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

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th September 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Lord Jesus, you call us to give bread to the hungry and food to those in need: Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you give sight to the blind and raise up those who are bowed down:
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you keep faith for ever and are just to those who are oppressed: Lord, have mercy. May almighty God have mercy on us, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Rd, Rock Ferry….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`
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.

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 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 buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

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: BLURRED VISION In the story of Lazarus and Dives (the Latin name for the Rich Man) it’s interesting to note that while on earth Dives never actually saw Lazarus. He lay starving and sore-ridden on Dives’ doorstep but Dives only clapped eyes on him when they were both dead. Presumably day after day as Dives went in and out, organizing his parties for his friends, going to buy his purple clothes (equivalent to our designer labels today) he never stopped to see Lazarus lying there. Not much has changed even today. Wealth can blind us to the needs of those around us. We end up moving in different circles and become insensitive to what’s actually going on for others. Rich countries become anaesthetised to the pain of starving nations. The leaders of some nations live a rich lifestyle while their citizens live in a dustbowl. Chief executives award themselves massive annual bonuses while hundreds in their company lose their jobs in production shake-ups. Inside traders on the stock exchange make a killing while shareholders lose their savings. Civil servants are more bothered about their pensions than serving the public. Electricians charge exorbitant call-out fees when they have only travelled a couple of miles. Church officials hide behind canon law, preferring sacrifice to mercy. Sportsmen and women get so caught up in winning that they will use any means to come out on top. Drug dealers are so stupefied by the money they make that they never stop to think of the effect their drugs have on the users. The list is endless. We become blind to what we are really doing. But before we start criticising others let’s stop and examine ourselves. Where are the Lazaruses in our lives? Do we wander around blindly accepting what’s on our doorstep or are we moved to see beyond our own concerns? Have we become deadened to the consequences of the way we act? You can’t help feeling sorry for Dives. He wasn’t a “bad” person; he just never opened his eyes wide enough. He never realised what was happening on his own doorstep because his wealth blinded him to it all. His self-contained satisfaction prevented him from reaching out. What’s your excuse?

26th Sunday in Ord Time 29th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Eileen Gordan
For Our Sick Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 30th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 1st 9.15am
7.00pm Ints Sisters of Carmel
Monthly Novena to Our Lady
Wednesday 2nd 9.15 am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 3rd 7.00pm Fr Frank Rice
Friday 4th 9.15am For the Poor and Hungry
Saturday 5th
26th Sunday in Ord Time 6th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Aileen Edwards
St John’s Parishioners
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

A warm welcome to Fr. Paul Mooney MHM, based at Herbert House, Freshfield, who is celebrating our Sunday Masses this weekend in Fr. Bernard’s absence.
Extraordinary Month of Mission… Pope Francis has designated October an Extraordinary month of mission. He calls us to renew our Missionary Commitment to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all people and nations through Missio.
God our Father, when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.’ Through our Baptism you sent us out to continue this mission among all peoples. Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and enthusiastic in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to us, which is still far from completion, may bring life and light to the world. May all peoples experience the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. This provides your children with the opportunity to experience the Word of God at a level suitable to their age.
Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Pop in and have a chat.
First Sacraments Preparation Key Dates 2019/2020 Sacramental Preparation Dates 2019 Sun 24th Nov Feast of Christ the King- Enrolment for First Sacraments at 9.30am Mass. Thurs 13th February – First Forgiveness Service at St John’s Church at 6.30pm. Saturday 25th April- First Holy Communion Mass at 10.30am. Saturday 2nd May- First Holy Communion Mass at 10.30am.
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 is starting this week and is open to candidates in Year 9 and above. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk .
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.

A MEMORIAL MASS FOR FR. FRANK RICE will be celebrated in church on Thursday at 7pm ( the eve of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi ). All welcome.
November Lists Please ensure that all names for the November List are handed into the Presbytery by Sunday 27th October. Please mark the envelopes FAO Ann Murray and please print all names clearly. The Annual Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on Thursday 7th November at 7pm.
Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £575.33p. Many thanks. The Retiring Collection for the work of St John’s SVP Conference at the end of both Masses last weekend totalled £282.07p. Thank you for your generosity.
Friday is Cafod Family Fast Day. The 9.15am Mass will be offered for the poor and hungry of the world. Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the table at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory baskest’s anytime in up to & including the 26/27 October.
LPA Half Day of Reflection for all Parish Ministers… ie Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Musicians etc led by Fr Tom Cunnah at Christ the King, Bromborough next Saturday 5th October 9.30am start, finishing with Mass at 12.30pm .
Next weekend Traidcraft goods will be on sale at the back of church after both Masses.
Benediction in Honour of St. Therese of Lisieux: with Veneration of her First Class Relic. Carmelite Monastery, Grosvenor Place, Birkenhead next Sunday 6th October at 3.00pm.
St John’s Men’s Group will begin meeting monthly, on Monday 7th October at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Further details from James Lindley jlindley198@gmail.com
SVP Coffee Morning Friday 11th October from after 9.15 am Mass until 12 Noon in the Parish Centre.

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

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd September 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Let us pray for the Church that it may be a beacon of social justice and champion the rights of the oppressed throughout the world. In your loving mercy, Lord: Hear and grant our prayer. Let us pray for those who are economically exploited, for those in developing countries who are employed for long hours in return for little pay, for those who are victims of international human trafficking and those who are struggling to repay excessive interests on loans.
In your loving… Let us pray for ourselves that while we use our own money to enjoy the good things of life we may not lose sight of our responsibility towards those who have little or nothing.
In your loving… Let us pray for politicians that they may serve their electorate selflessly, for judges that they may apply the law without favour or bias, and for all who serve in public office that they may provide justice to all sections of society. In your loving…
St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Rd, Rock Ferry….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
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.

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 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 buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

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: TOMMY’S POUND Tommy’s mum had flu and was unable to go to church one Sunday morning but she was determined not to let that stop her son from going. So she sent him off to church and gave him two pound coins, one for the collection and one to get himself an ice-cream on the way home. As he went off down the street Tommy was tossing one of the coins in the air and checking if it was head or tails. Eventually he dropped the coin and it went down the grid. “Sorry, God” he said, “I’ve just lost yours!” In fact, in a certain sense, all money belongs to God. That’s because money represents the product of skill, talent and enterprise. Although we can claim credit for the hard work, we have no hold over the other elements, since they are God-given. In reality we don’t actually own the money we have; we are managers or stewards of it for God. So, whether we are financially rich or economically poor, our bank balance is a mirror of our share in God’s riches, not in our own wealth. Christians, like all other people, are called to manage the produce of God’s creation, using money which is a great power for good We are only too aware that after we are dead and gone the money passes into the hands of others who in their turn are called to be good stewards of it. There is nothing wrong with having money. Everyone needs it. But it’s precisely there that the rub comes. How do we use our money? The miser who sits at home counting his money (or even checking on it via the internet!) has already been corrupted by it. Do we let money get the better of us, making us boast about it, tempting us to buy things just because we can and allowing us to feel superior to others because we are richer? Do we give in to “retail therapy” or do we put our money to good use for the benefit of others? Do we see to our own financial responsibilities and then use the rest for the improvement of those whose needs are great? Most people with money face a real dilemma at some point in their lives. Their problem centres around whether they are primarily focused on making and saving money or whether they are resolute about using the money to serve God. Which of the two is their priority? One of them has to be, since you can’t have two priorities. And as Tommy found out at a very young age, you can’t serve both God and money.

25th Sunday in Ord Time 22nd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm In Thanksgiving P McAlister
Jack McGree Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 23rd 10.00am Funeral Mass
Kathleen Morley
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Ints Tony Hyland
Wednesday 25th 9.15 am Elizabeth Gribbin RIP
Thursday 26th 7.30 am Intentions of St John’s SVP
Friday 27th No Mass or Service
Saturday 28th
26th Sunday in Ord Time 29th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Eileen Gordan
For Our Sick Parishioners
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

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £682.60p. Many thanks. There is a Retiring Collection for the work of St John’s SVP Conference at the end of both Masses this weekend. Please be generous.
£353 was donated to Dementia UK at Father Frank’s Vigil Mass on 5th September. Joan Hannam, the Rice Family and I thank you for your generosity to this very worthwhile cause.
Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. This provides your children with the opportunity to experience the Word of God a level suitable to their age.
Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Pop in and have a chat.
In Memorium-. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kath Morley- Funeral Mass at 10am this Monday. May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace. A Memorial Mass for Fr Frank Rice will be celebrated in church at 7pm on Thursday 3rd October ( the eve of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi ). All most welcome.

St John’s Junior School Sacramental Preparation Dates 2019 Sun 24th Nov Feast of Christ the King- Enrolment for First Sacraments at 9.30am Mass. Thurs 13th February – First Forgiveness Service at St John’s Church at 6.30pm. Saturday 25th April- First Holy Communion Mass at 10.30am. Saturday 2nd May- First Holy Communion Mass at 10.30am.

Last Call for 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.

Wirral Hospitals- Thank you to those who supported the Mass at Arrowe Park Hospital last Thursday lunchtime. This will now become a monthly feature on the third Thursday of every month. This September the Diocese and the Hospital Trust are re-establishing and strengthening the Catholic Chaplaincy Team. If anyone would like to join the team please have a word with Deacon Les Arch ( St Joseph’s – 0151 652-5767) or Father Bernard.
The North Ness Boys- three brothers from Shetland each with God given musical talents will give a concert in aid of Laughter Africa in St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry this Sunday from 7.30pm-11.00pm. Tickets £5 and further details from Bob Rimmer on 07910449284.
Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning- next Friday at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry 10am-1pm. £2.50 entrance (cake,tea/coffee included). Raffle, Tombola Stall, Cakes, Sales Table, Bring & Buy, Books. All most welcome.
New Ferry Residents Association Public Meeting and AGM You are invited to a public meeting at 7pm this Monday at Windsor Close Community Centre. Topics that will be debated are . Latest update on the Council’s regeneration plans . Latest news on New Ferry Community Land Trust . Ask the Councillors . Ask the Police , Election of Officers to the Residents Association
SVP meeting on Thursday at 6.30pm in the Presbytery. Confirmation Catechists meet on Friday at 6.30pm in the Presbytery.
Dates for your Diary LPA Half Day of Reflection for Parish Ministers… ie Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Musicians etc led by Fr Tom Cunnah at Christ the King, Bromborough on Saturday 5th October 9.30am start, finishing with Mass at 12.30pm . Benediction in Honour of St. Therese of Lisieux: with Veneration of her First Class Relic. Carmelite Monastery, Grosvenor Place, Birkenhead on Sunday 6th October at 3.00pm. St John’s Men’s Group will begin meeting monthly, on Monday 7th October at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Further details from James Lindley jlindley198@gmail.com SVP Coffee Morning Friday 11th October from after 9.15 am Mass until 12 Noon in the Parish Centre. Taize Service for World Mission Sunday at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Sunday 20th October at 4.00pm. St John’s Annual Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on Thursday 7th November at 7.00pm.

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

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 15th September 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Lord Jesus, you take our sins upon yourself so that we might be blameless in God’s sight:Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you invite us to recognise our faults and to turn from our sin:Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you call us back home to our Father to join in the feast of forgiveness:Lord, have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, strengthen us in all goodness and lead us home to everlasting life. Amen.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Rd, Rock Ferry….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 The North Ness Boys- three brothers from Shetland each with God given musical talents will give a concert in aid of Laughter Africa in the Parish Centre next Sunday 22nd September 7.30pm-11.00pm. Tickets £5 and further info from Bob Rimmer on 07910449284 or Marie Doyle on 0151 645-3996
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 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 buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

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: FIVE STEPS BACK HOME
What was it about the prodigal son that took him back home when everything had gone wrong? He took five steps to get back to the family atmosphere of his father’s house.
First, he recognised the senselessness of his sinful condition. This can be hard. We fool ourselves that our sin is really quite harmless or maybe even just a bit of fun. Yet eventually the realisation comes upon us that what we are doing is not making us fuller people but simply stunting our development. We are brought short and forced to face the truth that the grass is in fact greener where we used to be.
Repentance is the second step. The awakening brought about by the hopelessness of our situation leads us to accept that we’ve been going in the wrong direction long enough and it’s time to turn around and go back. It forces us to admit that we alone are responsible for the mess we are in; sin is our choice and nobody forces us. And what the prodigal son really wanted was not just some food but the restoration of his relationship with his father.
Repentance must always be accompanied by honesty. There’s no point in making excuses for what we have done. The son could have blamed the home situation, his father or his brother, the farmer who gave him a job with the pigs, etc. But the less we are found making excuses the more likely we are to be serious about changing our way of life.
When he repented the son displayed humility. He simply acknowledged that he had sinned, was sorry and did not deserve to be called a son any more. He knew he had disgraced his family and friends, accepted it and was determined to do something about it. He set no conditions to his confession.
Then he made his resolution to go back home. He didn’t ask for time to consider things, procrastinate and put things off. He did something about it, left his sorry situation and determined to start things afresh.
Five steps. But the only ones that would take him back to the feast. And us?

24th Sunday in Ord Time 15th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Fr Frank Rice RIP
Ints Celia & Mike Daly (40th)
Prayer Meeting
Monday 16th 9.15am Ints Joan Anton
Tuesday 17th 9.15am Thanksgiving to St Anthony
Wednesday 18th 9.15 am For Sick & Retired Priests
Thursday 19th 9.15 am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 20th 9.15am Ted Corrigan RIP
Saturday 21st
25th Sunday in Ord Time 22nd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm In Thanksgiving P McAlister
Jack McGree Anniv 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

In Memorium-. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kath Morley- Funeral Mass at 10am on Monday 23rd September. Also for Bernard Cavanagh Funeral Service this Wednesday 18th September in church at 1.30pm. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. This provides your children with the opportunity to experience the Word of God a level suitable to their age.
Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Pop in and have a chat.
Schools News- All our schools have had a good start to the new school year. Teachers and other staff members from our Wirral Catholic Schools gathered for a beginning of year Mass at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry last Thursday evening. This week the Governors of our Junior School will be meeting on Monday evening and likewise the Governors of our Infant School will meet on Wednesday evening. Father Bernard will celebrate a Mass of Welcome for the Year 3 children and their families in the Junior School on Thursday.

Wirral Hospitals-This Thursday at 12.30pm we begin a series of monthly Masses in the Chapel at Arrowe Park Hospital. All are most welcome… patients, visitors, staff and people from the local parishes. This September the Diocese and the Hospital Trust are re-establishing and strengthening the Catholic Chaplaincy Team. If anyone would like to join the team please have a word with Deacon Les Arch ( St Joseph’s – 0151 652-5767) or Father Bernard.

Last Call for 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.

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; http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £636.77p. Many thanks. Next weekend there will be a retiring collection for the work of St John’s SVP Conference.
Dates for your Diary LPA Half Day of Reflection for Parish Ministers… ie Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Musicians etc led by Fr Tom Cunnah at Christ the King, Bromborough on Saturday 5th October 9.30am start, finishing with Mass at 12.30pm . Benediction in Honour of St. Therese of Lisieux: with Veneration of her First Class Relic. Carmelite Monastery, Grosvenor Place, Birkenhead on Sunday 6th October at 3.00pm. St John’s Men’s Group ( similar to the Grace Group for the ladies) will begin meeting monthly, on Monday 7th October at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Further info please email James Lindley jlindley198@gmail.com SVP Coffee Morning Friday 11th October from after 9.15 am Mass until 12 Noon in the Parish Centre. Taize Service for World Mission Sunday at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Sunday 20th October at 4.00pm. St John’s Annual Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated in Church on Thursday 7th November at 7.00pm.
New Ferry Residents Association Public Meeting and AGM You are invited to a public meeting at 7pm on Monday 23rd September at Windsor Close Community Centre. Topics that will be debated are . Latest update on the Council’s regeneration plans . Latest news on New Ferry Community Land Trust . Ask the Councillors . Ask the Police , Election of Officers to the Residents Association

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 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 8th  September 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

May God the Father enlighten your minds that you may know his ways and strive to do his will.Amen.                                                                                                                                     May God the Son set you free from the slavery of sin that you may live in the freedom of the children of God.Amen.                                                                                                                    May God the Holy Spirit grant you true wisdom of heart that you may enjoy peace and tranquillity in serving God and neighbour.Amen.

 

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Rd, Rock Ferry….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 The North Ness Boys- three brothers from Shetland each with God given musical talents will give a concert in aid of Laughter Africa in the Parish Centre on Sunday 22nd September 7.30pm-11.00pm. Tickets £5. Tickets and further information from Bob Rimmer on 07910449284.

 

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 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 buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

 

 

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: IS THERE A CHRISTIAN IN THE HOUSE?

You may be in the church building, but are you in Christ? Your name is on the parish records, but is it in the book of life? You may be in the Church, but is Christ in you? Being in a classroom does not make you a teacher. Being in a surgery doesn’t make you a doctor. And being in a church building doesn’t make you a disciple!

Jesus preaches in such a way that we either get on board or abandon ship. Either we will follow Christ or forsake him. Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem. He is making his way to the cross. He is on his way to betrayal, flogging, mocking, scourging, and beating. His own people have rejected him. He is on his way to Jerusalem to die for the very people who will murder him. They have called him Beelzebub. They have accused him of breaking the law. They have numbered him with the publicans and sinners. Jesus knows his disciples will suffer the same fate and only a true disciple can endure such persecution.

Before you decide to buy that new home cinema system you have to sit down and work out whether you have enough money to pay for it, whether in cash or instalments. And it’s the same thing when it comes to being a disciple of Christ. There is a cost involved.

Jesus never tried to get big crowds. In fact, he said things that would put the faint-hearted off. To follow him, he said, you must love your family but never let them get in the way of your responding fully to God’s call. Those who appreciate the wisdom of God’s plan are prepared to give up wealth, reputation, security and even their own lives if it is demanded. This does not come cheap. It’s easy to say that we would do all this for God, but how well are we faring in the ordinary things of life, the little demands that are put upon us? This is a good guide to how much we are being true to our calling as disciples.

Being a Christian means accepting all our family and

social responsibilities but giving Christ top priority. There can be no part-time Christians.

 

23rd Sunday in Ord Time 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Peter Donnelly

Sid & Mary Havard Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 9th 9.15am Barbara Hemmings RIP  
Tuesday 10th 9.15am Lewis Doyle RIP  
Wednesday 11th 9.15 am Ints Margaret McLoughlin  
Thursday 12th 7.30am Jimmy Patterson RIP  
Friday 13th 9.15am Michael Brannock Anniv  
Saturday 14th      
24th Sunday in Ord Time 15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fr Frank Rice RIP

Ints Celia & Mike Daly (40th)

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:  Thank you to everyone who came to the Funeral Masses here at St John’s and at Our Lady’s last week. Thank you especially to all those parishioners who played their part in ensuring that the Funeral Liturgies and refreshments afterwards passed off in a fitting manner. The Rice Family, Joan Hannam, Marie Stead, Philip & Sara White and Fr Frank’s other close friends are very grateful to you all and for the Mass cards, Sympathy cards and messages of support they have received in recent days.                                    May Fr Frank rest in peace.

In Memorium- Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Bernard Cavanagh. Funeral Service Wednesday 18th September at 1.30pm in church. Also for Kath Morley- Funeral Mass at 10am on Monday 23rd September.                                                                                          May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Mass will be in the Day Chapel. This provides your children with the opportunity to experience the Word of God at their level and with their peers.

Tea & Coffee  in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass.  Pop in and have a chat.

 

All our schools have now begun the new school year. We hope all the children and staff will rise to the many challenges that a new school year brings. A whole school Mass for St John’s Junior School will be held in church on Tuesday at 9.15 am. Parents, grandparents and parishioners, all most welcome.

St John Plessington Catholic College, Open Evening, this Thursday from 5pm-8.30pm.

St John’s SVP Group will

Meet this Thursday at 6.30pm in the presbytery.

 

 

Parish Pastoral Team- will be  meeting this Thursday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. 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 by Wednesday evening.

 

 

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.

 

Money Matters:  Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £658.70p. Many thanks.

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 this 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.