21st Sunday 23rd August 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



21st Sunday 23rd August 2015. Cycle B


Life’s full of choices. Some are not earth-shattering, like the colour of the shoes you decide to put on in the morning or the filling for your sandwich at lunchtime. Others have a lasting if not permanent effect, like the person you ask to spend the rest of your life with or the career you make up your mind to embark upon.

In a spiritually restless society Joshua puts a blunt choice before the people of Israel. If they won’t serve the Lord then who are they going to follow? They decide to follow the Lord their God.

When Jesus began to lose his followers as they defected elsewhere, he too offered the twelve apostles the same choice. “What about you, do you want to go away too?” He realised that his teaching on the bread of life was something that many could not stomach. It gave them indigestion and they preferred to take a less spicy diet.

It was Peter who spoke up for them all. There was no point in going anywhere else when Jesus had the message of eternal life. Their choice was for Jesus, the Holy One of God.

Every Christian has made the choice for Jesus. But this choice isn’t something that’s in the past. It’s not something that we once made and can now sit back and be relaxed about. Because life has no script we have to face a new scene with each passing day. Choices face us every day of the week, some big, others small. We show our commitment to Christ by continuing to make the choice.

Most of us have made a fundamental option for Christ that we are unlikely to turn our backs on lightly. But we still have to keep that preference alive. We have to remind ourselves who it is who motivates us in our thinking and acting. We have to answer Jesus’ question each day: Do you want to go away too?

When we gather together to celebrate the Eucharist we give our reply to Jesus’ question. The Christian community comes to the table of the Lord to eat and drink the food of life and thereby ratifies its unequivocal choice for Christ. After all, as Peter said, where else would we think of going


Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.

(John 6:68-69)


For Christians there can be no life without Christ. Any such existence would be pointless. As we celebrate Eucharist by eating and drinking the food of life we acknowledge Christ as the source and summit of our faith. Who else could take his place?

The Our Father: St. Teresa speaks

I marvel that in so few words everything about contemplation and perfection is included in this prayer: we need to study no other book than this one

AIDAN (August 31st)

The most famous Aidan, whose feast is celebrated today, came from Ireland but spent some time on the Scottish island of Iona at the monastery that St Columba had founded. In 633 King Oswald invited some of the Iona monks to go to Northumbria and found a monastery. Aidan arrived a short time later with twelve other monks and they established their monastery on the island of Lindisfarne. Having learnt English he went out among the byways and chatted to ordinary people, trying to interest them in Christianity. Over the years as Bishop of Lindisfarne Aidan succeeded in consolidating the faith firmly in the north-east. His title of Apostle to England is sometimes disputed (along with Augustine of Canterbury) but he is certainly Apostle to Northumbria. He died in 651.

The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.

(John Dewey)

21st. Sunday 23rd 5pm



George McGrory RIP




Mon. 24th. 9.15 Kath Woolley RIP
Tues. 25h. 9.15 Elizabeth RobinsonRIP
Wed. 26th. 9.15 Ann Kehoe RIP
Thurs. 27th. 9.15 Service

of Word & Communion

Fri. 28th. 9.15 Service of Word & Communion
Sat. 29th..
21st. Sunday 30th. 5pm.




Bishop Brian Noble

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4-4.45pm

Morning Prayer of the church each weekday 15 minutes before Mass

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.

Masses this week are at the usual times.

Money Matters Offertory £579 01p–Many thanks

£284 50p was contributed to the SVP from mourners at the funeral of Marie McGhee. This is a great boost to SVP finances and they wish to thank the family for allowing donations to be made in their favour. It will certainly be used wisely.

Confirmation Programme 2015

There is to be a meeting for the present team of catechists (and anyone else interested in helping) on Friday 28th August at 6.30pm in the presbytery.

Candidates & Parents

Please note that there is to be a meeting for all candidates and their parents on Friday 4th September at 6.30pm in the parish centre. …..

All new prospective candidates are also most welcome even if you did not participate in the Barnstondale or Wirral way events. Come and see!

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.

KSC are to have a day of recollection in the beautiful setting of Pantasaph on Wed 9th September. This is open to all in local churches. A coach will leave St. Anne’s at 9.15 and return around 5.30-6pm. Two talks will be given by the Franciscans and there will be an opportunity for confession and a visit to the Padre Pio garden. The cost is £10 with a £5 deposit required.

Would you like to maximise your understanding of the Sunday scriptures? Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Wednesday Word !!

There are very few copies of The Universe being sold and once again, we will have to look at reducing the numbers ordered.

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. There is also a postcard which you can simply complete and send off- not much effort required to make your feelings known on such an important matter.

The Foodbank is currently very short of the following items:

1/Household cleaning materials- washing up liquid, soap powder etc

2/Toiletries- soap, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes

3/Bottles and cartons of fruit juice and squashes

Can you help?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)

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 or Mary Tyrell. There will be a Come and see’ evening at St. Anne’s presbytery on Thursday 17th September and the meetings will start in October.

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.

(Leo Buscalglia)

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