The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 26th July 2020. Cycle A

23/07/2020

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 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 26th July 2020. Cycle A

Ordinations Yesterday at Shrewsbury Cathedral, Bishop Mark Ordained four Church students to the transitional Diaconate (ie on the way to the Priesthood). On the 4th August, Deacon Robert Dykes will be Ordained a Priest for the Diocese by Bishop Mark again at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Please remember these, and all our seminarians in your prayers.

WORD FOR TODAY If you could have anything in the world, or if you won the lottery, what would you choose? Jesus tells us that the really wise and shrewd person would try and find the kingdom of heaven on earth. Where would you begin looking?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP May God the Father look upon you with kindness and turn all things to your good. Amen. May God the Son mould you into the image of the living God. Amen. May God the Holy Spirit inspire your every action and lead you to share the glory of God. Amen. And may almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 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. For the time being please do not bring any food donations to Church .

The Parish Newsletter & The Wednesday Word, which is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings, are presently available as you leave Church(via the front side door). Please take a copy for yourself and anyone from your street or neighbourhood who would appreciate receiving information about St John’s Parish at this time.

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: WHAT MAKES YOU TICK? What makes a person tick? What is it that determines their lifestyle, their choices and their ultimate goals? What’s the treasure, the pearl of great value that they are searching for? For some people it’s about their status. They want to feel valued by their friends, to be respected in their local community and admired in their workplace. They will do anything to be one of the lads or one of the girls, will secretly long for public recognition such as an MBE or the employee of the year award. Others seem to set their sights on money. In fact they end up feeling that because they have more money than others then they must be somehow better than them. Those who don’t have the money spend their time working to accumulate it or hoping that the lottery will one day bless them and admit them into the courts of the wealthy. Living for pleasure and leisure gets to some people. A top of the range car, sex on demand, a cellar full of the finest vintage, a house in its own grounds with electronic security, a wardrobe stuffed with designer labels and a luxury yacht on which to take your annual cruise. Skin deep is about as far as it goes for some people’s treasure. For them it’s all to do with outward appearances. Their prize possession is their gym pass, not for health reasons but so that they will look good to others. Lifts and tucks are the things of their dreams, and liposuction is their faithful friend. All of these things come and go. If your reputation were ruined would it kill you? If you didn’t have a healthy bank balance would it mean you were a failure? If you were to live a simple uncomplicated lifestyle would it mean you were deprived? And if you had a face like a bag of spanners would it make you any less lovable? Jesus told the crowds in today’s gospel that when you come across the kingdom of heaven on earth you’ll really know you’ve found it. You won’t be interested in all these other things because they will pale into significance compared with this pearl, and you’ll be prepared to give up everything to possess it. If you found this pearl of great price, what would you have to sell to buy it?

Seventeenth Sunday 26th 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am Bob Purfield RIP
John McIntosh Birthday Rem
St Luke’s Parish
Monday 27th
Tuesday 28th 9.15am Colin Lee
Wednesday 29th
Thursday 30th 7.00pm Ints Sister Brigid Kelly
Friday 31st
Saturday 1st
Eighteenth Sunday 2nd 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am Ints Peggy McAllister
For the Sick & Housebound
St Luke’s Parish

It’s wonderful to be gathered together again for the Celebration of Mass in our beautiful Church! Albeit always following current Government Covid 19 guidelines.
The maximum number St John’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures is 70 persons but in order to reach this maximum the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales are directing that for our weekend Masses we follow HM Government ‘ 1 metre plus’ approach meaning that members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a limited number of disposable face masks in a container in the Church porch but please do bring your own with you if you can. Obviously our capacity number will go up slightly if members of the same household attend together as they can sit together. Otherwise you will only be permitted to sit on the seats marked with a blue and white poster.
Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion. I will explain the arrangement for this to you at each Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. Please bear with us in seeing what is best and follow instructions carefully. Remember this situation is only temporary.
A complexity to reopening our churches is how to manage those who wish to attend Mass given the maximum number allowed, how might we manage numbers of people, and ought it to be on a first come, first served basis, or ought people ‘book’ a place. None of the possibilities present an easy solution.
I think we must proceed, as we are doing, with a simple invitation to come to Mass at the times advertised and that if we reach capacity (ie over 70) we must, I am sorry to say, say that no more than 70 can enter the Church. Weather permitting Mass can be heard from the courtyard in front of the Church. Or there is a later Mass at St Anne’s on Saturday’s at 6.30pm and Sunday’s at 11.15am. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case. I ask for your patience in all this. I appreciate it might cause some disappointment or frustration. Please bear with me. As time goes on I am sure some other solutions will emerge.
It goes without saying that if you have any Covid 19 symptoms or if you become unwell in other ways please do not come to Church at this present time.

A Time for Prayer From next Saturday 1st August and every Saturday there after there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30am-11.30am in the main Church. All are welcome to come and pray about the present situation and for their own needs and intentions.
Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession : I will be available for those who wish to celebrate this sacrament each Saturday from 10.45am onwards in the courtyard in front of the Church ( Confessional’s in all our Churches are currently out of use as they do not meet the social distancing requirements).
In Memorium – Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Jill Evans of St Luke’s Parish whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr Paschal here at St John’s on Thursday 6th August at 10.30am. May she and all the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace.
The Monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour -resumes on Tuesday 4th August at 7pm in Church. All most welcome.
Stewarding ; Thank you to the stewards who have stewarded the Masses in recent weeks. We are hoping that all of them will continue these duties at the weekend Mass of their choice (on a rota basis) for the foreseeable future. Additional stewards are very much needed please have a word with Fr Bernard.
St Luke’s at St John’s
Given current Government restrictions regarding Places of Worship, St Luke’s Parish is unable to celebrate Mass in their usual settings. So for the foreseeable future Fr Paschal will celebrate an 11am Sunday Mass each week in St John’s Church. Although principally for St Luke’s Parishioners in these times of restricted numbers this Mass will be a welcome addition to St John’s usual weekend schedule (Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am)Fr Paschal and St Luke’s parishioners are always welcome at St John’s.

Money Matters Many thanks to those parishioners who have been so faithful in their financial support of our parish during these unusual times…. 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 table at the back of church for your Offertory donations to St John’s Parish when you enter the church for Holy Mass. Last weekend’s collection amounted to £537.31p.

Our Diocesan Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes- It was with great sadness that back in March we realised that in these extraordinary times it would be impossible to go ahead with our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. We are very anxious, however, to reach out to our regular pilgrims and to all people around the Diocese to invite them to join us in a spiritual pilgrimage online during the time that we should be in Lourdes. With this in mind we have created a Virtual Pilgrimage which includes a daily Mass led by the Bishop or different priest associated with the Pilgrimage. As well as many regular devotions and activites that form our Pilgrimage. The programme can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk . The Diocesan Website http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org Or the virtual Pilgrimage website https://shrewsburylourdes.com

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