The Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mary 16th August 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 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/ 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.

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
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
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.

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