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

17/10/2016

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.

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