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




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 . CV’s should be sent to    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: (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 /


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.











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



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



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.




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 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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