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

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 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.

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
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
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 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;

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 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.

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