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 Twenty Second Sunday 30th August 2020. Cycle A

Clergy News; Fr Philip McGovern will be retiring in September from Our Lady’s / Holy Cross / St Paul’s Parish. Last weekend Bishop Mark appointed Fr Michael Coughlan (currently an assistant priest in Wythenshawe )as the new parish priest of Our Lady’s / Holy Cross / St Paul’s Parish. We welcome Fr Michael to the Deanery and we are pleased that Fr Philip will continue to live in the Deanery and will provide supply cover etc.

WORD OF GOD For your love is better than life ,my lips will speak your praise. (Psalm 62:4)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Lord Jesus, your right hand holds us fast in your mercy and love :Lord, have mercy. Christ Jesus, you fill us with the riches of your grace: Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, your love is better than life itself: Lord, have mercy.

May almighty God water us with the spring of his grace, forgive us our sins and bring us safely to our heavenly home to enjoy the life that never ends. 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. During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the 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: BETTER THAN LIFE ITSELF? Psalm 62, used in our liturgy today, is a prayer of a person who desperately longs to know God and to feel God’s presence in their lives. In fact, without God they feel like dry, weary, waterless soil. And although they don’t always feel God close to them they sit and gaze at the sanctuary to sense God’s strength and glory. We have so many distractions in our lives. Many of them are necessary: we have to work in order to be able to live; our lives with each other inevitably throw up problems and difficulties; and in all the process of getting and having we can end up missing the real point of why we’re here on earth. But it doesn’t matter how much we are considered successful by others, in our heart of hearts we know that we will always feel empty if we have not found a place for God in our lives. Jeremiah says as much in our first reading. God is so important to him that he experiences a fire in his belly that he must tell people about even though he suffers ridicule. And Jesus goes even further in the gospel today. What’s the point of possessing the whole world, money, riches, status, power, if it means that you never enjoy the real purpose of life? He reminds us that the only way to enjoy life to the full is to renounce self, to put aside selfish interest, in order to follow him. In other words, if we let anything get between us and God then we become cut off from what can really satisfy our needs. One of the lines of psalm 62 is quite extraordinary. It simply says, “Your love is better than life”. Better than life? The psalmist is saying that if our life is not centred on what is really important then it’s not worth having. If we have found God then we realise that our lives are very short indeed yet the only thing that ultimately matters is that we possess God for eternity. The temptation is to live only half a life, to conform to what our world tells us living is really about. Yet with all its superficial glitter and gloss we know that this sort of shimmering existence can never meet our real needs and aspirations. And those who have found God’s love have no need of this tinsel. For, as the psalmist says, “Your love is better than life.” Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Twenty Second

Sunday

30th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ints Margaret McLoughlin

Bishop Brian Noble RIP

Ints Sr Brigid Kelly

Monday

31st

Tuesday

1st

9.15am

7.00pm

Ints Teresa Young

Novena

Wednesday

2nd

Thursday

3rd

7.00pm

Ints Pat Bevan

Friday

4th

Saturday

5th

Twenty Third

Sunday

6th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Des Capper RIP

Paul Rowlands RIP

St Luke’s Parish

This Sunday would have been the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Brian Noble. May he Rest in Peace. Our 9.30am Mass this Sunday will be offered for the Repose of his Soul. Please remember him in your prayers this week.

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession : Father Bernard will be available for those who wish to celebrate this sacrament each Saturday from 10.40am.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30am-11.30am each Saturday in the main Church. All are welcome to come and pray about the present situation and for all our needs and intentions. As we move into September “ The Season of Creation”, we would do well to remember this intention in our prayers.


The Monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour –will be held on Tuesday at 7pm in Church led by Fr Paschal. All most welcome to this time of prayer and reflection.

Prayers for the Sick- please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If any one is in need of Holy Communion or a visit , please do let us know.

In Memorium ; Please pray for the repose of the soul of William Halpin who has died recently. May he Rest in Peace. Funeral Mass at St John’s on Friday 11th September at 12.00 Noon.

Baptisms- We hope to be able to resume celebrating Baptisms this autumn. If you had a Baptism booked during lockdown or wish to have your child Baptised in the later part of 2020/ early part of 2021 please contact Fr Bernard on 645 3314 or by emailing him.

Weddings If you are intending to get married in St John’s in 2021 please let us know as soon as possible, and certainly before the end of September,

Schools Return after a long lay-off due to the Corona Virus. St John’s Schools reopen on Wednesday . For further information please contact the Junior School on 0151-645-9615 or email schooloffice@stjohns-junior.wirral.sch.uk or the Infant School on 0151-645-5291 or email schooloffice@stjohns-infant.wirral.sch.uk

Contact details for St John Plessington Catholic College 0151-645-5049 or email schooloffice@stjohnplessington.com


We pray for our teachers at the start of a new year. Lord God, you enlighten our minds with the light of your truth and you sent your Son Jesus to learn from his parents, and then teach by his own life and example. Bless our teachers. May they share their knowledge and talents with patience, generosity and kindness. Grant them the skill to bring wisdom to eager minds and to encourage those who are flagging .May their reward be to know Christ, their own teacher, as the way, the truth and the life, for ever and ever. Amen.

It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church!(if you haven’t already done so why not give it a try)

Please note the maximum number St John’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a very 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. Please be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening.

Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion. I will continue to explain the arrangement for this to you at every Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case.

Obviously 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.

Stewarding and Cleaning ; Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our parish cleaning team who do such an excellent job of cleaning our Church every Tuesday after 9.15am Mass. (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our Church at weekends.) Additional stewards are very much needed please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few days if you can help.

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. Fr Paschal and St Luke’s parishioners are always welcome at St John’s.

Money Matters

Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to £550.50p. A basket is now placed on the table at the back of church for your Offertory donations. Please be generous as you enter the Church.

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 Twenty First Sunday 23rd August 2020. Cycle A

Clergy News; Fr Philip McGovern will be retiring in September from Our Lady’s / Holy Cross / St Paul’s Parish. Last weekend Bishop Mark appointed Fr Michael Coughlan (currently an assistant priest in Wythenshawe )as the new parish priest of Our Lady’s / Holy Cross / St Paul’s Parish. We welcome Fr Michael to the Deanery and we are pleased that Fr Philip will continue to live in the Deanery and will provide supply cover etc.

WORD OF GOD You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. (Matthew 16:18)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP This is Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God who calls us to profess our faith by the way we live. Happy are those who are called to his supper: Lord, I am not worthy….

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. During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the 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: RE-BRANDING Peter’s name wasn’t really Peter, as we know. It was Simon. But when Simon boldly professed his belief that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus changed his name for him. He re-branded him. From now on you will be called Peter, which means a rock, and on this rock I will build my Church. Of course, anyone who knew Peter was well aware that he was anything but a rock. He was quite the opposite, in fact. He was not a steady character but a volatile one, likely to explode rather than remain calm. What Jesus was doing by changing his name was giving him the opportunity to grow into being something different. At the moment you are Simon, but you will become Peter. The name Jesus gives him is a calling for him to become something which at the moment is beyond his grasp. When we profess our faith in Jesus, that’s not the end of things. Our profession of faith is not like passing a test and receiving a certificate which we can then hang on the wall. Our profession of faith is a statement of commitment to whatever Christ has in store for us in the future. For those who believe in him, Jesus has a name-change in store. Whatever our name might be, Jesus says you may be John or Mary but you will become Christian. The call to become Christian is a dynamic one that doesn’t simply let us rest on our laurels but challenges us to a lifetime of growth. Just as Simon had to grow into becoming Peter, so we too have to grow into becoming Christian. Peter’s name change meant that he was given a very specific task: to become steady, reliable, firm and rock-like. What does God have in store for us? By changing our name to Christian, God is summoning us to grow, to change and to become something that only we can be, something that God can use for the sake of his kingdom on earth. What special “brand name” of Christian is God expecting from us? Are we content to live out the rest of our lives at our current level of faith, or do we yearn to grow in faith, to develop what God has given us and to enjoy a new name.

Twenty First

Sunday

23rd

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Sr Phyllis Behan RSC

Janice Cavanagh RIP St Luke’s Parish

Monday

24th

Tuesday

25th

9.15am

Ints Canon Brendan Hoban

Wednesday

26th

Thursday

27th

11.00am

Funeral Mass

Thomas Hurley

Friday

28th

Saturday

29th

Twenty Second

Sunday

30th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ints Margaret McLoughlin

Bishop Brian Noble RIP

Ints Sr Brigid Kelly

I shall be away from Monday to Friday of this week at the safe setting of Boarbank Hall in Cumbria. Fr Paschal will be celebrating the Masses on Tuesday and Thursday in my absence. Please refer any pressing Pastoral matters to Fr Paschal Tel- 644-7530.

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession : Father Bernard 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).

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30am-11.30am each Saturday in the main Church. All are welcome to come and pray about the present situation and for their own needs and intentions.

Prayers for the Sick- please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If any one is in need of Holy Communion or a visit , please do let us know.

In Memorium – Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Thomas Hurley whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr Paschal here at St John’s on Thursday at 11.00am. May he and all the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace.

Baptisms- Hopefully we will be able to resume celebrating Baptisms this autumn. If you had a Baptism booked during lockdown or wish to have your child Baptised in the later part of 2020/ early part of 2021 please contact Fr Bernard on 645 3314 or by emailing him.

Weddings If you are intending to get married in St John’s in 2021 please let us know as soon as possible.

Please keep in your prayers the young people from our parish and your families who are receiving important examination results at this time.

Schools Return- in the first week of September after a long lay-off due to the Corona Virus. St John’s school’s reopen on Wednesday 2nd September. For further information please contact the Junior School on 0151-645-9615 or email schooloffice@stjohns-junior.wirral.sch.uk or the Infant School on 0151-645-5291 or email schooloffice@stjohns-infant.wirral.sch.uk

Contact details for St John Plessington Catholic College 0151-645-5049 or email schooloffice@stjohnplessington.com

It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church!(if you haven’t already done so why not give it a try)

Please note the maximum number St John’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a very 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. Please be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening.

Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion. I will continue to explain the arrangement for this to you at every Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case.

Obviously 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.

Stewarding and Cleaning ; Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our parish cleaning team who do such an excellent job of cleaning our Church every Tuesday after 9.15am Mass. (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our Church at weekends.) Additional stewards are very much needed please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few days if you can help.

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

Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to £500.50p. A basket is now placed on the table at the back of church for your Offertory donations. Your generosity to St John’s Parish during these challenging times is very much appreciated.

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 Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary 16th August 2020. Cycle A

Clergy News; Fr Philip McGovern will be retiring in September from Our Lady’s / Holy Cross / St Paul’s Parish. Last weekend Bishop Mark appointed Fr Michael Coughlan (currently an assistant priest in Wythenshawe )as the new parish priest of Our Lady’s / Holy Cross / St Paul’s Parish. We welcome Fr Michael to the Deanery and we are pleased that Fr Philip will continue to live in the Deanery and will provide supply cover etc.

Heart of Mary, Mother of God, our Mother, Heart most like the Heart of Jesus, ever compassionate towards our miseries,—thaw our icy hearts, and change them to the likeness of the Heart of Jesus. Be the road leading to Jesus; be the channel whereby we receive all graces needful for our salvation. Be our help in need, our comfort in trouble, our strength in temptation, our refuge in persecution, our aid in dangers; but most in the last struggle of our life, at the moment of our death. How great is the sweetness of your Mother’s Heart, and the power of your might with Jesus’ Heart, opening to us in the very fount of mercy itself a safe refuge, that so one day we too may join with you in paradise in praising Jesus’ Heart for ever and for 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. During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the 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: FORETASTE OF THINGS TO COME
The Assumption is Mary’s feast of feasts. It takes all of her achievements, all of her sorrows and triumphs, and celebrates them in one liturgy of victory.
The woman we see in the Assumption is the model disciple, the pattern for our response to God in faith. Early on in her life we have already met the woman who is confused by the angel’s announcement, shamed by the response to her pregnancy and traumatised by having to flee for her life and that of her Son and husband.
What we find in Mary is a woman who is always anxious for the world to see her Son, a proud mother who wants others to rejoice in Jesus. And so it is that she goes off to compare notes with her cousin Elizabeth…to delight in showing the child to the shepherds at Bethlehem…to accept the gifts that the Magi present to her new-born baby…to tell the guests at the Cana wedding that there is something special about her Son…
And when the going gets tough we glimpse a strength of character that does not give up in adversity. Mary stands by her Son when his audience think he has gone mad; she stands by the foot of his cross as he is executed on Calvary; she joins in solidarity with the disciples after the resurrection and is present with them on the first Pentecost.
Yet we need to go back even further to the nine months before her own birth, to her Immaculate Conception when she was conceived free from original sin, free from the stain that tarnishes every other human being. Specially chosen by God to bear God’s Son, her life was to be a pattern and model of faith.
The Assumption proclaims that Jesus’ promise to us of eternal life, of sharing in the resurrection of the body and being glorified has already been anticipated in Mary because of her exceptional circumstances. Where she has gone we hope to follow.
Mary offers us hope and moves us by example and prayer to grow in God’s grace, to be receptive to God’s will, to convert our lives through sacrifice and penance, and to seek that everlasting union in heaven that she already enjoys.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am Fr Frank Rice 1st Anniversary
Ints Dot & Wilf Humphrey
St Luke’s Parish
Monday 17th
Tuesday 18th 9.15am For Vocations
Wednesday 19th
Thursday 20th 7.00pm Bernard Dagnall RIP
Friday 21st
Saturday 22nd
Twenty First
Sunday 23rd 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am Sr Phyllis Behan RSC
Janice Cavanagh RIP
St Luke’s Parish
This Sunday- we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary… the readings and prayers for both Masses this weekend are of the Feast Day and the Rosary will be prayed for all our Parish needs and intentions on Saturday at 4.30pm. (ie before 5pm Mass).

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession : Father Bernard 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).
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30am-11.30am each Saturday in the main Church. All are welcome to come and pray about the present situation and for their own needs and intentions.

Prayers for the Sick- please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If any one is in need of Holy Communion or a visit , please do let us know.
Baptisms- Hopefully we will be able to resume celebrating Baptisms this autumn. If you had a Baptism booked during lockdown or wish to have your child Baptised in the later part of 2020/ early part of 2021 please contact Fr Bernard on 645 3314 or by emailing him.

Weddings If you are intending to get married in St John’s in 2021 please let us know as soon as possible.

Please keep in your prayers the young people from our parish and your families who are receiving important examination results at this time.

St John’s SVP- Thank you to our SVP members who during the Lockdown have been faithfully keeping in touch by telephone, with our sick and housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.
It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church!(if you haven’t already done so why not give it a try)
Please note the maximum number St John’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons and that members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a very 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. Please be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening.
Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply in the sanctuary and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion. I will continue to explain the arrangement for this to you at every Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case.
Obviously 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.

Stewarding and Cleaning ; Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our parish cleaning team who do such an excellent job of cleaning our Church every Tuesday after 9.15am Mass. (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our Church at weekends.) Additional stewards are very much needed please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few days if you can help.

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
Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to £505.26p. A basket is now placed on the table at the back of church for your Offertory donations. Your generosity to St John’s Parish during these challenging times is very much appreciated.

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 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 9th August 2020. Cycle A

Clergy News; Recently at Shrewsbury Cathedral four Church students were ordained to the transitional Diaconate (ie on the way to the Priesthood). Last Tuesday Deacon Robert Dykes was ordained a Priest for the Diocese by Bishop Mark again at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Also recently Bishop Mark, having consulted the local clergy, re appointed Fr Bernard as the local Dean for Birkenhead & East Wirral and to serve as a member of the Council of Priests from Sept 2020-2023. At least three Diocesan Priests are retiring and twelve priests are on the move with more to follow and the amalgamation of some parishes will be inevitable. Please keep all this in your prayers.

WORD FOR TODAY When you get up tomorrow make a mental note to try and count how many times during the day you are reminded of God by some person or situation. You’ll be surprised how many times it happens, and even more amazed by how God uses the most unexpected people and circumstances in order to communicate with us.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP God the Father reveals himself to us in the events of our daily life. May he show you his mercy and faithfulness. Amen. Christ comes among us in the faces of the stranger and the needy. May you see his face clearly in that of your neighbour .Amen. The Spirit leads us into the way of all truth. May your actions proclaim the justice and peace of our God. 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. During these Covid times please do not bring any food donations into the 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: TAKING THE RISK Just imagine having an appointment with God. Elijah had one. He was told to go and stand on a mountain and God would pass by. How would he know it was God? Surely it would be obvious; you’d hardly be able to miss God’s arrival! So when the mighty wind blew up a gale, this must be God. Not quite! Then a rumbling earthquake. No such luck! Finally a huge crackling fire. Still nothing! Surely this gentle breeze can’t be God? But it was, and Elijah covered his face with his cloak. It’s amazing what creatures of habit we allow ourselves to become. We get into a rut and feel quite comfortable there. And this is never as true as with the way we relate to God. We tend to pigeonhole God to fit into our way of thinking and we’re slow to see God at work when it doesn’t seem to fit our pattern. Maybe that’s why religious people are often caricatured as narrow-minded and blinkered, as conservatives who don’t want things to change. But, as Elijah found out, God is not predictable. God is not inviting us to a boring routine of religion, but to an adventure in faith, a challenge to the way we live. And just as Elijah presumed he knew what God would be like, so too we have grown used to not expecting God to ask much of us. In today’s gospel Peter thought Jesus was just a ghost and he demanded proof before accepting that it was really his Master on the sea. But in order to find out, Peter had to take the terrifying step of trying to walk on water. Only if he was prepared to trust in something bigger than himself could he stay afloat. If our religion becomes as comfortable as an old pair of favourite slippers then we can be sure we’re missing out on God’s challenge to us. Faith is dynamic and God’s call is vibrant and energetic. God always asks us to take that step into uncertainty, to go beyond where we’d naturally settle down, and if we stay within our own comfort zone then we’re not where God is asking us to go. Our liturgy today invites us to look around and see whether we’re not missing out on a much bigger adventure than we’re used to. We may find it a challenge but that’s what God’s put us here for!

Nineteenth Sunday 9th 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am Ints Margaret Ellis
Ints Mary & William Halpin
St Luke’s Parish
Monday 10th
Tuesday 11th 9.15am Ints Murray Family
Wednesday 12th
Thursday 13th 7.00pm Anne Armstrong RIP
Friday 14th
Saturday 15th
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
11.00am Fr Frank Rice 1st Anniversary
Ints Dot & Wilf Humphrey
St Luke’s Parish

It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass in our safe and beautiful Church!(if you haven’t already done so why not give it a try)
Please note the maximum number St John’s Church can hold safely with all the social distancing measures set out by HM Government is 70 persons. And that from this weekend members of the congregation must wear a face covering. Should you not have a face covering we do have a very 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. Please be assured that the Church is cleaned thoroughly between each opening.
Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, as at this present time, we are unable to have much 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. The Sunday obligation was lifted at the beginning of lockdown and that still remains the case. I ask for your patience in all this.
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.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30am-11.30am each Saturday 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 : Father Bernard 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).
Prayers for the Sick- please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If any one is in need of Holy Communion or a visit , please do let us know.
Stewarding and Cleaning ; Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses over recent weekends and to our parish cleaning team who do such an excellent job of cleaning our Church every Tuesday after 9.15am Mass. (Thanks too to the contract cleaners who in these Covid times clean our Church at weekends) Additional stewards are very much needed please have a word with Fr Bernard over the next few days if you can help.
St John’s SVP- Thank you to our SVP members who during the Lockdown have been faithfully keeping in touch by telephone, with our sick and housebound parishioners and also with local families in need.

Next Sunday- we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary… the readings and prayers for both Masses next weekend will be of the Feast Day and the Rosary will be prayed for all our Parish needs and intentions next Saturday at 4.30pm. (ie before 5pm Mass).

Father Frank Rice’s First Anniversary Mass-will be celebrated here at St John’s next Saturday 15th August at 5pm. Spread the word! All most welcome.

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
Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to £517.50p. A basket is now placed on the table at the back of church for your Offertory donations. Your generosity to St John’s Parish during these challenging times is very much appreciated.