St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25th September, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: NO RUSH?

Frank and Lilly were a happily married couple. He worked in a factory and she spent most of her time at home as the family grew to seven children. They didn’t have much time to themselves but Frank was a member of the parish Society of St Vincent de Paul, helping the poor and disadvantaged, and for the past twenty years had been elected to the local council where he was much respected by members of the public. They liked to go ballroom dancing every few months when they could find a baby-sitter and Frank’s hobby was carpentry, although the odd chair or table was about all he had the chance to make.

They didn’t have much in the way of savings but they always told themselves that they would build a workshop in the garden for Frank if they ever scraped the money together. With seven children they never quite managed it.

When he was 55, Frank had to retire from work on health grounds. He got a small lump sum and an even smaller pension. He and Lilly were quite looking forward to his retirement. Lilly had a part time job and Frank was looking forward to making some furniture for the grandchildren’s bedroom. They’d be able to do a bit more dancing now that the children were old enough to look after themselves, and they ordered a shed for Frank.

Frank’s brother Tom had had a different life. He had done well for himself and lived in luxury house a few miles away. He used to make fun of Frank’s work for the Church and for the council, and he had given up the practice of his faith after leaving school, concentrating instead on developing his haulage business. He and his wife had no children and kept themselves to themselves. When Frank talked to him about his faith he said he didn’t object to religion but he had other things on his plate and perhaps one day he would start practising again.

Tom was with Frank in the van on the way to pick up the shed from the DIY store when it crashed and they both died…

Open morning at St John Plessington Catholic College

28th September from 9.00am-11.00am

WORD FOR TODAY

Don’t rush to set your life straight. There’s plenty of time. You’ll probably not die for a good number of years and when life is a little less hectic you can start to think about putting your house in order. Unless you listen to today’s gospel.

WORD OF GOD

Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zionand to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria.Lying on their ivory beds and sprawling on their divansthey dine on lambs from the flock. (Amos 6: 1.4.)

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. Urgently required goods include deodorants, size 4&5 nappies and sponge puddings. Thanks.

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.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays.

This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.

Wirral Knights of St Columba Charity Concert at St Joseph’s Upton on Friday 14th October at 7.30pm. Entertainment from Ukulele Fanatics plus Bingo and Raffle. Bring own drinks (glasses provided). All proceeds to Bolivian children’s Cancer Hospital and Wirral Tuesday club for less able. Tickets £5 from Bernard McGuigan Tel-645 7929 or pay at the door.

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ord Time 25th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Thanksgiving Mass I Mc

Elizabeth Crebbin Bd Annv RIP

HOLY HOUR 4-5PM

Prayer Meeting

Monday 26th 9.15am Hannah O’Neil
Tuesday 27th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Wednesday 28th 9.15am Patrick Kennedy RIP
Thursday 29th 9.15am Scullion Family INTS
Friday 30th 9.15am Valerie Ashcroft RIP
Saturday 1st

Oct

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ord Time 2nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints. Bishop Mark

Terry McMahon RIP

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT EACH 9.30AM MASS
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

OCTOBER MONTH OR THE ROSARY. If you are interested in having Our Lady’s statue in your home for a day and join in our rosary chain of prayer see Maria Fryer.

On Tuesday evening Fr Bernard and Fr Paschal will be celebrating mass at St John’s School for all the staff (teaching and non-teaching) and governors.

Confirmation 2016

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s Rock Ferry Tuesday 22nd November at 7.00pm ….. If you will be in Year 9 or above and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike on 645 9256 as soon as possible

Money Matters:

Offertory £ 603.79 Thank you for your generous giving.

Macmillian Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre this Friday 30th September from after 9.15am Mass until 12 noon. I know you will give your full support to this much needed & used charitable organization. Any offers of help and transport or donations of prizes for the raffle etc to Noelene Evans , Theresa Young or any member of our Tuesday Church Cleaning Team.

Tea/Coffee & Biscuits are also available in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday.

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 will be holding a “Come and See” Evening at St Anne’s on Thursday 29th September at 7.30pm

Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents.

At 11am this Saturday October 1st 2016 at St Joseph’s ,North Road, Birkenhead, CH42 7JU.

St Johns Strollers….a new venture…once a month we are hoping to do a local walk from the Church car park (for about an hour) finishing with tea/coffee in the presbytery. The next stroll will be next Sunday 2nd October. More info from Maria Fryer.

“Our Mission Together”

Thank you for your continuing support for this Diocesan initiative. To date 34% of the parish have pledged/donated towards this exciting new initiative and for those that haven’t yet pledged there are some information packs and pledge forms on the table at the back of Church. A copy of the proposed alterations and improvements to the inside of our Church are on the notice board at the back of Church for everyone to take a look at. This week McQuillan Electrical Contractors will start work on improving the lighting in the Church… apologies for any inconvenience caused.

News from St John’s CAFOD/ONE WORLD GROUP.

The Lampedusa Cross arrives in our parish today at the beginning of a specially dedicated Holy Hour from 4pm to 5pm (in Church) and will be with us for one week. During the week the cross will be placed in a prominent position in the Church and will be visiting our schools. We will all be able to send individual messages of hope to the world’s refugees.

So what is the Lampedusa Cross? The original cross is made from pieces of a boat that capsized on 11th October 2013 off the island of Lampedusa. More than 360 people were drowned en route from Libya to Europe inhabitants of Lampedusa helped to save the lives of 155 others. A local carpenter moved by the plight of the refugees and wanting to do something to help used his skills to fashion each of them a cross from the wreckage of the boat as a reflection on their salvation from the sea and hope for the future.

TRAIDCRAFT – Lots of Traidcraft produce will be available to purchase after both masses on Saturday 1st of October and Sunday 2nd of October.

News regarding Deacon Philip White

Philip originally came to St John’s Parish at Fr Frank Rice’s invitation and with Bishop Brian’s agreement. He was not a member of the parish but came to fulfil a pastoral role assisting Fr Frank (then past retirement age) in serving the people of the parish. Fr Frank has since retired and Mike Daly has been ordained a deacon. Meanwhile the demands on Philip’s time and energies at diocesan level have increased. He is one of very few people in the Diocese with the necessary canonical qualifications to do certain types of work. Accordingly from 12th September Philip has now moved on in his diaconal ministry assisting the Bishop and the people of the diocese as a whole from his base in the Curial Offices. Having spoken to Philip I know he is naturally sad to be leaving us here at St John’s and he thanks you all for being such friendly companions on the way. But Philip is eager to be putting his qualifications at the service of the diocesan community. We wish him well and thank him for his service to St John’s.

The Parish Website needs looking at & regularly updating. If you would like to be part of a small group of parishioners involved in this important work (especially if you have any expertise in this field) please have a word with Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike. We would like to press on with this as soon as possible.

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St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11th September, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: FIVE STEPS BACK HOME

What was it about the prodigal son that took him back home when everything had gone wrong? He took five steps to get back to the family atmosphere of his father’s house. First, he recognised the senselessness of his sinful condition. This can be hard. We fool ourselves that our sin is really quite harmless or maybe even just a bit of fun. Yet eventually the realisation comes upon us that what we are doing is not making us fuller people but simply stunting our development. We are brought short and forced to face the truth that the grass is in fact greener where we used to be.

Repentance is the second step. The awakening brought about by the hopelessness of our situation leads us to accept that we’ve been going in the wrong direction long enough and it’s time to turn around and go back. It forces us to admit that we alone are responsible for the mess we are in; sin is our choice and nobody forces us. And what the prodigal son really wanted was not just some food but the restoration of his relationship with his father.

Repentance must always be accompanied by honesty. There’s no point in making excuses for what we have done. The son could have blamed the home situation, his father or his brother, the farmer who gave him a job with the pigs, etc. But the less we are found making excuses the more likely we are to be serious about changing our way of life.

When he repented the son displayed humility. He simply acknowledged that he had sinned, was sorry and did not deserve to be called a son any more. He knew he had disgraced his family and friends, accepted it and was determined to do something about it. He set no conditions to his confession.

Then he made his resolution to go back home. He didn’t ask for time to consider things, procrastinate and put things off. He did something about it, left his sorry situation and determined to start things afresh.

Five steps. But the only ones that would take him back to the feast. And us?

Uniform Groups Car wash in the Church Car Park next Sunday after 9.30 Mass. Monies raised to Scout Funds and the Parish.

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

Because God is just he has every right to punish our wrongdoing. If this were to happen then none of us could ever claim exemption for we are all sinners. Yet God’s constant way of dealing with us is to show mercy, to get us to recognise our faults and to turn from them. If we do this, then rather than disaster there is feasting.

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.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays.

This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ord Time 11th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

For our Catholic Schools

Jean Kavanagh RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 12th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Tuesday 13th 9.15am Jack M Cormick RIP
Wednesday 14th 9.15am Rachel Rogers RIP

Mass in Junior School

Thursday 15th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 16th 10.00am Funeral Mass

Trevor Hughes

Saturday 17th 10.00am Carmel Mass
Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ord Time 18th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

For Sick Parishioners

John Edward RIP

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY WILL HOPEFULLY RESTART TODAY AT THE 9.30AM MASS
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Trevor Hughes and Joyce Friery who have died recently. May they rest in peace. Trevor Hughes Funeral Mass is on Friday at 10.00am. Joyce Friery Funeral Mass will be next week.

Tea/Coffee & Biscuits are available in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Why not come and join us and get to know your fellow parishioners a little better. If you are willing to lend a hand and join the Sunday Tea/Coffee rota, please have a word with Noelene Evans.

Local Pastoral Area (ie St John’s, St Luke’s, Christ the King & St Anne’s) Reps meeting Tuesday at 7.30pm in St John’s Presbytery.

Money Matters:

Offertory £624.67 Thank you

Forthcoming Weddings 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 Tuesday 22nd November at 7.00pm ….. If you will be in Year 9 or above and wish to be confirmed, please have a word with Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike on 645 9256 as soon as possible.

There is a meeting for prospective candidates, their parents and catechists this Friday 16th September at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Enjoy Singing????

The next singing practice will be on Thursday 22nd September at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

All welcome!!

Readers

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

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 this 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

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 will be holding a “Come and See” Evening at St Anne’s on Thursday 29th September at 7.30pm

The Parish Website needs looking at & regularly updating. If you would like to be part of a small group of parishioners involved in this important work (especially if you have any expertise in this field) please have a word with Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike. We would like to press on with this as soon as possible .

A list of dates for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies from September 2016 to June 2017 is 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. The course will start on 10th September .

“Our Mission Together”

Here at St John’s 53 gifts have been received totaling £104,500. To date 30% 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 pray that with some more parishioners pledging over the next few weeks 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 work on the windows behind the altar has been completed we hope to begin more work from the Our Mission Together fund later this month

St Johns Strollers….a new venture…once a month we are hoping to do a local walk from the Church car park (for about an hour) finishing with tea/coffee in the presbytery. First stroll this Sunday 11th Sept. Meet in Church car park at 2pm. More info from Maria Fryer.

Macmillian Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre on Friday 30th September from after 9.15am Mass until 12 noon. I know you will give your full support to this much needed & used charitable organization. Any offers of help and donations of prizes for the raffle etc to Noelene Evans , Theresa Young or any member of our Tuesday Church Cleaning Team.

Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents.

At 11am on Saturday October 1st 2016 at St Joseph’s ,North Road, Birkenhead, CH42 7JU.

St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4th September, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: IS THERE A CHRISTIAN IN THE HOUSE?

You may be in the church building, but are you in Christ? Your name is on the parish records, but is it in the book of life? You may be in the Church, but is Christ in you? Being in a classroom does not make you a teacher. Being in a surgery doesn’t make you a doctor. And being in a church building doesn’t make you a disciple! Jesus preaches in such a way that we either get on board or abandon ship. Either we will follow Christ or forsake him. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. He is making his way to the cross. He is on his way to betrayal, flogging, mocking, scourging, and beating. His own people have rejected him. He is on his way to Jerusalem to die for the very people who will murder him. They have called him Beelzebub. They have accused him of breaking the law. They have numbered him with the publicans and sinners. Jesus knows his disciples will suffer the same fate and only a true disciple can endure such persecution.

Before you decide to buy that new home cinema system you have to sit down and work out whether you have enough money to pay for it, whether in cash or instalments. And it’s the same thing when it comes to being a disciple of Christ. There is a cost involved. Jesus never tried to get big crowds. In fact, he said things that would put the faint-hearted off. To follow him, he said, you must love your family but never let them get in the way of your responding fully to God’s call. Those who appreciate the wisdom of God’s plan are prepared to give up wealth, reputation, security and even their own lives if it is demanded. This does not come cheap. It’s easy to say that we would do all this for God, but how well are we faring in the ordinary things of life, the little demands that are put upon us? This is a good guide to how much we are being true to our calling as disciples.

Being a Christian means accepting all our family and social responsibilities but giving Christ top priority. There can be no part-time Christians.

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

Where do we look to find a guide in our decisions of life? Do we buy self-help books, read the columns of the agony aunts and take on board the latest theories of personal relationships? Or do we look to the pattern of living provided by God’s word and faithfully lived out by so many Christians in the Church over the ages?

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 Third Sunday in Ord Time 4th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Wyn Salter RIP

John McCaffrey RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 5th 9.15am Eileen Myles RIP
Tuesday 6th 9.15am Daniel Farley RIP
Wednesday 7th 12 noon Funeral Mass

Mary Lucey

Thursday 8th 9.15am Mary and Sid Havard RIP
Friday 9th 9.15am

12noon

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Funeral Service

Elizabeth Davies

Saturday 10th
Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ord Time 11th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

For our Catholic Schools

Jean Kavanagh RIP

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY WILL RESTART ON SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER AT THE 9.30AM MASS
Rosary after Mass on Thursday for Our Lady’s Birthday
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Lucey and Elizabeth Davies two parishioners who have died recently May they rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements above

As the new term begins

Tea/coffee /biscuits will restart this Sunday, 4th September, in the Parish Centre, after 9.30am Mass. Why not join us and get to know your fellow parishioners a little better. If you are willing to lend a hand and join the Sunday Tea/Coffee rota, please let Noelene know.

Forthcoming Weddings 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 £549.35 Thank you

Confirmation 2016

This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Tuesday 22nd November at 7.00pm ….. If you will be in Year 9 or above 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 & new) next 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 this Thursday 8th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any items for the agenda (in writing please) to Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard.

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 by Tuesday please

Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality members are cordially invited to the Annual General Meeting which will be held this 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 will be holding a “Come and See” Evening at St Anne’s on Thursday 29th September at 7.30pm

A list of dates for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies from September 2016 to June 2017 is 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. The course will start on 10th September .

“Our Mission Together”

Here at St John’s 53 gifts have been received totaling £104,500. To date 30% 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 pray that with some more parishioners pledging over the next few weeks 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 work on the windows behind the altar has been completed we hope to begin more work from the Our Mission Together fund later this month

St Johns Strollers….a new venture…once a month we are hoping to do a local walk from the Church car park (for about an hour) finishing with tea/coffee in the presbytery. First stroll next Sunday 11th Sept. Meet in Church car park at 2pm. More info from Maria Fryer