Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 17th 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 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
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
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
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 engaging 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 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.

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