Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 27th 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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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.

30th Sunday in Ord Time 27th 5.00pm
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
Sunday in Ord Time 3rd 5.00pm

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 .

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.

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