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


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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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/ 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.

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 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.

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