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

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 29nd October, 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE YARDSTICK

It’s too easy to repeat parrot-fashion that we must love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbours as ourselves. What on earth does this involve? It’s such a broad thing that it seems to lose any practical meaning. The Jews had a very efficient way of measuring love of God and neighbour. Three categories of people were used as the yardstick: strangers, widows and orphans. These people represented the disenfranchised of society, the truly vulnerable, those who had no social or economic support to back them up if trouble came on the horizon. Strangers, or foreigners, were by nature in a foreign land and lacked the network of friends and family, of framework and familiarity. People cheated them because of the ignorance of local currency values and their inability to speak the language. Widows had no man to stand up for them. Intolerable language in the twenty-first century but, in the first century, women were at the mercy of a male- dominated society and widows were at the bottom of the pile. Orphans were clearly vulnerable in a culture that could use children in so many unacceptable ways. But we still have to love the strangers, widows and orphans today. Who are today’s strangers? We don’t mean tourists, but what about the growing file of refugees that search for a better life in countries other than their own? What about those who seek asylum from torture or death in their native land? They are today’s strangers. And today’s widows? Women have fought for their rightful voice and pensions have eased the economic isolation. Perhaps the modern day widows are the single mothers, the lone parents and those who have been abandoned? Who are today’s orphans? We no longer have queues of orphans; orphanages have largely been closed down. Yet we need not look very far to see children who are abandoned to their own devices by adults who have no parenting skills, young people who are exploited sexually or employed for long hours in the sweat shops of the world. We have our own modern-day strangers, widows and orphans. And, just as in days gone by, we show how much we love God and neighbour by the way we respond to these people in our midst. The yardstick still applies.

ALL SAINTS (November 1st)

Father of all, you have given the saints in heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of your glory. Because of their holy love for you, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church and my neighbours. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. I ask our patron saints and every saint who has become especially so dear to me to intercede for us. I ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with you. Amen

 

ALL SOULS (November, 2nd)

All Souls Day is the last day of the Triduum (a three-day celebration) of commemoration of the dead dating back to pre-Christian eras.

On this day, the Church remembers all of the faithful departed who died peaceable deaths with the expectation of Christ’s promises of eternal life. These were ordinary people, who were not given the status of sainthood by the Church, but were nevertheless saintly communicants. Today, all Christians are reckoned as saints, a concept referred to as the Communion of Saints.

In the Latin world, All Souls Days is known as the Day of the Dead. On this day, families are reunited in the cemeteries where their ancestors are buried. During these family reunions, they decorate their ancestors’ tombs and hold parties that begin in the afternoon and continue on into the evening. These are not morbid celebrations, as one might expect, but very happy and positive occasions that are intended to bring back happy memories of the ancestors who are very much included in the celebrations.

May the Lord our God free us from all anxiety and strengthen our hearts to serve him in humility so that recognising God’s goodness and grace in our lives we may be exalted to share his glory.

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Many thanks to 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.

 

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. Many thanks.

 

 

Remember Summer time finishes tonight SATURDAY.

The clocks go back 1 hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fidelma Franklin RIP

Wilfred+Mary Humphrey Birthday Remembrance

Prayer Meeting

Monday 30th No Mass or Service
Tuesday 31st No Mass or Service
All Saints 1st 7.15am

12noon

St John’s Parish

Ints of the Moore Family

All Souls 2nd 9.15am For All The Faithful Departed
Friday 3rd 9.15am Linda Duffy RIP
Saturday 4th    
Thirty First Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 5th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Mike Chapman RIP

Les Peers RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Money Matters: Offertory £486.84p.

 

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

 

November is the Month of Remembrance

This Wednesday All Saints Day is a Holyday of Obligation. Masses as listed above.

Masses at St Anne’s- 9.30am and 7.30pm

This Thursday is All Soul’s Day. Mass at 9.15am

Mass at St Anne’s is at 12 Noon.

 

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died.

 

Lately Dead– Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas Taylor who died recently. Funeral Service and cremation at Landican on Thursday 2nd November at 3pm.

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel- 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

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 do so by the end of October.

 

Confirmation 2017 Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates and their families in your prayers and please note the following dates.

The Service of Reconciliation for 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

 

Bishop Mark has recently accepted Mark Baylis for Formation for the Permanent Diaconate. Please hold Mark and Diane and their family in your prayers as he takes another important step in discerning his vocation.

 

Schools re-open this week after half term break. Both the Junior school and the Infant school will celebrate Remembrance Masses and Advent Masses in Church during the coming half term. Please read the bulletin each week for details.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Foundation Governor at one of our Parish Schools please let

Fr Bernard know asap.

 

 

 

Next 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 both of the Masses here at St John’s on Sat 11th/ Sun 12th November to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.

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 in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. Please make every effort to attend. If however you are unable to do so please let Wilf or Dot Humphrey know.

Ministers of the Word please inform Dot Humphrey if you are UNAVAILABLE during the Christmas period. Thank you.

 

The Church Interior Re-Decoration will be completed this week. We will be celebrating Masses back in church from next weekend. Apologies for any inconvenience caused during the month of October and many thanks to those parishioners who have given extra assistance at this time it has been very much appreciated.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet will shortly be made available to register your interest. Coach travel will be available (free of charge) if there is sufficient demand. Further details to follow in next weekends bulletin.

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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 Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 22nd October, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

The Pharisees and Herodians were bitter opponents. The Pharisees favoured Israel’s independence as a religious homeland. The Herodians supported the Roman occupation. They both feared Jesus as a troublemaker and so they made an alliance to try and catch him out. The question about taxes in today’s gospel boils down to this: Are you in favour of Rome or Israel? Whatever he answered he was sure to step into the trap. We know what happened: Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Besides being a very clever answer it also points to something much deeper than the obvious. Jesus is not some sort of revolutionary who invites his followers to overthrow the civil authorities. He recognises their legitimacy but he alludes to something beyond the here and now, to the things of God. Is there anything that does not belong to God? Is there any arena of public interest that belongs only to politicians and has nothing to do with the divine? Presumably not, given that the world is God’s and it is God whose design is stamped upon it. Nothing weakens the impact of our faith more than putting it into a neat religious compartment. Never discuss religion or politics, they say. They only say it because they’re scared of what might happen if we do. And so we’re lured into the social convention of thinking that it’s somehow not decent to wear our religion on our sleeve. Religion should be a personal matter, they say. That’s because it has uncomfortable consequences when we display it in the light of day. When politicians know that they have produced legislation that is questionable, they usually try to silence religious leaders by claiming that they should keep religion out of politics, should stick to hymns and prayers rather than public demonstration.

Faith must be the leaven of society, not one of its side-shows. That’s because the image stamped on our tax coins may well be Caesar’s, but the image stamped on those who pay the taxes is unmistakably God’s.

 

WORD OF GOD

Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar,and to God what belongs to God. (Matthew 22:21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Church Interior Re-Decoration is progressing well. For the next two 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. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and many thanks to those parishioners who are giving extra assistance at this time it is very much appreciated.

 

 

 

Many thanks to 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.

 

 

 

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. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Monday 23rd 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Wednesday 25th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 26th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 27th 9.15am John Corrigan RIP
Saturday 28th    
Thirtieth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fidelma Franklin RIP

Wilfred+Mary Humphrey Birthday Remembrance

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 £503.48p.   Many thanks.

 

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes should be returned in the offertory bags by next weekend. Thank you.

 

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

 

Lately Dead– Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas Taylor who died recently. May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed.

 

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel- 0151 645 3114 asap.

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 do so by the end of October.

Confirmation 2017 Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates and their families in your prayers and please note the following dates.

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

 

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.

 

 

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 both of the Masses here at St John’s on Sat 11th/ Sun 12th November to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.

 

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 in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. Please make every effort to attend. If however you are unable to do so please let Wilf or Dot Humphrey know.

 

As we heard last weekend 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. Thanks for your generosity last weekend. If you would like to volunteer/ further information please contact Phil Crawford on tel- 07515689833.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet will shortly be made available to register your interest. Coach travel will be available (free of charge) if there is sufficient demand. Further details to follow in next weekends bulletin.

Wishing the children and staff in all our schools a happy and restful Half Term.

Please remember that your clocks are turned back one hour next Saturday night.

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.

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.