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


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


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.



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




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



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






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  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 .


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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