29th Sunday. 18th October, 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


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


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!


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)


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



18th 5.00pm



Kate & James Kennedy RIP





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


25th 5.00pm



May Foley




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

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.

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