Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25th October, 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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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25th October, 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 Fr Paschal now celebrates an 11am Sunday Mass each week here in St John’s Church. In these times of restricted numbers this Mass will be a welcome addition to St John’s usual weekend schedule.

WORD OF GOD You must not be harsh with the widow or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry. (Exodus 22:21-23)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Lord Jesus, you revealed the love of the Father by taking flesh and being born among us: Lord, have mercy . Christ Jesus, you showed the depth of your love by accepting death on a cross: Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you commanded us to love one another as you have loved us: Lord, have mercy. May almighty God continue to show us his love; may he have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and lead us to everlasting life. 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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE NITTY-GRITTY OF LOVE When the teacher asked the class if they could name any of the seven deadly sins, Lucy put up her hand and answered, “Love, Miss”. “Love?” asked the teacher. “Were you not paying attention?” “Well, that’s usually the answer!” replied Lucy. Lucy does have a point. We tend to boil everything down to love when it comes to living a Christian life. Yet while love is the answer, it is not always very clear how it works out in practice. Maybe that’s why non-religious people laugh at Christians for being fixated with a woolly idea of love. Many preachers get wobbly knees when they have to preach about the greatest commandments of loving God and neighbour, because they are so all-embracing that it’s difficult to know how to break them down into practicalities. But we get a clue from our passage from Exodus today. Throughout biblical history there are three categories of people who are the litmus test for whether our love is real or not. They are widows, orphans and foreigners (or strangers). Why these three types of people? If you think about it for a moment, these three groups have nothing going for them; they have no clout; they are all vulnerable. Widows had a low status in society because they had no “man” to speak up for them and protect them. Orphans were clearly vulnerable since they were young and unattached with no one to fight their cause. Foreigners were away from their natural surroundings and not culturally savvy, easy prey to those out to cheat them. If we are to follow the great commandment of loving God and neighbour perhaps we can ask who the modern-day widows, orphans and foreigners are. Who are the people who have no clout in our society and how do we treat them? Who are the people who need our support because without it they would be vulnerable? Anyone can love a friend. Anyone can love a “nice” person. Anyone can love their family. But the test of our love of God is how we react to those who can offer us no advantage in return. And just in case we think that these people are invisible, perhaps we need look no further than our own street, our own place of work and our own small circles.







David Kershaw RIP

Bishop Brian Noble Anniv

St Luke’s Parish






Joe McDonough RIP






Funeral Mass

Tony Jennings





Feast of All Saint’s





Thelma Rogers RIP

Ints of St John’s Parish

St Luke’s Parish

Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession: for those who wish to celebrate this sacrament each Saturday from 10.45am onwards (in the Day Chapel) or by appointment with Fr Bernard.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10.30am -11.30am on Saturday in the main Church. All are welcome to come and pray about the present Covid 19 situation and for all our Parish needs and intentions.

Prayers for the Sick- please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your daily prayers. If anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion, please do let us know, via parish email / phone especially if they are in our Wirral hospitals or at St John’s Hospice.

October Rosary: Sadly owing to the Covid 19 regulations gatherings of parishioners for the Rosary in houses/bungalows/flats etc has not been possible this October. To compensate for this we invite you to join together in Church on this the last Sunday of October at 3pm and next Saturday the 31st October at 4.30pm to pray the Rosary together .

Next weekend we celebrate the Feast of All Saint’s with our usual Masses of Saturday 5.00pm and Sunday 9.30am. Readers please note that the readings for next weekend will be for the Feast of All Saints.

The Month of November

On Monday 2nd November we will remember all the Faithful Departed with Masses here at St John’s at 9.15am and at 7.00pm ( in the main Church ). Sadly owing to Covid 19 restrictions , this year unfortunately we will not be able to celebrate our Annual Mass of Remembrance for those who have died during the past year. However we will publically remember those who have passed away since last November in both of our Masses on Saturday 7th / Sunday 8th November … Remembrance Sunday.

In Memorium Please pray for the repose of the soul of Tony Jennings whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s on Thursday (29th Oct) at 11.30am. May he Rest in Peace.

Readers-the new rota is now available from the sacristy. Readers meeting in the Day Chapel on Saturday 7th November at 10am. Please make every effort to attend.

Thinking about becoming a Catholic- recently, people have started to reflect upon the bigger questions of life, and explore their faith. If you have been thinking about becoming a Catholic please get in touch either by phone or email, as our time of preparation is set to begin shortly.

Mass Intentions

If you would like a Mass to be offered for someone, living or dead, or indeed for your own/ families intentions, please use the Mass Intention envelopes, which are on the table at the back of Church. Place them either in the Offertory basket or through the presbytery letterbox.

Weekend Masses at St John’s

It’s wonderful to see so many parishioners coming back to Mass . 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 recent advice, please note that from now on and for the foreseeable future, 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.

Stewarding and Cleaning: Thank you to the stewards who have been stewarding our Masses 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 clean our Church at other times.) Additional stewards are very much needed please have a word with Fr Bernard if you can help.

School News All our schools are now on their Half Term break. In these covid 19 restricted times we pray that the children and staff may enjoy their break and return refreshed on Monday 2nd November.

St John’s SVP : has always been an important part of St John’s Parish and even more so in the circumstances we find ourselves in. SVP members can be contacted via the Parish email or by phoning 0151 645 3314

Money Matters: Last Weekend’s Collection amounted to £431.51 p. Many thanks. Please note a basket is now on the table at the back of church for your Offertory donations. Please make all cheques payable to St John’s New Ferry.

Sadly because of Covid 19 we are not allowed to gather for tea/coffee after Sunday Mass now or for the foreseeable future so we have taken the opportunity to tot up the Sunday Tea Money and from it to make a donation of £50 to CAFOD, £50 to St John’s SVP and to retain £70 of it for Parish Funds.

APF Red Mission Boxes should now have been emptied during the month of October. Any outstanding monies should be collected in notes or as a cheque, in an envelope with your name on and the words Red Missio Box, in the post or through the presbytery letter box by the end of this week. Thank you.

Caritas at Christmas Appeal 2020: There will be a collection here in Advent. Thank you for your support. Your donations will go to those most vulnerable within the Diocese, ensuring they have a Christmas meal and gifts to celebrate the Nativity of Christ and create happy memories in a time of crisis.

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