Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 8th September 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: Websites: 


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


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 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.








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



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



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  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

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  Completed applications should be returned to    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;

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.

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