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

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.

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.

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
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
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
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

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

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.

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