Fourth Sunday of Easter, 22nd 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

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




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   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 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.




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.









Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

22nd 5.00pm



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



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


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 .

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 or visit the website


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