Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th 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 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`
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
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
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 .
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
SVP Coffee Morning Friday 11th October from after 9.15 am Mass until 12 Noon in the Parish Centre.

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