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

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

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.

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
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
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.

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