The Twenty First Sunday 23rd 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 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/ 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.

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Sr Phyllis Behan RSC

Janice Cavanagh RIP St Luke’s Parish






Ints Canon Brendan Hoban






Funeral Mass

Thomas Hurley





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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 or the Infant School on 0151-645-5291 or email

Contact details for St John Plessington Catholic College 0151-645-5049 or email

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.

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