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

Sixth Week of Easter 26th May, 2019, Cycle C

Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn to you, O Virgins of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our petitions, but in your mercy hear us and answer us. Amen.

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 Easter, 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: Tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.

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: CHECKLIST
Today we hear how the disciples had a dispute about what you had to do to belong to the Church. Some said that new converts had to be circumcised and stop eating certain foods or else they could not be counted as belonging to the Christian Church. Others said there were more important things to worry about.
If we were making a checklist of things required to show that we were Christians today, what would we put on it? Obviously we would demand that a person believed in God and had been baptised. And then what?
“Of course I go to church. I was at three funerals last year,” the woman said. But before you can go to church (even three times!) you need a personal relationship with God, not just knowing God exists but not being able to get through the day without talking to God. So do you pray? Do you ever pray even when you’re not asking for help? Is Jesus so central to your life that you can’t wait for him to come again, to be fully reunited with him? And do you make a point of finding out what God is trying to say to you by reading the Bible? Is your life just like everyone else’s or do you live in the kingdom of God? What’s your attitude to material possessions, money, success, or status? A good guide to this will be whether or not you ever fast, (not just from food and drink but from something that otherwise would give you pleasure), for God’s sake.
Would you say you are a generous Christian? Do you freely give your time for others and would you call yourself an active member of the parish, joining in with things and helping where you can?
Are you the sort of person who is not embarrassed to spread the word? Do you really yearn for others to have faith in Jesus and how do you play your part in bringing them to it? Have you ever encouraged anyone to come with you to church?
And, of course, there’s the acid test. Is your life so enriched by your faith in Jesus that when you come to church you just can’t help joining in heartily with all the prayers, songs and hymns that thank God and for making us his sons and daughters?

Sixth Week of Easter 26th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Peggy McAllister
Ints Canon Brendan Hoban
Prayer Meeting
Monday 27th 10.00 Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 28th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 29th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Ascension
Thursday 30th 7.30am
7.30pm Grace Howe RIP
Ints Les Duff
Friday 31st 9.15am Ints Fr Jim McGrath
Saturday 1st
Seventh Week of Easter 2nd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Nora McCormick RIP
Arthur Brockway Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses

Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension(a Holy Day), Masses at St John’s at 7.30am & 7.30pm. There is also a Mass at St Anne’s at 12 noon.

The Rosary – Will be prayed for Parish Intentions on Friday after 9.15 Mass on the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady and the last day of May.

Prayers for the sick ; Please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your prayers in this Easter Season. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let Father Bernard know.

Lately Dead; Please pray for the recently deceased. Ted Corrigan died during the week and his Funeral Mass will be here at St John’s on Thursday 6th June at 12 noon followed by cremation at Landican at 1.30pm. May he and all the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am
Mass every week in the Parish Centre.

Money Matters: Last week’s Collection amounted to £596.61p Thank you.
As we approach the Feast of Pentecost if you would like to be involved or more involved in the life of our wonderful Parish …. we are looking for additional Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Offertory Collection counters, Flower Arrangers, Catechists etc .. etc..please have a word with Father Bernard this week.
Altar Flowers
There will be a retiring collection for altar flowers next weekend Sat/Sun, 1st/ 2nd June please be as generous as you can.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.00pm.
Children’s Liturgy-Meeting for Catechists/Adult Helpers on Sunday 9th June after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.

Praying for our area at Pentecost. To fit in with the international “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative, Churches Together in Bebington are going to do a prayer walk on Saturday 8th June. We hope you can join us. We will start from the car park on Barlow Avenue at 10.00am, and follow a route to pray for the communities we serve in and around Bebington. The full route is 4 miles, but you can join us at various points along the way if you would like to ( all timings approximate); 10.15am at Boundary Road; 10.35am Port Sunlight War Memorial; 10.55am the Civic Centre (Mayer Park side); 11.30am Teehey Lane shops. A soup lunch will be available at Life Church around 12 noon.
Taize Prayer Service for the Feast of Pentecost at St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry on Sunday 9th June at 4.00pm. All most welcome.
Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Device as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

Wirral Irish Club; This summer marks the 21st Anniversary of the Irish Club. To celebrate this significant anniversary a Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated in Church on Wednesday 26th June followed by a social gathering in the Parish Centre. All past & present members are most welcome and families too.

MISSIO are holding their Annual Summer Mass for Red Box Volunteers, supporters and all who are interested at St Michael & All Angels Church, Woodchurch on Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. RSVP to generaloffice@mission.org.uk or just come along.

Parish Pastoral Team; Held a very productive meeting last Wednesday evening. The minutes are on the Noticeboard in Church. The Team will be meeting again at the end of June. If you have any suggestions for them to consider please put them into the suggestion box at the back of Church or through the presbytery letterbox.

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.

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

Fifth Week of Easter 19th May, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
By this love you have for one another, ,everyone will know that you are my disciples. (John 13:35)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Let us pray for those suffering hardship for the sake of the gospel, for those shunned by their family and friends, those in countries where Christianity is not tolerated, and those who are persecuted for their beliefs. In your loving kindness, Lord: Hear and grant our prayer.
Let us pray for the Church that it may be a clear sign to the world of the active presence of Christ through the pastoral care it gives and the enterprises it undertakes. In your…
Let us pray for those who have recently lost someone dear to them, that our God-who-is-with-us will wipe away all tears from their eyes, console them in their mourning and relieve their sadness. In your…
Let us pray for those who were recently received into Christ’s Church at Easter, that they may continue to experience the joy of faith and may be welcomed into their new communities. In your…

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 Easter, 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: Tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.

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: PARTY GUESTS
Joan and Tom invited their friends over for a belated housewarming. They had moved in last year with their three little girls, all under five and the youngest just two months old. It had been a struggle to get a mortgage for the house but at least they could look forward to a few years stability until the girls grew bigger and needed their own rooms.
Peter, their banker friend from the city, was there with his young son Gary. A custody battle meant that Peter only saw Gary a couple of times a month, and so he was pleased to have some time with his son and watch him careering round the house, enjoying himself with the other children.
Lucy from over the road was in her first year at university doing modern languages, finding city living very different from the farm on which she was brought up. She was talking to Mike. He lived with another man and when people at work found out they made his life such hell with snide comments that he was glad to take voluntary redundancy, though he was now looking for work.
When they came here from France, Jean-Luc and Suzette hoped to start afresh after failed marriages. Things were going well until Jean-Luc’s son, Alex, was arrested for drug possession. Stealing to feed his habit meant it was not long before he was in youth custody.
Bill and Margaret ran the local corner shop and were finding it hard to compete with the newly opened hypermarket. They were there with their middle child, Matt. When Alex went over to chat with Matt, they couldn’t help worrying that where Alex had been, Matt might follow.
No one at the party was normal. Yet they all were. Each was capable of love and each was in need of it.
Today Jesus tells us, “By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples”.

Fifth Week of Easter 19th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Joe Moore RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 20th 9.15am Moira Roberts RIP
Tuesday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 22nd 9.30am First Communion Thanksgiving Mass in School.. Fr Frank Rice Ints
Thursday 23rd 12 noon Funeral Mass –
Nora McCormick
Friday 24th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish Anniv
Saturday 25th
Sixth Week of Easter 26th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Peggy McAllister
Ints Canon Brendan Hoban
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses

First Holy Communion: Congratulations to the children who made their First Holy Communion last weekend and the weekend before. Please keep them in your prayers.

Children’s Liturgy-Meeting for Catechists/Adult Helpers on Sunday 9th June after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.

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

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Nora McCormick whose Funeral Mass is here on Thursday at 12 Noon followed by cremation at Landican South Chapel at 1.30pm. May she and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace. A Rosary will be prayed at McMullan’s on Wednesday at 6pm. All are welcome.
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.

Traidcraft Goods will be on sale after both Masses this weekend 18/19th May. Your support would be much appreciated.

Parish Pastoral Team – meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box at the back of church or through the presbytery letter box.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.00pm.
LPA24 Reps Meeting in the presbytery on Thursday at 7pm.
Work, Rest & Pray is a series of three evenings organised for our Deanery of Birkenhead & East Wirral to explore our Call to Holiness. These evenings are taking place on Thursday’s, the final one this Thursday 23rd May at St John Plessington Catholic College from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. At each evening there will be time to pray together, listen and share on the call to holiness at home, in work and in life. The evenings are free and provide an opportunity for us to come together and share our faith in a gentle but real way.
Money Matters: Last week’s Collection amounted to £618 .93p Thank you.
TUESDAY WELCOME CAFÉ every Tuesday 11am-1pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre. Free tea, coffee and food both to eat in and take home. The weekly session is a great opportunity to meet up with friends or even make new ones. This is an association with FairShare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste.
Praying for our area at Pentecost. To fit in with the international “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative, Churches Together in Bebington are going to do a prayer walk on Saturday 8th June. We hope you can join us. We will start from the car park on Barlow Avenue at 10.00am, and follow a route to pray for the communities we serve in and around Bebington. The full route is 4 miles, but you can join us at various points along the way if you would like to ( all timings approximate); 10.15am at Boundary Road; 10.35am Port Sunlight War Memorial; 10.55am the Civic Centre (Mayer Park side); 11.30am Teehey Lane shops. A soup lunch will be available at Life Church around 12 noon.
Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Device as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

MISSIO SUMMER MASS celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies and Fr Tony Chantry MHM with talks by Mill Hill Missionaries and Missio’s APF. Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. Open to all and especially Red Box volunteers and supporters at St Michael & All Angels, Woodchurch, CH49 5LE. This is an opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and refresh fundraising activities plus there will be refreshments available in the adjacent primary school.

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.

St John the Evangelist
128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ
ourth Week of Easter 12th May, 2019, Cycle CDiocese 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

Fourth Week of Easter 12th May, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. (John 10:27)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Let us pray for the Church, that in its mission to the world it may seek out the voice of the Good Shepherd calling it to guide and protect the most vulnerable of God’s flock. Shepherd of souls and Lord of Life: Hear and grant our prayer.
As we rejoice in the word of God proclaimed in our liturgy, let us pray for those who are searching to hear the voice of the Lord, those seeking meaning in their lives and those who feel that they do not belong. Shepherd of souls…
Let us pray for those in St John’s parish who are in need, for the sick and those who care for them, for those finding it hard to make ends meet, for those who have died. Shepherd of souls…

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 Easter, 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: HIS MASTER’S VOICE
Two men were sitting on a bench chatting. One said, “I think my wife is crazy. She talks to herself all the time.” The other man said, “Oh, my wife talks to herself all the time, too. Only she doesn’t know it. She thinks I’m listening.”
Sometimes in our religious practice we seem to have all the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). We become distracted easily, we find it hard to concentrate, we allow ourselves to go off at a tangent and, most of all, we think we are listening when really we’re not. In his gospel John quotes Jesus as saying that he is the Good Shepherd whose sheep listen to his voice. And, clearly, if the sheep are to benefit from the shepherd’s experience then they have to listen to where he is directing them. Most of us would accept that what God is trying to say to us can be found in the bible. Some might go further and say that when the bible is proclaimed in our liturgy then God is actually speaking to us here and now. We would probably accept too that the teaching of the Church is another way of knowing what God wants to communicate to us. But are there other ways of listening out for the shepherd’s voice?
Christ, the Good Shepherd, speaks to us through other people. When we come across others we see the face of Jesus reflected in them, for they like us are made in God’s image and likeness. Yet sometimes we see them only as physical beings rather than as mini-words of God, as glimpses into the divine. Do we hear the voice of God in other people? What about the events of our daily lives? If we are finding things hard financially, it may be because of the recession. But do we ever think that God’s voice may be prompting us to ask about whether we’re in the right job, using our talents to the full, managing our lives and money properly? Conversely, if we are doing really well, do we consider that we deserve a good pat on the back or do we instinctively bless God for our prosperity? And when we hear of natural disasters such as recent earthquakes do we jump on the bandwagon of “How can a loving God allow such a thing?” or do we learn anything about our own lives and those of others by looking deeper at the consequences of what has happened?
How do we listen for the shepherd’s voice?
Fourth Week of Easter 12th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints John Connolly
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 13th 9.15am Ints Ted Corrigan
Tuesday 14th 9.15am
Ints of Gerry & Phil Topping
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Ints Kathleen Parr
Thursday 16th 7.30am Peter Doran RIP
Friday 17th 9.15am Bob Purfield RIP
Saturday 18th 12 noon Carmel Mass
Fifth Week of Easter 19th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Joe Moore RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
Rosary for the sick of the parish will be prayed on Monday after 9.15 Mass… the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. 15 minutes before daily Masses

First Communion: Please keep the children in your prayers as they embark on this important journey of faith and don’t forget to remember their families and teachers.

St John’s Infant School Foundation Years Family Mass on the theme of New Life, in church this Tuesday at 9.15am. All most welcome.

St John’s Junior School. Please say a prayer for all the Year 6 children involved in SAT’s tests this week.

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

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Nora McCormick whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s on Thursday 23rd May at 12 Noon followed by cremation at Landican South Chapel at 1.30pm. May she and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.
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.

The Wirral Hospitals Catholic Chaplaincy Team – Mass and Meeting for all team members, past and present, at St Anne’s Rock Ferry, this Tuesday 14th May at 7pm.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.00pm.

Work, Rest & Pray is a series of three evenings organised for our Deanery of Birkenhead & East Wirral to explore our Call to Holiness. These evenings are taking place on Thursday’s, the second being this Thursday 16th May and the final one on 23rd May at St John Plessington Catholic College from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. At each evening there will be time to pray together, listen and share on the call to holiness at home, in work and in life. The evenings are free and provide an opportunity for us to come together and share our faith in a gentle but real way.
Family Fun Night- The Pig Race is back: St Anne’s Parish Centre this Friday 17th May at 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission £3 adults and £10 for a family ticket (5). Children welcome.
Conference on Holiness and the Mission of the Laity is a major Diocesan event open to all this Saturday 18th May at St Ambrose, Hale Barns 9.30 for 1.00, ends at 3.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch. No charge, contributions welcome. Registration by phone 0151 652 9855.
Money Matters: Last week’s Collection amounted to £494.65p Thank you.
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 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

Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Device as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

MISSIO are holding their Annual Summer Mass for Red Box Volunteers, supporters and all who are interested at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Woodchurch on Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. RSVP to generaloffice@mission.org.uk or just come along.

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.

Traidcraft Goods will be on sale after both Masses next weekend 18/19th May. Your support would be much appreciated.

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

Third Week of Easter 5th May, 2019, Cycle C

WORD FOR TODAY
The disciples met the risen Lord over a simple meal. Today we meet Jesus in many guises, in words and events, in faces that look to us for love and in those in need. But the most sublime way in which we meet Jesus is when we form part of his body, the Church, which gathers to eat his body and drink his blood.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Lord Jesus, you feed us with your word and your sacraments: Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you offer us your body and your blood; Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you call us to the banquet of everlasting life: Lord, have mercy.
In his infinite mercy may almighty God forgive us our sins, strengthen our resolve, confirm us in all goodness and lead us rejoicing to everlasting life. Amen.

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: BREAKFAST BY THE LAKE
When someone says the word “eucharist” what springs to mind? Do you think of a thing, perhaps the bread and wine? Or do you think of an action, perhaps the Mass?
Oddly enough, if you go to Greece you’ll hear the word “eucharist”, though pronounced in a slightly different way, every few minutes. That’s because it’s the Greek word for “thank you”. So the eucharist is really the action of giving thanks to God for creation and redemption. It’s an action first and foremost, and then a thing secondarily since we reserve the eucharistic species of bread and wine for use with the sick and sometimes for adoration.
If you take a look at the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection, you’re bound to notice that food plays a great part in them. From the first appearance on Easter Sunday evening with the disciples on their way to Emmaus where he breaks bread, to the final appearance in today’s gospel where they have a fish breakfast on the lake shore, being with Jesus is associated with eating and drinking. Could the gospel writers be trying to give us a clue?
The eucharist is the action of the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit by which we praise and thank God for the wonders he has worked for us and those he is still doing today. By calling down the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine we effect the transformation of the elements into the body and blood of Christ. We also call down the Spirit upon ourselves so that by sharing communion we too are transformed into the Body of Christ that is the Church. In other words, we become what we eat.
We meet Christ in the words that are proclaimed from scripture, for they convey the message that his life embodied. We meet Christ is the faces of those whose paths cross ours daily, especially those in need. We meet Christ in those who minister God’s love to us through the sacraments. We meet Christ in his body, the Church, when we gather together with two or three or more to worship in his name.
But most of all, and in a special way, we meet the risen Christ in eucharist where he invites us to eat and drink in the consummate act of thanksgiving that seals us in God’s love.

Third Week of Easter 5th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Sean Smith RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 6th 10.00am Cicily Chandy RIP
Tuesday 7th 9.15am
7.00pm Service of Word & Communion
Novena
Wednesday 8th 9.15am Richard Dewhurst RIP
Thursday 9th 7.30am Barbara Forshaw RIP
Friday 10th 9.15am Paul Connor RIP
Saturday 11th 10.30am First Communion Mass
Fourth Week of Easter 12th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints John Connolly
St John’s Parishioners
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

First Communion: The final First Communion Mass will be celebrated in Church at 10.30am and all are welcome to attend. Please keep the children in your prayers as they prepare for this important sacrament and please don’t forget to remember their families and teachers too.

The monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be prayed this Tuesday in church at 7pm all most welcome.

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.

Grace Group will be meeting this Tuesday, 7th May at the usual time 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.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
Work, Rest & Pray is a series of three evenings organised for our Deanery of Birkenhead & East Wirral to explore our Call to Holiness. The three evenings are taking place this Thursday and for the following two Thursday’s 16th & 23rd May at St John Plessington Catholic College from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. On each evening there will be time to pray together, listen and share on the call to holiness at home, in work and in life. The evenings are free and will provide an opportunity for us to come together and share our faith in a gentle but real way.
Family Fun Night- The Pig Race is back: St Anne’s Parish Centre on Friday 17th May at 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission £3 adults and £10 for a family ticket (5). Children welcome.
Rosary for Peace. The Wirral Legion of Mary Group will be holding a public Rosary for Peace next Saturday 11th May at 2pm in St Werburgh’s Square, Birkenhead. All are most welcome.
Conference on Holiness and the Mission of the Laity is a major Diocesan event open to all on Saturday 18th May at St Ambrose, Hale Barns 9.30 for 1.00, ends at 3.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch. No charge, contributions welcome. Registration by phone 0151 652 9855.
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 Collection amounted to £556.85p Thank you for your continued generosity.
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 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

Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Dervice as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

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 :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.