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

The Body and Blood of Christ, 29th May, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: The Body and Blood of Christ

The feast of Corpus et Sanguis Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ) is a vivid reminder to us that, although Jesus has ascended to heaven, he is truly present among us here on earth. Traditionally we say that he is present in four ways:

Jesus is present in the message of his word. When the scriptures are proclaimed, Jesus speaks.

Jesus is present in his people, the Body of Christ, those who gather in his name to praise and worship God.

Jesus is present in the person of the minister who like Jesus calls to repentance, baptises and leads the faithful on their journey towards the Father.

Jesus is present in the sacraments, but especially in the eucharist which is the pledge of his abiding presence among us. When we eat his body and drink his blood we make his death and resurrection a reality in our midst until he comes again.

So we reserve the eucharist in our tabernacles. We do this first and foremost so that people who are not able to join the parish community through sickness may still take their place at the family table when they receive the communion of the sick. And we see Christ’s presence in the tabernacle as the focal point of our devotion and prayer, a devotion that is unpacked and celebrated on this very ancient feast of the Church’s year. Corpus Christi reminds us that Jesus has not left us, and that he is very close.

What you see is the bread and the chalice; that is what your own eyes report to you. But what your faith obliges you to accept is that the bread is the Body of Christ and the chalice the Blood of Christ. … How is the bread his Body? And the chalice, or what is in the chalice, how is it his Blood? Those elements, brethren, are called sacraments, because in them one thing is seen, but another is understood. What is seen is the corporeal species, but what is understood is the spiritual fruit. … “You, however, are the Body of Christ and his members.” If, therefore, you are the Body of Christ and his members, your mystery is presented at the table of the Lord, you receive your mystery. To that which you are, you answer: “Amen”; and by answering, you subscribe to it. For you hear: “The Body of Christ!” and you answer: “Amen!’” Be a member of Christ’s Body, so that your “Amen” may be the truth. (Augustine of Hippo)

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tuesday 31st May. This Feast celebrates Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, as told in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:39-56), and her example of faith in God’s word and sensitivity to the Spirit. It was introduced into the Franciscan calendar by St Bonaventure (15th July) in the 13th century and was extended in 1389 to the entire Latin Church to heal the divisions in the Western Church at the time.

FOODBANK:. Can we concentrate please on bringing items from the folllowing list for a couple of weeks. Obviously ANY foodstuffs will be welcomed. Thank you. Items most in need: Pasta, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant/tinned potatoes, rice pudding and biscuits which are all in short supply. Please see list on the notice board at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

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.

Northern Catholic Conference will be held at Liverpool Hope University

17th-18th June. Theme: Blessed are the Merciful; they have mercy shown them”. There are a number of key speakers, including Fr Denis McBride. Children’s Ministry available for 7-10 year age group and Youth Ministry 11-16 years.

Further details from Regina Coeli 07543800812 (Denise)

email: info See Poster on Notice Board at back of church.

The Body and Blood of Christ 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fred Lennon

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 30th 10.00am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 31st 11.00am Funeral Mass – Gerard Igoe
Wednesday 1st 9.15am Graham Mahoney RIP
Thursday 2nd 9.15am Arthur Brockway Annv. RIP
Friday 3rd 9.15am Srs of Carmel Intentions
Saturday 4th
Tenth Sunday in Ord Time 5th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Moira Roberts RIP

Parishioners

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

Next Friday is the Fest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus….the 9.15am Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10.15am

Fr John McLeish (1935-2016) RIP

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of

Fr Jack McLeish who died peacefully last Tuesday morning. Father Jack was born on 10th June 1935 in Miles Platting Manchester. He studied for the Priesthood at the English College, Lisbon where he was ordained a priest on

23rd May, 1959. Fr Jack’s first appointment was as an assistant here at St John’s New Ferry (1959-63) followed by St Michael and All Angels Woodchurch, St Peter’s Stalybridge and St Anthony’s Wythenshawe. In 1973 he was appointed Parish Priest of St Edward’s Macclesfield. This was followed by being Parish Priest of

St Mary’s Shifnal, St Michael and All Angels Woodchurch (1988-94) Our Lady and St Christopher’s Romiley and

St Thomas and St Stephen’s Market Drayton. At the beginning of September 2010 he retired to live in Beryl Road Noctorum from where he has supplied in many of the Wirral parishes over the past 6 years. May he rest in peace.

Funeral Arrangements:

Sunday 5th June: St Michael’s Woodchurch: Reception of the Body & Vigil Mass at 7.00pm

Monday 6th June: St Michael’s Woodchurch:

Funeral Mass at 11.30am

Lately Dead: Gerard Igoe: Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11.00am.

Money Matters: Offertory. £634.50p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

The Rosary is being prayed after each weekday Mass and before each Sunday Mass. If you would like to lead this prayer please sign the list in the Day Chapel.

Eucharistic Ministers : At both Masses THS WEEKEND (which is the Feast of The Body and Blood of Christ) we shall be commissioning some additional ministers and recommissioning those who are already Eucharistic Ministers here at

St John’s.

It is an important requirement that all EOMHC (Eucharistic Ministers) are to be up to date with the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) registration. Two group sessions for filling out the forms have been arranged as follows:

After morning Mass on Sunday 5th June and

Monday 6th June at 6.30pm in the day chapel

Please make every effort to attend. With thanks Wilf Humphrey

“Our Mission Together …….Thank you for your support so farAn “Our Mission Together Team” of ten parishioners (which will be linked to but separate from the Parish Pastoral Team) has now been formed to support and assist Fr Bernard and Anthony Doyle (from The Diocesan Mission Together Team) in their work in and for St John’s.

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

Pause for Hope…… a service for all those affected by cancer … an opportunity to gather and offer prayers to find comfort in faith on

Sunday 5th June at St Columba’s Church,

Plas Newton Lane, Chester at 3pm.

St John’s Altar Servers will be taking part in the Wirral Costal Walk on Sunday 12th June in aid of Claire House and to support their Guild Funds. Please be generous when they ask you to sponsor them.

Year of Mercy visit to Shrewsbury Cathedral:

Tuesday 14th June.

A coach has been booked to take us to Shrewsbury Cathedral leaving

St Anne’s at 9.00am and calling at St John’s at 9.15am. The day will include passing through the Holy Door at around 11.00am followed by an opportunity to look around the Cathedral/celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 11.30am and participate in the 12.15p, Mass. After Mass people will be free to go into Shrewsbury to walk around the town/do some shopping/visit some of the other attractions etc. You could bring your own packed lunch or take advantage of the many places to eat in Shrewsbury. We will return to the Cathedral to conclude our day with a Holy Hour at 5.30pm returning to St Johns/

St Anne’s around 7.30pm If you wish to come on this trip please sign the list on the notice board. A deposit of £5 is required immediately, monies to

Fr Bernard please. A further £5 per person will be collected on the day.

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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:

The Most Holy Trinity 22nd May, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FATHOMING GOD

Dear Sons and Daughters,

I thought I’d drop you a brief line today since, after all, Trinity is my special feast. Though perhaps I should remember that your finite minds would find it easier on Trinity Sunday if I say “our” feast. The other two agree with me on this!

You know, of course, I am the only one with a total grasp on reality. That’s because I exist infinitely; I had no beginning and will have no end, unlike you who are limited to time and space. One day, of course, you will join me in this never-ending happiness. I’m really looking forward to that day. Well, actually, it’s already arrived for me but that would take too long to explain. It pleases me that you are trying to be holy. It doesn’t matter whether you achieve it or not, because it’s the trying that’s important. What you are really doing is trying to become more like me. That’s because I possess the only real holiness: it comes naturally to me. And when you love, too, you are like a kitchen towel that blots up my love and passes it on to others. One of the pleasures of being God is watching how much progress you are making on earth. DNA, space probes, computers, health cures: it’s all very impressive but sometimes I wonder what took you so long. And I have a good laugh when you try to take the credit for it all. It’s the same when you talk about the origins of life and of the universe. Big bangs, gases, planetary collisions. Well, yes, it’s all pretty close to the mark, but who do you think made the gases in the first place? Yes, I know it’s rude to boast. Still, don’t think just because I am the one you’re all trying to catch up with, without really knowing it, that I am too busy or important to be bothered about your own individual cares and concerns. I have always loved you, even before you were born, and that’s why I came down to earth. And even when people talk about me as if I were a thing from the past, and behave in ways that contradict all I’ve ever said, I won’t stop loving. But that’s probably hard for you to understand, even though I’ve made you little less than gods. In the meantime I send you my blessing.

Best wishes from your loving Father.

PS The other two send their regards.

Our Lady Help of Christians, Tuesday, 24thy May. Principal Patron of the Diocese

Most Holy Virgin Mary, help of Christians, how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help. If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children, how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me? Grant then to me, I implore you, your perpetual help in all my necessities, in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations. I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering. Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners. Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life. Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians, that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven. (St John Bosco)

WORD FOR TODAY

Our limited minds can never grasp the reality of God. God is the author of everything that came into being. Yet God is not so aloof that the ups and downs of our daily lives are beyond his concern. We have a God who cares passionately about each of us and has made us little less than gods.

A Tea Dance will be held at Christ Church Commuinity Centre, Higher Bebington, this coming Wednesday,

25th May, from 2.30pm-4.30pm,. All are very welcome to come along and enjoy tea and cakes, music from the 40’s and 50’s and to share in community.

FOODBANK:. Sadly the Foodbank have had to buy some basic foods recently as they ran out. Can we concentrate on bringing items from the folllowing list for a couple of weeks. Obviously ANY foodstuffs will be welcomed. Thank you. Items most in need: Pasta, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant/tinned potatoes, rice pudding and biscuits which are all in short supply. Thank you for your continued support and generosity

Vocations Weekend for young women (20s and 30s)
Theme: Discerning God’s Call in my life: NEXT WEEKEND

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 LynnefcJ at lynnefcj or visit our websitewww.fcjsisters.org

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.

The Most Holy

Trinity

22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ben Willoughby RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 23rd 9.15am Edward Dunnion RIP
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Celeste Ferreira B.Day RIP
Wednesday 25th 9.15am Cyril Bradley RIP (in School)
Thursday 26th 9.15am Nicola Smith Annv. RIP
Friday 27th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish Intentions
Saturday 28th
The Body and Blood of Christ 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fred Lennon

Parishioners

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.

Wednesday’s Mass is in St John’s Junior School……… it is the Thanksgiving Mass for this year’s First Communion group.

Lately Dead: please pray for the repose of the soul of Gerard Igoe who died recently. May he rest in peace. Funeral Mass here at St John’s on Tuesday 31st May at 11.00am

Money Matters: Offertory. £665.83p

First Communion Masses. £435.11p

Books & Cards. £ 22.30p Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

The Rosary is being prayed after each weekday Mass and before each Sunday Mass. If you would like to lead this prayer please sign the list in the Day

Chapel.

Eucharistic Ministers : At both Masses next weekend (which is the Feast of The Body and Blood of Christ) we shall be commissioning some additional ministers and recommissioning those who are already Eucharistic Ministers here at

St John’s.

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

“Our Mission Together …….Thank you for your support so far “Our Mission Together Team” of ten parishioners (which will be linked to but separate from the Parish Pastoral Team) has now been formed to support and assist Fr Bernard and

Anthony Doyle (from The Diocesan Mission Together Team) in their work in and for St John’s.

Our Mission Together”Prayer:

(we invitge every parishioner to pray this prayer daily in Church or at home)

O God, Merciful Father, we give you thanks for all the faithful people who have built up the mission of this Diocese of Shrewsbury in every generation. Knowing that without Christ we can do nothing, may this mission be renewed in our time by the outpouring of your Holy Spirit to build up the missionary parishes of the future. May we each do our part to continue our mission together through the same Christ our Lord. Amen . Our Lady Help of Christians, Pray for Us. All the Saints of the Shrewsbury Diocese, Pray for Us. St John the Evangelist, Pray for Us.

Speak up for justice
Please come along and join us in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Massthis Sunday 22nd May. We are having a presentation to help us decide how we at St John’s can make a difference to the lives of our brothers and sisters who are struggling to survive. We have been talking about our obligation to care for the poorest of the poor in our world, now we have to take positive action. Refreshments will be provided

Climate Change Update: A meeting will be held on Saturday, 25th May7-9pm. at Our Lady’s, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port. Details see poster at back of church.

“Merciful Like the Father” –

a reflection on the theme of the Year of Mercy – in drama, music and prayer presented by the Pilgrim Troupe this Friday 27th May at 7.30pm in

St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry. All most welcome

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

Pause for Hope…… a service for all those affected by cancer … an opportunity to gather and offer prayers to find comfort in faith on Sunday 5th June at St Columba’s Church,

Plas Newton Lane, Chester at 3pm.

St John’s Altar Servers will be taking part in the Wirral Coastal Walk on Sunday 12th June in aid of Claire House and to support their Guild Funds. Please be generous when they ask you to sponsor them.

Year of Mercy visit to Shrewsbury Cathedral: Tuesday 14th June. A coach has been booked to take us to Shrewsbury Cathedral leaving St Anne’s at 9.00am and calling at St John’s at 9.15am. The day will include passing through the Holy Door at around 11.00am followed by an opportunity to look around the Cathedral/celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 11.30am and participate in the 12.15p, Mass. After Mass people will be free to go into Shrewsbury to walk around the town/do some shopping/visit some of the other attractions etc. You could bring your own packed lunch or take advantage of the many places to eat in Shrewsbury. We will return to the Cathedral to conclude our day with a Holy Hour at 5.30pm returning to St Johns/St Anne’s around n£7.30pm If you wish to come on this trip please sign the list on the notice board. A deposit of £5 is required immediately, monies to Fr Bernard please. A further £5 per person will be collected on the day.

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:

Pentecost Sunday 15th May, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: OFF OUR OWN BAT?

The Pentecost story is a remarkable one. The apostles had virtually gone into hiding for the seven weeks that followed Jesus’ death on Calvary. Today we meet them huddled in a room together. We have heard elsewhere how terrified they were that they even kept the doors locked. They were afraid that the authorities would come looking for them and that they too would be executed. To say they were demoralised would be putting it mildly.

Suddenly the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they are changed men. Out they go into the open and begin to preach about the marvels of God in all sorts of languages, yet, in a reversal of what happened when confusion reigned at Babel, everyone could understand what was being said.

In a world that prizes self-reliance the gift of the Spirit comes as an antidote. It teaches us that we are far too frail by ourselves to tackle the ills of our time, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We can’t even pray off our own bat; we need the Spirit to speak through our mumbling to God. Yet with God’s spirit we are capable of sharing in the wonders that God wants for this world.

The Spirit does lots of things. It is the Spirit who consoles, supports, comforts, inspires, forgives, gives strength and wisdom, and leads us to know the truth. An ancient hymn speaks about the Spirit as “bending the stubborn heart and will, melting the frozen and warming the chill, washing the stains of guilt away”.

The greater the saint, the more reliant they are on God’s Spirit. For to recognise our need for the Spirit is not weakness but simple common sense. It is God who acts in our world and in our lives, using the Spirit to guide and direct us. The Spirit was given to us at our baptism and we can either allow him to lie dormant, preferring to rely on our own resources, or we can summon the power of God to shape and inform our thoughts, words and deeds.

The Spirit certainly changes things, as the apostles would tell you. He invites us on God’s adventure. But, first, we have to let him in through our locked door.

WORD FOR TODAY

God’s Spirit is the bond of unity among all humanity. Gender, race, colour and language take second place to what we share in Jesus Christ. What makes us one is not our difference but our unanimity in proclaiming that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

WORD OF GOD

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven…each one bewildered to hear these menspeaking their own language. (Acts 2: 5)

FOODBANK: Thank you all for a great contribution last week 76.87 kg. Sadly the Foodbank have had to buy some basic foods recently as they ran out. Can we concentrate on bringing items from the folllowing list for a couple of weeks. Obviously ANY foodstuffs will be welcomed. Thank you. Items most in need: Pasta, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant/tinned potatoes, rice pudding and biscuits which are all in short supply.

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 websitewww.fcjsisters.org

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.

Pentecost Sunday 15th 5.00pm

9.30am

2-5pm

7.30pm

Dorothy

Welch RIP

John

Corrigan Intentions

Pentecost Service of Prayer

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 16th 9.15am Joe Moore RIP
Tuesday 17th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 18th 9.15am Karen

Bastiman RIP

Thursday 19th 9.15am Funeral Mass–Cyril Bradley
Friday 20th 9.15am Eileen Kavanagh Intentions
Saturday 21st
The Most Holy Trinity 22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ben

Willoughby RIP

Parishioners

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 £580.44p. Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

The Rosary is being prayed after each weekday Mass and before each Sunday Mass. If you would like to lead this prayer please sign the list in the Day Chapel.

First Communion: Congratulations to the children from St John’s School who have celebrated their First Holy Communion

this weekend. Thank you to their parents and teachers and to the whole Parish for supporting them in prayer.

Pentecost Sunday: This Sunday there will be a time of prayer in Church from 2pm-5pm. Our prayer will focus on praying for a fresh outpouring of nthe Holy Spirit upon our Parish, the local community and the wider world. The first hour will be a time of silent prayer.

The second hour (from 3pm-4pm) will be an hour before the Blessed Sacrament (Exposition) and

the third hour will be a time of Prayer and Praise led by the Prayer Group and others who have been praying for an hour or so each evening during the past week in our Day Chapel.

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

“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. If you have not already completed a Parish Census Form please come to the sacristy after Mass today and fill one in ….it is very important we have full and accurate records of all our parishioners and all who worship here at St John’s.

Speak up for justice
“Individual actions may seem insignificant but together the small steps of many people can have an astonishing impact”. live simply campaign.

Please come along and join us in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass on Sunday 22nd May. We are having a presentation to help us decide how we at St John’s can make a difference to the lives of our brothers and sisters who are struggling to survive. We have been talking about our obligation to care for the poorest of the poor in our world, now we have to take positive action. Refreshments will be provided

Climate Change Update: A meeting will be held on Saturday, 25th May 7-9pm. at Our Lady’s, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port. Details see poster at back of church.

“Merciful Like the Father” – a reflection on the theme of the Year of Mercy – in drama, music and prayer presented by the Pilgrim Troupe on Friday 27th May in St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry. All most welcome

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 .

The Annual Diocesan Day for Catechists on Saturday 11th June, in Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and has been rearranged for Saturday, 12th November. 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. helen.jones.

Pause for Hope…… a service for all those affected by cancer … an opportunity to gather and offer prayers to find comfort in faith on Sunday 5th June at St Columba’s Church, Plas Newton Lane, Chester at 3pm.

Healing Masses for all families that are affected by mental illness and those that work with them. Healing Masses will be held at 1) St Mary’s,

70 High Street, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5AH next Saturday, 21st May, 2016 at 5pm and 2) St Alban’s, 37a Chester Rd., Macclesfield, SK11 8DJ on Wednesday 25th May at 7 pm. There will be an Anointing of the Sick and an opportunity for socialising and meeting members of the Diocesan Mental Health Action Group afterwards.

Altar Servers: We are very proud of all our Altar Servers here at St John’s for their regular attendance at Mass and their service to our parish. At Saturday’s 5.00pm Mass Sam Newman, Noah Lindop and

Connor Crealis will be enrolled in the Guild of St Stephen receiving their medals and certificates. If any boy or girl in Year 3 or above would like to join this growing group and be trained to serve at Mass and the other services we have in church, please have a word with Deacon Mike or Fr Bernard after Mass today.

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:

The Ascension of the Lord. 8th May, 2016. Cycle C.

The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord might also be called the Feast of the Exaltation of Christ. There is a pattern of descending and ascending in the rhythm of the Christian year – of God with us and we with God. For the writer of the Letter to the Ephesians, “The one who rose higher than all the heavens to fill all things is none other than the one who descended” (Eph 4:10). Interestingly, this is reflected in an early tradition of the Church of Jerusalem keeping the Feast of the Ascension at Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus. On this day, the meaning of Easter leads to the very heart of God, as Christ, the first-fruits of the new creation, takes our human nature to the heart of the divine glory. Of all the New Testament writers, it is Luke who provides the pattern for our Christian year for, in his gospel and its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles, Easter runs for 50 days to Pentecost – and the Lord ascends so that the gift of the Spirit may come. Earlier teaching had presupposed that there was an intimate link between the events of Easter and the establishment of the kingdom of God and the return of Christ. Luke, writing after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE, when such a hope had begun to fade, sets this link aside by inserting an extended period between the departure of Christ and his return in glory: the era of the Church, an era in which we still live. The way Luke does this is to stress the centrality of the ascension. The departure of Christ at the end of his gospel and the beginning of Acts leaves the stage clear for the era of the Church/Spirit, which has to take its course until the return of Christ. In Luke’s Gospel, the ascension becomes the point at which it is deemed appropriate to ‘worship’ Jesus. Until then, his followers neither recognize the significance of the resurrection, nor appreciate the full import of his life. The cloud is emphasized in Acts because it not only receives Jesus, but also veils him from the disciples. It is their perplexity that dominates the Acts story and that is countered by the gift of the Spirit and the success of the mission. Luke’s gospel account of the ascension shows the whole of Jesus’ life now caught up into God’s presence. Jesus blesses his community and that blessing is brought into the present. Acts will show just how effective that has been. The disciples worship. The gospel ends as it began, with the praise of God in the temple.

The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension is not about Christ leaving us, but about his going before us. Those who gather to celebrate this feast are far from being orphans abandoned to their own religious devices. The Ascension Day liturgical assembly gathers to celebrate the virtue of hope, conscious that its prayers are to the God whose Son has now passed from our sight, but its songs vibrate with the faith-filled conviction that where Christ has gone it will surely follow.

WORD FOR TODAY

Christ’s resurrection and ascension are not things of the past. They are very much present and powerful in our world today if we allow them to affect our vision of life and to guide us in our search for the ultimate meaning of our common existence. Jesus promises to be with us until the end of time.

FOODBANK: Thank you all for a great contribution last week 76.87 kg. Sadly the Foodbank have had to buy some basic foods recently as they ran out. Can we concentrate on bringing items from the folllowing list for a couple of weeks. Obviously ANY foodstuffs will be welcomed. Thank you. Items most in need: Pasta, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant/tinned potatoes, rice pudding and biscuits which are all in short supply.

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 websitewww.fcjsisters.org

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.

The Ascension of the Lord 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Maria

Coulson Intentions

Parishioners

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 9th 9.15am Forshaw

Family Intentions

Tuesday 10th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish Intentions
Wednesday 11th 9.15am John

Murray Annv. RIP

Thursday 12th 9.15am Hugh Hyland RIP
Friday 13th 9.15am Kathleen Parr Intentions
Saturday 14th 9.30am

12 Noon

First

Communion Families

First

Communion Families

Pentecost Sunday 15th 5.00pm

9.30am

2-5pm

7.30pm

Dorothy Welch RIP

Parishioners

Pentecost Service of Prayer

Prayer Meeting

SUNDAY IS A DAY OF PRAYER FOR WORLD COMMUNICATIONS

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 £627.51p Thank you for your generosity to St John’s it is much appreciated

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Cyril Bradley who died during the past week. Funeral Mass here at St John’s on Thursday 19th May at 9.15am

The Rosary is being prayed after each weekday Mass and before each Sunday Mass. If you would like to lead this prayer please sign the list in the Day Chapel.

Many thanks to all those who supported “The Hour with Mary” Service last Sunday afternoon.

Legion of Mary Wirral Curia will be reciting the Rosary for People of Wirral at 2pm on Saturday, 14th May at St Werburgh’s Square. Please support them with your presence and your prayer

First Communion:This year’s First Communion Masses will be celebrated next 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.

READERS: Please inform

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

“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. If you have not already completed a Parish Census Form please come to the sacristy after Mass today and fill one in ….it is very important we have full and accurate records of all our parishioners and all who worship here at St John’s.

Pentecost 2016 Pentecost Sunday: there will be a time of prayer in Church from 2pm-5pm. Our prayer will focus on praying for a fresh outpouring of nthe Holy Spirit upon our Parish, the local community and the wider world.

Speak up for justice
“Speak out on behalf of…..all those who are vulnerable. Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor.” Proverbs 31:8-9. Our homes produce almost 25% of the UK’s polluting carbon emissions”.
Please keep Sunday 22nd May

11 am till 12.30pm free to join us for a short presentation from our Diocesan representative, Bridget, to help us choose a project to support the work of Cafod. Refreshments will be provided.

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 .

The Annual Diocesan Day for Catechists on Saturday 11th June, in Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and has been rearranged for Saturday, 12th November. 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. helen.jones.

“Merciful Like the Father” – a reflection on the theme of the Year of Mercy – in drama, music and prayer presented by the Pilgrim Troupe on Friday 27th May in St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry. All most welcome

Pause for Hope…… a service for all those affected by cancer … an opportunity to gather and offer prayers to find comfort in faith on Sunday 5th June at St Columba’s Church, Plas Newton Lane, Chester at 3pm.

Healing Masses for all families that are affected by mental illness and those that work with them. Healing Masses will be held at 1) St Mary’s, 70 High Street, Madeley, Telford, TF7 5AH on Saturday, 21st May, 2016 at 5pm and 2) St Alban’s, 37a Chester Rd., Macclesfield, SK11 8DJ on Wednesday 25th May at 7 pm. There will be an Anointing of the Sick and an opportunity for socialising and meeting members of the Diocesan Mental Health Action Group afterwards.

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:

Sixth Sunday, 1st May, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: CHECKLIST

Today we hear how the disciples had a dispute about what you had to do to belong to the Church. Some said that new converts had to be circumcised and stop eating certain foods or else they could not be counted as belonging to the Christian Church. Others said there were more important things to worry about.

If we were making a checklist of things required to show that we were Christians today, what we put on it? Obviously we would demand that a person believed in God and had been baptised. And then what?

“Of course I go to church. I was at three funerals last year,” the woman said. But before you can go to church (even three times!) you need a personal relationship with God, not just knowing God exists but not being able to get through the day without talking to God. So do you pray? Do you ever pray even when you’re not asking for help? Is Jesus so central to your life that you can’t wait for him to come again, to be fully reunited with him? And do you make a point of finding out what God is trying to say to you by reading the Bible?

Is your life just like everyone else’s or do you live in the kingdom of God? What’s your attitude to material possessions, money, success, or status? A good guide to this will be whether or not you ever fast, (not just from food and drink but from something that otherwise would give you pleasure), for God’s sake.

Would you say you are a generous Christian? Do you freely give your time for others and would you call yourself an active member of the parish, joining in with things and helping where you can?

Are you the sort of person who is not embarrassed to spread the word? Do you really yearn for others to have faith in Jesus and how do you play your part in bringing them to it? Have you ever encouraged anyone to come with you to church?

And, of course, there’s the acid test. Is your life so enriched by your faith in Jesus that when you come to church you just can’t help joining in heartily with all the prayers, songs and hymns that thank God and for making us his sons and daughters?

WORD OF GOD

It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burdens beyond these essentials.

(Acts 15: 29)

WORD FOR TODAY

The peace that Jesus offers is not some woolly contented feeling but a call to his followers to make peace a reality. It is God’s Spirit in our hearts that urges us to be peacemakers. And this peace is more than the mere absence of conflict; it is the deep-rooted knowledge that, whatever the danger, we are held in the palm of God’s hand.

FOODBANK: Thank you all for a great contribution last week 76.87 kg. Sadly the Foodbank have had to buy some basic foods recently as they ran out. Can we concentrate on bringing items from the folllowing list for a couple of weeks. Obviously ANY foodstuffs will be welcomed. Thank you. Items most in need: Pasta, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant/tinned potatoes, rice pudding and biscuits which are all in short supply.

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.

Sixth

Sunday of Easter

1st 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Deane

Family Intentions

Parishioners

An Hour with Mary

Prayer

Meeting

Monday 2nd 10.00am Karen Bastiman RIP
Tuesday 3rd 9.15am Service

of Word & Communion

Wednesday 4th 9.15am Alex Quigg
Thursday 5th 9.15am Service

of Word & Communion

Friday 6th 9.15am Service

of Word & Communion

Saturday 7th
The Ascension of the Lord 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Maria

Coulson Intentions

Parishioners

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 £635.85p

Special Collection for the Ukraine £350.72p Thank you for your generosity.

May – The Month of Mary. This Sunday

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

Legion of Mary Wirral Curia will be reciting the Rosary for People of Wirral at 2pm on Saturday, 14th May at St Werburgh’s Square. Please support them with your presence and your prayer

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.

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

“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. If you have not already completed a Parish Census Form please come to the sacristy after Mass today and fill one in ….it is very important we have full and accurate records of all our parishioners and all who worship here at St John’s.

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.

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 .

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.

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 LynnefcJ at lynnefcj or visit our websitewww.fcjsisters.org

Pause for Hope…… a service for all those affected by cancer … an opportunity to gather and offer prayers to find comfort in faith on Sunday 5th June at St Columba’s Church, Plas Newton Lane, Chester at 3pm.

St John’s: 5th New Ferry Brownies: Chris Foster the Brownie Leader and her daughter are retiring this summer. We want this very active group of young people to continue in the parish. If anyone is interested in taking on this role or learning more about it, please contact Chris Foster

Tel No 0151 739 9964 or Fr Bernard.

Foreign Coins The Union of Catholic Mothers would like to thank the parishioners of St John’s, St Anne’s,

St Joseph’s, St Michael’s and Holy Name for their generous support. Last year you helped to raise £389 which was given to Laughter Africa, a charity started by James Tyrell from

++++-St Anne’s to help the street children of Sierra Leone. Our charities for 2016 are Crobus/Colitus and the Huntingdon Disease Association. Thank you for your continued support.