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 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.

Wirral Knights of St Columba extend a warm invitation to join us in the celebration of the feast of our patron on Saturday 9 June at 11am in the St Columba chapel in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  Mass will be celebrated by our chaplain

Father Bernard Forshaw. 

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual Memorial service on Thursday, 12th July at 7.30pm. Invitations will shortly be sent to bereaved families.  We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments and a time of fellowship.  All welcome.

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

The Carmelite Monastery will be celebrating 100 years foundation in Birkenhead.  Bishop Mark Davies will be celebrating Holy Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 16th July at 7.00pm, followed by a buffet.  

Everyone is warmly invited.

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.

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

The Most Holy Trinity, Sunday 27th May, 2018. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: TRINITY HOROSCOPE

Anyone with any sense knows that horoscopes are pure nonsense. If our lives were to hang on the whim of stars, moons and planets it would be time to hang up our boots. Christians know that our lives are held in the palm of God’s hand, not some capricious astral time-lord. So here’s a horoscope that’s true, not just this week but every day of your life, because it speaks of the Trinity’s continuing work in creation.

ARIES: Resist the temptation to worry about the past. You can do nothing about it and someone else has taken care of it. Take strength from them and move on.

TAURUS: This week you’ll begin to sense that there is someone in the wings looking out for your interests, a father figure. Do all you can to respond to this sensation.

GEMINI: Money matters may raise their head but, strangely, when things seem to go pear-shaped it gives you the chance of appreciating what you already have.

CANCER: Faced with a severe test you will find a new spirit within you that helps you to cope when the odds seem stacked against you.

LEO: Be slow to put people in their place this week. Remember not only where they’re coming from but also where they’ve come from.

VIRGO: You have some difficult decisions to make. Use your intuition, consult widely and you’ll find that some ancient sources of wisdom still hold good.

LIBRA: Now is the time for those travel plans but you may find that you don’t have to go that far in order to see a thing of beauty.

SCORPIO: Your love-life takes a turn for the better when you realise surprisingly that the object of your affection is also besotted by you.

SAGITTARIUS: When a work project is finally completed, you’ll understand with hindsight that you relied too much on your own efforts and refused valuable help.

CAPRICORN: Frustration levels may rise this week until you take the opportunity to talk things over with the only person you know can really help.

AQUARIUS: Be sure to organise events that involve family and friends. A new-found togetherness will be a cause for thanksgiving and time for stock-taking.

PISCES: Your life is not a lottery. These next few days will show you that there is a reason for everything. Try to embrace it with joy and play your full part in it all.

The Most Holy Trinity

27th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

John McIntosh RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday

28th

10.00am

Ints Liz Saalmans

Tuesday

29th

9.15am

Anthony Moulton RIP

Wednesday

30th

9.15am

Ints Tunna Family

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

31st

7.30am

All Expectant Mothers

Friday

1st

9.15am

Moira Roberts RIP

Saturday

2nd

10.00am

10.30-5pm

Success of the Eucharistic Congress

Exposition

Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

3rd

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Arthur Brockway Annv RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please note the change of Mass time on Bank Holiday Monday to 10.00am.

Children’s liturgy on Sunday at the 9.30am Mass

Confessions

Saturday 4.15-4.45pm

Morning Prayer

15 minutes before daily Masses

Mass Intentions: ….a reminder: If anyone would like a Mass celebrated for a special intention, a sick person or for someone recently deceased or on the anniversary of their death please write the intention on one of the designated Mass Offerings envelopes at the back of Church and hand it to Fr Bernard or put it through the presbytery letterbox. The usual offering which goes inside the envelope is £5 or £10 but it is an offering and not a requirement

Preparation for Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress.  On Saturday 2nd June Mass will be celebrated here at

St John’s at 10.00am.  From 10.30am until 5pm Mass there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Bishop Brian Noble will be the Principal Celebrant at the 5pm Mass.  

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.

Chaplaincy Visit whilst in Hospital If you or any member of your family are admitted to Hospital and wish to be seen by the Roman Catholic Chaplain or receive the Sacraments then please telephone 678 5111 Extn 2275 and leave the patients name and ward location along with your request.

We ask your prayers for Michael Smith and Chamali  Sammarasekara who were married here last Saturday.  We pray God’s blessing upon them and wish them every happiness in their future life together.

Lately Dead:  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Jim Farrell retired priest of the Diocese (former assistant priest at St Joseph’s, North Road 1969-79 and

St Winefride’s, Neston 1979-1981) who died last Saturday.  Funeral Mass at St Bede’s, Weaverham on Wednesday at 11.30am.  May he rest in peace

Money Matters:  £649.49p

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.

There will be a Book Sale at St John’s after Mass this weekend on Saturday & Sunday 26th/27th May.  The books will be situated at the back of church.  Please take a few minutes after Mass to browse through the books on sale.

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. Readers please inform

Dot Humphreys of any dates when you will be UNAVAILABLE to read during the summer months

(June-Sept) inclusive. With thanks.

Children’s Liturgy: Additional helpers are urgently needed if this important Sunday ministry/activity is to continue in our parish.  In this Pentecost week especially pray about this and if you feel called to help, please have a word with Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard.  The more helpers there are, the less of a commitment there is.  Ideally, we would like to create a 3 week, possibly 4 week, rota.

Adoremus :  

There are still a few places available for the National Eucharistic Congress on

7th-9th September in Liverpool but tickets are going fast.  If you wish to be involved please see Fr Bernard after Mass today.

The postponed Diocesan Symposium on the Holy Eucharist led by Fr Oliver Treanor from Maynooth in Ireland will be held on

Saturday 9th June at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns.  See poster on the notice board at the back of church or the Diocesan website for further details.

Northern Catholic Conference 22nd-24th June at Liverpool Hope University “I am with you always, YES”, to the end of time” (Matthew 28:20).  Speakers: Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, Michelle Moran, Gary Stephens, Fr Pat Deegan.  For more information please phone the enquiry line

Tel 07543800812.

Diocesan Support Worker required to support the Welfare Officer assisting in visiting and participating in the care of sick and retired priests, and also in administration.  Visit the Diocesan website or send your CV to pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org or

phone Pauline at the Curial Offices

Tel 0151 652 9855. Closing date Friday 8th June.

ARE YOU A CATHOLIC TEACHER BUT NOT TEACHING IN A CATHOLIC SCHOOL?  YOUR DIOCESE NEEDS YOU!!! We are holding an informal session on Saturday 30th June at St Hugh’s Parish Hall,

314 Manchester Road, West Timperley, Altrincham, WA14 5NB from 10 am – 12 pm, with Mass available at 12.15 pm. If you would like to attend or want further information about returning to

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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

 

Pentecost, 20th May, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SOMETHING BURNING?

 

A ticklish itch makes you want to reach for one of those backscratchers, but a burning itch makes you want to stamp up and down until you’ve got rid of it. It’s like a fire raging within you.

When the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles it was in the form of tongues of fire. Do we have that fire of the Spirit within us, that urgency and elation of Pentecost, that Whitsun sense of wonder, or are we more of the armchair-Christian type?

Fire consumes everything it touches. It’s highly contagious and quickly catches hold of the next thing around it. Are we Spirit-burners, people who are so inflamed with their faith that others can’t fail to notice it, or are we the sort that would rather keep things to ourselves for fear of being thought of as “religious”?

Fire purifies; that’s why it was used as a primitive form of sterilisation. The Holy Spirit purified the apostles of their fears and their sense of inadequacy, of their reluctance to witness to the gospel, of their timidity as they hid themselves away, afraid of the authorities. It purified them to accept the message that Jesus had left them, and to go out preaching to people of every conceivable nationality. Are we fired with the Spirit, irrepressibly grace-led, or simply sedated by convention? One way of seeing in the dark is to light a fire. For fire sheds light on our surroundings. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would lead us into truth, would save us from permanent error and would guide us on our way. Do we use the light of the Spirit as a yardstick for the decisions of our daily lives, or do we prefer the gurus of daytime TV and the latest best-seller?

Fire generates heat, and so we kindle fires when we feel cold. They provide us with the warmth we need to keep going, to stay the course. Do we feel ourselves warmed by the Pentecost heat of the Spirit, comforted and cheered, inspired to go beyond ourselves and our narrow visions, or are we content with a few bars of the electric fire? When people stand close to us can they smell burning?

 

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

Suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven…and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire .These separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. (Acts 2:1-3)

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.

 

 

The Carmelite Monastery will be celebrating 100 years foundation in Birkenhead. Bishop Mark Davies will be celebrating Holy Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Tuesday 16th July at 7.00pm, followed by a buffet.

Everyone is warmly invited.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecost 20th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Margo Sarson RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 21st 9.15am Stephen Scully RIP  
Tuesday 22nd 9.15am Intentions Fr Frank Rice  
Wednesday 23rd 10.00am Funeral Mass –

Stephen Byrne

 
Thursday 24th 7.30am Fr Jack McLeish Annv RIP  
Friday 25th 9.15am Intentions Pat Ashworth  
Saturday 26th      
The Most Holy Trinity 27th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

John McIntosh RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
SUNDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH.

Children’s liturgy on Sunday at the 9.30am Mass

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

Please note the change of Mass times this week. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 10.00am. Please also note that an early Mass at 7.30am is celebrated every Thursday morning here at St John’s. Why not pop in on your way to work or school. It makes a fine beginning to the day.

During this week Fr Bernard will also be celebrating a Thanksgiving Mass with the First Holy Communion Children in St John’s School at which they will be presented with their First Holy Communion Certificates.

 

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.

 

 

Chaplaincy Visit whilst in Hospital If you or any member of your family are admitted to Hospital and wish to be seen by the Roman Catholic Chaplain or receive the Sacraments then please telephone

678 5111 Extn 2275 and leave the patients name and ward location along with your request.

 

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Stephen Byrne whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St John’s on Wednesday23rd May at 10am. May he rest in peace.

As in previous years the Bereavement Group will be arranging a Remembrance Service in Church on a weekday evening in July for those parishioners and friends who have died. More details next week.

 

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. Readers please inform Dot Humphreys of any dates when you will be UNAVAILABLE to read during the summer months (June-Sept) inclusive. With thanks.

 

Children’s Liturgy: Additional helpers are urgently needed if this important Sunday ministry/activity is to continue in our parish. In this Pentecost week especially, pray about this and if you feel called to help, please have a word with Jackie Mitchell or

Fr Bernard. The more helpers there are, the less of a commitment there is. Ideally, we would like to create a 3 week, possibly 4 week, rota.

 

Money Matters: £555.37p

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.

 

There will be a Book Sale at St John’s after Mass over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 26th/27th May. The books will be situated at the back of church. Please take a few minutes after Mass to browse through the books on sale.

 

The Drama of Salvation…an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church and our individual lives…. this scripture course continues on Wednesdays in the Day Chapel 10-11.30am

 

Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress…

See Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter inside this bulletin. Up to now round 20 or so from St John’s have signed up to participate in one or more parts of this historic event to be held in Liverpool from 7th-9th September. It is not too late to sign up…. see Fr Bernard after Mass today or during the week for a booking form. Bishop Brian will be celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christ with us at the beginning of June and a Deanery Holy Hour will be held at St Anne’s before the summer break. The postponed Diocesan Symposium on the Holy Eucharist led by Fr Oliver Treanor from Maynooth in Ireland will be held on Saturday 9th June at

St Ambrose College, Hale Barns. See poster on the notice board at the back of church/the Diocesan website for further details about all the above.

 

Diocesan Support Worker required to support the Welfare Officer assisting in visiting and participating in the care of sick and retired priests, and also in administration. Visit the Diocesan website or send your CV to pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org or

phone Pauline at the Curial Offices

Tel 0151 652 9855. Closing date Friday 8th June.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR CONTINUED GENEROSITY AS THE PARISH RECENTLY DONATED 89.14KG OF FOOD. THIS IS OUR BEST EFFORT TO DATE. 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

 

 

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

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter, 13th May, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

Today, the seventh Sunday of Easter, is one of the strangest of the Church’s entire year. There’s an air of anticipation and unfulfilment about it. Jesus has already ascended to heaven and yet we’re still here waiting for the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We’re in the in-between time. It gives us chance to pause and breath a little, to take stock of the thrust of what Jesus said and did during his life and teaching on earth before he went back to the Father.

And when we listen to Jesus’ last message today, a prayer to God for his disciples, we find something of a paradox. Jesus wants us to be in the world but not part of it.

Does this mean that we should become like monks in a monastery, shut off from the world and having nothing to do with it? Should we keep our distance from those who are God’s children but who are not Christians? Should we shun science and technology, culture, sport, music and enjoyment? Should we stack our bookshelves with nothing except bibles and prayer books? Should we pepper our conversations with scripture quotes and hope thereby to convert people?

The word “world” has a special meaning when Jesus uses it. It doesn’t mean the earth or the mass of people who inhabit it. It means all those values which do not reflect God’s vision for his creation. And so we live in the world but do not have “worldly” values. The world thinks it’s stupid to put yourself last rather than first, to put yourself out for those in need, to die to yourself in order that you can really live. Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are meek. It makes no sense says the “world”. For the world puts a premium on comfort and affluence.

So today Jesus reminds us that if we are true to his word, if we allow ourselves to be consecrated in the truth, then our thought-patterns will be different from those who do not know him or believe in his message. And his final prayer is not that we should be removed from the world but that we should be protected from the tempter who will try and entice us to worship fame, success, wealth or what the world might call “progress”. Are we sufficiently tuned in to God’s word that we can be in the world but not of it?

 

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will take

 

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

I am not asking youto remove them from the worldbut to protect them from the evil one. (John 17: 15)

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seventh

Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

13th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Pat Ashcroft

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 14th 9.15am Molly Treacy RIP  
Tuesday 15h 9.15am St John’s Infants in Church

Ints Sarah Higgins

 
Wednesday 16th 9.15am Joe Moore Birthday Annv.  
Thursday 17th 7.30am Ints Norah McCormick  
Friday 18th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –

Stephen Scully

 
Saturday 19th      
Pentecost 20th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Margo Sarson 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  

Please note the change of Mass times this coming week. – Funeral Mass on Friday at 12 Noon

 

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.

 

Chaplaincy Visit whilst in Hospital If you or any member of your family are admitted to Hospital and wish to be seen by the Roman Catholic Chaplain or receive the Sacraments then please telephone 678 5111 Extn 2275 and leave the patients name and ward location along with your request.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Stephen Scully whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St John’s on Friday 18th May at

12 noon and for Stephen Byrne whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Wednesday23rd May at 10am. Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Daniel (Danny) McGuigan Rosary at Charles Stephens Chapel of Repose 7.30pm Tuesday 15th May. Funeral Service at Frankby Cemetery Chapel, 2.30pm Wednesday

16th May followed by interment. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

First Communion   Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to the children who made their First Communion at St John’s yesterday. Please keep all the children, their parents, families in your prayers at this time.

 

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. Readers please inform Dot Humphreys of any dates when you will be UNAVAILABLE to read during the summer months (June-Sept) inclusive.

With thanks.

 

Money Matters: £579.62p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

 

Traidcraft Stall goods will be on sale this weekend, Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May. Please take time to have a browse.

 

 

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 of Salvation…an opportunity to discover the continuing relevance of all God’s Covenants for the Church and our individual lives…. this scripture course continues on Wednesday in the Day Chapel 10-11.30am

 

 

 

The Parish Pastoral Team will meet next Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

 

St Bede’s LPA will be hosting an evening of preparation for Pentecost on Thursday

17th 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.

 

 

Calling all Quiz Lovers: Laughter Africa Charity Quiz night next Friday evening in Bebington Liberal Club (next to Church). The quiz starts at 7.45pm. It is £3 per person and up to six persons on a team. There will be a raffle and bric-a-brac too. Further details from Mary & David Tyrell. Tel 645 7322

 

Adoremus National Eucharistic Congress…

See Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter inside this bulletin. Up to now round 20 or so from St John’s have signed up to participate in one or more parts of this historic event to be held in Liverpool from

7th-9th September. It is not too late to sign up…. see Fr Bernard after Mass today or during the week for a booking form. Bishop Brian will be celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christ with us at the beginning of June and a Deanery Holy Hour will be held at

St Anne’s before the summer break. The postponed Diocesan Symposium on the Holy Eucharist led by Fr Oliver Treanor from Maynooth in Ireland will be held on Saturday 9th June at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns. See poster on the notice board at the back of church/the Diocesan website for further details about all the above.

 

A PASTORAL LETTER

ON THE NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS

To be read at all Masses on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, 13th May 2018

My dear brothers and sisters,

This Sunday I write to you concerning a great and historic event to take place in Liverpool in September: a National Eucharistic Congress which will bring Catholics together from across England and Wales. This is an event of such significance that I hope many of us will be able to travel to Liverpool and everyone will be able to share in this moment of grace for our nation. The Eucharistic Congress invites us to enter into the prayer heard in the Gospel today which flowed from the Heart of Jesus on the very evening He gave us the Eucharist, that we may be one.1 Pope Francis explains: “The Eucharist is the sacrament of communion, which brings us out of individualism to live together our journey in His footsteps, our faith in Him”.2 The Eucharistic Congress calls us together in the unity of faith and in a renewed recognition of the place of the Holy Eucharist at the heart of the whole life and mission of the Church. The Congress has already occasioned a special Eucharistic Year for us and these days in September will be a unique moment to renew our Eucharistic faith together.

In 1908, when the first National Eucharistic Congress was held in London, the Government invoked a new law to prevent the Blessed Sacrament being carried in procession. The Pope’s representative wrote a public letter to explain how that Congress was not a political demonstration; it was, he insisted, a Catholic people coming together “… to affirm with all simplicity their faith in the Eucharist, recalling the time when that faith was universal in England”.3 It is with this same purpose that we will gather in Liverpool with the same faith with which we “believe that the Saviour of the human race is with you in glory,” as we prayed at the beginning this Mass “may we experience, as he promised, until the end of the world, his abiding presence among us”.4

This Sunday I want to suggest the different ways in which we can be part of this moment of grace, this special moment in our history. We can all accept the invitation to be part of Eucharistic Adoration both in our own parishes, especially on the Solemnity of Christ’s Most Holy Body and Blood, Sunday 3rd June, and on Sunday 25th June at 3.00 pm at Saint Anthony’s, Wythenshawe, together with those preparing to attend the Congress. In Pope Francis’ words, this means accepting a challenge. The Holy Father writes:

1 cf Jn 17:11
2 Corpus Christi Procession 31st May 2013
3 Letter of Cardinal Vannutelli, Papal Legate to the 1908 Congress 4 Collect for Seventh Sunday of Easter

1

Pastoral Letter, National Eucharistic Congress – 13th May 2018

“Let us ask ourselves, adoring Christ truly present in the Eucharist: do I let myself be transformed by Him? Do I let the Lord who gives Himself to me, guide me to come out more and more from my little fence, to get out and be not afraid to give, to share, to love Him and others?”5

On Saturday 8th September, we can take part in the great event itself in Liverpool’s Echo Arena. It will include one of the great, contemporary communicators of the faith, Bishop Robert Barron, who will speak on the Holy Eucharist; and this national gathering will end with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and all the Bishops of England and Wales leading an hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Attendance at this event requires a ticket which can now be obtained through your parish. On Sunday 9th September, ticket holders will be able to attend a celebration of Mass in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral at 9.30 am or 11.30 am. Others who wish to attend either of the Sunday Masses, can apply for tickets online in June. The outdoor Eucharistic Procession, which will be one kilometer in length, is open to everyone and will set out from the Catholic Cathedral at 1.00 pm. The whole Pilgrimage and Congress will end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 2.45 pm.

In preparation for the Congress there will be a series of workshops and presentations. In our own Shrewsbury Diocese we will welcome Father Oliver Treanor who taught for many years at the Pontifical University of Maynooth. Father Treanor will lead us in a special reflection on the Holy Eucharist as the centre of the Christian life; this will take place at Saint Ambrose College, Hale Barns on Saturday 9th June and on Sunday 10th June at the Cathedral. On Friday 7th September there will be workshops in Liverpool of special interest to teachers, catechists and musicians. All the details can be found in the leaflet being distributed today or on our Diocesan website.

May we see the opportunity of these days of renewal in faith and love offered in the Eucharistic Year and the National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage. Let us entrust this time of grace to Our Lady who prayed continuously with the disciples in the days before Pentecost.6 Through her intercession may the Holy Spirit kindle “within us the same ardour experienced by the disciples on the way to Emmaus7 and renew ‘Eucharistic wonder’” in all of our hearts.8

United with you in this prayer,

+ Mark

Bishop of Shrewsbury

5 Corpus Christi Homily 2013
6 cf Acts 1:14
7 cf Lk 24:13-35
8 cf Sacramentum Caritatis n 97

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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

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter, 6th May, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SINGING FROM THE SAME HYMN-SHEET?

Some churches don’t need a hymn-sheet or order of service. That’s because they hardly ever vary their music. They content themselves with just a few well-known items that they trudge out week by week and month by month. People like it, they say.

Our attitude to church music tells us a lot about our attitude to faith. The safest form of singing is to use just one note, a monotone. But, of course, that’s monotonous! We have to be brave enough to use more than one note if we are to create harmony.

It’s easy to use the safety net of half a dozen old pot-boilers of hymns and songs, but that prevents us from trumpeting the full fanfare of our faith. For how can we ever exhaust what we want to say about God? How can we ever tie God down to a handful of sticks and dots on the five lines of a musical page? So it comes as no surprise, as we draw close to our Easter season, that the psalmist encourages us to “Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders”. Faith is about singing the praises of a God who never ceases to amaze us with the many ways in which he enriches our lives. And our Easter faith is stretched to breaking point as we discover that there is no depth to which God will not stoop in order to save us and raise us up to fullness of life. This merits a new song. So what tune does our life sing? Is it the turgid dirge of daily routine, the lament of a life full of missed chances, the final requiem for faith? Or do our days echo to the melody of amazement, the chorus of celebration and the rhapsody of resurrection? The lyrics of Easter’s song are that death could not defeat Jesus, that sin and evil can have no permanent hold over our lives, that Christ has shattered the power of the grave and that a quality of life can be ours here and now that is everlasting. And all the time there is but one refrain: Alleluia! Let the Lord be praised!

A lively faith constantly seeks new songs to sing to the Lord, constantly praises and thanks God for the myriad melodies that the Lord has given us to discover. Isaiah tells us, “Sing out with a voice of joy; let it be heard to the ends of the earth: The Lord has set his people free, alleluia!” Now, what number’s that on the sheet?

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

What sort of song does your life sing? Is it one filled with hope, one filled with wonder and excitement at all that God offers us with each fresh morning? Have we settled for a dreary safe monotone or have we allowed the “Alleluia” of Easter to ring out in our minds and hearts?

 

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 ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned custard, sugar (small if possible), washing up liquid, tea, tinned spaghetti, small cereal, sponge puddings

 

Traidcraft Stall goods will be on sale over the weekend of Saturday 12th May & Sunday 13th May. Please take time to have a browse.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Sixth

Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

6th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rosemary Butcher RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 7th 10.00am Patricia Clark RIP  
Tuesday 8th 9.15am Ints Quinn Family  
Wednesday 9th 9.15am Margaret Doyle  
The Ascension of the Lord 10th 7.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr Frank Rice

Frank Daly RIP

 
Friday 11th 9.30am Funeral Mass –

Maria Illidge

 
Saturday 12th 10.30am First Communion Mass  
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

13th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Pat Ashcroft

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  

Please note the change of Mass times this coming week. Bank Holiday Monday is at 10.00am, Ascension Thursday Masses at 7.30am and 7.30pm, and Funeral Mass on Friday at 9.30am

 

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.

Chaplaincy Visit whilst in Hospital If you or any member of your family are admitted to Hospital and wish to be seen by the Roman Catholic Chaplain or receive the Sacraments then please telephone 678 5111 Extn 2275 and leave the patients name and ward location along with your request.

 

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; for Stephen Scully whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St John’s on Friday 18th May at 12 noon and for Stephen Byrne whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Wednesday23rd May at 10am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

We ask your prayers for Sophie Mitchell and Ewan Biggs who are being married here next Saturday at 2pm. We pray God’s blessing upon them and wish them every happiness in their future life together.

First Communion   Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to the children who made their First Communion at

St John’s yesterday.

The second First Communion Mass will be celebrated in Church next Saturday at 10.30am. Please keep all the children, their parents, families in your prayers at this time.

 

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.

 

Readers please inform Dot Humphreys of any dates when you will be UNAVAILABLE to read during the summer months

(June-Sept) inclusive. With thanks.

 

Money Matters: £563.59p

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.

 

LPA 24: Parish Reps Meeting here in St John’s Presbytery this Tuesday 8th May at 7pm. Any items for the agenda to Fr Bernard please, before Monday 6pm.

 

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

 

 

St Bede’s LPA will be hosting an evening of preparation for Pentecost on Thursday 17th 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.

 

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

 

“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,

next Saturday 12th May at 2pm.

All are welcome to join us.

 

Keep Britain Tidy Litter-acy National Poem Competition. Congratulations to St John’s Junior School, especially to the Winner:

Ava Dawson, Year 3 and Runner Up: Conor, Year 4. Ava attended a celebration held at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 24th April. Both pupils’ work will be printed in a booklet together with entries from other schools.