Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 18th 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 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 18th November, 2018. Cycle B




You don’t hear much about hell these days. Many preachers prefer to stay away from talking about it, opting instead to concentrate on the more positive side of our lives in Christ. And on one level this is perfectly good. No one wants to hear fire and brimstone sermons intended to frighten people into being Christians. And despite At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass reports to the contrary, the bible is not full of pages detailing dire threats to those who don’t behave. It’s full of scenes that seek to depict and reveal the love and tender concern of our God.

For God promises a life of eternal bliss to those who trust in his promises. But he doesn’t force himself on anyone. He allows each of us the right to choose. We can accept his way of life for us or we can decide to reject it in favour of some other way of living that we decide is more convenient.

So when people are confronted with the idea of hell they seek to neutralise it. If God is such a loving person, they say, then he will never “send” anyone there. He’ll just embrace everyone in one great act of forgiveness and friendship. So there’s no need to be concerned with how we behave here on earth since God will take care of things when we eventually die.

This is very comforting. But it’s not what the bible says and it ignores what Christ teaches his disciples on many occasions. Jesus makes it very clear that God accepts the choices we make either for him or against him, and that we must learn to live with them. Eternally.

If God allowed us to do whatever we liked without consequence and simply overrode our decisions then we would be nothing more than pawns in a grotesque game of divine chess. We would be like robots, thinking that our choices were important when all the while we were simply acting in a play whose ending we cannot shape. Our free-will and our liberty would have been compromised.

But God has more respect for us than this. He lets us make our free choices. And he tells us that they matter. Eternally.

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/

Mayor’s Traditional Christmas Tea Dance – 5 December 2018 The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance is set to get the festive season off to a glittering start on Wednesday, 5th December (1.30 – 4 pm) at Wallasey Town Hall. The annual dance is taking place in aid of the Mayor of Wirral’s charity appeal with all money from ticket sales going to benefit Wirral’s RNLI Lifeboat Stations and Wirral’s Forrester’s Horn Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Mayor’s Office on 691 8527.

My name is Cheryl Thomson and I am the manager of British Red Cross, 44 Bebington Road, New Ferry CH62 5BH. I am currently contacting local churches and community groups to see if any of their members would be interested in volunteering with us or would merely like more information about what we can offer in terms of volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will help in any way I can. Please contact me on 0151 644 1997. Thank you

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


Traidcraft goods will be on sale NEXT weekend

24th/25th November. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas for gifts and cards. There will also be Christmas Cards on sale.

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.





33rd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 18th 5.00pm



Ints Sarson Family

Intentions Poor & Needy

Prayer Meeting

Monday 19th 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Tuesday 20th 9.15am Joe Moore Annv.  
Wednesday 21st 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Thursday 22nd 7.30am Deceased Clergy  
Friday 23rd 9.15am Ben Brannon RIP  
Saturday 24th      
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 25th 5.00pm



Ints Marshall Family

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

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

Sunday is World Day of Prayer for the Poor


There is no Mass or Service on Monday or Wednesday this week.                                                                                                      On Monday Fr Bernard is celebrating the Annual Memorial Mass for the Wirral Knights of St Columba at    St Anne’s at 9.30am. All our most welcome.                          On Wednesday Fr Bernard is celebrating Mass at St John Plessington Catholic College.                                                        At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass here at St John’s in the main Church we will welcome Year 1 classes from our Infant School. Again all parents, grandparent and parishioners are most welcome.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £584.48p. Thank you for your continued generosity.



Today the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund is being held. Special Envelopes are available for you to use. If you use weekly Offertory Envelopes, please can I ask that you write in your envelope number. If you do not have this, or you give to your Parish by means of a Standing Order, write in your name and full address (including postcode). It will then be possible to claim Gift Aid on your donation if you have joined the Gift Aid scheme.

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 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. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends, and I would ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible.

With every good wish,

Yours sincerely in Christ +Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry NEXT Friday 23rd November at Please keep all the candidates (50-60 of them) their sponsors, parents and catechists in your prayers this week.

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.


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.


A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has responded to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. We would be most grateful if all completed boxes are returned to church no later than NEXT WEEKEND                                           24th/25th November. Many children will receive the joy of Christmas as a result of your generosity.


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.



WIRRAL KSC ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS’’ at St. Anne’s Rock Ferry on Monday 19th November at 9.30am. All are welcome to join us and the Widows & Friends of deceased Brothers, Tea & Biscuits after Mass.


Scout Stamps will be on sale ONLY AFTER SATURDAY EVENING MASS over the next four weekends:                     17th & 24th November;                           1st & 8th December. The price will be 30p. Margaret McClure can also collect post as she will be working in the sorting office.

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.


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