Easter Sunday, 1st April, 2018. Cycle B


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

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.

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

Easter Vigil Mass –
Jose McGree Annv RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting

Ints Alexander Family
Lynn Merity RIP
Funeral Mass –
Michael Gallagher
Intentions Les Duff
Margaret Doyle RIP

Second Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
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


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