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

12/06/2020

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.

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