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.uk www.lpa24.org

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 31st July, 2016. Cycle C

IN FOCUS: FOUND A PENNY LOST A POUND

The preacher in today’s reading summed it all up: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!” The Hebrew word for vanity means “emptiness” or a mere “breath of air”, something that is insubstantial, here today and gone tomorrow. What the preacher is trying to get across is that there is no point in getting involved with working, earning and enjoying possessions if at the same time we miss out on the real happiness of life.

A young man once found a £20 note on the pavement. From that time on he never lifted his eyes from the ground when walking. In the course of 40 years he accumulated 29,516 buttons, 54,172 pins, 7 pennies, a bent back and a miserly disposition. At the same time, he lost the glories of the sunlight, the smiles of friends, the songs of birds, the beauties of flowers, trees, blue skies and all that is worth living for in life: the opportunity to serve his fellow men and women, to spread happiness and to walk with God.

Most of us have to work in order to live. But we don’t have to join the rat race. We need money to buy food and clothes but if we don’t enjoy what we are doing then we live unfulfilled lives. Nothing that we possess actually belongs to us; it passes to the next generation. Jesus tells us that our life is not made secure by what we own but by our relationship with God and others, particularly with our families. We can become distracted by what the world considers important – money, power, status – and if we are distracted, then our toil and work is like the breath of wind here one minute, gone the next.

It is only through God that my toil, my work, my enjoyment of life can have meaning and purpose. It is in that relationship with God that I can be free to work, free to use the fruits of my labour to serve God and the people around me. In that relationship with God I can be free to love and care, free from the bonds of greed to enjoy life, to discover the beauty of relationships with those who care for me as I am, and the thrill of knowing that when this life is ended, I will be given eternal wealth.

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Wednesday, 23rd November at 7.00pm ….. If you will be in Year 8 or above in September and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few weeks.

WORD OF GOD

A man who has laboured wisely, skilfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all. (Ecclesiastes 2:21)

WORD FOR TODAY

When we own everything we ever dreamed of, what will we do next? Fulfilment here and life in the hereafter is all that matters. And possessions cannot guarantee this for they are basically hollow. Today’s reading reminds us that seeking after earthly success is nothing more than vanity.

FOODBANK Did you know during April and June 2016 we fed & supported 2568 people, which included 801 children. 7.46kg will feed & support a single person for 3 days. 20.64kg will feed & support a family of 2 adults & 2 children for 3 days. For every £10 donated we can feed & support a single person for 3 days & for £25 we can feed & support a family of 2 adults & 2 children for 3 days.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY.

URGENTLY NEEDED GOODS:-Please see list on the notice board at the back of church.

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.

Eighteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

31st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

John McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 1st 9.15am Brenda Frodsham Ints
Tuesday 2nd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 4th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 5th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish RIP
Saturday 6th
Nineteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

7th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Ann Dougherty Ints

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY IS TAKING A SUMMER BREAK AND WISHES ALL THE CHILDREN A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY. WE WILL RESTART ON SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER AT THE 9.30AM MASS
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: 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.

Eucharistic Ministers: Will all newly commissioned Ministers of Holy Communion please let Wilf Humphrey have their contact details. Name, Tel No, and email address to 0151 608 7355 or whumphrey2

Intercessory Prayer: If you are interested in being part of an intercessory prayer group….. praying for the Church and our world particularly at this time, please contact Gerry Topping Tel No0151 645 1510

URGENT PLEA to those who have yet to return their completed DBS forms. Please hand them in to the presbytery as soon as possible.

Money Matters: Offertory £551.65p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Diocesan Pilgrimages:

World Youth Day, Krakow, Poland. This weekend

Bishop Mark is leading a pilgrimage of approx 50 young people and helpers to be with Pope Francis in Krakow for World Youth Day. Please keep the Diocesan Group in your prayers, as young people from across the world gather for the Vigil (Sat pm) and Papal Mass (Sun am) with Pope Francis.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

Also this weekend around 720 pilgrims are in Lourdes for the Annual Pilgrimage under the leadership of

Canon Michael Gannon VG. The theme this year is “Jesus Christ the Face of the Father’s Mercy”. Again please keep the pilgrims in your prayers,

If you know of any non-Catholics connected with/living in St John’s Parish who would be interested to learn more about the Catholic Faith, please let us know. We hope to reconvene the local RCIA group in the Autumn.

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. The Diocese is advertising a number of job opportunities based at the Curial Offices. Please see the Diocesan websitewww.dioceseofshrewsbury.org or local press for details or telephone

0151 652 9855 and ask for Pauline McCulloch.

“Our Mission Together”

To date in St John’s Parish

50 gifts have been received totaling £100.545.

45 direct debits are now being processed every month.

40 parishioners are declaring Gift Aid on their pledge.

Currently we are 120% of our goal.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Our Mission Together.

To date a total of 25% of the parish has pledged towards this exciting new initiative and for those still undecided or plan to pledge in the future there are information packs and pledge forms at the back of Church. We still hope to reach our challenge goal of £115,000 so please keep Our Mission Together in your thoughts and prayers.

A copy of the plans and proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of the Church are on the notice board. Now that the replacement of the windows behind the altar is almost complete we hope to begin more work from the Our Mission Together fund shortly.

Other good news from Our Mission Together this week is the appointment of a Diocesan Welfare Officer for the sick and retired clergy. I will keep you informed of ongoing developments or you can check the diocesan website for updates www.diocesofshrewsbury.org

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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: stjohntheevangelist

Websites: www.stjohnevang.co.uk www.lpa24.org

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th July, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: PRAY LIKE THIS

The apostles already knew how to pray when they asked Jesus to teach them. They had prayed in common in the synagogues and must have had their quiet moments with God. But they sensed that Jesus had a different way of praying that he relied on so much to achieve his mission.

What Jesus did was to teach them the difference between prayers and prayer. Anyone can say prayers but not everyone can pray. What was this technique of Jesus all about?

Pray to God not out of duty, says Jesus, but because he is your Father. Talk to him as a child would to a parent. And don’t begin by asking for things. Begin by recognising the holiness of his name, by sharing his great desire for a kingdom on earth that shares the values of heaven. Pray that what God wants may become a reality.

And when you do ask for things, just ask for what you really need, not for what you fancy you’d like. Do this honestly, recognising that your faults are overlooked by God only if you too are prepared to show unconditional forgiveness to others. Ask for the courage to do this even though it might hurt. Ask God to keep you safe from harm and never to let you get to the point where you may be prepared to abandon your faith in his promises in exchange for some earthly pleasure or convenience.

The “Our Father” or the “Lord’s Prayer” contains all these ingredients and is a useful prayer for saying in common. But it’s only a model. When Jesus taught the apostles to pray, he wasn’t telling them to keep saying these words in their hearts. He was saying, “This is the sort of approach and attitude you should come before God with”. If we included all of this in our prayer we would soon grow in our relationship with our Father.

Finally, we have to remember that God is not a spiritual one-armed bandit. If we put enough prayers in we don’t automatically get what we want. Perhaps prayer isn’t so much about changing God’s mind as about making us sensitive to what our real needs are and what God wants from us. Maybe prayer gives us a clearer vision and the courage to meet the challenge. That way we always get what we need.

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Wednesday, 23rd November at 7.00pm ….. If you will be in Year 8 or above in September and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few weeks.

WORD FOR TODAY

We don’t always get what we pray for. That’s because God alone knows what we really need. What prayer does do for us, however, is to give us a clearer vision of God’s will and the courage to persevere in following it.

FOODBANK Did you know between April and June 2016 we fed & supported 2568 people, which included 801 children. 7.46kg will feed & support a single person for 3 days. 20.64kg will feed & support a family of 2 adults & 2 children for 3 days. For every £10 donated we can feed & support a single person for 3 days & for £25 we can feed & support a family of 2 adults & 2 children for 3 days.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY.

URGENTLY NEEDED GOODS:-Please see list on the notice board at the back of church.

We try as far as possible to allocate mass intentions on days requested. This is not always possible and we will place your mass intention to the nearest available day. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone and apologise if we are not able to fulfil your wishes.

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.

Seventeenth

Sunday in Ord Time

24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Tim Delaney Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 25th 9.15am Hannah O’Neill Annv RIP
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Ruth Hegarty Intentions
Wednesday 27th 10.30am Funeral Mass – Jim Jones
Thursday 28th 9.15am Claire Murray Intentions
Friday 29th 9.15am Ray Coonan RIP
Saturday 30th
Eighteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

31st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

John McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting

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.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jim Jones. Funeral Mass at St John’s on Wednesday at 10.30am and also please pray for the repose of the soul of

Canon Stephen Coonan’s father, Ray Coonan. Funeral Mass at Our Lady & St John Heswall on Monday 1st August at 11am. May they rest in peace.

Weddings: 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.

Eucharistic Ministers: Will all newly commissioned Ministers of Holy /Communion please let Wilf Humphrey have their contact details. Name, Tel No, and email address to 0151 608 7355 or whumphrey2

Intercessory Prayer: If you are interested in being part of an intercessory prayer group….. praying for the Church and our world particularly at this time, please contact Gerry Topping Tel No 0151 645 1510

Money Matters: Offertory £525.55p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

The altar servers raised £722 for Claire House and would like to thank everyone who sponsored them.

URGENT PLEA to those who have yet to return their completed DBS forms. Please hand them in to the presbytery as soon as possible.

Proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church

On behalf of the volunteers involved and myself, thank you to everyone who have given generously to “Our Mission Together”. We have raised an amazing £100,000 in St John’s Parish.

Pledges received from the seven pilot parishes are already enabling the following to happen:

The establishment of a Caritas agency in the Diocese and planning for the first-drop centre to be opened in Wythenshawe in the Autumn.

Applications for a part time Welfare Officer for Sick and Retired Clergy have been received with interviews in the next two weeks.

The recruitment of a Diocesan Youth Team will begin in September.

All this, in addition to our local parish project which is already underway.

The Sanctuary Windows are being restored (last ones to be put in over the next two weeks)

We had a very constructive Open Parish Meeting (a copy of the minutes is on the notice board at the back of Church) with Diocesan Representatives on Tuesday 28th June to discuss the re-ordering, re-painting and re-carpeting of the Church. If anyone is still considering pledging or wishes to find out more then there are some packs and return boxes at the back of church. There are also some Mission Together prayer cards for you to take away.

A copy of the plans of the proposed alterations is on the board at the back of Church. Any comments/suggestions can be emailed to stjohntheevangelist

or sent to Peter O’Brien, the Diocesan Property Manager, at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead Tel 0151 652 9855

Peter.obrien

If you know of any non-Catholics connected with/living in St John’s Parish who would be interested to learn more about the Catholic Faith, please let us know. We hope to reconvene the local RCIA group in the Autumn.

World Youth Day Krakow, Poland. This week Bishop Mark is leading a pilgrimage of 50 young people and helpers to be with

Pope Francis in Krakow for World Youth Day. Please keep the Diocesan group in your prayers especially next weekend when young people from across the world will gather for the Vigil and Papal Mass with Pope Francis.

This year around 720 pilgrims will travel to Lourdes for our Annual Pilgrimage under the leadership of

Canon Michael Gannon VG. Our theme this year is “Jesus Christ, the face of the Father’s Mercy”. We would like to invite you all to join us in praying for the intentions of the Pilgrimage. Please also keep in your prayers the young people of our parish and surrounding parishes who are going as helpers. You might also like to join in our celebration of Mass at the Grotto with the Archdiocese of Westminster on Friday, 29th July at 8.45am BST and at the International Mass on Sunday 31st July at 8.30am BST via the live feed on the Lourdes websitewww.directfromlourdes.com

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. The Diocese is advertising a number of job opportunities based at the Curial Offices. Please see the Diocesan websitewww.dioceseofshrewsbury.org or local press for details or telephone

0151 652 9855 and ask for Pauline McCulloch.

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.uk www.lpa24.org

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 17th July, 2016. Cycle C

IN FOCUS: HOSPITALITY

Imagine that you and your husband or wife are in your eighties and are told you are going to have a baby. And this is because you showed hospitality to three strangers. That’s what happened to Abraham and Sarah: Isaac was born.

A similar situation arises with Martha and Mary who are playing host to Jesus. Martha moans that Mary is sitting around while she has to do all the work. Yet Jesus praises Mary for being a good host and says that she is the one who will benefit from what she has done.

It’s easy to polarise Martha and Mary and make it a straight fight between activity and rest, work and contemplation. But this misses the point.

When we have visitors for a meal there is no point in sitting around chatting if we haven’t prepared the food. But nor would we want to sit people down to eat as soon as they knock on the door. A good host knows how to set guests at ease, to make them comfortable, to let them settle down, get things off their chest and relax.

In our Christian lives we need the balance between Martha and Mary. If the Church were just a talking-shop then nothing would ever get done and we would all be hypocrites. Yet if we just rushed around incessantly organising fundraisers and holding special services then we would soon run out of steam and probably out of motive.

We must never be so taken up with the work of the Lord that we forget the Lord of the work. Our work as Christians is to serve others in order to serve God. This means that the people we meet are given to us by God as occasions for seeing his face. If we are to respond to God in others then we need to cultivate the habit of talking to God, of trying to discern God’s voice in our work, our family, our socialising. What Martha shows us today is that we can become bound up with our “doing” to the extent that we never really meet God in the things that we are doing.

God is alive and well and will be offering you the chance to play host to him several times in the coming week. Will you have the nous to sit, to listen and to relax with him?

WORD OF GOD

It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her. (Luke 10: 42)

WORD FOR TODAY

Have we become so busy in our lives that we have forgotten how to listen to others? Mary knew how to slow down and make Jesus at home in her house. In our comings and goings do we ever take the time just to sit and listen to Jesus and to talk to him?

FOODBANK 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, 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.

We try as far as possible to allocate mass intentions on days requested. This is not always possible and we will place your mass intention to the nearest available day. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone and apologise if we are not able to fulfil your wishes.

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.

Sixteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

17th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Frances Youell Annv

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 18th 9.15am Cyril Bradley RIP
Tuesday 19th 9.15am Tony Burns RIP
Wednesday 20th 9.15am

12Noon

In St John’s Junior School

Cath Ryan Intentions

Funeral Service –

Stephen McLean

Thursday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 22nd 9.15am Cyriac Chandy RIP
Saturday 23rd
Seventeenth

Sunday in Ord Time

24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Tim Delaney Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

SATURDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR EUROPE

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 £596.73p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Weddings: 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.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Stephen McLean whose Funeral Service will be held here at St John’s on Wednesday, 20th July at 12 Noon. Your prayers are also asked for the repose of the soul of Jim Jones who died in the hospice during the week. Funeral arrangements to be confirmed. May they rest in peace.

Thank you to Deacon Mike and to the members of the Bereavement Group for arranging a lovely service last Thursday evening and thank you to the individuals and families who came to remember their loved one and the recently deceased of St John’s Parish.

Please say a prayer for all those who lost their lives or were injured in the terrorist attack in Nice last week

Intercessory Prayer: If you are interested in being part of an intercessory prayer group….. praying for the Church and our world particularly at this time, please contact Gerry Topping Tel No 0151 645 1510

Proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church On behalf of the volunteers involved and myself, thank you to everyone who have given generously to “Our Mission Together”. We have raised an amazing £100,000 in

St John’s Parish.

Pledges received from the seven pilot parishes are already enabling the following to happen:

The establishment of a Caritas agency in the Diocese and planning for the first-drop centre to be opened in Wythenshawe in the Autumn.

Applications for a part time Welfare Officer for Sick and Retired Clergy have been received with interviews in the next two weeks.

The recruitment of a Diocesan Youth Team will begin in September.

All this, in addition to our local parish project which is already underway.

The Sanctuary Windows are being restored (last ones to be put in over the next two weeks)

We had a very constructive Open Parish Meeting (a copy of the minutes is on the notice board at the back of Church) with Diocesan Representatives on Tuesday 28th June to discuss the re-ordering, re-painting and re-carpeting of the Church. If anyone is still considering pledging or wishes to find out more then there are some packs and return boxes at the back of church. There are also some Mission Together prayer cards for you to take away.

A copy of the plans of the proposed alterations is on the board at the back of Church. Any comments/suggestions can be emailed to stjohntheevangelist

or sent to Peter O’Brien, the Diocesan Property Manager, at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead Tel 0151 652 9855

Peter.obrien

As our schools finish this coming week for their summer break, we wish our students a great holiday and good weather, coming back refreshed and enthusiastic for the start of a new school term in September. We also think of those anxiously awaiting their exam results.

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at

St Anne’s Rock Ferry in November….. If you will be in Year 8 or above in September and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few weeks.

Interested in the Catholic Faith.

If you know of any non-Catholics connected with/living in St John’s Parish who would be interested to learn more about the Catholic Faith, please let us know . We hope to reconvene the local RCIA group in the Autumn.

The next singing practice will be this Thursday 21st July 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 ill start on 10th September which is earlier than usual. The Diocese is advertising a number of job opportunities based at the Curial Offices. Please see the Diocesan websitewww.dioceseofshrewsbury.org or local press for details or telephone

0151 652 9855 and ask for Pauline McCulloch.

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.uk www.lpa24.org

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 10th July, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: KITCHEN SINK HEROES

Jesus rubs up everyone in today’s gospel. First he angers the Jewish establishment by telling a story about a man who was mugged, ignored by two clergymen and helped by a member of the hated ethnic minority.

Then he shuts the legal boffins up by saying that you don’t need a degree in jurisprudence to understand God’s Law. Just a bit of common sense will do. You can know the Law but still be incapable of love.

In fact, that’s what God said through Moses in today’s reading from Deuteronomy: “This Law is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach… it is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart.”

Yet we have problems thinking that God’s Law should be so easy. Coming from a superhero culture we tend to expect some great heroic sacrifice will be asked of us, some death-defying feat that will hit the front pages of the newspapers. But God simply says: look around and make sure your neighbour is OK. Christian morality is as simple as that. Love your neighbour.

Today’s Samaritans are not those who go off to save the Third World but those who keep an eye out for the elderly or sick person on their street. They’re the kitchen sink heroes whose daily acts of kindness show that everyone is their neighbour. We shouldn’t need to ask, “Who is my neighbour?” Rather, we should listen for the call within us to become close to those in need around us.

St David said, “Do the little things well”. Perhaps that’s what God is trying to tell us today. For if we want to fulfil God’s Law, then we will do so by opening our eyes and ears and responding to people of all races and creeds when they need us. This is not something so difficult that only professionals can grasp it. It’s obvious, says God. It’s what we would want others to do for us, and we can do it for others simply by doing the little things well.

WORD FOR TODAY

Doing the ordinary everyday things is what’s asked of us today if we want to obey God’s law. Yet it’s these things that we’re slow to take up. We tend to think that God must be asking for some major sacrifices in our lives, when perhaps all that is needed is for us to attend to the blindingly obvious.

Love does not consist simply in being moved by another person’s distress. Notice how the Samaritan stopped by in spite of it being a dangerous place, how he paid for the expenses and promised to take care of whatever else might be necessary. Instead of just “being charitable” he took unconditional and uncalculated risks for a stranger. These extras are what distinguish the Christian response from one that is purely humanistic. (Ann Montgomery)

FOODBANK 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, 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.

A BIG THANK YOU you to everyone for all their good wishes, cards, flowers and the cheque we received last Sunday. Guiding has been a big part of our lives and I know we will miss the Brownies and their families but take away a huge amount of love and encouragement for the future.

Chris Foster & Louise Davies

Brown Owl & Little Owl, 5th New Ferry Brownies

Fifteenth Sunday in Ord Time 10th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Madge Callaghan Annv RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 11th 9.15am For Europe
Tuesday 12th 9.15am Jim Doolan RIP
Wednesday 13th 9.15am Baby Bop RIP
Thursday 14th 9.15am

7.30pm

Moira Roberts RIP

Memorial Service for Deceased of Parish

Friday 15th 9.15am Daniel Farley RIP
Saturday 16th 10.00am Carmel Mass
Sixteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

17th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Frances Youell Annv

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

SUNDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR SEAFARERS

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: 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.

Lately Dead Please pray for the repose of the soul of Stephen McLean who has recently died. Please keep his family in your prayers at this sad time.

Intercessory Prayer: If you are interested in being part of an intercessory prayer group….. praying for the Church and our world particularly at this time, please contact Gerry Topping Tel No 0151 645 1510

Money Matters: Offertory. £651.86p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Parish Quiz Night for CAFODA Big thank you to all those who attended the quiz night last Friday and helped to raise £100.

The Bereavement Groupwill be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 14th July at 7.30pm. 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.

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

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 ill start on 10th September which is earlier than usual. The Diocese is advertising a number of job opportunities based at the Curial Offices. Please see the Diocesan websitewww.dioceseofshrewsbury.org or local press for details or telephone

0151 652 9855 and ask for Pauline McCulloch.

Proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church Thank you to everyone who came to the Open Parish Meeting last Tuesday evening and for all the positive comments and suggestions. A copy of the plans of the proposed alterations is on the board at the back of Church. Any further comments/suggestions canbe emailed tostjohntheevangelist

or sent to Peter O’Brien, the Diocesan Property Manager, at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead

Tel 0151 652 9855

Peter.obrien

LPA News: We are pleased to announce the launch of our new LPA websitewww.lpa24.com Here you will find details of our four local parishes namely Christ the King Bromborough, St Luke’s Bebington,

St John’s New Ferry and St Anne’s Rock Ferry and their associated primary schools and high schools, as well as a host of religious videos and links for your information and reflection. Any comments/updatesdavid.b.harries

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at

St Anne’s Rock Ferry in November….. If you will be in Year 8 or above in September and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few weeks. Confirmation Catechists meeting Monday at 7pm in the Day Chapel.

Interested in the Catholic Faith. If you know of any non-Catholics connected with/living in St John’s Parish who would be interested to learn more about the Catholic Faith, please let us know. We hope to reconvene the local RCIA group in the Autumn

TraidcraftStall will be open over this weekend of 10-11th July. Please take time to browse at the many items on sale…. and to sign the petition about the ongoing injustices in Africa and other Third World countries. The petition is on the corner of the Traidcraft table.

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.uk www.lpa24.org

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 3rd July, 2016. Cycle C

WORD OF GOD

For thus says the Lord:Now towards Jerusalem I send flowing peace, like a river, and like a stream in spate the glory of the nations.(Isaiah 66: 12)

WORD FOR TODAY

Where is this peace that God promised to send? Either God has not kept the bargain or we have failed to be bearers of peace in the circumstances of our daily lives. For peace is not a thing; peace is peaceful people. And even in the most severe conflicts peaceful people always end up prevailing.

FOODBANK

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, 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 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.

Traidcraft Stall will be open over the weekend of 10-11th July. Please take time to browse at the many items on sale

FAITH IN FAITH IN FOCUS: MAKING PEACE

Peace is complex matter. We tend to think of it as a thing, something that can be won or lost, something that brings about an end to war and terrorism. So we think of peace as a lack of conflict, a time when we don’t have to worry about those unclaimed packages on the train, when arrests on suspicion of terrorism are a thing of the past. In reality this is not peace; it’s only a type of truce, because peace can never be the absence of something. It’s always the presence of something. Peace is not a static situation where nobody is fighting against anyone else. It is a dynamic thing which has to be worked for, and then supported and maintained by justice. It doesn’t take a genius to know that the peace God promised through Isaiah two and half thousand years ago has only been enjoyed for very brief periods. Jerusalem is, of course, the centre of daily attacks and outrages. Yet God promises to send peace there like a flowing river. So where is it? Perhaps we can say two things. The first is that each of us has to play our part in making peace. We may be tempted to think that our individual efforts to be peaceful people can have little effect in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine. Of course, to a degree this is true. But if everyone worked to make their own patch of the world a just and peaceful place, then the chance of global peace would be greater. The second point is that the Christian Church cannot simply preach peace, sing about it and lament its absence. We have to make representations so that just and equitable decisions are made in our name that affect the lives of others. We have to support those who are fighting for civil and political structures that respect the rights of other people. Everyone is in favour of peace, but we have to work to see that peace does not come at the price of some people’s rights and freedom. The peace that Jesus promised is one which the world cannot give. Yet even the world’s peace is worth fighting for.

Fourteenth Sundayin Ord Time 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Glenus Murray RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 4th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 5th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 6th 12 Noon Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 7th 9.15am Cyril Bradley RIP
Friday 8th 9.15am Nicola Smith RIP
Saturday 9th
Fifteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

10th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Madge Callaghan Annv 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.

Weddings: 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.

Welcome to and thank you to Canon Brendan Hoban who is celebrating our Masses this weekend.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Glenus Murray, Ann Murray’s Stepmother, who died suddenly in hospital. Her funeral service will be held at Landican Crematorium on Wednesday

6th July at 1pm. Please remember the family in your prayers at this sad time.

Money Matters: Offertory. £596.79p

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Church Parade this Sunday 3rd July. A big welcome to our uniformed groups this morning. This will be Chris Foster and her daughters’ last church parade as they are retiring this summer. A big thank you for all their hard work and generosity looking after our young children. You are all invited to join them in the parish centre for tea and cakes after the 9.30am Mass this Sunday.

Parish Quiz Night for CAFOD will be held on Friday, 8th July at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. £4 for a Team of 4. Bring your own drinks. Tea/Coffee will be available. Donations for raffle prizes will be gratefully received. Come along all you budding boffins and experts on trivia and join in the fun for this very worthy course. Children will be very welcome.

Mass with Anointing /Sacrament of the Sick will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Saturday 9th July at 12 Noon.

All 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 www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or 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. Please return the tear off slip in the stamped envelope provided as soon as possible to assist us with numbers forcatering. 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. 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 ill start on 10th September which is earlier than usual.

The Diocese is advertising a number of job opportunities based at the Curial Offices. Please see the Diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org or local press for details or telephone

0151 652 9855 and ask for Pauline McCulloch.

Proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church

Thank you to everyone who came to the Open Parish Meeting last Tuesday evening and for all the positive comments and suggestions. A copy of the plans of the proposed alterations is on the board at the back of Church. Any further comments/suggestions can be emailed tostjohntheevangelist

or sent to Peter O’Brien, the Diocesan Property Manager, at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead

Tel Peter.obrien

LPA News: We are pleased to announce the launch of our new LPA website www.lpa24.comHere you will find details of our four local parishes namely

Christ the King Bromborough, St Luke’s Bebington,

St John’s New Ferry and St Anne’s Rock Ferry and their associated primary schools and high schools, as well as a host of religious videos and links for your information and reflection. Any comments/updates david.b.harries

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at

St Anne’s Rock Ferry in November….. More details shortly.