Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 21st 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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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 21st July, 2019, Cycle C

It is Mary who has chosen the better part;it is not to be taken from her.
(Luke 10: 42)

Lord, we have placed before you our own needs and those of the world. Help us to be attentive to others, to take time to listen and to respond. Make us good hosts, like Mary of Bethany, so that we may be active in good works and always anxious to meet the needs of those whom your love places as our guests. We make this and all our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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

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.

Imagine that you and your husband or wife are in your eighties and are told you are going to have a baby. And this is because you showed hospitality to three strangers. That’s what happened to Abraham and Sarah: Isaac was born.
A similar situation arises with Martha and Mary who are playing host to Jesus. Martha moans that Mary is sitting around while she has to do all the work. Yet Jesus praises Mary for being a good host and says that she is the one who will benefit from what she has done.
It’s easy to polarise Martha and Mary and make it a straight fight between activity and rest, work and contemplation. But this misses the point.
When we have visitors for a meal there is no point in sitting around chatting if we haven’t prepared the food. But nor would we want to sit people down to eat as soon as they knock on the door. A good host knows how to set guests at ease, to make them comfortable, to let them settle down, get things off their chest and relax.
In our Christian lives we need the balance between Martha and Mary. If the Church were just a talking-shop then nothing would ever get done and we would all be hypocrites. Yet if we just rushed around incessantly organising fundraisers and holding special services then we would soon run out of steam and probably out of motive.
We must never be so taken up with the work of the Lord that we forget the Lord of the work. Our work as Christians is to serve others in order to serve God. This means that the people we meet are given to us by God as occasions for seeing his face. If we are to respond to God in others then we need to cultivate the habit of talking to God, of trying to discern God’s voice in our work, our family, our socialising. What Martha shows us today is that we can become bound up with our “doing” to the extent that we never really meet God in the things that we are doing.
God is alive and well and will be offering you the chance to play host to him several times in the coming week. Will you have the nous to sit, to listen and to relax with him?
16th Sunday in Ord Time 21st 5.00pm
7.30pm Edward Hyland RIP
Ted Corrigan RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 22nd 9.15am Norah McCormack RIP
Tuesday 23rd 9.15am No Mass or Service
Wednesday 24th 9.15 am Tim Delaney Anniv RIP
Thursday 25th 7.30am Peter Doran RIP
Friday 26th 9.15am No Mass or Service
Saturday 27th
17th Sunday in Ord Time 28th 5.00pm
7.30pm Peter Bowman RIP
Moira Roberts RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Next Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 min before daily Masses
During the 5pm Mass this Saturday 20th July, Brenda and Dave Bell will receive a special blessing on their Golden Wedding Anniversary. May God continue to bless their Marriage and their family.

Children’s Liturgy- will resume again after the school holidays.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre.

Friday is the Feast of St Anne. There won’t be a Mass here at St John’s on that day but all are most welcome to the 12noon Mass at St Anne’s which will be preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions from 11am onwards.

Prayers for the Sick ; Please continue to remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in your prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion, please let us know via phone or email. If you are going into hospital for treatment and staying for a few days 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. Funeral Mass at St Paul’s Beechwood on Monday at 11.30am. Also for Tom Sarson (brother of Colette Sarson) whose Funeral Mass is at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Tuesday at 9.30am. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £573.46p. Thank you.

Traidcraft goods will be on sale after all Masses this weekend. Please take time to have a look and support this worthwhile cause.
School News –Wishing our children & young people a happy and safe holiday and wishing all our school staff and governors a restful and peaceful time. Thanks for all the hard work and for all that has been achieved in the past school year.
The Grace Group- meets in the presbytery on Tuesday at 7pm.

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

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes- The Pilgrimage sets off at the end of this week with several of our parishioners participating. This year there are over 750 pilgrims which is an increase on the last couple of years. It is possible to tune into the live feed for the international Mass which is at 8.30am BST on Sunday 28th July and the Grotto Mass at 7.30am BST on Monday 29th July. The link is and then select Lourdes TV.
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
Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to support the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. 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 YOU CAN SPARE. THANK YOU.

Welcome Café’s Just a reminder and a word of encouragement to use the Diocesan Welcome Café’s. These distribute surplus supermarket food at no cost to the individual and are held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road Rock Ferry from 11am-1pm. Also every Friday at St Werburgh’s Parish Centre, Grange Precinct, Birkenhead from 11am-1pm.

Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to take a copy of the Catholic Voice and buy a Catholic paper.

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