33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th 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


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


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!


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


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.



15th 5.00pm



Eleanor McGuigan B.Day Remembrance


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


Feast of

Jesus Christ, Universal King

22nd 5.00pm



Sr Mary McDonough RIP


Prayer Meeting


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.

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