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

Extract from Seasons of the Word by Fr Denis McBride

We all have our own images of God. Sometimes people imagine God as the great

accountant who keeps exact records of everyone’s wrongdoing. This man-in-a-suit God preserves the details of our failings on computer; nothing escapes his attention, nothing is overlooked by him. Given what he sees, he regards his handiwork in creation with omnipotent disapproval, and he waits for the last day when he can confront us with the punishing record of our sin. This depiction of God is a world away from the image of God presented in today’s first reading, which comes from the book of Wisdom.

In this radical understanding God is celebrated as the great lover of life who abhors nothing in God’s creation and who conserves everything with a spirit of mercy. Out of this commitment to showing mercy God deals with sinners; God “overlooks men’s sin so that they can repent”. The sequence is important: first, God overlooks sin; after that, repentance is expected. The sequence underlines the difference between the way God forgives and the way we forgive: we demand repentance first, then we overlook the wrong. Unlike us, God is a professional artist at forgiving. God’s alertness to sin does not mean that God stays with it, transfixed by human wrongdoing; God overlooks it, hoping that this generosity of spirit will lead sinners to repentance.

This attitude to sinners is evident in today’s Gospel, when we see how Jesus treats Zacchaeus. Although his occupation made him rich, it would have made him an obvious target for the hatred of his fellow Jews. Tax collectors were put in the same company as thieves, murderers and prostitutes, and because they were employed by the Romans, they were regarded as traitors by their own people.

Jesus invites him to come down from the tree. “Hurry because I must stay at your house today”. Jesus does not demand repentance from Zacchaeus before eating with him. The sequence is important: Jesus overlooks the wrongdoing of Zacchaeus in the hope he will repent. Because of Jesus’ attitude to sinners in welcoming them and eating with them, Jesus gives them the opportunity of repentance in an atmosphere of acceptance. That is why Zacchaeus comes down from the tree to face Jesus. That is why we will all come down from our lonely perches to face the one who loves us and wants us to repent.

ALL SAINTS (November 1st)

Father of all, you have given the saints in heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of your glory. Because of their holy love for you, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church and my neighbours. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. I ask our patron saints and every saint who has become especially so dear to me to intercede for us. I ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with you. Amen

ALL SOULS (November, 2nd)

All Souls Day is the last day of the Triduum (a three-day celebration) of commemoration of the dead dating back to pre-Christian eras.

On this day, the Church remembers all of the faithful departed who died peaceable deaths with the expectation of Christ’s promises of eternal life. These were ordinary people, who were not given the status of sainthood by the Church, but were nevertheless saintly communicants. Today, all Christians are reckoned as saints, a concept referred to as the Communion of Saints.

In the Latin world, All Souls Days is known as the Day of the Dead. On this day, families are reunited in the cemeteries where their ancestors are buried. During these family reunions, they decorate their ancestors’ tombs and hold parties that begin in the afternoon and continue on into the evening. These are not morbid celebrations, as one might expect, but very happy and positive occasions that are intended to bring back happy memories of the ancestors who are very much included in the celebrations.

May the Lord our God free us from all anxiety and strengthen our hearts to serve him in humility so that recognising God’s goodness and grace in our lives we may be exalted to share his glory.

Faith Talks. A series of talks to explore matters relating to our faith will be held at Christ the King in Bromborough over the coming months.

Faith Talk 2: Led by Fr David Roberts:

“Communicating the Faith” will take place at Christ the King Parish Centre on Thursday 24th November from 7.00pm-9.00pm. Everyone is most welcome.

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.

Remember Summer time finishes tonight SATURDAY.

The clocks go back 1 hour

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31st Sunday in Ord Time 30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

John Corrigan RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 31st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
All Saints 1st 7.15am

12 Noon

2.00pm

7.30pm

Intentions of LPA 24

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Mass in St John’ School

Mass at St Anne’s

All Souls 2nd 9.15am Deceased Members of the Parish
Thursday 3rd 9.15am John & Margaret Kelly Annv RIP
Friday 4th 9.15am Catherine Bridgette RIP
Saturday 5th
32nd Sunday in Ord Time 6th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ruth Hegarty Intentions

Parishioners

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

November is the Month of Remembrance

This Tuesday – All Saints – A Holyday of Obligation.

Masses as listed above.

This Thursday – All Soul’s Day – Mass at 9.15am

(at St Anne’s at 7.30pm)

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Thursday, 10th November at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died.

British Legion Poppies are now available at the back of Church.

Money Matters: Offertory £593.34p Thank you for your generous giving.

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

Schools re-open this week after half term break. Both the Junior school and the Infant school will celebrate Remembrance Masses and Advent Masses in Church during the coming half term. Please read the bulletin each week for details.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Foundation Governor at one of our Parish Schools please let

Fr Bernard know

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. Please keep all candidates and their families in your prayers. Meetings for candidates and catechists resume on Friday at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Upton Hall Convent Mass Saturday 5th November at 2.30pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool. A Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of the present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly welcome.

DAY OF REFLECTION: ADVENT What is the reason for the season: Are we missing anything? Come and find out at an LPA Day of Reflection led by Dr Marion Tolley… an excellent speaker, who brings the scriptures alive for today. To be held at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry on Saturday

12th November at 10-00am-3.30pm. (drinks provided, please bring a packed lunch). This event is for all our four LPA Parishes. Please sign the list on the notice board at the back of Church if you intend to attend

Three helpers are needed for Children’s Liturgy to assist the Leaders on a rota basis of one in four weeks. No experience is needed as full training will be given. Please see Fr Bernard or ring Jacqueline on

0151 201 6227.

St John’s Sunday Strollers… The next stroll will be next Sunday 6th November at 2pm. More information isavailable from Maria Fryer.

“Our Mission Together”

As your commitment to

St John’s bears fruit, McQuillan’s have almost completed the electrical work in Church and we have new notice boards at the front of the Church and by the Day Chapel door. Work on the leaded light windows at the front of the Church is next on the agenda and then other improvements will follow some before Christmas others afterwards. Grateful thanks for your continued generosity which makes these improvements possible.

Calling all Grandparents. Following the recent Mass at St Joseph’s in Birkenhead celebrated by Bishop Mark, we are thinking of establishing a Grandparent’s Association in this Local Pastoral Area to be a vehicle of prayer and to offer mutual support to one another. If you are interested in what we hope will become a regular monthly meeting, please come to an initial meeting in the Day Chapel on Thursday evening at 7.00pm.

St John’s One World Group is having a Family Bingo on Saturday,

19th November at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. Please keep this date free. Raising money is important but socialising with our fellow parishioners is also important. If anyone is uneasy about coming out in the dark, please let me know and we can organize lifts. Donations for prizes are always welcome. Thank you Cecily 645 7645.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued if anyone is free in the mornings and would like to be on the rota, please let me know 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 biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.

Traidcraft stall will be displaying their goods next weekend 5/6th November. Why not have a good browse and you may pick up some Christmas gifts along with a great variety of Christmas cards.

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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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 23rd October 2016. Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TAKING THE MASK OFF

 

Because she was in a hurry, a woman wanted to find a parking space close to the supermarket door. As she asked God to help her, she saw a car backing out of the car park right next to the store front, and she said, “Never mind, God. I’ve found one myself!”

Some of us have an inflated view of our own abilities. Even when we look in the bathroom mirror when we get up in the morning, we see someone else’s face! We see the person we would like to be rather than the person who is actually staring back at us. That’s because the mask that we put on for everyone else to see becomes confused with the real person behind the eyes.

No one of us escapes from this. We wear all sorts of different masks depending on whom we are talking to and what we want them to think of us. We present an image, a projection of someone we would like to be.

When we pray, we can keep this mask on, but it is quite useless. That’s because the one person who knows us better than we know ourselves is God. All our being, all our faults and failings, weaknesses and strengths, hopes and fears, lie like an open book before God. There is no point in pretending to be someone else. God knows who we are.

Humility in prayer means being yourself before God, but your real self. You don’t have to use religious words to get a hearing. You don’t have to make out that you are doing more than you are or that you are better than you are. The humble man in today’s gospel simply said, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.”

God accepts us in prayer for what we are, warts and all. If we can simply place ourselves before God and ask the Lord to let us feel his presence then our prayer is authentic. Being honest and humble in prayer ultimately makes us humble and honest about ourselves. It strips us of the layers of self-deception and self-importance.

Then we’ll not only be more able to hear what God is really saying to us, but we’ll be better able to change.

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Only humble prayer works. We have to admit our true condition before we can stand before God and request a hearing. Humility in prayer means stripping ourselves of all pretension and waiting to receive what God knows we need.

 

 

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued if anyone is free in the mornings and would like to be on the rota, please let me know 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 biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.

 

St John’s One World Group is having a Family Bingo on Saturday,

19th November at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. Please keep this date free. Raising money is important but socialising with our fellow parishioners is also important. If anyone is uneasy about coming out in the dark, please let me know and we can organize lifts. Donations for prizes are always welcome. Thank you Cecily 645 7645

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection 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.  

                    

 

On Saturday, 5th November 2016 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly welcome.

 

Tea Dance to be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Kings Road, Hr Bebington on Wednesday 26th October at 2.30pm. Refreshments available.

All welcome including children/grandchildren.

Remember Summer time finishes on SATURDAY,

29th October. The clocks go back 1 hour


 

 

30h Sunday in Ord Time 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Pat Kershaw RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 24th 9.15am Patrick Kennedy RIP
Tuesday 25th No Mass/Service/Service today
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Thursday 27th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Friday 28th 9.15am

12.30pm

Ellen Bradley RIP

Funeral Service –

Gabrielle Mia Emmerson

Saturday 29th
31st Sunday in Ord Time 30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

John Corrigan 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 OF 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.

 

Please pray for the soul of John Corrigan whose Funeral Mass is to be held at St Werburgh’s Birkenhead on Tuesday at 12 noon (hence no Mass/Service here that day). A Rosary will be prayed for John at Thomas McMullan’s Chapel of Rest today (Sunday) at 4pm.

Please pray also for Gabrielle Mia Emmerson, a young parishioner, whose Funeral Service will take place here at St John’s at Friday at 12.30pm . May they rest in peace.

 

NOVEMBER LISTS: Please ensure all names are received as early in October as possible. Please print names clearly and mark the envelope FAO Ann Murray and drop them into the presbytery or hand them to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike. This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Thursday, 10th November at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died. LAST DAY FOR LEAVING YOUR LISTS WILL BE FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER, allowing time for the lists to be compiled.

Money Matters:   Offertory £534.36p     Thank you for your generous giving.

 

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

 

Congratulations best wishes and prayers to Kimberley Anne Morris and David Anthony Powell

who are to be married here on Saturday 29th October at 1pm. 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.

 

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. Please keep all candidates and their families in your prayers.

 

 

LPA ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION: on Saturday

12th November at 10-3.30pm. Led by Dr Marion Tolley. Further details on the notice board at the back of Church and in next week’s bulletin.

 

 

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are still available at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory bag this weekend. Your support for our brothers and sisters in the Third World is very much appreciated.

 

 

Three helpers are needed for Children’s Liturgy to assist the Leaders on a rota basis of one in four weeks. No experience is needed as full training will be given. Please see Fr Bernard or ring Jacqueline on

0151 201 6227.

 

 

St John’s Sunday Strollers… The next stroll will be 6th November at 2pm. More information is available from Maria Fryer.

 

 

 

“Our Mission Together”

Thank you for your continuing prayer and support for this initiative they are much appreciated by Bishop Mark and myself. If you have not yet pledged/donated to “Our Mission Together” you can still do so by filling in one of the pledge forms in the sacristy.

McQuillan’s have almost completed the electrical work in Church and thanks to Joe Seattle we have new notice boards at the front of the Church and by the Day Chapel door. Other alterations and improvements will follow…some before Christmas and others afterwards.

 

The Association for the Propagation of Faith Red Boxes are due to be collected during this month. There will be a container at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support.

 

The next singing practice will be on Thursday,

27th October at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

 

Faith Talks. A series of talks to explore matters relating to our faith will be held at Christ the King in Bromborough over the coming months..

Faith Talk 1 Led by Fr Peter Phillips :

The Joy of Love – Pope Francis will take place at Christ the King Parish Centre on Thursday

27th October from 7.15pm-9.00pm. Everyone is most welcome.

Union of Catholic Mothers & SPUC Join Forces for Unborn Children and are launching a joint campaign this Autumn to publicise the upcoming

50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act, commemorates its victims and generate meaningful political action which they hope will prove a catalyst for political change for unborn children. The campaign consists of three stages:

The First Stage is in October 2016 Campaign Postcard Day. The Postcard features a “Pro-Life Pledge” for MPs to sign. Parishioners can use the card to draw their MP’s attention to the plight of the unborn, and to encourage them to vote along pro-life lines in Parliament. Postcards are available on the table at the back of church and poster is on the Notice Board.

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

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16th October, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DON’T GIVE UP

The widow in today’s gospel was worried. She had a legal grievance and she needed a “man” to unlock the doors of Jewish society. Because she had no clout the judge kept putting her off until eventually he heard her case just for a quiet life.

Jesus uses this story to teach us that we should never stop praying. Prayer increases our faith and feeds our life with God. The great Christians of the past constantly tell us that we should keep going in our prayer, no matter how worried we are and no matter how long it seems to take.

Worry is a destructive thing. It only allies us to thoughts of disaster and unpleasantness. It causes us to fall into the rut of negative thinking and this starts to erode our mindset and curtail our happiness. Yet it is possible to channel worry into prayer. If, instead of sitting and thinking the worst, we make our worries into petitions to God and begin to praise and thank God for what we do have, we can get a sense of the wholeness of God’s presence and come to an understanding of that peace of God that cannot be taken away from us.

Even the greatest men and women get knocked down in life, but what separates them from the rest is that they get right back up. Perseverance in prayer is a virtue. That’s because it’s the actual praying that gives us the strength to go on. Giving up praying when in trouble is like giving up eating when you are ill. You are only going to get worse.

But we have to pray positively. If we feel that God won’t answer, then he probably won’t. We need to pray with confidence, firmly believing that God wants us to have what we need and what is good for us. Jesus would not have told us that our prayers will be answered if it were not true.

And how do we know that our prayer has “worked”? Only God can grasp the full picture of what is good for us. Sometimes our prayer can be answered speedily. At other times God has reasons for delaying. Sometimes God may improve on our prayer by granting us something even better than what we asked for. And do remember that even when the answer is “No”, it’s still an answer to prayer. So don’t give up.

WORD FOR TODAY

Jesus points to the relationship between faith and prayer. We can’t claim to have faith if we don’t pray. And when we seem to pray and nothing happens, it is then that the need to persevere in prayer is even greater. For prayer feeds faith.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued if anyone isfree in the mornings and wouylod like to be on the rota, please let me know 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 biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.

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.

On Saturday, 5th November 2016 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly welcome.

St John’s One World Group is having a Family Bingo on Saturday, 19th November at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. Please keep this date free. Raising money is important but socialising with our fellow parishioners is also important. If anyone is uneasy about coming out in the dark, please let me know and we can organize lifts. Donations for prizes are always welcome. Thank you Cecily 645 7645

29th Sunday in Ord Time 16th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

John Edwards RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 17th 9.15am Mike McGrail RIP
Tuesday 18th 9.15am St John’s Infant School Mass in Church
Wednesday 19th 9.15am Rachel Rogers RIP
Thursday 20th 9.15am Valerie Ashcroft RIP
Friday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 22nd
30th Sunday in Ord Time 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Pat Kershaw 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

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gabrielle Mia Emmerson, a young lady of this parish who died suddenly this last week, and for her family and friends. Funeral arrangements are still to be decided. Please also pray for the repose of the soul of John Corrigan who died recently. Funeral Mass at St Werburgh’s Birkenhead on Tuesday 25th October at 12 noon.

OCTOBER MONTH OF 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.

Money Matters: Offertory £684 Thank you for your generous giving.

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

We will welcome the children and staff from Year 1 in St John’s Infant School to our Mass in Church on Tuesday at 9.15am. The Mass will be on a Harvest theme and parents and parishioners are all most welcome.

St John Plessington Catholic College

Year 7 Welcome Mass will be celebrated at St Anne’s Church on Friday 10am (hence no 9.15am Mass at St John’s)

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. Confirmation Reconciliation Service at St Anne’s on Thursday at 7pm. Please keep all candidates and their families in your prayers.

NOVEMBER LISTS:

Please ensure all names are received as early in October as possible. Please print names clearly and mark the envelope FAO Ann Murray and drop them into the presbytery or hand them to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike. This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Thursday, 10th November at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died. LAST DAY FOR LEAVING YOUR LISTS WILL BE FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER, allowing time for the lists to be compiled.

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are still available at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory bag up to next weekend the 22nd/23rd October. Your support for our brothers and sisters in the Third World is very much appreciated.

Three helpers are needed for Children’s Liturgy to assist the Leaders on a rota basis of one in four weeks. No experience is needed as full training will be given. Please see Fr Bernard or ring Jacqueline on 0151 201 6227

St John’s Junior School is looking for 2 Foundation Governors. We are particularly looking for parishioners with skills in Personal, IT or Contacting. If you are interested to find out more please contact Head teacher

Mrs. Elaine Mullins Tel 0151 645 9615.

“Our Mission Together”

Thank you for your continuing support for this initiative they are much appreciated by Bishop Mark and myself. To date 40% of the parish have pledged/donated towards “Our Mission Together” and for those that haven’t yet pledged or donated there are some and pledge forms in the Sacristy. McQuillan Electrical Contractors have started work on improving the lighting in the Church… work that will continue over the next two weeks. The other alterations and improvements will follow… some before Christmas others afterwards. Apologies for any inconvenience caused which we are trying to keep to a minimum.

The Association for the Propagation of Faith Red Boxes are due to be collected during this month. There will be a container at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support.

The next singing practice will be on Thursday,

20th October at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

Faith Talks. A series of talks to explore matters relating to our faith will be held at Christ the King in Bromborough over the coming months..

Faith Talk 1 Led by Fr Peter Phillips : The Joy of Love – Pope Francis will take place at Christ the King Parish Centre on Thursday

27th October from 7.15pm-9.00pm. Everyone is most welcome.

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

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 9th October, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: SHOWING GRATITUDE

A man who worked for a charitable trust said that it was amazing how people reacted when told that their application for a grant had been approved. No one was ever ungrateful and quite a few people even suggested they would take him out for a meal to show their gratitude. But it was against the rules!

We’re all pretty good at showing our gratitude on the spot when someone gives us something. You can see it in the person of Naaman the leper when he is cured in today’s reading. He almost goes “over the top”, wanting to give a present to Elisha!

Yet the gospel story of the ten lepers is very different. Only one came back to thank Jesus for his cure. The other nine were so caught up in their new-found health that they never bothered to come back and say thank you. Perhaps they intended to seek out Jesus later, but their thoughts were elsewhere.

It can’t be that they didn’t appreciate their luck. They were embarking on a new life, restored to the society that had kept them apart. It was simply that, like most of us, we take so much for granted. We don’t realise how lucky we are until something is taken from us, and then we begin to realise how fortunate we were all the time without realising it.

In prayer we are tempted to forget about thanksgiving even though it should be the springboard for all that we bring to God. We are inclined to start by asking for things, bringing our concerns and worries to God. Yet our reason for believing that God will give us what we need is surely based on what he has done for us in the past? And this implies the duty of thanksgiving.

If you find thanksgiving difficult, then just sit for a moment and think about the three things you most take for granted that you could not do without. Think about who it is that provides you with them. Then the rest should be easy…thanks be to God.

WORD OF GOD

Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel.Now, please, accept a present from your servant.(II Kings 5: 15)

WORD FOR TODAY

We’re very good at praying when we need things or are in trouble. There is nothing wrong with this; it’s what God asks us to do. Yet perhaps a greater measure of our faithfulness to God is the frequency with which we thank God when things are going well. Our prayer should start with thanksgiving and praise before it springs to requests.

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.

On Saturday, 5th November 2016 at 2.30pm at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly welcome.

28th Sunday in Ord Time 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Mary Quinnie RIP

Sick Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 10th 9.15am Jack McGree RIP
Tuesday 11th 10.00am Funeral Service –

John Joseph Donnelly

Wednesday 12th 10.00am Funeral Mass – Ellen Bradley
Thursday 13th 9.15am

11.15am

In Thanksgiving IMc

Funeral Service –

Kathleen Twist

Friday 14th 9.15am Jean Seymour Intentions
Saturday 15th 10.30am St Luke’s First Communion
29th Sunday in Ord Time 16th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

John Edwards RIP

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT EACH 9.30AM MASS
THIS SUNDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR PRISONERS AND THEIR DEPENDANTS
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

OCTOBER MONTH OF 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.

Money Matters: Offertory £610.00p Thank you for your generous giving.

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

The Parish Pastoral Team meets in the presbytery this Monday at 7.30pm. Any ideas/suggestions/items for consideration to Fr Bernard or

Wilf Humphrey by email/in writing by 6pm today.

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 …..

This Sunday’s 9.30am Mass is the Mass of Election for our Confirmation Candidates. Please keep all 22 of them and their families in your prayers.

NOVEMBER LISTS:

Please ensure all names are received as early in October as possible. Please print names clearly and mark the envelope FAO Ann Murray and drop them into the presbytery or hand them to Fr Bernard or Deacon Mike. This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Thursday, 10th November at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died.

“Our Mission Together”

Thank you for your continuing support for this initiative they are much appreciated by Bishop Mark and myself. To date 40% of the parish have pledged/donated towards “Our Mission Together” and for those that haven’t yet pledged or donated there are some and pledge forms in the Sacristy. McQuillan Electrical Contractors have started work on improving the lighting in the Church… work that will continue over the next two weeks. The other alterations and improvements will follow… some before Christmas others afterwards. Apologies for any inconvenience caused which we are trying to keep to a minimum.

Please join in the Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) and Bishop Mark Davies on Tuesday 11th October from 7.30pm-9.30pm at

St Columba’s Church, Chester form an evening of talks given by archbishop Sebastian Shaw, Lahore, Pakistan and Sister Annie Demerjian from Aleppo in Syria.

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are still available at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory bag at any weekend Mass up to the 22nd/23rd October. Your support for our brothers and sisters in the Third World is very much appreciated.

Diocesan Symposium… A Day of Reflection. “The Role of Mercy in the End of Life Care” will be held next Saturday 15th October. See Diocesan website or leaflets at the back of church for further details

Wirral Knights of St Columba Charity Concert at St Joseph’s Upton next 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.

St John’s Junior School is looking for 2 Foundation Governors. We are particularly looking for parishioners with skills in Personal, IT or Contacting. If you are interested to find out more please contact Head teacher

Mrs. Elaine Mullins Tel 0151 645 9615.

The Association for the Propagation of Faith Red Boxes are due to be collected during this month. There will be a container at the back of church. Thank you for your continued support.

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

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2nd October, 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK?

The first four Sundays of October this year invite us to consider different aspects of prayer.

We can sense the frustration in today’s first reading of someone who seems to be calling on God in distress and yet nothing appears to be happening. Is prayer nothing more than mouthing words that can have no real effect on our situation? Is God simply playing with us?

A good question to ask is “What do I think I am doing when I pray?” Often we are letting God know what we feel and asking him to change things to the way we want them to be. At worst we end up thinking that we are informing God, and at best we find ourselves pouring our heart out.

Pouring our heart out is no bad thing. In fact, it’s what Jesus asks us to do in prayer. We don’t actually have to use any words to do this: we can simply and silently place ourselves consciously in God’s presence. And when we do this, we may find ourselves listening to God rather than talking. God is able to penetrate our busy thick skins and communicate his word to us.

When we are aware that God wants to get through to us, we are on the first step to letting him change us. For prayer is not about changing God but about conforming ourselves to the will of God. This does not mean that we stop praying for people in need, for things to be otherwise, but it does mean that we start to ask God to mould us, to allow ourselves to be used as part of his plans. God will often turn our ideas upside down in prayer, especially by pointing out that we don’t understand the whole picture.

If we seem to pray and pray and nothing happens, then either we are doing something wrong or God couldn’t care less. It’s more likely to be the former. Prayer does work when we put our own interests second and ask God to change us

WORD OF GOD

How long, Lord, am I to cry for help while you will not listen ;to cry “Oppression” in your ear and you will not save? (Habakkuk 1: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY

Sometimes it can seem as if God has taken his eyes off the game and fouls are being committed with impunity. Yet the Lord promises to be faithful to those who patiently wait for him to act, and tells us today that if justice appears to be slow in coming, come it will.

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 helpful reflection 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 Seventh Sunday in Ord Time 2nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints. Bishop Mark

Terry McMahon RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Tuesday 4th 9.15am Arthur Lonsdale RIP
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Catherine Brigette RIP
Thursday 6th 9.15am Les Duff Ints
Friday 7th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Saturday 8th
Twenty SeventhSunday in Ord Time 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Mary Quinnie RIP

Sick Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT EACH SUNDAY 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.

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

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

Carmel’s Annual Benediction in honour of St Theresa today (Sunday) at 3pm at the convent 12 Grosvenor’s Place Birkenhead. All most welcome.

Money Matters:

Offertory £ 577.64 Thank you for your generous giving.

Lately Dead- Your prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of John Joseph Donnelly. Funeral Service Tuesday 11th October at 10am in church. Ellen Bradley Funeral Mass in church Wednesday 12th October at 10am. Kathleen Twist Funeral Service in church Thursday 13th October at 11.15am. May they and all the faithfully departed rest in peace.

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 are 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. Confirmation preparation meetings for candidates take place in the parish center each Friday from 6.30pm – 8pm.

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 this Sunday 2nd October. More info from Maria Fryer.

“Our Mission Together”

Thank you for your continuing support for this Diocesan initiative. To date 36% of the parish have pledged/donated towards this exciting new initiative and for those that haven’t yet pledged there are some pledge forms in the sacristy. 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. McQuillanElectrical Contractors have started work on improving the lighting in the Church… apologies for any inconvenience caused over the next few weeks.

Church parade here today at 9.30am Mass.

St John’s CAFOD/ONE WORLD GROUP.

The Lampedusa Cross has been in our parish this week. It has been in a prominent position in the Church and visited our schools. We have all been able to send individual messages of hope to the world’s refugees.Many thanks to those who participated in the Holy Hour last Sunday.

This coming Friday is Family Fast Day. A Cafod envelope is attached to this newsletter, please return it in the Offertory bag at any weekend Mass up to the 22nd/23rd October. Your support for our brothers and sisters in the Third World is much appreciated.

McMillian Coffee Morning Well done to the organizer’s and thank you to those who supported Friday’s Coffee Morning, which raised the magnificent sum of £500.

Diocesan Symposium…. A day of reflection. “The role of mercy in end of life care” Saturday 15thOctober. See Diocesan website or leaflets at back of church for further details.

Please join in the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) and Bishop Mark Davies on Tuesday 11thOctober from 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Columba’s church, Chester for an evening of talks given by Archbishop Sebastian Shaw, Lahore, Pakistan and Sister Annie Demerjian from Aleppo in Syria.

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.