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


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.

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: Websites: 

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


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





St John’s Parishioners

John McIntosh RIP

Prayer Meeting




Ints Liz Saalmans




Anthony Moulton RIP




Ints Tunna Family

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



All Expectant Mothers




Moira Roberts RIP





Success of the Eucharistic Congress


Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ





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


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 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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