to do.

When violence threatens to engulf our communities, let it not be said that your disciples cowered in fear, or walked on the other side of the road.

When there is peril or fire or flood, let it not be said that your disciples cleared the unwanted junk from their garages and called it charity.

Lord of the mountaintop, God of dazzling clothes, show us how to be. Change us; transfigure us so that this world might see what we have just seen, and worship you.

Amen.(Safiyah Fosua)

Youth 2000 Prayer Festival,

27th-31st August, 2015, held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. This is a 5 day Prayer Festival, aimed at 16-35 year olds, packed with dynamic talks, live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops, in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and lots more. See poster at back of church for full details.

KSC are to have a day of recollection at Pantasaph on Wed 9th September. See notice board for details. There is a list at the back of church. £5 deposit required.

Diocese of Shrewsbury Caritas Roadshow, ‘Being a Church for the Poor’ on Saturday,

26th September from 10.00am for 10.30am start to 3.30pm at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

CH65 7AQ. The day will include workshops, as well as a social action Marketplace where local charities and parish based projects have the chance to talk about the work they do in the Diocese. Speakers include Bishop Mark Davies and Rt. Hon. John Battle KC*SG. Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own packed lunch. For further information and to register a place please contact Pauline McCulloch 0151 652 9855 or email .

See notice board for further information.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes-Please keep all the pilgrims in your prayers as they remember us and the needs of the diocese in their prayers at the French shrine this weekend.

There is an opening for an Accounts Assistant at the Curial Offices. 21hrs per week over 4 days. For further information/application form email or phone 0151 652 9855

The scouts did a great job last Sunday and raised £146 which was split evenly between the church and the scouts. 18 parishioners left the car park with gleaming cars. A great big thank you to all those parishioners who contributed and to all the youngsters who worked so hard.

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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:

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26th July, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: ACTION REPLAY

Think what it was that Jesus did in the sight of the 5,000. He took the bread (and fish). He said a blessing of thanks to God. He broke the bread. And he gave it to the disciples to hand it out.

Ring any bells? Of course it does. Those four actions, (taking, blessing, breaking and giving) are exactly what Jesus did at the Last Supper. After the resurrection the apostles continued to repeat these actions when they gathered together to remember their Lord. And right down to today they are the same actions that Christians perform when they celebrate the Eucharist.

We take the bread and wine. Not only physically presenting it and preparing it on the altar, but also recalling that these elements were given to us first by God and now we refashion them and set them before God.

In a prayer of thanksgiving we then bless God for creating and redeeming us in Christ, and we ask God’s blessing upon the bread and wine that by the power of the Holy Spirit it may become for us the body and blood of Christ.

We break the bread that is to be shared in communion. Communion is not first and foremost just about me and God, about my host or wafer. St Paul tells us that the bread is made from grain scattered on the hillside, and that we share in the one loaf and one cup in order to become one body in Christ.

Finally, the priest and other ministers give the body and blood to us in communion. Because we share a unity and peace with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ, we move forward together to eat and drink the food of life, to share communion with God and each other.

These four actions, take-bless-break-give, are the key to understanding what Christians do when they celebrate the Eucharist. Our “Amen” when we receive communion is a sign of our readiness as a community to actually become what we eat: the Body of Christ, the Church.

WORD OF GOD

Give it to the people to eat, said Elisha,

for the Lord says this: They will eat and have some left over. (II Kings 4:43)

WORD FOR TODAY

The feeding of the 5,000 is etched on our memories. Jesus gives the crowd bread and fish to eat. But the postscript is easily overlooked. When everyone had finished there were 12 hampers left over. God always gives us much more than we need or ever dare to ask for.

Ways of Prayer: St Teresa Speaks. Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God

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 and to look at the Book Stall and to buy your Catholic Paper.

Come and See Conference 2015, 3rd-4th October is being held at

Christ the King School, Southport. Sr Helen Prejean will be the keynote speaker with workshops by leaders including John Bell, Dermott Donnelly and David Matthews. For booking forms and further information, contact Jenny on 0151 949 1199 or email jenny

Saturday 25th 5.00pm Hannah

O’Neill Annv.

17th

Sunday Ord Time B

26th 9.30am

7.30pm

Ann

Mulheirn RIP

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 27th 10.00am Funeral Mass –

Madge Callaghan

Tuesday 28th 9.15am John Joseph Kelly RIP
Wednesday 29th 9.15am Fr John Kirwan Ints
Thursday 30th 9.15am Aileen & John Edwards Ints
Friday 31st 9.15am Tim Delaney Annv.
Saturday 1st 12 Noon

5.00pm

Wedding

Service – Claire Fitzgerald & Peter Robinson

Parishioners

18th

Sunday

Ord Time B

2nd 9.30am

7.30pm

Dave Kenny Ints.

Prayer

Meeting

Please note the change of Mass time on Monday for the Funeral Mass of Madge Callaghan

Sunday, 26th July is a Day of Special Prayer for Life

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.

We have received the sad news of the death of

Kath Woolley who died peacefully in hospital last Tuesday. Please keep her family in your prayers at this sad time.

Money Matters:Offertory £676.08p Thank you

We wish our school children and staff and everyone else on holiday this month a safe and restful break.

Please come to the Scout’s Spectacular Carwash TODAY (Sunday). We will wash your car during Mass and all we ask is that you donate whatever you consider appropriate for the quality of the job. All proceeds will be split 50:50 between the Scouts and the Church. Thank you. The Carwash will be in the Church Car Park.

You have no doubt heard in the media about the increasing use of food banks. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from July 28th – August 5th overland & July 29th – August 4th by air. Booking forms are still available from the Pilgrimage website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk

Youth 2000 Prayer Festival,

27th-31st August, 2015, held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. This is a 5 day Prayer Festival, aimed at 16-35 year olds, packed with dynamic talks, live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops, in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and lots more. See poster at back of church for full details.

Knights of St. Columba Day of Recollection –‘ God’s Creation. How we manage it’ – is being held on Wednesday, 9th September 10.30am-4.30pm at Pantasaph Friary. Cost £10 (£5 deposit required). Transport available from Upton, Rock Ferry

(St Anne’s) & St Mary of the Angels, Hooton. Please contact Bernard McGuigan and see poster on notice board at back of church.

On Friday 11th September the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide) or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church.

Diocese of Shrewsbury Caritas Roadshow, ‘Being a Church for the Poor’ on Saturday,

26th September from 10.00am for 10.30am start to 3.30pm at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

CH65 7AQ. The day will include workshops, as well as a social action Marketplace where local charities and parish based projects have the chance to talk about the work they do in the Diocese. Speakers include Bishop Mark Davies and Rt. Hon. John Battle KC*SG. Tea and coffee will be provided, please bring your own packed lunch. For further information and to register a place please contact Pauline McCulloch 0151 652 9855 or email .

See notice board for further information.

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.

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:

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th July, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: BLACK SHEEP

A wise man once said that anyone can be kind to a poor person who deserves it. But what marks out a great person is how they react to the undeserving poor. In other words, most of us have an instinctive response when we read a newspaper story of some innocent person who has been left homeless. But our reaction is usually different when we read of someone who has made themselves homeless through drink or drugs. We say it’s their own fault, it’s self-inflicted and they should have thought about the consequences before embarking on this course of action.

If you ever spend a holiday in the countryside and get the chance to watch a sheep-farmer at work, you’ll notice that most of his time is spent with those sheep who have got themselves into some sort of mess. The common or garden sheep does not claim so much of his time. So it’s the lamb who won’t suckle properly at the ewe, the ram that’s got his horns stuck in a boundary fence and the yearling that’s wandered off to the edge of the mountain quarry that get all the attention.

When God looks at his people he loves all the sheep of his flock. But he has a particular concern for those who have got themselves into difficulty. Today through Jeremiah he berates the shepherds that have allowed the sheep to be scattered, and Jesus looks out on the crowd and sees sheep without any shepherd at all.

If God is going to be able to pasture his flock in our day, then it must be through the Church taking seriously its shepherding role. How do we react to those in our flock who have got themselves into a mess? Do we join the tabloid chorus and denounce the unfashionable of our society, the beggars, the homeless, those addicted to drugs or alcohol, those who are refugees or asylum seekers? Or do we see it as part of our calling to rehabilitate those who have wandered onto a barren track? And if so, how do we go about it without throwing in the towel and blaming it all on the social services or the lack of government funds?

How we react to the “undeserving” is the acid test of our shepherding skills. For God there is no such thing as a black sheep of the family; only a lost sheep that needs bringing back into the fold.

WORD OF GOD

I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost. (Jeremiah 23:4)

WORD FOR TODAY

Sometimes we can try so hard to practise our religion that we fail to enjoy the view en route. Today God reminds us that his overarching love for us will never fail. We form part of a flock that he will provide for always. Although we can’t afford to rest on our laurels, we can take a bit of a break on Christ’s.

Ways of Prayer: St Teresa Speaks. Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sick or distracted, all that is needed is the will to love.

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.

Foreign Coins:If you have any coins left over from your globetrotting, please put them in the jar at the back of church. St Anne’s are collecting the coins for charity.

Saturday 18th 5pm Jim

Sweatman RIP

16th

Sunday Ord Time B

19th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 20th 9.15am Mass in St John’s Juniors
Tuesday 21st 1.30pm Mass in St John’s Juniors
Wednesday 22nd 9.15am Service

of Word & Communion

Thursday 23rd 9.15am Elizabeth Robinson RIP
Friday 24th 9.15am Service

of Word & Communion

Saturday 25th 5.00pm Hannah

O’Neill Annv.

17th

Sunday

Ord Time B

26th 9.30am

7.30pm

Ann

Mulheirn RIP

Prayer

Meeting

Thursday, 23rd July is a Special Day of Prayer for Europe

PLEASE NOTE: This Sunday, 19th July, is the last Children’s Liturgy as it closes during the Summer holidays. We look forward to starting again on Sunday 13th September.

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

We have received the sad news of the death of

Margaret Callaghan (sister of Vera Brockway). Margaret died on the 6th July and her Funeral Mass will be held here at St Johns on Monday, 27th July at 10am. Please keep her family in your prayers at this sad time.

Money Matters:Offertory £604.45p Thank you

SVP £269.50 in memory of Marie McGhee

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)is the Church’s way of welcoming new members. If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about joining the Catholic Church please contact Fr Bernard. Meetings will start in September.

CAFOD Shrewsbury would be delighted if you can join us to celebrate and to give t hanks for our abundant blessing at:

A Mass of Thanksgiving on Friday 24th July at 7.00pm at St Clare’s, Downsfield Road, Chester CH4 8HH. For further details please contact Sue or Liz

01244 677594, email: shrewsbury

Please come to the Scout’s Spectacular Carwash on Sunday 26th July. We will wash your car during Mass and all we ask is that you donate whatever you consider appropriate for the quality of the job. All proceeds will be split 50:50 between the Scouts and the Church. Thank you. The Carwash will be in the Church Car Park.

You have no doubt heard in the media about the increasing use of food banks. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment.

Our schools are finishing for their summer break at this time. Mass on Monday and Tuesday is in St John’s Junior School. We wish our students a great holiday and good weather, coming back refreshed and enthusiastic for the start of a new school term in September.

We also think of those anxiously awaiting their exam results in August.

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

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

Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from July 28th – August 5th overland & July 29th – August 4th by air.

Youth 2000 Prayer Festival,

27th-31st August, 2015, held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. This is a 5 day Prayer Festival, aimed at 16-35 year olds, packed with dynamic talks,

live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops, in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and lots more. See poster at back of church for full details.

On Friday 11thSeptember the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide) or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church.

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:

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th July, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: SING A SONG OF JUSTICE

The visiting preacher told the congregation that their worship was all very fine but they were so inward-looking that they failed to see on their very church doorstep the sort of needy people they were always singing and praying about. “Take the noise of your songs away from me; I won’t listen to the melody of your harps. Instead, let justice roll down like the waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” The local priest, Amaziah, was not thrilled; he told the preacher, Amos, to push off.

Amos was never one to pull his punches. He told it like he saw it. And what he saw was a bunch of people who took refuge in a dangerous complacency. They had a lovely building to worship in; they had the finest of vestments, mellifluous music and all the latest prayers that tripped off the lips. But it all took place in an atmosphere of comfortable self-congratulation.

The constant danger with liturgy is that because it is centred on worshipping God in church, we can end up forgetting about the plight of God’s people outside the church door. Of course, true worship requires conversion, and conversion includes our active care and concern for the world’s needy. So worship doesn’t operate in a vacuum. It presupposes that Christian worshippers are also vigorous in charity, wherever it is required: on our doorstep, in our society and in our world.

Our churches would be empty if we turned our services into political rallies. But our songs, our prayers and our symbols speak loudly about the central act of Jesus in setting us free by his death on the cross. Liturgy is about liberation. It proclaims that in water, oil, bread and wine Christ offers all people freedom to live as God intended.

The Eucharist should be the liberating adventure of the whole Church, the sacrament that frees us from our unhealthy self-absorption and melts our self-satisfied cold isolation from the cries of the voiceless. Our worship is in spirit and truth only when it unites us into a bond of believers who agonise for a Church of charity and a world of justice. So what’s the next hymn, then?

WORD OF GOD

Go away, seer; get back to the land of Judah; earn your bread there, do your prophesying there. (Amos 7:12)

WORD FOR TODAY

Prophets deliver their message come what may. T hey are consistent whatever the weather. What about us? Are there aspects of our faith we are reluctant to talk about? Are there areas of our life that we keep our faith separate from? How faithful are we to our calling as prophets of the Good News?

Ways of Prayer: St Teresa Speaks. I tried as hard as I could to keep Jesus Christ our God and our Lord present within me. That was my way of prayer.

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.

The next singing practice has been changed to Thursday, 16th July, at 7pm in the day chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

Summer Fair Raffle1st Prize has not been claimed. The winning ticket Pink No 44 was sold before Mass last Saturday. Please check your tickets and collect your prize.

The Catholic Education Service would very much like to encourage uptake and study of the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies (CCRS); please see poster at back of church if you are interested in completing the course. Details contact Rebecca Hayward Tel No 0207 901 1908 CCRS

Foreign Coins:If you have any coins left over from your globetrotting, please put them in the jar at the back of church. St Anne’s are collecting the coins for charity.

Saturday 11th 5pm SJP College Intentions
15th Sunday in Ord Time. B 12th 9.30am

7.30pm

Eileen Myles Annv.

Prayer Meeting

Monday 13th 9.15am For all Seafarers
Tuesday 14th 9.15am John Joseph Kelly RIP
Wednesday 15th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –

Marie McGhee

Thursday 16th 9.15am Rona Lamb Intentions
Friday 17th 9.15am Srs. of Charity Intentions
Saturday 18th 12 Noon

5.00pm

Carmel Mass

Jim Sweatman RIP

16th Sunday

In Ord Time B

19th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please note the change of mass time on Wednesday for the Funeral Mass of Marie McGhee.

This Sunday 12th July is a Special Day of Prayer for Seafarers

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30 am mass.

[Please
encourage your children and grandchildren to participate
in this.] PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, 19th July, is the last Children’s Liturgy as it closes during the Summer holidays. We look forward to starting again on Sunday 13th September.

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 £668.55p Thank you

Summer Fair £635

Thanks to those who helped with the preparations for the summer fair and all the generous donations received. Thanks to everyone who came along to make this a fun day and we were certainly blest with good weather.

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 held their annual memorial service last Thursday, 16th July. It was attended by family members and friends of the deceased of our parish. It was a very moving service and helped, I am sure, in the process of healing the loss of a loved one and also to celebrate their lives. The service was followed by a time of fellowship over a cup of tea and home made cakes. A big thank you to the organising group.

Thursday, 16th July – Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The cult of Mary under this title originated in the 14th century and came to be observed throughout the west during the 18th century. It commemorates the Virgin Mary as associated with Mount Carmel (Israel), site of the Prophet Elijah’s altar to the one true God and of the 12th century eremitical forerunners of the Carmelites. Mary is celebrated on this day as a method of reflection, solitude, and prayer.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)is the Church’s way of welcoming new members. If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about joining the Catholic Church please contact

Fr Bernard. Meetings will start in the Autumn.

Wirral Coastal Walk for CAFOD – Bernard McGuigan sends his grateful thanks for the generous sponsorships totalling £180. Only a few amounts are still outstanding. Please let him have the cash as soon as possible. Many thanks. Bernard

As our schools finish for their summer break, here is wishing our students a great holiday and good weather, coming back refreshed and enthusiastic for the start of a new school term in September. We also think of those anxiously awaiting their exam results.

Divorce and Separated Support Day of Reflection isto be held in the Seacombe area on Saturday, 18th July, 9.45am-4pm for people who are divorced or going through a divorce and those who are separated after marriage or a long term relationship. The groups are run in association with the Shrewsbury Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Commission. See poster at back of church. Details: contact Janet 0161 494 9437.

CAFOD Shrewsbury would be delighted if you can join us to celebrate and to give thanks for our abundant blessing at:

A CAFOD Shrewsbury Summer Evening Gathering and Mass of Thanksgiving on Friday 24th July at 7.00pm at St Clare’s, Downsfield Road, Chester CH4 8HH. For further details please contact Sue or Liz

01244 677594, email: shrewsbury

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

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from July 28th – August 5th overland & July 29th – August 4th by air. Booking forms are still available from the Pilgrimage website

Youth 2000 Prayer Festival,

27th-31st August, 2015, held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. This is a 5 day Prayer Festival, aimed at

16-35 year olds, packed with dynamic talks, live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops, in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and lots more. See poster at back of church for full details.

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:

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5th July, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: PROPHECY ON BRICK STREET?

No one wants to think of Mrs Blatherthorpe at 37 Brick St as a prophet. That’s because she’s just ordinary, like everyone else on Brick St. We expect prophets to be a bit more spectacular, perhaps with long straggly hair, a wooden staff and a book of blessings and curses. But it’s not to be.

Prophets are not fortune-tellers. They are spokespeople. Rather than predict the future, they tell us what God wants us to know about the present. In the bible the only predicting they ever did was about the birth of the Messiah. Usually they were in the thick of it announcing the mind of God and denouncing corrupt practices.

And contrary to popular opinion, they did not die out in biblical times. They are alive and well and living somewhere close to you today. For prophecy is what God demands of all Christians (speaking up for their faith) and is a gift that is given in special measure to certain chosen individuals.

The word prophet comes from two Greek words that mean to speak on behalf of. So a prophet speaks on behalf of God. And prophets are found in the most unlikely of circumstances. Besides Mrs Blatherthorpe at number 37 there are countless politicians, religious leaders, sports men and women, teachers, parents, celebrities and entertainers whose words strike us as God-centred when they speak up publicly about issues that affect our society. But what today’s gospel shows us is that the people on Brick St will never accept Mrs Blatherthorpe because a prophet is rarely accepted in his or her own territory.

To be keyed-in to prophecy means keeping an ear out for those people who are unafraid of bringing God’s word to bear in situations of injustice and exploitation and whose actions support the poor, the vulnerable and the needy. It also means being faithful to our baptismal promise to be prophets ourselves by the way we live our lives and are prepared in big ways and small to stand up for what is right and what comes from God. Like Mrs Blatherthorpe at number 37.

WORD OF GOD

Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them. (Ezekiel 2:5)

WORD FOR TODAY

Where would you look today if you were trying to find a prophet? God never ceases to send men and women to us who are capable of speaking up for his cause. They are certainly here among us, but how do we know who they are?

Ways of Prayer: St Teresa Speaks. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love

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.

The next singing practice has been changed to Thursday, 16th July, at 7pm in the day chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

Sunday Teas More help is required with teas/coffee’s after Sunday 9.30am Mass. If you would be willing to join the rota, please let us know.

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.

Foreign Coins:If you have any coins left over from your globetrotting, please put them in the jar at the back of church. St Anne’s are collecting the coins for charity.

Saturday 4th 5pm Jim Burke
14th Sunday in Ord Time. B 5th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 6th 9.15am Elizabeth Robinson RIP
Tuesday 7th 9.15am Violet McGrath RIP
Wednesday 8th 9.15am Ann Mulheirn RIP
Thursday 9th 9.15am Fr Frank Rice Ints
Friday 10th 9.15am Mgr Chris Lightbound Ints
Saturday 11th 5.00pm SJP College Intentions
15h Sunday

In Ord Time B

12th 9.30am

7.30pm

Eileen Myles Annv.

Prayer Meeting

Saturday 11th July is a Special Day of Prayer for Europe.

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30 am mass.

[Please
encourage your children and grandchildren to participate
in this.] PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, 19th July, is the last Children’s Liturgy as it closes during the Summer holidays. We look forward to starting again on Sunday 13th September.

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.

We have received the news of the death of

Marie McGee . Please keep her family in your prayers at this sad time.

Money Matters :Offertory £577.44p Thank you

This Sunday, 5th July, after the 9.30am Mass, we will be holding our Summer Fair Donations for the CAKE STALL can be handed in before Mass Saturday and at the centre before Mass on Sunday. Your support will help to make this a great Parish day

On Tuesday, 7th July, we welcome some children from St John’s Infant School to 9.15am Mass. Parents and Grandparents are also most welcome.

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 this Thursday, 9th July at 7.30pm. 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.

Confirmation 2015

There was a disappointing turn out at last Thursday’s meeting for candidates and parents. We will hold a further meeting for candidates and parents on Friday,

4th September at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre. Young people who have been baptised Catholic and are going to be in next year’s Year 9 and above are now eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation here at St John’s in November. If you or your son/grandson/granddaughter would like to know more about our Confirmation programme please contact Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike Daly as soon as possible.

Philip has written to thank everyone for all that was done in many different ways to make the celebrations for his Silver Jubilee of Diaconate so happy and meaningful. Thanks too for all the good wishes, cards, prayers – and for presents and presence, which made the day so memorable for him and for Sara. God bless everyone.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)is the Church’s way of welcoming new members. If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about joining the Catholic Church please contact Fr Bernard. Meetings will start in the Autumn.

Divorce and Separated Support Day of Reflection isto be held in the Seacombe area on Saturday, 18th July, 9.45am-4pm for people who are divorced or going through a divorce and those who are separated after marriage or a long term relationship. The groups are run in association with the Shrewsbury Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Commission. See poster at back of church. Details: contact Janet 0161 494 9437.

Youth 2000 Prayer Festival,

27th-31st August, 2015, held at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. This is a 5 day Prayer Festival, aimed at 16-35 year olds, packed with dynamic talks, live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops,

in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and lots more. See poster at back of church for full details.

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

Saturdays at Sandymount have a programme of events throughout the year. See poster at the back of the church. For details contact

info

Tel No 0151 924 4850

The Irenaeus Project ‘Come & See’ 2015 at Christ the King High School, Stamford Road, Southport PR8 4EXon 3rd-4th October, 2015. Keynote Speaker: Sr Helen Prejean (The real woman behind “Dead Man Walking”)

Tel 0151 949 1199 or email for details. jenny See poster at back of church