Divine Mercy Sunday 23rd April 2017. Easter Week 2 Cycle A


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

Divine Mercy Sunday 23rd April 2017. Easter Week 2 Cycle A

Calling all Catholics to the Feast of Mercy on the Sunday after Easter, April 23rd! Did you know that the Lord said that this feast would one day be the “last hope of salvation”?Have you considered what would happen to you if you suddenly died in the state of serious sin?

Did you know, that in the 1930’s, Our Lord Jesus, Himself, requested through St. Faustina, that a very, special Feast of Divine Mercy be established, in His Church, and solemnly celebrated, on the First Sunday, after Easter, every year? In the Jubilee Year 2000, after many years of study, Saint Pope John Paul II fulfilled the will of Christ by establishing this special Feast of Divine Mercy, in the Catholic Church, and gave it the name “Divine Mercy Sunday”! By God’s Providence, Saint John Paul II died, on this feast, in 2005. What is so special about this new Feast of Divine Mercy you might be asking yourself? It is the promise of the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment for any soul that would go to Confession and then receive Jesus in Holy Communion on that very special Feast of Divine Mercy! Why would Jesus offer us something so great at this time? Jesus told St. Faustina that she was to prepare the world for His Second Coming and that He would be pouring out His Mercy, in very great abundance, before He comes again asthe Just Judge and as the very last hope of salvation. If you have been away from the practice of your Catholic faith, and if you would like to come back into the, one, true Catholic Church, then this is the most perfect opportunity, for you, if you are ready to repent and turn away from sin. Don’t consider yourself, as without hope. Our Lord Jesus wants to pardon completely even the worst sinners possible. Remember, Jesus has come for sinners, not the righteous. Jesus said that even if our sins were as numerous as the grains of sand, they would be lost in His Ocean of Mercy. If you are truly repentant of your sins and are well preparedto confess your sins in the Sacrament of Confession, you’ll experience a tremendous peace. You’ll experience a great weight lifted from you and get a brand new start in life!

Diocesan Pilgrimages

The Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place between 27/28 July & ¾ August. Brochures/Booking forms can be downloaded from www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, WallaseyCH44 5UD. We are also offering a special Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 22-29 October. to link up with the Diocesan Pilgrimage which is from 23-30 October. Contact Fr. David Long 0151 638 1520.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection 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.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly.Many thanks

‘ACTS’ Day of Reflection- Saturday 13th May 2017

“Learning to live with Hope” is the themefor the next Day of Reflectionfor ‘ACTS’

(‘ Adult Catholics Together Spiritually’) being held on Saturday 13th May 2017 (100th Anniversary of Fatima apparitions). If you are aged between 18-35 then you are more than welcome to join us when we will be led by Canon Brendan Hoban. Arrival for 9.30pm and ending at approximately 5pm at Schoenstatt Shrine , Bolton BL4 8QQ Tel siobhanbc or Tel: 07761138947. The Shrine is close to Bolton Train station but please contact Sioghan to discuss the possibility of getting a lift if you need one.

Easter Message from Father Bernard

Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make this year’s Holy Week and Easter Services so prayerful and devotional. Thank you to those who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. We pray for one another and we continue our prayers for the New Ferry Community. May you and your families be filled with the Easter gifts of Faith, Hope and Love


Easter Week 2

23rd 5.00pm




For New Ferry Community


Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Monday 24th 9.15am Eileen Kealey Anniv
Tuesday 25th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 27th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 28th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Saturday 29th

Easter Week 3

30th 5.00pm



Carl Newton RIP

Bill Dwyer RIP

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let

Fr Bernard know.

Lately Dead- Please pray for the repose of the soul of James McNally who has died recently. Funeral Mass here at St John’s on Friday 5th May at 10am.

Money Matters

Offertory: £ 1049.32 Many thanks for your generosity.

Today and for the next 2 weekends there will be a container at the back of church to accept your donations in support of the New Ferry Community and its regeneration following the recent explosion .

Your Offertory Envelopes for the new Financial Year 2017/18 are on the table at the back of the Church….. Please take yours. Any questions regarding Gift Aid matters please contact Steve Bell Tel 644 7512

Divine Mercy: Novena began on Good Friday Praying for mercy on us and on the whole world. Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at St John’s this Sunday 23rd April from 2.30-3.30pm. Prayer leaflets are available on the table at the back of Church.

KSC Day of Recollection will be held at Pantasaph Franciscan Friary, Wednesday 3rd May and parishioners are most welcome to attend. Coach leaves St Joseph’s Upton at 9am calling at StAnne’s Rock Ferry, Christ the King, Bromborough and St Mary of the Angels, Hooton. Cost £15 (bring a packed lunch, tea/coffee provided). Details and booking tel Bernard McElvogue 632 3640, Tony Paton 645 9934 or Bernard McGuigan 645 7929.

Confirmation Team 2017

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people of all ages to join our team at St John’s and help guide our young people (Year 9) on this stage of their spiritual lives. This exciting and challenging stage for the Candidates prepares them to become committed and adult members of the Church and to participate in the life of their parish. We need a group of people who can relate to and interact with the candidates creatively and actively to produce and support a programme that will challenge them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Simply put, we need you and your everyday skills and knowledge. No other experience is needed. Please give this matter serious thought. As has often been said, the young people of today are the Church of tomorrow. Do we want to be part of their preparation for this?

For further information , see Deacon Mike Daly or Liz McIntosh.

Tea/Coffee & Biscuits are also available in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Come along for a chat with your fellow parishioners.

Parish Summer Outing to Llandudno on Tuesday 25th July 2017. A coach has now been booked for the above date, leaving St John’s at 10.00am and returning from Llandudno around 4.00pm. A sign up list is availableat the back of the Church from this weekend for those interested . First come first served. The cost is £10 (children free) with a £5 deposit required when signing up. This is to be given to Liz McIntosh or Father Bernard.


Thank you for your continued support of Wirral Foodbank. We receive over 1 ton of food every week from local churches, this represents over 40% of all donations received. Without the generosity of the churches we would not be able to meet the needs of local people in our community. Items URGENTLY neededthis week: toothpaste , dried milk, tinned spaghetti, fruit squash, tinned vegetables, drinking chocolate.


Could all readers please return their copies of The Passion (from Palm Sundat and Good Friday)to the sacristy as soon as possible if not already done so. Thank you.

Gladstone Theatre Visits

Tickets for “The Kilkennys” (15th June) and “Annie” (Fri 19th May) can now be collected from Liz McIntosh.

A further 3 tickets have become available for “Annie”. Please speak to Liz if interested.

Wirral Churches’ Ark Project is pleased to announce the date of our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 7pm at Magenta Living in Birkenhead. More information will be given nearer to the date.

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