Fifth Sunday, 24th April, 2016. Cycle C


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


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


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”.


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


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.


Sunday of Easter

24th 5.00pm



Shaun Corrigan RIP


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

Sunday of Easter

1st 5.00pm




Deane Family Intentions


An Hour with Mary

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.

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 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

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