Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 13th September, 2020. Cycle A

12/09/2020

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

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 13th September, 2020. Cycle A

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.


WORD OF GOD

Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven. (Ecclesiasticus 28: 2)

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: CREATING VICTIMS

Today’s gospel teaches us one of the most important lessons of our faith. Jesus makes no bones about it: if we want to be forgiven then we must first forgive others. “I can never forgive him/her” cannot be part of the Christian’s vocabulary.


Forgiveness is so central to Christianity that it is the reason why we baptise. We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, says our Creed. And the principal reason we follow Christ is so that we might experience the forgiveness of God and be set free to lead the lives that God intended us to enjoy. The Church is the community of God’s forgiven.

If we refuse to forgive then we create victims. The first victim is us. When we withhold forgiveness we take refuge in self-pity. We see ourselves as the one who is hurt and injured and we end up wading in bitterness, anger and resentment. How could anyone do this to me of all people? Me? We allow ourselves to dwell on the memory of hurt and injury and this begins to affect the way we view life, for anger and resentment only eat away at the heart. Lack of forgiveness is a heavy burden to carry.

And the second victim we create is the person we refuse to forgive. We keep them chained up with the guilt of what they have done and we prevent them from moving on in their relationship with us. To receive forgiveness is a joyful thing that brings peace of mind, and if we hold back on forgiving someone then we are not playing our part in helping them to move on.

Sometimes people forgive in such a way that they humiliate the other person. They are so high-handed that they make the person crawl before they are forgiven. They forgive with their lips but not with their hearts. Yet forgiveness is not something that we possess off our own bat. Forgiveness belongs to God, the same God who has forgiven each of us and who demands that we do the same in return.

Twenty Fourth

Sunday

13th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ints Philip White

Rose Prescott RIP

St Luke’s Parish

Monday

14th

Tuesday

15th

9.15am

Ints Parish Cleaning Team

Wednesday

16th

Thursday

17th

11.00am

Funeral Mass

George Asprey

Friday

18th

Saturday

19th

Twenty

Fifth

Sunday

20th

5.00pm

9.30am

11.00am

Ints Les & Mary Johnson

Seamus,Colette & Paul Reavey RIP

St Luke’s Parish


PLEASE NOTE CHANGE TO MASS TIME ON THURSDAY WHICH WILL NOW BE HELD AT 11.00am INSTEAD OF 7pm

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. “The Season of Creation”, we would do well to remember this intention in our prayers.

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

George Asprey who died recently. Funeral Mass at St John’s this Thursday 17th September at 11.00am. May he rest in peace.

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 have reopened. 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


First Communions 2020: Unfortunately due to the recent rise in COVID 19 cases across Merseyside we have made the decision to further postpone First Holy Communions until 2021. We will organise dates for the current Year 4 children to receive the sacrament prior to the current Year 3 classes. Sorry for the inconvenience however your safety and the safety of everyone at St John’s is our top priority. We will ensure that you have plenty of notice of the new dates once they have been decided. Best wishes Mrs. Mullins and Fr Bernard.

It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass on Sunday’s and Weekday’s. (we almost reached our capacity number last Saturday). Please note that 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 limited number of disposable face masks in a basket 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

In the light of the Government’s latest advice issued during the past week, from next Saturday/Sunday you will have to book in for weekend Masses each week. Forms are available at the front of the Church (next to the newsletter tray) for you to take away and complete at home and then return through the presbytery letterbox or by post by Friday 11am or you can send an email to the parish email address with the names of all attendees, the Mass you wish to attend and a contact telephone number.

Sunday Masses are somewhat different to what we experienced before lockdown, at this present time, we are unable to have much singing, social distancing needs to apply inside and outside the Church and particularly with the distribution of Holy Communion but I will explain this at every Mass. For the time being only I will distribute Holy Communion. Please bear with us and follow all instructions carefully.



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.

October Rosary: Sadly owing to the updated Covid 19 regulations gatherings of parishioners for the Rosary in houses/bungalows/flats etc will not be possible this October. To compensate for this I invite you to join me in Church on the four Sunday’s of October at 3pm to pray the Rosary together in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady’s statue.

Money Matters: Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to £350.10p. 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.

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