Sixth Week of Easter 26th 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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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.

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
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
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
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 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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