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




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.




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



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




Ints Michael Brockway & Emily Poyser

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Prayer Meeting



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 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 You can also watch it live on the homepages on website: and

LIVE broadcast Sunday 9th September 11am-1pm

Please check Adoremus 2018 Time Table for the programme details available at .


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 Contact 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

or email  

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 or call Katie on 01244 677594/07920 232936.

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