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


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
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
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 .

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.

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