Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 29th July 2018. Cycle B


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; email Please also visit us online at: Application packs can also be downloaded from our website

Closing date for applications is 16th August, 2018.



Wirral Job Alert! Payroll Officer – 35 hours per week – Permanent £17,290 per annum Wirral based charity WIRED require an experienced payroll administrator to work within the WIRED Payroll Service based in Wirral. WIRED’s busy payroll department provides Direct Payments Payroll, Managed Budget administration (Social Care Funds) and Small Business Payroll services to a range of clients across the North West. The successful applicant will be experienced in accurate and timely payroll production in accordance with statutory regulations, a proficient IRIS Payroll Professional operator with strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel and a good communicator with high attention to detail. An aptitude for figures is also essential. HOW TO APPLY: Download and complete the application pack available via

For more information contact Gill Tudor on

0151 522 7990 (Finance Department, option 6 on telephone system) Closing date: 10th August 2018.



After the crowd of 5,000 people had finished its meal there were 12 baskets collected of left-over scraps. God always gives us more than we need, more than we deserve and more than we could ever dare to ask for. When it comes to love, God wastes a lot.



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: 



Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 29th July 2018. Cycle B




Just imagine going to someone’s house for dinner and finding that they provided so much to eat that at the end of the evening there were twelve platefuls over.

What a waste!


Just imagine an intelligent being capable of creating the world and providing so much fertile land and water that the whole of creation could exist in a perfect balance of nature! What a surplus!

Just imagine being filled with such goodness that you couldn’t keep it to yourself and you created men and women and gave them the opportunity to know you and share your life!

What a love!


Just imagine having a relationship with every living being to the extent that you knew their inmost thoughts and desires, cared for them, gave them the chance to develop to the full and to have the most exquisite skills in art, science, music, sport etc! What a gift!


Just imagine being betrayed by those you loved most and yet never abandoning them but instead constantly inviting them back to share all the good things you want them to have! What a sense of mercy!Just imagine giving up the most precious thing you had, your own son, and allowing him to be abused by those who thought they knew better than you so that he could help others to see the true meaning of life! What a sacrifice!Just imagine someone who not only provided us with our daily staple diet of food and drink but offered to continue being with us day in and day out under the form of bread and wine so that we could begin to share on earth an existence that will come to perfection in heaven! What a mystery!


Just imagine a God of prodigality, surplus, love, gift, mercy, sacrifice and mystery! And then you’ve only just begun. There’s still lots left. More than twelve platefuls!



Seventeenth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 29th 5.00pm



John McIntosh RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 30th 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Tuesday 31st 9.15am Ints Poor Clares Hawarden  
Wednesday 1st 9.15am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Thursday 2nd 7.30am Intentions Colin Lee  
Friday 3rd 9.15am John Blakeway RIP  
Saturday 4th      
Eighteenth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 5th 5.00pm



Fr Jack McLeish RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

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

There will be no Mass or Service on Monday as work is continuing on the Confessional to bring it in line with the latest safeguarding requirements. The times of Masses for the rest of the week will not be affected.

Baptisms: The diary for Baptisms is filling up rapidly, so please give us plenty of notice by phoning 645 3314 or emailing us, especially if you have a particular date in mind. We do not want anyone to be disappointed.



First Communion: Patrick Syzba will make his First Holy Communion at 9.30am Mass next Sunday,

5th August.


Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass, with Bishop Mark presiding, will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme will start in September and is open to candidates in Year 9 and above. For further information please email us at



Weddings: If you are intending getting married at St John’s in 2019 please let us know as soon as possible.


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.

Catholic Chaplaincy at Wirral Hospitals If you or any member of your family or a Catholic neighbour or friend are admitted to any of our local Wirral hospitals and wish to be seen by the Catholic Chaplain or receive the Sacraments during their stay in hospital, please telephone 0151 678 5111 Extn. 2275 and leave the patient’s name and ward along with your request for a visit by the Catholic Chaplain.


Money Matters: Thank you for last weekend’s Offertory collection which amounted to £724.21p.


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.


Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage: This year marks the 160th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to St Bernadette in Lourdes. This weekend there are over 750 pilgrims from the Shrewsbury Diocese at Our Lady’s shrine. It is possible to tune into the live feed for the International Mass which is at 8.30am BST today (Sunday) and the Grotto Mass at 8.45am BST tomorrow (Monday). The link is and then select

Lourdes TV.


LPA Trip to Shrewsbury: The local parishes are arranging a trip to Shrewsbury on Saturday

29th September. The trip will include Mass and a tour of   the Cathedral followed by free time to explore Shrewsbury. A coach will leave

St John’s at 8.15am and will depart Shrewsbury at 4pm. If you are interested please sign your name to the list at the back of Church.


Following on from the New Beginnings for New Ferry Coffee morning last Wednesday, copies of

“Our New Ferry. Completed forms should be posted through the presbytery letterbox.


‘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 312703



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.




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