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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Second Week of Easter 28th April, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
The sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. (Acts 5:15)

WORD FOR TODAY
A week on from the Easter events and there is still a buzz in the air. Every Sunday is a mini-Easter and every celebration of Eucharist is an opportunity to rediscover the saving power of God in our lives, forgiving us, strengthening us and setting us free.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: CASTING A SHADOW

When we talk about casting a shadow over something we usually mean it in a negative way. We mean that something is ruined or spoilt. But today, in the Acts of the Apostles, everyone wants to get close to Peter, just on the off-chance that his shadow will fall over them and they will be healed.
The Acts of the Apostles is really the account of how the Church grew and spread in the days and years that followed the resurrection of Jesus. It’s wonderful to see how the apostles became transformed from frightened men, huddling together in a locked room, into forthright preachers of the word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit. There’s a vibrant sense of excitement in the early chapters as we see that God has not stopped working wonders and marvels and that the number of new Christians starts to grow and the Good News begins to be broadcast over new territories.
Of course, because of our baptism, each of us is called to keep this message alive in our world today. We are the new Easter messengers who are fired with enthusiasm by the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. God in Christ has tackled head-on all that corrodes our humanity, all that eats away at our dignity, and has emerged triumphant, even over the ultimate threshold of death. Now we can really live and breathe.
Some time ago the Church in Britain used a slogan which said, “We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” Being part of an Easter people summons us to be joyful, for we sing of a great victory that God has achieved in Christ. And our Easter song is echoed on every one of the other fifty-one Sundays of the year because each Sunday is a mini-Easter, a making present of the saving acts of Jesus. Every Sunday, even in Lent, is a day not for fasting but for feasting. To “celebrate” liturgy is to broadcast what our “celebrity” God has done and is still doing for us here and now. In worship celebrity and celebration are intimately linked.
So let’s be the Easter people. Let’s be proud of our God. Let’s celebrate the wonders God is performing for us. And, yes, let’s cast a wide shadow.

Second Week of Easter 28th 5.00pm
9.30am
2.30pm
7.30pm St John ‘s Parishioners
Special Int Pat Bevan
Divine Mercy Devotions
Prayer Meeting
Monday 29th 9.15am Ints Mary Mulrahey
Tuesday 30th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 1st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 2nd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 4th 10.30am First Communion Mass
Third Week of Easter 5th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Sean Smith RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 4.15pm-4.45pm for the next few weeks because of the First Communion Masses
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

Divine Mercy: Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at
St John’s THIS Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm. Prayer leaflets are now available on the table at the back of Church.

First Communion: Over the next two Saturday’s children from St John’s School will be making their First Holy Communion. The First Communion Masses are being celebrated in Church at 10.30am and all are welcome to attend. Please keep the children in your prayers this week as they prepare for this important sacrament and please don’t forget to remember their families and teachers too.

Prayers for the sick Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

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.
Prayer Intercessors Meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th April at 7pm in the Presbytery.
Grace Group will be meeting on Tuesday, 7th May at 7pm in the Presbytery. This is an all female Cell Group. If you are interested and would like to know more pleased contact Claire Griffiths 07985312703.
Readers: Would those readers who read the Passion of Luke on Palm Sunday and those who read the Passion of John on Good Friday please ensure all copies are returned to the Sacristy. Thank you.
Money Matters: Last week’s Easter Offertory Collection amounted to £996.84p Holy Places Collection £232.08p. St John’s SVP Collection £187.83p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you have not already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel. If anyone is yet to empty their Mission Box can they do so this week please and bring the contents to Church this weekend.
A “Welcome Café” in association with Fair Share is held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in or take home, Fair Share are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Why not pay a visit to St Anne’s Parish Centre this Tuesday and see how Fair Share can help you.

Day of Reflection on the Sunday reading of Ordinary Time, by Marian Tolley, will be held at St Peter’s School Hall, Noctorum. CH43 9QR from 10-3pm on Saturday 4th May 2019. See Poster on notice board at the back of church.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has a new manager and is now operating with extended opening hours. All enquires to the new manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

A vacancy has arisen for a Cathedral Development and Events Officer. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and enhance the role and presence of the Cathedral in the life of the Diocese, the town of Shrewsbury and the county of Shropshire. For more
information and an application form please visit http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies. Completed applications should be sent to recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org. Closing date Friday 10 May 2019.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

Thank you to those who worked so hard to make it a prayerful and reflective Holy Week and Easter. Numbers were up considerably up this year and that was good to see.
Thank you to all those who make our parish and schools run so smoothly throughout the year. Your dedication and service in so many ways is very much appreciated.
If you would like to be involved or indeed more involved in the life of the Parish please do have a word with me …….there are many opportunities for service here at St John’s. Every Blessing. Fr Bernard.

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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

 

Easter Sunday, 21st April, 2019, Cycle C

 

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Charles Wesley

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Today is the day of days, not only for Christians but for the whole world. By rising from the dead Jesus has released us from mediocrity and has opened up the frontiers for us to a life that can be full now and overflowing in eternity. Today is the focal point of history; let us rejoice and be glad!

 

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly.  ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible),  squash/juice, UHT Milk,   tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT!

 

Whenever Christians celebrate liturgy they do more than merely remember the past; they make its effects really present and active here and now through the power of the Holy Spirit. So when we celebrate the eucharist we make Christ really present in word and sacrament within this very act of worship. And on the Easter feast we actuate, make effectively present, the saving act of Jesus who conquered sin and rose from the dead to fullness of life. Easter is about celebration and it is yours for the feasting!

It’s impossible to do justice to the feast of Easter. It’s the day that all of history converged upon from the beginning of time and the day from which our lives take their ultimate meaning. At Easter, God in Jesus Christ radically transformed our lives, so that we are no longer held in the grip of mediocrity, no longer the plaything of sin, the hapless victim of evil or the amusing toy of death, but are set free to live a life that here and now enjoys the full force of God’s creation and the future promise of total bliss. Easter is cosmic and it’s yours for the asking!

The empty tomb confounds those who thought of Jesus as merely a clever philosopher or an astute politician. Death could not contain Jesus because he is the Lord of Life. And by taking on our earthly existence with all its highs and lows he has redeemed our human nature at its roots, where we feel most vulnerable and susceptible. Easter is the victory-feast of God who has taken on darkness and shattered it with his light. It’s the victory-feast of God who has shown evil to be ultimately powerless when confronted by his might and who has laughed in the face of death. Easter is about redemption and it’s yours for the taking!

So Easter explodes with praise and rejoicing and its keyword is “Alleluia”! Our songs, hymns, psalms and prayers proclaim that all those things which would seek to drag us down, to frighten us and to hold us in their power have been defeated by the infinite strength of a loving God who made us to enjoy fullness of life and who has redeemed us for eternity by rising from the dead. Easter is about song and it’s yours for the singing!

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Vigil Mass Saturday

 

Easter Sunday

20th

 

 

 

21st

8.00pm

 

 

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Easter Vigil Mass –

Patricia Dobie RIP

 

 

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 22nd 10.00am Eileen Kealey Annv RIP  
Tuesday 23rd 2.00pm In St John’s Junior School –

Bartholomew Guttridge RIP

 
Wednesday 24th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Thursday 25th 7.30am Margaret Dunnion  
Friday 26th 9.15am Lewis Doyle RIP  
Saturday        
Second Week of Easter   5.00pm

9.30am

2.30pm

7.30pm

St John ‘s Parishioners

Special Int Pat Bevan

Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

 
Confession Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

Please note that Mass on Easter Monday is at 10am, that Mass on Tuesday is at 2.00pm at St. John’s Junior School and that we begin the early Masses again this week Thursday at 7.30am.

 

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.

 

Welcome to Ian McGuinness who is being confirmed and making his First Holy Communion at the 9.30am Mass on Easter Sunday.

 

Prayers for the sick  Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.

Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Money Matters:  Last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £578.21p.                                      Lenten Soup Lunches £154.50p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you

havenot already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.   The APF Red Mission Boxes have up to date realised £285.67. If anyone is yet to empty their Mission Box can they do so this week please and bring the contents to Church next weekend.

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 24th April 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.

 

A “Welcome Café” in association with Fair Share is held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in or take home, Fair Share are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Why not pay a visit to St Anne’s Parish Centre this Tuesday and see how Fair share can help you.

 

St John’s SVP Meeting in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm……….will all members please attend.

 

Divine Mercy:  Divine Mercy Devotions   will be held here at St John’s on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm.  Prayer leaflets are now available on the table at the back of Church.

 

 

 

 

Day of Reflection on the Sunday reading of Ordinary Time, by Marian Tolley, will be held at St Peter’s School Hall, Noctorum. CH43 9QR from

10-3pm on Saturday 4th May 2019. See Poster on notice board at the back of church.

 

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has a new manager and is now operating with extended opening hours. All enquires to the new manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

 

 

A vacancy has arisen for a Cathedral Development and Events Officer.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop and enhance the role and presence of the Cathedral in the life of the Diocese, the town of Shrewsbury and the county of Shropshire.   For more

information and an application form please visit http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies.   Completed applications should be sent to recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.  Closing date Friday 10 May 2019.

 

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.

 

Easter Message from Fr Bernard

Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make the 2019 Lenten, Holy Week and Easter Services so prayerful and devotional. Thank you to those who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. May you and your families be especially blessed this Easter.

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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Fifth Sunday of Lent. 7th April, 2019, Cycle C

A “Welcome Café “ with the food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Bookings and all enquiries to Ben.
Tel- 07435966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

Caritas require 2 Early Help Support Workers to provide a high quality Support Service across Wirral. You will give practical help and emotional support to families experiencing short or long-term difficulties. The focus of your role is to provide support to service users, empowering them to address various challenges, reducing problems and risks. Enabling families to overcome wide-ranging challenges and difficult situations means that your role is extremely varied and highly rewarding.
It would be desirable if you have experience as a facilitator in the Nurturing Programme or similar, and have had recent experience of both facilitating groups and working on a one to one basis with those not suitable for group work. You should have extensive experience in supporting children, young people and their families/carers in school, home and community settings. You will also be flexible and have competent IT skills. Salary includes accrued annual leave. Closing Date: Tuesday 23rd April. Interview date: Wednesday 1st May
To apply, visit our website: http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk
Contact Head Office: 0151 652 1281 or email trish.spencer@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk and a pack will be sent out to you. Application documentation should be then sent to
Ms Trish Spencer, Family Support Services Manager, Caritas Head Office, Wheatland Lane, Wallasey CH44 7ED

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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FAULTY JUDGEMENT
If you commit the crime you should do the time. This is something we hear a lot today, along with suggestions that some people should be locked up and the key thrown away. For all our pretence at civilisation and sophistication, we find ourselves in a society that is very far from the values of Jesus and particularly the core Christian value of forgiveness.
Sidelining forgiveness allows us to be judgemental. It allows us to make comments about other people as if we were better than them, as if we were never guilty of sin ourselves; yet all our judgment is faulty, for we have all sinned. This is the pitiful scene that Jesus faced when they brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. Jesus seems not to be dismayed by the woman’s sin (and her partner whom we never meet). What does dismay him is the arrogance of the scribes and Pharisees who presume a “holier than thou” attitude towards the woman. And so, despite the carefully prepared trap to get him to be at odds with the Law, Jesus first sets about dismantling the judgemental hypocrisy of the accusers rather than tackling what the woman has done.
It’s worth noting that forgiveness is not ours to give. Forgiveness comes from God and all we can do is to pass it on, just like love. God is love and our love is merely a sharing in his perfect love. God is forgiveness and when we forgive we are simply holding up a mirror to the God who has first forgiven each of us. “Our” forgiveness is simply a reflection. Of course, if we refuse to forgive then we cannot expect forgiveness for our trespasses. This has always been the simple message of the Our Father.
Very often when we judge others it is because we see the same fault in ourselves, and condemning the other person allows us to expiate our own frailty. Of course, Jesus did not praise the woman for what she had done; he told her to go away and sin no more. But what he did do is to prevent her from being judged by people who were as weak as she was but pretended to be better. Ring any bells?

Fifth Sunday of Lent
7th 5.00pm
9.30am

3.00pm
7.30pm Irene Kaldos RIP
For all the Sick & Housebound
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 8th 9.15am Rene Brandon RIP
Tuesday 9th 9.15am Ints Colette Sarson
Wednesday 10th 9.15am Christopher Doyle RIP
Thursday 11th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –
Bob Purfield

Friday 12th 11.00am Funeral Mass –
Bryan Murphy
Saturday 13th 10.00am Ints Fr Liam Finnerty
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
14th 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm St John’s Parish
Ints Tony Hyland
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

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.

Prayers for the sick. Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Lately Dead : Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Bob Purfield. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon and for Bryan Murphy Funeral Mass on Friday at 11.00am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.

During this Fifth Week of Lent at St John’s Sunday at 3pm : Stations of the Cross in Church led by the Grace Group Monday: Exposition from 8.30am to 9.15am Mass Tuesday: Confession from 8.30am to 9.15am Mass Thursday: SVP Meeting at 6.30pm in the presbytery Friday: The last of the Lent Soup lunches at 12 noon in the Parish Centre (i.e. after Funeral Mass) Saturday : Mass at 10.00am in the Day Chapel Readers Meeting re Holy Week Masses & Services at 10.30am in the Day Chapel. Exposition and Confessions in Church from 11am to 12noon.
Elsewhere Tuesday: Lenten LPA Talk in Christ the King Church Bromborough at 7.30pm. This week talk (the last in the series) will be given by Mary Kilcoyne on the work of Caritas in the Diocese of Shrewsbury. Please support. Wednesday: Bebington Churches Together Lent Reflection and Lunch this week will be held at Christ Church Hr. Bebington. Coffee 10.30am. Prayer& Discussion 11.00am followed by Soup Lunch at 12 noon. Friday: To mark the Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse St Anne’s Church in Rock Ferry will be open from 3.00pm to 4.00pm for a time of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All are most welcome to join the Deanery Clergy and parishioners for the whole hour or any part of it.
Principal Services at St John’s For Holy Week. NEXT Weekend- Palm Sunday; Masses at the Usual Times Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9.30am. Please assemble in the Parish Centre. i.e. 4.45pm and 9.15am. Holy Thursday 18th April: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm. Good Friday 19th April: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm. Churches Together in Bebington Walk of Witness starts at 12 Noon from outside Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. Holy Saturday 20th April: Easter Vigil Mass at 8.00pm. Easter Sunday 21st April: Easter Mass at 9.30am.
On Holy Saturday we are invited to gather for midday prayers at 11.30am followed by a shared lunch in the Day Chapel at 12 noon. If you have not been in previous years, it’s a good time for prayer and fellowship, so why not give it a try? Please bring a small food donation for the lunch.

Money Matters: Last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £530.69p Cafod Lenten Family Fast & Lenten Lunches £584.48p, plus individual donations of £66.75p. Total £651.23p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.
APF Red Mission Boxes should be emptied and their contents brought to Church THIS weekend.