The Body and Blood of Christ, 29th 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

Email: stjohntheevangelist


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



Fred Lennon


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



Moira Roberts RIP


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 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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