Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 19th August 2018. Cycle B


Foundation Governors: The Diocese has a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Deanery particularly people with financial experience. If you would be interested in joining a Governing Body then please contact Sue Blackwell at the Curial Offices

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.

Merseyaid Thank you to everyone who has donated for the refugees.  We are no longer able to accept any clothing at present as we do not have a warehouse on the Wirral to sort out and store our donations.  This may change in the future and I will keep you informed.  Please keep recycling your pre-loved clothing at other outlets.  There are always people in need.  For any information telephone me 0151 645 7645.  Thank you. Cecily Sabino.  


This is the bread come down from heaven,not like the bread our ancestors ate:they are dead. But anyone who eats this breadwill live for ever. (John 6: 58)

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: 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 19th August 2018. Cycle B


When Moses asked God what his name was, God said it was “I AM” (Yahweh). It was God’s way of saying that he was the source of all being, the author of life, the indescribable one.

In St John’s gospel Jesus calls himself “I AM” on eight occasions. We’re not just talking about “I am…” in a simple way, as when we say “I am going home…I’m hungry…I’m fed up”. We’re talking about “I AM” as a title, a name. So we hear Jesus call himself (with this divine title) the Light of the World, the Gate of the Sheepfold, the Good Shepherd, the Son of God, the Resurrection and the Life, the Way, Truth and Life, and the Vine. And today St John recalls that Jesus said, “I AM the Bread of Life”.

Each time St John quotes this title, “I AM”, he is trying to show the divinity of Jesus. He is trying to show that the teaching of Jesus points to a oneness between himself and the Father. What Jesus has to offer is different from any other teaching, because it comes from God. Unlike any other teaching it offers life. It lasts. The bread that Jesus offers is not like the manna that people of old ate, for they are now dead. But whoever eats his flesh will live for ever.

To accept Jesus as the Bread of Life, the living bread, means that we draw the meaning of life from him. To eat and drink his body and blood means that he is what nourishes all our existence. His person, his teaching and his presence pulsate through all our decisions, our choices and our actions. He becomes the source and cause of our life. We can wander through this world living and breathing like everyone else, but that is no guarantee that we have life within us. But anyone who hears Jesus say “I AM the Bread of Life” and eats and drinks of his flesh and blood has eternal life. Not just in the future but now. For his flesh is real food and his blood is real drink. Are you convinced? I am.


Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B





James & Janette McLaughlin Annv RIP

John McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting




Service of Word & Communion




Service of Word & Communion




Service of Word & Communion




Service of Word & Communion




Brian Nicholson RIP



Twenty First Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B





Ann Gemmell B.Day Ints

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting


Saturday 4.15-4.45pm

Morning Prayer

15 minutes before daily Masses

Fr Frank Rice celebrates his 90th birthday today (Sunday 19th August).  Please keep Fr Frank in your thoughts and prayers as he now resides in Brookfield Nursing Home in West Kirby.

Money Matters:  Thank you for last weekend’s Offertory collection which amounted to £526.55p.

Annual Mission Appeal  This weekend Fr Kenneth Okoli will be celebrating both Masses for Fr Bernard and preaching the Annual Mission Appeal (at both St John’s and at St Anne’s) on behalf of the Spiritans (the Holy Ghost Fathers).  I know you will give        Fr Kenneth a warm welcome and be generous to the retiring collection.

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.

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 info 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.

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.

Church Flowers A big “thank you” to the ladies who have joined the team following the recent appeal in the bulletin. If anyone else would like to join our happy band of flower arrangers please contact Kath Clements telephone 0151 334 8272. Ideally we would like to create a four week rota which means that we are looking for just 2 or 3 additional volunteers please.

Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Following  on from the very well supported Novena held here at   St John’s in June from Tuesday                 4th September at 7pm and every First Tuesday of the month thereafter a group of parishioners are going to pray this devotion in Church at 7pm. This will be followed by a monthly Benediction. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this longstanding devotion of the Church which has and continues to bring many blessings and answers to prayer.

Adoremus:  Our tickets should be issued in about ten days’ time and then Fr Bernard will be looking for the half price payments from participants.  

There will be a Deanery Day of Eucharistic Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament at

St Anne’s, Rock Ferry, on Wednesday

5th September from 10.30am to 4pm including Mass at 12 noon. This will provide a fitting and an immediate preparation for those who are going to the events in Liverpool and at the same time offer an opportunity to those who cannot attend the congress to spend some time in prayer to support it.

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.

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 by 31st August.

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