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:

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th June, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: INTERVENTION

Sometimes situations are allowed to get so out of hand that everyone says, “They’ll have to do something about it soon”. The “they” varies depending on circumstances. It might be some Star Wars lord to restore cosmic balance between fighting planets, a charismatic Nelson Mandela figure to rebuild justice and offer hope, or some plain, ordinary, concerned, local councillor to get the bus-stop moved to a more sensible place.

We have a word for this type of effective action: we call it intervention. We need the intervention of someone who can step in and take things in hand so that never again will we be left in the same situation.

At the core of our faith stands the belief that God intervened in human history. God sent his son Jesus to “do something about it”. The prophets, including Zechariah today, foretold that someone would be sent by God, but that people would mistreat him and “pierce him through”.

God intervened in history to show us that a better world was possible, a world governed not by sin, greed and violence, but by the divine rule of love. Jesus preached a different way of living, one that contradicted the wisdom of the world and ran in the face of conventional values. By his birth, death and resurrection, Jesus has provoked a situation where nothing can ever be the same again. He has urged a choice on us: for him or against him, living for the kingdom or for the world alone. Zechariah puts it beautifully when he says that God has opened up a fountain for us to cleanse ourselves of our sin and impurity. God’s fountain is open to all, but spurned by most.

Yet God still intervenes today through you and me. We are asked to “carry our cross”, to live out the values of our Christian faith no matter what the cost or sacrifice. Like Jesus, we are sure to meet mockery and ridicule in a climate that sees embracing sacrifice as sheer lunacy. That’s why Jesus asks each one of us today, “Who do you think I am?” Are we for him or against him? He wants us to be sure we know what we are taking on before we go out and make our own intervention in society.

WORD FOR TODAY

Taking up our cross does not simply mean bearing our hardships with magnanimity. It means being prepared to carry the triumph of the cross into situations that are denied life. As we bear our p ersonal cross, whatever it may be, we also take the hope of ultimate victory into the lives of others who knowingly or unknowingly yearn for fulfilment.

FOODBANK WORD FOR TODAY

We are looking for some more volunteers to join Bill, Jaqui and myself on the rota to take our donated food to the Wirral Foodbank Depot. If you are free on a Monday morning and want to be part of our team,m phone Cecily on 645 7645.

URGENTLY NEEDED GOODS:- Pasta, pasta sauce, instant/tinned potatoes, custard and biscuits, feminine hygiene products and toilet rolls. 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 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.

Secondary School Open Evenings for those currently in years 4 and 5

St Anselm’s College…………………..Tuesday 21st June 5pm-8pm

Upton Hall School…………………….Thursday 23rd June 5.30pm-8pm

Christ the King School Bromborough: Golden Jubilee Mass this coming Thursday 23rd June at 7pm. Past parents pupils, staff, parents and governors all welcome. The celebration will continue after Mass in Church with refreshments in the school hall.

The Diocese is advertising a number of job opportunities based at the Curial Offices. Please see the Diocesan website press for details or telephone 0151 652 9855 and ask for Pauline McCulloch

Twelfth

Sunday in Ord Time

19th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rose Corrigan Annv

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 20th 9.15am Kathleen Parr Intentions
Tuesday 21st 9.15am Mrs Chrissie Leech RIP
Wednesday 22nd 9.15am Bernard Lofthouse RIP
Thursday 23rd 9.15am Margaret Dunne Ints
Friday 24th 9.15am John Higgins B.Day RIP
Saturday 25th
Thirteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

26th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fr Frank Rice Intentions

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

SUNDAY IS A DAY OF SPECIAL PRAYER FOR LIFE

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.

Weddings: Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Sally Fenlon and

Paul Rigney married here at St John’s on Saturday.

If you intend entering into Marriage here at St John’s in 2017 and have not already been in touch, please phone 645 3314 to book your date etc or talk to us after weekend Masses.

Money Matters: Offertory. £661.03p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Congratulations to St John’s Altar Servers and all those who took part in the Wirral Coastal Walk last Sunday and a big thank you for the generous sponsorshipreceived in aid of Claire House and the Guild Funds. Total sponsorship raised will be announced in next week’s bulletin.

PROGRAMME FOR THE ANNUAL NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR 19th-27th JUNE

Sunday 19th June Holy Hour 3-4pm
Monday 20th June After 9.15am Mass
Tuesday 21st June 6.30pm
Wednesday 22nd June After 9.15am Mass
Thursday 23rd June After 9.15am Mass
Friday 24th June After 9.15am Mass
Saturday 25th June After 9.15am Mass
Sunday 26th June 3pm
Monday 27th June After Feast Day 9.15am Mass

“Our Mission Together ……The Diocesan Mission Together Team established a goal of £85,000 for

St John’s…. to be raised by pledges by the end of June. Over £78,000 has already been pledged. Many thanks. For those who agreed to be contacted with updates it is hoped that a member of our Parish Mission Together Team have been in touch with you by nphone over the past few days to ask you to support the initiative. If you did not receive a phone call or have not yet pledged members of Our Mission Together Team will be handing out information packs including pledge forms after both Masses this weekend. Completed pledge forms can be put in a box at the back of Church (which is emptied daily) or handed to Fr Bernard. Thank you for your prayers and support for Our Mission Together.

An Open Parish Meeting to discuss the first part of the Parish element of the Our Mission Together programme namelyh the retur ing of the tabernacle to the centre of the sanctuary, the repositioning of the baptismal font at the back of the Church and various other improvements to our Church will be held in Church on Tuesday 28th June at 6.30pm (Vigil Mass of the Fest of SS Peter and Paul to follow at 7.30pm) It is important that as many parishioners at possible attend this meeting

Next Friday, 24th June 3-6pm

St John’s School will be holding a Summer Fair. Noelene Evans will be manning a cake stall and would be grateful for contributions of cakes, fruit pies, fruit loaves etc. So come on all you budding Mary Berrys and let’s get cooking. Contributions to the cake stall can be dropped off at the Presbytery or the school on the day of the fair and notbefore please.Many thanks

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 pilgrimagewebsite atwww.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.ukor can be obtained from the pilgrimage office at St Alban’s Presbytery, 30 Mill Lane Wallasey. Tel. 0151 638 1520

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 14th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to bereaved families. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

There is Tea/Coffee & Biscuits for everyone in the Parish Centre every Sunday after 9.30am Mass. Why not join us and get to know your fellow parishioners a little better. If you are willing to lend a hand and join the Sunday Tea/Coffee rota, please let Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard know.

The next singing practice will be on Thursday 30th June at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

A list of dates and tutors for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies from September 2016 to June 2017 is displayed on the notice board at the back of church. There may be parishioners who would like to just follow the course without writing the essays and obtaining the Certificate. This year there will be 2 modules before Christmas and one after, rather than the other way round. The course will start on 10th September which is earlier than usual.

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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:

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th June, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: 0.00% APR)

They say that personal debt is spiralling out of control and that credit card spending is the only thing keeping many people’s heads above water. For the moment, that is. The time will come when the Annual Percentage Rate will come and claim its spendthrift victims, whether they pay by one convenient monthly lump sum or not!

We’re not stupid. We all know that if we spend on account, we’ll have to repay it sooner or later, and there’ll be that extra bit on top. The only thing you get for nothing in this life is trouble. Maybe that’s why the gospel of forgiveness sounds so strangely even in a Christian’s ears. For forgiveness is a grace that is given free. The only down payment is true sorrow and then there are no monthly repayments, ever. The APR is zero.

And so it is today that King David is caught out. He has committed adultery and premeditated murder. What’s his sentence? “The Lord forgives your sin; you are not to die.” And the woman whose reputation went before her, what happened to her? Jesus simply said, “Your sins are forgiven; your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

What it took for David and the woman to be forgiven was for them both to admit their guilt and show a willingness to change. They made no excuses. They didn’t try to deny anything. They were just honest before God. And God was his normal self towards them. Faced with repentance God always forgives, unconditionally.

Because we’re brought up in a hard world where you can’t get anything for nothing, the concept of forgiveness disturbs us. We talk about “cheating justice”, about “going scot-free”, about being “let off” or “leaving the debt unpaid”.

Of course, the debt of our sin has been paid. Jesus wiped it out for us on Calvary. But that debt wasn’t wiped out so that we can go straight out and build up another one. Forgiveness gets us back on a firm footing so that we can move forward with a greater sense of security. That’s why, to every sinner in the full flush of forgiveness, Jesus says, “Your sins have been forgiven; go and sin no more.” Or perhaps, “Your debt has been wiped out. Isn’t it time you cut up your credit card?”

Prayer for the Queen on the occasion of her 90th Birthday

V. O Lord, save Elizabeth, our Queen.

R. And hear us on the day we call upon you.

V. O Lord, hear our prayer

R. And let my cry come before you.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with your Spirit.

Let us pray

Almighty God, we pray, that your servant Elizabeth, our Queen, who, by your providence has received the governance of this realm, may continue to grow in every virtue, that, imbued with your heavenly grace, she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil and, being blessed with your favour may, with her consort and the royal family, come at last into your presence , through Christ who is the way, the truth and the life and who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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 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.

Northern Catholic Conference will be held at Liverpool Hope University NEXT WEEKEND 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: See Poster on Notice Board at back of church.

Eleventh Sunday in Ord Time 12th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Dorothy Welch RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 13th 9.15am John Higgins RIP
Tuesday 14th NO MASS/SERVICE TODAY
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Carmel Group Intentions
Thursday 16th 9.15am Barbara Lancelot Ints
Friday 17th 9.15am Fr Hugh Birdwhistle RIP
Saturday 18th
Twelfth

Sunday in Ord Time

19th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rose Corrigan Annv

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. £653.64p

Dance Money £234.00p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

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

The Annual Novena to Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour will be held here at St John’s beginning on Sunday 19th June with a Holy Hour from 3pm to 4pm and concludes with the 9.15am Feast Day Mass on Monday, 27th June.

PROGRAMME FOR THE NOVENA 19th-27th JUNE

Sunday 19th June Holy Hour 3-4pm
Monday 20th June After 9.15am Mass
Tuesday 21st June 6.30pm
Wednesday 22nd June After 9.15am Mass
Thursday 23rd June After 9.15am Mass
Friday 24th June After 9.15am Mass
Saturday 25th June After 9.15am Mass
Sunday 26th June 3pm
Monday 27th June After Feast Day 9.15am Mass

“Our Mission Together ……Fr Bernard will be speaking about this new initiative at our Masses this weekend. He is fully committed to the Our Mission Together initiative both personally (he has made a pledge) and pastorally and invites you all to share in his commitment in making it a success story here at St John’s. The Diocesan Mission Together team established a goal of £85,000 for St John’s.. to be raised in pledges by the end of June. Fr Bernard has been overwhelmed by the generosity to date with over £78,000 having been pledged already. Many, many thanks.

For those who have agreed to it, it is hoped that a member of our Parish Mission Together Team will be in contact with you by phone to respectfully ask you to consider supporting. They will be phoning you on Fr Bernard’s behalf and he asks you to con sider what they have to say and to respond generously. If you do not receive a phone call there will be volunteers and information packs including pledge forms available at both Masses next weekend.

Fr Bernard is deeply grateful for your support to date and asks you to pray for the success of “Our Mission Together” here at St John’s.

There is Tea/Coffee & Biscuits for everyone in the Parish Centre every Sunday after 9.30am Mass. Why not join us and get to know your fellow parishioners a little better. If you are willing to lend a hand and join the Sunday Tea/Coffee rota, please let Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard know.

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 pilgrimagewebsite atwww.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.ukor can be obtained from the pilgrimage office at St Alban’s Presbytery, 30 Mill Lane Wallasey. Tel. 0151 638 1520

Year of Mercy visit to Shrewsbury Cathedral: Tuesday 14th June.

The coach leaves from outside St Anne’s Church on Highfield Road at 9.00am and from outside St John’s Church at 9.15am. The day will include passing through the Cathedral’s Holy Door at 11am followed by an opportunity to look around the Cathedral/celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and participate in the 12.15pm Mass. After Mass people will be free to go into Shrewsbury to 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 end our day with a Holy Hour at 5.30pm returning to St John’s/St Anne’s around 7.30pm.

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 14th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to bereaved families. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

The next singing practice will be on Thursday 30th June at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

On Friday, 24th June 3-6pm St John’s School will be holding a Summer Fair. Noelene Evans will be manning a cake stall and would be grateful for contributions of cakes, fruit pies, fruit loaves etc. So come on all you budding Mary Berrys and let’s get cooking. Contributions to the cake stall can be dropped off at the Presbytery or the school on the day of the fair and notbefore please.Many thanks

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.ukwww.lpa24.org

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5th June, 2016. Cycle C

Otherwise Engaged (Extract from “Seasons of the Word” Fr Denis McBride)

It is a Saturday afternoon in a quiet square in London. A quiet man named Simon is alone in his living room and is carefully unwrapping a new set of opera records. He handles them with the care of a man who is clearly longing to listen to them. He walks over to the

very expensive hi-fi set which dominates the room and puts the first record on. He listens and adjusts the level. He then settles himself on a large sofa. The sound of Wagner fills the room.

Then there is a knock on the door. The knock is the first of many, and a whole series of people keep knocking in the form of an upstairs lodger, a worried brother, a troubled friend, a sad old schoolmate, and finally Simon’s wife. They all try to engage Simon in thee cares of their world. He is polite and listens to them all, but he can hardly contain his indifference about what is going on around him. He simply wants to listen to Wagner. Eventually his wife becomes furious at his indifference and quotes her new friend’s diagnosis of Simon.

“He says you’re one of those men who only give permission to little bits of life to get through to you. He says that while we may envy you your serenity, we should be revolted by the rot from which it stems. Your sanity is of the kind that causes people to go quietly made around you”.

The story of intrusions and accusations make up the play “Otherwise Engaged”, by Simon Gray. The question it raises are all too real: is it good or bad to be like the character Simon and protect yourself from being drawn into the confusing and u tidy world of other people? When people come to you of course you are never rude: you conceal your dismay behind courtesy and wait quietly for an ending. At the end of the play when Simon does sit down to listen to his new recording of Wagner you ponder a question: is the music of Wagner all he needs for a serene life or all he has left of an empty one? Why should we be bothered? Why not be otherwise engaged?

What do we do when we are confronted by the concrete suffering of other people? How do we react when the music we are listening to is interrupted by an anxious visitor? What happens when we seem to be overwhelmed by an anxious visitor? What happens when we seem to be overwhelmed by people eager to share their confusion? Do we put on a louder record? Are we otherwise engaged? In the readings today there are people who bother about other people and there are people who do not distance themselves from other people who are in pain. In the end we must allow the Gospel to question us.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart (also known as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu in Latin) is one of the most widely practiced and well-known devotions, taking Jesus Christ’sphysical heart as the representation of His divine love for humanity.

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of JesusO Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and burning furnace of divine love. Thou art my refuge and my sanctuary, O my amiable Saviour. Consume my heart with that burning fire with which Thine is ever inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Thy love, and let my heart be so united with Thine, that our wills may be one, and mine in all things, be conformed to Thine. May Thy divine will be equally the standard and rule of all my desires and of all my actions. Amen.

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 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.

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 info See Poster on Notice Board at back of church.

Tenth

Sunday in Ord Time

5th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Moira Roberts RIP Annv

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 6th NO MASS/SERVICE TODAY
Tuesday 7th 9.15am Fr Frank Rice Intentions
Wednesday 8th 9.15am Ryan Family Intentions
Thursday 9th 9.15am Hugh Hyland RIP
Friday 10th 9.15am John McDonough RIP
Saturday 11th
Eleventh Sunday in Ord Time 12th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Dorothy Welch 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.

We ask for your prayers and blessings for Cara Smyth and Neil Whiteside who were married last Thursday here at St John’s. The joyous day was celebrated in wonderful sunshine by many friends and family members. We wish them every happiness together.

Fr Jack McLeish Funeral Arrangements

Tonight (Sunday) 7.00pm, Reception of the Body and Vigil Mass at St Michael & All Angels

Church, New Hey Road, Woodchurch

Monday 11.30am Funeral Mass at St Michael

& All Angels Church, News Hey Road, Woodchurch

Money Matters: Offertory. £644.50p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Eucharistic Ministers : 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 this Sunday 5th June and

Monday 6th June at 6.30pm in the day chapel

Please make every effort to attend. With thanks Wilf Humphrey

Pause for Hope…… a service for all those affected by cancer … an opportunity to gather and offer prayers to find comfort in faith today, 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 nextSunday 12th June in aid of Claire House and to support their Guild Funds. Please be generous when they ask you to sponsor them.

“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.

There is Tea/Coffee & Biscuits for everyone in the Parish Centre every Sunday after 9.30am Mass. Why not join us and get to know your fellow parishioners a little better. If you are willing to lend a hand and join the Sunday Tea/Coffee rota, please let Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard know.

At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass we will welcome the children and staff from Year 2 St John’s Infant School. Parents, grandparents and parishioners are all most welcome… please support the children and stay for a cup of tea or coffee afterwards.

The Annual Novena to Our Lady of the Perpetual Succour begins on Sunday 19th June with a Holy Hour from 3pm to 4pm and concludes with the 9.15am Feast Day Mass on Monday, 27th June. Pleased see poster on the notice board for full schedule which will also be printed in next week’s bulletin

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 pilgrimagewebsite atwww.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.ukor can be obtained from the pilgrimage office at St Alban’s Presbytery, 30 Mill Lane Wallasey.

Tel. 0151 638 1520

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.

The Diocese is advertising a number of job opportunities in its Administration Department based at the Curial Offices, 2 Park Road South, Birkenhead. Please see Diocesan website for detailswww.dioceseofshrewsbury.org or telephone 0151 652 9855 and ask for Pauline McCulloch.