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 Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 21st October 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TRIVIAL PURSUIT?

 

It’s easy to become so familiar with our religion that we forget what an enormous challenge is thrown down to anyone who really wants to be a follower of Christ. We can wear the practice of our faith like an old pair of slippers and never notice how battered they have become.

Being a Christian is not the obvious choice. Ask the audience. Only a small percentage would think it’s a sensible lifestyle. Phone a friend, but make sure he or she really has heard what Christ is asking. There’s more than a fifty-fifty chance that it will look stupid.

Choosing to be a disciple means sharing in the daily shame of the cross. It’s not about living the cushy existence. It’s about rejoicing at being at the bottom of the pile. In a world that prizes success the Christian glories in what looks like failure. A Christian man is a permanent number two; a Christian woman is always last rather than first.

Trying to be a Christian is no trivial pursuit for it deals with life and death questions. Can you hack it, asks Jesus? Can you really cope with taking on the ills of the world and serving others to the point of exhaustion? Can you deal with being thought a fool for his sake?

Is your religion more about bells and smells, coffee mornings and garden fetes, stained glass and nice music? Or is it about being prepared to suffer shame, to be laughed at, to do without, to serve and not to count the cost or seek any reward apart from the satisfaction that you are trying to follow Jesus?

Christ tells us that to follow him we must die first. To follow him we must put ourselves at others’ disposal till it hurts and expect nothing in return. Can you do this? That’s what he asked James and John. Clearly he had his doubts about them.

Christianity is not a hobby. It’s not a pastime on a par with volunteering for the local hospital’s League of Friends or joining the Rotary Club. It’s a life and death series of decisions. Let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that it’s normal!

Social Club Manager, Wirral based.  SDCC are looking to recruit a capable and enthusiastic individual to efficiently manage and develop a club operation within the Wirral Peninsula.  Further details can be found at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies . CV’s should be sent to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org    Closing date Friday 26 October.

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 2 vacancies:  Family Support Social Worker and Refugee Project Worker.  Both positions are part-time, and a great opportunity for the right person.  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

REMEMBER SUMMER TIME FINISHES NEXT SATURDAY, 27TH OCTOBER. THE CLOCKS GO BACK 1 HOUR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

John McIntosh RIP

Jean Roberts RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 22nd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 23rd 9.15am John McDonough RIP  
Wednesday 24th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Thursday 25th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Friday 26th 9.15am Ints Cameron & Bell Fams  
Saturday 27th      
30th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 28th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Roy Clayton

Marie Pugh

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Bishop Mark thanks you for your warm welcome last weekend and for the welcome he received at St John’s Schools during the previous week. He was particularly complimentary about our Liturgy and the numbers and varying age ranges involved in it. He thanks everyone for their contributions to “Our Mission Together” which has made the necessary physical improvements to our Church possible and was pleased to know the number of “old” and “newly formed” groups existing and working in the Parish. All in all, a very good report. As always, your Parish Priest thanks you for your prayers and on-going support.

 

SUNDAY IS A DAY OF PRAYER FOR WORLD MISSIONS

 

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £638.88p. Thank you and thank you to those parishioners who contribute by regular Standing Order.

Thank you, too, for the CAFOD Family Fast Day envelopes that have been received in recent weeks. We shall let you know the total raised after next weekend. (If anyone is interested in

re-establishing the CAFOD Group in the Parish please let Fr Bernard know. We hope to call a meeting at the beginning of December.

Also to record that the recent Thursday & Sunday Coffee mornings realised £704 for charity. Your generosity as ever is much appreciated and is never taken for granted.

 

 

UNCLAIMED RAFFLE PRIZE: BLUE Entrance ticket No 451 Please collect your prize from church.

 

There will be a collection THIS WEEKEND for church flowers. The flower decoration greatly enhances the church and altar. Please be generous. Thank you

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mark, is to take place at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. Please keep all the candidates their parents and catechists in your prayers.

October Rosary………the Rosary is being prayed each weekday in a different home in the Parish…thanks to those who have offered to host/lead this important devotion.

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.

 

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at  St John’s on Friday, 2nd November at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died.

St John’s SVP The New SVP Group has now met twice and it looks as though it will have 10/12 members. Thank you for your interest. The next meeting will be in the Day Chapel on Thursday 1st November at 6.30pm (prior to the Holyday Mass at 7.30pm for the Feast of All Saints). If anyone else is interested or needs to know more about the SVP, please contact our local District President, Paul Lever, on 07703045223.   our parish SVP group. There is plenty of work to be done. Further enquiries to Paul Lever on 07703045223.                    

Scripture Group: Following Jesus…Its Joy, Challenge and Fruitfulness. Six interesting Thursday evenings from 8th November to 6th December meeting in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. An excellent preparation for Advent and Christmas. Introductory session on Thursday 1st November after 7.30pm Mass. Contact David Williams 07711581893 or Fr Bernard.

 

On Saturday 3 November 2018 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. In particular this year, we are dedicating the Mass to Mrs Young and celebrating all that she achieved during her 21 years as Headmistress of Upton Hall School. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

At Easter time 2019, the HCPT group will once again be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Following on from the success of the Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea fundraiser last January and due to public demand we are holding another event at        St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry on Sunday          4th November, 12-4pm. Tickets will be available @ £8 for adults and £5 for accompanying children.  We understand that Christmas is just around the corner, and money is a struggle, but we would really appreciate any support for this event. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for a Grandparent!! Please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested or know anyone who might be!! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards expenses for the trip. Join us for a fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Afternoon Tea, Irish Bingo, a raffle and traditional Irish dancing!!  

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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 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 14th October 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: GOOD EXCUSES

Emma went to church and wanted to “follow Jesus” as he asked, but there were a few problems. Her boyfriend thought religious people were “nutters” so she played down her involvement with St John’s parish so as not to lose him. Her friends thought she was mad for going to church and none of her neighbours ever darkened the doors. So she decided to keep turning up on Sundays but to keep her head down and never volunteer for any parish activity. Simon was a university student brought up Christian but had lapsed from any practice of his faith. Talking to the chaplain Simon was adamant that his priorities had to be different at the moment. He had his exams to pass. And wasn’t university about fun, having a good time instead of spending hours at the local soup kitchen? He intended to be successful, make a packet and then he’d have time for more religious things. Barbara lent money. Some would call her a loan shark. She earned a nice living off the interest she took from local people. This money fuelled her drugs habit and paid for the large amount of alcohol she consumed each week. She had this nagging feeling that God was calling her to a different way of life, a deeper relationship with him. But it would mean giving up all of this, and could she do it? She decided not. Tom was actually quite active in his parish. He was a reader and played in the music group. He’d felt the call to become a priest but it would mean leaving the job he enjoyed so much at the bank. The thought of being uprooted for studies and possibly being sent to some other area (or country) to serve as a priest was not a prospect he relished.

For Emma it was someone. For Simon it was a question of someday. For Barbara it was something she couldn’t give up. And for Tom it was somewhere he didn’t want to be. Jesus says, “Sell all you own and come follow me.” What’s your excuse?

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

We can all claim to be Christians. But is our Christianity simply cultural and superficial? The founder of Christianity was executed for what he stood for. How far are we prepared to go in standing up for what we believe?

 

 

 

 

 

28th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

St John’s Parish

Ints Norah & Bill Martin

(50th Wedding)

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 15th 9.15am Ints Holy Family Sisters  
Tuesday 16th 9.15am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Wednesday 17th 9.15am Ints Ruth Hegarty  
Thursday 18th 10.00am Funeral Mass

John Joseph Murphy

 
Friday 19th 9.15am For Sick Parishioners  
Saturday 20th      
29th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

John McIntosh RIP

Jean Roberts RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Money Matters: Offertory collection £605.88p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day… CAFOD envelopes are on the table at the back of Church and can be returned in the offertory bag anytime up to and including the last weekend in October.

 

First Forgiveness /First Holy Communion : If there are any children attending non-Catholic schools who wish to celebrate these sacraments please make contact with Fr Bernard as soon as possible

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mark, is to take place at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November           at 7pm.             Please keep all the candidates their parents and catechists in your prayers.

Recently Deceased : Please remember those members of the parish who have died recently , especially John Joseph Murphy whose Funeral Mass is here on Thursday at 10am.

 

 

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: A warm welcome to Bishop Mark Davies who is visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes this weekend. 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 Mass when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre.

 

Thank you to all those who attended the Coffee Morning on Thursday in the Parish Centre with .Refreshments, White Elephant Stall, Traidcraft Goods. An opportunity to prepare a shoebox of gifts for children overseas– help with decorating & selecting items for the boxes. Proceeds towards T4U Charity, Traidcraft & Parish Funds. This will be repeated today after the 9.30am Mass. It provides a good opportunity to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

Canonizations in Rome : Today (Sun) in St Peter’s Square Pope Francis will celebrate Mass during which he will canonise (declare a saint) Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero and five others. We ask the intercession of these “new saints” for the Synod on Young People taking place in Rome this month and for the needs of the whole Church.

October Rosary………the Rosary is being prayed each weekday in a different home in the parish…thanks to those who have offered to host/lead this important devotion.

 

 

The launch of a New SVP Group at St John’s  : Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here is your chance!! We want to support the great work that SVP members in our parishes have done over the years and continue to do so by re-starting our parish SVP group. There will be a further SVP meeting and gathering this Thursday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. All are welcome………..please encourage a fellow parishioner/friend to attend with you. There is plenty of work to be done. Further enquiries to Paul Lever on 07703045223 or email             lever.paul51@tiscali.co.uk. <mailto:lever.paul51@tiscali.co.uk>                         

On Saturday 3 November 2018 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. In particular this year, we are dedicating the Mass to Mrs Young and celebrating all that she achieved during her 21 years as Headmistress of Upton Hall School. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

At Easter time 2019, the HCPT group will once again be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Following on from the success of the Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea fundraiser last January and due to public demand we are holding another event at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry on Sunday 4 November, 12-4pm. Tickets will beavailable @ £8 for adults and £5 for accompanying children.  We understand that Christmas is just around the corner, and money is a struggle, but we would really appreciate any support for this event. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for a Grandparent!! Please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested or know anyone who might be!! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards expenses for the trip. Join us for a fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Afternoon Tea, Irish Bingo, a raffle and traditional Irish dancing!!  

Social Club Manager, Wirral based.  SDCC are looking to recruit a capable and enthusiastic individual to efficiently manage and develop a club operation within the Wirral Peninsula.  Further details can be found at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies . CV’s should be sent to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org Closing date Friday 26 October.

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 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 7th October 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SCIENCE AND RELIGION

The story of the boy who cried wolf is not true. But what it says is true. There never was such a historical boy. But the moral remains true: if you consistently lie than you run the risk of not being believed when you are telling the truth.

Sometimes, especially in America, Church people engage in battles with scientists about what the bible says on the origins of humanity and what science says it now knows to be virtually certain. It’s the old Creation versus Evolution debate. Today’s Genesis readings tells us about God making Adam fall into a deep sleep and then making Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs. Is this true? Do we have to believe it? Did it really happen like that? Most Christians would accept that the bible is telling a story. It is not trying to be historical; it can’t be since there was no one else there in the story except God and Adam. It is not trying to be scientific or to give a medical explanation for how men and women came about. It’s just a story. But it’s still true. Because, like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, it what it’s really trying to say that is important. It’s the “meat” of the story that counts. And what the writer is attempting to convey is that animal and human life comes from a divine creator and our surroundings depend on that creator for everything. Because men and women are the product of God’s love then they are drawn to each other in the bond of marriage in a way that reflects God’s love: eternal, indissoluble and unconditional. Genesis wants to say nothing more and nothing less. What a pity it would be if Christians thought that their faith precluded them from rejoicing in scientific discoveries about the origins of our universe and human life. And what a pity, too, if scientists were given the impression that Christians were so hidebound that they believed in a talking snake.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

The love between a man and woman reflects the love that God first had for us in creating us and sustaining us in life. That’s why married love knows no bounds, is holy, unbreakable and unconditional. So it’s part of our nature to love, since our human existence is a sharing in God’s nature, and God’s nature is love itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 7th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Clifford Saalmans B.day Remembrance RIP

Oliver Newnes Anniv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 8th 9.15am Ints Margaret Brannock  
Tuesday 9th 9.15am Ints Fr Stephen Coonan  
Wednesday 10th 11.00am Funeral Mass

Maura Guthrie

 
Thursday 11th 9.15am Ints Jackie Mitchell  
Friday 12th 9.15am Ints Larkin/Meaney Fam  
Saturday 13th      
28th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

St John’s Parish

Ints Norah & Bill Martin

(50th Wedding)

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions From next Saturday 13th Oct at new time of 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Money Matters: Offertory collection £628.44p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Last Friday was CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day………did you remember? Did you pray and fast for the poor and hungry of our world? CAFOD envelopes are on the table at the back of Church and can be returned in the offertory bag anytime up to and including the last weekend in October.

 

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. Thank you to the Confirmation candidates who helped to serve tea and cake after last Sunday’s Mass as part of their preparation.

 

First Forgiveness /First Holy Communion : If there are any children attending non-Catholic schools who wish to celebrate these sacraments please make contact with Fr Bernard as soon as possible

 

Wedding: Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Lorna Rook and Daniel Williams married here at St John’s yesterday .

Recently Deceased : Please remember those members of the parish who have died recently , Maura Guthrie : Funeral Mass this Wednesday 10th Oct at 11.00am. Also John Joseph Murphy whose Funeral Mass is here on Thursday 18th October at 10am.

 

Aid to the Church in Need: Annual Event in the Diocese this Sunday 7th October. Talks on the Suffering Church in Iraq and Pakistan at St Columba’s Church in Chester at 3pm.

Coffee Morning on Thursday 10:00am – 1:00pm   in the Parish Centre .Refreshments, White Elephant Stall, Traidcraft Goods. 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 next Sunday 14th after the 9.30am Mass. It provides a good opportunity to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

October Rosary………the Rosary is being prayed each weekday in a different home in the parish…thanks to those who have offered to host/lead this important devotion. There will be a Public Rosary next Saturday at 2pm in St Werburgh’s Square. This is being organised by the Legion of Mary and everyone is welcome to join them.

Explore Mary at SS. Catherine & Martina’s Hoylake this Tuesday from 7-8.30pm……….a Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team night of music and fun! If you are in High School and love music this night is for you. Join the SYMT team for a night of fun, uplifting music, inspiring talks, prayer and food. All most welcome.

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: Bishop Mark will be visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes next weekend                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 Mass when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre. The Bishop will visit St John’s Infant and Junior School on Tuesday 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.

The launch of a New SVP Group at St John’s  : Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here is your chance!! We want to support the great work that SVP members in our parishes have done over the years and continue to do so by re-starting our parish SVP group. Last weekend’s appeal inspired many of you to attend last Thursday’s meeting in the Day Chapel. There will be a further SVP meeting and gathering on Thursday 18th October at 7.30pm in the presbytery. All are welcome………..please encourage a fellow parishioner/friend to attend with you. There is plenty of work to be done. Further enquiries to Paul Lever on 07703045223 or email   lever.paul51@tiscali.co.uk.                           

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 is now in full flow and the Candidates were enrolled at Mass last Sunday. 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

 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 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 30th September 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: FEELING THREATENED?

Do you sometimes feel threatened by things that are happening in the Church? It may range from something quite simple like the introduction of new music or a new style of worship, to wide-ranging attitudes like the role of women, how the Church should respond to people in difficult relationships or how it should react to advances in science, medicine, technology or even government. It’s natural to be wary of change because if we allowed ourselves to be blown around like a weather vane then we’d lose all sense of direction. Yet someone once said that the motto of the twenty-first century should be “Change is here to stay! ”Sometimes we resist change because we feel it threatens our customs and traditions. But at other times we resist it simply because we find it hard to take it from the people who are pushing for the change. This is what happened to St John in today’s gospel. He failed to recognise the Spirit working in a man he didn’t know, a man who was not one of the group. Of course, if we behaved like this then we would deny our parishes the opportunity of being enriched by anything new. We would not benefit from the cultures of people whose background is different from ours. We would be deaf to the pleas of how to engage young people in our parish activities, how to reach out to those in our neighbourhood who do not know Christ or make provision for new ways of pooling our human and spiritual assets in an age of diminishing Church resources. Are you fundamentally open to the work of the Spirit or do you prefer things to stay as they are? Jesus tells John that anything done by people who are not against us must be good. Yet at times we find ourselves reacting against “new ideas” because they disturb our status quo.

A sign of Christian maturity is to recognise the Spirit at work even when what is being suggested challenges us. Some people embrace the work of the Spirit when they see the light. Others only do it when they feel the heat. Either way the choice is yours.

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.

 

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

We can’t put limits on how and where God’s Spirit works and sometimes good can clearly come from the most unexpected of sources. The degree to which we are open to the Spirit working elsewhere is the degree to which the Spirit can work through us.

 

 

WORD OF GOD

If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all! (Numbers 11: 29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints. Hornby Family

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 1st 9.30am Funeral Mass for Ellen Barnet  
Tuesday 2nd 9.15am Ints Sr Teresa Quinn  
Wednesday 3rd 9.15am Ints Kathleen Higgins  
Thursday 4th 7.30am Ints Joyce McKeown  
Friday 5th 9.15am For the Hungry  
Saturday 6th      
27th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 7th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Clifford Saalmans B.day Remembrance RIP

Oliver Newnes Anniv RIP

Prayer Meeting

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

Many thanks to Canon Hoban and Fr Anselm OSB for celebrating Wednesday’s and Friday’s Masses.

Money Matters: Offertory collection £496.75p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Next Friday is CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day Cafod envelopes are on the table at the back of Church and can be returned in the offertory bag either next weekend or the following weekend.

 

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.

 

Recently Deceased : Please remember those members of the parish who have died recently Ellen Barnet : Funeral Mass tomorrow (Mon) at 9.30am. Maura Guthrie : Funeral Mass Wednesday 10th Oct at 11.00am.

 

The Annual Benediction in Honour of St Teresa is being held today at 3pm at the Carmelite Monastery in Birkenhead. All most welcome.  

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour monthly Devotion & Benediction this Tuesday 2nd Oct (and every 1st Tuesday of the month) here at St John’s at 7pm .

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 this 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 this  Thursday 4th October at 7.30 pm. when more detailed information will be given.”

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 and the Candidates will be enrolled at Mass this Sunday. 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

 

175th Anniversary of Holy Childhood/Mission Together: On Wednesday at 10.30am Bishop Mark will celebrate Mass at St Anne’s Rock Ferry to mark this special anniversary. Representatives from the 20 Catholic schools on the Wirral (plus St John Plessington Catholic College) will join Bishop Mark along with local clergy and APF officials. This is a major Diocesan event and we are honoured that St Anne’s has been chosen to host it.

 

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.                          

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.

 

 

Aid to the Church in Need: Annual Event in the Diocese next Sunday 7th October. Talks on the Suffering Church in Iraq and Pakistan at St Columba’s Church in Chester at 3pm.

 

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.