Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th August 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

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

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)

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.


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
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
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
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

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