Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 15th July 2018. Cycle B


URGENT APPEAL FOR MEDICAL HELP. The next annual pilgrimage to Lourdes by Jumbulance marks the 25th anniversary since I became Group Leader of the Chester Group. Sadly, one of my nurses has had to withdraw and so I urgently require a replacement – or we cannot travel.

Chester Across Group urgently require another nurse (or Doctor) to travel overland to Lourdes by Jumbulance. The latter is literally a Jumbo-Ambulance with seven beds, an accessible toilet and kitchen. Now in our 25th year, sadly, one of our nurses has withdrawn so another is needed. Dates: Thu 30th August to Sat 8th Sept. Cost. Nurses are asked to pay half price – £400 – but we do fundraising to subsidise anyone who cannot afford to pay the full amount.

For further information please contact Group Leader Tony Murphy on 07881-656-974 or by email See Poster on notice board at back of church for details.




‘Following on from our successful Tuesday night Grace Group, we’re looking to start another all-female Cell Group on Wednesday evenings, starting late September.  Initially meeting every week for 6 weeks, we’ll be studying the book of Esther while loving, encouraging and supporting each other through this amazing adventure called faith! If you’re interested and would like to know more, please contact Claire Griffiths on 07985 312 703.’



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



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: 


Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 15th July 2018. Cycle B




Holy Trinity Church and St Mark’s were the two oldest parishes in the town. They dated back to early Victorian times and had seen some changes over the years. Trinity became the established centre-of-town parish while St Mark’s had seen its population dwindle as houses were knocked down to make way for new developments.

Trinity prided itself on its worship. It was a beautiful piece of architecture and it lent itself well to the 32 voice mixed choir that provided both inspiration and entertainment at the Sunday liturgy attended loyally by many of the older families of the town. The parish had been blessed over the years with zealous clergy who were meticulous in their presentation of worship and in their high standards of preaching. When the bell started to toll at 10.50 every Sunday morning you could feel a sense of expectation until the moment when at 11 o’clock a parade of colour, candles, incense and servers was greeted by the opening hymn. During the week there were faith-sharing meetings, as well as an active youth group, a choir practice and a bell ringers’ club.

St Mark’s had no bell but oddly enough provided an 11 o’clock service too. Liturgy was not its strongpoint and it was a more straightforward affair, a priest with no servers, a guitar group to accompany the music and a well-crafted sermon. It too had its share of loyal supporters many of whom were involved in the parish outreach to asylum seekers. The St Mark’s drop-in centre had its critics but managed to feed about 20 people every lunchtime and to offer a bed to a dozen or so each night in the parish hall. Like Trinity Church it too was active in local ecumenical schemes and enjoyed good relations with other Christian Churches. In addition it was in the early stages of training parishioners to form teams for a “Faith on the Streets” programme that the parish deacon was leading.

The last sentence of the first reading had just been read in both churches: “Go, prophesy to my people Israel”. The priest and people in both parishes felt somewhat uneasy when they heard it. Something was missing.



Fifteenth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 15th 5.00pm




Eddie & Maria Fryer 25th Wedding Annv Ints

James Jones RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 16th 9.15am Stuart Burrows RIP  
Tuesday 17th 10.30am Funeral Mass –

Patrick Clancy

Wednesday 18th 9.15am Ints Sisters of Charity  
Thursday 19th 7.30am Ints Forshaw & Parr Fams  
Friday 20th 9.15am Maurice Maher RIP  
Saturday 21st 10.00am Carmel Mass  
Sixteenth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 22nd 5.00pm



Chris Sarson RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  


Fr Frank Rice is now resident in a nursing home in West Kirby. Because of Fr Frank’s condition visits are not encouraged at this stage but he does ask for a remembrance in your daily prayers.



Welcome to Fr Anselm Atkinson OSB the Abbot of Pluscarden Monastery in Scotland who is on leave this week visiting his mother, Audrey, one of our housebound parishioners.

Fr Anselm will be celebrating the 9.15am Mass on Wednesday and Friday.



Catenians: Paul Davenport, the President of the Birkenhead Circle, will be saying a few words at the end of both Masses this weekend about the work of the Catenian Association and how you can support it.



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


Thank you for your donations to the Peter’s Pence collection which amounted to £253.14p


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. If you would like to join the Tea/Coffee rota, please have a word with Noelene Evans or Fr Bernard.


Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Patrick Clancy whose Funeral Mass will be held here at St John’s this Tuesday 17th July at 10.30am. May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace.



Deadline for National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress Adoremus 7th-9th September: Booking to hear the inspirational Bishop Robert Barron from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles USA on Saturday 8th September and the 9.30am Pilgrimage Mass on Sunday

9th September will be taken until Tuesday

31st July. Please see Fr Bernard. Tickets and delegate packs will be posted to delegates in mid-August. For further details follow the Adoremus link



Thank you to Deacon Mike and to the members of the Bereavement Group for arranging a lovely service last Thursday evening and thank you to the individuals and families who came to remember their loved one and the recently deceased of St John’s Parish.



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 Monday 16th July at 7.00pm, followed by a buffet. Everyone is warmly invited.


Canon Brendan Hoban is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood this summer. A Mass of Thanksgiving will be held at Christ the King Bromborough at 7.00pm on Friday 20th July. All are warmly welcome.



Parish Day Out to Southport on Wednesday 25th July. Leave from outside Church at 10am prompt return by 5pm.There is a signup sheet on the table at the back of church. Please enter your name and the number of seats you will require for the day.


Our Schools finish this week for their summer break. I will be celebrating a whole school Mass in St John’s Junior School on Tuesday morning (Fr Paschal will be celebrating the Funeral Mass in Church) and on Wednesday afternoon I will be celebrating Mass for our Year 6 Leavers (Fr Anselm will celebrate the usual 9.15am Mass). After a very busy time in all our schools we wish students and staff a great holiday and good weather, coming back refreshed and enthusiastic for the start of a new school year in September. We also think of and offer a prayer for those anxiously awaiting their exam results in August.



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