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.

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 Catholic education please e-mail Sue Jenkinson on sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

Diocesan Vacancies: Senior Trusts & Foundations’ Officer to play a key role in the development and implementation of the Diocesan fundraising activities and those of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury in order to secure funding for parishes, programme work, project work (and organisational core costs) by assisting with the preparation of funding bid applications.

Diocesan Health & Safety Officer The post holder will act as the key contact for all health & safety matters throughout the Diocese and will co-ordinate health and safety compliance in all Diocesan Departments and Parishes, trading subsidiaries and associated organisations; supporting, training and assisting in developing risk assessments, policies and procedures required to deliver and promote a first class safety culture.  This post is suitable for those holding NEBOSH diploma and Chartered Member of MIOSH

For more information please visit our website  http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies  or send CV to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

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 Nativity of St John the Baptist, Sunday, 24th June 2018. Cycle B

 

Today the Church celebrates the great feast of the Birth of the one who was “Precursor”, “Friend of the Bridegroom”, “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,” John the Baptizer. The first reading, the second of the four “Servant of the Lord” songs of the prophet Isaiah 49:1-6 identifies so well the role of the Baptist. He was truly the Servant made ready and fit for the preaching of God’s word. John was identified with the people of Israel and his vocation as ultimately not only the restoration of Israel, but also the conversion of the world. John was the sharp-edged sword who pointed out the true light to the nations, the one whose salvation would reach to the ends of the earth.

St. Paul, in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles [13:22-26] spoke of this John who heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’ There is no Gospel that begins the story of Jesus’ public ministry without first telling the reader about the life and mission of John the Baptist. John’s preceding Jesus was clearly fixed in the Christian tradition, so much, that in two of the three Gospels that begin their story before the public ministry with Jesus’ first appearance on earth, John the Baptist is brought forth to precede the appearance as well. His role in salvation history and in announcing the coming of the Messiah is beautifully described in the Advent preface of the Roman liturgy: “John the Baptist was his herald and made him known when at last he came.” John the Baptist’s image is often portrayed in the finger pointing to the one who was coming: Jesus Christ. If we are to take on John’s role of preparing the way in today’s world, our lives also will become the pointing fingers of living witnesses who demonstrate that Jesus can be found and that he is near. John gave the people of his time an experience of forgiveness and salvation, knowing full well that he himself was not the Messiah, the one who could save. Do we allow others to have experiences of God, of forgiveness and of salvation? John the Baptist came to teach us that there is a way out of the darkness and sadness of the world and of the human condition, and that way is Jesus himself. The Messiah comes to save us from the powers of darkness and death, and to put us back on the path of peace and reconciliation so that we might find our way back to God. We have to listen to the voice of the one calling in the wilderness, even when it confesses: I am not he. You cannot choose not to listen to this voice, ‘because it is only the voice of a man.’ And, likewise, you cannot lay aside the message of the Church, because the Church is ‘not worthy to untie the shoelaces of its Lord who goes on before it.

 

 

Nativity of John the Baptist 24th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Edgar Candlish RIP

Ints Mulraney Family

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 25th 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Fr Philip Atkinson 25th Annv

St John’s Yr1 Infants in Church

 
Wednesday 27th 7.00pm Ints Pamela Murray  
Thursday 28th 7.30am John McIntosh RIP  
Friday 29th 7.30am

7.00pm

Pat Fennell RIP

St John’s Parishioners

 
Saturday 30th      
Thirteenth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 1st 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Ted Armstrong Annv RIP

Phil & Gerry Topping 60th Wedding Anniversary Ints

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  

Friday is the Feast of the Apostles Ss Peter and Paul, a Holy day. Masses at St John’s at 7.30am and 7.00pm.

 

Money Matters: Thank you for last weekend’s Offertory collection which amounted to £526.46p

 

Inside this bulletin please find a copy of Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter,”In Thanksgiving for the Diocesan-wide initiative Our Mission Together”.

 

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.

 

Traidcraft Stall goods will be on sale this weekend, Saturday

23rd/24th June. Please take time to have a browse.

 

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.

 

URGENT APPEAL: At present there are only 2 ladies doing the Altar Flowers and we URGENTLY need help to cover holidays and/or to start a rota. As you can see no experience is necessary, just a love of helping to make the church look nice and welcoming for everyone. Please contact either Kath Clements on 334 8272 or

Fr Bernard on 645 3314.

 

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: Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Rita Oakley whose Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised and Patrick Clancy Funeral Mass here at St John’s on Wednesday 11th July at 10am. The Funeral Mass for Jeanette Wagg is at 10am this Monday, 25th June at St Anne’s. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Novena continues here at St Johns up to and including 27th June. The programme is as follows:

 

Sunday 24th June After 9.30am Mass
Monday 25th June 7pm
Tuesday 26th June 7pm
Wednesday

27th June

7pm with Mass

Next Parish Social/Quiz Night with Raffle for Parish Funds, Friday 29th June after 7pm Mass (Feast of Sts Peter and Paul) in the Liberal Club next door to the Church.

 

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.

Invitation to Diocesan Holy Hour TODAY Sunday 24th June 2018, Diocesan Holy Hour: In preparation for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in September, Bishop Mark invites you to join him in St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe THIS Sunday, 24th June at 3pm for a time of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Delegates for the Eucharistic Congress in September will be commissioned at the end of the hour.  If you cannot attend and wish to join online ‘virtually’, the Holy Hour will be live-streamed from 3pm at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/live-masses .

 

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual Memorial service on Thursday, 12th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been 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

 

 

Parish Day Out to Southport on Wednesday 25th July. Leave from outside Church at 10am prompt return by 5pm. Bookings for this day/names for seats on coach will be taken from next weekend.

 

 

A Pastoral Letter

In Thanksgiving for the Diocesan-wide Initiative ‘Our Mission Together’

To be read at Mass in all Churches and Chapels of the Diocese on

Sunday 24th June 2018

the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

 

My dear brothers and sisters,

The Gospel today tells how people throughout the hill country of Judea treasured the news of the birth of John the Baptist and wondered, “What will this child turn out to be?” (Lk 1:66). Like them we might wonder about the future, for it is not given us to see precisely how the mission of the Church will develop in the decades to come. I think of the first Bishop of Shrewsbury who could see few human prospects for this fledgling Diocese. Yet he was able to look forward in the same faith and confidence with which the mission of John the Baptist began, that the hand of the Lord would be with us (cf Lk 1:66).

Today, I write to give thanks for the Diocesan-wide initiative Our Mission Together which has shown our shared commitment to the future mission of our Shrewsbury Diocese. A series of priorities have found strong resonance among clergy and lay people. Together we have committed ourselves to support: new vocations to the Priesthood and the unprecedented number of priests moving into retirement; the development of our youth mission and our social mission to the poorest; the renewal of catechesis in our parishes; and the vocation of Christian Marriage. Added to all this, we have seen a large number of local, parish initiatives making possible what might have seemed impossible.

This Sunday, we can say Our Mission Together has proved to be a historic achievement for this Shrewsbury Diocese. It has been a bold initiative that has occasioned renewed prayer for mission and generous, sacrificial giving of millions of pounds in material support of these priorities. Most happily, as I was told the other day, it has turned the thoughts and conversations of many towards our continuing mission.

 

/ Continued

 

I wish to thank all who have shared in this achievement: by your dedicated prayer; in giving of your time and energies (especially the more than 220 volunteers!); by the generous pledging of monies; or by simply taking time to consider this opportunity. I wish to thank the clergy who have worked with dedication for this initiative and have been generous donors themselves. I wish to acknowledge the professionalism of those working for our Diocese, and the charitable fundraisers who have supported us, together with the laity and clergy who served on the Campaign Advisory Committee. I have been heartened by meetings which have focused upon our mission and our future.

I ask your prayer for the Stewardship Committee, comprising both lay people and clergy, now tasked with ensuring that all funds effectively serve the goals for which they were given. I also ask your prayers for the increasing number of young men coming forward in both discernment and training for the Priesthood and the men preparing for the Permanent Diaconate. I ask your continued prayer: for the Youth Mission Team in its increasing work across the large geographical area of the Diocese, with the development of many new projects for young people; for Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury as the arm of our social mission in the service of the poorest; and for our dedicated welfare officer already helping to serve the needs of our retired clergy. The next two areas of development are the support and formation of parish catechists and support of the vocation of marriage. I ask your prayers for all these intentions. I ask you to remember, too, the wide range of local mission projects and new initiatives now taking shape in the parishes.

So much has happened – and will continue to happen – in what is truly our mission together. It is not given us to see precisely how all of its effects and fruitfulness will be realised. Yet, in seeking to be faithful today to our mission, we have the same assurance that marked the birth of Saint John Baptist: that the hand of the Lord will be with us! In this confidence let us ask Our Lady, the Help of Christians, together with all the Saints of our Shrewsbury Diocese, to pray for us.

United with you in this prayer and in this mission,

+ Mark

Bishop of Shrewsbury

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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.

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 Catholic education please e-mail Sue Jenkinson on sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Diocesan Vacancies: Senior Trusts & Foundations’ Officer to play a key role in the development and implementation of the Diocesan fundraising activities and those of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury in order to secure funding for parishes, programme work, project work (and organisational core costs) by assisting with the preparation of funding bid applications.

Diocesan Health & Safety Officer The post holder will act as the key contact for all health & safety matters throughout the Diocese and will co-ordinate health and safety compliance in all Diocesan Departments and Parishes, trading subsidiaries and associated organisations; supporting, training and assisting in developing risk assessments, policies and procedures required to deliver and promote a first class safety culture.  This post is suitable for those holding NEBOSH diploma and Chartered Member of MIOSH For more information please visit our website  http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies  or send CV to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

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

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Sunday, 17th June 2018. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE INVISIBLE FORCE

Christians sometimes focus so much on the Church that they lose sight of the kingdom. They tend to think that the Church is the be-all and end-all of religious activity and they can become blind to the kingdom of God.

Yet the kingdom and the Church are not the same things. The Church is the bearer of the kingdom but not the exclusive owner. The kingdom, which Jesus today speaks about in his parables, is wider than the Church and is not so visible and tangible.

Jesus taught his disciples that the kingdom is already with us, though it can seem to be hidden. It has already been inaugurated, though it is yet to reach its fulfilment. Day after day it is unfurled, little by little in an almost unnoticeable way.

The ideals of the kingdom clash with the values of the world. That’s because the kingdom is eternal and universal whereas the world is about fads and fashion, about exclusivity and partiality. The kingdom is about truth and life, whereas the world happily lies and trades in destruction of all types. The kingdom espouses holiness and grace, concepts which the secular world considers laudable but outmoded. And the kingdom’s principles of justice, love and peace are more likely to be echoed in the world’s pop songs than in its strategies.

Does this mean that we’ve nothing to hope for? That injustice, violence, corruption and oppression will always be with us? Is it just par for the course?

Jesus says not. With his arrival on earth the kingdom of God has begun to embed itself in all aspects of our world. There are invincible forces already at work as the world matures and the kingdom silently grows. Like a seed planted in a field it grows unobtrusively, by day and by night. Like a mustard seed it starts off tiny but becomes a force to be reckoned with. And even now we sometimes catch a glimpse of the power of the kingdom when world events are confounded and when men and women, even just for a moment, unite in a shared vision that reflects the will of God.

The kingdom is here now. The way we behave will help or hinder it. But it’s bigger than all of us put together. That’s why we pray: Thy kingdom come.

Eleventh Sunday in Ord Time

17th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Chris Sarson RIP

For All Fathers

Prayer Meeting

Monday

18th

9.15am

Canon Frank Pullen Annv. RIP

Tuesday

19th

9.15am

Maurice Maher  RIP

Wednesday

20th

9.15am

Ints Larkin Family

Thursday

21st

7.30am

Bernard Campbell RIP

Friday

22nd

9.15am

Ints Fr Robin Sutton

Saturday

23rd

Nativity of John the Baptist

24th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Edgar Candlish RIP

Ints Mulraney Family

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

SUNDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR DAY FOR LIFE

Money Matters:  Thank you for last weekend’s Offertory collection which amounted to £524.29p.  

This weekend’s scheduled appeal on behalf of the Barnabas Society has been postponed until a later date due to the appealer being taken ill over the past few days.

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.

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.

URGENT APPEAL:  At present there are only 2 ladies doing the Altar Flowers and we URGENTLY need help to cover holidays and/or to start a rota.  As you can see no experience is necessary, just a love of helping to make the church look nice and welcoming for everyone.  Please contact either

Kath Clements on 334 8272 or Fr Bernard on

645 3314.

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.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Novena will be held here at St John’s 19th-27th June.  The programme is as follows:

Tuesday 19th June

7pm with Benediction

Wednesday 20th June

7pm

Thursday 21st June

7pm

Friday 22nd June

7pm

Saturday 23rd June

4.15pm before Mass

Sunday 24th June

After 9.30am Mass

Monday 25th June

7pm

Tuesday  26th June

7pm

Wednesday

27th June

7pm with Mass

Traidcraft Stall goods will be on sale next weekend, Saturday 23rd/24th June. Please take time to have a browse.

Next Parish Social/Quiz Night with Raffle for Parish Funds, Friday 29th June after 7pm Mass (Feast of Sts Peter and Paul) in the Liberal Club next door to the Church.  

Parish Day Out to Southport on Wednesday 25th July.  Leave from outside Church at 10am prompt return by 5pm. Bookings for this day/names for seats on coach will be taken from next weekend.

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.

Invitation to Diocesan Holy Hour Sunday

24 June 2018, Diocesan Holy Hour: In preparation for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in September, Bishop Mark invites you to join him in

St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe on Sunday 24 June at 3pm for a time of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Although this event is open to all, to facilitate arrangements please let Helen Jones know if you are coming by Wednesday 20 June – 0151 652 9855 or helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual Memorial service on Thursday, 12th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been 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.

God our Father, We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old. We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice. We pray for fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow. We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice. We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen

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

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.

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

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 10th June 2018. Cycle B

All ancient religions and cultures have stories which portray the beginning of the world.  The story of Genesis invites us to imagine a garden where there was complete harmony between man and woman, between human beings and God, between the human world and the world of animas and nature.  In this garden peace presides over everything.  But there is a veto on eating from the tree which yields knowledge of all things, including death.  The woman is tempted by the serpent to eat the forbidden fruit; the promise is made that “your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil”.

Genesis teaches us a profound truth about sin: when we sin we cannot face each other openly.

Neither can we face God.  In the story of Genesis God has to seek out then first human beings.  So the question of a questing God: “Where are you?” When the man and woman finally emerge from their hiding place they are banished from the garden into the chaos that exists outside its gates.  The first human beings are the first refugees; they are banished from their home, condemned to make do in the world that is no longer under their authority.  In the beginning there was the exile

The experience of distance from God dominates much of the prayer of the people of Israel. In the fullness of time, however, God sent his Son.  But, as we learn from the Gospels, Jesus was not accepted by his own people.  He was an exile in his own homeland, forced to flee from his own town. In today’s Gospel, Mark tells us that Jesus’ own relatives think that he is demented.  No doubt they cannot understand why Jesus does the things he does, why he associates himself with so many undesirables.  Jesus brings home the kind of people that any normal parent might regard with undisguised horror. The relatives make their disapproval known; they want to take charge of him. They do not understand that Jesus has his charge from someone else.  His Father.

Jesus is not disowning his family; he is acknowledging a relationship that is higher than the physical bond. He establishes a new family of relations, no doubt hoping that his own relatives, like everyone else, will come to accept him for who he is.

The Good News is that we are part of Jesus’ new family.  We are his mother and brothers and sisters – if we do the will of God.  Doing the will of God may alienate us from our family and relatives, but the witness of Jesus always points towards a more important relationship.  That is why we gather each week as a family of faith: to bless our Father and gain strength from our brothers and sisters.

Extract taken from Seasons of the Word. Fr Denis McBride

Tenth Sunday in Ord Time

10th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Danny McGuigan RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday

11th

9.15am

Service of Word & Communion

Tuesday

12th

9.15am

Patricia Clark RIP

Wednesday

13th

9.15am

Gerard Edwards RIP

Thursday

14th

7.30am

Ints Fr Frank Rice

Friday

15th

9.15am

Ints Mike Jarvis

Saturday

16th

12 Noon

Secular Carmelite Ints

Eleventh

Sunday in Ord Time

17th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Chris Sarson RIP

For All Fathers

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

A Secular Carmelite Retreat Day is being held here next Saturday for local groups.  All are welcome at the 12 noon Mass which will be celebrated by a Carmelite priest in the Day Chapel.

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.

Money Matters:  Thank you for last weekend’s Offertory collection which amounted to £524.29p.  

The Book Sale will be concluded this weekend so please take a look at the books on the tables at the back of Church.  You might pick up a bargain.  Hardbacks £2, Paperbacks 50p.  To date £100 has been raised for Parish Funds.  Let us see if we can make it £150!  

Next week at both Masses there will be an appeal on behalf of the Barnabas Society.

Next Parish Social/Quiz Night with Raffle for Parish Funds, Friday 29th June after 7pm Mass (Feast of Sts Peter and Paul) in the Liberal Club next door to the Church.  More details next weekend.

Parish Day Out to Southport on Wednesday 25th July.  Leave from outside Church at 10am prompt return by 5pm. Again, more details and bookings taken from next weekend.

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.

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.

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.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

will be held here at St Johns

19th-27th June.  The programme is as follows:

Tuesday 19th June

7pm with Benediction

Wednesday 20th June

7pm

Thursday 21st June

7pm

Friday 22nd June

7pm

Saturday 23rd June

4.15pm before Mass

Sunday 24th June

After 9.30am Mass

Monday 25th June

7pm

Tuesday  26th June

7pm

Wednesday

27th June

7pm with Mass

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.

Invitation to Diocesan Holy Hour Sunday 24 June 2018,

Diocesan Holy Hour: In preparation for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in September, Bishop Mark invites you to join him in St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe on Sunday 24 June at 3pm for a time of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Although this event is open to all, to facilitate arrangements please let Helen Jones know if you are coming by Wednesday 20 June – 0151 652 9855 or helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual Memorial service on Thursday, 12th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been 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.

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.

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 Catholic education please e-mail Sue Jenkinson on sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

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.

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual Memorial service on Thursday, 12th July at 7.30pm. Invitations are being 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

Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ, Sunday, 3rd June 2018. Cycle B

FAITH IN FAITH IN FOCUS: EUCHARIST: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

PAST: 2,000 years ago on a Thursday evening Jesus ate what was probably a Passover meal with his disciples in the Upper Room. This meal was a memorial of how God had freed the Jewish people by liberating them from slavery and providing them with a promised land. During his meal Jesus told the disciples that from now on they were to eat this meal not in remembrance of Moses and the Exodus but in memory of him. For the bread that they would eat was his body that the next day would be nailed to the cross, and the wine that they would drink was his blood that on the same Friday would be shed on Calvary.

PRESENT: Today we Christians have a living memorial of that saving action of Christ. It is the eucharist. Over the centuries Christians have never ceased to follow that command of Jesus at the Last Supper. They have gathered together, listened to God’s word in the scriptures and then, when they have taken, blessed and broken the bread, they have shared communion by eating and drinking what Christ tells us is his body and blood. In this sacrament of the eucharist Jesus is really present to those who receive him. His flesh is real food and his blood is real drink because both of them nourish, they sustain us and keep us spiritually healthy. As we eat and drink from the one bread and cup the eucharist becomes a sign of the unity that we share and at the same time it also makes us one in Christ.

FUTURE: The eucharist is food for our journey, medicine for our health and strength for our future. Not simply about the past and present it directs us towards two futures. The first future means that the eucharist is a sign of our commitment to building up the kingdom of God here on earth. So receiving the eucharist is not just an act of devotion; it commits us to action. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit we pledge ourselves to playing our full part in the Church’s work of bringing about a world in which justice, peace and holiness reign. And the second future is in the afterlife. The eucharist is a pledge of the heavenly banquet that God has promised to those who listen to the voice of his Son. What we experience in the food of the eucharist is a foretaste of an eternal feast with God.

The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ allows us to thank God for this wonderful gift.

Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

3rd

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Arthur Brockway Annv RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday

4th

9.15am

Rosemary Butcher RIP

Tuesday

5th

9.15am

Intentions Ted Welch

Wednesday

6th

9.15am

Harry Duggan RIP

Thursday

7th

7.30am

Stuart Burrows RIP

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

8th

9.15am

Ints Anthony & Julia Zidon

Saturday

9th

Tenth Sunday in Ord Time

10th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Danny McGuigan 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

On Friday we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with Mass at the usual time of 9.15am

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.

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 Edgar Candlish who died earlier this week. Edgar was a very active member of St John ‘s parish until he moved to Nottinghamshire.  May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters:  £627.29p

Last Week’s Book Sale raised £90 for Parish funds.  Many thanks to the organisers, donators and buyers

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.

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.

EATING AT THE TABLE

This is the time of the year when our children make their First Communion. They have spent a lot of time preparing for this special event and we wish them well.  In their classes they have learned that the Eucharist was instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper and that it is the central act that we the community enact when we call on the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. In their own simple way they understand that by eating and drinking Christ’s body and blood they are joining the family (the Church) at its table, where it gathers to be fed for the journey that is life.

Those of us who are adults have a responsibility to pray for these children so that they may be sustained in this attitude of faith that they bring on this special day. The quality of our lives, the way we welcome them, the manner in which we wholeheartedly take part in our worship…all these things will have a lasting effect upon them and ensure that they will be fellow diners at the table of the Lord for many years to come. For children learn how to behave at table from adults.

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.

Wirral Knights of St Columba extend a warm invitation to join us in the celebration of the feast of our patron next Saturday 9th June at 11am in the

St Columba chapel in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.  Mass will be celebrated by our chaplain Father Bernard Forshaw. 

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 Catholic education please e-mail Sue Jenkinson on sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org