Feast of Ss Peter and Paul, 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
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

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)

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.

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
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
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

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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