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

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

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.


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
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
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
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 or just come along.


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