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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th October, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: DRESS CODE

The parable of the king’s wedding feast at first seems easy enough to understand. He

invited guests to his son’s wedding but they all found excuses not to come. And so he sent his servants out onto the streets to gather in anyone they could find so that the celebration could go ahead, the feast could begin and the food and drink would not be wasted.

Discerning readers will realise that Jesus has been goading the chief priests and the elders of the Jews. In this parable he’s telling them that although they inherited the promises of God, they have lost sight of what this means and as a result no longer qualify as guests at the wedding. They are going to miss the festivity while common and garden people are going to take their places.

So far so good, you may think. But what about the man who has no wedding garment and is thrown out of the reception hall? This sting in the tail throws us and makes us wonder why Jesus has gone and ruined such a nice story. Surely the man couldn’t help the way he was dressed?

Unlike today, when some people make a safari out of shopping for a “new wedding outfit”, the people invited to a wedding in Jesus’ time did not need to worry about what they wore. The family of the bride and groom provided the clothes so that no one looked out of place. What seems to have happened at this wedding is that the man deliberately chose not to wear the required garment. He refused the dress code and thought he could carry on, on his own terms, without respecting the custom and convention.

By our baptism we have accepted our wedding invitations. We are invited to the feast of the kingdom of God. But are we coming on God’s terms or our own? Do we stand in solidarity with the Church, the Bride of Christ, or do we have our own particular ways of interpreting the “rules” especially when they make demands of us? Do we consider some of the Church’s teaching to be for other people but not for us? Do we happily share the riches of the banquet of life with only a nod in the direction of our responsibilities as guests? Are we wearing the white garment of our baptism at the wedding feast of life?

 

WORD OF GOD

On this mountain,the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoplesa banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines,of food rich and

juicy, of fine strained wines. (Isaiah 25: 6)

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

No one goes to a wedding in their working clothes. There’s a dress code for such occasions. What is the dress code for the kingdom of God and do we observe it, or do we prefer to make our own individual “fashion statement”? Do we take faith on God’s terms or our own?

 

 

Many thanks to all those parishioners who regularly contribute to the Food bank. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. There is always a list of items which are particularly needed at any given moment.

 

 

 

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 Eighth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Brian Ellis Anniv RIP

Robert Clamp

Prayer Meeting

Monday 16th 9.15am Tina Bower RIP
Tuesday 17th 9.15am Intentions of Sick Parishioners
Wednesday 18th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 19th 9.15am For the New Ferry Community
Friday 20th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Saturday 21st    
Twenty Nineth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parish

John +Margaret Kelly Anniv

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Confessions Please see Father Bernard
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

 

Money Matters: Offertory £551.62p.   Many thanks.

 

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the tables in the Parish Centre. Please take one and return in the offertory bag anytime in October.

 

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

 

Weddings 2018/19

If you are hoping to get married here at St John’s in 2018/19 and have not yet let us know. Please get in touch as soon as possible as several Friday’s and Saturday’s have already been booked for Wedding Masses/ Services.

 

October= Month of the Rosary .As usual a statue of Our Lady is circulating 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

 

 

A newly formed HCPT group taking local children to Lourdes at Easter are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join them. The trip is from 31st March-7th April 2018. They are a self funded local charity that is made up of volunteers. If you would like to make a donation to this charity please go to just giving HCPT group 7 or you can make a donation in the HCPT box on the table in the Parish Centre. If you would like to volunteer/ further information please contact Phil Crawford (Kathy’s son) on 07515689833.

 

Companions on the Journey : Please do support and encourage others to participate in our Local Pastoral Area Morning of Reflection with Sister Catherine Darby SND in St Anne’s Parish Centre next Saturday 21st October from 10am to 1.00pm.

November Lists
Please ensure that all names for the November List are handed into the presbytery by next Friday. Please make the envelopes for the attention of Ann Murray and please print all names clearly . Many thanks. The Annual Mass of Remembrance for those who have died since last November will be held on Tuesday 14th November at 7.30pm in Church.

 

Confirmation 2017: Confirmation meetings for Candidates  with Catechists continue in the Parish Centre on Fridays from 6.30 – 8.00pm. The Service of Reconciliation for Confirmation Candidates and their families will be held on Thursday 9th November at Christ the King Bromborough at 7pm. The Confirmation rehearsal will take place at Christ the King on Thursday 16th November again at 7pm. 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 . Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates and their families in your daily prayers.

For all ministers of The Word and Holy Eucharist .A morning of Reflection has been arranged for Saturday 18th November beginning at 10am and lasting until no later than 12.30pm. Please make every effort to attend. If however you are unable to do so please let Wilf or Dot Humphrey know.

 

 

The Church Interior Re-Decoration is progressing well. For the next 2/3 weekend’s Sunday Masses are being celebrated in the Parish Centre. Funeral Masses are being transferred to St Anne’s. Weekday Masses & Services are taking place in the Day Chapel as usual. Please note that for the duration of these works no one must enter the Church under any circumstances whatsoever. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and many thanks to those parishioners who are giving extra assistance at this time it is much appreciated.

 

On Saturday 4 November 2017 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community.

  Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

The members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team will be present at the Masses on 11th/12th November to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.

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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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8th October, 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE GRAPE HARVEST

A man dies and goes to heaven where he meets Peter at the Pearly Gates. Before he can enter Peter gives him a few questions to answer. He has to accumulate 100 points before he can go in. “So, how often did you go to church?” Peter asks. “I went twice a week,” replied the man. “That’s one point,” answers Peter. “One point? Wow! I thought it would be worth more than that.” “And did you put any money on the plate?” asked Peter. “Yes, I gave 10% of all my income every week,” answered the man. “Right, let’s see,” answers Peter, “that’s worth 3 points. Did you do anything else?” “Well, right off hand, I can’t think of a whole lot. I did mostly what I thought I was supposed to do.” “Ok, we’ll give you 5 points for good behaviour, can’t you come up with something else?” By this time, the man is completely flustered. He finally cries, “Well, I can’t come up with anything else. It looks like that no one can enter heaven except by the grace of God!” “100 points! Come on in!” We are God’s vineyard. God has planted us like vines in it and each day takes enough care of our patch of land for us to be able to produce sweet tasting grapes. What does he get in return from us? God looks for peace from his people yet he gets discord, bickering and war. God seeks true worship from us yet our lives are littered with false gods. God shows us how to produce justice yet our world is full of corruption and exploitation of the poor and the weak. He awaits goodness but is repaid with evil. God teaches us about caring and sharing but sees us becoming more acquisitive and greedy as we strive to improve our own selfish lifestyles. Where he yearns for community he encounters exclusivity, class distinction and snobbery. Grapes sown for humility produce only pride. Seeds of godly living bear the fruit of a merely secular mentality.

What more could he have done for his beloved vineyard? I suppose he could have offered us his grace.

 

WORD OF GOD

What could I have done for my vineyard that I have not done? I expected it to yield grapes.Why did it yield sour grapes instead? (Isaiah 5:4)

 

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Do we take our gift of faith for granted? Do we consider ourselves to be in a privileged position in our relationship with God? Do we strive to produce fruits or do we bank on everything turning out well in the end irrespective of our contribution?

 

 

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 jenny@irenaeus.co.uk     See Poster on Notice Board at the back of church.

 

 

 

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 Seventh Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Elizabeth Dunne RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 9th 9.15am Ints Fr Roger Clarke
Tuesday 10th 9.15am John Higgins Anniv RIP
Wednesday 11th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 12th 9.15am Deceased Igoe Family
Friday 13th 9.15am World Peace
Saturday 14th    
Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Brian Ellis Anniv RIP

Robert Clamp

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Confessions Please see Father Bernard
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Rosary for World Peace Friday after Mass

 

Money Matters: Offertory £529.86p.   Many thanks.

 

Thank you to all who attended and organised the Family Bingo Night which raised £158.50. Well done.

 

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

 

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the tables in the Parish Centre. Please take one and return in the offertory bag anytime in October.

 

CAFOD’S ROMERO PRAYER

A Step along the way.

“This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities. It is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but we are workers, not master builders, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”

St John’s Parish Pastoral Team next meeting this Thursday 12th Oct at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. If you have any suggestions for the Team to consider please email to the Presbytery or put them through the Presbytery letter box by 12 noon on Thursday.

 

Confirmation 2017: Confirmation meetings for Candidates  with Catechists continue in the Parish Centre on Fridays from 6.30 – 8.00pm. Thr Rite of Election is being celebrated this Sunday at 9.30am Mass. 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 . Please keep them all in your prayers.

October= Month of the Rosary .As usual a statue of Our Lady is circulating 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.

Public Rosary for World Peace.. next Saturday 14th October at 2pm in St Werburgh’s Square

 

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, Chester CH2 1SA  next Saturday 14 Oct 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 at 1.30pm. Further details from Rosemary Larkin. 645 9814.

Companions on the Journey : Please do support and encourage others (especially Catechists) to participate in our Local Pastoral Area Morning of Reflection with Sister Catherine Darby SND in St Anne’s Parish Centre on Saturday 21st October from 10am to 1.00pm

November Lists
Please ensure that all names for the November List are handed into the presbytery by 20th October. Please make the envelopes for the attention of Ann Murray and please print all names clearly . Many thanks.

 

The Church Interior Re-Decoration is progressing well. For the next few weekend’s Sunday Masses are being celebrated in the Parish Centre. Funeral Masses are being transferred to St Anne’s. Weekday Masses & Services are taking place in the Day Chapel as usual. Please note that for the duration of these works no one must enter the Church under any circumstances whatsoever. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and many thanks to those parishioners who are giving extra assistance at this time it is much appreciated.

 

Fr Roger Clarke has recently retired from St Joseph’s Upton and last week moved to his new address 20 Upton Court, Braeside Gardens, Upton, Wirral CH49 6LS. I am celebrating Monday’s 9.15am Mass for Fr Roger’s intentions and I hope that in the not too distant future Fr Roger (like Canon Hoban) will be supplying for me here at St John’s and for the other priests in our Deanery.

On Saturday 4 November 2017 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. 

Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1st October, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE TWO SONS

There are three ways of reading today’s parable about the two sons who were asked to go and work in the vineyard.

One way is to view it as a simple story about two men. The first told his father that he would go and work, but he broke his promise and never bothered to do what he had agreed to do. The second son ignored his father’s request but later thought better of it and went to the vineyard to work. Jesus asks his audience which of the two sons they think did the father’s will. It’s obvious that it’s the second son.

Another way of looking at this parable is to realise that Jesus was addressing it to the religious leaders rather than the ordinary people. They were represented by the first son. They had learnt all the laws and customs of their religion, they went tot the synagogue and the Temple, but they were lukewarm in their love of God and neighbour, knowing how to do the minimum and still stay on the side of right. The second son symbolised the ordinary people who perhaps were not as involved as the religious leaders but nevertheless delivered the goods when it mattered. (Jesus told this parable in the last week of his life when the religious leaders stepped up their attack on him. It’s not surprising that they were annoyed!)) Or perhaps the best way of reading this parable, in order to make sense of it here and now, is to recognise that each of us has a bit of both sons in us. There’s a part of us that has said yes to God but when it’s crunch time we know that we largely go through the motions when it comes to our faith. We are seen at Church but we’re not prepared really to get involved in our community and we leave that up to those who usually can be relied on to step forward when help is needed. And yet there’s another part of us, the second son, which realises our need to respond in a deeper fashion to God’s call. We don’t want to be thought of as religious maniacs but in our heart of hearts we know that God is calling out to us and we put in just enough effort to stay on the books. Maybe this parable is inviting us to be clear about those areas where we’re slow to act on our faith, and to do something about it?

WORD OF GOD

I tell you solemnly,tax collectors and prostitutesare making their way into the kingdom of God before you. (Matthew21: 31)

 

 

CAFOD’S ROMERO PRAYER

A Step along the way.

“This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities. It is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but we are workers, not master builders, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”

 

Day of Renewal

At St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Greenbank Rd, Birkenhead CH42 7JY next 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 jenny@irenaeus.co.uk     See Poster on Notice Board at the back of church.

 

 

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 Sixth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 1st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Patricia Blundell RIP

Patrick Fitzgerald RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 2nd 9.15am Rose Quigg RIP
Tuesday 3rd 9.15am Jim McNally RIP(in School)
Wednesday 4th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 5th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 6th 9.15am Julie Bradley Anniv RIP
Saturday 7th    
Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Elizabeth Dunne RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Confessions For the time being please see Father Bernard.
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

Money Matters: Offertory £525.15p.   Many thanks.

 

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30 Mass.

 

 

Last Friday’s Family Night and Bingo……..Many thanks to all who came and enjoyed the evening and thank you to those who organised it.

 

Next Friday is Cafod Family Fast Day. Cafod envelopes are on the tables in the Parish Centre. Please take one and return in the offertory bag anytime in October.

 

Forthcoming Meetings

On Tuesday LPA Meeting for Clergy and Parish Reps at St Anne’s Presbytery at 7pm.

 

On Wednesday Birkenhead & East Wirral Deanery Clergy Meeting at St Joseph’s North Rd Birkenhead 4.30pm.

 

St John’s Parish Pastoral Team next meeting Thursday 12th October at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. As the suggestion box is not available at the moment owing to redecoration work, if you have any suggestions for the Team to consider please email to the Presbytery or put them through the Presbytery letter box.

 

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

News from our Schools

This Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass is being celebrated in St John’s Infant School with Year 1 children & their parents. Parishioners are most welcome too. The theme of the Mass will be God’s Wonderful World.

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.

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.

Public Rosary for World Peace…….Saturday 14th October at 2pm in St. Werburgh’s Square, Birkenhead. Please join us to pray for this important intention on the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima.

Confirmation 2017: Confirmation meetings for Candidates  with Catechists continue in the Parish Centre on Fridays from 6.30 – 8.00pm. The candidates have now been 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 . Please keep them all in your prayers.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Church Interior  Re Decoration The work on the Re Decoration of the Church has begun. The work will last approximately 4 weeks during which time both weekend Masses are being celebrated in the Parish Centre. Funeral Masses and any larger services will be transferred to St Anne’s. Weekday Masses & Services will take place in the Day Chapel as usual. Please note that for the duration of these works no one must enter the Church under any circumstances whatsoever. Apologies for any inconvenience.

 

What is Pope Francis asking of us? Laudato Si’ On the care of our Common Home: A Reflection Day here in St Anne’s Parish Centre next Saturday October 7th 9.30am-4.00pm- Mass at 12 noon in church. Tea & coffee provided- bring a packed lunch. Facilitated by Shrewsbury UCM. Material provided by CAFOD.