Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 26th August 2018. Cycle B


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

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Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 26th August 2018. Cycle B




Some of the people who followed Jesus were only there for what they could get out of it. They were happy to think that he might overthrow the Romans because this would give them a chance of an easier life. They were happy to be fed along with the other 5,000 but when he started talking about being food and drink himself they ditched him. How could anyone accept such intolerable language, they said. He was demanding too much. There are people even today who treat religion as an effective form of networking, as a club or a society which it’s good to be seen at.

Others seemed to want to be involved but only on their own terms. They asked what they ought to do if they were to be pleasing to God. But in fact all they really wanted was a list of rules to follow. It’s easier to have a set of laws than to have a relationship with God, because then all you have to do is keep the laws. You don’t have to go the extra mile or show that your love is real. You just have to keep your nose clean. Our century is not short of people for whom obeying the commandments is more important than really knowing God or sharing in Christ’s suffering.

There are always people who are just there for the fun of it. They asked him for a sign, for a miracle, for some form of entertainment. Moses gave our ancestors manna; what trick are you going to do for us? And when yesterday’s miracle was over and done with they moved off in search of something else to interest them. Sometimes today too we see fickle Christians who are never happy unless they’re on a religious high. So they wander from church to church in search of the latest theories, better music, a more original style of preaching, a nicer building or a more charismatic leader. Their lack of staying power betrays a lack of commitment to Jesus.

It’s possible to call yourself a Christian but not to have a relationship with Christ. It’s possible to come to church but for the wrong reasons.

If you are to work for God, said Jesus, then you must believe in the one he has sent. After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him. So why are you here?

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.



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.




By our celebration of the liturgy we make Christ truly present among us. We are nourished by his word and fed by his very body and blood. What else could we ask for? Where else could we think of going?


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.






Twenty First

Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B

26th 5.00pm



Ann Gemmell B.Day Ints

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 27th No Mass or Service  
Tuesday 28th 9.15am Ints Alexander Family  
Wednesday 29th 9.15am Service of Word &b Communion  
Thursday 30th 7.30am Ints Bishop Brian Noble  
Friday 31st 9.15am Ints Grace Group  
Saturday 1st      
Twenty Second Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 2nd 5.00pm



John McIntosh RIP

Intentions Daly Family

Prayer Meeting

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

Money Matters: Thank you for last weekend’s Offertory collection which amounted to £491.89p.

Fr Kenneth Okoli of the Spiritans (the Holy Ghost Fathers) thanks everyone for your welcome last weekend. The retiring collection raised £424.80p. Thank you for your great generosity.


World Meeting of Families: Dublin, Ireland has been chosen by Pope Francis to host this weekend’s World Meeting of Families guided by the theme “The Gospel of Family: Joy to the World”. Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church.

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.

Parish Social/Fundraising Activities. On Tuesday,    4th September at 7.45pm in the Parish Centre there will be a short meeting to discuss future social and fundraising activities in the Parish. What about a Christmas Fair? The Parish Pastoral Team has identified this as a possibility . Would you like to help to make it a reality bringing together our Parish Family and raising much needed money for our Parish. Please do make every effort to come to the meeting on 4th September and if you cannot make it, please let us know your thoughts/views etc.

Adoremus: Delegates should receive their tickets and packs over the next few days. If you have not received your pack by 28th August, please contact

During the Congress a varied Parallel Programme of events will be taking place in and around Liverpool which are open n to everyone. For full details of this parallel programme please follow the Adoremus link at

At St Anne’s, Rock Ferry there will be a Day of Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday,             5th September from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Mass at 12 noon. This will provide a fitting and immediate preparation for those who are going

to the events in Liverpool and at the same time offer an opportunity for those who cannot attend the congress to spend some time in prayer to support it.


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.



The next singing practice will be this Thursday 30th August at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.



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