Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 10th 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 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: (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 /

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
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
Sunday in Ord Time 17th 5.00pm
7.30pm Ints Rowlands Family
For the Poor, Sick & Needy
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer

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
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,

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
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.

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