Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th September, 2017. 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

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Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th September, 2017. Cycle A


We often talk about people “doing their own thing”. We mean that they act in an independent way without necessarily being bothered about what others think or say. Usually we have our doubts about them and think that they should conform to what everyone else expects of them.

If there was ever a person who does their own thing then it’s God. In several places in the bible God lets us know that he doesn’t think like we do and doesn’t act like we act. His thoughts and ways are above ours. Miles above.

Yet we tend to want to bring God down to our size. It’s not “fair” that the workers who only did an hour’s work should get the same pay as those who worked all day, we say. But God never promised to be fair, only generous. And generosity far exceeds any concept of fairness. Where we are prone to punish God is apt to forgive. Where we would choose the front-runner God picks the no-hoper every time. Where we try to earn salvation by all our good deeds God says that he only grants it as grace, as a free gift that has not been earned.

The fact that God does his own thing only points to his being infinitely greater than we can ever imagine. Chancellors promise benefits; God promises abundance. Musicians entertain but God enthrals. Artists paint nature while God recreates it every day. It’s easy to fit God into our own little systems, to write about God and talk about him as if there’s some agreed pattern that he should follow. (Or her for that matter!) Then our religion becomes efficient but dull. We end up with a predictable God who is constrained to come down to our level and behave as we think he should. This is to miss the thrill of having a God who is capable of acting beyond our wildest imaginations, of offering us much more than we would ever dare to ask for and who falls about in fits of laughter when he sees the pigeon hole that we’re trying to put him in for the sake of neatness.

Allow yourself to be surprised by the topsy-turvy way that God chooses to rule your life. It might be the best thing that ever happened to you.


Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways,my thoughts above your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)


Day of Renewal

At St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Greenbank Rd, Birkenhead CH42 7JY on Saturday October 7th from 10am-4pm.

“Mission at the heart of the Christian faith”

Speaker Fr. Chris Thomas.

Bring packed lunch. Tea / coffee provided.

More information contact Maggie McMahon- 07895869209



Come and See Conference 2017, 14th-15th October is being held at Christ the King High School, Stamford Road, Southport PR8 4EX,     Timothy Radcliffe OP will be the keynote speaker with workshops by leaders including Fiona Castle, Dermott Donnelly, David and Mary Matthews and Pat Kennedy.  For booking forms and further information, contact Jenny on 0151 949 1199 or email     See Poster on Notice Board at the back of church.


Inter-Diocesan Fuel Management Limited is a Catholic organisation currently recruiting an Administrator. The Company purchases gas, electricity, fuel oil and biomass for the majority of Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales. The role is working with others in the department processing invoices, collecting data and general administration duties.This is a full time post: 35 hours Monday to Friday based at the Curial Office, Birkenhead. Salary: £16k to17k dependant onexperience.Closingdate29thSeptemberCVto     For further details please visit the website  



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 locally and further afield.


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.


Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 24th 5.00pm



Tina Bower RIP

Theresa McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 25th 9.15am Ints Anthony+Julia Zidon
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Ints Michael Delamere Sick
Wednesday 27th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 28th 9.15am Kath Twist Anniversary
Friday 29th No Mass or Service
Saturday 30th    
Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 1st 5.00pm



Patricia Blundell RIP

Patrick Fitzgerald RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day/Side Chapel
Confessions Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses


Masses at St Anne’s this week Monday to Friday at 12 noon.



Money Matters: Offertory £525.39p.   Many thanks.


Tea and Coffee as usual in the Parish Centre           Sunday after 9.30am Mass.


Church Interior  Re Decoration The work on the Re Decoration of the Church begins on Monday (25th Sept). The work will last for approximately 4 weeks during which time both weekend Masses will be celebrated in the Parish Centre. Funeral Masses and any larger services will be transferred to St Anne’s. Weekday Masses & Services as usual will take place in the Day Chapel.   Please note that for the duration of these works no one must enter the Church under any circumstances whatsoever and certainly not without Fr Bernard knowing. The next few weeks could be a little difficult-apologies for any inconvenience.





Confirmation 2017: Confirmation meetings for Candidates  with our Parish Catechists continue in the Parish Centre on Fridays from 6.30 – 8.00pm. This weekend at Sunday’s 9.30am Mass all the candidates will be formally enrolled in the preparation programme. The Mass of Confirmation this year for our East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on Friday 24th November at 7pm .

“Family Fun night” & Bingo for St John’s Parish to be held in the Liberal Club( next to the Church) on Friday 29th September. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Fun  for all the family young and old alike. Please try to support this social and fund raising event.

News from our Schools

Father Bernard will be celebrating a Diocesan Mass at the start of the new school year for all Wirral Catholic Primary and High School Staff at St John Plessington Catholic College on Tuesday evening.

Open Morning at SJP –Wednesday 27th September at 9am

St John’s Junior School Harvest Assembly on Friday at 10am in school.

The Diocese is looking to recruit a full time and permanent Deputy Director of Schools see poster on the noticeboard and the Shrewsbury Diocesan website for further details.

Grandparents.You and your family are warmly invited to the Annual Diocesan Mass celebrating the important vocation of Grandparents in the life of the family, and of the Church. The Mass will be celebrated at St Columba’s, Plas Newton Lane, Plas Newton, Chester CH2 1SA  on Saturday 14 October at 11am followed by light refreshments. Please keep the vocation of grandparents in your prayers, they are often essential in assisting parents with childcare and passing on the beauty of the Catholic Faith to their grandchildren.Our local Grandparents Group meets here in the Presbytery on Tuesday 10th October at 1.30pm. Further details from Rose Larkin.

Carmelite Monastery Grovenor Place Birkenhead Annual Benediction in honour of Saint Therese of Lisieux with the veneration of her relic. Next Sunday 1st October           at 3pm. Father Sean Riley is this years presider and preacher. All are most welcome .


October= Month of the Rosary .As usual a statue of Our Lady will circulate the parish. If you would like to join in this Rosary Chain of prayer and have the statue for a day please contact Maria Fryer asap Tel 201 5837 Fr Bernard hopes that the Re Decoration will be complete by Sunday 29th October so that he can lead a Rosary Holy Hour sometime that afternoon.

November Lists
Please ensure that all names for the November List are handed into the Presbytery as soon as possible.  Please mark the envelopes FAO Ann Murray and please print all names clearly. The date for this year’s Annual  Remembrance Mass will be announced shortly.


Having a Mass said:  If you would like a Mass celebrated at St John’s for the living or the dead….for family, friends, fellow parishioners etc please let Fr Bernard know and in plenty of time if you have a specific date in mind. It’s a good Catholic practice to make an offering to the Church when asking for a Mass to be celebrated. Mass offering envelopes for this purpose are now available from the sacristy/ Presbytery.


Scouts/Cubs/Beavers  “Car wash and Cake sale” last weekend raised £392.59.So £196.30 for the Scout funds and the same for Church. Well done to all those involved in the organisation of this event and those who helped in any way.




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