WORD OF GOD

The blind man said to him, “Master, let me see again.” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has saved you.” (Mark 10:51)

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.

As you do your 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. We would be most grateful, from the beginning of November, to receive donations of sweets and Advent calendars. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment. Thank you for your continued generosity

Remember British Summertime finishes TONIGHT, SATURDAY. The clocks go back 1 hour.

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: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

30th Sunday. 25th October, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: RISING TO THE OCCASION

The blind man in today’s gospel, Bartimaeus, was no shrinking violet. He was a beggar at the entrance to the bustling town of Jericho and if he didn’t make his presence felt then he would go home at the end of the day with nothing to show for his hours in the baking sun. And this affected what he did on the day Jesus passed by.

Bartimaeus didn’t complain about his lot in life; he accepted responsibility for it, not sitting back and expecting someone else to stand in for him because of his disability. And he was strong-minded enough to know what he really needed and wanted: to be able to see. Never giving up hope, he believed that things could be different and that he could change. And when other people told him to be content with his lot he took no notice. He wasn’t bothered about what others would think of him and he resisted their attempts to silence him. This coloured his approach to Jesus since he knew that this might be the only occasion he would ever get to attract Jesus’ attention. Throwing off his official beggar’s coat, jumping up and shouting was a dramatic way of catching Jesus’ eye. But Bartimaeus rose to the occasion and took his chance. And when Jesus cured him, Bartimaeus followed him along the road.

In this short episode we can see our own lives reflected very clearly. In our relationship with God we carry so much baggage that prevents us from seeing things clearly. We can be spiritually blind in so many ways. We can fumble our way through life always several paces away from God. For a while we sit back and moan but eventually we have to face up to the fact that in many areas we are the architects of our own problems. God did not make us spiritually disabled yet we choose to remain so. What do I really need to happen in my life in order to come closer to God, and do I believe that with God’s help I can change? What holds me back from asking for God’s help? Is it because I’m afraid of what others will say and think? Is it because I don’t think now is quite the right time to do it?

Am I prepared to make a definite move in God’s direction, to rise to the occasion with some bold and decisive step to reply to God’s invitation? Do I really want to see? Do I really want to follow? Do I really want a Bartimaeus moment?

30th Sunday 25th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

May Foley RIP

St John’s Parish

Prayer Meeting

Monday 26th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 27th 12 Noon Funeral Mass: John Higgins
Wednesday 28th 10.00am Funeral Mass:

Frederick Marshall

Thursday 29th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 30th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 31st
31st Sunday 1st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Wilfred & Mary Humphrey RIP

Vic Gemmell RIP

Prayer Meeting

Due to half term, there will be no Children’s Liturgy this Sunday. We will recommence on Sunday, 8th November
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before weekday masses

October Devotions: Next Sunday in Church at 4.15pm as we conclude this year’s October Rosary that has been prayed in many homes in the parish. Many thanks to all who have participated.

Please pray for our sick and those who care for themremembering 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.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of

John Higgins and Frederick Marshall who have died recently. May they rest in peace. Funeral Masses here at

St John’s this week (see above).

Money Matters:Offertory £637.19pThank you for your generosity to the Parish

APF Red Box Mission Appeal

Fr Dermot Byrne MHM thanks you for your welcome last weekend. There are 35 new box holders at St John’s (60 at St Anne’s).

All ReadersNext Saturday, 31st October from

10am to 1pm in the Day Chapel …. A meeting for development and looking to the year of Luke and Advent.

Eucharistic Ministers Meeting and Training

Saturday, 14th November in the Day Chapel from

9.30am-11.30am. Please make every effort to attend.

Please keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers as they continue their preparation for this great Sacrament to be celebrated here at

St John’s on Wednesday, 24th November at 7pm

Our Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 2nd November at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to bereaved families. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this special Mass after which Tea/Coffee will be served at the back of Church.

Any remaining November lists should be handed in to the presbytery (for Ann Murray’s attention) by 10am on Wednesday, 29th October.

Newsletter Team

There is a need to expand the number of people who compile the parish weekly newsletter. If you would like to join a rota please have a word with Fr. Bernard. The newsletter is an important vehicle of communication within the parish. The more people who join any rota the less of a burden it becomes.

Shrewsbury Diocesan Refugee Response

Catholic Children’s Society has been named as the Diocesan point of contact. To enable information sharing, links to useful websites and opportunities for parishes and groups to inform/involve others in fundraising activities, collection points, offers of accommodation, volunteering time and skills, aFacebook page has been opened. In order to gain access please do the following connect to the websitecathchildsoc.org.uk, click on the Facebook icon (top right hand corner of home page) and scroll down the page to click onto the Shrewsbury Diocese Logo and you are in, or please enter the following UTL:

On Saturday, 7th November at 2.30pmat the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there will be a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray f or members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent are warmly welcome. Mrs P Young, Headmistress.

Laudato Si: The imperative to change. St. Agnes West Kirby Justice and Peace group have arranged a study day on 21st November from 11am until 3pm on Pope Francis latest encyclical. Ellen Teague, Tablet journalist and member of the Columbians JPIC team will speak on Laudato Si and Paul Kelly member of the Lancaster diocese Faith and Justice Commission will speak on climate change. No charge and a light lunch is included. Registration is essential for catering purposes.

Tel. 0151 625 6512

An Introduction to Luke’s Gospel: On Tuesday, 10th November, 7pm-8.30pm at St Werburgh’s Parish Centre.

Fr Michael Coughlin will give a talk “Looking at Luke” in preparation for the new liturgical year. Booking essential. Ring Pauline.mcculloch

4th Diocesan Symposium: “Lourdes Open to the World” On Saturday, 28th November at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE and on Sunday, 29th November in Shrewsbury,

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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:

29th Sunday. 18th October, 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: REDEFINING SUCCESS

At the back of an old cupboard in the rectory a vicar found a bowl with five eggs and £1,000 in it. He asked his wife what it was and she replied that every time he preached a bad sermon she put an egg in the bowl. Feeling flushed with success the vicar said, “Only five eggs over 25 years; that’s not bad!” But his wife replied, “Well, dear, every time I collected a dozen I sold them for 50 pence!”

Sometimes we have to redefine what success really is. And it becomes clear that what the world considers to be success is usually not what Christians are striving for.

Even James and John were guilty in today’s gospel of seeking preferment. The “favour” they asked of Jesus was to exercise authority and power in the kingdom that they believed Jesus was still going to establish here on earth. They wanted to be able to control, to have the power to command people, to restrict or grant access. Does this ring any bells? Listen carefully if you are a politician, a priest’s housekeeper or a doctor’s receptionist!

Another sign of so-called success that many seek is wealth. Money is the ultimate goal of lots of people and they measure their place on the social ladder by how much they have in the bank and how much they can splash out on what passes for success in our society. A luxury home, a yacht, the best car, designer clothes, gold jewellery etc. Yet such people remain inconsolable at funerals…

The success of power and money is joined by another false idol: fame. Some people would do anything to be famous, to have their fifteen minutes in the spotlight, to be known and recognised on the street. The thousands of “wanna-bees” who turn up for TV talent show auditions bear witness to this concept of success, as does the cult of personality which raises the status of people who contribution to making the world a better place is usually quite small indeed.

So what is success? You’ll know you’re successful, says Jesus, when you find yourself slaving for the good of others, when you’ve learned to put yourself in second place and when you feel you are at other people’s service so much that your life is being drained on their behalf. Perhaps you’d like to reconsider whether you really want to be a Christian!

WORD OF GOD

For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.(Mark 10:45)

WORD FOR TODAY

Everywhere we look in the gospels we find that to be a follower of Jesus means to be a servant. And even when we might think that we have some position of authority, like James and John, the idea of service returns even more strongly. Christianity is an upside-down religion: anyone who wants to be great must behave like the least important

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.

As you do your 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. We would be most grateful, from the beginning of November, to receive donations of sweets and Advent calendars. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment.Thank you for your continued generosity

Remember Summer time finishes next Saturday, 24th October. The clocks go back 1 hour

29th

Sunday

18th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kate & James Kennedy RIP

World

Missions

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 19th 9.15am Nicola

Smith RIP

Tuesday 20th 9.15am McCormick & Dunnion Families RIP
Wednesday 21st 9.15am Refugees
Thursday 22nd 9.15am John & Margaret Kelly RIP
Friday 23rd 9.15am McDyre

& Kennedy Families RIP

Saturday 24th
30th

Sunday

25th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

May Foley

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Sunday is World Mission Sunday. Please keep especially The Association for the Propagation of Faith in your prayers.

Church Parade is this Sunday and we welcome all our uniformed groups and their leaders

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 remembering 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.

Lately Dead Please pray for the repose of the soul of Frederick Marsh and John Higgins both of whom have died recently. May they rest in peace. Funeral arrangements to be confirmed

Money Matters: Offertory £614.61p Thank you for your generosity to the Parish

APF Mission Thank You & Appeal

We welcome, this weekend,

Fr Dermot Byrne to our parish. Thank you to those parishioners who already support this wonderful Association through the red boxes. Perhaps this appeal might encourage others to do so. JUST A REMINDER please return your Red Boxes over the next couple of weeks.

All Readers A date for your diary Saturday, 31st October from 10am to 1pm in the Day Chapel …. A meeting for development and looking to the year of Luke and Advent

Next Saturday at 12 noon at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry. Bishop Brian will celebrate a Mass to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. All Religious, Lay Carmelites, Friends of the Holy Family and indeed everyone is warmly invited. Light Refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre.

Laudato Si: The imperative to change. St. Agnes West Kirby Justice and Peace group have arranged a study day on

21st November from 11am until 3pm on Pope Francis latest encyclical. Ellen Teague, Tablet journalist and member of the Columbians JPIC team will speak on Laudato Si and Paul Kelly member of the Lancaster diocese Faith and Justice Commission will speak on climate change. No charge and a light lunch is included. Registration is essential for catering purposes. Tel. 0151 625 6512

Please ensure that all names for the November list are received as early in October as possible. Please mark the envelopes FAO Ann Murray. Please print names clearly. Annual Mass of Remembrance will be

celebrated on Monday, 2nd November at 7.00pm

Newsletter Team

There is a need to expand the number of people who compile the parish weekly newsletter. If you would like to join a rota please have a word with Fr. Bernard. The newsletter is an important vehicle of communication within the parish. The more people who join any rota the less of a burden it becomes.

Shrewsbury Diocesan Refugee Response

Catholic Children’s Society has been named as the Diocesan point of contact. To enable information sharing, links to useful websites and opportunities for parishes and groups to inform/involve others in fundraising activities, collection points, offers of accommodation, volunteering time and skills, a Facebook page has been opened. In order to gain access please do the following connect to the website cathchildsoc.org.uk, click on the Facebook icon (top right hand corner of home page) and scroll down the page to click onto the Shrewsbury Diocese Logo and you are in, or please enter the following UTL:

On Saturday, 7th November at 2.30pm at the

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there will be a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray f or members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent are warmly welcome. Mrs P Young, Headmistress.

On Monday 19 October, Bishop Mark will lead a group of 60 Pilgrims from our Diocese on a week long Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The title of the Pilgrimage is ‘Contemplating Christ with Mary: A journey through the Holy Land with the Rosary’. It would be wonderful if people across the Diocese were to join us in praying the Rosary each day, remembering especially the Christian Community in the Holy Land and praying for peace in that troubled Land.

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: www.lpa24.org

26th. Sunday 4th October 2015. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: JUST A BIT OF PAPER?

People who live together as partners, without getting married, often say that marriage is just a bit of paper. What difference does it make if you are married or not?

Well, Christian marriage is much more than a consenting adult relationship, more than a convenient arrangement. Christian Churches hold it in high regard as a “holy mystery”. And Catholics call it a sacrament.

Christians believe that the love of husband and wife is like a mirror: it reflects God’s love for the world and in particular Christ’s love for the Church. So their married life is a privileged way in which they can make Christ present to today’s world.

Christian marriage has no room for pre-nuptial agreements. That’s because it’s unconditional. For better for worse, in sickness and in health means that the couple agree to stay together come what may and to face whatever life’s challenges may prove to be.

To begin married life with certain pre-conditions, or with the idea that if things don’t work out then there’s always another option on the horizon, runs contrary to the idea of Christian marriage.

And linked with this is the concept of indissolubility. Sadly, there are cases when everyone agrees it is better for a man and woman to live apart. But if all the circumstances were right at the time of the marriage, then a second marriage is not an option. (Annulments are only granted when things were clearly wrong from the start.)

It goes without saying that Christian marriage is between one man and one woman. That’s because the love shared, and particularly its sexual expression, demands a total giving, a complete sharing of lives together. Each partner gives themselves to the other in a gesture of absolute trust and unreserved love. That’s what the older language about worshipping with the body actually meant. They are no longer two but become one body.

It’s easy just to live together. But to be united in Christian marriage is a vocation to something much deeper.

WORD OF GOD

This is why a man

leaves his father and mother

and joins himself to his wife,

and they become one body.

(Genesis 2:24)

WORD FOR TODAY

A Christian marriage is different from others since the love between two Christians is a mirror that reflects Christ’s love for his Church. So to fall in love with your husband or wife is to share in the endless love that God has for the world.

Room at the inn? Charity HOST is seeking friendly people who could volunteer to offer an invitation to adult international students for a day, weekend, or four days at Christmas. Learn about other cultures, welcome a guest far from home, and make the world a little friendlier! To be put in touch with your local organiser, visit www.hostuk.org or call 020 7739 6292

All Readers are invited to a meeting on 31st October from 10am until 1p in the day chapel. This is to discuss ongoing development of the ministry and looking ahead to Advent and the Year of Luke.

Catholic Singles

This is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please phone 0161 941 3498 or visit the website info

There will be a ukulelethon at St.Anne’s parish centre on 24th October to raise funds to support the work of James Tyrell in Sierra Leone. Just £3 for a ticket to what will surely be a fun evening. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Don’t forget the Foodbank

27th.Sunday 4th 5pm

9.30am.

3-4pm

7.30

Ann & Ursula Youell

Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Mon. 5th 9.15 Bernard Kenny RIP
Tues. 6th 9.15 Jack McCormick RIP
Wed. 7th 9.15 May Foley RIP
Thurs. 8th. 9.15 Patrician Dean RIP
Fri. 9th. 9.15 Moya Mulholland RIP
Sat. 10th
28th.Sunday 11th 5pm.

9.30am.

7.30pm

Denise Storey RIP

Parishioners

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 remembering 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 £667.74p–Many thanks for your generosity to the parish.

The Confirmation Group meet on Friday in the Parish Centre. This Sunday’s Mass is the Mass of Election. Please support our young people with your prayers.

This Sunday from 3-4pm. As the Synod on marriage and family life begins in Rome, Philip White will lead us in a time of prayer and reflection on this important topic and intention. Please join us for the whole hour or for part of it.

Links with our schools Many thanks to the 60 or so adults( parents and parishioners who joined our Year 1 children and staff for 9.15am Mass in church last Thursday. It was a lovely spiritual parish occasion. There will be a similar Mass with year3/4 children from the Junior School on Thursday 15th October at 9.15am. All welcome.

Following Philip’s recommendation last weekend, you probably won’t forget to pick up your copy of Wednesday Word from the table at the back of church. It will help you to get so much more out of the Sunday Scriptures.

A ROSARY CHAIN OF PRAYER.October is the month of the Rosary and as usual a pilgrim statue of Our Lady will be circulating the parish. If you wish to have the statue in your home for a day please see Maria Fryer or telephone 201 5837 (evenings only). Note: there were a few people who thought because they had the statue they were obliged to have other parishioners in their home, this is certainly not the case and in fact most people who take the statue just say the rosary in their homes by themselves. This is a lovely, yet simple tradition for Our Lady that you can be part of and this year we are looking for a few new people to join us.

The Legion of Mary will lead a public Rosary in St. Werburgh’s Square on Saturday 10th October at 2pm. Please join them in showing witness to our faith.

Pope Francis prayers for October

Universal: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated. Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.

Newsletter Team

There is a need to expand the number of people who compile the parish weekly newsletter. If you would like to join a rota please have a word with Fr. Bernard. The newsletter is an important vehicle of communication within the parish. The more people who join any rota the less of a burden it becomes.

Last Friday was Family Fast day when we were asked to enable CAFOD’s partners to work with people across the world to have access to tools and training, and empower them to become self-sufficient despite living in the most difficult of conditions. Additionally, your donations this Fast Day will be used to fund CAFOD’s partners’ work in Europe and the Middle East to support those affected by the refugee crisis. If you haven’t returned your envelope please do so as soon as possible. Thanks.

Three posts have become available in the Diocesan Education Department based at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead. Closing date for applications: 14th October 2015. For further information, please see the poster on the noticeboard or www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/vacancies/diocesan.

Laudato Si: The imperative to change.

St. Agnes W.Kirby Justice and Peace group have arranged a study day on 21st November from 11am until 3pm on Pope Francis latest encyclical. Ellen Teague, Tablet journalist and member of the Columbians JPIC team will speak on Laudato Si and Paul Kelly member of the Lancaster diocese Faith and Justice Commission will speak on climate change. No charge and a light lunch is included. Registration is essential for catering purposes. Tel. 0151 625 6512

SVP Shrewsbury Diocese Central Council Meeting next Saturday 10th October from 10am until 3.45 at St. Anne’s. Mass at 12noon. Tea and coffee provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Please ensure that all names for the November list are received as early in October as possible. Please mark the envelopes FAO Ann Murray and write legibly!!!