Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) 30th 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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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
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
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
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;// Completed applications should be returned to Closing date Friday 12th July 2019.

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