33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. 13th November 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

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


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.


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.


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.


33rd Sunday in Ord Time 13th 5.00pm




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



Joe Moore RIP

John Corrigan RIP

Prayer Meeting


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.

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