Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Sunday 24th November, 2019

23/11/2019

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

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Sunday 24th November, 2019

WORD OF GOD
Above him there was an inscription:“This is the King of the Jews.”
(Luke 23: 38)

WORD FOR TODAY
Our liturgical year comes to a close today as we recognise that Jesus is not simply a guru, not some wise philosopher or gentle philanthropist, but is the Son of God sent into our world to make known to us the Kingdom of God over which he now rules as Universal King.

Welcome Cafe – 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: THE THREE CROSSES

Today’s gospel tells us that on the first Good Friday there were three crosses on Calvary. They were the cross of sin, the cross of sorrow and the cross of salvation. The one that we choose for ourselves will affect where we spend eternity.
The cross of sin belonged to the thief who was unrepentant. We don’t know what his crime was (traditionally we say he was a thief) but we do know that he was there to be executed. His life of crime had hardened him and he clearly could feel no remorse for his sin. He was so far from God that his cynicism lasted to the very end. He even mocked Jesus, suggesting that if he really were the Christ he would be able to get down from the cross and save them too. His choices in life were such that he didn’t know how far he had fallen. His sin had blinded him to reality.
The cross of sorrow was the one on which the other thief hung. Unlike his fellow criminal he recognised his own guilt and felt contrition. He knew that he deserved what he was getting while Jesus had done nothing wrong but was suffering the same fate. His act of repentance took the form of standing up for Jesus and rebuking the other thief. Although he had led a life of crime he was not proud of it and he still had respect for God, something he tried to point out to his companion. Even at this late stage there was still a chance for him to try and set things right.
Of course, the cross of salvation was reserved for Jesus of Nazareth. His crucifixion was a great paradox because although he was being executed, after being falsely accused, his death would end in victory. He had never claimed to be King of the Jews, as the inscription on his cross proclaimed, but he would end up as Christ the Universal King. His cross was the means by which he took the world’s sinfulness upon himself in a glorious act of atonement. He willingly accepted to be the sacrificial victim, loving to the very end those entrusted to him by his Father. It was this salvation that he offered to the repentant thief moments before they were both to breathe their last.
The cross of sin, the cross of sorrow and the cross of salvation: we each have a choice. Which will you choose?

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 24th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm
Ints Philip & Sara White
St John’s Parish
Prayer Meeting
Monday 25th 9.15am Douglas Watkins RIP
Tuesday 26th 9.15 am Arthur Brockway RIP
Wednesday 27th 9.15am Leo & Cath Shore RIP
Thursday 28th 7.30am Decd Members of Bell Family
Friday 29th 9.15am John Murray RIP
Saturday 30th
First Sunday of Advent 1st 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints St John’s Parish
Peter Ritson RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

Today’s Feast of Christ the King is also National Youth Sunday. Please keep all our children and young people in your daily prayers

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Please drop in out of the cold and have a chat.
Confirmation 2019 : Congratulations, best wishes & prayers to those young people from our parish and our neighbouring parishes who were confirmed by Bishop Mark at Christ the King, Bromborough last Thursday Thank you too to their parents, sponsors and catechists for supporting them on this important step on their faith journey.
First Sacraments – Enrolment Mass at 9.30am this 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.
Youth Matters: The 2nd meeting with the members of the Diocesan Youth Mission Team to see how we can support and encourage young people in our local parishes will be held on Wednesday at 7pm in St Anne’s Presbytery, Rock Ferry. All welcome
Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £595.42p.
Donations from Sunday Tea Money will be given to:
St John’s SVP: £25
St John’s Church Flowers: £20
Ark Christmas Card: £30.
Thank you for your continued generosity.

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. it’s minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is on Thursday
28th November at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

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.

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 and traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music is being held on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church in Rock Ferry. Tickets (£8 per person) are available after weekend Masses here at St John’s and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.
THE BIG CHRISTMAS CARD will shortly be at the back of church. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.
Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass offered for your intentions or someone else’s intentions and for your deceased relatives and friends etc during Advent or in the Christmas Season, please fill in one of the Mass offering envelopes at the back of Church, place a donation in it and hand it to Fr Bernard or put it through the presbytery letterbox.
Wirral South Hustings: Meeting will be held on Monday, 2nd December 8-9.30pm at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington CH63 8LX. This is your opportunity to quiz the candidates about the issues that matter to you. For more information and to submit your question, please contact Christ Church Parish Office at parishoffice@christchurchhigherbebington.org.uk or 0151 6084429. All welcome. Admission free.

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