Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, 26th 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

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




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



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




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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