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

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, 26th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: FINAL TALLY

 

Peggy Jones was a local woman who had lived in the village all her life. She kept herself to herself, rarely joined in with any community activities and was a member of no club or society. When she died people were at a loss to know what to put on her tombstone since she’d done nothing of any significance. Eventually the stonemason carved the following epitaph: Here lie the bones of Peggy Jones, Whose life never knew any terrors. She lived an old maid, And she died an old maid: No hits, no runs and no errors.

Was Peggy a good woman or a bad one? It’s hard to say. She never did any harm to anyone but at the same time she never put herself out to do anyone any good. And if she didn’t do anyone any good then you could argue that she wasn’t a particularly good person.

Many people think that they are good people because they don’t steal, cheat, lie or murder. They pay their taxes and keep themselves to themselves. And many Christians think that they never sin because they too never do anyone any harm.

The parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew’s gospel today should put us on our guard against this attitude. Jesus tells us that we will be judged just as much for what we failed to do as for what we actually did.

Most of us are not headline sinners. But when we face the judgement that Christ is speaking about at the end of our life we will be measured by the way we responded to those in need, to the hungry, the thirsty, those in prison etc. He reminds us that we can commit wrong and this is a sin. But we can also omit to do good. Both commission and omission are equally guaranteed to alienate us from God.

So as we look around at our world today, what are the situations we’re closing our eyes and ears to? And are we aware that we’re doing it?

The last Sunday in the liturgical year is designated as the Festival of Christ the King or the Reign of Christ. This is not an ancient festival like Easter or Christmas. In fact, it is less than a century old. It was first called by Pope Pius XI in 1925. Europe was in chaos. Inflation was rampant, and colonialism was at its worst. The seeds of evil that were to produce the terror of the Holocaust and World War II were being planted. Against all this chaos and evil, the Pope established the Festival of Christ the King to declare that Jesus Christ is king. He is the goal of all human history, the joy of all who hear, and the fulfilment of our aspirations. (Wiley Stephens)

 

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

 

Please give generously (as you usually do) to the Foodbank during the run up to Christmas. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you very much for your generous giving to the Foodbank throughout 2017

 

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one. Your APF/Red Missio Boxes should be emptied this month and their contents brought to Church/the Presbytery by 30th November please.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

(Youth Sunday)

26th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rels/Frnds Connelly Fam

For all our young people

Prayer Meeting

Monday 27th 11.30am Funeral Mass –

John Blakeway

Tuesday 28th 9.15am Intentions Noelene Evans
Wednesday 29th 9.15am Intentions Srs of Charity
Thursday 30th 10.00am Funeral Mass –

Francis McNulty

Friday 1st 10.00am Funeral Mass –

Winifred Sweeney

Saturday 2nd    
First Sunday in Advent Cycle B 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Rels/Frnds McGree Fam

Marie Rooney Annv RIP

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. More helpers are urgently needed for this ministry. Please see Jacqui or Fr Bernard for details
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Today’s Feast of Christ the King is also National Youth Sunday. Please keep all our young people in your prayers

 

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your Deceased Relatives and Friends etc., please fill out one of the Mass Offering envelopes at the back of Church or in the sacristy, place a donation in it and hand it to

Fr Bernard or put through the presbytery letterbox.

 

Lately Dead: We have three funerals this week

Monday 27th Funeral Mass for John Blakeway at 11.30am

Thursday 30th Funeral Mass for Francis McNulty at 10.00am

Friday 1st Funeral Mass for Winifred (Terri) Sweeney at 10.00am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £526.10p. Thank you

 

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

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 no 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

Confirmation 2017: Congratulations to those 50 young people from our Parish and our neighbouring parishes who were confirmed on Friday evening and thank you to their parents, sponsors and catechists for supporting them in this important step on their faith journey.

 

 

St John’s Catholic Pre School will be holding their Open Registration Evening or Admission to Pre School in September 2018 this Monday 27th November 4.00-5.00pm. All Parents are welcome to come along to view the setting and collect/complete admission forms for September 2018. To attend St John’s Catholic Pre School children must be 3 years of age by

31st August 2018. If you would like any further information please ring the Pre School and speak to Bernadette Kirwan – 0151 645 5291 Option No. 2 for Pre School.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection Unfortunately the Advent Day of Recollection next Thursday has had to be cancelled but it has been rearranged for Tuesday 5th December at Wistaston Retreat Centre, Crewe from 10am-4pm. If you would like to attend this day please contact Mary Tyrell on 645 7322 asap. Cost of the day is £17 with soup and scone lunch.

 

Here Comes Christ SJP: On Friday 1st December, SJP are holding their “Here Comes Christmas” Fayre, 3pm-5pm. Big attractions include Bungee Run, Demolition Run, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Rodeo Reindeer, plus all favourite stalls and games. There will also be the Best Santa’s Grotto on the Wirral.

 

Mayor’s Traditional Christmas Tea Dance: The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance will be held at Wallasey Town Hall on Wednesday 6th December 1.30pm-4pm. Music by Swingmasters. Refreshments are available. All proceeds to IncuBabies and the Merseyside Autistic Children’s Society. Tickets are £5 available and from the Mayor’s Office. Tel No 0151 691 8527.

THE BIG CARD will be at the back of church from next Saturday.

1st December Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

 

The next singing practice is on Thursday 30th November, in the Day Chapel. We will be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys singing. All welcome.

 

Advent at St John’s

Beginning next Sunday – Holy Hour in Church 3-4pm

School Advent Masses in Church

This Tuesday 28th November Year 2 at 9.15am: “Preparing for Christmas”

Next Tuesday 5th December Year 3 & 4 at 9.15am focusing on the characters of Advent.

LPA24 Advent Reconciliation Service with individual confession will be held at St John’s on Wednesday

20th December 7pm. All welcome.

Fr Bernard will be in Church next Saturday and each Saturday during Advent from 11am-12 noon … opportunity for Confession, for prayer, for a chat.

 

 

A Musical Celebration of Christmas .. a fabulous evening of festive music performed by the soloists and chorus of the Birkenhead Operatic Society in St Anne’s Church on Wednesday 13th December at 7.30pm Mulled wine and mince pies from 7pm. Tickets £8 on sale after weekend Masses or from St Anne’s Parish Office Tel 645 3996

 

 

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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

 

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: CAPITAL GROWTH

 

Young Antonio’s voice was high and squeaky and so he did not pass the auditions for the Cremona Boys’ Choir. When he took violin lessons, the neighbours persuaded his parents to make him stop. Yet Antonio still wanted to make music.

His friends gave him a hard time because his only talent was whittling wood. When Antonio was older he served as an apprentice to a violinmaker. His knack for whittling grew into a skill of carving and his hobby became his craft. He worked patiently and faithfully. By the time he died, he left over 1,500 violins, each one bearing a label that read, “Antonio Stradivarius.” They are the most sought-after violins in the world and sell for more than £1,000.000 each. Antonio couldn’t sing or play or preach or teach but his responsibility was to use his ability, and his violins are still making beautiful music today.

Our potential is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to God. Are you investing what you’ve been given, regardless of how much it is? Or, have you buried your blessing and kept it hidden from others?

We can sometimes confuse hiding our talents with humility, with not wanting to push ourselves forward. Yet if we stop to think for just a moment we’ll soon realise that, whatever our talent is, it is God-given. God has entrusted us with skills and talents to be used for his divine purpose. And no one else can ever be you and me. We’re unique, with unique gifts that God has welded into our character and personality. And it’s part of God’s plan from the beginning of time that we should use what we have been given so that the good news of the gospel might be spread and people should come to experience God through you and me.

Today’s gospel reminds us that life will not last for ever on this earth. The master is returning and we are returning to our master. What answer will we have to give him when he asks what we have done with all that he gave us? Will we have buried it, or will we have produced a capital return?

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

God has given each one of us talents: particular skills or qualities that he expects us to use for his glory. As the Church draws towards the end of its year we are invited to reflect on how well we are making use of what we have been given. For no one has been given nothing. What has been entrusted to you and how are you using it?

 

 

Thank you once again for your continued generosity towards those who are most in need in our local community. Please check the notice board for items needed.

 

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one. Your APF/Red Missio Boxes should be emptied this month and their contents brought to Church/the Presbytery by

30th November please.

 

 

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.

 

 

Next Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the Church’s Year which is also National Youth Sunday.#

Advent begins on Sunday 3rd December… a full schedule of Advent Masses and Services and the times of Christmas Masses will be published in next week’s newsletter.

 

 

Thirty Third Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 19th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kevin Fitzgerald RIP

Joe Moore Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 20th 9.15am Elizabeth Brooks RIP
Tuesday 21st 9.15am Decd Members of Legion of Mary
Wednesday 22nd 9.15am Husband/Parents/Friends of McAllister Family
Thursday 23rd No Mass or Service Today
Friday 24th 9.15am Emma Rook Birthday Ints
Saturday 25th    
Feast of

Jesus Christ, Universal King

(Youth Sunday)

26th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rels/Fnds Connelly Family

For all our young people

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. More helpers are urgently needed for this ministry. Please see Jacqui or Fr Bernard for derails
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

This Sunday is the first “World Day of the Poor”. Pope Francis has instituted this new day as a way of inviting us to understand that sharing with those living in poverty “enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel”. In his message for the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis asks all of us, whatever our means, to unite in love in acts of service to one another. He explains “it is my wish that ….. Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance” Please consider how you can create such moments of encounter and friendship this week and beyond.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Blakeway who has died recently. May he rest in peace. Funeral Mass at St John’s on Monday 27th November at 11.30am. Your prayers are requested for Winifred (Terri) Sweeney whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Friday 1st December at 10am. May she rest in peace.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £569.17p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

 

 

Retiring Collection This weekend the Annual Collection for the Clergy Education and Training Fund is being held. Special envelopes are available at the back of church. If you use weekly Offertory Envelopes please write in your Envelope Number. If you do not have this, or you give to your Parish by means of a Standing Order, write in your name and full address plus postcode. It will then be possible to claim Gif Aid on your donation if you have joined the Gift Aid Scheme. If you prefer, you can donate Online via PayPal to the Fund at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/clergy-education-and-training-fund

 

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

 

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass held at St John’s last Tuesday evening was a very moving occasion from which all those who attended received support from each other in remembering their loved ones. Many stayed behind to share a time of fellowship over a cup of tea and cakes /biscuits. Many thanks to all those who helped in the preparation and to those who attended.

 

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 no

0151 645 3114 asap.

 

The next meeting of the Pastoral Team will take place this Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any ideas/suggestions/thoughts and proposals for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box on the table at the back of Church or through the presebytery letterbox.

 

Confirmation 2017: The Mass of Confirmation for the East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough next Friday at 7pm. In total 50 candidates are to be confirmed. The candidates from St John’s and St Anne’s parishes are: Mia Berry, Edward Cartmel, Alfie Davies, Joe Davies, Jammilia Dennett, Olivia Healy, Keely Holmes, Ciara Lester, Niamh Lester, Dylan Lyndop, Lydia O’Brien, Travis O’Brien and Isobel O’Connor. Please keep these young in your thoughts and prayers this week and say a prayer also for their parents, sponsors and catechists.

St John’s Catholic Pre School will be holding their Open Registration Evening for Admission to Pre School in September 2018 on Monday 27th November 4.00-5.00pm. All Parents are welcome to come along to view the setting and collect/complete admission forms for September 2018. To attend St John’s Catholic Pre School children must be 3 years of age by 31st August 2018. If you would like any further information please ring the Pre School and speak to Bernadette Kirwan – 0151 645 5291 Option No. 2 for Pre School.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection is being held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet is on the notice board at the back of Church. Please register your interest as soon as possible. Coach travel will be available (free of charge).

A Celebration of Music for the Feast of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of the Arts will be held on Thursday 23rd November 7pm at St Josephs, North Road, Birkenhead, with a reflection by Bishop Brian Noble on Music and Prayer. This is an opportunity to sing your favourite hymns led by our parish and school choirs, followed by refreshments and retiring collection.

Vacancy for Accounts Senior at the Curial Office, Diocese of Shrewsbury Reporting to the Accounts Manager, the Accounts Senior will be responsible for supporting the Accounts Manager in the execution of their duties.   Salary range: £18K to £22K depending on qualifications and experience.    For further details please visit the website http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies please send CV to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org closing date Friday 24th November.

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

 

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: GETTING ROUND TO IT

 

You can’t live without food but you can seemingly get through the day without being a Christian. So even Christians themselves sometimes never quite get round to putting their baptismal promises into action.

Young people usually think that after they get older, after they’ve had some fun and sowed their wild oats, they’ll get round to it. They get older and then get married and the wild oats have been sown. Then their jobs and families take priority. They want the nice houses and the nice cars. They are so busy with the kids that they don’t have time to accept Christ in their lives. Then the kids grow up, and the marriage is unstable because they have focused so much time into every thing else that their marriage is on the rocks, so instead of accepting Jesus, they work on their marriage or they get a divorce and start a new life. They get old and set in their ways and think it’s too late to accept Christ, their heart hardens to the point where they just don’t care anymore. But if you were to ask them their intentions along the way, they had good intentions, they never intended to reject Christ.

And if we’re honest, it’s a bit like that with most of us. We may go to church, we may even be known by our neighbours as Christians. But in our heart of hearts we know that there’s a lot we could and should be doing about our faith that we never quite get round to. Perhaps it’s praying more, reading scripture more often or giving a bit more of our time and talent to help others less fortunate.

The foolish bridesmaids in today’s gospel were just as aware as the wise ones that the groom was on his way. But they hadn’t quite got round to buying the oil for their lamps so that they could go out and meet him in the middle of the night. They knew what they ought to do but they became distracted with other seemingly more important things. And by the time they realised it was their turn to meet the groom, it was too late.

What’s stopping us from being ready? And can any of us honestly say that we know the time when the groom will call out to us?

 

Remembrance Sunday. Lord, we remember those who died when madness ruled the world and evil dwelt on earth, those we knew and those whose very name is lost. Because of their sacrifice, we may renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, again prejudice, tyranny and oppression. Still we cry to God out of the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish. Let not new clouds rain death upon the earth.

Turn to yourself the hearts and wills of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men and women live as friends in the bond of your peace.

In a world still troubled with war, hatred and unrest, we pray for peace and unity. You have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony, and yet we are divided, race from race, faith from faith, rich from poor, old from young, neighbour from neighbour. O Lord, by whose cross all enmity is brought to an end, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred. Forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking; overcome our prejudice and fears. Give us courage to open ourselves to others and by the power of your Spirit make us one. Amen

Traidcraft Stall will be available at the back of church this weekend 11th/12th November. Please take time to browse and see if you can pick up any gifts and cards for Christmas.

Foodbank: 20+kg donated last weekend. Thank you once again for your continued generosity towards those who are most in need in our local community.

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

 

A Celebration of Music for the Feast of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of the Arts will be held on Thursday 23rd November 7pm at St Josephs, North Road, Birkenhead. This is an opportunity to sing your favourite hymns led by our parish and school choirs, followed by refreshments and retiring collection.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty Second Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A Remembrance

Sunday

12th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Pat McCloskey RIP

For all those who have died in war and conflict

Prayer Meeting

Monday 13th 9.15am Seamus O’Rourke Annv RIP
Tuesday 14th 7.30pm Remembrance Mass
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Parents/Rels/Fnds McLoughlin Family
Thursday 16th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 17th 9.15am Arthur Brockway RIP
Saturday 18th 10.am Deceased Lay Carmelites
Thirty Third Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 19th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kevin Fitzgerald RIP

Joe Moore Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

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

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your Deceased Relatives and Friends etc., please fill out one of the Mass Offering envelopes at the back of Church or in the sacristy, place a donation in it and hand it to

Fr Bernard or put through the presbytery letterbox.

 

 

Money Matters: Offertory £519.14p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

CLERGY EDUCATION & TRAINING FUND – SPECIAL COLLECTION

Next weekend the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund will be held. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends.  

Special Envelopes are available for you to use for the collection, which you can also use to take advantage of Gift Aid. A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can make your donation either Online or by Cheque. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations to the Fund.

If you prefer, you can donate Online via PayPal to the Fund at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/clergy-education-and-training-fund

 

 

Diocesan Youth Team: We welcome members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team to both Masses here at St John’s this weekend. They will tell us about the work they are doing and about to do across the Diocese.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Blakeway who has died recently. May he rest in peace. Funeral Mass at St John’s on Monday

27th November at 11.30am

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

 

 

The 9.30am Mass this Sunday –Remembrance Sunday –

will be offered for all those who have died in War and Conflict. British Legion poppies are available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

 

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. Tea/coffee/biscuits will be available after the Mass at the back of church.

 

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 no 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

Confirmation 2017 Our Confirmation candidates and their families are attending this Sunday’s 9.30am Mass. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

Confirmation rehearsal at Christ the King Bromborough this Thursday

16th November at 7pm.

Confirmation Mass for LPA24 Friday 24th November at Christ the King Bromborough at 7pm celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble. All families and parishioners most welcome.

 

 

All Parish Ministers of the Word & Holy Communion please note that a pre-Advent morning of Reflection & Prayer has been arranged to take place in the Day Chapel next Saturday from after 10am Mass until 1pm. Please make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend, please inform Dot or Wilf Humphrey.

 

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

The next meeting of the Pastoral Team will take place on Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any ideas/suggestions/thoughts/proposals for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box on the table at the back of Church or through the presebytery letterbox.

St John’s Catholic Pre School will be holding their Open Registration Evening for Admission to Pre School in September 2018 on Monday 27th November 4.00-5.00pm. All Parents are welcome to come along to view the setting and collect/complete admission forms for September 2018. To attend St John’s Catholic Pre School children must be 3 years of age by 31st August 2018. If you would like any further information please ring the Pre School and speak to Bernadette Kirwan – 0151 645 5291 Option No. 2 for Pre School.

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection is being held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet is on the notice board at the back of Church. Please register your interest as soon as possible. Coach travel will be available (free of charge).

Vacancy for Accounts Senior at the Curial Office, Diocese of Shrewsbury Reporting to the Accounts Manager, the Accounts Senior will be responsible for supporting the Accounts Manager in the execution of their duties.   Salary range: £18K to £22K depending on qualifications and experience.    For further details please visit the website http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies please send CV to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org closing date Friday 24th November.

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

 

Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: HIDING BEHIND THE MASK?

 

In Greek theatre, actors who played the parts of the different characters had a special name. They were called hypocrites. Hypocrite did not imply any lack of sincerity on their behalf. It was simply the Greek word for the job they did on stage.

And they never needed to spend hours in the make-up room. Instead of getting themselves into character with greasepaint they wore a mask instead. This mask could be tied on or it might be held in front of the face on a short stick, like participants at a masked ball. So the mask told you if they were a hero or a villain.

Jesus uses the word hypocrite to describe the Scribes and Pharisees because they do not practise what they preach. They are the leading lights in a movement to teach the religious Law and regulate how people live their life. Yet Jesus says they appear to be offering help when in fact they are only making life more burdensome for people. What’s more, they are quite fond of being given honour for what they do when they should really be the servants of the people.

Religious people are prone to hypocrisy. In fact, that’s the criticism that’s often levelled against those who go to church by those who don’t. It’s easy to think that we must automatically be better than those who do not outwardly seem to be living the life that God asks of us. Of course, there’s always room for a few more hypocrites in church, since those who complain about us often display a similar hypocrisy in their lack of commitment.

At the heart of this hypocrisy is a lack of humility. We do not practise our religion as a result of being good. We practise it because we know how needy we are and how much we depend on God even for the little about us that is of value. Humility means acting with our real faces on view, with no mask. It means accepting that all of our achievements, all of our skills and our tendencies to goodness are first and foremost the result of God’s initiative and grace. So as we settle into our bench today we are reminded that all we have comes from God and we cannot claim to be better than anyone else due to our own merits. Only if we have this humility will we be exalted in God’s eyes. Otherwise we are simply holding up a mask against reality and waiting for the hypocrites’ curtain call.

 

WORD OF GOD

The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12)

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

We don’t serve God in order to get a medal that we can proudly wear. We serve God in humility because we recognise God’s greatness and our dependence. Those who humble themselves will be exalted.

 

 

 

Traidcraft Stall will be available at the back of church over the weekend of 11th/12th November. Please take time to browse and see if you can pick up any gifts and cards for Christmas.

Foodbank: 20+kg donated last weekend. Thank you once again for your continued generosity towards those who are most in need in our local community.

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

 

 

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit http://www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty First Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 5th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Mike Chapman RIP

Les Peers RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 6th 9.15am James Joseph Brady Annv
Tuesday 7th 9.15am Intentions of Fr Frank Rice
Wednesday 8th 9.15am Parents/Rels/Friends Moore Family
Thursday 9th 9.15am November List
Friday 10th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 11th    
Thirty Second Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A

Remembrance

Sunday

12th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Pat McCloskey RIP

For all those who have died in war and conflict

Prayer Meeting

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

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your Deceased Relatives and Friends etc., please fill out one of the Mass Offering envelopes at the back of Church or in the sacristy, place a donation in it and hand it to Fr Bernard or put through the presbytery letterbox.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £544.63

Cafod Family fast Envelopes £557.75 plus £67 Gift Aid.

 

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

 

On Thursday we welcome Years 5 & 6 from St John’s School to 9.15am Mass (in Church) which will have a Remembrance theme. All parishioners welcome… tea/coffee & biscuits after Mass at the back of Church.

The 9.30am Mass next Sunday –Remembrance Sunday – will be offered for all those who have died in War and Conflict. British Legion poppies are available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

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.

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 no 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 as soon as possible.

 

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 this 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.

 

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 is almost complete so we are back in Church for our weekend Masses this weekend. Apologies for any inconvenience and many thanks to those parishioners who have given extra assistance over the past month or so it is very much appreciated.

On Tuesday the electrical contractors will be here to replace and improve some of the inside and outside lighting and over the next few weeks another contractor will be working on improving the surface and appearance of the Church floor. The new votive candle stands, which have been in store for some while for one reason or another, could not be delivered on Friday but hopefully will be in place for Remembrance Sunday.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet is on the notice board at the back of Church. Please register your interest by next Sunday 12th November. Coach travel will be available (free of charge) if there is sufficient demand.

A Celebration of Music for the Feast of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of the Arts will be held on Thursday 23rd November 7pm at St Josephs, North Road, Birkenhead. This is an opportunity to sing your favourite hymns led by our parish and school choirs, followed by refreshments and retiring collection.