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

18/10/2019

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.

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