Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd November 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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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

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
Sunday in Ord Time 10th 5.00pm
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 .

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

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