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

08/06/2019

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 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

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