Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd 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 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
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
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
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 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 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.

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