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

05/11/2016

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

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.

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