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

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 17th November 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD Take care not to be deceived because many will come using my name and saying, “I am he” and, “The time is near at hand.” Refuse to join them. (Luke 21: 8)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Let us pray for those countries that have been caught up in natural disasters of flood, earthquake, hurricane and famine , that world governments and agencies may be speedy in their response and relief. Lord, may your kingdom come: May your will be done. Let us pray for those who are searching for meaning in their lives that they may not be distracted and disturbed by false claims, predictions of disaster and gloom-mongering but may come to know the all pervasive care of a loving God. Lord, may your kingdom… Let us pray for those who have died recently and for all the departed members of our families that they may enjoy the light, happiness and peace that is God’s promise to those who endure in faith. Lord, may your kingdom… Let us pray for those who have lost their jobs, for those young people seeking employment for the first time and for those who are finding it hard to make ends meet as they provide for their families. Lord, may your kingdom…

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: SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT? We can always find reasons to worry, even when there’s nothing to worry about. Some people love to be frightened into thinking that every flood, hurricane, war or earthquake is somehow a sign that the end of the world is about to hit us. They love to have something to worry about. In today’s gospel Jesus tells us to be worried about three things. But they’re not the ones we expect to hear. First, he tells us to worry about being deceived. Make sure you’re not taken in by claims about the end of the world. If you believe that the predictions of Nostradamus or the prophecies of Malachy are true then it’s time to give in. You should worry, says Jesus, if you’re enticed by these claims to know about the future, by rumours, apparitions of gloom, or plagues and revolutions as forerunners of the end of the world. Yes, worry. Because if you put your trust in these predictions (which are always explained away when they fail to deliver) then you’re far away from trusting in God’s promises. You’ve already been tricked. Secondly, worry about letting people disturb you. The fact that terrorists exist doesn’t mean that one lives next door to you. The fact that people get shot and knifed doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen to you or your family. The fact that new strains of diseases come into being does not mean that half the world is about to be wiped out. Start to worry, says Jesus, when you begin to fear that natural disasters have a sinister meaning. All sorts of fearful things take place in this world, but your endurance will win you your lives. Thirdly, Jesus implicitly tells us to worry if we find that we’ve become distracted. Today’s gospel is a plea to get things into perspective. Where are our priorities? Are we living our lives eating and drinking, so caught up in the ordinariness of daily existence, planning how to spend our lottery win, how to improve our garden and how to get the latest i-sound that we have lost the plot? If you want something to worry about, then worry about how you are preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus. Or maybe that’s not as interesting as worrying about nothing or worrying about something that will never happen?

33rd Sunday in Ord Time 17th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm
Ints Rowlands Family
For the Poor, Sick & Needy
Prayer Meeting
Monday 18th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 19th 9.15 am Joe Moore Anniv RIP
Wednesday 20th 9.15am Kath Ryan RIP
Thursday 21st 7.30am Audrey Atkinson RIP
Friday 22nd 9.15am John McIntosh RIP
Saturday 23rd
Feast of Christ the King 24th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Philip & Sara White
St John’s Parish
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Pop in and have a chat.

Confirmation 2019: This year’s Confirmation Mass with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at Christ the King, Bromborough this Thursday 21st November at 7pm. Please keep all the candidates , their sponsors, families and our Catechists in your prayers as they receive this special sacrament.
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. Celebrating Children’s Liturgy- A day for those involved in leading Children’s Liturgy this Saturday 23rd November at Saint Joseph’s Parish Centre Birkenhead . Coffee & registration from 10am. The day will finish with prayer at 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. £5 per person.
First Sacraments – Enrolment Mass at 9.30am next Sunday 24th November, the Feast of Christ the King. All Year 3 children and their parents are invited to this special Mass to enrol the children in their Sacramental programme.
St John’s Catholic Pre School September 2020 Admission .Open Evening this Thursday 21st Nov from 4.00-5.30pm. If your child will be 3 years of age by 31st August 2020 they will be able to join us for their Pre School year, starting September 2020.You are welcome to come along to our Open Evening, it is a drop in session where you will be able to view the setting, meet the staff and complete an admission form.Further details from Bernadette – 0151 645 5291 Option No. 2
Wirral Hospitals- Monthly Mass in Arrowe Park Hospital Chapel this Thursday at 12.30pm. The Chapel is located on the first floor. All most welcome.
Youth Matters- The next meeting will be at St Anne’s on Wednesday 27th November at 7pm.

As we begin the Year of the Word a Reflective Scripture / Prayer Service will be held at St John’s Day Chapel on the First Sunday of Advent 1st December from 3pm-4pm led by Fr Thomas . Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on the Sunday readings.

Readers-Thank you to the readers who attended the meeting last Saturday. Copies of Pope Francis’s document are available this weekend in the Day Chapel.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £595.13p. Many thanks.
Missio Red Boxes last months collections amounted to £285.73. Thank you to all who continue to support this important cause.

Clergy Education & Training Fund – Special Collection
This weekend the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund will be held. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends.
Special Envelopes are available for you to use.
A leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how you can make a regular donation, how you can take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations and how you can donate online at http://www.dioceseof shrewsbury.org/clergy-education-and-training-fund.
I ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible for the provision of the best formation for a new generation of priests. It is in every sense an investment in the future of the life and mission of the Diocese.
With every good wish,
+Mark

Men’s Group- This month the men’s fellowship revisited the keynote speech from Adoremus, held in Liverpool in 2018.”The Mystery of the Mass- The Source and Summit of Christian Life” It’s very clear and engaging and an inspiring, uplifting reflection of our communion with God.Highly recommended watching for all! Is available on You Tube at https://youtu.be/DRP2u6NkZeU
Next months mens fellowship will focus on the Birth of the Messiah and will meet at 7.30pm on Wed 4th December, in St John’s Presbytery.

BOST Fanfare for Christmas: An evening of festive music, featuring well-loved traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music. Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s church. Tickets £8 from St Anne’s.

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

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 10th November 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD God is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all men are in fact alive. (Luke 20:38)

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 1 vacancy for an Office Administrator (closing date: 22nd November) based at their Head Office on the Wirral. For further details and an Application Pack, please contact them: http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

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: WILL MY DOG BE IN HEAVEN? Jesus had less than a week to live when the events of today’s gospel took place. So it’s perhaps not surprising for him to be talking about life after death and teaching against the Sadducees that there is a resurrection that all created flesh will share in. Because the Sadducees didn’t believe in a resurrection they tried to trick Jesus into giving a stupid answer to their farcical case of a woman who was the surviving widow of her husband and six brothers-in-law. Whose wife would she be in heaven? Yet this is the sort of question that many people ask even today. Will my dog be with me in heaven? Will I recognise people I’ve known here on earth? What will happen if I come face to face with someone who’s been my sworn enemy? What about my best friend who doesn’t believe in God? And what if I don’t like it?! Perhaps the first thing that we must say about heaven is that it’s the fulfilment of all our desires and yearnings for God. Jesus enticed his listeners by saying that no eye had seen nor ear heard what God has in store for us. It goes far beyond what we could ever imagine or hope for. We see God face to face and as we gaze on his glory we are moved to the profoundest level of love, a love which leaves no room for any kind of emptiness or regret. The second thing that we need to remember is that God is eternal, just like the life he offers us. We necessarily live in time but God’s eternal nature means that he experiences infinity at every moment; in fact “moment” is too restricting for a God who exists free from the boundaries of time. After our resurrection we share in that “instantaneousness” of God. We are caught up in the immediacy of God. There is no yesterday or tomorrow about heaven. It’s an eternal “now”. When we view heaven in this way we realise that many of our questions and difficulties about it are simply man-made and woman-inspired. We naturally have a tendency to tie things down to our own experience of reality. Yet today Jesus tells us that the afterlife is radically different from some of the ways we conceive of it. That’s why he says that the Lord is God not of the dead but of the living: for to God all people are in fact alive.

32nd Sunday in Ord Time 10th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Deceased SVP Members
Theresa McLean Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 11th 9.15am
Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 12th 9.15 am Remembrance Mass
Wednesday 13th 9.15am Stephanie Lane RIP
Thursday 14th 7.30am Bishop Brian Noble RIP
Friday 15th 9.15am Eleanor McGuigan RIP
Saturday 16th 10.00am Deceased Carmelites
33rd
Sunday in Ord Time 17th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Rowlands Family
For the Poor, Sick & Needy
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition

15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

A Remembrance Sunday Prayer
by Denis McBride C.Ss.R
Our God our Heavenly Father,
look mercifully upon the unrest in our world
and draw all people to yourself and one another
in the sure bond of peace.
We give you ready thanks for the memory
of all those men and women
who laid down their lives
in service of their country.
As we hallow their memory
we bless you for their courage and devotion
even to death.
In your mercy
send your peace into the hearts of all people
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Pop in and have a chat.
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. Celebrating Children’s Liturgy- A day for those involved in leading Children’s Liturgy on Saturday 23rd November at Saint Joseph’s Parish Centre Birkenhead . Coffee & registration from 10am. The day will finish with prayer at 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. £5 per person.
School News- Year 5/6 children from St John’s Junior School will be celebrating a Remembrance Mass with us here in church on Tuesday at 9.15am. All most welcome. First Sacraments – Enrolment Mass at 9.30am on Sunday 24th November, the Feast of Christ the King.
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. Please keep all the candidates and their families in your prayers.

Youth Matters- Many thanks to those who came to the meeting last Monday at St Anne’s. The next meeting will also be at St Anne’s on Wednesday 27th November at 7pm.

As we begin the Year of the Word a Reflective Scripture / Prayer Service will be
held at St John’s Day Chapel on the First Sunday of Advent 1st December from 3pm-4pm led by Fr Thomas . Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £552.85p. Many thanks.

Clergy Education & Training Fund – Special Collection
Next weekend the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund will be held. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends.
Special Envelopes are available for you to use.
A leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how you can make a regular donation, how you can take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations and how you can donate online at http://www.dioceseof shrewsbury.org/clergy-education-and-training-fund.
I ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible for the provision of the best formation for a new generation of priests. It is in every sense an investment in the future of the life and mission of the Diocese.
With every good wish,
+Mark

Men’s Group- This month the men’s fellowship revisited the keynote speech from Adoremus, held in Liverpool in 2018.”The Mystery of the Mass- The Source and Summit of Christian Life” It’s very clear and ingaging and an inspiring, uplifting reflection of our communion with God.Highly recommended watching for all! Is available on You Tube at https://youtu.be/DRP2u6NkZeU
Next months mens fellowship will focus on the Birth of the Messiah and will meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th December, in St John’s Presbytery. Plans for meetings in 2020 include great men of the Bible.

BOST Fanfare for Christmas: An evening of festive music, featuring well-loved traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music. Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s church. Tickets £8 from St Anne’s.

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

Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd November 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD In your sight, Lord, the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales like a drop of morning dew falling on the ground. Yet you are merciful to all, because you can do all things and overlook men’s sins so that they can repent. (Wisdom 11:22-23)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP May God the Father make you worthy of his call and fulfil all your desires for goodness. May Jesus Christ complete all that you have been doing through faith and lead you to the glory of heaven. May the Holy Spirit inspire your every action that you may be gathered by him on the Day of the Lord. And may almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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

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: MAKING THE FIRST MOVE There was a sign outside a church that read, “Don’t let your funeral be the next time you come and visit us!” We can understand what it meant; it was encouraging people to think about the place of God in their lives and their response to God’s workings. But, actually, the sign is fundamentally flawed. Why? Because it encourages people to think that they are the ones who must make the first move. It gives the impression that God is sitting back waiting for them to decide to start doing something about their lives. And that simply isn’t true! The amazing thing about God’s dealings with us is that he always makes the first move. Think of Zacchaeus in today’s gospel. He’d heard all the rumours about Jesus and wanted to see for himself. Being a small man he climbed up a sycamore tree to get a good view. But before he could say anything, before he could make his mind up, it was Jesus who made the first move and told him he was coming home with him to stay for a while. When Zacchaeus heard what Jesus had to say he was immediately moved to repent and give half his property to the poor. (He’d cheated people by charging them too much tax and then keeping most of the money himself.) God never ceases reaching out to us. We find this hard to cope with because we think that God is so concerned with weighty global problems that he has no time for us and our particular situations. Yet the opposite is true. When we feel drawn to God it is only because God’s grace has been offered us in the first place. Our lives are a response to Christ’s example of sacrifice and love; our response comes from hearing God’s word; our actions are inspired by God’s Spirit working in us, if only we take the time to discern it. At the Eucharist we thank God for never abandoning us and for continually offering us the chance to enjoy the life that Christ promised. Amazingly, God never stops leading us on to deeper trust and love. And all he asks in return is that we respond.

31st Sunday in Ord Time 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am
7.30pm Ints of Fennell & McGuigan Families
Fr Frank Rice RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 4th 9.15am
7.00pm Stephen Fattery Anniv RIP
Monthly Novena
Tuesday 5th 9.15 am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 6th No Mass or Service
Thursday 7th 7.00pm Remembrance Mass
Friday 8th 12noon Funeral Mass
Stephanie Lane
Saturday 9th
32nd
Sunday in Ord Time 10th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Deceased SVP
Theresa McLean Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

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.
May they and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.

In Memorium-Please remember Stephanie Lane Funeral Mass is at St John’s this Friday at 12 Noon.

The Annual Mass of Remembrance for all those who have died since last November will be celebrated on Thursday at 7pm. All most welcome.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £538.26p. Many thanks.
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Envelopes collection totalled £496.69p ( of which £340 was also gift-aided). Thank you for your continued generosity.
Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Pop in and have a chat.
Traidcraft goods are on sale after Masses this weekend.
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. Celebrating Children’s Liturgy- A day for those involved in leading Children’s Liturgy of the Word. On Saturday 23rd November 2019 at Saint Joseph’s Parish Centre Birkenhead CH42 7JY. Coffee & registration from 10am. The day will finish with prayer at 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided. £5 per person.
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 .

Meeting with Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team- Following on from the visit of Sandy Fairley to our Local Parishes last weekend, there will be a meeting this Monday 4th November at 7.30pm in St Anne’s Presbytery for all those interested in helping with youth activity in our Local Parishes.
Readers- Please make every effort to attend a meeting in the Day Chapel next Saturday 9th November at 10am to look at the readings for Advent Year A and Christmas time. Thank you .
Next Saturday 9 Nov at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

As we begin the Year of the Word
held at St John’s on Sunday 1st December from 3pm-4pm led by Fr Thomas . Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitality Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to be held Saturday 7th December 2019 at 12 noon at St. Peter’s Church, 16 Green Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 4EA, followed by refreshments in the parish centre. We will also be celebrating John Campbell’s service to the pilgrimage as Chief Branc, if you have any pictures or memories of John please send them to events@teamshrewsbury.co.uk