The Ascension of the Lord. 8th 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



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.


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

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




Coulson Intentions




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


Communion Families


Communion Families

Pentecost Sunday 15th 5.00pm




Dorothy Welch RIP


Pentecost Service of Prayer

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

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.

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