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

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter, 29th April, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SAP RISING

 

Jesus has just told his disciples that he is to undergo suffering and death and that he will be taken from them. He encourages them not to get downcast and says that he will remain with them. Then he says, “Come, let us go”. It’s time to carry on.

If we were one of the disciples our natural inclination would be to panic. What are we going to do without him? How will disciples be able to challenge the political and religious authorities with the message of Christ if he is nowhere to be found? How will we be able to bring his message to the world? So Jesus teaches them about the vine and the branches.

We cannot be effective Christians if we rely only on our human effort. Our strengths may be outstanding but they’re not even close to the mark when it comes to communicating to the world who God is and what God wants for us. That’s why part of Jesus’ reassurance to them was about sending a helper, the Holy Spirit. It is only in the power of the Holy Spirit that our lives can witness to God’s power and presence. Anything else is mere altruism, pure natural philanthropy.

It is our union with Christ that allows us to share in his continued mission on earth. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit if it is not attached to the trunk of the tree, so to we have to be united in Christ through the Holy Spirit. This is the way that Christ remains with us here on earth even though he has ascended to heaven. And, of course, we have to remember that we are not intended to be the vine, just the branches. It’s the vine that gives us the sap to produce fruit on our branches.

God is very close to us, closer than we could ever imagine. Our work will bear fruit if we realise our dependence on God and allow God to work through us. This naturally involves knowing God, talking to God and listening to what God has in mind for us. All of this takes place if we let the Holy Spirit into our lives. When did you last have a word with him?

 

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 26th July-3rd August overland and

27th July-2nd August by air.  Brochures and booking forms can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage Website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from the Pilgrimage Office: St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD.  This year flight seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

God does not count on us to solve all the problems of the world single-handed. He does not expect us to be the vine, just the branches. The more closely united to Christ we are the more effective we will be as his instruments. Do we see all we do in this world as being played off our own bat, or do we sense the presence of God at our side? Are we trying to be the vine or do we realise that we are the branches?

 

St John’s has been donating/collecting for Merseyaid UK to send clothing and household goods to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area. Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. We now have an official collecting box (pictured here) provided by Roberts Recycling which will be placed at the back of church and emptied weekly. As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you for your generous and continued support.

 

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS1 URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned custard, sugar (small if possible), washing up liquid, tea, tinned spaghetti, small cereal, sponge puddings

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Fifth

Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Steve & Mary Bulmer

Elizabeth Dunne Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 30th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 1st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Wednesday 2nd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Thursday 3rd 7.30am Harry Duggan RIP  
Friday 4th 9.15am Ints Ted Welch  
Saturday 5th 10.30am First Communion Mass  
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

6th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rosemary Butcher RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Children’s liturgy on Sunday at the 9.30am Mass  
Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Prayers for the Sick: Please keep our Sick and Housebound parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit, please do let us know.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Maria Illidge whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at

St John’s on Friday 11th May at 9.30am and

Stephen Scully whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St John’s on Friday 18th May at 12 noon. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

First Communion: Our First Communion children and their families will be attending the 9.30am Mass today as they make their final preparations for this great sacrament. This year’s First Communion Masses will be celebrated over two weekends. The first being held next Saturday 5th May at 10.30am and the second being on the following Saturday 12th May again at 10.30am. Parishioners and friends are welcome at either or both of these Masses. Please keep all the children, their parents, families and our school in your prayers over the next few weeks.

Readers & Eucharistic Ministers: In the next few weeks we are hoping to commission some additional Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. If you would like to be involved in these important ministries please have a word with Wilf Humphrey or Fr Bernard.

 

Money Matters: £669.97p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

“Rosary on the Coast initiative”…. Today Sunday

29th April at 3pm. Endorsed by Pope Francis and many Bishops, the aim is for the Rosary to be prayed around the entire coast of the British Isles. We will implore Our Lady to arouse a renewal of the Catholic Faith in our land. If you wish to take part, there are two local locations…. near Morrison’s in New Brighton (which will be led by Bishop Mark) and at Eastham Ferry.

 

Denis McBride and Damien Wells will be speakers at a Day of Discipleship being held at

St Anselm’s College next Saturday

5th May, 11.00am until 2.30pm Tea and Coffee provided but please bring your own packed lunch. The event is free but registration is essential. To register please email

Chris Malone malone481@yahoo.co.uk

 

Wirral Knights of St Columba invite all St John’s parishioners to participate in their Annual Day of Recollection on Thursday 3rd May at Bridgettine Sisters in Holywell. Coach leaves from St Anne’s at 9.20am returning around 5pm. The day will include two talks, Mass, a time of Exposition and the opportunity for Confession. Total Cost (including cooked lunch) £15. To book please contact Bernard McGuigan Tel 645 7929 or Tony Patton Tel 645 9934 asap as places are limited this year.

 

55+ Group: Pre Royal Wedding Celebration on Tuesday 8th May from 2pm-4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre. Buffet and Entertainment. Cost £2.50. Wedding attire optional

 

The Person of Jesus Module for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies: CCRS: The next module,  The Person of Jesus, led by Fr Tony McGrath for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies second module is on Saturday 19th May.  Registration forms and details are on the website at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs .

A non-certificate option is also available (no essays!) Particularly aimed at teachers, catechists and those who wish to learn more about our Catholic Faith.

 

“Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World”. A chance to hear Mrs Sherry Weddell, international author on Saturday 12th May 2018 at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns WA15 0HE (9.30/10am-3.30pm, please bring packed lunch). Sherry has a wealth of experience helping people deepen their personal relationship with God and living out its implications in mission; she is a speaker who will both inspire and encourage. Everyone welcome. All enquiries: Barbara Davies 0773052682. Details and Registration: www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/catholic-faith/the-new-evangelisation/registration or Helen Jones 0151 652 9855

The Legion of Mary will be holding a Public Rosary for Peace in St Werburgh’s Square, Birkenhead on Saturday 12th May at 2pm. All are welcome to join us.

Vocations Weekend for Young Women (20s and 30s) will be held at Liverpool 25-27th May 2018. Theme: “Discerning God’s Call in My Life”. The weekend is organized by the sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). For details contact Sr Lynne FCJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit the website www.fcjsisters.org

 

St Bede’s LPA will be hosting an evening of preparation for Pentecost on Thursday 7th May at 7pm at St Joseph’s, Birkenhead. Music groups and choirs from across the area will lead us in a time of prayer as we invite the Holy Spirit to renew us. See poster at back of church for details.

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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

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter, 22nd April, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

 

A woman was telling me recently that she had let loose at her teenage daughter for coming home late from a party. She found herself shouting about how worried she had been for the girl’s safety, how the girl had let her parents down and how she couldn’t be trusted again. And then suddenly she realised to her dismay that the words she was speaking, or screaming, weren’t hers at all. She was acting just like her own mother had done to her twenty-five years ago. She could hear her own mother’s voice from the other side of the grave! We all have great ideas about not being like our parents when we grow up, but in fact that’s exactly who we become: our parents. For Christians this is good news. Although we know that we’re all tainted by sin, that there are characteristics that we’d rather not have, aspects of our personality that leave a lot to be desired, nevertheless we are good people at heart. We can’t be otherwise, since the person who made us made us like that. We are created in the image and likeness of God and we carry that potential for goodness, compassion and creativity with us throughout our lives, even though sometimes we mask it.

It’s inconceivable that God would create us for nothingness. He made us for a purpose: so we could be like him. No one can tell us what life will be like the other side of the grave. But we do know that it will be a resurrection life, an Easter existence.

St Paul warns us against listening to anyone who claims to have contact or know about the afterlife. The gospels tell us that no ear has heard and no eye seen what God has prepared for us. And today St John states it very plainly: we are God’s children and have had his love lavished upon us in Christ. And the older we get the more like our heavenly parent we can become, until the day comes when we return home. On that day there’ll be no anxious mother waiting to read the riot act. There’ll be God and we shall be like him because we’ll see him as he really is. This is our Easter faith!

Celebrate North West 2018 will be held at All Hallows College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 on 28- 29th April. Costs vary. Theme “See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43-19)

Contact Chris & Martina for booking details: email northwest@celebrateconference.org   Tel 01706 640359

 

 

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 26th July-3rd August overland and

27th July-2nd August by air.  Brochures and booking forms can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage Website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from the Pilgrimage Office: St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD.  This year flight seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

 

 

WORD OF GOD

We are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is. (I John 3:2)

 

 

 

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned custard, sugar (small if possible), washing up liquid, tea, tinned spaghetti, small cereal, sponge puddings

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth

Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Frank Daly RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 23rd 9.15am No Service or Mass Today  
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Catherine Coombes RIP  
Wednesday 25th 9.15am John Blakeway RIP  
Thursday 26th 7.30am Charles Carr OCDS RIP  
Friday 27th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish RIP  
Saturday 28th      
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Steve & Mary Bulmer

Elizabeth Dunne Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday… a Day of Prayer for

Vocations to the Priesthood, The Permanent Deaconate

and the Consecrated Life.

Children’s liturgy recommences this Sunday at the

9.30am Mass

 
Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

 

Prayers for the Sick: Please keep our Sick and Housebound parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit, please do let us know.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Chris Sarson whose Funeral Mass is as Christ the King Bromborough on Monday at 10.00am (hence no Mass/Service at St John’s). Pray also for the repose of the soul of Maria Illidge whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St John’s on Friday 11th May at 9.30am and Stephen Scully whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St John’s on Friday 18th May at

12 noon. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

 

Teresa Young and family express their sincere thanks for all the support, prayers and cards received from the Parish family of St John’s. God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

First Communion: This year’s First Communion Masses will be celebrated over two weekends. The first being held on Saturday 5th May at 10.30am and the second being on the following Saturday 12th May, again at 10.30am (see the list of the Children’s names on the notice board at the back of Church). All parishioners and friends are most welcome at either of these Masses. Please remember all the children and their families in your prayers.

 

 

Readers & Eucharistic Ministers: In the next few weeks we are hoping to commission some additional Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. If you would like to be involved in these important ministries please have a word with Wilf Humphrey or Fr Bernard.

 

Money Matters: £484.93p.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

UCM Members from across the Diocese and around the country (some 200 of them) will gather at St Anne’s next Saturday at 2pm for a special Thanksgiving Mass led by Bishop Mark. Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood will preach the homily and several other Bishops and UCM priest chaplains will concelebrate. All welcome to participate in the Mass and to refreshments in St Anne’s

Paris Centre afterwards.

 

 

You are invited to a Syrian Evening celebrating Syrian culture, food and music…. listen to the stories of the journey Saturday 28th April 6.30pm-8.30pm at St Agnes Parish Centre,

West Kirby.

 

 

Denis McBride and Damien Wells will be speakers at a Day of Discipleship being held at St Anselm’s College on Saturday 5th May, 11.00am until 2.30pm Tea and Coffee provided but please bring your own packed lunch. The event is free but registration is essential. To register please email Chris Malone malone481@yahoo.co.uk

 

Wirral Knights of St Columba invite all

St John’s parishioners to participate in their Annual Day of Recollection on Thursday 3rd May at Bridgettine Convent in Holywell. Coach leaves from St Anne’s at 9.30am returning around 5pm. The day will include two talks, Mass, a time of Exposition and the opportunity for Confession. Total Cost (including cooked lunch) £15. To book please contact Bernard McGuigan

Tel 645 7929 or Tony Patton Tel 645 9934 asap

as places are limited this year.

 

55+ Group: Pre Royal Wedding Celebration on Tuesday 8th May from 2pm-4.30pm in St Anne’s Parish Centre. Buffet and Entertainment. Cost £2.50. Wedding attire optional.

 

The Person of Jesus Module for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies: CCRS: The next module,  The Person of Jesus, led by Fr Tony McGrath for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies second module is on Saturday 19th May.  Registration forms and details are on the website at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs .

A non-certificate option is also available (no essays!) Particularly aimed at teachers, catechists and those who wish to learn more about our Catholic Faith.

 

Vocations Weekend for Young Women (20s and 30s) will be held at Liverpool

25-27th May 2018. Theme: “Discerning God’s Call in My Life”. The weekend is organized by the sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). For details contact Sr Lynne FCJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit the website www.fcjsisters.org

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

 

Second Sunday of Easter, 8th April, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: A BOUT OF DOUBT

Sounds like the flu, doesn’t it: a bout of doubt? Yet we all suffer from it from time to time. It’s as natural as catching a cold and is one of the trials we have to put up with once we take our first steps of faith.

We can doubt whether our Christian faith is worthwhile when we see the way that others behave, inside and outside the Church. Yet we know that if we shoot the messenger then we are not going to hear the message. The Church has always been full of sinners; that’s what it’s for. And although we sometimes wish it were otherwise, we realise that a Church of sinners means a ragbag of individuals who, no matter how weak they might be, are committed to making Christ known. And of course we are part of that ragbag.

At other times we can experience confusion about the basis of our faith. Does God really exist? How do we reconcile the fact that God is creator with all the new discoveries of science and the many theories that seek to show the origins and development of the world and human life?

And then there are the tragedies of our existence. Perhaps we wonder about the role of a loving God when we read about natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis or famines. And has there ever been anyone who has not had their faith tested as they witnessed the slow death of a loved one, the sudden shock of losing a friend or the heartache of marital break-up?

Doubt does not attack faith. It’s actually part of faith. It’s a sign that we have not left our brains at the church doorstep and are mature enough to want to reconcile what we believe with what is happening around us. A faith that has not experienced doubt is a faith that has not learnt to walk, to be bold and to think for itself. Yet, like Thomas in today’s gospel, we have to learn that at the heart of faith is belief in the unconditional and unbreakable promises of God. We are all called to our Calvaries but we ascend the mount trusting in the knowledge that God will never leave us in the grave. Christ has died. Christ is risen. And Christ will come again.

 

Celebrate North West 2018 will be held at All Hallows College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 on 28-29th April. Costs vary. Theme “See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43-19)

Contact Chris & Martina for booking details: email northwest@celebrateconference.org   Tel 01706 640359

 

 

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 26th July-3rd August overland and

27th July-2nd August by air.  Brochures and booking forms can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage Website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from the Pilgrimage Office: St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD.  This year flight seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

 

 

Job Vacancies: The Diocese currently has a number of job opportunities based locally here on the Wirral. To find out more please take a look at the Diocesan website   www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

It’s unlikely that Jesus will appear in our front room and invite us to take a look at his wounds. So where do we look today for the presence of God? Where are the signs of his wounds and where do we look to see his triumph over death and evil? Have you seen any resurrections recently?

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned custard, sugar (small if possible), washing up liquid, tea, tinned spaghetti, small cereal, sponge puddings

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Second Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

8th 5.00pm

9.30am

2.30pm

7.30pm

Chris Sarson RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 9th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion  
Tuesday 10th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion  
Wednesday 11th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion  
Thursday 12th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion  
Friday 13th NO MASS OR SERVICE TODAY  
Saturday 14th      
Third Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

John McIntosh RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Children’s liturgy will take a break over the Easter holidays

and will recommence at the 9.30am Mass on Sunday

22ndApril

 
  Saturday 4.15-4.45pm  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses  

Prayers for the Sick: Please keep our Sick and Housebound parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit, please do let us know.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of John McIntosh (Teresa Young’s son) who died recently. His Funeral Mass will be held at

St Francis Xavier’s Church, Liverpool next Friday 13th April at 10.30am. Also please pray for the repose of the soul of Chris Sarson. His Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King, Bromborough on Monday 23rd April at 10.00am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

 

Money Matters: Offertory: £882.74p.

Holy Places Good Friday Collection: £180.35p.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at St John’s this Sunday

8th April at 2.30pm. Prayer leaflets are available on the table at the back of Church.

 

Readers: The new rota is now available in the Sacristy. Would those who have not returned their copies of the

Passion according to Mark (Palm Sunday), John (Good Friday) please do so. Many thanks. Dot Humphreys.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

Charity Fashion Show for SCOPE this Wednesday

11th April at 8.00pm at

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. All sizes catered for. Everybody welcome. Please come along for a fun evening.

 

The Drama Salvation…. an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church and our individual lives…. a short 6 week scripture course begins in the Day Chapel on Wednesday 18th April from after 9.15am Mass until 11.30am. No prior knowledge required. The course will be based on a prayerful reading of scripture with openness to the Holy Spirit who can make the Word of God come alive! Course facilitator

David Williams of Christ the King Parish. Email da.w@ntlworld.com Mobile 07711581893

You are invited to a Syrian Evening celebrating Syrian culture, food and music…. listen to the stories of the journey Saturday 28th April

6.30pm-8.30pm at St Agnes Parish Centre,

West Kirby

 

Denis McBride and Damien Wells will be speakers at a Day of Discipleship at

St Anselm’s College from 11.00am to 2.30pm on Saturday 5th May. Tea and Coffee provided but please bring your own sandwiches. The event is free but registration is essential. To register please email Chris Malone malone481@yahoo.co.uk

 

Eucharistic Congress: “Adoremus” The First National Eucharistic Congress in England and Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool

7th-9th September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend part of the 3 day event comprising of a Symposium Day (7th Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy. A six hour stage led event (8th Sept) with key note speakers: Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, presentations, prayer and adoration; and concluding Mass on Sunday (9th Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. Further details can be accessed from the home page link on the diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

Work and Love – the big things in our lives” is the theme for the next Day of Reflection for ‘ACTS’ (‘Adult Catholics Together Spiritually’) being held on Sat 21 April 2018. If you are aged between

18 – 35 please join us when we will be led by

Canon Brendan Hoban.  The day will start at 9.30pm at Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS and finish around 5pm. Payment by anonymous donation (suggested cost £15 & £10 for unemployed/students). Please contact Siobhan Cartwright for further details siobhanbc@gmail.com / tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761138947). Wistaston Hall is accessible by public transport but please contact Siobhan to discuss the possibility of getting a lift if required.

 

The Person of Jesus Module for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies: CCRS: The next module,  

The Person of Jesus, led by Fr Tony McGrath for the Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies begins on Saturday 21 April (9:30am for) 10:00– 3:30pm with the second on Saturday 19 May.  Registration forms and details are on the website at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs .

A non-certificate option is also available (no essays!) Particularly aimed at teachers, catechists and those who wish to learn more about our Catholic Faith.

 

A PASTORAL LETTER

To be read in all churches and chapels of the Diocese on
the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, 8th April 2018

ON HOLY COMMUNION

My dear brothers and sisters,

On this Second Sunday of Easter, the Gospel tells of the encounter of the Apostle Thomas with the Risen Jesus which leads to his supreme profession of faith, “My Lord and my God!”1 I want to recall today how we who have not seen and yet believe2 come to this encounter of faith with Jesus Christ now in His Risen Body. It is an encounter which leads us in the Holy Eucharist to constantly renew Thomas’ profession of faith: “My Lord and my God!” In this Year of the Eucharist, I have reflected with you on how Christ loved us to the end3 by entrusting to the Church the Sacrifice and Sacrament of the Eucharist. Today, I want to recall how He invites us to the most intimate communion with Himself which we rightly call ‘Holy Communion’. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “To receive Holy Communion is to receive Christ himself”.4

On this Sunday of Divine Mercy, we glimpse the mercy which led Our Lord to so entrust Himself to us and are moved to reflect on how we must be ready to receive Him and prepared in our own hearts “for so great and so holy a moment”.5 We may face the danger today of seeing the reception of Holy Communion in terms of secular inclusiveness. It would then become a token of our hospitality, rather than as the gift of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ which constitutes the most radical call to holiness and the means to becoming the saint we are each called to be.

At the end of his life, Saint John Vianney reflected, if only all his parishioners had accepted his call to frequent Holy Communion “they would all now be saints”. Holy Communion offers such an immediate path to holiness, to complete union with Christ Himself that He Himself told us: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood

  1. 1  Jn 20: 28
  2. 2  cfJn20:29
  3. 3  Cf Jn 13: 1
  4. 4  CCC 1382
  5. 5  CCC 1385

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Pastoral Letter on Holy Communion – 2nd Sunday of Easter, 2018

abides in me, and I in him”.6 The Catechism reminds us that we will always find in Holy Communion our true nourishment which restores our strength; separates us from daily sin; breaks disordered attachment to creatures; and roots the whole of our lives in Christ;7 and makes us so completely one with His Mystical Body the Church that we are truly “united heart and soul”.8

We see why we can never approach Holy Communion casually, still less if we have not confessed and repented of any mortal sin or of a lifestyle in contradiction with our Christian calling. The Apostle Paul urged the first Christians to examine themselves carefully before receiving Holy Communion because anyone who did so in an unworthy state would, he said, be “guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord”.9 The Church calls us to frequent Holy Communion, prepared by the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation so that we might become holy, might become saints. The Second Vatican Council urged us to “frequent” both these two Sacraments eagerly and devoutly as the path to holiness.10

This Eastertide, I want to invite you to consider how we each prepare for this moment of Holy Communion in the days, hours and minutes before we approach the Altar. Let us ask ourselves how we seek to receive Him with the deepest reverence and love, and how we spend the precious moments after receiving Holy Communion. Saint Teresa of Avila wrote beautifully of this time when she reflected “we are as close to Him, as we can be … He will do miracles within us, and will give us what we ask, since having come to visit us, He is as it were in our very house.” With the Apostle Thomas, may we not allow these moments to pass without many renewed acts of love, of adoration, of reparation, of thanksgiving, and of that Easter faith which cries out: “My Lord and my God!”

United with you in this Eucharistic faith and love,

+ Mark

Bishop of Shrewsbury

6 Jn 6: 56
7 CCC 1393-1395
8 Acts 4: 32
9 ICor11:27
10 Sacrosanctum Concilium 59, Christus Dominus 30

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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Easter Sunday, 1st April, 2018. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: WORDS FROM BEYOND
If you died and then came back from the dead to speak to your loved ones, what would you want to say?
This is the Easter scene we come across when Jesus has risen from the dead. There are certain things he wants to tie up before leaving this earth and he seeks out his friends. What does he say?
“Why are you crying?” he asks Mary Magdalene. In the face of death it’s hard not to cry. Yet Jesus wants Mary to know that he has broken the hold that death had over us.

The resurrection proclaims an end to tears and sadness, points to a life that dwarfs this earthly one and holds out the promise of everlasting happiness.
“Go and find the brothers” he tells her. He wants his friends to share in the victory over the grave and he is anxious that they should understand the teaching of scripture that he must rise from the dead. Such news is too momentous to be kept to themselves.
“Peace be with you” is his greeting to the disciples on the first Easter day. Our faith in the risen Lord is about experiencing peace at its deepest level. This doesn’t mean that we escape trials and turbulence. But it does mean that deep down we can know we are loved and valued by God our Father and that we can experience a wellbeing that puts all other things in perspective.
“Just as the father sent me so I’m sending you” is the commission he gives all his followers as he calls down the Holy Spirit upon them. Easter faith is missionary; it’s contagious and unable to be held in or tied down. Our Easter joy intensifies the more we share it.
“Doubt no longer but believe” are the words that Thomas heard Jesus speak. It seemed so incredible that Jesus really had risen from the dead. Thomas needed to see it with his own eyes. And so do the people of our world. We are now called to be the Body of Christ, the Church. And the way we live out our faith publicly will determine whether our neighbours believe that Christ is risen or not.
These were Jesus’s words from beyond. What would yours be?

 

 

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 26th July-3rd August overland and
27th July-2nd August by air. Brochures and booking forms can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage Website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from the Pilgrimage Office:
St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD. This year flight seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

WORD FOR TODAY
After forty days of silence we once again join in singing the Church’s Alleluia of praise. In his Passion Jesus has taken on all that threatens to weigh us down, sickness, sin, despair and death. And he has transformed it by rising from the dead. Easter proclaims that there is nothing now that can ever separate us from the deepest form of life that is promised to those who follow God’s ways. Alleluia!

Caritas Shrewsbury is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to be their Volunteer Co-ordinator. The post is for 28 hrs per week and will you will be expected to travel extensively across the Diocese. For more information and an application pack please contact Claire Griffiths Tel 0151 652 1281; Email claire.griffiths@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk. Application packs can also be downloaded from our website caritasshrewsbury.org.uk. Closing date for applications is the 4th April 2018

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned custard, sugar (small if possible), washing up liquid, tea, tinned spaghetti, small cereal, sponge puddings

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

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.

Easter Sunday
Cycle B
1st
7.30pm

9.30am
7.30pm
Easter Vigil Mass –
Jose McGree Annv RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting

Monday
2nd
10.00am
Ints Alexander Family
Tuesday
3rd
10.00am
Lynn Merity RIP
Wednesday
4th
11.00am
Funeral Mass –
Michael Gallagher
Thursday
5th
9.15am
Intentions Les Duff
Friday
6th
9.15am
Margaret Doyle RIP
Saturday
7th

Second Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
8th
5.00pm
9.30am
2.30pm
7.30pm
Chris Sarson RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Divine Mercy Devotions
Prayer Meeting
Children’s liturgy will take a break over the Easter holidays
and will recommence at the 9.30am Mass on Sunday
22nd April

Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily masses
Please note the change of Mass times on Monday and Tuesday to 10.00am and Wednesday at 11.00am

Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to CINDY WHITE received into the Church at our Easter Vigil Mass and to DAVID McMICHAEL who was confirmed at the 9.30am Mass on Easter Sunday and his daughter MIRA who received her FIRST HOLY COMMUNION at the same Mass.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael Gallagher who died recently and his Mass will be held here at St John’s on Wednesday
4th April at 11.00am. Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Chris Sarson who died last week, his funeral details to be con firmed… May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters: Offertory: £596.81p.
Cafod Family Fast Day: £774.85p. A further £70 can be claimed by Cafod for Gift Aid.
Lenten Lunches: £192.30p
Thank you for your continued generosity.

Divine Mercy Novena began on Good Friday praying for mercy on us and on the whole world. Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at St John’s next Sunday 8th April at 2.30pm. Prayer leaflets will be available on the table at the back of Church.

Gift Aid/Planned Giving. New Offertory Envelopes dated from
8th April 2018 are available for collection from the table at the back of Church. Please take yours. Any questions to Steve Bell please.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

The Drama Salvation…. an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church and our individual lives…. a short 6 week scripture course begins in the Day Chapel on Wednesday 18th April 10am to 11.30am (i.e. after the 9.15am Mass) no prior knowledge required. The course will be based on a prayerful reading of scripture with an openness to the Holy Spirit who can make The World of God come alive! Course facilitator David Williams of Christ the King Parish. Email da.w@ntlworld.com Mobile 07711581893

A “Welcome Café” in association with FairShare is now being held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free Tea,Coffee and food to eat in or take home. FairShare are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community.Why not go along on Tuesday and see how FairShare can help/support you.

Celebrate North West 2018 will be held at All Hallows College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 on 28-29th April. Costs vary. Theme “See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43-19) Contact Chris & Martina for booking details: email northwest@celebrateconference.org
Tel 01706 640359

Denis McBride and Damien Wells will be coming to St Anselm’s College, Manor Hill, Birkenhead on Saturday
5th May to speak on the theme of “Discipleship”. The day will begin at 11am and the speakers will speak for an hour each. There will be a break between the two during which tea/coffee will be available. The day will finish for 2.30pm. If you wish to participate please email Chris Malone malone481@yahoo.co.uk

Eucharistic Congress: “Adoremus” The First National Eucharistic Congress in England and Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool
7th-9th September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend part of the 3 day event comprising of a Symposium Day (7th Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy. A six hour stage led event (8th Sept) with key note speakers: Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, presentations, prayer and adoration; and concluding Mass on Sunday (9th Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. Further details can be accessed from the home page link on the diocesan website http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Easter Message from
Fr Bernard
Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make this year’s Lenten, Holy Week and Easter Services so prayerful and devotional. “The 24 Hours for the Lord” last weekend went particularly well with 150+ individuals passing through the doors of our Church at times other than Mass times. I am sure many graces and blessings will flow from this Easter and beyond. Thank you to those who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. May you and your families receive many spiritual gifts this Easter