St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry ,CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Parish Deacon: Revd Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 28st August, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: TOP TABLE

A London-based pastor was boasting about how his church had grown from a handful to thousands of members in such a short time. The interviewer asked him what he thought had brought this about. “A top rate dedicated and qualified management team” he replied. “And what about the Holy Spirit?” asked the interviewer. By then it was too late for the pastor to dig himself out of the hole.

Don’t take the seats on the top table, says Jesus today, because someone more distinguished might have been invited. Of course, there’s always someone more distinguished than us. The problem is that we often fail to recognise it. A top-table mentality can be very corrosive. As we grow up we naturally takes things for granted. We get on in life, we get promotion, we acquire status and position and we find ourselves making decisions that affect other people’s lives. We know we’ve got the top-table mentality when we think that we are owed respect by right. We expect to be given preferential treatment, to be obeyed, to have our opinion carry more weight than other people’s.

Humility does not mean pretending we’re not who we are, denying skills and talents or feigning a type of false modesty. Humility rejoices in what it can do, but knows that it can do nothing without God and others. So humility boasts, but it boasts about God who is the source of all gift and talent.

Humble people don’t stop aiming high. It’s just that when they achieve their goal they know who deserves the credit. And since humble people don’t push themselves forward for the top places, they are not disappointed not to have them. Nor do they suffer the embarrassment of being taken down a peg when they overstep the mark.

Set your sights as high as you like but keep your soul on the ground. The man who fulfilled the cosmic act of salvation did so by humbling himself to become a mere human and although he was God he claimed no glory for himself. It’s those who humble themselves, he said, who will be exalted.

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

Open Days and Evenings at Local Catholic High Schools

St John Plessington Catholic College

Thursday 15th September from 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Wednesday 21st &28th September from 9.00am-11.00am

St Anselm’s College

Tuesday 20th September from 6.00pm-8.00pm

Upton Hall School

Thursday 22nd September from 6.00pm-8.00pm

WORD FOR TODAY

What do we have to be proud of? Many things, perhaps. But humility demands not that we pretend our achievements and abilities do not exist, but that we give credit where it is due: to God. If we boast, then let us boast in what the Lord has done for us and through us.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support and generosity in these summer months when the need is as great as ever. Please see the list of urgently needed goods 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.

Twenty Second Sunday in Ord Time 28th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kevin Serry RIP

Francis Yovell Annv

Prayer Meeting

Monday 29th No Mass/Service

Bank Holiday

Tuesday 30th 9.15am Tony Burns RIP
Wednesday 31st 9.15am Mona Heaney Ints
Thursday 1st

Sep

9.15am Vocations to the Priesthood
Friday 2nd 9.15am Emma Rooke Ints
Saturday 3rd
Twenty Third Sunday in Ord Time 4th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Wyn Salter RIP

John McCaffrey RIP

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 4.15 – 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.

Forthcoming Weddings

If you intend entering into Marriage at

St John’s in 2017/201 and have not already been in touch, please phone 645 3314 to book your date or talk to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike after weekend Masses.

Confirmation 2016

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 9 or above in September and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike on 645 9256 as soon as possible.

Eucharistic Ministers

There will be a short meeting for all our Eucharistic Ministers (old and new) on Saturday 10th September at 10am in the Day Chapel. Please make every effort to attend.

Readers

There will be a meeting of Parish Readers (old and new) on Saturday 24th September from 10am to 11am in the Day Chapel.

The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Team will take place on Thursday 8th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any items for the agenda/discussion /consideration (in writing please) to Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard.

Money Matters:

Offertory £543.12 Many Thanks.

Year of Mercy visit to Pantasaph

The Wirral Knights of St Columba invite you to join them for their Annual Day of Recollection in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph in North Wales on

Monday 12th September. Please bring a packed lunch, Tea and Coffee provided. The coach leaves from outside St Anne’s Church at 9.15am and returns around 6.00pm.

Details and bookings from Bernard McGuigan Tel 645 7929 / bmcguigan51 or Tony Patton Tel 645 993/a.paton260

Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 4th September at 2.00pm in St Wilfred’s Parish Hall, Witton Street, Northwich CW9 5NP. For further details please contact Kath Emsley via email at kathemsley

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.

“Our Mission Together”

Here at St John’s 51 gifts have been received totaling £103,395. 45 direct debits are now being processed every month.

42 parishioners are declaring Gift Aid on their pledge. To date 28% of the parish has pledged towards this exciting new initiative and for those who haven’t yet pledged, there are some information packs and pledge forms on the table at the back of Church. I do hope and pray that with some more parishioners pledging this month we will reach our challenge goal of £115,000 !

A copy of the proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church are on the notice board for everyone to take a look at. Now that the replacement and cleaning of the windows behind the altar has been completed we hope to begin more work from the Our Mission Together fund shortly.

I will keep you informed of ongoing developments or you can check the diocesan websitewww.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)

Deacon: Revd Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314

Email: stjohntheevangelist

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

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st August, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: HEAVEN AND HELL

Some modern people don’t believe in hell. They say that it’s an old-fashioned way of frightening people into behaving in a moral manner. If God is so loving, they argue, then no one will be allowed to miss out on heaven.

Of course, this is not what Jesus says in today’s gospel. He says “there will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside”.

Hell is not a place. It doesn’t have a floor and walls, or even a fire. Hell is the never-ending state of pain and frustration after death at realising that we were given the chance of eternal happiness that comes from choosing God, but that we chose not to accept it and now it is beyond our grasp. If God were to ignore our life choices and simply “smooth things over” when we die, then we would have been made fools of during our life. Life, rather than being a drama, would have been reduced to a divine farce in which we thought we had freewill but in reality were just playing a part in some predetermined global heavenly extravaganza. God has too much respect for us to toy with us like that. And so Jesus warns his audience today about becoming complacent, about thinking that they are guaranteed a place in the kingdom of God because of their nationality, their ancestors, or their religious practice. And just as Isaiah had done centuries earlier, he angers them by saying that heaven will be full of “riffraff” while some of them will be excluded. For God has no favourites. People of high standing in society and the Church will find themselves at the foot of the pile, and vice versa.

And what about you and me? Have we joined the throng of people who never give heaven and hell a second thought? Do we automatically think that we have some sort of season ticket for religion that will see us through at the eleventh hour? Or are we acting on Jesus’ words and trying to enter by the narrow door?

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

WORD OF GOD

There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last. (Luke 13:30)

WORD FOR TODAY

The order we like to impose on the world, the Church and our lives may not necessarily be that which God intends. As we see things turned upside down in our lives and our world, could it be that this is God’s way of telling us that his ways are very different from the predictable patterns we have come to expect?

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.

Twenty First Sunday in Ord Time 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr Frank Rice (Birthday)

Jim Jones RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 22nd 9.15am Joan and Roy Clayton Ints
Tuesday 23rd 10.00am Funeral Service

Catherine Elizabeth Bridgette

Wednesday 24th 9.15am Andrew G Welch RIP
Thursday 25th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 26th 9.15am Brenda Frodsham Ints
Saturday 27th
Twenty Second Sunday in Ord Time 28th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kevin Serry RIP

Francis Yovell Annv

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.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Catherine Elizabeth Bridgette who died recently. May she rest in peace. Funeral Service here at St John’s on Tuesday at 10.00am.

Recently Married

Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Hannah Storer and Andrew Johnson married here yesterday.

If you intend entering into Marriage at

St John’s in 2017/2018 and have not already been in touch, please phone 645 3314 to book your date or talk to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike after weekend Masses.

Confirmation 2016

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.

There will be a short meeting for all our Eucharistic Ministers (old and new) on Saturday 10th September at 10am in the Day Chapel. Please make every effort to attend.

The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Team will take place on Thursday 8th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any items for the agenda/discussion /consideration (in writing please) to Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard.

Money Matters: Offertory £456.86

Many Thanks.

Year of Mercy visit to Pantasaph

The Wirral Knights of St Columba invite you to join them for their Annual Day of Recollection in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph in North Wales on

Monday 12th September. Please bring a packed lunch, Tea and Coffee provided. The coach leaves from outside St Anne’s Church at 9.15am and returns around 6.00pm.

Details and bookings from Bernard McGuigan Tel 645 7929 / bmcguigan51 or Tony Patton Tel 645 9934 / a.paton260

Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 4th September at 2.00pm in St Wilfred’s Parish Hall, Witton Street, Northwich CW9 5NP. For further details please contact Kath Emsley via email atkathemsley

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.

“Our Mission Together”

Up to this weekend here at St John’s 51 gifts have been received totaling £103,395.

45 direct debits are now being processed every month.

42 parishioners are declaring Gift Aid on their pledge. To date 28% of the parish has pledged towards this exciting new initiative and for those who haven’t yet pledged, there are some information packs and pledge forms on the table at the back of Church. I do hope and pray that with some more parishioners pledging this month we will reach our challenge goal of £115,000 !

A copy of the proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church are on the notice board for everyone to take a look at. Now that the replacement and cleaning of the windows behind the altar has been completed we hope to begin more work from the Our Mission Together fund shortly.

I will keep you informed of ongoing developments or you can check the diocesan website www.diocesofshrewsbury.org

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

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

FAITH IN FOCUS: FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME

The Assumption is Mary’s feast of feasts. It takes all of her achievements, all of her sorrows and triumphs, and celebrates them in one liturgy of victory.

The woman we see in the Assumption is the model disciple, the pattern for our response to God in faith. Early on in her life we have already met the woman who is confused by the angel’s announcement, shamed by the response to her pregnancy and traumatised by having to flee for her life and that of her Son and husband.

What we find in Mary is a woman who is always anxious for the world to see her Son, a proud mother who wants others to rejoice in Jesus. And so it is that she goes off to compare notes with her cousin Elizabeth…to delight in showing the child to the shepherds at Bethlehem…to accept the gifts that the Magi present to her new-born baby…to tell the guests at the Cana wedding that there is something special about her Son…

And when the going gets tough we glimpse a strength of character that does not give up in adversity. Mary stands by her Son when his audience think he has gone mad; she stands by the foot of his cross as he is executed on Calvary; she joins in solidarity with the disciples after the resurrection and is present with them on the first Pentecost.

Yet we need to go back even further to the nine months before her own birth, to her Immaculate Conception when she was conceived free from original sin, free from the stain that tarnishes every other human being. Specially chosen by God to bear God’s Son, her life was to be a pattern and model of faith.

The Assumption proclaims that Jesus’ promise to us of eternal life, of sharing in the resurrection of the body and being glorified has already been anticipated in Mary because of her exceptional circumstances. Where she has gone we hope to follow.

Mary offers us hope and moves us by example and prayer to grow in God’s grace, to be receptive to God’s will, to convert our lives through sacrifice and penance, and to seek that everlasting union in heaven that she already enjoys.

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.

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

WORD OF GOD

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown. (Apocalypse 12:1)

WORD FOR TODAY

We honour Mary because she was one of us, though infinitely more privileged in bearing God’s own Son. Mary stands as the model of the Church and on the feast of her Assumption we rejoice that where she has gone we hope to follow.

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.

The Assumption of the blessed Virgin Mary 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Emma Rooke Ints

Prayer Meeting

Monday 15th 9.15am Cyril Bradley RIP
Tuesday 16th 9.15am Nicola Smith RIP
Wednesday 17th 9.15am All students awaiting exam results tomorrow.
Thursday 18th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish
Friday 19th 9.15am Joan Anton Ints
Saturday 20th
Twenty First Sunday in Ord Time 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr Frank Rice (Birthday)

Jim Jones RIP

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.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Catherine Elizabeth Bridgette who died on Tuesday. Funeral Service at St John’s on Tuesday 23rd August at 10.00am.

May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

“We ask your prayers please for Hannah Storer and Andrew Johnson who are being married here next Saturday at 1.30pm. We pray God’s blessings upon them and wish them every happiness in their future life together.”

If you intend entering into Marriage at

St John’s in 2017/2018 and have not already been in touch, please phone 645 3314 to book your date or talk to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike after weekend Masses.

Money Matters: Offertory £566.88

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Year of Mercy visit to Pantasaph

The Wirral Knights of St Columba invite you to join them for their Annual Day of Recollection in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Friary at Pantasaph in North Wales on

Monday 12th September. Please bring a packed lunch, Tea and Coffee provided. The coach leaves from outside St Anne’s Church at 9.15am and returns around 6.00pm.

Details and bookings from Bernard McGuigan Tel 645 7929 / bmcguigan51 or Tony Patton Tel 645 9934 / a.paton260

Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 4th September at 2.00pm in St Wilfred’s Parish Hall, Witton Street, Northwich CW9 5NP. For further details please contact Kath Emsley via email at kathemsley

“Please keep all young people in your prayers, especially those from our parish here at St John’s , as they anxiously await their A level results which are due out next Thursday, 18th August. Let us hope they receive the grades they need to pursue their future aspirations and dreams.”

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.

“Our Mission Together”

Up to this weekend here at St John’s 51 gifts have been received totaling £103,395.

45 direct debits are now being processed every month.

42 parishioners are declaring Gift Aid on their pledge. To date 28% of the parish has pledged towards this exciting new initiative and for those who haven’t yet pledged, there are some information packs and pledge forms on the table at the back of Church. I do hope and pray that with some more parishioners pledging this month we will reach our challenge goal of £115,000 !

A copy of the proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church are on the notice board for everyone to take a look at. Now that the replacement and cleaning of the windows behind the altar has been completed we hope to begin more work from the Our Mission Together fund shortly.

I will keep you informed of ongoing developments or you can check the diocesan website www.diocesofshrewsbury.org

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

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 7th August, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: TIME-TALENT-TREASURE

What exactly are we stewards of? Jesus tells us that we are to remain awake and ready for his return like managers whose boss has gone away for an unknown period.

We are stewards or managers of our time. Imagine that every day someone deposited £1,440 in your bank account and it had to be spent before midnight otherwise it would be transferred to someone else. You would soon learn to make good use of the money and spend it wisely, helping all those people that you knew would benefit from it. In fact, God gives us 1,440 minutes in each day. How do we use them? When midnight strikes have we wasted some of them or left them unused, never to be recaptured? Have we spent some on things that don’t matter in the light of eternity? Using our time well is a sign that we are taking Jesus’ lesson on stewardship seriously.

We are called to be stewards of our talent. God never created anyone with no talent. Some of us have very high profile talents. We may be good at music or sport; we may have a gift for public speaking or painting, for car maintenance or accounting. We also have spiritual gifts and talents that are not so immediately visible. Perhaps we have a natural ability for reaching out to people, for listening, for offering sound advice, for cheering people up, for praying, for building up community. What is your talent and how do you manage it?

Finally, we are stewards of our treasure. Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. We don’t actually own anything. All our possessions are on trust for the next generation since we can’t take anything with us when we go. We are simply allowed to have use of them. And rich or poor, we have to give an account to God of the way we make use of our material possessions. Do we hoard or are we generous? If we give money to a charity do we think of it as kindness or as justice? Do we put our “treasure” to its best use or do we save it for a rainy day?

How we managed our time, our talent and our treasure is what Jesus will ask us when he meets us. And none of us knows when that will be.

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.

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

WORD OF GOD

Happy those servants whom, the master finds awake when he returns.

(Luke 12: 37)

WORD FOR TODAY

Would you be ready to meet God if the call came today? Are there areas of your life that need sorting out, areas that would greatly improve the quality of your daily life? Few of us can answer yes to both questions. Today’s liturgy invites us once more to renewal.

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.

Nineteenth

Sunday in Ord Time

7th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Ann Dougherty Ints

Prayer Meeting

Monday 8th 9.15am Pat + Peter Holmes RIP
Tuesday 9th 9.15am In Thanksgiving
Wednesday 10th 9.15am Valerie Ashcroft RIP
Thursday 11th 9.15am Nicola Smith RIP
Friday 12th 9.15am Eileen Myles Anniv RIP
Saturday 13th
The Assumption of the blessed Virgin Mary 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Emma Rooke Ints

Prayer Meeting

Next Weekend the Catholic Church in England and Wales keeps the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. The hymns, prayers and readings at both Masses will be Proper to the Feast. The Rosary will be prayed in Church on Saturday at 4.30pm for all our Parish needs and intentions. Please do join us if you can.

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

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 £654.81

Thank you for your generosity to the parish.

Recent Diocesan Pilgrimages:

All the pilgrims have now returned safely from World Youth Day in Krakow Poland and from Lourdes. Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 4th September at 2.00pm in St Wilfred’s Parish Hall, Witton Street, Northwich CW9 5NP. For further details please contact Kath Emsley via email at kathemsley

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.

Year of Mercy visit to Pantasaph

The Wirral Knights of St Columba are finalizing the details for the annual local parishes visit to Pantasaph in North Wales on Monday 12th September coach pick up from St John’s at 9.15am return around 6.00pm. Full details in next weekend’s bulletin.

“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