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

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)

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.


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
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
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

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

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 Completed applications should be sent to 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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