Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th July, 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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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 14th July, 2019, Cycle C

For this Law that I enjoin on you today is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. (Deuteronomy 30: 11)

Let us pray for those who suffer from violence throughout the world, but especially in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Holy Land.
In your loving kindness, Lord:Grant us your peace.
Let us pray for the victims of crime in our own nation, for those whose lives have been inconvenienced or irreparably damaged through violence, robbery or deception. In your loving kindness, Lord:Grant us your peace.
Let us pray for those who work in the caring professions, particularly for doctors and nurses, for ambulance staff, social workers and for Samaritans.
In your loving kindness, Lord:Grant us your peace.
Let us pray for our young people who are leaving school at this time of the year, that they may be supported in their choice to seek further education or employment and that they may be happy and fulfilled in what they do.
In your loving kindness, Lord:Grant us your peace.

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.

Jesus rubs up everyone in today’s gospel. First he angers the Jewish establishment by telling a story about a man who was mugged, ignored by two clergymen and helped by a member of the hated ethnic minority. Then he shuts the legal boffins up by saying that you don’t need a degree in jurisprudence to understand God’s Law. Just a bit of common sense will do. You can know the Law but still be incapable of love.
In fact, that’s what God said through Moses in today’s reading from Deuteronomy: “This Law is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach…it is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart.” Yet we have problems thinking that God’s Law should be so easy. Coming from a superhero culture we tend to expect some great heroic sacrifice will be asked of us, some death-defying feat that will hit the front pages of the newspapers. But God simply says: look around and make sure your neighbour is OK. Christian morality is as simple as that. Love your neighbour.
Today’s Samaritans are not those who go off to save the Third World but those who keep an eye out for the elderly or sick person on their street. They’re the kitchen sink heroes whose daily acts of kindness show that everyone is their neighbour. We shouldn’t need to ask, “Who is my neighbour?” Rather, we should listen for the call within us to become close to those in need around us.
St David said, “Do the little things well”. Perhaps that’s what God is trying to tell us today. For if we want to fulfil God’s Law, then we will do so by opening our eyes and ears and responding to people of all races and creeds when they need us. This is not something so difficult that only professionals can grasp it. It’s obvious, says God. It’s what we would want others to do for us, and we can do it for others simply by doing the little things well.

15th Sunday in Ord Time 14th 5.00pm
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Jim Jones Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 15th 9.15am Madge Callaghan Anniv
Tuesday 16th 9.15am Ints of Elaine Mullins
Wednesday 17th 10.00am St John’s Leavers in school
Thursday 18th 7.30am Fr Michael Murray RIP
Friday 19th 9.15am Barbara Forshaw RIP
Saturday 20th 10.00am Sisters of Carmel Mass
16th Sunday in Ord Time 21st 5.00pm
7.30pm Edward Hyland RIP
Ted Corrigan RIP
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.

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. If you are going into hospital for treatment (particularly surgery) and stay for a few days (or more) it would be best to ask to receive the Sacrament of the Sick before your admission. If you are receiving treatment at home for a serious illness, the Sacrament of the Sick may also be appropriate. So please do not be afraid to ask.

Lately Dead Your prayers are requested for David Sharkey ( father of Catherine Sharkey- teacher at St John’s Infant School) who has died recently. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £594.21p. Thank you.
School News – We are now into the last week of the school year. St John’s Junior School will hold a full school Mass in church on Tuesday at 9.15am to which all parishioners are most welcome. The Year 6 Leavers Mass is at 10am in school and due to limited space is for parents and children only.
St John’s Parish Pastoral Team meet on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for the team to consider please use the Suggestion Box at the back of church or put a note through the presbytery letter box.

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

The Bereavement Group -Thank you to all those who organised and supported the Bereavement Service on Thursday evening. If you were unable to be with us you will find your loved one’s named candle on a window ledge in church. Please take it home and light it in memory of your loved one.

Readers: There will be a meeting for all parish readers this Saturday at 10.30am in Church. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you.

Father Owen Gallagher was ordained to the Priesthood on Saturday at St. Michael and All Angels, Woodchurch . It was a special day for him and we continue to remember him in our prayers and thank God for the gift of another priest for the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

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;// Completed applications should be returned to

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