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

The First Sunday of Advent 27th November 2016. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: THIS IS WHERE WE CAME IN

Cinemas used to show films continuously. You went in at any time and began to watch wherever the film was up to. You stayed when it was over and then watched it again up to the point where you originally started to view. “This is where we came in” was a phrase often heard as people got up in the middle of a film and left. There’s a danger that we can do the same thing with the Church’s calendar and liturgy. We can think of it as a series of historic events that we simply commemorate on a twelve-monthly cycle. And so once more we’re back at the beginning, singing our Advent hymns and songs again. But liturgy is not about the past unless that past links us to the present and readies us for our future destiny. Liturgy actuates the presence of Christ. In other words, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church’s worship makes Christ present here and now and makes his demands and challenges something that we have to respond to by a conscious decision to follow him or not. Liturgy is not history-gazing but history-making. And the history it makes is ours.

Although Jesus’s words were originally addressed to a first century audience, when they are proclaimed at today’s Eucharist they are aimed at us. For in the liturgy God continues to speak through the words of scripture, and when Jesus warns us to stay awake and ready for the coming of the Son of Man, he means now. Advent offers us the chance to join the cycle again, but as if we have only just come in. There is nothing to re-enact, only commitment to undertake. Rather than watching the film once more, where we know what the ending is, we open ourselves to the newness of God’s daily call and we ratify our commitment to seek him in whatever circumstances his challenge will come to us during Advent and the coming year.

So celebrating Advent is not trawling through history. It’s yearning for our saviour’s coming among us so much that we want to be ready to greet him. Our prayers and music are just the outward expression of inner longing: Come, Lord Jesus, come!

WORD FOR TODAY

At the start of the Church’s New Year we prepare to meet our saviour. This is not simply a re-enactment of some 2000 year-old drama, but an invitation to renew ourselves in mind and heart as we seek afresh to find God in the ups and downs of our daily lives.

WORD OF GOD

They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into sickles. Nation will not lift sword against nation, and there will be no more training for war. (Isaiah 2:4)

A local charity called Merseyaid are collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area.

Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly.

As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. 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.

Please take a look at the notice boards at the back of church for other events and happenings here and elsewhere between now and Christmas.

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1st Sunday of Advent 27th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Relatives & friends of McGree Family

Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Monday 28th 9.15am Advent Mass Year 3&4

Relatives & friends of Bell & Nugent Families

Tuesday 29th 9.15am Advent Mass Year 2

Relatives & friends of Brannon & Kenny Families

Wednesday 30th 9.15am Kate & James Kennedy RIP
Thursday 1st

Dec

7.15am

12 Noon

Father Nick Kern Ints

Funeral Mass

Seamus O’Rourke

Friday 2nd 9.15am Tony Keegan RIP
Saturday 3rd
2nd Sunday of Advent 4th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Sr Mary McDonovan Anniv RIP

Jamie Armstrong RIP

3-4pm

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT EACH SUNDAY 9.30AM MASS

This Sunday’s 9.30 Mass is the Mass of Enrolment for our Year 3 children at St John’s School who are preparing for the Sacraments of First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion. Please keep them in your prayers.

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 Seamus O’Rourke whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s at 12noon on Thursday. May he and all the faithful departed Rest In Peace.

Prayers for the Sick.

Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in your prayers. If anyone is in need of a visit/ Holy Communion this Advent please let us know.

Confirmation 2016

Congratulations to our young people who were confirmed last Tuesday at St Anne’s. Thank you to parents, sponsors and particularly to our catechists for supporting the candidates in this important step on their faith journey.

Money Matters: Offertory £587.94p . Many thanks.

Thank you also for your generous donations to the Clergy Education and Training Fund.

Advent at St John’s.

Holy Hour each Sunday at 3pm-4pm.

Early Mass Thursdays at 7.15am.

LPA Mass Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm.

School Advent Masses in Church this week.

Monday 28th November at 9.15am Years 3&4

Tuesday 29th November at 9.15am Year 2

Father Bernard will be in church each Saturday during Advent from 10.30am -11.30am …. an opportunity for Confession, for prayer, or a chat.

LPA 24 Annual Mass ,Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm here at St John’s. All our local parishes… Christ the King, St Anne’s, St Luke’s and St John’s will be involved in this special celebration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served at the back of church after this Mass.

St John’s Parish Christmas Social on Friday 9th December at The Bridge Inn Port Sunlight from 7.30pm onwards, featuring the music of Michael Coyne. Bar open, tea and coffee and mince pies available. Tickets £5 on sale after weekend masses.

Readers Would any readers who will not be available during the Christmas period, please let Dot Humphrey know as soon as possible. Thank you.

Enjoy singing? The next Singing Practice will be this Thursday 1st December. All are welcome.

Scout stamps will be on sale after both Masses until Sunday 11thDecember at a cost of 30p each.

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

Traidcraft Christmas Cards are on sale after both Masses this weekend.

“Our Mission Together”

As your commitment to

St John’s continues to bear fruit, the electrical work in the church is almost complete. 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… several individual donations have been received in the last few weeks… which makes these improvements possible. If anyone else would like to donate to ‘Our Mission Together’ please see Father Bernard.

A musical celebration of Christmas at St Anne’s on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm. Mulled wine and mince pies from 7.30pm- a fabulous evening of festive music performed by the soloist and chorus of Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust. Tickets £8 from St Anne’s Parish office Tel-645-3996.

St John’s Catholic Pre School – Admission September 2017 If you wish to enrol your child to start Pre School in September 2017 then please ring 0151 645 5291 Option No 2 for Pre School if you require any further information.

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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

Feast of Christ the King 20th November 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: STRANGE KINGDOM

The scene on Calvary seems at first an odd gospel to fit the feast of Christ the King. Christ is on the cross with two criminals, one on each side. What has this to do with his kingship? Surely it’s more a scene of defeat and humiliation?

Yet if we look more closely at what’s going on we begin to get an idea of the type of king Jesus is. The unrepentant criminal mocks Jesus and calls upon him to perform an escape act for all three of them. The repentant one simply accepts Jesus and asks, even in the midst of all his troubles, for a place in the kingdom. St Luke emphasises Christ’s kingdom by drawing attention to his mercy. For it is by mercy that Jesus exercises his power. He preached that his kingdom was not of this world. But it is established in this world and its values are at odds with all the secular empires and kingdoms that we live with today.

Jesus is king because he is capable of breaking the power of evil, of snapping the grip of sin and death, and of restoring us to a former glory that God intended for us. As a result the “constitution” of this kingdom differs vastly from those of the world. Only a person who really loves can show mercy. And the mercy of Jesus’s kingdom is seen in the type of society that he urges us to build: an eternal kingdom that aims to embrace and redeem the whole human race, and in which there are no strangers. Calling Christ our king means collaborating in building up this kingdom. If today we are crowning Christ as king of our lives then we must do it by creating a society that respects truth and fosters life in all its forms. God’s unusual kingdom is one that tries to live by imitating his holiness and living by his grace. It is the community of those who have a thirst for justice rather than a hunger for profit, who extend the hand of love and care rather than the boot of competitiveness, and who seek not to cause conflict and division but always to promote peace.

And how do we enter this strange kingdom? Like the repentant criminal on the cross, by acknowledging our need for God’s mercy.

WORD FOR TODAY

If we accept Christ as our king, then we are qualified to join the procession of saints into his heavenly kingdom. Today’s feast invites us to allow him into our lives, to exercise his justice through us and to be united with all humankind in singing the anthem of his praise.

WORD OF GOD

You are the man who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you shall be the leader of Israel. (II Samuel 5:2)

A local charity called Merseyaid are collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area.

Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly.

As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.

Driver Required. The Shrewsbury Diocesan Commercial Company requires a driver aged 25+ to drive a Company van for the collection and delivery of food and catering equipment to venues throughout the Diocese. This is a part time post. For more details and initial consultation please contact Mr Phil Black Catering Operations Manager on 07932669658.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. 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.

Please take a look at the notice boards at the back of church for other events and happenings here and elsewhere between now and Christmas.

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Feast of

Christ the King

20th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Joe Moore RIP

John Corrigan RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 21st 9.15am Intentions Fr Frank Rice
Tuesday 22nd 9.15am Relatives & friends of Moore + McLoughlin Families
Wednesday 23rd 9.15am Tony Armstrong RIP
Thursday 24th 9.15am Relatives & friends of Haigh + Kershaw Families RIP
Friday 25th 9.15am Ellen Bradley RIP
Saturday 26th
1st Sunday of Advent 27th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Relatives & friends of McGree Family

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT EACH SUNDAY 9.30AM MASS

Next Sunday’s 9.30 Mass is the Mass of Enrolment for our Year 3 children at St John’s School who are preparing for the Sacraments of First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion. Please keep them in your prayers.

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

Today is the Feast of Christ the King and also National Youth Sunday. Please remember all our young people in your prayers.

Confirmation

The LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s, on Tuesday at 7.00pm. All parishioners most welcome.

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

Readers Would any readers who will not be available during the Christmas period , please let Dot Humphrey know as soon as possible. Thank you.

Wirral Knights of St Columba Mass for deceased members of the family is this Monday 21st November at 12 noon at St Anne’s. The regular monthly meeting will follow after Mass.

Money Matters: Offertory £576.18p . Thank you.

Clergy Education & Training Fund- Special Collection

this weekend the annual Collection for the Clergy Education and Training Fund will be held. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends. Special Envelopes are available for the collection, which you can also use to take advantage of Gift Aid. I ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible for the provision of the best formation for a new generation of priests. It is in every sense an investment in the future of the life and mission of the Diocese.

With every good wish,

Mark ,Bishop of Shrewsbury

Faith Talks. A series of talks to explore matters relating to our faith are being held at Christ the King 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 this Thursday 24th November from 7.00pm-9.00pm. All most welcome.

LPA 24 Annual Mass ,Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm here at St John’s. All our local parishes… Christ the King, St Anne’s, St Luke’s and St John’s will be involved in this special celebration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be served at the back of church after this Mass.

St John’s Parish Christmas Social on Friday 9th December at The Bridge Inn Port Sunlight from 7.30pm onwards, featuring the music of Michael Coyne. Bar open, tea and coffee and mince pies available. Tickets £5 on sale after weekend masses.

St John’s Catholic Pre School – Admission September 2017 If you wish to enrol your child to start Pre School in September 2017 then please ring 0151 645 5291 Option No 2 for Pre School if you require any further information.

Scout stamps will be on sale after both Masses from Saturday 19th November until Sunday 11th December.

“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… several individual donations have been received in the last few weeks… which makes these improvements possible.

Clergy on the move. Please remember Fr Nick Kern in your prayers as he leaves the parishes of St Joseph’s and St Michael’s Birkenhead this weekend to take up a new appointment in Wythenshawe.

Fr Nick will be succeeded at St Joseph’s and St Michael’s by Fr Chris Matthews a native of Wallasey. In due course after consulting with the local clergy, Bishop Mark will appoint a new local Dean in succession to Fr Nick.

Advent at St John’s.

Holy Hour each Sunday at 3pm-4pm.

Early Mass Thursdays at 7.17am.

LPA Mass Thursday 8th December at 7.30pm.

School Advent Masses in Church.

Monday 28th November at 9.15am Years 3&4

Tuesday 29th November at 9.15am Year 2

Father Bernard will be in church next Saturday and each Saturday during Advent from 10.30am -11.30am …. an opportunity for Confession, for prayer, or a chat.

A musical celebration of Christmas at St Anne’s on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm. Mulled wine and mince pies from 7.30pm- a fabulous evening of festive music performed by the soloist and chorus of Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust. Tickets £8 from St Anne’s Parish office Tel-645-3996.

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

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. 13th November 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DAILY SIGNS

We don’t need to look to the future to find signs of the end of our world. It’s happening every day before our very eyes. When Jerusalem was destroyed, the Jews’ world was destroyed along with it. We have the same sort of experiences in our lives. We experience the end of many things and the loss of many people in a lifetime. The physical world as we know it can be destroyed by flood, hurricane, fire or earthquake. The whole earth does not need to be destroyed, just our little part of it, for us to know what Jesus is talking about. Our social world can be destroyed by final arguments ending in divorce, being disowned by family, shunned or treated as an outcast. Our political world can be destroyed by war. Our economic world can collapse due to depression, recession, or unemployment, not to mention famine, hunger, disease and epidemics. We live in many worlds or spheres of meaning, and any of them can collapse at any moment. What Jesus is giving in today’s gospel is not a script for what will happen in some future era. It is a symbolic account of how all created things will come to a climax under the judgement of God. We’ve already seen stars falling from the sky, persecutions, famines, revolutions etc. They happen each day. The important thing is how each generation views these normal things and how we learn from them. It is possible to become so wrapped up in transient things (like the people admiring the beauty of the Temple) that we forget the purpose of our existence and we lose sight of the daily signs. We are here to serve God by serving each other. This is what we will be judged on. Will we stop living, loving, caring and giving when the end of our own little world comes upon us? Will we see the wars, famines, earthquakes etc as a wake-up call for Christian action or just something to watch on our TV screens and then talk about the next day?

Disasters, whether personal or global, are opportunities for growth. They summon us to ask the deeper questions about why we are here and how God intends us to respond. We can join the doom-mongers and the armchair commentators, or we can show that our faith has endurance and can bring good out of evil.

WORD FOR TODAY

As the Church’s year draws close to its end, we are reminded that the fruits of faith cannot be stored in the bank and drawn out in instalments. Faith is something that has to be lived day in and day out. The promises which it makes to Christians are for those who endure.

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.

Driver Required. The Shrewsbury Diocesan Commercial Company requires a driver aged 25+ to drive a Company van for the collection and delivery of food and catering equipment to venues throughout the Diocese. This is a part time post. For more details and initial consultation please contact Mr Phil Black Catering Operations Manager on 07932669658.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. 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.

Please take a look at the notice boards at the back of church for other events and happenings here and elsewhere between now and Christmas.

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33rd Sunday in Ord Time 13th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Relatives and Friends of Davenport Family RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 14th 9.15am Kath Twist RIP
Tuesday 15th 9.15am Ellen Bradley RIP
Wednesday 16th 9.15am Parents, Friends, Rels McAllister Family
Thursday 17th 9.15am David Ryan RIP
Friday 18th 9.15am Ben Brannon Anniversary
Saturday 19th 10.00am Carmel Mass
34th Sunday in Ord Time

Christ the King

20th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Joe Moore RIP

John Corrigan RIP

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT EACH SUNDAY 9.30AM MASS

Last Sunday, in Children’s Liturgy the children learned how to be alive in Jesus. The children then acted out how we are strengthened when we pray together.

In the Gospel, this week, Jesus explains that whatever goes on in the world He is always with us, strengthening us when things are difficult.

Come and listen to this message of hope.

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

Today is Remembrance Sunday when we remember all those who have died in war and conflict. We remember too all injured service men and woman and pray for the work of the British Legion- Poppies are still available at the back of church.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We shall remember them.

Next Parish Pastoral Team Meeting- this Wednesday 16th November at 7.15pm in the Presbytery.

Money Matters: Offertory £553.30p . Thank you.

Clergy Education & Training Fund- Special Collection

Next weekend the annual Collection for the Clergy Education and Training Fund will be held. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends. Special Envelopes are available for the collection, which you can also use to take advantage of Gift Aid. I ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible for the provision of the best formation for a new generation of priests. It is in every sense an investment in the future of the life and mission of the Diocese.

With every good wish,

Mark ,Bishop of Shrewsbury

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

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.

Enjoy singing? The next Singing Practice scheduled for Thursday 17th November has had to be postponed until further notice. Apologies to all affected.

Readers Would any readers who will not be available during the Christmas period , please let Dot Humphrey know as soon as possible. Thank you.

St John’s Catholic Pre School – Admission September 2017 If you wish to enrol your child to start Pre School in September 2017 then please come along to one of our open evenings this week on either Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th November 4.00-5.00pm.

You will be able to view the setting and collect/ complete an admission form for September 2017.

Please ring 0151 645 5291 Option No 2 for Pre School if you require any further information.

St John’s One World Group

Next meeting is this Thursday 17th November at 4 Elm Road Bebington. All parishioners most welcome.

Family Bingo this Saturday, 19th November at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. Please give this your full support. Raising money is important but socialising with our fellow parishioners is also important. If you require a lift please contact Cecily Sabino on 645 7645. Donations of prizes are always welcome.

A local charity called Merseyaid are collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area.

Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly.

As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.

Wirral Knights of St Columba Mass for deceased members of the family is on Monday 21st November at 12 noon at St Anne’s. The regular monthly meeting will follow after Mass.

Scout stamps will be on sale after both Masses from Saturday 19th November until Sunday 11th December.

“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.

St John’s Parish Christmas Social on Friday 9th December at The Bridge Inn Port Sunlight from 7.30pm onwards, featuring the music of Michael Coyne. Bar open, tea and coffee and mince pies available. Tickets £5 on sale at the back of church from next weekend.

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

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. 6th November 2016. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: DEAD OR ALIVE

Because the Sadducees believed that this world was all there is, they tried to make a fool of Jesus by asking a question about the afterlife: if a woman had been married seven times, which man would be her husband in heaven? They didn’t believe there was a hereafter or a final reckoning. Jesus cleverly answers them by calling the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob a God of the living not the dead. Since these patriarchs had died, they must have been raised from the dead to be still living. There is no marriage in heaven, says Jesus, because things there are not the same as here on earth. We find this hard to understand. In fact, St Paul tells us that no eye has seen and no ear heard what awaits us after death. What we do know is that on one level it will be a continuation of what we have experienced here on earth, yet on another level it will be completely different.

The resurrection will perfect us. It will take all the goodness of God in us and magnify it in a glorious body. At death the human ties that bind us here on earth do not simply unravel. We will not only see God face to face, but all our loved ones who have gone before us and now form the company and the communion of saints.

Lucy was a healthy bounding woman until she was reduced to a vegetative state by a car accident. When I see her again in heaven it will be with the same body in which she died. And I’ll recognise her at once, but everything will now be perfected. She will have a glorious body, now in its eternal potential. Her personality will be at its fullest, and so will her wit, her charm, her tenacity and her love. She will be noble, beautiful, and even regal, because she will be like the risen Jesus. God did not make us just to destroy us after our short spell on earth. God made us to have a relationship with him for eternity. That’s why we were baptised: for eternal life. And that’s why the thought of death does not paralyse the Christian, for it brings with it the promise and hope of a resurrection to glory with God. For when we are dead, we will be really alive!

WORD FOR TODAY

Resurrection sustains our faith. Its promise is that there is a meaning and purpose to all we undergo on earth. If Christ did not rise from the dead then our faith is in vain. Because he did rise, our future is eternal.

WORD OF GOD

We shall be raised up by him; whereas for you there can be no resurrection. (II Maccabees 7:14)

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.

Driver Required. The Shrewsbury Diocesan Commercial Company requires a driver aged 25+ to drive a Company van for the collection and delivery of food and catering equipment to venues throughout the Diocese. This is a part time post. For more details and initial consultation please contact Mr Phil Black Catering Operations Manager on 07932669658.

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.

Please take a look at the notice boards at the back of church for other events and happenings here and elsewhere between now and Christmas.

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32nd Sunday in Ord Time 6th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ruth Hegarty Intentions

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 7th 9.15am Wilfred + Mary Humphrey Annv
Tuesday 8th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Wednesday 9th 9.15am November Lists. Mass with

St John’s Juniors Years 5/6

Thursday 10th 7.00pm Mass of Remembrance
Friday 11th 9.15am William Kealey RIP
Saturday 12th
33rd Sunday in Ord Time 13th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Relatives and Friends of Davenport Family 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

The Annual Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated in church this Thursday, 10th November at 7pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please do join them.

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday -British Legion Poppies are available at the back of Church.

Money Matters: Offertory £572.13p . Cafod offerings for Family Fast Day amounted to £706. Thank you for your generous giving.

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

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 continue each Friday at 6.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Enjoy singing? The next Singing Practice will be on Thursday 17th November. All are welcome.

Traidcraft stall will be displaying their goods this 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.

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 this 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.

Ukulelathon raising funds for Laughter in Africa in St Anne’s Parish Centre on November 12th at 7.30pm. Tickets £3 on the door or in advance. Hot Food. Raffle. For more information contact Alison on 07891459724 or AlisonBenson2008

St John’s Catholic Pre School – Admission September 2017 If you wish to enrol your child to start Pre School in September 2017 then please come along to one of our open evenings on either Wednesday 16th or Thursday 17th November 4.00-5.00pm.

You will be able to view the setting and collect/ complete an admission form for September 2017.

Please ring 0151 645 5291 Option No 2 for Pre School if you require any further information.

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.

Next Parish Pastoral Team Meeting- Wednesday 16th November at 7.15pm in the Presbytery.

St John’s One World Group

Next meeting is Thursday 17th November at 4 Elm Road Bebington. All parishioners most welcome.

Family Bingo on Saturday, 19th November at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. Please give this your full support. Raising money is important but socialising with our fellow parishioners is also important. If you require a lift please contact Cecily Sabino on 645 7645. Donations of prizes are always welcome.

A local charity called Merseyaid are collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area.

Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly.

As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. 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.

“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.

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