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

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: Websites: 

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


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





Arthur Brockway Annv RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting




Rosemary Butcher RIP




Intentions Ted Welch




Harry Duggan RIP




Stuart Burrows RIP

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus



Ints Anthony & Julia Zidon



Tenth Sunday in Ord Time





Danny McGuigan RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Children’s liturgy on Sunday at the 9.30am Mass


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.


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.


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 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

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