Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th 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

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



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

(Luke 12: 37)






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.







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



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


John McIntosh RIP

Ints Brenda & John Bell

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



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

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

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

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