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



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


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 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




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



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    <>                         

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 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 . CV’s should be sent to Closing date Friday 26 October.

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