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



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

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



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



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  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

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;

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.

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