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



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?



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)





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



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



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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