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

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 27th October 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD The Lord is no respecter of personages…he does not ignore the orphan’s supplication, nor the widow’s as she pours out her story. (Ecclesiasticus 35: 13-14)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP God invites us to be honest in our prayer and to be earnest in requesting our real needs. Let us now use the words Jesus taught us as we pray to the Father for our daily bread: Our Father…

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

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: TAKING THE MASK OFF Because she was in a hurry, a woman wanted to find a parking space close to the supermarket door. As she asked God to help her, she saw a car backing out of the car park right next to the store front, and she said, “Never mind, God. I’ve found one myself!” Some of us have an inflated view of our own abilities. Even when we look in the bathroom mirror when we get up in the morning, we see someone else’s face! We see the person we would like to be rather than the person who is actually staring back at us. That’s because the mask that we put on for everyone else to see becomes confused with the real person behind the eyes. Not one of us escapes from this. We wear all sorts of different masks depending on whom we are talking to and what we want them to think of us. We present an image, a projection of someone we would like to be. When we pray, we can keep this mask on, but it is quite useless. That’s because the one person who knows us better than we know ourselves is God. All our being, all our faults and failings, weaknesses and strengths, hopes and fears, lie like an open book before God. There is no point in pretending to be someone else. God knows who we are. Humility in prayer means being yourself before God, but your real self. You don’t have to use religious words to get a hearing. You don’t have to make out that you are doing more than you are or that you are better than you are. The humble man in today’s gospel simply said, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.” God accepts us in prayer for what we are, warts and all. If we can simply place ourselves before God and ask the Lord to let us feel his presence then our prayer is authentic. Being honest and humble in prayer ultimately makes us humble and honest about ourselves. It strips us of the layers of self-deception and self-importance. Then we’ll not only be more able to hear what God is really saying to us, but we’ll be better able to change.
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30th Sunday in Ord Time 27th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Gerry & Phil Topping
Ints Coulson Family
Prayer Meeting
Monday 28th 9.15am Jimmy Patterson RIP
Tuesday 29th 12 noon Funeral Service
Mary Elizabeth O’Neill
Wednesday 30th 9.15 am Bob Purfield RIP
Thursday 31st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday All Saints Day 1st 7.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parish
Nora McCormick RIP
Saturday All Souls Day 2nd 10.00am For all the faithful departed
31st
Sunday in Ord Time 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am
7.30pm Ints of Fennell & McGuigan Families
Fr Frank Rice RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

In Memorium-Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Elizabeth O’Neill whose Funeral Service will be held here at St John’s on Tuesday at 12 Noon. Also please remember Stephanie Lane whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Friday 8th November at 12 Noon.
Funeral Arrangements For Bishop Brian Noble
Tuesday 5th November- Bishop Brian’s mortal remains will be received into Shrewsbury Cathedral at 5pm with the Prayers of the Vigil and Reception. His body will rest before the Altar until the Vigil Mass at 7pm. His mortal remains will then be transferred to rest overnight at St Joseph’s Birkenhead.
Wednesday 6th November- Bishop Brian’s mortal remains will be transferred to the Church of Saint Michael and All Angels, Birkenhead at 10am where his body will rest before the Altar until the Requiem Mass at 12 noon.
His mortal remains will then be laid to rest at St Winefride’s Churchyard, Neston.
Please find inserted in this newsletter Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter following the death of Bishop Brian.
May they and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.

November Lists Please ensure that all names for the November List are handed into the Presbytery by this Sunday. 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 £642.88p. Many thanks.
Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the table at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory basket’s.
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.
Traidcraft goods will be on sale after both Masses next weekend.
Wedding Bells- Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Jonathan Devlin and Jade Citrine, married here at St John’s yesterday. If anyone is intending to get married at St John’s in 2020 and hasn’t already made contact with us , please do so in the next week or so.
All Saint’s Day Friday 1st November- (a Holy Day of Obligation) Masses at St John’s at 7.30am and 7.30pm.
All Souls Day Saturday 2nd November- Mass at St John’s at 10am.
First Sacraments Preparation Key Dates 2019/2020 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. Children who do not attend St John’s School and wish to receive these First Sacraments, please get in touch with Fr Bernard before the end of October.
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 now underway. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk .

Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Grandparents and the role they play
in the lives of their grandchildren next
Saturday 2nd November ~ 12 noon
at St Alban’s Church Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD Principal Celebrant: Canon Philip Moor VG
Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the Parish Centre. All most welcome.

On Saturday 9 November 2019 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

As we begin the Year of the Word an Advent LPA Prayer event will be held at St John’s on Sunday 1st December from 3pm-4pm led by Fr Thomas ( the new Parish Priest at Christ the King). More details to follow.
Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

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 Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 20th October 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Let us pray for parents that they may lead their children to know a loving God and may teach them the joys of a lifetime of prayer to the One who holds all things in the palm of his hand. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer. Let us pray for ourselves that we may never become dejected if we pray for something that does not come about, but may persevere in that conversation with God which feeds our faith Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer. Let us pray for those who are seeking meaning in their lives and a way of making sense of the ups and downs that characterise their days, that they may find the comfort of faith in God Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer. Let us pray for those men and women who have dedicated themselves to an enclosed religious life and who spend their days praying for the needs of the Church and the outside world Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

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

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: DON’T GIVE UP The widow in today’s gospel was worried. She had a legal grievance and she needed a “man” to unlock the doors of Jewish society. Because she had no clout the judge kept putting her off until eventually he heard her case just for a quiet life. Jesus uses this story to teach us that we should never stop praying. Prayer increases our faith and feeds our life with God. The great Christians of the past constantly tell us that we should keep going in our prayer, no matter how worried we are and no matter how long it seems to take. Worry is a destructive thing. It only allies us to thoughts of disaster and unpleasantness. It causes us to fall into the rut of negative thinking and this starts to erode our mind-set and curtail our happiness. Yet it is possible to channel worry into prayer. If, instead of sitting and thinking the worst, we make our worries into petitions to God and begin to praise and thank God for what we do have, we can get a sense of the wholeness of God’s presence and come to an understanding of that peace of God that cannot be taken away from us. Even the greatest men and women get knocked down in life, but what separates them from the rest is that they get right back up. Perseverance in prayer is a virtue. That’s because it’s the actual praying that gives us the strength to go on. Giving up praying when in trouble is like giving up eating when you are ill. You are only going to get worse. But we have to pray positively. If we feel that God won’t answer, then he probably won’t. We need to pray with confidence, firmly believing that God wants us to have what we need and what is good for us. Jesus would not have told us that our prayers will be answered if it were not true. And how do we know that our prayer has “worked”? Only God can grasp the full picture of what is good for us. Sometimes our prayer can be answered speedily. At other times God has reasons for delaying. Sometimes God may improve on our prayer by granting us something even better than what we asked for. And do remember that even when the answer is “No”, it’s still an answer to prayer. So don’t give up.

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29th Sunday in Ord Time 20th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints St John’s Parish
Ints Daly Family
Prayer Meeting
Monday 21st 9.15am Audrey Atkinson RIP
Tuesday 22nd 9.15am For Vocations
Wednesday 23rd 9.15 am William Kealey
Thursday 24th 7.30am Ints Alexander Family
Friday 25th 9.15am Joyce McKeown RIP
Saturday 26th 12 Noon Wedding Mass
30th Sunday in Ord Time 27th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Gerry & Phil Topping
Ints Coulson Family
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

World Mission Sunday & the beginning of One World Week 20th – 27th October Pope Francis has designated October as 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 his Charity for overseas mission. Missio Red Mission Boxes should be emptied this month and their contents brought into the Presbytery by Sunday 27th October. On this World Mission Sunday there is a Holy Hour in the Spirit of Taize at St Anne’s Rock Ferry at 4pm. All most welcome.
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.
The Parish Pastoral Team will now meet again this Tuesday at 7.30pm. If you have any suggestions or ideas for them to consider, please put a note in the Suggestion Box at the back of Church or send an email to the Parish email address.
First Sacraments Preparation Key Dates 2019/2020 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. Children who do not attend St John’s School and wish to receive these First Sacraments, please get in touch with Fr Bernard before the end of October.
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 now underway. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk .

Wedding- Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Jonathan Devlin and Jade Citrine… Wedding Mass next Saturday at 12 Noon.

In Memorium-Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Elizabeth O’Neill whose Funeral Service will be held here at St John’s on Tuesday 29th October at 12 Noon. May she and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.
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 £604.73p. Many thanks.
Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the table at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory basket’s anytime up to & including the 26/27 October.
Thank you to everyone who supported the SVP Coffee Morning and raffle after last weekend’s Masses. The grand total raised was £590.17 which our SVP Team will ensure is put to good use in our parish and local community.
Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Grandparents and the role they play
in the lives of their grandchildren
Saturday 2nd November ~ 12 noon
at St Alban’s Church Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD Principal Celebrant: Canon Philip Moor VG
Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the Parish Centre. All most welcome.

On Saturday 9 November 2019 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

As we begin the Year of the Word an Advent LPA Prayer event will be held at St John’s on Sunday 1st December from 3pm-4pm led by Fr Thomas ( the new Parish Priest at Christ the King). More details to follow.
Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

Wirral Hospitals, if anyone else would like to join Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy Team please have a word with Deacon Les Arch (St Joseph’s 0151 652 5767)or Fr Bernard.

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 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 13th October 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Lord Jesus, you cure the sick and restore lepers to health: Lord, have mercy . Christ Jesus, you wash away our sin and bring us to life with God Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you invite us to the banquet of praise and thanksgiving: Lord, have mercy. May almighty God cleanse us of our sin, restore us to health and lead us to the joys of everlasting life. Amen.

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: SHOWING GRATITUDE A man who worked for a charitable trust said that it was amazing how people reacted when told that their application for a grant had been approved. No one was ever ungrateful and quite a few people even suggested they would take him out for a meal to show their gratitude. But it was against the rules! We’re all pretty good at showing our gratitude on the spot when someone gives us something. You can see it in the person of Naaman the leper when he is cured in today’s reading. He almost goes “over the top”, wanting to give a present to Elisha! Yet the gospel story of the ten lepers is very different. Only one came back to thank Jesus for his cure. The other nine were so caught up in their new-found health that they never bothered to come back and say thank you. Perhaps they intended to seek out Jesus later, but their thoughts were elsewhere. It can’t be that they didn’t appreciate their luck. They were embarking on a new life, restored to the society that had kept them apart. It was simply that, like most of us, we take so much for granted. We don’t realise how lucky we are until something is taken from us, and then we begin to realise how fortunate we were all the time without realising it. In prayer we are tempted to forget about thanksgiving even though it should be the springboard for all that we bring to God. We are inclined to start by asking for things, bringing our concerns and worries to God. Yet our reason for believing that God will give us what we need is surely based on what he has done for us in the past? And this implies the duty of thanksgiving. If you find thanksgiving difficult, then just sit for a moment and think about the three things you most take for granted that you could not do without. Think about who it is that provides you with them. Then the rest should be easy…thanks be to God.

28th Sunday in Ord Time 13th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Brian Ellis Anniv RIP
In Thanksgiving
Prayer Meeting
Monday 14th 9.15am John Hooker RIP
Tuesday 15th 9.15am Ints Peggy McAllister
Wednesday 16th 9.15 am Ints Brenda &Dave Bell
Thursday 17th 11.00am Funeral Mass
Audrey Atkinson
Friday 18th 9.15am For Sick and Housebound
Saturday 19th 10.00am Fr Frank RIce
29th Sunday in Ord Time 20th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints St John’s Parish
Ints Daly Family
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

Inside this newsletter is Bishop Mark’s Pastoral Letter on the Canonisation of St John Henry Newman which takes place in Rome today.
Extraordinary Month of Mission… Pope Francis has designated October an Extraordinary month of mission. Missio Red Mission Boxes should be emptied this month and their contents brought into the Presbytery before Sunday 27th October.
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.
Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £596.34p. Many thanks.
Thank you to those who supported the SVP Coffee Morning on Friday . The Raffle continues after both Masses this weekend so that everyone is included.

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the table at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory basket’s anytime up to & including the 26/27 October.
In Memorium-Please pray for Audrey Atkinson whose Funeral Mass will be here at St John’s on Thursday at 11am, celebrated by her son Fr Anselm OSB. May she and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.
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.

School News- St John’s Infant Year 2 Mass in church on Tuesday at 9.15am. Parents, grandparents and parishioners most welcome.
St John’s Mini Vinnies will be hosting a Cafod Café in the School Hall from 2.00pm-3.00pm this Thursday 17th Oct. All most welcome. Please contact the school office before then on 0151 645 9615 to confirm attendance for numbers, thank you.
The Parish Pastoral Team will now meet again on Tuesday 22nd of October at 7.30pm. If you have any suggestions/ideas for them to consider, please put a note in the Suggestion Box at the back of Church or send an email to the Parish email address.
Arrowe Park Hospital Monthly Mass – This Thursday 17th Oct at 12.3pm in the hospital Chapel, located on the First Floor. All most welcome. The next Mass will be on Thursday 21st Nov at 12.30pm.

First Sacraments Preparation Key Dates 2019/2020 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. Children who do not attend St John’s School and wish to receive these First Sacraments, please get in touch with Fr Bernard before the end of October.
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 now underway. For information please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk .

Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Grandparents and the role they play
in the lives of their grandchildren
Saturday 2nd November ~ 12 noon
at St Alban’s Church Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD Principal Celebrant: Canon Philip Moor VG
Refreshments will be provided afterwards in the Parish Centre. All most welcome.

On Saturday 9 November 2019 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

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 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 6th October 2019, Cycle C

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Blessed be God the Father who keeps you firm in faith and sustains your hope in the promises made through his Son: Blessed be God for ever! Blessed be Jesus Christ our Lord who takes away your timidity and increases your resolve in the face of hardship: Blessed be God for ever! Blessed be the Holy Spirit who grants you the gifts of power, love and self-control that you may witness to the presence of God: Blessed be God for ever! And may the God whom you bless return his blessing upon you, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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: DOES PRAYER REALLY WORK? The first four Sundays of October this year invite us to consider different aspects of prayer. We can sense the frustration in today’s first reading of someone who seems to be calling on God in distress and yet nothing appears to be happening. Is prayer nothing more than mouthing words that can have no real effect on our situation? Is God simply playing with us? A good question to ask is “What do I think I am doing when I pray?” Often we are letting God know what we feel and asking him to change things to the way we want them to be. At worst we end up thinking that we are informing God, and at best we find ourselves pouring our heart out. Pouring our heart out is no bad thing. In fact, it’s what Jesus asks us to do in prayer. We don’t actually have to use any words to do this: we can simply and silently place ourselves consciously in God’s presence. And when we do this, we may find ourselves listening to God rather than talking. God is able to penetrate our busy thick skins and communicate his word to us. When we are aware that God wants to get through to us, we are on the first step to letting him change us. For prayer is not about changing God but about conforming ourselves to the will of God. This does not mean that we stop praying for people in need, for things to be otherwise, but it does mean that we start to ask God to mould us, to allow ourselves to be used as part of his plans. God will often turn our ideas upside down in prayer, especially by pointing out that we don’t understand the whole picture. If we seem to pray and pray and nothing happens, then either we are doing something wrong or God couldn’t care less. It’s more likely to be the former. Prayer does work when we put our own interests second and ask God to change us.

27th Sunday in Ord Time 6th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Aileen Edwards
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 7th 9.15am Mass for World Peace
Tuesday 8th 9.15am Sean Divine RIP
Wednesday 9th 9.15 am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 10th 7.30am John Skilton RIP
Friday 11th 9.15am Linda Unwin RIP
Saturday 12th
28th Sunday in Ord Time 13th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Brian Ellis Anniv RIP
In Thanksgiving
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

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 .

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 £569.41p. Many thanks.

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the table at the back of church and can be returned in the Offertory baskest’s anytime up to & including the 26/27 October.
This weekend Traidcraft goods will be on sale at the back of church after Mass. Please try to support this important cause.
Benediction in Honour of St. Therese of Lisieux: with Veneration of her First Class Relic. Carmelite Monastery, Grosvenor Place, Birkenhead this Sunday 6th October at 3.00pm.
St John’s Men’s Group will begin meeting monthly, this Monday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Further details from James Lindley jlindley198@gmail.com
SVP Coffee Morning this Friday from after 9.15 am Mass until 12 Noon in the Parish Centre.