Feast of Christ the King 20th 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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Feast of

Christ the King

20th 5.00pm



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



Relatives & friends of McGree Family


Prayer Meeting


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.


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.


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