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




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.





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



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



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


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 please send CV to closing date Friday 24th November.

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