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

Feast of Ss Peter and Paul, 30th June, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the under world can never hold out against it. (Matthew 16:18)

WORD FOR TODAY
Peter and Paul are credited with being so fired up by their faith that they couldn’t help passing it on. And so from generation to generation the teaching of Christ has come down to us. Who are we passing it on to? And how?

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. FOODBANK IS DESPARATELY IN NEED OF CARRIER BAGS TO HELP WITH FOOD DISTRIBUTION. IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO THEM IF, WHEN DONATING FOOD, YOU COULD INCLUDE ANY CARRIER BAGS YU CAN SPARE, PLEASE. THANK YOU.

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.

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: PETER AND PAUL
The pages of the four gospels clearly show Peter to be the leader of the apostles, chosen by Jesus to have a special relationship with him. With James and John he was privileged to witness events like the Transfiguration
and the agony in Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’ death. His name is first on every list of apostles.
But the Gospels also include some unflattering details about Peter. He clearly was no public relations person. It’s a great comfort for us ordinary mortals to know that Peter also has his human weakness, even in the presence of Jesus.
Paul converted to Christianity after being its persecutor. His central conviction was simple and absolute: only God can save humanity. No human effort—even the most scrupulous observance of law—can create a human good which we can bring to God as reparation for sin or payment for grace. To be saved from itself, from sin, from the devil and from death, humanity must open itself completely to the saving power of Jesus.
Today we celebrate two great saints who are proof that God can work through anybody. We have St. Peter, a brash, thick-headed fisherman, inclined to say whatever popped into his head without thinking, and St. Paul, that well educated Pharisee who persecuted the Church, later becoming its great champion. Today’s feast, then, is a celebration of the Church’s unity (and a good example to us in Community). Anyone who has read Acts or Galatians, will recall that Saints Peter and Paul did not always think or act in perfect harmony. They came from different backgrounds, they had different methods of evangelism, and they didn’t always get along, but they were vitally important to the emerging Christian Church.
Both helped to spread the faith of the early Church, following in the footsteps of Christ. That these two extremes could allow the Holy Spirit to work through them is certainly proof that God can work through each of us, as long as we are willing to answer “yes” to God’s call.

Feast of Ss Peter and Paul 30th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Grace Howe RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 1st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 2nd 9.15am
7.00pm Service of Word & Communion
Novena
Wednesday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 4th 7.30am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 5th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 6th 12 Noon Golden Jubilee Mass for Sister Pat Kenny
14th Sunday in Ord Time 7th 5.00pm
9.30am

7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Ints Fr John Rafferty – Golden Jubilee
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Next Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses

Children’s Liturgy: Each Sunday during 9.30am Mass in the side/day chapel. All welcome.

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

Golden Jubilee Mass for Sister Pat Kenny: Sister Pat celebrates her Golden Jubilee as a Sister of Charity this summer. Please note that all parishioners are warmly invited to next Saturday’s 12noon Mass in Church joining the Kenny family and the Sisters of Charity in giving thanks to God for Sister Pat’s 50 years dedicated religious service in this country and abroad .

Prayers for the Sick ; Please continue to remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion, please let us know.
Lately Dead Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Mary Thomas a parishioner who died recently. Funeral Service in Church Monday 8th July at 10.30am and for Fr Michael
Murray, Retired Priest of the Diocese. Reception of the Body and Vigil Mass at St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe on Tuesday 9th July at 7.00pm. Funeral Mass again at St Anthony’s Church, Portway, Wythenshawe M22 6WR on Wednesday 10th July at 11.00am. May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £632.01p. Thank you. A Retiring Collection will be held THIS weekend for Peter’s Pence. The collection is a gesture of solidarity. Through it, every member of the faithful can participate in the Pope’s activity. It is an activity that supports the most needy and ecclesial communities in difficulty who approach the Apostolic See for help. Pope Francis says “Solidarity is taking responsibility for the problem of the other.” Please give what you can. Thank you.
Novena to Perpetual Succour: Many thanks to those who participated in the recent nine days of prayer and to those who organised it and led it. As this coming Tuesday is the First Tuesday of July the Novena will be prayed in Church as usual at 7pm.
St Anselm’s College SVP 80th Anniversary. The College is hosting and celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving on Tuesday 2nd July at 6.00 pm in the College Hall. All old Anselmians and College SVP members and their families are welcome to attend. There will be light refreshments served afterwards. Please inform us of your attendance for catering purposes.”

St John’s SVP Group meets in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm

Readers: There will be a meeting for all parish readers on Saturday, 20th July at 10.30am in Church. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you.
The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 11th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent out to bereaved families. Please return the tear off slip in the stamped envelope provided as soon as possible to assist us with numbers for catering. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is looking to recruit a Youth Mission Team in schools and parishes across the Member to engage with young people Diocese. The Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team (SYMT) comprises of full time employees and lay and clergy volunteers. The full-time employee will be a key member of the team led by the Director. The successful candidate will be a faithful practising Catholic, happily living their faith and willing to give positive witness to young people and serve as a representative of the Bishop and Diocese of Shrewsbury. Full details and application forms can be found at http;//dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies. Completed applications should be returned to recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org. Closing date Friday 12th July 2019.
Fully Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 23rd September 2019. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. Lunch on days out. All entertainment and excursions included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.
Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613

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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

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) 23rd June, 2019, Cycle C

Fully Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 23rd September 2019. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. Lunch on days out. All entertainment and excursions included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.
Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613

Wirral Hospice St John’s – in the grounds of Clatterbridge Hospital-the garden at the Hospice will be open next Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am- 4.30pm. Adults admission £4.00, children free. Pimms tent and home-made produce available. Please support this important local charity.

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 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.

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: The Body and Blood of Christ
The feast of Corpus et Sanguis Christi (The Body and Blood of Christ) is a vivid reminder to us that, although Jesus has ascended to heaven, he is truly present among us here on earth. Traditionally we say that he is present in four ways:
Jesus is present in the message of his word. When the scriptures are proclaimed, Jesus speaks.
Jesus is present in his people, the Body of Christ, those who gather in his name to praise and worship God.
Jesus is present in the person of the minister who like Jesus calls to repentance, baptises and leads the faithful on their journey towards the Father.
Jesus is present in the sacraments, but especially in the eucharist which is the pledge of his abiding presence among us. When we eat his body and drink his blood we make his death and resurrection a reality in our midst until he comes again.
So we reserve the eucharist in our tabernacles. We do this first and foremost so that people who are not able to join the parish community through sickness may still take their place at the family table when they receive the communion of the sick. And we see Christ’s presence in the tabernacle as the focal point of our devotion and prayer, a devotion that is unpacked and celebrated on this very ancient feast of the Church’s year.

Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ 23rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Pat McGann
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 24th 9.15am Tony Wallis RIP
Tuesday 25th 9.15am Ints Brannock & Connolly Fams
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Paul Connor RIP
Thursday 27th 9.15am Joe Moore RIP
Friday 28th No Mass or Service
Saturday 29th
Sunday Feast of Ss Peter & Paul 30th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Grace Howe RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Next Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses

Children’s Liturgy: Each Sunday during 9.30am Mass in the side/day chapel. All welcome.

Prayers for the Sick ; Please continue to remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion, please let us know.

This weekend is the Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). At both Masses our Eucharistic Ministers are invited to make their Annual Renewal of Commitment. Please report to the Sacristy before Mass.

This week we look forward to welcoming Year 1 of our Infant School to Mass on Tuesday at 9.15am. On Wednesday morning we will welcome St John’s Junior School for a whole school Mass on the theme of St Peter and St Paul in preparation for next weekend’s Feast.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week
in the Parish Centre.
Traidcraft goods will be on sale after both Masses this weekend. Please take a look at what is on offer
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Nine Day Novena continues here at St John’s The Programme is as follows:
Sunday 23rd June After Mass
Monday 24th June 7pm
Tuesday 25th June 7pm
Wednesday 26th June 7pm
Thursday 27th June 9.15am
The Novena concludes with the celebration of Mass at 9.15am on Thursday- the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.
St John’s SVP Group meets in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I will be at the celebration of the Diocesan Priesthood Mass at Westminster Cathedral in London along with Bishop Mark and several other priests from our diocese so there will not be a Mass at St John’s on Friday. However Canon Hoban will be celebrating a Mass at St Anne’s at 12 noon to which all are most welcome.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £523.75p. Thank you. Last weekend’s collection for the Lay Volunteer Missionary Movement amounted to £615.00. Thank you for your generosity. The recent collection for Church Flowers amounted to £340.00 which will allow our volunteers to keep our wonderful Church looking so beautiful.
A Retiring Collection will be held next weekend for Peter’s Pence. The collection is a gesture of solidarity. Through it, every member of the faithful can participate in the Pope’s activity. It is an activity that supports the most needy and ecclesial communities in difficulty who approach the Apostolic See for help. Pope Francis says “Solidarity is taking responsibility for the problem of the other.” Please give what you can. Thank you.
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 St Anne’s Church this Wednesday at 11.30am followed by a social gathering in the Parish Centre. All past and present members are most welcome and families too.

Parish Auction: St Luke’s Bebington will be holding a Parish Auction on Wednesday 26th June, at the ground floor of the Lever Club, Port Sunlight (next to Port Sunlight Station) at 7.30pm. During the course of the evening there will be a quiz and the Grand Summer Raffle. Everyone is welcome, admission is free.

MISSIO are holding their Annual Summer Mass for Red Box Volunteers, supporters and all who are interested at St Michael & All Angels Church, Woodchurch ,this Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark and Fr. Tony Chantry, National Director of Missio will preach. The Mass will be followed by refreshments in the school. All most welcome.

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 11th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent out to bereaved families. Please return the tear off slip in the stamped envelope provided as soon as possible to assist us with numbers for catering. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

The Diocese of Shrewsbury is looking to recruit a Youth Mission Team Member to engage with young people in schools and parishes across the Diocese. The Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team (SYMT) comprises of full time employees and lay and clergy volunteers. The full-time employee will be a key member of the team led by the Director. The successful candidate will be a faithful practising Catholic, happily living their faith and willing to give positive witness to young people and serve as a representative of the Bishop and Diocese of Shrewsbury. Full details and application forms can be found at http;//dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies. Completed applications should be returned to recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org. Closing date Friday 12th July 2019.

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

The Most Holy Trinity 16th June, 2019, Cycle C

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.

Trade Craft Stall will be available over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday
22nd/23rd June. Please take time to look through the cards and goods on sale.

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.

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: FATHOMING GOD
Dear Sons and Daughters,
I thought I’d drop you a brief line today since, after all, Trinity is my special feast. Though perhaps I should remember that your finite minds would find it easier on Trinity Sunday if I say “our” feast. The other two agree with me on this!
You know, of course, I am the only one with a total grasp on reality. That’s because I exist infinitely; I had no beginning and will have no end, unlike you who are limited to time and space. One day, of course, you will join me in this never-ending happiness. I’m really looking forward to that day. Well, actually, it’s already arrived for me but that would take too long to explain. It pleases me that you are trying to be holy. It doesn’t matter whether you achieve it or not, because it’s the trying that’s important. What you are really doing is trying to become more like me. That’s because I possess the only real holiness: it comes naturally to me. And when you love, too, you are like a kitchen towel that blots up my love and passes it on to others.
One of the pleasures of being God is watching how much progress you are making on earth. DNA, space probes, computers, health cures: it’s all very impressive but sometimes I wonder what took you so long. And I have a good laugh when you try to take the credit for it all. It’s the same when you talk about the origins of life and of the universe. Big bangs, gases, planetary collisions. Well, yes, it’s all pretty close to the mark, but who do you think made the gases in the first place? Yes, I know it’s rude to boast. Still, don’t think just because I am the one you’re all trying to catch up with, without really knowing it, that I am too busy or important to be bothered about your own individual cares and concerns. I have always loved you, even before you were born, and that’s why I came down to earth. And even when people talk about me as if I were a thing from the past, and behave in ways that contradict all I’ve ever said, I won’t stop loving. But that’s probably hard for you to understand, even though I’ve made you little less than gods. In the meantime I send you my blessing.
Best wishes from your loving Father.
PS The other two send their regards.
The Most Holy Trinity 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Evans Family
Prayer Meeting
Monday 17th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 18th 9.15am Patricia Dobbie RIP
Wednesday 19th 9.15am Private Intention I McIver
Thursday 20th 7.30am Lewis Doyle RIP
Friday 21st 9.15am Ted Corrigan RIP
Saturday 22nd
Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ 23rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Pat McGann
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Next Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses
Sunday is a Special Day of Prayer for the Day of Life

Children’s Liturgy: We are recommencing Children’s Liturgy this weekend at Sunday 9.30am Mass in the side/day chapel

Prayers for the Sick ; Please continue to remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion, please let us know.

Next weekend is the Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). At both Masses our Eucharistic Ministers are invited to make their Annual Renewal Commitment.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Nine Day Novena will be held here at St John’s 19th-27th June. The Programme is as follows:
Wednesday 19th June 7pm
Thursday 20th June 7pm
Friday 21st June 7pm
Saturday 22nd June 4.15pm
Sunday 23rd June After Mass
Monday 24th June 7pm
Tuesday 25th June 7pm
Wednesday 26th June 7pm
Thursday 27th June 9.15am
Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre.

St John’s SVP Group meets in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Thursday 20th June at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £635.05p. Thank you. A copy of the Parish’s Financial Summary/ Comparison sheet is posted on the notice board at the back of Church. The bottom line figure is that the slight loss of 2017/2018 has been turned into a healthy profit of £7,000 plus in 20118/2019 thanks to your continued generosity, a growth in sacramental activity and an increase in mass attendance. Many thanks to Carol Dalziel for the tremendous amount of work she does preparing and monitoring the accounts, to Steve Bell for his work with Gift Aid and to all our counters and collectors. THIS Weekend members of the Lay Volunteer Missionary Movement will be making the Annual Mission Appeal at both Masses.
St John’s Junior School. The whole school will be celebrating Mass in St John’s church on Wednesday
26th June to mark the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul. All Parents, family members and parishioners are warmly welcome.

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 and 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.

The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 11th July at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent out to bereaved families. Please return the tear off slip in the stamped envelope provided as soon as possible to assist us with numbers for catering. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

Fully Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 23rd September 2019. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. Lunch on days out. All entertainment and excursions included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.
Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613
THIS Sunday 16 June at 3pm Bishop Mark will lead the third Pause for Hope service to be held in Saint Columba’s church in Chester (Plas Newton Lane CH2 1SA). Pause for Hope is an ecumenical service offering all those affected by cancer a chance to come together in a spirit of prayer. It is an opportunity to pray for those living with cancer, for loved ones, carers, doctors, nurses and that scientist searching for a cure for cancer. The service is open to everyone and will include a reflection by Lynne Moorhead from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Following the time of prayer there will be refreshments in the parish centre. For more information about Pause for Hope please see their website http://www.pauseforhope.org.uk

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

The Feast of Pentecost, 9th June, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalemfrom every nation under heaven…each one bewildered to hear these menspeaking their own language. (Acts 2: 5)

WORD FOR TODAY
God’s Spirit is the bond of unity among all humanity. Gender, race, colour and language take second place to what we share in Jesus Christ. What makes us one is not our difference but our unanimity in proclaiming that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

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 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.

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: OFF OUR OWN BAT?
The Pentecost story is a remarkable one. The apostles had virtually gone into hiding for the seven weeks that followed Jesus’ death on Calvary. Today we meet them huddled in a room together. We have heard elsewhere how terrified they were that they even kept the doors locked. They were afraid that the authorities would come looking for them and that they too would be executed. To say they were demoralised would be putting it mildly .
Suddenly the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they are changed men. Out they go into the open and begin to preach about the marvels of God in all sorts of languages, yet, in a reversal of what happened when confusion reigned at Babel, everyone could understand what was being said.
In a world that prizes self-reliance the gift of the Spirit comes as an antidote. It teaches us that we are far too frail by ourselves to tackle the ills of our time, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We can’t even pray off our own bat; we need the Spirit to speak through our mumbling to God. Yet with God’s spirit we are capable of sharing in the wonders that God wants for this world.
The Spirit does lots of things. It is the Spirit who consoles, supports, comforts, inspires, forgives, gives strength and wisdom, and leads us to know the truth. An ancient hymn speaks about the Spirit as “bending the stubborn heart and will, melting the frozen and warming the chill, washing the stains of guilt away”.
The greater the saint, the more reliant they are on God’s Spirit. For to recognise our need for the Spirit is not weakness but simple common sense. It is God who acts in our world and in our lives, using the Spirit to guide and direct us. The Spirit was given to us at our baptism and we can either allow him to lie dormant, preferring to rely on our own resources, or we can summon the power of God to shape and inform our thoughts, words and deeds.
The Spirit certainly changes things, as the apostles would tell you. He invites us on God’s adventure. But, first, we have to let him in through our locked door.

Pentecost 9th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Ted Welch
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 10th 9.15am Philip Afayori RIP
Tuesday 11th 9.15am Ints Bishop Brian Noble
Wednesday 12th 9.15am Cicily Chandy RIP
Thursday 13th 7.30am Norah McCormick RIP
Friday 14th 9.15am Les Duff
Saturday 15th 10.00am Joan Longland RIP
The Most Holy Trinity 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Evans Family
Prayer Meeting
Confessions next Saturday after 10am Mass Until 10.45am
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses
Sunday is a Special Day of Prayer for the Church

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
Fr Bernard know.

Children’s Liturgy: Meeting for those interested in leading and supporting Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Masses this Sunday after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.

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

As we celebrate 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.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £556.75p. Thank you. A copy of the Parish’s Financial Summary/ Comparison sheet is posted on the notice board at the back of Church. The bottom line figure is that the slight loss of 2017/2018 has been turned into a healthy profit of £7,000 plus in 20118/2019 thanks to your continued generosity, a growth in sacramental activity and an increase in mass attendance. Many thanks to Carol Dalziel for the tremendous amount of work she does preparing and monitoring the accounts, to Steve Bell for his work with Gift Aid and to all our counters and collectors. Next Weekend members of the Lay Volunteer Missionary Movement will be making the Annual Mission Appeal at both Masses.
St John’s SVP Group meets in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 11th July at 7.30pm. Invitations are in the process of being sent out to bereaved families. Please return the tear off slip in the stamped envelope provided as soon as possible to assist us with numbers for catering. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

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 and 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.

WIRRAL KNIGHTS OF
ST COLUMBA Invite you to join them in celebrating the feast day of their patron next Monday10th June at noon at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry. The knights are also celebrating the award of £7280 from the National Lottery Community Fund for their Tuesday Club which provides social activity for the less able at the Lauries Centre. This money will ensure the long term future of the club.
Many thanks, Bernard McGuigan.

Fully Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 23rd September 2019. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. Lunch on days out. All entertainment and excursions included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.
Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613
On Sunday 16 June at 3pm Bishop Mark will lead the third Pause for Hope service to be held in Saint Columba’s church in Chester (Plas Newton Lane CH2 1SA). Pause for Hope is an ecumenical service offering all those affected by cancer a chance to come together in a spirit of prayer. It is an opportunity to pray for those living with cancer, for loved ones, carers, doctors, nurses and that scientist searching for a cure for cancer. The service is open to everyone and will include a reflection by Lynne Moorhead from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Following the time of prayer there will be refreshments in the parish centre. For more information about Pause for Hope please see their website http://www.pauseforhope.org.uk

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

Seventh Week of Easter 2nd June, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22: 13)

WORD FOR TODAY
Christ has ascended to heaven and promised to send us the Spirit. In this time between Ascension and Pentecost we are reminded that the Spirit is present in our world in the strangest of places. Our task is to discern the signs of the Spirit in our lives and to know how to be open to his prompting.

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 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.

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: ENJOY!

The seventh week of Easter is a difficult period to celebrate. It’s hard to get real about it when the Ascension has taken place and we know that Pentecost is to come in seven days time. We can be forgiven for wanting to jump the gun and move straight to the Whit Sunday feast. We find ourselves in a liturgical limbo.
There’s nothing unusual about this. We do the same in December when we curtail Advent because we can’t wait to get to Christmas. Have we got so used to broadband internet conditions that the old dial-up speed no longer satisfies us?
But part of the celebration is the waiting. Part of the richness of God’s gift of the Spirit consists in the anticipation of what is to come. Maybe there was something in the now-forgotten idea of novenas, periods of preparation (usually 9 days) when we go through a gradual build-up to the feast itself.
Moreover, our eagerness to be “where it’s at” is an indication that modern men and women have lost the ability to savour life, to change down a gear, to recover the enjoyment that comes with expectation.
It’s seen in restaurants where people have decided what they’re having even without looking at the menu. It’s heard from the woman in the supermarket who buys fast food because an hour is too long to wait for the meat to cook in the oven.
Sometimes we’re forced to wait whether we like it or not. Babies don’t come in much less than nine months, and if Aunt Ethel can only visit us from Australia in the last two weeks of August then there’s nothing to be done. Except, of course, to look forward to it and relish the prospect of her being with us.
The last week of Easter is a rare opportunity to take delight in God’s promises to us. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God within our very being, a spirit that will encourage and stimulate us, console and support us, inspire and enthuse us. We already possess the Spirit from our baptism, but the feast of Pentecost offers the chance to deepen our awareness of that Spirit and to be captivated even more by what God is inviting us to in the future. Coming to terms with such an epic gift is not something to be rushed.

Seventh Week of Easter 2nd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Nora McCormick RIP
Arthur Brockway Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 3rd 9.15am Mildred Smith RIP
Tuesday 4th 9.15am
7.00pm Ints Forshaw Family
Novena
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Ints St Peters Parish, Stalybridge
Thursday 6th 12noon Funeral Mass –
Ted Corrigan
Friday 7th 9.15am Ints Peter Donnelly
Saturday 8th
Pentecost 9th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Ted Welch
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confession & Exposition next Saturday from 4.00-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses
Sunday is a Special Day of Prayer for World Communications

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 Fr Bernard know.

Lately Dead: Ted Corrigan’s Funeral Mass will be here at St John’s this Thursday 6th June at 12 noon followed by cremation at Landican at 1.30pm. May he and all the Faithful Departed rest in peace.

This Tuesday being the First Tuesday in June means that at 7pm the monthly Benediction and Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held in Church at 7pm. All most welcome.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am
Mass every week in the Parish Centre.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £541.14p. Thank you. A copy of the Parish’s Financial Summary/ Comparison sheet is posted on the notice board at the back
of Church. The bottom line figure is that the slight loss of 2017/2018 has been turned into a healthy profit of £7,000 plus in 20118/2019 thanks to your continued generosity, a growth in sacramental activity and an increase in mass attendance. Many thanks to Carol Dalziel for the tremendous amount of work she does preparing and monitoring the accounts, to Steve Bell for his work with Gift Aid and to all our counters and collectors.
Altar Flowers There will be a retiring collection for altar flowers THIS weekend Sat/Sun, 1st/ 2nd June please be as generous as you can.
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.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
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 7th, 8th and 9th 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 and 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.