10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5th June, 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


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.


Sunday in Ord Time

5th 5.00pm



Moira Roberts RIP Annv


Prayer Meeting

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



Dorothy Welch 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

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.

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