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:

First Sunday of Advent, 29th November, 2015, Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS:WAITING-HOPING-TRUSTING

We’re in the middle of two Advents. One has already happened 2,000 years ago when God came among us as a baby in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. The second one is still to happen in the future when Christ will return and human history will come to an end. Today’s liturgy concentrates on this future coming.

But in a world that doesn’t even know that Advent exists and that has already flung itself fully into the festivities of a commercial Christmas, how can Christians celebrate Advent?

In Advent, Christians wait. We just wait. Every week in our Creed we speak of Jesus coming again to judge the living and the dead; and we talk about looking forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Advent reminds us that there is more to life than what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears. A promise of everlasting life is on offer. Advent is about maturing slowly, about allowing God’s Spirit to form us and mould us so we’re ready for Christ’s coming.

In Advent, Christians hope. If we celebrate Advent properly then we feel a sense of great longing. We find ourselves yearning for Christ to come again and to set up his everlasting kingdom where we shall see God face to face and enjoy the unending happiness of heaven. Advent hope sustains us amid all the comings and goings of a society intent on having and getting, one that mistakes pleasure for joy, consuming for concern and enjoyment for bliss. But Christians wait in joyful hope for Christ to return.

In Advent, Christians recognise their trust and dependence on God. It’s not all down to us. It is God who will unlock the gates of heaven for us. Our God will not come to condemn us but to set us free since Christ is not a predator but a liberator. Advent encourages us to recognise and acknowledge our dependence on God. Will we be around when Christ comes back again or will we see God face to face when we die? The chances are the latter. But because we are held in the palm of God’s hand we await his coming in joyful hope. And our Advent cry is: Come, Lord Jesus, come!

WORD OF GOD

In those days and at that time, I will make a virtuous branch grow for David, who shall practise honesty and integrity in the land. (Jeremiah 33:15)

WORD FOR TODAY

As the Church’s year begins once more we look to the future and to the coming of Christ. To celebrate Advent is to increase our longing and yearning for being with our saviour, Jesus Christ, and to grow in love of our brothers and sisters. Our Advent prayer is that we may mature in faith and good works.

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, during 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

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 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: . Donations of men’s clothing can be left with Rev. Mike at Christ Church Bebington.

First Sunday

of Advent

Cycle C

29th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Theresa & John McLean RIP

Holy Hour

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 30th 9.15am Joseph

Moore RIP

Tuesday 1st 9.15am Rels & Friends of Moore & McLoughlin Families RIP
Wednesday 2nd 9.15am Bell & Nugent Families RIP
Thursday 3rd 9.15am All

Migrants & Refugees

Friday 4th 9.15am Norah & John McManus RIP
Saturday 5th
Second Sunday

of Advent

Cycle C

6th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Vic

Gemmell RIP

Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer

Meeting

Thursday is a Day of Special Prayer for all Migrants and Refugees

Children’s

Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this

Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before weekday masses

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass each Friday until 10.15am.

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 £597.15 Books & Cards £13.50

Thank you for your generosity to the Parish.

Advent Pastoral Letter: Copies of Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter on “Opening the Door to Christ” at the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy are available at the back of church.

Confirmation 2015: Congratulations to all the young people from our Local Pastoral Area who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at

St John’s last Wednesday. Thank you too to our Catechists, sponsors and parents and to those parishioners who prepared the Church,helped with the Liturgy and provided the refreshments afterwards,

Mass of Enrolment for First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion This weekend at Sunday’s 9.30am Mass we welcome the Year 3 children from St John’s School who will be formerly enrolled as Candidates for these sacraments and receive their blessed enrolment medals.

Scripture Group An opportunity to rediscover the joy of the personal encounter with Jesus and to consider afresh the good news of our saving from all that would harm us. Please join us for the second session on Thursday at 10am in the Day Chapel. Please bring your bibles.

St John’s Infant Schooljoin us for an Advent Mass on Thursday at 9.15am in the Main Church. All most welcome. Tea/Coffee /biscuits available at the back of Church after the Mass.

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.

CAKE SALE – This weekend after the 5pm and 9.30am Masses. Our Altar Servers and Confirmation Group will be selling a variety of cakesin aid of Claire House Hospice. They felt as they had missed out on the Wirral Walk this year, they owed it to the children of the Hospice to do something definite for them. Please support them as much as you can and encourage them in their good works.

The next singing practice is this Thursday, 3rd December at 7pm in the day chapel. We will again be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

Scouts Stamps will be on sale at both weekend Masses up to and including Sunday 13th December. Stamps 30p each. Last posting is Wednesday 16th December at

12 Noon.

St John Plessington Catholic College present “Here Comes Christmas” on Friday, 4th December 2015 from 3pm-5pm. Win a Fiat 500 or £10,000, APS4 Games Console, signed Everton and Liverpool shirts. There will be lots of stalls for all ages. We will not meet Father Christmas and his helpers in his grotto. We guarantee loads of fun for all the family.

LPA Mass at Christ the King Bromborough on Tuesday

8th December at 7.30pm on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy. All four parishes from the LPA will be taking an active part in the celebration. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this Mass which will be followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre.

Pilgrimage to Walsingham During the forthcoming Year of Mercy the Chester and Ellesmere Port District SVP have invited me to lead their annual pilgrimage to Our Lady’s National Shrine at Walsingham from

4th-7th April, 2016. There are some places available at a cost of £185 per person so if you would like to be part of this pilgrimage please let me know as soon as possible… a non-returnable deposit will be required by Christmas. Arrangements will be made with Carvers Coaches for a local pick up point.

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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:

Websites:

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 22nd November, 2015, Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: A TALE OF THREE KINGDOMS

We use the word kingdom quite a lot in our liturgy. At every Mass we pray the Lord’s Prayer asking, “Thy kingdom come”. We acclaim God by saying, “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever”. And we ask for “the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever”.

The first words Jesus speaks in St Mark’s gospel are “The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand”. On one level the kingdom is past. Christ came to establish the kingdom of God and so it already exists. What sort of kingdom did he set up? Some people thought it might be a political kingdom to overthrow the Roman occupiers, but Jesus said the citizens of the kingdom would be the poor, the gentle and the persecuted. Do we really want “Thy kingdom come” if this is what it means?

So if the kingdom has already been set up, then it must also be present somewhere today. If we live in it, then how should we behave? When we pray “Thy kingdom come” we are telling God that we want to live under the reign of Christ the King. Do we let Christ into our lives or is he someone we have heard about but who doesn’t impinge on our daily existence. St Paul says that today is the day of salvation. Do we try to make our todays conform with the kingdom or do we separate our daily lives from our religious beliefs? Do the values of God’s kingdom feature in my life, my family, my job? Who’s in charge of my life, who’s the king? “Thy kingdom come”?

Christ the King is not someone dead and buried. He is the Risen Lord and he leads us on to discover even more of the joys of the kingdom that he has established here on earth. He promises never to abandon us and to be with us always. Christ is king of our tomorrows and shows us the way to fullness of life, on both sides of the grave. So his kingdom is also a future reality and that’s why we pray for the peace and unity of the kingdom where God now lives.

The Father showed his great love for us by sending his Son. Christ himself now walks by our side. God waits for us in all our tomorrows. Past, present and future: a tale of three kingdoms that are really one.


The last Sunday in the liturgical year is designated as the Festival of Christ the King or the Reign of Christ. This is not an ancient festival like Easter or Christmas. In fact, it is less than a century old. It was first called by Pope Pius XI in 1925. Europe was in chaos. Inflation was rampant, and colonialism was at its worst. The seeds of evil that were to produce the terror of the Holocaust and World War II were being planted. Against all this chaos and evil, the Pope established the Festival of Christ the King to declare that Jesus Christ is king. He is the goal of all human history, the joy of all who hear, and the fulfilment of our aspirations. (Wiley Stephens)

Word of God

Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world

for this:to bear witness to the truth, and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice. (John 18:37)

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, during 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.

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 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:

Feast of

Jesus Christ,

Universal King

22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sr Mary McDonough RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 23rd 9.15am Michael Williams RIP
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Sr Marie Clare RIP
Wednesday 25th 7.00pm LPA Confirmation Mass
Thursday 26th 9.15am Ints of McCarron Family
Friday 27th 9.15am McGuigan Family
Saturday 28th
First Sunday

of Advent

Cycle C

29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Theresa & John McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting

Sunday is a Day of Special Prayer for Young People

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this

Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before weekday masses

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass each Friday until 10.15am.

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 Sr Marie Clare and Dennis Wrigley (Founder of the Maranatha Community) who have died recently. May they rest in peace.

Money Matters: Offertory £609.97p

Clergy Education and Training Fund £345.47p Thank you for your generosity to the Parish.

On Wednesday at 7pm Mass Bishop Mark will confer the Sacrament on 38 young people from our Parish and our neighbouring Parishes. Please remember all the candidates, their sponsors and their families in your prayers. Everyone is welcome to attend this Confirmation Mass which will be followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre

Scripture Group An opportunity to rediscover the joy of the personal encounter with Jesus and to consider afresh the good news of our saving from all that would harm us…. We have been thinking of offering sessions on Holy Scripture and in particular of helping people deepen their own grasp of the person of Jesus and of the formation and content of the gospels. To start with Philip will be playing a series of recordings reflecting on key moments of the story of Jesus handed down to us in the gospels. The recordings were made by Fr Denis McBride (a Redemptorist priest and scripture scholar). The recording lasts for about 45 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of the topic covered. If you would like to come, please join us for the firstsession on Thursday, 26th November at 10.00am (aiming to finish by 11am) in the presbytery. Remember, please, to bring your bibles

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.

CAKE SALE – Next weekend after the 5pm and 9.30am Masses. Our Altar Servers and Confirmation Group will be selling a variety of cakesin aid of Claire House Hospice. They felt as they had missed out on the Wirral Walk this year, they owed it to the children of the Hospice to do something definite for them. Please support them as much as you can and encourage them in their good works.

The next singing practice is on Thursday, 3rd December at 7pm in the day chapel. We will again be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

Scouts Stamps will be on sale at both weekend Masses from Saturday 21st November up to and including Sunday 13th December.

Stamps 30p each. Last posting

is Wednesday 16th December at

12 Noon.

CHURCHES T0GETHER will be holding the forthcoming events:

1. Litter Pick-Up – 10am outside

Co-op, Lower Bebington.

(Ref: Pope Francis “God created the earth and we should look after it and Parish Climate Change Meeting 30th November).

2. Carol Singing – 12th December, 11am outside Co-op Lower Bebington

3. Carol Singing – 19th December, 4pm outside

Co-op Higher Bebington.

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,

Dr De Franciscus, the President of the Office of Medical Observations, will lead a reflection on what Lourdes has to offer today’s world in the care of those who are disabled, marginalised, sick and dying. See poster on the notice board, the Catholic Voice or the Diocesan website.

Next weekend we begin the Season of Advent. Masses at the usual times. Holy Hour each Sunday during Advent from 3.00-4.00pm

LPA Mass at Christ the King Bromborough on Tuesday 8th December at 7.30pm on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and at the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy. Everyone from the LPA parishes is encouraged to participate in this Mass which will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre

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:

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th November, 2015, Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: BACK SOON

People have constantly predicted the end of the world and the second coming of Christ. At the time of St Paul there was a widespread belief that Jesus would return during their lifetime. A century later Hippolytus calculated that Jesus would return in 500AD. In 968 Otto’s army panicked at an eclipse that they took to be the end of the world; and the first millennium, 1000AD, got people frightened, encouraging preachers like Wulfstan to predict the Last Judgement and the end of the world. 1666 was a famous year for predictions, accompanied by the plague and the Great Fire of London. (Not to mention 666, the number of the beast!) And after several hastily rescheduled predictions of the end of the world by the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 1970s we had to put up with all the hysteria that surrounded the start of the second millennium.

In the face of all of this, Jesus is very clear: “But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.” (Mk 13:32) Nobody knows it. Nobody.

For Christians part of the problem is a failure to understand the nature of Christ’s preaching about the end of time. It is a type of preaching known as apocalyptic, which is a coded way of speaking and writing. His hearers would not have taken literally the idea of the sun being darkened, the moon losing its brightness and the stars falling out of the sky. They knew it was a way of creating an effect when preaching, of disclosing material to those in the know while at the same time hiding the meaning from others. And apocalyptic writing and preaching contains huge amounts of symbolism, dreams and imagery that has to be interpreted by the code-breaker before it can be understood.

So when we hear of famines, epidemics, terrorist attacks, global warming or earthquakes how do we react? If we think that this is a sign of the end of the world or the coming of Christ then we might as well join all the other failed predictors of history. Rather than worrying about impending doom, wouldn’t we be better off preparing to meet our God by living the sort of lives that he wants us to live and that he told us about in his Son Jesus? But if I were you I’d get round to doing something about it fairly quickly. Because you never know!

WORD OF GOD

Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. (Mark 13:26)

WORD FOR TODAY

Nobody knows the date when Christ will come again. Rather r than concern ourselves with useless worry amid fears of natural disasters and cosmic cataclysm, surely it’s better to prepare ourselves for seeing God face to face by a life of fruitful service?

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

Embrace Liverpool 2015 – “Build My Kingdom”next Saturday,

21st November – Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 9.30am-6pm. A day to celebrate the faith of young people. Keynote speakers, Workshop Praise and Worship, Adoration, Reconciliation and Holy Mass. Speakers include David Wells, Fr Frank Mulgrew, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Franciscan Sisters of Renewal plus many more. Aimed at 16-25 year olds but open to all ages. Mass at 4pm.. Principal celebrant Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.

33rd

Sunday

15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Eleanor McGuigan B.Day Remembrance

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 16th 9.15am Geraldine

Shore RIP

Tuesday 17th 9.15am May Foley RIP
Wednesday 18th 9.15am Relatives & Friends of Brockway Family RIP
Thursday 19th 9.15am Service

of Word & Communion

Friday 20th 9.15am Joe Moore RIP
Saturday 21st 10.00am Carmel

Mass

Feast of

Jesus Christ, Universal King

22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sr Mary McDonough RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Children’s

Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this

Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before weekday masses

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass each Friday until 10.15am.

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 £ 719.45p Thank you for your generosity to the Parish.

Retiring CollectionTHIS weekend for the Diocesan Clergy Education and Training Fund. At present the Diocese has 6 students at various stages of training for the priesthood and others training for the Permanent Diaconate.

Please continue to keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers as they reach the final stages of their preparation for the Sacrament. Bishop Mark will confirm 38 young people from this and our neighbouring parishes here at St John’s on Wednesday

25th November at 7.00pm. All most welcome.

CAKE SALE – Our Altar Servers and Confirmation Group will be selling a variety of cakes after the 5pm and 9.30am Masses on the weekend of 28th/29th Novemberin aid of

Claire House Hospice. They felt as they had missed out on the Wirral Walk this year, they owed it to the children of the Hospice to do something definite for them. Please support them as much as you can and encourage them in their good works.

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.

The next singing practice is on Thursday, 19th November at 7pm in the day chapel. We will be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

Bebington Dramatic Society present “Brassed Off” at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight this Wednesday, 18th November at 7.30pm. Tickets £8. Pay at the door. All proceeds to Diocesan Refugee Appeal.

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

Scripture Group An opportunity to rediscover the joy of the personal encounter with Jesus and to consider afresh the good news of our saving from all that would harm us…. We have been thinking of offering sessions on Holy Scripture and in particular of helping people deepen their own grasp of the person of Jesus and of the formation and content of the gospels. To start with Philip will be playing a series of recordings reflecting on key moments of the story of Jesus handed down to us in the gospels. The recordings were made by Fr Denis McBride (a Redemptorist priest and scripture scholar). The recording lasts for about 45 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of the topic covered.

If you would like to come, please join us for the first session on Thursday, 26th November at 10.00am (aiming to finish by 11am) in the presbytery. Remember, please, to bring your bibles

4th Diocesan Symposium: “Lourdes Open to the World” On Saturday, 28th November at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE an on Sunday, 29th November in Shrewsbury, Dr De Franciscus, the President of the Office of Medical Observations, will lead a reflection on what Lourdes has to offer today’s world in the care of those who are disabled, marginalised, sick and dying. See poster on the notice board, the Catholic Voice or the Diocesan website.

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:

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8th November, 2015, Cycle B

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

FAITH IN FOCUS: GIVING

At Sunday lunch the family were moaning about what had happened at church. The priest’s sermon was rubbish, the choir out of tune and the church cold. Then the youngest child silenced everyone by saying, “Still, it wasn’t bad for only £1.”

The episode about the widow’s mite teaches us a lot about giving.

First of all there’s the question of what we give. Obviously the amount is not the most important aspect of giving because it’s relative. The widow put two coins worth a penny into the collection whereas the richer people dwarfed her contribution by the size of their donations. But presumably we should expect richer people to provide more revenue. Clearly, the amount given may bear no relationship to the wealth of the person. And Jesus pointed out to his disciples that in fact the widow had given much more than all the others.

Secondly, there’s the business of how we give. When we see some sort of appeal for helping children or providing food and drink to people struck by famine, how do we react? Do we begrudgingly put our hands in our pockets and cough up as little as we can without seeming miserly? When envelopes drop through our doors asking for money for charity, what do we feel like? God loves a cheerful giver, according to St Paul, but sometimes we give begrudgingly. The widow could have kept one of her two coins but she gave willingly. And she gave everything she had.

Thirdly, there’s the issue of why we give. Some people give things to churches and then have a plaque made to let everyone know that they are the donor. Such recognition has already been rewarded. But there’s another sort of recognition: reverse recognition. We can give out of recognition of what we ourselves have been given. We give because we are conscious of being blessed by God in so many ways and our giving-back is just a token of our gratitude. God gave his only Son and his only Son gave his life for us. So giving implies a what, a how and a why. And by willing giving her all, the widow got all three of them right.

Remembrance Sunday. Lord, we remember those who died when madness ruled the world and evil dwelt on earth, those we knew and those whose very name is lost. Because of their sacrifice, we may renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, again prejudice, tyranny and oppression. Still we cry to God out of the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish. Let not new clouds rain death upon the earth.

Turn to yourself the hearts and wills of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men and women live as friends in the bond of your peace.

In a world still troubled with war, hatred and unrest, we pray for peace and unity. You have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony, and yet we are divided, race from race, faith from faith, rich from poor, old from young, neighbour from neighbour. O Lord, by whose cross all enmity is brought to an end, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred. Forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking; overcome our prejudice and fears. Give us courage to open ourselves to others and by the power of your Spirit make us one. Amen

Thank you to all those who came to the Remembrance Mass on Monday and those who prepared the Church, were involved in the Liturgy and provided the refreshments afterwards. If you did not collect your family candle please take it from the window ledge in church.

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.

Bebington Dramatic Society will be performing “Brassed Off” at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight, on Wednesday 18th November at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 or pay at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Diocesan Appeal for Refugees. See Members of the SVP for details .

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

32nd

Sunday

Remembrance

Sunday

8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sam Kershaw RIP

Those who have died in war and conflict

Prayer Meeting

Monday 9th 9.15am Hannah & Harold O’Neill RIP
Tuesday 10th 9.15am Vocations

for the Diocese

Wednesday 11th 9.15am Theresa

McLean RIP

Thursday 12th 9.15am John Higgins RIP
Friday 13th 9.15am Peggy Fullerton RIP
Saturday 14th
33rd

Sunday

15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Eleanor McGuigan B.Day Remembrance

Parishioners

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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass each Friday until 10.15am.

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

Fr Francis Connolly retired priest of the Diocese who died this week. Funeral Mass in Stalybridge on Friday.

Money Matters: Offertory £ 571.10. Books & Cards £18.80

Thank you for your generosity to the Parish.

Retiring Collectionnext weekend for the Clergy Education and Training Fund.

APF Red Box. Please leave your donations in the tub located at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support

Eucharistic Ministers Meeting and Training

Saturday, 14th November in the Day Chapel from

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

Confirmation meetings recommenced on Friday, 6th November, in the Parish Centre. 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, 25th November at 7pm.

Years 5 & 6 from St John’s Junior School will be joining us for a Remembrance Mass on Thursday at 9.15am. Parents and families most welcome.

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:

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 is essential. Ring 652 9855 or email

Scripture Group An opportunity to rediscover the joy of the personal encounter with Jesus and to consider afresh the good news of our saving from all that would harm us…. We have been thinking of offering sessions on Holy Scripture and in particular of helping people deepen their own grasp of the person of Jesus and of the formation and content of the gospels. To start with Philip will be playing a series of recordings reflecting on key moments of the story of Jesus handed down to us in the gospels. The recordings were made by Fr Denis McBride (a Redemptorist priest and scripture scholar). The recording lasts for about 45 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of the topic covered.

If you would like to come, please join us for the first session on Thursday, 26th November at 10.00am (aiming to finish by 11am) in the presbytery. Remember, please, to bring your bibles

4th Diocesan Symposium: “Lourdes Open to the World” On Saturday, 28th November at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE an on Sunday, 29th November in Shrewsbury, Dr De Franciscus, the President of the Office of Medical Observations, will lead a reflection on what Lourdes has to offer today’s world in the care of those who are disabled, marginalised, sick and dying. See poster on the notice board, the Catholic Voice or the Diocesan website.

The Parish Pastoral Team meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. Please make every effort to attend

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:

All Saints, 1st November, 2015

FAITH IN FOCUS: BLESSED EXISTENCE?

It’s not how we live that makes us saints. It’s how Christ lived for us, how he died and rose again for us.

So today’s feast is not about our trying to become saints. It’s about focussing on what Christ has done and the fact that we are already called saints by him due to our baptism. We are incorporated into the holy people that are his Church. We’ve already taken our place in the line of God’s saints.

You’d think, wouldn’t you, that being a saint would be a blissful experience? Yet we seem to have all the same problems that non-believers have. We mourn, we suffer and we find it hard to make ends meet just like everyone else.

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so surprised at this. After all it’s exactly what Jesus told us in the Beatitudes: saints are those who mourn, who hunger and thirst for justice, who are abused and persecuted. Do you recognise your life in this? You should certainly recognise there what happened to Christ in his earthly life.

In a world that looks for instant gratification, whether it’s fifty-nine minute dry cleaning or drive-through fast food restaurants, the feast of All Saints teaches us a lesson in perseverance. Through the Spirit, God is fashioning us slowly into the saints we are intended to be, as long as we let him. This means that we bear whatever crosses come our way, secure in the belief that we are promised the life that God has prepared for us from the beginning of time. But letting God mould us into saints takes a lifetime of maturing, a lot of patience and much starting over again.

As we make this journey to our heavenly home we have the inspiration of those who have already completed their journey and now enjoy God’s glory in God’s holy city, what we call the heavenly Jerusalem. We hope that one day we will meet up with them there to share their joy and see God face to face. In the meantime we celebrate today’s feast, thanking God for what Christ has done for us and asking that we may become more and more responsive to the Spirit who prompts us to grow in holiness.

ALL SAINTS (November 1st)

Father of all, you have given the saints in heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of your glory. Because of their holy love for you, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church and my neighbours. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. I ask our patron saints and every saint who has become especially so dear to me to intercede for us. I ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with you. Amen

ALL SOULS (November, 2nd)

All Souls Day is the last day of the Triduum (a three-day celebration) of commemoration of the dead dating back to pre-Christian eras.

On this day, the Church remembers all of the faithful departed who died peaceable deaths with the expectation of Christ’s promises of eternal life. These were ordinary people, who were not given the status of sainthood by the Church, but were nevertheless saintly communicants. Today, all Christians are reckoned as saints, a concept referred to as the Communion of Saints.

In the Latin world, All Souls Days is known as the Day of the Dead. On this day, families are reunited in the cemeteries where their ancestors are buried. During these family reunions, they decorate their ancestors’ tombs and hold parties that begin in the afternoon and continue on into the evening. These are not morbid celebrations, as one might expect, but very happy and positive occasions that are intended to bring back happy memories of the ancestors who are very much included in the celebrations.

May the Lord our God free us from all anxiety and strengthen our hearts to serve him in humility so that recognising God’s goodness and grace in our lives we may be exalted to share his glory.

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

All Saints 1st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Wilfred & Mary Humphrey RIP

St John’s Parish

Prayer

Meeting

All Souls 2nd 7.00pm Mass of Remembrance
Tuesday 3rd 9.15am Elizabeth

Robinson

Wednesday 4th 9.15am Bert

Grunnill (Get Well)

Thursday 5th 9.15am Fr John Woods Intentions
Friday 6th 9.15am Eileen Myles
Saturday 7th
32nd

Sunday

8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sam

Kershaw RIP

Parishioners

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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass each Friday until 10.15am.

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 £594.87p Thank you for your generosity to the Parish.

APF Red Box. Please leave your donations in the tub located at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support

Eucharistic Ministers Meeting and Training

Saturday, 14th November in the Day Chapel from

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

Confirmation meetings begin again on Friday, 6th November, in the Parish Centre. 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 here at St John’s 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.

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 2.30pmat 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 is 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 652 9855 or email

Scripture Group An opportunity to rediscover the joy of the personal encounter with Jesus and to consider afresh the good news of our saving from all that would harm us…. We have been thinking of offering sessions on Holy Scripture and in particular of helping people deepen their own grasp of the person of Jesus and of the formation and content of the gospels. To start with Philip will be playing a series of recordings reflecting on key moments of the story of Jesus handed down to us in the gospels. The recordings were made by Fr Denis McBride (a Redemptorist priest and scripture scholar). The recording lasts for about 45 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of the topic covered.

If you would like to come, please join us for the first session on Thursday, 26th November at 10.00am (aiming to finish by 11am) in the presbytery. Remember, please, to bring your bibles

4th Diocesan Symposium: “Lourdes Open to the World” On Saturday, 28th November at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE an on Sunday, 29th November in Shrewsbury, Dr De Franciscus, the President of the Office of Medical Observations, will lead a reflection on what Lourdes has to offer today’s world in the care of those who are disabled, marginalised, sick and dying. See poster on the notice board, the Catholic Voice or the Diocesan website.