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



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


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



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



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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