The Feast of All Saint’s, 1st November, 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

Email: Websites:

The Feast of All Saint’s, 1st November, 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 Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. (Matthew 5:11-12)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP Lord Jesus, you call us to live faithfully as children of God: Lord, have mercy. Christ Jesus, you show us the way to the Father: Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you offer us eternal life with all the saints in your heavenly kingdom: Lord have mercy. In his mercy may almighty God show us his forgiveness, pardon our sins and lead us rejoicing into the kingdom of his saints for everlasting life. Amen.

A MONTH IN WHICH TO REMEMBER THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED God our Father, your power brings us to birth, your providence guides our lives and by your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still live in your presence; their lives change but do not end. I pray in hope for my family, for my relatives and friends, and for all the dead who are known to you alone. In company with Christ, who died and who now lives, may they rejoice in your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family to sing your praise forever and 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.

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: Websites:

The Feast of All Saint’s, 1st November, 2020. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE VASE There is a children’s story about a woman who went to buy a vase. When she found the one she wanted she exclaimed, “What a beautiful vase!” To her surprise the vase spoke to her and said, “Thank you for calling me beautiful but I have not always been like this. I used to be an ugly lump of clay and one day a man poured water all over me and threw me onto a potter’s wheel. He started to spin me round and mould me with his hands. When I asked him to stop he said I wasn’t ready yet. Then, even worse, he put me into a very hot fire and it burned so badly that I asked him again to stop. But he said I still wasn’t ready. He took me out of the furnace and let me cool down. Then he painted me all these wonderful colours. Only then was I truly beautiful.” All Saints is the feast of life. Saints are not born they are made and God uses many different paths of life to mould us into reflections of his own image. Only people with experience can look back at certain stages of their life, crisis points and turning points, and see the hand of God working through the everyday events of their journey in faith. This is because to be a saint is a vocation from God. And it is given to every baptised Christian. God offers us the chance to make the right choices at all stages of our existence. Of course, we don’t always take the right option and we go through difficult periods but these are opportunities for us to refocus on becoming what God wants us to be. The feast of All Saints gives us a chance to realise that God has not finished with us yet. Through the ups and downs of our daily existence God can fashion us into better people, into saints. But little by little we can respond to God in small ways that make us closer to his will and his plans for our ultimate beauty. By celebrating today’s feast we agree to be shaped by God into saints. But we also give thanks to God for all those who have gone before us in faith and who now enjoy the happiness of seeing God face to face. We remember all the “official” saints in the Church’s calendar as well as those who are known to God alone, people like our parents, brothers and sisters and friends who have died believing and hoping in God’s promises made to us through Christ. May we, who aspire to share in their joy, be filled with the Spirit who blessed their lives.

Feast of All Saint’s





Thelma Rogers RIP

Ints of St John’s Parish

St Luke’s Parish





For All the Faithful Departed

For All the Faithful Departed





Ints Bell & Nugent Fams







John Blakeway RIP











For all those who have died since November 2019.

For all those who have died since November 2019.

For those who have died in War and Conflict

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 10.45am -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.

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of All Saint’s with our usual Masses,Saturday 5.00pm and Sunday 9.30am.

The Month of November

On Monday (2nd Nov) we will remember all the Faithful Departed with Masses 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 next weekend Remembrance Sunday.

BBC Radio Merseyside– Remember Together

To mark this year’s Remembrance Day BBC Radio Merseyside is making a giant virtual poppy mosaic and would like your help.

All we need you to do is write the name of the person you are remembering on a piece of

card, take a photo of yourself with it and upload it.

Write the name in capitals of a relative from years gone by, a friend who is currently serving or maybe visit your local war memorial and research a person who served where you live. The deadline to send in your photos is midnight on Sunday 8th November and the poppy

will be revealed on Wednesday 11th November.

Upload your photo and name of person to .And keep listening for more about our Remember Together Campaign.

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- Thank you to those who have participated in the October Rosary which this year, had to be held in Church, owing to Covid 19.

The Monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour – this Tuesday at 7pm in Church. All most welcome. This is a special time of quiet prayer and reflection. If you have not been before I recommend you attend as I am sure you will find

comfort and peace in these times.

Readers-the new rota is now available from the sacristy. Readers meeting in the Day Chapel this 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.

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

Our schools reopen on Monday after the Half Term break.

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 £340.51 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.

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