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




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


12th 5.00pm




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



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.



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



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 please send CV to closing date Friday 24th November.


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