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



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.



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



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



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.

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