Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 11th November, 2018. Cycle B REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY


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 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 11th November, 2018. Cycle B


Our God our Heavenly Father,

look mercifully upon the unrest in our world

and draw all people to yourself and one another

in the sure bond of peace.

We give you ready thanks

for the memory of all those men and women

who laid down their lives

in the service of their country.

As we hallow their memory

we bless you for their courage and devotion even unto death.

In your mercy

send your peace into the hearts of all people

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer by Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

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

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.


When the man at the checkout apologised to the woman for giving her so many coins in her change the woman said “No, that’s fine. I need some small change for Church tomorrow.” The supermarket cashier looked surprised but the woman didn’t notice.

In the Temple the coin boxes were made in the shape of a horn or trumpet. People queued up and then threw their coins in. You could tell what they gave by the sound that the noise made. The two coins that the widow put in were called “lepta” which means “thin”. They were the smallest denomination of currency. But they were her last.

Jesus doesn’t condemn the rich people who put in more money than the widow, but he does praise her for her wholehearted generosity. For there is one important difference between them: the widow didn’t give the leftover money she had; she gave all that she had. The rich people could afford to put in more but she couldn’t. She gave to God all that she had and then simply trusted that God wouldn’t let her down and would take care of her (like the widow in today’s first reading from the Book of Kings).

This gospel is not intended to accuse us of being stingy with our donations to the Church collection (though that might be true too!). Rather it serves to point out the difference between “what” we give and “how” we give it. The widow made her donation not out of guilt or fear but because she was in love with God. Nothing of what she had was to be held back from God.

Anyone can serve God from their surplus. What counts, though, is serving God when it means making a sacrifice. And this applies to all areas of our religious practice, not just money. Are we prepared, like the widow, to place ourselves entirely in the hands of God or do we need some form of safety net, just in case? Is the practice of our faith unconditional or do we hold back? In fact, is it possible to serve God and yet keep a nest-egg held in reserve? Apparently not, says Jesus. And so he was unconcerned by the smallness of the widow’s mite but mightily impressed by the way she gave it.

32nd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B





Ints Margo Sarson

Theresa McLean RIP

Prayer Meeting




Service of Word & Communion




Ints Elaine Mullins




Rels/Fnds Moore & Doyle Fams




Seamus & Colette Reavey RIP




Rels/Fnds McLoughlin Family




Deceased Carmelites

33rd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B





Ints Sarson Family

Intentions Poor & Needy

Prayer Meeting


10.30am -11.15am

Morning Prayer

15 minutes before daily 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.

St John’s School Remembrance Mass: Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass will be held in the main church and will be led by the Year 5 &6 children from St John’s School. The theme of the Mass will be Remembrance and the Mass will be offered for the intentions of Head teacher Mrs. Elaine Mullins who remains in a Liverpool hospital. All parents, grandparents and parishioners are welcome. Many thanks to Teresa Young and Co who will provide the tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards at the back of Church.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Peter Fearon who lived for many years in

St John’s Parish before he moved to Eastham. Peter died recently and his Funeral Mass is at Christ the King Bromborough on Wednesday 28th November at 9.15am. May he Rest in Peace.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £569.96p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

THANKYOU. The Irish afternoon tea organised by the HCPT held on Sunday 4th November at St Anne’s was a great success and raised over £3,000. This will enable us to take sick and vulnerable children to Lourdes at Easter. With grateful thanks

Erin McCulloch.

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 will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at Please keep all the candidates (50-60 of them) their sponsors, parents and catechists in your prayers this week. It is essential that candidates and sponsors attend the rehearsal next Friday night 16th November at 7pm in St Anne’s Church.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The music practice has been re-arranged for Wednesday 21st November, 7.30pm in the Day Chapel, when we will be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

Missing CD Disc Sometime in October the CD player in church was removed from its table for some other use, and put back later. At the same time the CD ‘His Healing Love’, which may have been in the player, has disappeared, though the case is still on the table. Will whoever is responsible please return the CD anonymously as soon as possible. Thank you.

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/


NEXT weekend the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund will be held. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends. Special Envelopes are available for you to use. A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can make your donation either Online or by Cheque. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations to the Fund.

If you prefer, you can donate Online via Paypal to the Fund at where you can also take advantage of Gift Aid. I ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible for the provision of the best formation for a new generation of priests.

With every good wish, Yours sincerely in Christ

+ Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

WIRRAL KSC ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS’’ at St. Anne’s Rock Ferry on Monday 19th November at 10am.

All are welcome to join us and the Widows & Friends of deceased Brothers, Tea & Biscuits after Mass.

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