18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 31st 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

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


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.


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)


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.


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.


Sunday in Ord Time

31st 5.00pm




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

Sunday in Ord Time

7th 5.00pm




Ann Dougherty Ints

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.

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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