Easter Sunday, 21st April, 2019, Cycle C


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



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. 










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












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  
Second Week of Easter   5.00pm




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.

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