17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26th 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


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


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.


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)


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.


Sunday Ord Time B

26th 9.30am



Mulheirn RIP



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



Service – Claire Fitzgerald & Peter Robinson




Ord Time B

2nd 9.30am


Dave Kenny Ints.



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.

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