Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 4th November, 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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Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 4th November, 2018. Cycle B




The Jews had 613 laws and regulations which Jesus summarised into one two-part commandment: If you want to be in the kingdom of God then love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbour as you love yourself.

Love God with all your heart. The heart is called the seat of emotion. Are you “emotional” about God or is God just a cosmic idea, a celestial force that controls the universe? Do you feel passionate about God? Do you have “feelings” for God?

Love God with all your soul. Your soul is the real you. It’s the deep down psyche that makes you what and who you are. Is your whole existence oriented towards God or is God simply a facet of your life that you turn to from time to time, on Sundays or in times of trouble?

Love God with your whole mind. Your mind accounts for the intellectual side of your activity. Do you make decisions about life and your future with God in mind? Do you use your brainpower to try to learn as much as you can about your faith or are you content to hobble along with the same understanding that you had when you were still a young child?

Love God with all your strength. Strength refers to the vigour with which we devote ourselves to God. Do you proclaim your faith with all the force and might at your disposal? Or is the practice of your faith heartless, soulless and mindless? Do you use all the faculties that God has endowed you with (heart, soul, and mind)?

Love your neighbour as yourself. Everyone is our neighbour no matter how far away they are. We can only love God if we love our neighbour. Do you give any practical help to the needy? Are you another Christ to the people you live and work with?

If you want to be part of the kingdom of God, says Jesus, then just keep this two-pronged commandment. Alternatively, you can apply for a copy of the original 613…

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 /



Thank you for your very kind donation of 34.65 kg of food. 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






Keep and observe what will make you prosper and give you great increase, as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you. (Deuteronomy 6: 3)





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.












31st Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 4th 5.00pm



St John’s Parishioners

Intentions Liz McIntosh

Prayer Meeting

Monday 5th 9.15am Ints Jim & Joan Anderton  
Tuesday 6th 9.15am


No Mass/Service


Wednesday 7th 9.15am Ints McManus & Petts Fams  
Thursday 8th 7.30am Ints Hornby Family  
Friday 9th 9.15am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Saturday 10th      
32nd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 11th 5.00pm



Ints Margo Sarson

Theresa McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting

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

Many thanks to those who organised and supported the Parish’s Annual Mass of Remembrance on Friday evening and to those who have sent in names for the November Lists. Next weekend at both masses, Remembrance Sunday, we will remember all those who have died in War and Conflict on the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. British Legion Poppies are available on the table at the back of Church.


Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £550.25p. 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. The total raised £495.17p (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


St John’s Junior School Due to an accident during the recent half term break,           Mrs. Elaine Mullins, Head Teacher of            St John’s Junior School, is in hospital in Liverpool and will be absent from school for some time. Fr Bernard visited              Mrs. Mullins on Wednesday afternoon and asks that we keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks. In Mrs. Mullins absence Miss Trisha Oates (who is our experienced Deputy Head Teacher) has been appointed as the Acting Head Teacher and will continue to provide leadership, support and care for all the children and staff in our school.

St John’s Catholic Pre-School September 2019 Admission:

OPEN EVENING on Tuesday 13th November, 2019 4.00-5.30pm. Children who are 3 years of age by 31st August 2019 are invited to apply for a place at our Pre-School. Parents are welcome to come along to see our setting and complete an application form.

Any queries, please contact the setting –

0151 645 5291 Option 2 for Pre School.


Wirral HCPT Group thank you for your support last weekend. They have a fundraiser at

St Anne’s Parish Centre this Sunday afternoon from 12 noon to 4.00pm. A fun afternoon of traditional Irish Dancing, Afternoon Tea, Irish Bingo and a Raffle. Tickets and further information from Erin McCulloch 07473311235


St John’s SVP The New SVP Group held its first meeting on Thursday                       1st November. Thank you for the interest shown this far. If anyone else is interested or wants to k now more, please contact District President 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. Contact David Williams 07711581893 or

Fr Bernard.



Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mark, and 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.



The next singing practices will be on Thursday 8th and 29th November at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. We will be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.




BOST Fanfare for Christmas:

An evening of Festive Music, featuring well-loved and traditional

favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church. Tickets available after weekend Masses here at St John’s and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.




The Diocese has a vacancy for a Diocesan Mission Catechist to assist with the organisation and provision of the formation of those working in all areas of parish and adult catechesis throughout the Diocese. This is a permanent job and based at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead. For more information please contact http/


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