Pentecost Sunday 15th 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



Pentecost Sunday 15th May, 2016. Cycle C.


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.


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.


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

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





Welch RIP


Corrigan Intentions

Pentecost Service of Prayer



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




Willoughby RIP




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 £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.

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