Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 22nd 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 Now in our 25th year, sadly, one of our nurses has withdrawn so another is needed.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: Thursday

30th August to Saturday 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




None of us is here simply to look after our own skins. Each of us is intended to be a shepherd for others. Whom are we called to guide? Whom do we feel responsible for? How do we live out our role as shepherds and who guides us?




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: 


Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 22nd July 2018. Cycle B




Jeremiah usually gets called the “Prophet of Doom”. It’s rather an unfair title since all he was doing was pointing out that if people continued to ignore what God expected of them then they would suffer dire consequences. And suffer they did; they were exiled to Iraq and lived for years in misery not far from Baghdad.

It would be easy to read what Jeremiah has to say about negligent shepherds and simply apply it today to those in positions of leadership. The political leaders were involved in shady deals and the religious leaders gave the people a religion that they wanted to hear. Maybe we can make a stick out of this to beat modern-day politicians and clergy. But that would be to miss the point.

What Jeremiah actually prophesises is hope not doom. For he tells the people that although they may suffer bad leadership, although they are heading for a fall, they are still God’s people and they will never be abandoned. God will raise up a shepherd who will be called “The Lord-our-Integrity” or “The Justice of Yahweh”. And this shepherd will gather those who have remained faithful to the Lord and lead them back to where the pasture is good. It’s a promise not a threat.

In today’s society someone’s always got to take the blame. We blame politicians for the state of our living conditions and we blame clergy when things in the Church don’t go as we think they should. Maybe we ought sometimes to acknowledge our own part in the mess that we are quick to criticise. How active are we in local politics, or do we simply enjoy moaning about what others are trying to do? How involved are we in the Monday to Saturday concerns of our parish, or do we simply turn up on Sundays and expect everything to be fine? Are we using our “shepherds” as “scapegoats”, and then complaining that we’re being fleeced?

Jeremiah’s message was one of hope. God is greater than any failure we can concoct. God will never abandon us completely. But the fact that we have shepherds does not mean that we should behave like sheep.






Sixteenth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 22nd 5.00pm



Chris Sarson RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 23rd 9.15am Intentions Betty Huston  
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Tim Delaney Annv. RIP  
Wednesday 25th 9.15am Intentions Kieron Mossley  
Thursday 26th 7.30am Margaret Stocker RIP  
Friday 27th 9.15am Jeanette Wagg RIP  
Saturday 28th      
Seventeenth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 29th 5.00pm



John McIntosh 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.

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



Work on the Confessional will begin tomorrow (Monday) and last for 2/3 days to bring it in line with the latest safeguarding requirements. The cost of the work will be borne by monies donated through the “Our Mission Together” initiative.


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.




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

(i.e. less than 35) sign the list by 10.00am on Monday then this trip will have to be cancelled.


New Beginnings New Ferry Coffee Morning, Wednesday 25th July 11am to 2pm. All are invited to join us at our coffee morning at

36 Bebington Road to celebrate what’s good about New Ferry and work together to make it a better place. Your opinions are important.  Please join in and tell your friends.


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

‘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.’



Shrewsbury Cursillo in Christianity: Have their Ultreya at

St Catherine’s, Birkenhead Road, Hoylake CH47 5AF on Saturday 28th July at 1.30pm in the Lounge (through the blue gates to the right of the church.)  Never heard of us?  Now is your chance to find out what and who we are.  


The SVP is seeking to recruit an 1833 Research and Project Development Officer to review, re-model, project plan and potentially produce resources for our programme for 18-30 year olds in preparation for a service re-launch in Sept 2019. £27k pa pro rata; 3 days a week; one year contract. Home-based with national travel. Closing date: 10:00 on Wednesday 25th July 2018. Interviews: Thursday 26th July 2018. Start date: Wednesday 29th August 2018. For more details & application pack, please visit the vacancies section of the SVP website:



Caritas Shrewsbury is looking for an experienced and dedicated person to be our Family Support Social Worker. The post is for 21 hours per week working in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, but predominantly in the South Manchester Area.

Work pattern: Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm. For more information and an application pack, please contact Claire Griffiths Tel 0151 652 1281;


Please also visit us online at:

Application packs can also be downloaded from our website Closing date for applications is 16th August, 2018,


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