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



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


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.



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.




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



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




Clifford Saalmans 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


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.


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