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


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


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


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?


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



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


Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Funeral Service

Elizabeth Davies

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



For our Catholic Schools

Jean Kavanagh RIP

Prayer Meeting

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.


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


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