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




“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


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.


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




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




Jack McGree Annv RIP

Monica Faulkner 75th

Birthday Intentions Prayer Meeting



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

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  and sound files along with downloadable copies of the talks at . 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: or .


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.


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