32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8th November, 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


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



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





8th 5.00pm



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


15th 5.00pm



Eleanor McGuigan B.Day Remembrance


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


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