12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th 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



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


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.


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.


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


Sunday in Ord Time

19th 5.00pm



Rose Corrigan Annv


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

Sunday in Ord Time

26th 5.00pm



Fr Frank Rice Intentions


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.

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.


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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