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

The Feast of St Peter & St Paul 28th June 2020. Cycle A

Celia Daly thanks you all for your prayers and good wishes. She has now fully recovered from the illness she had earlier in the year and looks forward to seeing everyone again in the coming weeks.

During ‘Lockdown’ : Father Bernard has presided at a number of Funeral Services for our parishioners at Landican / Bebington / Plymyard. Memorial Masses for many of these will be celebrated in church in the coming weeks.

Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we may be sustained by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, that, as through them you gave your Church , the foundations of her heavenly office, so through them you may help her to eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Wirral Foodbank: needs your help and support more than ever, Full details of how to donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help. People who need emergency food and support at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
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.
The Wednesday Word is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

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 FAITH IN FOCUS: PETER AND PAUL
The pages of the four gospels clearly show Peter to be the leader of the apostles, chosen by Jesus to have a special relationship with him. With James and John he was privileged to witness events like the Transfiguration and the agony in Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’ death. His name is first on every list of apostles.
But the Gospels also include some unflattering details about Peter. He clearly was no public relations person. It’s a great comfort for us ordinary mortals to know that Peter also has his human weakness, even in the presence of Jesus.
Paul converted to Christianity after being its persecutor. His central conviction was simple and absolute: only God can save humanity. No human effort—even the most scrupulous observance of law—can create a human good which we can bring to God as reparation for sin or payment for grace. To be saved from itself, from sin, from the devil and from death, humanity must open itself completely to the saving power of Jesus.
Today we celebrate two great saints who are proof that God can work through anybody. We have St. Peter, a brash, thick-headed fisherman, inclined to say whatever popped into his head without thinking, and St. Paul, that well educated Pharisee who persecuted the Church, later becoming its great champion. Today’s feast, then, is a celebration of the Church’s unity (and a good example to us in Community). Anyone who has read Acts or Galatians, will recall that Saints Peter and Paul did not always think or act in perfect harmony. They came from different backgrounds, they had different methods of evangelism, and they didn’t always get along, but they were vitally important to the emerging Christian Church.
Both helped to spread the faith of the early Church, following in the footsteps of Christ. That these two extremes could allow the Holy Spirit to work through them is certainly proof that God can work through each of us, as long as we are willing to answer “yes” to God’s call.

Ss Peter & Paul 28th
St John’s Parish
Monday 29th Ints Holy Family Sisters
Tuesday 30th Arthur Brockway Aniv
Wednesday 1st Canon Frank Pullen Aniv
Thursday 2nd NHS Staff & Care Workers
Friday 3rd Ints Sister Brigid Kelly
Saturday 4th For the Sick & Housebound
Fourteenth Sunday 5th St John’s Parish

Father Bernard will offer the above Masses privately here at St John’s on the appropriate days this week.

Dear Parishioners,
I hope everyone is keeping well in these challenging times, If there is anything you wish to contact me about please email me at stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or phone 0151 645 3996.

As you are aware from the various media outlets, churches have now reopened for private prayer and will from the beginning of July be reopening for the Celebration of Mass and other public liturgies. This is indeed a moment for rejoicing but we must proceed with caution.
The Church has been thoroughly cleaned thanks to ‘The Dust Busters’ ( our cleaning team) and additional parishioners who came to help them. In accordance with Diocesan guidelines, appropriate signage has been put up inside the Church and other Health and Safety matters have been attended to.
Recently various contractors have been to the Church to check the roof and gutters and outside fixtures of the building, cleanse church steps and entrances, fix hand towel dispensers, provide additional bins, sanitizer units etc, so that St John’s Church can as far as is humanly possible, be deemed Covid 19 safe.

So, St John’s Church is now open for private prayer at the following times
Sunday’s – 9.00am-10.00am
Tuesday’s- 9.00am-10.00am
Thursday’s -7.00pm-8.00pm
Every time the Church is open we need to have 3 or 4 stewards ….so the more volunteers the better please

In answer to all our prayers Public Masses will resume at St John’s on Tuesday 7th July and at the usual times on the weekend of 11th & 12th July.
Enclosed in this newsletter is a message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England (please read it carefully)

Mass Intentions If you would like a Mass celebrated for a particular intention or for a person living / dead, please write the intention on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope with a donation in the presbytery letter box.

Shrewsbury Cathedral Bishop Mark thanks those who have been joining him for Sunday & Weekday Masses and other services via live stream. Please note that with the Cathedral reopening for private prayer the schedule has altered slightly the up to date schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites.

National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham Has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day. As the shrine reopens for private prayer this week please check their website for a revised schedule.

Money Matters Many thanks to those parishioners who have been so faithful in their financial support of our parish during these weeks of Lockdown…. using their Offertory Envelopes, pushing donations through the Presbytery letterbox and by Standing Order…. your generosity is very much needed & appreciated. A basket is now placed on the Offertory table at the back of church should you wish to make a donation to St John’s Parish and School when you are visiting the church for private prayer.

I very much look forward to welcoming you all back to St John’s Church,
United in Prayer,

Father Bernard.
Tel 0151 645 3314

Father, pour out your Spirit
upon St John’s Parish
and grant us
a new vision of your glory,
a new experience of your power,
a new faithfulness to your Word, and
a new consecration to your service,
that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen

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

The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time 21st June 2020. Cycle A

WORD FOR TODAY Christ tells us that we should not be afraid to speak up for what we believe. Are we afraid? Are we concerned about what people might think of us if we are up-front with our beliefs? Would they shun us? Would they think we are strange or weird? And if they would, do we care?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Let us pray for those who witness to their faith in countries where this means risking life and livelihood. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer. Let us pray for those who suffer constant fear, either as a result of mental illness or through trauma at experiencing a serious event in their lives. Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer. Let us pray for the Church throughout the world that it may be fearless and bold in proclaiming the sovereignty of God’s kingdom and the promises held out to those who accept Jesus as saviour of the world .Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer. Let us pray for our community, for the sick and the dying, for those who are caring for loved ones at home, and for those finding it hard to make ends meet .Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Wirral Foodbank: needs your help and support more than ever, Full details of how to donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help. People who need emergency food and support at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.

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.

The Wednesday Word is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

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: WHY PRAY WHEN YOU CAN WORRY? Fr Brown worries a lot. He’s not the best of preachers and he fears that people know this and look down on him when he opens his mouth. So he makes light of it and never really gets involved in a sermon that would challenge. On the front row is Mary Bradley who’s concerned about her family. She struggles to bring up her three children after the death of her husband and now the doctor has told her that a shadow has shown up on her latest set of X-rays. Gino Benelli is one of the ushers. When he takes the collection each Sunday it simply reminds him of the fact that his own financial situation is anything but rosy. He looks likely to be made redundant from the bakery and he’s no idea where he’ll get the mortgage money from. Cathy O’Leary, one of the readers, has lived in a rough part of the parish for years but now as a pensioner she fears for her safety. When she goes out to collect her pension she can’t help wondering if she’ll be the next mugging victim. And at night she’s terrified by the joy riders. Young Terry Roberts is taking the lead in the school play. On one level he’s thrilled, but occasionally he gets this sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach that he’s going to make a fool of himself. His older sister, Averil, is nervously awaiting her exam results. She’s desperate to get into university. Germaine Treadway is a faithful choir member. A teacher at the local school, she has yet to meet Mr Right. She can’t bear the thought of reaching old age alone and it plays on her mind. We all have our fears, worries and anxieties. It’s only natural. Christians are invited not to live them by themselves but to share them with God. Sharing them with God does not take them all away but it does put them into a different perspective: God’s. It also makes us realise that there are more important things to worry about. As Jesus says in today’s gospel: If you want something to worry about then ask yourself how you’re doing in relation to him who can destroy both body and soul in hell!

Twelfth Sunday in Ord Time 21st
Anne + Brian Cooper Special Ints.
Monday 22nd Fr Michael Murray(1st Ann)
Tuesday 23rd For our Schools
Wednesday 24th Bishop Vincent Malone RIP
Thursday 25th Ints Pat Diskin (80th)
Friday 26th Gerry Topping RIP
Saturday 27th Ints of SVP District Council
Ss Peter & Paul 28th St John’s Parish

Father Bernard will offer the above Masses privately here at St John’s on the appropriate days this week.

Wishing all Dads and Grandads a happy Father’s Day.

Renew your wonders
in this our day
as by a new Pentecost.
Pope John XX111

Father, pour out your Spirit
upon your people
and grant us
a new vision of your glory,
a new experience of your power,
a new faithfulness to your Word, and
a new consecration to your service,
that your love may grow among us,
and your kingdom come;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Dear Parishioners,
I hope everyone is keeping well in these challenging times, if there is anything you wish to contact me about/ bring to my attention ,please email me at stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or phone 0151 645 3996.
As you will be aware from the various media outlets, churches have been allowed to open from last Monday 15th June for private prayer and then please God, later this Summer for the celebration of Mass and other public liturgies ( Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals etc).
In order to reopen our Church after 12 weeks, it has undergone a thorough clean thanks to ‘The Dust Busters’ ( our cleaning team) and additional parishioners who came to help them. In accordance with Diocesan guidelines, appropriate signage has been put up inside the Church and other Health and Safety matters have been attended to.
Recently various contractors have been to the Church to check the roof and gutters and outside fixtures of the building, cleanse church steps and entrances, fix hand towel dispensers, provide additional bins, sanitizer units etc, so that St John’s Church can as far as is humanly possible, be deemed Covid 19 safe.
So from last Thursday 18th June, St John’s Church is now open for private prayer at the following times each week until further notice.
Sunday’s – 9.00am-10.00am
Tuesday’s- 9.00am-10.00am
Thursday’s -7.00pm-8.00pm
Every time the Church is open we need to have 3 or 4 stewards (1 female/1 male). Plus myself, so the more volunteers the better, please.

Mass Intentions If you would like a Mass celebrated for a particular intention or for a person living / dead, please write the intention on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope with a donation in the presbytery letter box.

Shrewsbury Cathedral Bishop Mark thanks those who have been joining him for Sunday & Weekday Masses and other services via live stream. Please note that with the Cathedral reopening for private prayer this week the schedule has altered slightly the up to date schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites.

National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham Has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day. As the shrine reopens for private prayer this week please check their website for a revised schedule.

Mass by telephone for those not online. Please telephone 01642 130120

Money Matters Many thanks to those parishioners who have been so faithful in their financial support of our parish during these weeks of Lockdown…. using their Offertory Envelopes, pushing donations through the Presbytery letterbox and by Standing Order…. your generosity is very much appreciated. A basket is now placed on the Offertory table at the back of church should you wish to make a donation to St John’s Parish and School when you are visiting the church for private prayer.

Every Blessing, and thank you for all your support,
Father Bernard.

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

The Body and Blood of Christ Sunday 14th June 2020. Cycle A

O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.
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Wirral Foodbank: needs your help and support more than ever, Full details of how to donate to Wirral Foodbank can be found at htpps/wirralfoodbank.org.uk/give-help. People who need emergency food and support at this time can contact the Wirral Emergency Food Hub on 0151 666 5050.
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.
The Wednesday Word is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

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.

IN FOCUS: EUCHARIST: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE PAST: 2,000 years ago on a Thursday evening Jesus ate what was probably a Passover meal with his disciples in the Upper Room. This meal was a memorial of how God had freed the Jewish people by liberating them from slavery and providing them with a promised land. During his meal Jesus told the disciples that from now on they were to eat this meal not in remembrance of Moses and the Exodus but in memory of him. For the bread that they would eat was his body that the next day he would be nailed to the cross, and the wine that they would drink was his blood that on the same Friday would be shed on Calvary. PRESENT: Today we Christians have a living memorial of that saving action of Christ. It is the Eucharist. Over the centuries Christians have never ceased to follow that command of Jesus at the Last Supper. They have gathered together, listened to God’s word in the scriptures and then, when they have taken, blessed and broken the bread, they have shared communion by eating and drinking what Christ tells us is his body and blood. In this sacrament of the Eucharist Jesus is really present to those who receive him. His flesh is real food and his blood is real drink because both of them nourish, they sustain us and keep us spiritually healthy. As we eat and drink from the one bread and cup the Eucharist becomes a sign of the unity that we share and at the same time it also makes us one in Christ. FUTURE: The Eucharist is food for our journey, medicine for our health and strength for our future. Not simply about the past and present it directs us towards two futures. The first future means that the Eucharist is a sign of our commitment to building up the kingdom of God here on earth. So receiving the Eucharist is not just an act of devotion; it commits us to action. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit we pledge ourselves to playing our full part in the Church’s work of bringing about a world in which justice, peace and holiness reign. And the second future is in the afterlife. The Eucharist is a pledge of the heavenly banquet that God has promised to those who listen to the voice of his Son. What we experience in the food of the Eucharist is a foretaste of an eternal feast with God. The feast of the Body and Blood of Christ allows us to thank God for this wonderful gift.
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ 14th
Ints St John’s Parish
Monday 15th Ints Holy Family Sisters
Tuesday 16th Ints St John’s School
Wednesday 17th Barbara Forshaw Birthday Remembrance
Thursday 18th NHS Staff + Care Workers
Friday 19th Gerry Topping RIP
Saturday 20th Phil Rooney RIP
Twelfth Sunday in Ord Time 21st Anne + Brian Cooper Special Ints.

Father Bernard will offer the above Masses privately here at St John’s on the appropriate days this week.

On Friday we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On Saturday we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary intercede for us in these troubled times.

Dear Parishioners,
I hope everyone is keeping well in these challenging times, if there is anything you wish to contact me about/ bring to my attention ,please email me at stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or phone 0151 645 3996.
As you will be aware from the various media outlets, churches can reopen from this Monday 15th June for private prayer and then please God, later in July/ August for the celebration of Mass and other public liturgies ( Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals etc).
In order to reopen our Church after 12 weeks, it obviously has to undergo a thorough clean. ‘The Dust Busters’ ( our cleaning team) will be meeting on Tuesday at 9.30am to carry out this important task (using the appropriate PPE). I am hoping that as many ‘Dust Busters’ as possible will be present and that additional parishioners will come along to help them. Please meet outside the main door of the Church for a full briefing etc at 9.30am. Once this has been completed in accordance with Diocesan guidelines, appropriate signage will be put up inside the Church and other Health and Safety matters will be attended to.
This weekend and on Monday various contractors will be visiting the Church to check the roof and gutters and outside fixtures of the building, cleanse church steps and entrances, fix hand towel dispensers, provide additional bins, sanitizer units etc, so that by next Thursday 18th June, St John’s Church can as far as is humanly possible, be deemed Covid 19 safe. Only then and in consultation with the Diocesan Health and Safety Officer, Bishop Mark and Canon Phil Moor (the Vicar General for this part of the Diocese), will I reopen our beautiful Church initially for private prayer.

So from next Thursday 18th June, the Eve of the Feast of the Sacred Heat of Jesus, St John’s Church will be open for private prayer at the following times each week until further notice.
Sunday’s – 9.00am-10.00am
Tuesday’s- 9.00am-10.00am
Thursday’s -7.0pm-8.00pm
I will be contacting all those who have already generously volunteered to be stewards, over the weekend and hopefully a few more parishioners will volunteer for these duties before the weekend is out.
Every time the Church is open we need to have 3 or 4 stewards (1 female/1 male). Plus myself, so the more volunteers the better, please.

Mass Intentions If you would like a Mass celebrated for a particular intention or for a person living / dead, please write the intention on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope with a donation in the presbytery letter box.

Shrewsbury Cathedral Bishop Mark thanks those who have been joining him for Sunday & Weekday Masses and other services via live stream. Please note that with the Cathedral reopening for private prayer this week the schedule has altered slightly the up to date schedule can be found on the Diocesan and Cathedral websites.

National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham Has a good website and is currently live streaming 24 hours a day. As the shrine reopens for private prayer this week please check their website for a revised schedule.

Mass by telephone for those not online. Please telephone 01642 130120

Money Matters Many thanks to those parishioners who have been so faithful in their financial support of our parish during these weeks of Lockdown…. using their Offertory Envelopes, pushing donations through the Presbytery letterbox and by Standing Order…. your generosity is very much appreciate.
I look forward to welcoming you back to St John’s Church from Thursday onward.
Every Blessing,
Father Bernard.