Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 10th 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 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





Danny McGuigan RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting




Service of Word & Communion




Patricia Clark RIP




Gerard Edwards RIP




Ints Fr Frank Rice




Ints Mike Jarvis



12 Noon

Secular Carmelite Ints


Sunday in Ord Time





Chris Sarson RIP

For All Fathers

Prayer Meeting

Children’s liturgy on Sunday at the 9.30am Mass


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


Thursday 21st June


Friday 22nd June


Saturday 23rd June

4.15pm before Mass

Sunday 24th June

After 9.30am Mass

Monday 25th June


Tuesday  26th June



27th June

7pm with Mass


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


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