28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 9th October, 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

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


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.


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)


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.


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



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


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




John Edwards RIP

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses


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.


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.

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