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



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 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.




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.






Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

6th 5.00pm



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


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



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 .

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


“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: 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.

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