Sixth Sunday, 1st May, 2016. Cycle C.


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



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


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?


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

(Acts 15: 29)


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.


Sunday of Easter

1st 5.00pm





Family Intentions


An Hour with Mary



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




Coulson Intentions




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

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

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.

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