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:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 23rd September 2018. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: SHINING EXAMPLE

Dwight L Moody was one of the greatest American evangelists of the latter nineteenth century. Born in Massachusetts he eventually became a Calvinist preacher of great renown before his death in 1899. When he was famous he organised a conference on evangelisation and invited the great and the good of his day to come along and discuss the art of preaching and how to spread the gospel. Dozens of these specialists gathered in a large church-owned building and after the tiring heavy day they retired to bed. Moody decided to do the rounds of the building to check that all was well before going to his own room. As he went around the corridors he noticed that the course participants had all left their shoes outside their rooms to be polished overnight. These preachers were obviously used to only the best hotels! Because there was no such thing as a night porter in this conference centre Moody went off and found some brushes and shoe polish. He spent several hours polishing the shoes of all the others. At one stage he was discovered by a friend who asked him what on earth he was up to. Moody explained but asked him not to tell anyone about it.

The friend was so amazed at this that he couldn’t keep the secret. He told a couple of his colleagues and gradually everyone got to know about it. A few days later some of the other eminent theologians felt so moved by what Moody had done that they offered to give him a hand and by the end of the week there was a small team that went round all the rooms at night shining up the boots and shoes. During the daytime the experts spent so much time reflecting on what it means to be a disciple of Christ but this great man showed in a very practical way that the ones who are really great in God’s eyes are those who make themselves servants of all. He knew what Jesus meant when he said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.”

Try it. It might catch on.

 

Open morning will be held at St John Plessington Catholic College this

Wednesday, 26th September 2018 –

9am to 11am

 

 

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 fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

Traidcraft goods will be on sale THIS weekend 23rd/24th September. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas          for gifts and cards.

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.

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Coming last isn’t something we usually strive to do. Yet Jesus tells us that the last place of all is the best place to put ourselves when it comes to serving others. And he should know: he emptied himself of all glory so that he could guide us towards everlasting happiness. Those who put themselves last will be first in the kingdom.

 

 

 

25th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Jack McGree Annv RIP

Monica Faulkner 75th

Birthday Intentions Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 24th 9.15am Jack McCormick  
Tuesday 25th 9.15am Ints. Sr. Margaret Doherty  
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion  
Thursday 27th 7.30am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Friday 28th 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Saturday 29th      
26th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints. Hornby Family

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

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

 

Money Matters: Offertory collection £569.24p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

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.

 

Our Parish Schools have begun the New School Year well. Mrs Bulmer and I would be grateful if you would remember Mrs Clare Moseley and the family in your prayers. Mrs Moseley has taught in the infant school for several years and sadly lost her husband Kieran recently. May he rest in peace. Kieran Moseley’s Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Pity Church in Greasby on Wednesday.

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass for our LPA Parishes will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme has now begun. Confirmation is open to Candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. For further information and to register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: Bishop Mark will be visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes on the weekend of                13th/14th October. He will preside and preach at all the Masses and there will be an opportunity to meet him after both Masses and particularly on Sunday after 9.30am when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre. The Bishop will visit St John’s Infant and Junior School on the morning of Tuesday 9th October where he will lead assemblies, visit each class and talk to the Head teacher’s and members of staff. Bishop Mark will visit St John Plessington Catholic College later in the year ……..during the Season of Advent.                          

Adoremus 2018: Our gratitude to all of you who supported Adoremus with your time, enthusiasm, presence and especially your prayers.  Adoremus is still available for all to experience with video keynotes and highlights https://www.shalomworldtv.org/videos/index/2590  and sound files along with downloadable copies of the talks at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage . Our thanks to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for their vision and organisation of this historic event. Do contact Fr Pat Munroe or Helen Jones should you need further information or have any comments regarding Adoremus: pat.munroe@btinternet.com or helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org .

 

A New SVP Group within the Parish“Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here’s your chance!  September is SVP Awareness Month and we want to support the great work that SVP members in our parish have done over many years, and continue to do,  by re-starting our parish SVP group. Members of the SVP will speak at the Masses next weekend, and explain how you can make a real difference to the lives of people in need in our area by becoming a member. The talk at Mass will be followed by a meeting in St. John’s Presbytery on Thursday 4th October at 7.30 pm. when more detailed information will be given.”

Readers – Please note a date for your diary. There will be a meeting on Saturday 3rd November at 10am in church to discuss Year C of the Lectionary which begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

 

Parish Social/ Fundraising: As there is to be a Macmillan Coffee Morning at     St Anne’s this Friday and in many of our schools etc we decided at the recent Parish Pastoral Team meeting to postpone the Quiz night until November. However the Coffee Morning will be going ahead in the Parish Centre on Thursday  11th October after 9.15am Mass.

Coffee Morning- Thursday 11th October 10:00am – 1:00pm   in the Parish Centre .Refreshments, White Elephant Stall, Traidcraft Good. Opportunity to prepare a shoebox of gifts for children overseas– help with decorating & selecting items for the boxes will be available. Proceeds towards T4U Charity, Traidcraft & Parish Funds. This will be repeated on Sunday 14th October after the 9.30am Mass. It provides the perfect opportunity to prepare for the Christmas season and help others less fortunate than ourselves.

LPA Trip to Shrewsbury: The local parishes are arranging a trip to Shrewsbury this 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 returning from Shrewsbury at 3.15pm so back for evening Mass. There are still a few seats left on the coach so if interested please speak to Father Bernard today.

 

Annual Benediction in Honour of St Therese of Lisieux will be held next Sunday 30th Sept at 3pm at the Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead. All most welcome. See poster on notice board at the back of church.

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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:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

 

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 16th September 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TELL US WHO HE IS

 

“Christ” is not Jesus’ surname. It’s not Mr and Mrs Christ and their son Jesus. Insofar as Jesus had a name like ours, then it was Joshua Josephson. Christ means anointed, and in the case of Jesus it means that he is the one sent by God to reveal the true purpose of life and how to achieve it for ever. So when Jesus asked who people thought he was, it was Peter who came up with the answer: “You are the Christ”.

But if Jesus is the Christ, the anointed Son of God, then we can’t simply take it or leave it. We have to accept him as Lord or ruler of our lives. We have to accept that he offers us a different quality of life. And strangely he tells us that to keep our life we must give it up, we must carry our cross and die to self.

This is not a very popular teaching. Our world laughs at the idea and prefers a “get what you can” way of life: if I want it why shouldn’t I have it…if I think it’s OK then it is…I’m entitled to my share of the cake…charity begins at home.

So when the world asks us who this Christ is, what do our lives reply? When they ask what importance he has in our world, what do our lives show? Why do so many people live today without seeming to need to know about him? Is it because we don’t need him?

Is there anything about our lives that gives the impression that it’s someone else who makes us live? Do we appear to be living resurrected lives, on a level that is deeper than simple human existence? Do we live a comfortable Christian existence or do we take risks to live for Christ? Do our ways of looking at problems and difficulties come from Christ? Are we living a risen life? Or are we just the same as everyone else?

Taking up our cross and denying ourselves means more than not complaining about our toothache or giving up chocolate. It’s about identifying ourselves with Christ’s rejection, shame, suffering and death in order to live his new and risen existence.

Jesus asked, who do people say I am? The only way they are going to find out today is through the way we Christians live. Do we go for the easy option or do we follow the Christ of God to the point of denying ourselves for the sake of others?

 

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 fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day. Senior Emergency Manager Robert Cruickshank will be speaking about CAFOD’s work in the drought-ridden areas of East Africa and Ethiopia in particular.  All welcome to these free events on Monday 17th September at Holy Family Church, Sale M33 2HT, from 2-4pm, and St Joseph’s Church, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2BB, from 7-9pm. RSVP if possible for catering purposes to shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk or call Katie on                                01244 677594/07920 232936.

 

Traidcraft goods will be on sale NEXT weekend

23rd/24th September. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas for gifts and cards.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

24th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 16th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Michael Brockway & Emily Poyser

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 17th 9.15am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Tuesday 18th 9.15am Ints Sr Ann Marie Glynn  
Wednesday 19th 9.15am Ints Susan Hosie  
Thursday 20th 11.30am Funeral Service –

Michael McCormick

 
Friday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Saturday 22nd      
25th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Jack McGree Annv RIP

Monica Faulkner 75th

Birthday Intentions Prayer Meeting

 
SUNDAY IS A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR HOME

MISSIONS

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

 

Money Matters: Offertory collection £590.98p

 

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

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.

 

Our Parish Schools have begun the New School Year well. A welcome Mass will be celebrated on Friday in the Junior School for the Year 3 children. Mrs Bulmer and I would be grateful if you would remember Mrs Clare Moseley and the family in your prayers. Mrs Moseley has taught in the infant school for several years and sadly lost her husband Kieran last week. May he rest in peace. Kieran Moseley’s Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Pity Church in Greasby.

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass for our LPA Parishes will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday

23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme begins next Friday,

21st September with a meeting for candidates, their parents and catechists in the Parish Centre at 6pm. Confirmation is open to Candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. For further information and to register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael McCormick who died in Arrowe Park Hospital recently. Funeral Service here at St John’s on Thursday at 11.30am followed by cremation at Landican.

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: Bishop Mark will be visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes on the weekend of                13th/14th October. He will preside and preach at all the Masses and there will be an opportunity to meet him after both Masses and particularly on Sunday after 9.30am when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre. The Bishop will visit St John’s Infant and Junior School on the morning of Tuesday 9th October where he will lead assemblies, visit each class and talk to the Head teacher’s and members of staff. Bishop Mark will visit St John Plessington Catholic College later in the year ……..during the Season of Advent.                          

Adoremus 2018: Our gratitude to all of you who supported Adoremus with your time, enthusiasm, presence and especially your prayers.  About 10,000 Catholics were in Liverpool last weekend for three inspirational days which deepened our understanding and relationship with the Eucharist and culminated in the Blessed Sacrament procession on Sunday. A very special thank you to all those who came into Liverpool for the procession and braved the downpours– the rain only seemed to enhance the atmosphere and singing! Adoremus is still available for all to experience with video keynotes and highlights at https://www.shalomworldtv.org/videos/index/2590  and sound files along with downloadable copies of the talks at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage . Our thanks to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for their vision and organisation of this historic event. Do contact Fr Pat Munroe or Helen Jones should you need further information or have any comments regarding Adoremus: pat.munroe@btinternet.com or helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org .

 

LPA 24 Annual Mass at Christ the King Bromborough this Thursday

20th September followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre. This Mass is usually held later in the year but has been brought forward in the hope that it will be better attended. I do hope that St John’s will be well represented. Please note that there will be no Mass at St John’s this Thursday.

 

Parish Social/ Fundraising: As there is to be a Macmillan Coffee Morning at     St Anne’s on Friday 28th September and in many of our schools etc we decided at the recent Parish Pastoral Team meeting to postpone the Quiz night until November. However the Coffee Morning will be going ahead in the Parish Centre on Thursday  11th October after 9.15am Mass, More details over the next few weeks.

A New SVP Group within the Parish

“Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here’s your chance!  September is SVP Awareness Month and we want to support the great work that SVP members in our parish have done over many years, and continue to do,  by re-starting our parish SVP group. Members of the SVP will speak at the Masses on

29-30 September, and explain how you can make a real difference to the lives of people in need in our area by becoming a member. The talk at Mass will be followed by a meeting in St. John’s Presbytery on Thursda4th October at 7.30 pm. when more detailed information will be given.”

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.

 

Open mornings will be held at St John Plessington Catholic College on

Wednesday, 19th September 2018 –

9am to 11am

Wednesday, 26th September 2018 –

9am to 11am

Benediction in Honour of St Therese of Lisieux will be held on Sunday 30th September at 3pm at the Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead. All Welcome

See poster on notice board at the back of church.

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:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

 

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 9th September 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: CURED OR HEALED?

 

Can you imagine what it’s like when you know things are going on around you but you don’t know what it’s all about because you’re deaf?

Can you visualise what it’s like wanting to join in all the fun but you can’t because you have a speech impediment and it takes you too long to try and get out what you want to say?

These were the problems of the man whom Jesus meets in today’s gospel. But it wasn’t just about being deaf and dumb; Jesus “unblocked” his ears and tongue as a sign that God can open us out to things unheard and unspoken. There are lots of things that stare us in the face but we still don’t grasp them.

Can you imagine not realising that God was behind creation, as if all the intricacies of the human body simply came together by chance with no intelligent design at its roots? Someone once said that this is tantamount to a whirlwind blowing through a scrap yard and a Rolls Royce being the end result!

Can you imagine going through life and just existing alongside other people without ever experiencing what friendship is? Or thinking that great leaders, inventors or artists reflected their own good qualities without any reference to something greater than themselves?Can you begin to think of what a dry and empty existence you would have if you just lived for today because you believed there is no tomorrow?

There’s much more to life than our ears can hear or our tongues can speak about. And it is this that Jesus wanted the deaf and dumb man to experience. It was not simply a physical cure. Jesus was not just a doctor; he was a healer. He let the man “be opened” to what he could not hear or speak about: to the infinite, to the true meaning of life, to the deeper joys of existence, to what matters, to a faith that he was not alone, to a trust that he would never be abandoned, to a hope that no despair can crush.

Yes, the deaf and dumb man was cured physically. But after his encounter with Jesus he could hear and speak of things that the crowd was unaware of. They watched a cure. But he went through a healing.

 

 

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 fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

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.

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

What would you need to hear to make you really happy? What would you want to say with your last words ever? Jesus opens our ears and loosens our tongues. Are we listening and what have we got to say about it?

 

 

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.

 

 

 

23rd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sid & Mary Havaard Annv RIP

Brian Nicholson RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 10th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 11th 9.15am In Thanks Ints St John’s School  
Wednesday 12th 9.15am Thomas McArdle RIP  
Thursday 13th 7.30am Ints Fr Frank Rice  
Friday 14th 9.15am Michael McCreesh RIP  
Saturday 15th      
24th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 16th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Michael Brockway & Emily Poyser

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
SUNDAY IS A DAY OF SPECIAL PRAYER FOR

EDUCATION

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

Money Matters: Offertory collection £530.82p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

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.

 

St John’s Junior School: Start of New School Year Mass in Church on Tuesday at 9.15am. Parents and Parishioners most welcome.

 

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 for our LPA Parishes with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme will be starting very shortly and is open to candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. To register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk or phone 0151 645 3996. All registered candidates will be contacted early this week with details of the initial meeting for candidates and their parents.

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

 

 

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.

Adoremus: This weekend

7th-9th September

During the Congress a varied Parallel Programme of events will be taking place in and around Liverpool which are open to everyone. For full details of this parallel programme please follow the Adoremus link at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org.uk. You can also watch it live on the homepages on website:

http://catholicnews.org.uk and http://cbcew.org.uk

LIVE broadcast Sunday 9th September 11am-1pm

Please check Adoremus 2018 Time Table for the programme details available at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage .

 

Parish Social/Fundraising Activities. Many thanks to those parishioners who attended the meeting on Tuesday evening. A number of events have been planned for this term and we are always open to further suggestions. A Parish Quiz Night will be held in the Bebington Liberal Club (next to Church) on Friday 28th September and a Coffee Morning will be held in the Parish Centre on Thursday 11th October after 9.15am Mass. Further details on these events and more in next week’s bulletin.

 

 

 

 

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 12th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

 

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.

 

All members of the Shrewsbury Lourdes’ Hospitality are invited to the AGM, which will take place at 2pm on Sunday 23rd September at St Chad’s, Stockport Road, Cheadle, SK8 2AF (for full directions go to St Chad’s website http://www.stchadscheadle.com). Contact kathemsley@gmail.co.uk for further details.

 

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies 2018-2019

CCRS: Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies commences on 15 September at Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port with the first of two sessions on the Church led by Fr Michael Coughlan.  You may start the course of 8 modules at the beginning of any of the modules and can take the non-assessed option if you wish. Registration at 9:30am for a 10am start – 3:30pm (please bring lunch).  Full details including registration and fees online at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs

or email ccrs@dioceseofshrewsbury.org  

You will be made most welcome.

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day. Senior Emergency Manager Robert Cruickshank will be speaking about CAFOD’s work in the drought-ridden areas of East Africa and Ethiopia in particular.  All welcome to these free events on Monday 17th September at Holy Family Church, Sale M33 2HT, from 2-4pm, and St Joseph’s Church, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2BB, from 7-9pm. RSVP if possible for catering purposes to shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk or call Katie on 01244 677594/07920 232936.

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:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

 

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 2nd September 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: LOOPHOLE RELIGION

 

Cardinal Richlieu lived in 17th century France. Like all priests he had made a promise to say the prayers of the Breviary every day. These prayers probably took between 30 minutes and an hour, and in order to get through them he would start at 11.30pm and then at midnight he would say the next day’s prayers. This meant he only had to say the prayers three and a half times a week instead of seven. He fulfilled the religious requirements with the minimum of effort because he’d found the loophole.

The Pharisees in today’s gospel had similar ideas and Jesus detested what they did. They knew how to get away with the minimum because they knew the Law backwards. But perhaps they didn’t know God. They could find all the legal loopholes that made them look good without coming closer to God. And yet they were critical of other ordinary people who struggled to keep the rules. Oddly enough they were not mainly priests. They were largely lay people, illiterate merchants, country people and artisans. At the time of Jesus there were about 6,000 of them.

Jesus called them “hypocrites”, a word that simply means “play actors”. They gave a good performance but their hearts were not in it. And Jesus tells the crowd that God is not interested in the external rituals and practices but in a person’s motives. It’s not what you do but the reason you do it. The “why” is all important.

We sometimes say that a person is a “devout Catholic” or a “staunch Protestant” and we mean it as a compliment. But what does it really mean? What do we have to do in order to qualify for such a reputation? Too often we really mean that these people are always seen in church or are known for their strong beliefs. Today St. James reminds us that all the laws and customs of religion are of no use if we are not really listening to what God wants of us. And he gives us an acid test that is found throughout the bible. How do we treat people who can give us nothing in return (for him these were the widows and orphans of society)? Is our religion about seeing the face of God in the lives of ordinary people and acting on their behalf or is it simply about keeping the rules and safeguarding our traditions? Do we honour God with our hearts or just our lips??

 

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 fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

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.

 

WORD OF GOD

Theses people honours me only with lip-service while their hearts are far from me. (Mark 7: 6)

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

22nd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 2nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

John McIntosh RIP

Intentions Daly Family

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 3rd 9.15am Ints Sr Francis Guiney  
Tuesday 4th 9.15am

7.00pm

Michael Brannock Annv RIP

Novena

 
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Ints Canon Brendan Hoban  
Thursday 6th 7.30am Jack McCormick RIP  
Friday 7th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Saturday 8th      
23rd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sid & Mary Havaard Annv RIP

Brian Nicholson RIP

Prayer Meeting

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

Money Matters: Offertory collection £554.51p

The final total for the retiring collection for the Spiritans amounted to £449.80p  Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

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 st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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  From THIS 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. THIS 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: Next weekend

7th-9th September in Liverpool. Our Parish Delegates should have now received their tickets and packs. If you have not received your pack please contact helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org Payments for Adoremus are now due: – £20 for one day, £40 for two. (This is the half price rate promised at the time of booking). Cheques payable to St John’s Parish (or cash) to

Fr Bernard, please, this weekend or sometime during this week.

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

At 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.

 

All members of the Shrewsbury Lourdes’ Hospitality are invited to the AGM, which will take place at

2pm on Sunday 23rd September at St Chad’s, Stockport Road, Cheadle, SK8 2AF (for full directions go to St Chad’s website http://www.stchadscheadle.com). Contact kathemsley@gmail.co.uk for further details.

 

 

A Pastoral Letter

On Celebrating the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress: Come, let us adore!

To be read in all Churches & Chapels of the Diocese on Sunday 2nd September 2018

My dear brothers and sisters,

A great and historic event is about to take place in Liverpool. It will involve several thousand Catholics coming together next weekend, representing millions of the faithful across England and Wales. This, the first National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress to be held in our land for more than a century, has the title ‘Adoremus’ – ‘Let us adore!’ Whilst hundreds of delegates from this Diocese will take part in the Congress on the Friday and Saturday, the National Pilgrimage will close on the Sunday with an event open to everyone: a Blessed Sacrament Procession starting from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at 1 pm. I hope you may be able to take part in this act of public witness. However, I appreciate many will not be able to be physically present in Liverpool, so I write to invite you to be personally and spiritually part of this pilgrimage. Pope Francis spoke in June this year of how Christ now gives himself to us under the simple form of bread; this, the Holy Father declared, is “the only food which satisfies, for there is no greater love. There we encounter Jesus really …” It led Pope Francis to make this call to everyone: “Let us make Mass our priority! Let us rediscover Eucharistic adoration in our communities”.1

This is a beautiful description of the goals of the Liverpool Pilgrimage and Congress and explains how each of us can be part of it. It is a moment to renew our faith and love for Jesus, truly God and truly Man, who “makes himself wholly and entirely present” in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.2 In the words of Saint John Paul II, “Faith demands we approach the Eucharist fully aware that we are approaching Christ himself”.3 Today in the Book of Deuteronomy we read, “What great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord God is to us whenever we call to him?” (Dt 4:7). The answer to this question is now wonderfully given in the Mystery of the Eucharist. May we all draw closer to Him who desired to remain so close to us, and not become like those of whom Jesus says in the Gospel, this “people honours me with lip-service, while their hearts are far from me” (Mk 7:6).

1 Homily of Pope Francis, Corpus Christi 2018
2 cf CCC 1374
3 Abide with us Lord, Apostolic Letter of Pope Saint John Paul II, 2004

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Pastoral Letter: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress – Sunday 2nd September 2018

When the Church taught how we must each respond wholeheartedly to Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, she turned to the Gospel scenes beginning with the wise men who fell down to worship the infant Jesus. In the same way the Church teaches that, “all the faithful of Christ … must venerate this holy sacrament with the worship which is due to the true God (latria) … For in it we believe that the same God is present whom the eternal Father brought into the world, saying ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him’ (Heb. 1:6), whom the Magi fell down to worship (cf Mt 2:11) and whom finally, the apostles adored in Galilee as Scripture testifies” (cf Mt 28:17).4 In the first centuries of the Church, Saint Augustine expressed this call to adore the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood saying, “No one eats that flesh without first adoring it, we should sin were we not to adore it”.5 Eucharistic Adoration is the consequence of the Eucharistic celebration which is itself the Church’s supreme act of adoration, as Pope Benedict explained, “Receiving the Eucharist means adoring him whom we receive”.6

Next Sunday I wish to encourage you to make your own personal pilgrimage by spending some generous time in adoration of Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Saint John Vianney said this time will be the happiest moments we spend on earth! Let us also make reparation for all our coldness and indifference towards so great a Gift as we recognise that “In the Eucharist Jesus does not give us a ‘thing,’ but himself”.7 May this also be a moment to pray for those in our own families, parishes and our nation as a whole who may have lost sight of so great a Love revealed in the Eucharist, “a love which knows no measure”.8

May this coming Sunday be marked by such adoration renewed not only in the hearts of the delegates gathered in Liverpool but in every parish and community of our Shrewsbury Diocese. Let us hear the invitation in the memorable words of Saint John Paul II, “Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous in going to meet him in adoration and contemplation that is full of faith … May our adoration never cease”.9

United with you in this Eucharistic faith and adoration,

+ Mark

Bishop of Shrewsbury

4 Decree on the Most Holy Eucharist, Council of Trent, Chapter 5 5 Commentary on the Psalms 98:9
6 Sacramentum Caritatis, n 66
7 Sacramentum Caritatis, n 7

8 Ecclesia de Eucharistia, n 11 9 Dominicae Cenae, n 3

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