Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. 25th 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

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org



Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. 25th November, 2018. Cycle B



When Pontius Pilate asked whether Jesus was a king, he replied by saying that he was born to be king, that his kingdom was about witnessing to the truth and that those who are on the side of truth listen to his voice. If we are to be citizens of this kingdom of truth then we have three responsibilities.

First, we must know the truth. The truth for Christians is that Jesus is the Son of God. He is a historical person, not simply some sort of philosophy or designer lifestyle. He was sent by the Father to reveal to the world the sort of God we have and what God expects of us. Jesus teaches us the truth about how to be fully human, how to live life to the full in the way that God intends for our happiness. And Jesus makes promises on the Father’s behalf for those who sincerely try to follow him, led by the Spirit of Truth. The truth is that we will never be abandoned or left to our own devices, that God cares about us and watches over us constantly.

Secondly, we must walk in the truth. Knowing the truth is not enough. We are called to live it. Living the truth means being faithful to what God asks of us in Jesus. It means living for other people rather than working for our own comfort. It means being called on to make sacrifices for something that is greater than our own present cosiness. A citizen of the kingdom of truth is a civil servant, someone whose life is devoted to enhancing other people’s life.

Thirdly, we must protect the truth. Just as a worldly kingdom strives to safeguard its own values and standards, so must we do all in our power to protect and proclaim the principles of the kingdom of truth. This means being vigilant and observant of any attempt to distort human dignity in any shape or form. We have a Christian duty to defend the shared ideals of God’s kingdom.

By doing this we will be faithful to our citizenship but it will be a faithfulness that has its cost. For the goals of the kingdom are not those shared by most of our society or indeed our world. But we will be sharing in the Spirit’s work of building a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.


The last Sunday in the liturgical year is designated as the Festival of Christ the King or the Reign of Christ. This is not an ancient festival like Easter or Christmas. In fact, it is less than a century old. It was first called by Pope Pius XI in 1925. Europe was in chaos. Inflation was rampant, and colonialism was at its worst. The seeds of evil that were to produce the terror of the Holocaust and World War II were being planted. Against all this chaos and evil, the Pope established the Festival of Christ the King to declare that Jesus Christ is king. He is the goal of all human history, the joy of all who hear, and the fulfilment of our aspirations. (Wiley Stephens)


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/wwwdioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies

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


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.



Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 25th 5.00pm



Ints Marshall Family

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 26th 9.15am Ints Barbara Forshaw  
Tuesday 27th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Rooney Family  
Wednesday 28th 9.15am Patricia Jones RIP  
Thursday 29th 7.30am Ints Tony Hyland  
Friday 30th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Shore Family  
Saturday 1st      
1st Sunday of Advent

Cycle C

2nd 5.00pm




John & Joan Peters RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

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

Today’s Feast of Christ the King is also National Youth Sunday. Please keep all our Young People in your daily prayers.


Next Saturday…. on the threshold of Advent there will be a Day of Special Prayer here at St John’s from 9.30am until 5pm Mass, for the Church, for the world, for our parish/local community and for all our own intentions. Please add your name to the “sign up” sheets on the table at the back of Church where you will also find an outline programme for the Day.


Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £578.42p. Thank you for your continued generosity.


Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your intentions or someone else’s intentions or for your deceased relatives and friends etc during Advent or Christmas season, please fill in one of the Mass Offering envelopes at the back of Church, place a donation in it and hand it to Fr Bernard or put it through the presbytery letterbox.


Traidcraft goods will be on sale THIS 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.



First Sacrament Enrolment Mass: This Sunday at 9.30am Mass the children from St John’s School, who are preparing for their First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion, will be officially enrolled in the preparation programme and receive their enrolment medal.

Confirmation 2018: CONGRATULATIONS to those 50m plus young people from our parish and neighbouring parishes who were confirmed on Friday evening at         St Anne’s and thank you to their parents, sponsors and catechists for supporting them on this important step on their faith journey.


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.



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 THIS WEEKEND 24th/25th November. Many children will receive the joy of Christmas as a result of your generosity.


Advent at St John’s:

Beginning next Sunday….

Holy Hour in Church from 3-4pm

School Advent Masses in Church Tuesday 4th December at 9.15am

LPA Service of Reconciliation with individual confession will be held at Christ the King on Thursday 13th December at 7pm. All welcome.

Fr Bernard will be in Church next Saturday and each Saturday during Advent from 10.30am to 11.15am; an opportunity for confession, prayer, for a chat.


BOST Fanfare for Christmas: An evening of Festive Music, featuring well-loved and traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music is being held on Tuesday

11th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church. Tickets are available after weekend Masses here at

St John’s, and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.


3Ls Christmas Concert will be held here at St John’s on Wednesday, 12th December at 10.30am lasting about one hour. Tickets are £3 which includes entrance, free raffle, refreshments and a donation to St John’s Church. Tickets are available from Norah Martin and you can also pay at the door. All welcome.


Scout Stamps will be on sale ONLY AFTER SATURDAY EVENING MASS over the next three weekends:                     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.


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