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


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

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

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.

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
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
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

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 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.

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