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:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 1st September 2019, Cycle C

 

WORD OF GOD                                                                                                                       The greater you are,the more you should behave humbly,and then you will find favour with the Lord. (Ecclesiasticus 3:18)

Words for Worship                                                                                                               Lord of the poor and the crippled, God of the blind and the lame, listen to the prayers we have brought before you for our own needs, for those of our Church and our world. Teach us true humility that we may be at the service of all who call upon us. Encourage us to use our talents to spread your kingdom, and when we meet with success help us to recognise you as the source of our strengths. We make this and all our prayers through him who humbled himself to share our human weakness, your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, If you wish to book the centre for Baptism Celebrations, Wedding Receptions, Funeral Gatherings etc please contact manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email bha@ypcevents.com

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please  keep your donations coming-  Items urgently needed- tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.  Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Birthday Cards etc.

 

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.

 

 

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: TOP TABLE

A London-based pastor was boasting about how his church had grown from a handful to thousands of members in such a short time. The interviewer asked him what he thought had brought this about. “A top rate dedicated and qualified management team” he replied. “And what about the Holy Spirit?” asked the interviewer. By then it was too late for the pastor to dig himself out of the hole.  Don’t take the seats on the top table, says Jesus today, because someone more distinguished might have been invited. Of course, there’s always someone more distinguished than us. The problem is that we often fail to recognise it. A top-table mentality can be very corrosive. As we grow up we naturally takes things for granted. We get on in life, we get promotion, we acquire status and position and we find ourselves making decisions that affect other people’s lives. We know we’ve got the top-table mentality when we think that we are owed respect by right. We expect to be given preferential treatment, to be obeyed, to have our opinion carry more weight than other people’s. Humility does not mean pretending we’re not who we are, denying skills and talents or feigning a type of false modesty. Humility rejoices in what it can do, but knows that it can do nothing without God and others. So humility boasts, but it boasts about God who is the source of all gift and talent.

Humble people don’t stop aiming high. It’s just that when they achieve their goal they know who deserves the credit. And since humble people don’t push themselves forward for the top places, they are not disappointed not to have them. Nor do they suffer the embarrassment of being taken down a peg when they overstep the mark.

Set your sights as high as you like but keep your soul on the ground. The man who fulfilled the cosmic act of salvation did so by humbling himself to become a mere human and although he was God he claimed no glory for himself. It’s those who humble themselves, he said, who will be exalted.

 

 

22nd Sunday in Ord Time 1st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr John Rafferty

Ints St John’s Parish

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 2nd 9.15am Ints Betty Houston  
Tuesday 3rd 9.15am Patricia Dobbie RIP  
Wednesday 4th 9.15 am Irene Harding  
Thursday 5th 12Noon

7.00pm

Funeral Mass Linda Unwin

Vigil Mass Fr Frank Rice

 
Friday 6th No Mass or Service  
Saturday 7th      
23rd Sunday in Ord Time 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Peter Donnelly

Sid & Mary Havard Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions  Each  Saturday 10.30am-11.15am  
Morning Prayer

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

15 min before daily  Masses

Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

 

 

Fr Frank Rice:  The Funeral Arrangements are as follows:   Vigil Mass this Thursday 5th September  at  St John’s Church at 7.00pm celebrated by   Fr Bernard and the Deanery Clergy.  Fr Frank’s body will rest in the Church from the end of Mass until 9.00pm for parishioners and others to say a prayer and pay their respects.                                                                        Tea & Coffee, Cakes & Biscuits will be available for everyone in the Parish Centre after the Vigil Mass

Funeral Mass on Friday 6th September at Our Lady’s Church, Cavendish Street, Birkenhead CH41 8AQ at 12noon celebrated by Bishop Mark and Clergy from the Diocese of Shrewsbury and beyond. Fr Frank  will be buried at Landican around 2.00pm where Deacon Philip White will lead the committal.         The Funeral Reception will be held back here at              St John’s Parish Centre with outside caterers providing the refreshments. Everyone of course is most welcome.

Linda Unwin RIP:   Your prayers are also asked for the repose of the soul of Linda Unwin, a faithful parishioner, who also died recently.  Linda’s Funeral Mass will be held at St John’s on Thursday                  5th September at 12noon. May she Rest in peace.

 

Tea & Coffee resumes in the Parish Centre after 9.30am this Sunday

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass will resume  next Sunday 8th of September in the Day Chapel.

St John’s Schools re-open on Tuesday after the Summer break. We hope all the children and staff have had a good restful holiday and we offer a warm welcome to all the new children and staff.

The Monthly Novena to Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour will be held in  church on Tuesday at 7pm. All most welcome- If you have not participated in this before it offers a time of quiet prayer and reflection before the well known icon of Our Blessed Lady.

St John’s SVP Group will not be meeting this Thursday. There next meeting will be on Thursday 12th September at 6.30pm.

 

 

Confirmation 2019:  This year’s Confirmation Mass with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at Christ the King, Bromborough on Thursday                       21st November at 7pm. The preparation programme will start in September and is open to candidates in Year 9 and above. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk  by next Sunday 8th September at the latest.

 

Money Matters:  Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £659.83p. Thank you for your generosity.

 

 

Parish Pastoral Team- will be  meeting shortly. If you have any suggestions/ideas/ thoughts for the team to consider, please put a note in the Suggestion Box at the back of Church or through the Presbytery letter box or send an email to the Parish email address this week.

Foundation Governors: The Diocese has a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Deanery. If you would be interested in joining a Governing Body then please contact  Sue Blackwell at the Curial Offices sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

The Roman Catholic 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 & clergy volunteers.  The full-time employee will be a key member of the team led by the Director.  The successful candidate will be faithful practising Catholic, happily living their faith and willing to give positive witness to young people and to serve as a representative of the Bishop and Diocese of Shrewsbury.  Full details and application forms can be found at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/aboutus/curia/vacancies  Completed applications should be returned to recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org    Closing date Friday 13 September 2019

Catholic Certificate for Religious Studies…. Recommended for any teacher who wants to teach in a Catholic School, as well as those seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of  the  Catholic Faith and Theology. Two CCRS sessions are being offered within the Diocese in the new School Year. The venue closest to here is Our Lady’s Ellesmere Port and these sessions will be held on Saturdays. For more information and dates visit; www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs

Welcome Café’s  which distribute surplus supermarket food at no cost to you are held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road Rock Ferry from 11am-1pm. And also every Friday at   St Werburgh’s Parish Centre, Grange Precinct, Birkenhead from 11am-1pm. All are welcome to use this facility.

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:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time 25th August 2019, Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: HEAVEN AND HELL

Some modern people don’t believe in hell. They say that it’s an old-fashioned way of frightening people into behaving in a moral manner. If God is so loving, they argue, then no one will be allowed to miss out on heaven.

Of course, this is not what Jesus says in today’s gospel. He says “there will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside”.

Hell is not a place. It doesn’t have a floor and walls, or even a fire. Hell is the never-ending state of pain and frustration after death at realising that we were given the chance of eternal happiness that comes from choosing God, but that we chose not to accept it and now it is beyond our grasp.

If God were to ignore our life choices and simply “smooth things over” when we die, then we would have been made fools of during our life. Life, rather than being a drama, would have been reduced to a divine farce in which we thought we had freewill but in reality were just playing a part in some predetermined global heavenly extravaganza. God has too much respect for us to toy with us like that.

And so Jesus warns his audience today about becoming complacent, about thinking that they are guaranteed a place in the kingdom of God because of their nationality, their ancestors, or their religious practice. And just as Isaiah had done centuries earlier, he angers them by saying that heaven will be full of “riffraff” while some of them will be excluded. For God has no favourites. People of high standing in society and the Church will find themselves at the foot of the pile, and vice versa.

And what about you and me? Have we joined the throng of people who never give heaven and hell a second thought? Do we automatically think that we have some sort of season ticket for religion that will see us through at the eleventh hour? Or are we acting on Jesus’ words and trying to enter by the narrow door?

 

 

WORD OF GOD:                                                                                                                                 There are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.  (Luke 13:30)

 

 

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has now been fully refurbished and is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, If you wish to book the centre for Baptism Celebrations, Wedding Receptions, Funeral Gatherings etc please contact manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email bha@ypcevents.com

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please  keep your donations coming- the school holidays can be the hardest time of year;  Items urgently needed- tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.  Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.

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 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

21stSunday in Ord Time 25th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ted Corrigan RIP

Ints St John’s Parish

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 26th 12 Noon Wedding-Jay Finlay &

Emma Evanson

 
Tuesday 27th 9.15am Ints St John’s Church Cleaners  
Wednesday 28th 9.15 am Fr Frank Rice RIP  
Thursday 29th 7.30am Grace Howe RIP  
Friday 30th 9.15am Norah McCormack RIP  
Saturday 31st      
22nd Sunday in Ord Time 1st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Fr John Rafferty

Ints St John’s Parish

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions  Each  Saturday 10.30am-11.15am  
Morning Prayer

 

There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament next Saturday from 4.00pm until 5.00pm Mass to remember Fr Frank Rice RIP and to pray God’s blessing upon his Funeral Rites.

15 min before daily  Masses

 

 

 

Fr Frank: It is with sadness that we announce the death of Fr Frank Rice who passed away in The Old Garden Care Home in Hoylake at 6.35am last Sunday morning having received the Sacrament of Anointing from Fr Bernard that night and with Joan Hannam and Pauline Roberts at his bedside. May he Rest in Peace. 

The Funeral Arrangements are as follows:             Vigil Mass on Thursday 5th September  here at          St John’s Church at 7.00pm celebrated by                    Fr Bernard and the Deanery Clergy.  Fr Frank’s body will rest in the Church from the end of Mass until 9.00pm for parishioners and others to say a prayer and pay their respects.                                                                        Tea & Coffee, Cakes & Biscuits will be available for everyone in the Parish Centre after the Vigil Mass ……thanks to Noelene and her team. 

Funeral Mass on Friday 6th September at Our Lady’s Church, Cavendish Street, Birkenhead CH41 8AQ at 12noon celebrated by Bishop Mark and Clergy from the Diocese of Shrewsbury and beyond. Fr Frank

will be buried at Landican around 2.00pm where Deacon Philip White will lead the committal.         The Funeral Reception will be held back here at              St John’s Parish Centre with outside caterers providing the refreshments. Everyone of course is most welcome.

Linda Unwin RIP:   Your prayers are also asked for the repose of the soul of Linda Unwin, a faithful parishioner, who also died recently.  Linda’s Funeral Mass will be held at St John’s on Thursday                  5th September at 12noon. May she Rest in peace.

Wedding: Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Jay Finlay and Emma Evanson being married here at St John’s on Bank Holiday Monday at 12 noon.

Mass Intentions- If you would like a Mass to be celebrated for someone, living or dead, please use the Mass Offering envelopes which can be found on the table at the back of Church or in the Sacristy. If you wish for a certain date/ time, then please also write that on the envelope. We will try our very best to accommodate this, depending on availability. Mass cards are available from the card rack at the back of Church.

Tea & Coffee resumes in the Parish Centre after 9.30am next Sunday 1st September

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass will resume again on the second Sunday of September…..after the school holidays

 Baptisms: The diary for Baptisms is filling up so please give us plenty of notice by phoning 645 3314 or emailing us especially if you have a particular date in mind. 

Confirmation 2019:  This year’s Confirmation Mass with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at Christ the King, Bromborough on Thursday                       21st November at 7pm. The preparation programme will start in September and is open to candidates in Year 9 and above. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk  as soon as possible and certainly before the 7th September.

Money Matters:  Last week’s collection amounted to £569.17p. Thank you.

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

 

Parish Pastoral Team- Next meeting is in early  September. If you have any suggestions/ideas/ thoughts for the team to consider, please put a note in the Suggestion Box at the back of Church or through the Presbytery letter box or send an email to the Parish email address.

Foundation Governors: The Diocese has a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Deanery. If you would be interested in joining a Governing Body then please contact  Sue Blackwell at the Curial Offices sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Catholic Certificate for Religious Studies…. Recommended for any teacher who wants to teach in a Catholic School, as well as those seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of  the  Catholic Faith and Theology. Two CCRS sessions are being offered within the Diocese in the new School Year. The venue closest to here is Our Lady’s Ellesmere Port and these sessions will be held on Saturdays. For more information and dates visit; www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs

Welcome Café’s  which distribute surplus supermarket food at no cost to you are held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road Rock Ferry from 11am-1pm. And also every Friday at   St Werburgh’s Parish Centre, Grange Precinct, Birkenhead from 11am-1pm. All are welcome to use this facility- there is no reason for anyone to go hungry this Summer.

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:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 18th August 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD

Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. (Luke 12: 51)

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Christianity is not about being popular. Jesus preached the gospel in and out of season and was unconcerned about making enemies. Is our brand of Christianity faith to his or are we prone to soften off when we think others might consider us strange? Do we have the courage of our convictions? Are we prepared to stand up and be counted?

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please  keep your donations coming- the school holidays can be the hardest time of year;  Items urgently needed- tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.  Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or  even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the  need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.

 

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 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.

 

 

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: RAISING EYEBROWS?

From time to time we have to remind ourselves just what it means to be a Christian. That’s why today we hear a passage from a chapter of Luke’s gospel that examines different aspects of being a disciple. People who have been Christians from infancy tend not to experience the challenge of following Christ as much as those who are converted in later life. Cradle Christians are prone to play down the significance of their baptism. After all we were baptised as children just as we were given certain injections to inoculate us against diseases. As a result we grow up with the attitude that our Christianity is just one string to our bow. We may be members of the local amateur dramatic society, we may support the local football team and we are also Christians. But today Jesus warns us that if we are true Christians then we will be the cause of division. That’s because the message of Christ is radically disturbing; it overturns accepted wisdom and agitates people. When we speak out about our vision of God’s world it upsets others. When we say what we think about moral decisions and the way life should be enjoyed we run the risk of antagonising. This is because to be a Christian means making a fundamental decision to proclaim a vision of God that is usually at odds with what society values. It’s not that we set out deliberately to make life uncomfortable for others. It’s simply that the message of the gospel is subversive: it turns everything on its head. Telling a world that prizes success that the only way to prosper is to die to self is not geared to making you very popular. It angers those who do not accept Christ and it causes division.  If we are ever tempted to think of our religion as normal, as being an obvious way of living in the twenty-first century, then we have to read the gospel again. It is a challenge to our world and its values, and so we should not be surprised if people find it hard to take. Maybe if we are finding opposition to our faith it is a sign that we are close to Christ; for he said he had come not to bring peace but division. If, on the other hand, our faith raises no more eyebrows than our membership of the local flower arranging club then perhaps we’ve either lost sight of what our faith really is or we’re afraid to let it show.

 

 

20th Sunday in Ord Time 18th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Peggy McAllister

Milly Hawes Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 19th 9.15am Barbara Hemmings RIP  
Tuesday 20th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion  
Wednesday 21st 11.30 am Funeral Mass

James Patterson

 
Thursday 22nddd 7.30am Ints Father Frank Rice  
Friday 23rd 9.15am Ints Ruth Foran  
Saturday 24th      
21st Sunday in Ord Time 25th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ted Corrigan RIP

Ints St John’s Parish

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions  Each  Saturday 10.30am-11.15am  
Morning Prayer

 

From September 7th there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Saturday

15 min before daily  Masses

 

From 4.15pm – 5pm

 

 

Mass Intentions- If you would like a Mass to be celebrated for someone, living or dead, please use the Mass Offering envelopes which can be found on the table at the back of Church or in the Sacristy. If you wish for a certain date/ time, then please also write that on the envelope. We will try our very best to accommodate this, depending on availability. Mass cards are available from the card rack at the back of Church.

 

Please keep in your prayers those young people from our Parish & your families who are receiving important examination results at this time.

 

 

Tea & Coffee. There will be no tea/coffee after the 9.30am on Sunday during the month of August.  We will resume the first Sunday in September.

 

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass will resume again on the second Sunday of September…..after the school holidays

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for James Patterson who died recently and whose Funeral Mass will take place here at St John’s on Wednesday  at 11.30am.  May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 Baptisms: The diary for Baptisms is filling up so please give us plenty of notice by phoning 645 3314 or emailing us especially if you have a particular date in mind. 

Confirmation 2019:  This year’s Confirmation Mass with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at Christ the King, Bromborough on Thursday 21st  November at 7pm. The preparation programme will start in September and is open to candidates in Year 9 and above. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk  as soon as possible and certainly before the 7th September.

Money Matters:  Last week’s collection amounted to £529.75p. Thank you.

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

 

Parish Pastoral Team- Next meeting is on Thursday 5th September. If you have any suggestions/ideas/ thoughts for the team to consider, please put a note in the Suggestion Box at the back of Church or through the Presbytery letter box or send an email to the Parish email address.

Foundation Governors: The Diocese has a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Deanery. If you would be interested in joining a Governing Body then please contact                 Sue Blackwell at the Curial Offices sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

Catholic Certificate for Religious Studies…. Recommended for any teacher who wants to teach in a Catholic School, as well as those seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of  the  Catholic Faith and Theology. Two CCRS sessions are being offered within the Diocese in the new School Year. The venue closest to here is Our Lady’s Ellsemere Port and these sessions will be held on Saturdays. For more information and dates visit; www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs

 

Welcome Café’s  which distribute surplus supermarket food at no cost to you are held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road Rock Ferry from 11am-1pm. And also every Friday at   St Werburgh’s Parish Centre, Grange Precinct, Birkenhead from 11am-1pm. All are welcome to use this facility- there is no reason for anyone to go hungry this Summer.

 

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has now been fully refurbished and is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, If you wish to book the centre for Baptism Celebrations, Wedding Receptions, Funeral Gatherings etc please contact manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email bha@ypcevents.com

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:    www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th August 2019, Cycle C

 

WORD OF GOD

Happy those servants whom, the master finds awake when he returns.

(Luke 12: 37)

 

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Would you be ready to meet God if the call came today? Are there areas of your life that need sorting out, areas that would greatly improve the quality of your daily life? Few of us can answer yes to both questions. Today’s liturgy invites us once more to renewal.

 

 

 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.comKnock 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 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.

 

 

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: TIME-TALENT-TREASURE

 

What exactly are we stewards of? Jesus tells us that we are to remain awake and ready for his return like managers whose boss has gone away for an unknown period.

We are stewards or managers of our time. Imagine that every day someone deposited £1,440 in your bank account and it had to be spent before midnight otherwise it would be transferred to someone else. You would soon learn to make good use of the money and spend it wisely, helping all those people that you knew would benefit from it. In fact, God gives us 1,440 minutes in each day. How do we use them? When midnight strikes have we wasted some of them or left them unused, never to be recaptured? Have we spent some on things that don’t matter in the light of eternity? Using our time well is a sign that we are taking Jesus’ lesson on stewardship seriously.

We are called to be stewards of our talent. God never created anyone with no talent. Some of us have very high profile talents. We may be good at music or sport; we may have a gift for public speaking or painting, for car maintenance or accounting. We also have spiritual gifts and talents that are not so immediately visible. Perhaps we have a natural ability for reaching out to people, for listening, for offering sound advice, for cheering people up, for praying, for building up community. What is your talent and how do you manage it?

 

Finally, we are stewards of our treasure. Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. We don’t actually own anything. All our possessions are on trust for the next generation since we can’t take anything with us when we go. We are simply allowed to have use of them. And rich or poor, we have to give an account to God of the way we make use of our material possessions. Do we hoard or are we generous? If we give money to a charity do we think of it as kindness or as justice? Do we put our “treasure” to its best use or do we save it for a rainy day?

 

How we managed our time, our talent and our treasure is what Jesus will ask us when he meets us. And none of us knows when that will be.

 

 

 

19th Sunday in Ord Time 11th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Sr Veronica Hangley RSC

Joan Longland RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 12th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion  
Tuesday 13th 9.15am Ints Louise & Paul Murray (25th Wedding Annv.)  
Wednesday 14th 9.15 am Service of the Word & Communion  
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 15th 7.30am

7.30pm

John McIntosh RIP

Ints Brenda & John Bell

 
Friday 16th 9.15am Ints Collette Sarson  
Saturday 17th      
20th Sunday in Ord Time 18th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Peggy McAllister

Milly Hawes Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions  Each  Saturday from 10.30am-11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 min before daily  Masses  

 

Thursday 15th August The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady ……a Holyday………… will be celebrated at St John’s with Masses in Church at 7.30am and 7.30pm, Before the evening Mass there will be a time of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from 6.45pm onwards .

 

 

Please keep in your prayers those young people from our Parish & your families who are receiving important examination results over the next 2 weeks Thursday 15th Aug = A Level Results. Thursday 22nd Aug = GCSE Results

 

 

Tea & Coffee. There will be no tea/coffee after the 9.30am on Sunday during the month of August.  We will resume the first Sunday in September.

 

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass will resume again on the second Sunday of September…..after the school holidays

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for James Patterson who died recently and whose Funeral Mass will take place here at St John’s on Wednesday, 21st August at 11.30am.  May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 Baptisms: The diary for Baptisms is filling up so please give us plenty of notice by phoning 645 3314 or emailing us especially if you have a particular date in mind. 

Confirmation 2019:  This year’s Confirmation Mass with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at Christ the King, Bromborough towards the end of November. The preparation programme will start in September and is open to candidates in Year 9 and above. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

Weddings: If you are intending to get married at St John’s in 2020 please let us know as soon as possible.

Money Matters:  Last week’s collection amounted to £613.34p. Thank you.

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

LPA Annual Trip to Shrewsbury: Tuesday               24th September: The trip will include Mass and a tour of the Cathedral followed by free time to explore Shrewsbury. Further details in next week’s newsletter.

Foundation Governors: The Diocese has a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Deanery. If you would be interested in joining a Governing Body then please contact                 Sue Blackwell at the Curial Offices sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to support the Foodbank; The need is as great as everITEMS 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.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has now been fully refurbished and is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, If you wish to book the centre for Baptism Celebrations, Wedding Receptions, Funeral Gatherings etc please contact manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email bha@ypcevents.com

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

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th August 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
A man who has laboured wisely,skilfully and successfullymust leave what is his ownto someone who has not toiled for it at all. (Ecclesiastes 2:21)

WORD FOR TODAY
When we own everything we ever dreamed of, what will we do next? Fulfilment here and life in the hereafter is all that matters. And possessions cannot guarantee this for they are basically hollow. Today’s reading reminds us that seeking after earthly success is nothing more than vanity.

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

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 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.

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: FOUND A PENNY LOST A POUND

The preacher in today’s reading summed it all up: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!” The Hebrew word for vanity means “emptiness” or a mere “breath of air”, something that is insubstantial, here today and gone tomorrow. What the preacher is trying to get across is that there is no point in getting involved with working, earning and enjoying possessions if at the same time we miss out on the real happiness of life.
A young man once found a £20 note on the pavement. From that time on he never lifted his eyes from the ground when walking. In the course of 40 years he accumulated 29,516 buttons, 54,172 pins, 7 pennies, a bent back and a miserly disposition. At the same time, he lost the glories of the sunlight, the smiles of friends, the songs of birds, the beauties of flowers, trees, blue skies and all that is worth living for in life: the opportunity to serve his fellow men and women, to spread happiness and to walk with God.
Most of us have to work in order to live. But we don’t have to join the rat race. We need money to buy food and clothes but if we don’t enjoy what we are doing then we live unfulfilled lives. Nothing that we possess actually belongs to us; it passes to the next generation.
Jesus tells us that our life is not made secure by what we own but by our relationship with God and others, particularly with our families. We can become distracted by what the world considers important – money, power, status – and if we are distracted, then our toil and work is like the breath of wind here one minute, gone the next.
It is only through God that my toil, my work, my enjoyment of life can have meaning and purpose. It is in that relationship with God that I can be free to work, free to use the fruits of my labour to serve God and the people around me. In that relationship with God I can be free to love and care, free from the bonds of greed to enjoy life, to discover the beauty of relationships with those who care for me as I am, and the thrill of knowing that when this life is ended, I will be given eternal wealth.

18th Sunday in Ord Time 4th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Father Owen Gallagher
Ints St John’s Parish
Prayer Meeting
Monday 5th 9.15am Ints Les Duff
Tuesday 6th 11.00am

7.00pm Funeral Mass –
Margaret Bowden
Novena
Wednesday 7th 9.15 am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 8th 7.30am Ints Elaine Summersgill
Friday 9th 9.15am Dymphna Byrne Annv. RIP
Saturday 10th
19th Sunday in Ord Time 11th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Sr Veronica Hangley RSC
Joan Longland RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions From Next Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer 15 min before daily Masses
Tea & Coffee. There will be no tea/coffee after the 9.30am on Sunday during the month of August. We will resume the first Sunday in September.
Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass will resume again on the second Sunday of September…..after the school holidays
Monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held this Tuesday 6th August at 7pm followed by Benediction.
Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for Margaret Mary Bowden and James Patterson 2 parishioners who have died recently. Margaret Bowden’s Funeral Mass is this Tuesday 6th August at 11.00am. The date and time of James Patterson’s Funeral Mass is yet to be finalised. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Baptisms: The diary for Baptisms is filling up so please give us plenty of notice by phoning 645 3314 or emailing us especially if you have a particular date in mind.

Confirmation 2019: This year’s Confirmation Mass with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at Christ the King, Bromborough towards the end of November. The preparation programme will start in September and is open to candidates in Year 9 and above. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk
Weddings: If you are intending to get married at St John’s in 2020 please let us know as soon as possible.
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.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £449.29p. Thank you.

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

LPA Trip to Shrewsbury. The local parishes are arranging the Annual trip to Shrewsbury on Tuesday 24th September. Further details to follow
On Thursday 15th August The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady ……a Holyday………… will be celebrated at St John’s with Masses in Church at 7.30am and 7.30pm, Before the evening Mass there will be a time of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from 6.45pm onwards.

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.
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.
St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has now been fully refurbished and is open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, If you wish to book the centre for Baptism Celebrations, Wedding Receptions, Funeral Gatherings etc please contact manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email bha@ypcevents.com