17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th 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

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


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.


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.


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.


Sunday in Ord Time

24th 5.00pm



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

Sunday in Ord Time

31st 5.00pm




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


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.

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