14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 3rd July, 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

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

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


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)


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.


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


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




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

Sunday in Ord Time

10th 5.00pm



Madge Callaghan Annv 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.

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.

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