14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5th July, 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


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


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.


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


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



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


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.

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


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

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