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


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.



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)






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     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




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



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.



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.


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