Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection 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.

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

Fifth Sunday, 24th April, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PARTY GUESTS

Joan and Tom invited their friends over for a belated housewarming. They had moved in last year with their three little girls, all under five and the youngest just two months old. It had been a struggle to get a mortgage for the house but at least they could look forward to a few years stability until the girls grew bigger and needed their own rooms.

Peter, their banker friend from the city, was there with his young son Gary. A custody battle meant that Peter only saw Gary a couple of times a month, and so he was pleased to have some time with his son and watch him careering round the house, enjoying himself with the other children.

Lucy from over the road was in her first year at university doing modern languages, finding city living very different from the farm on which she was brought up. She was talking to Mike. He lived with another man and when people at work found out they made his life such hell with snide comments that he was glad to take voluntary redundancy, though he was now looking for work.

When they came here from France, Jean-Luc and Suzette hoped to start afresh after failed marriages. Things were going well until Jean-Luc’s son, Alex, was arrested for drug possession. Stealing to feed his habit meant it was not long before he was in youth custody.

Bill and Margaret ran the local corner shop and were finding it hard to compete with the newly opened hypermarket. They were there with their middle child, Matt. When Alex went over to chat with Matt, they couldn’t help worrying that where Alex had been, Matt might follow.

No one at the party was normal. Yet they all were. Each was capable of love and each was in need of it.

Today Jesus tells us, “By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples”.

WORD OF GOD

By this love you havefor one another,everyone will know that you are my disciples. (John 13:35)

WORD FOR TODAY

The love that Jesus showed went to extraordinary lengths, even to the point of death. A Christian’s life ought to reflect this same love. Most of us will not be called on to prove our love by dying, but the distance we are prepared to go is the measure of how much we love like Christ.

The next singing practice will be held this. Thursday, 28th April 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

FOODBANK There is currently a shortage of food in the warehouse and we are sending out a plea to our church supporters for food. We are only asking for the basic items that we need to feed the people who come to us for help. The list includes Pasta and pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, tinned potatoes, rice pudding and biscuits Thank you for your continued generosity.

Fifth

Sunday of Easter

24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Shaun Corrigan RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 25th 9.15am David & Henriette Williams 50th
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Fr Denis O’Sullivan Annv RIP
Wednesday 27th 9.15am John Williams RIP
Thursday 28th 9.15am Joan Reynolds
Friday 29th 9.15am Kane Family
Saturday 30th
Sixth

Sunday of Easter

1st 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Deane Family Intentions

Parishioners

An Hour with Mary

Prayer Meeting

FRIDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR EUROPE

Children’s Liturgy takes place each Sunday during 9.30am Mass. The children with their catechists process out of Church and into the Day Chapel at the beginning of Mass to share in a liturgy of the word and various activities to suit their age. They return to join their parents and the rest of the congregation in the main church at the offertory.

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

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let Fr Bernard know.

Money Matters: Offertory £ 648.14p Thank you for your generosity to St John’s Parish

After the recitation of the Regina Coeli on Sunday, 3rd April, the Holy Father, Pope Francis launched an humanitarian initiative in favour of the people of the Ukraine, in the form of a SPECIAL COLLECTION. Bishop Mark invites us to take this Special Collection in all the parishes of the Diocese THIS WEEKEND. Please give generously.

A big thank you to all Red Box holders for your contributions this Spring. A total of £224.17p was raised. Next emptying of boxes will be in October. There are several empty boxes awaiting collection at the back of Church

First Communion: This year’s First Communion Masses will be celebrated on Saturday 14th May with some of the children making their First Communion at the 9.30am Mass and the remainder at the 12 noon Mass (see list on the notice board at the back of Church). Please remember all the children and their families and teachers in your prayers over the next weeks.

May – The Month of Mary. Next Sunday

1st May at 3pm, there will be “An Hour With Mary” here at St John’s.

READERS: Please inform Dot Humphrey of any forthcoming absences due to holiday commitments June – August inclusive. Many thanks. Dot

‘ACTS’ Day of Reflection organised by Adult Catholics Together aged 18-35. You are very welcome to come along to a “Day of Reflection” on Saturday 30th April at Wistaston Hall, Crewe. Cost £20 (£15 unemployed/students). The focus of the day will be on Pope Francis’ latest document ‘The Joy of Love’ and will be led by Barbara Davies. The day will start approx. 9.30am until approx. 5pm. If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it, please contact Siobhan at siobhanbc or tel 0161 477 2783 or 07761138947.

Pentecost 2016 Following consultation with the Parish Pastoral Team last week and listening to the opinions expressed by other parishioners, on Pentecost Sunday there will be a time of prayer in Church from 2pm-5pm. Our prayer will focus on praying nfor a fresh outpouring of nthe Holy Spirit upon our Parish, the local community and the wider world.

CAFOD: Over 291 million people go to primary schools that have no electricity

More than a billion people use health facilities that have no electricity

Please keep Sunday morning 22nd May free and join us in the Parish Centre for a short presentation about how we at St John’s can make a difference. More information to follow. Details Cecily 645 7645.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage

26/27th July-2/3 August.

This year the theme of the Pilgrimage will be “Jesus the Face of the Father’s Mercy”. Booking Forms can be downloaded from the pilgrimage website at www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or can be obtained from the pilgrimage office at St Alban’s Presbytery, 30 Mill Lane Wallasey. Tel. 0151 638 1520.

At the moment the pilgrimage committee are particularly looking for doctors, nurses and carers who are willing to work with our medical team in caring to our registered sick pilgrims. If you are interested or know anyone who would like to serve those who need care during the week in Lourdes, please contact the medical office on info.

“Our Mission Together …….Thank you for your support so far…. it is much appreciated Please keep this important inititative in your prayers asking God’s blessing upon our parish now and in the future.

The Annual Diocesan Day for Catechists will be on Saturday

11th June, in Ellesmere Port Catholic High School. The theme is: ‘Resources: What do we have? What do we need?’ Mr Fergal Martin, Head of the Catholic Truth Society, will presentits aims, work and publications, followed by group discussion and general feedback. Further details will follow. Registration, please, by Friday 3rd June with helen.jones.

Vocations Weekend for young women (20s and 30s)
Theme: Discerning God’s Call in my life Dates: 27th – 29th May 2016 Location: Broadstairs, Kent. The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). There will be input from the FCJ sisters on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life.

It’s an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters! For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj or visit our website www.fcjsisters.org

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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:

Fourth Sunday, 17th April, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: CARING

Today is a day of prayer for vocations, but it’s much more than that. It is about the call God makes to each one of us to care.

There’s an advert on TV which shows an ordinary person washing the feet of an elderly lady. Nothing extraordinary about that. But it goes on to say that if you can do this, you could have a job as a carer.

Strange, isn’t it, that we should need such a thing as institutionalised care? For care is at the heart of the Christian’s vocation. And in a world where looking after your own interests counts as number one, going out of your way for others is considered an optional oddity. Yet we are called to care for each other like Jesus, the Good Shepherd, cares for us.

You and I are called to be a Good Shepherd and there’s no shortage of opportunities, paid and unpaid. Good Shepherds really care about their children, spend time with them and keep supporting them even when they fail. In our schools they are those teachers who are interested in the students more than in their subject, who go that extra mile to bring out the hidden talents of the young people entrusted to them. They are the doctors and nurses in our hospitals who can see beyond the trying circumstances of red tape and bureaucracy to the face of the sick person who stands before them fearful and hurting. Good Shepherds are those countless people in local and national government whose motives spring from a burning desire for the welfare of their communities rather than political fame and fortune. And, of course, there is no shortage of Good Shepherds to be found in those who dedicate their lives as priests or religious for the service of the Gospel.

So Good Shepherd Sunday is not about sheep, grass and mountains. It’s about real life. And while Jesus really is the Good Shepherd, his work requires others to follow in his footsteps. Including you and me; if we care.

St George, Patron Saint of England, Feast Day Saturday, 23rd April.

St George was martyred at Lydda (Israel) around 303 in the persecution of the emperor Diocletian. His cult, which predates the legend of his slaying the dragon, spread quickly through East and West. During the crusades, George was seen to personify the ideals of Christian chivalry, and he was adopted as patron of several city-states and countries

WORD OF GOD

They will never hunger or thirst again…because the Lamb who is at the thronewill be their shepherd…and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7:16-17)

WORD FOR TODAY

The good news for today is that none of us can ever be lost unless we go out of our way to look for the wrong track. The image painted by the scriptures is of a God who shepherds us to where the grass is greener, to a life that has an enduring, eternal quality. Our task is to listen out for the shepherd’s voice.

FOODBANK There is currently a shortage of food in the warehouse and we are sending out a plea to our church supporters for food. We are only asking for the basic items that we need to feed the people who come to us for help. The list includes Tinned vegetables, tinned tomatees, tinned fruit, long grain rice, UHT milk, instant mash, tinned potatoes and rice pudding. Thank you for your continued generosity.

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 Stalland to buy your Catholic Paper.

Fourth Sunday of Easter 17th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Gerry

Topping Intentions

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 18th 9.15am Michael

Casey RIP

Tuesday 19th 8.45am Mary McGhee RIP
Wednesday 20th 9.15am Michael

Devaney RIP

Thursday 21st 9.15am Joan

Reynolds RIP

Friday 22nd 9.15am Eileen

Kealey Anniversary

Saturday 23rd
Fifth

Sunday of Easter

24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Shaun

Corrigan RIP

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

SUNDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS.

Please take a copy of Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter from the back of Church.

Locally there is a Holy Hour for Vocations at St Anne’s today ( Sunday) from 3.00pm-4.00pm

Children’s Liturgy takes place each Sunday during 9.30am Mass. The children with their catechists process out of Church and into the Day Chapel at the beginning of Mass to share in a liturgy of the word and various activities to suit their age. They return to join their parents and the rest of the congregation in the main church at the offertory.

Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning

Prayer of the Church

15 minutes before daily masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let Fr Bernard know.

Money Matters: Offertory £670.55 p Thank you

School News : Our schools reopen at the usual times on Monday after the Spring Break. We welcome year 5 and 6 children from St John’s School to the 9.15am Mass on Thursday. Parents, grandparents and parishioners are of course most welcome. Tea and Coffee is served at the back of Church after Mass.

First Communion:This year’s First Communion Masses will be celebrated on Saturday 14th May with some of the children making their First Communion at the 9.30am Mass and the remainder at the 12 noon Mass (see list on the notice board at the back of Church). Please remember all the children and their families and teachers in your prayers over the next weeks.

The next singing practice will be held on Thursday,

28th April 7pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

After the recitation of the Regina Coeli on Sunday, 3rd April, the Holy Father, Pope Francis launched an humanitarian initiative in favour of the people of the Ukraine, in the form of a SPECIAL COLLECTION. Bishop Mark invites us to take this Special Collection in all the parishes of the Dioceses next Sunday, 24th April. Please give generously.

‘ACTS’ Day of Reflection organised by Adult Catholics Together aged 18-35. You are very welcome to come along to a “Day of Reflection” on Saturday 30th April at Wistaston Hall, Crewe. Cost £20 (£15 unemployed/students). The focus of the day will be on Pope Francis’ latest document ‘The Joy of Love’ and will be led by Barbara Davies. The day will start approx. 9.30am until approx. 5pm. If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it, please contact Siobhan at or tel 0161 477 2783 or 07761138947”

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage

26/27th July-2/3 August.

This year the theme of the Pilgrimage will be “Jesus the Face of the Father’s Mercy”. Booking Forms can be downloaded from the pilgrimage website at or can be obtained from the pilgrimage office at St Alban’s Presbytery, 30 Mill Lane Wallasey.

Tel. 0151 638 1520.

At the moment the pilgrimage committee are particularly looking for doctors, nurses and carers who are willing to work with our medical team in caring to our registered sick pilgrims. If you are interested or know anyone who would like to serve those who need care during the week in Lourdes, please contact the medical office on

07970 943940 or emailing .

May – The Month of Mary. On Sunday

1st May at 3pm, there will be “An Hour With Mary” here at St John’s.

“Our Mission Together …….Thank you for your support so far. Please keep this important Diocesan inititative in your prayers and if you didn‘t complete a Census Form a few weeks ago, please come to the sacristy after Mass today and complete one ….. It is very important that every parish has full and accurate records of its parishioners.

Pentecost 2016 Following consultation with the Parish Pastoral Team last week and listening to the opinions expressed by other parishioners, on Pentecost Sunday there will be a time of prayer in Church from 2pm-5pm. Our prayer will focus on praying nfor a fresh outpouring of nthe Holy Spirit upon our Parish, the local community and the wider world.

The Annual Diocesan Day for Catechists will be on Saturday 11th June in Ellesmere Port Catholic High School. The theme is: ‘Resources: What do we have? What do we need?’ Mr Fergal Martin, Head of the Catholic Truth Society, will present its aims, work and publications, followed by group discussion and general feedback. Further details will follow. Registration, please, by Friday 3rd June with helen.jones.

The free standing board at the back of church is there as a visual aid with posters and wordings relating to the Liturgical Seasons and the theme of the Sunday Readings. Please do not place posters on this board. If you have any posters you would like displayed, please leave them on top of the box marked “Posters for Display” and they will be placed on the appropriate section of the Main Notice Boards. Thank you for your co-operation.

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

Second Sunday, 3rd April, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: SHALOM

After the tumultuous events of Holy Week, Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent trial and execution, where were the disciples? Not out on the streets preaching and teaching, not mounting a campaign to prove the innocence of the dead Jesus, but all huddled together in a rented room with the doors locked.

They were afraid. Perhaps they feared that the guards would come and look for them as they had done for their master. The gospel simply says the doors were locked “for fear of the Jews”.

What Jesus says to them, when like a ghost he appears in the locked room, is “Shalom”. They would have known this to be the usual greeting which people exchanged on meeting. Yet Jesus says to them a second time “Shalom”.

Shalom doesn’t simply mean “peace”. It means that deep-down feeling of health, prosperity, security and freedom. It is a positive thing rather than just the absence of disquiet. Shalom is that unshakeable sensation that we are held in the palm of God’s hand and nothing can ever separate us from him.

When we feel afraid or disquieted it’s a comfort to know that even the disciples found it hard to be calm all the time. When we begin to doubt the substance of our faith, when we become discouraged and think we’re getting nowhere, Jesus has one simple word for us: “Shalom”.

Faith in the risen Lord does not mean that everything becomes rosy, that we wander through life with no problems or concerns. You could argue that the more a person believes, the deeper the questions and doubts that arise. But what it does mean is that we are able to view the same realities from a different perspective, through a different lens. The fact that Jesus is risen from the dead means that we no longer face things alone. We no longer are held in the grip of anxiety and fear. Jesus rose not to abandon us but to be by our side. He is as present to us today as he was in that room with the disciples.

And, whatever our fears are, his presence offers us Shalom.

WORD OF GOD

The people were loud in their praiseand the numbers of men and womenwho came to believe in the Lord increased steadily. (Acts 5:12-13)

WORD FOR TODAY

The early church grew through the witness of the apostles. Today God calls you and me to be witnesses to the power of the resurrection in our lives. It is through the quality of our relationships with each other that people will come to see that Jesus is risen and active in our world. Everyone of us can share in making this a reality.

Many thanks to the unwavering donations given by people throughout Wirral in collections at their churches, at food drop-off points and supermarket collections. A list of goods needed will be on the notice board (NO BAKED BEANS PLEASE) Thank you all for your wonderful and continuous support.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection 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.

Please take this bulletin home with you and when you have finished reading it please pass it on to a member of the family/friend/someone you work with/neighbour particularly if they have not been to St John’s recently.

Second Sunday of Easter 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

2.30pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

John McDonough RIP Annv.

Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Monday 4th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Tuesday 5th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Wednesday 6th 9.15am Deacon Charles Woods RIP
Thursday 7th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Friday 8th 9.15am Bishop Brian Noble Ints.
Saturday 9th
Third

Sunday of Easter

10th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Jack McCormick RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy takes place each Sunday during 9.30am Mass. The children with their catechists process out of Church and into the Day Chapel at the beginning of Mass to share in a liturgy of the word and various activities to suit their age. They return to join their parents and the rest of the congregation in the main church at the offertory.
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let Fr Bernard know.

Lately Dead: Please remember in your prayers

Josephine Wright, Julia O’Keeffe and Pat Rickard who have died recently. May they rest in peace. Funeral arrangements to follow.

Divine Mercy: The Novena to the Divine Mercy began on Good Friday….prayer leaflets are available at the back of Church. This Sunday Divine Mercy Devotions for our local LPA parishes will be held here at St John’s beginning at 2.30pm.

We welcome this weekend Brother John McAllister of the Marist Society who will be giving The Annual Mission Appeal .

Money Matters: Offertory £976.74p. Thank you.

Attention to all Gift Aid Donors: The Parish will soon begin the process of claiming back the Gift Aid Tax Refunds on donations made in the Tax Year 2015-2016. If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay Income Tax (or for any reason do not wish to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme) please contact Steve Bell, Tel No 0151 644 7512 or let Fr Bernard know. If you are a Tax Payer and are not in the Gift Aid Scheme, why not join and help the Parish benefit from some of your Income Tax. If you do not pay tax but our wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

A big thank you to all the readers for their commitment over the Easter period. If you have not already done so, please return your copy of the Passion.

There will be a meeting of the AFOD Group this coming Tuesday,

5th April, at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. All welcome.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 26/27 July-2/3 August.

This year the theme of the Pilgrimage will be “Jesus the Face of the Father’s Mercy”. Booking Forms can be downloaded from the pilgrimage website at www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or can be obtained from the pilgrimage office at St Alban’s Presbytery, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey.

Tel. 0151 638 1520.

The free standing board at the back of church is there as a visual aid with posters and wordings relating to the Liturgical Seasons and the theme of the Sunday Readings. Please do not place posters on this board. If you have any posters you would like displayed, please leave them on top of the box marked “Posters for Display” and they will be placed on the appropriate section of the Main Notice Boards. Thank you for your co-operation.

The project “Our Mission Together…..fulfilling our Catholic Commitment” spoken about during Lent moves forward in these weeks of Eastertide. Many thanks to everyone who filled in a Census Form. If you did not manage to get around to it before Easter, spare Census Forms are available in the sacristy for you to complete after Masses this weekend. If you would like to be kept informed and become involved/support parish initiatives/developments/events/activities etc, please tick the “Count me in” box on the cards. If you filled out a card before Easter and did not see the “Count me in” box or wish to check that you are “counted in”, please come and have a look at your card after Mass in the sacristy.

Pentecost Vigil??… In this Year of Mercy would you welcome a time of prayer in Church before the Blessed Sacrament either after the 5pm Mass until 10pm on the eve of Pentecost, Saturday 14th May/or on Pentecost afternoon Sunday 15th May from 2pm-5pm… please let Fr Bernard know your thoughts on this over the next week or so. Such a prayer time would be focused on praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our Parish, the Birkenhead and East Wirral Deanery, the New Ferry and Bebington community and on the wider world.

St Mary’s Church, Eastham will be holding a Concert of Russian Sacred Hymns and Folk Songs A Cappella on Saturday, 16th April at 7.30pm. They will be peformed by a professional ensemble of soloists from St Petersburgh, Russia. Tickets £10 (Concessions £8/Children £5) including refreshments. Details from Mrs Irene Jones

327 6741 or Rev. Beth Glover 327 2182. See Poster at back of church.