Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th 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
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Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th November, 2020 Cycle A

To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. (Matthew 25:15)

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.


Imagine being given 20 years’ salary in one go and simply putting it in a sock under your bed. That’s what happens in today’s gospel when the master gives five talents, three talents and one talent to his servants. A talent was a coin that was worth almost 20 years pay for a servant or a labourer, so the first servant actually got 100 years’ salary and the second got 60 years’ in advance.
Of course, the man who got 20 years’ pay simply went and buried it in the ground. He knew his master was a demanding man and he was scared to use his talent in case he ended up making a loss.
What excuse do we make for not using the talents that God has given to us? Many people say that God really has given them nothing special to do in their lives. They simply exist and one day they’ll die. But today’s gospel clearly shows that everyone has been given some role by God and every baptised Christian has been called to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Other people are quick to compare themselves to others. They say they are not as good as So-and-So and what’s the point of their stepping forward when others are “more talented”? Yet God does not judge us in comparison with others and what they may or may not be capable of doing. God knows what we are capable of, and he expects us only to respond in the fullest way we can. Perhaps the saddest people are those who have convinced themselves that God is asking too much of them, like the soprano who turned down the request to sing in the choir because the weekly practice clashed with her favourite soap opera on TV.
God expects us to bring a return on the talents he has given us, and this means more than simply going through the motions. It means taking risks, it means stretching ourselves for the sake of the gospel, and it means putting our whole hearts into practising our faith.
So if God were to ask you today what you have done with talents that you were given, would you know what your talents are and would you be able to show how you have been cooperating with the Holy Spirit to try and make them grow?

Thirty Third Sunday in Ord Time 15th Ints Frank Morris
Kitty Petts RIP
St Luke’s Parish
Monday 16th
Tuesday 17th Rels/Fnds McDyre & Kennedy Families RIP
Wednesday 18th
Thursday 19th Joe Moore Annv RIP
Friday 20th
Saturday 21st
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 22nddd Rels/Fnds McAllister Fam RIP
Gerry Topping RIP
St Luke’s Parish
Fr Bernard will celebrate all the above Masses on the days indicated above privately here at St John’s.
Today is the Fourth World Day of Prayer for the Poor…………..Pope Francis has chosen the theme “Stretch Forth your Hands to the Poor”. In these challenging times there are several ways in which we can support the poorer members of our community
Lockdown 2: By now you will all be aware that a state of National Lockdown came into force at 00.01am on Thursday 5th November and lasts until Wednesday 2nd December. The Regulations prohibiting all gatherings for Communal Worship in Churches and other religious buildings were placed into law last Wednesday. The only exceptions being Funeral Masses & Services within the limitations of numbers provided in Government Guidance for Places of Worship. Happily churches can remain open as places of prayer and reflection with all the necessary Covid 19 safety measures in place. So from this weekend I will open St John’s Church at the following times. Sunday’s from 9.00am to 10.00am and Tuesday’s again from 9.00am to 10.00am. (Opening times at St Anne’s = Sunday’s from 10.45am to 11.45am Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 11.00am to 12 noon)
It is important, particularly at this time of year, that we all stay in touch with one another by phone, email, zoom or doorstep contact. If anyone is in need of material or spiritual help please do get in touch by phone 0151 645 3314/0151 645 3996 or email
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.
St John’s SVP continue to keep in touch with all their clients from the Parish and the local community by phone, email, doorstep visits. If you know of anyone in the Parish, perhaps living alone, who would appreciate such contact in these challenging times please get in touch with Steve Bell our SVP President via our parish phone number/ parish email address which you can find at the top of page 1 of this bulletin.
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.

In Memorium : Please pray for the repose of the soul of Anthony Creaney who died on the 2nd November and whose Funeral Service led by Fr Bernard will be held at Landican Crematorium on Monday 23rd November at 12.30pm. Also please pray the repose of the soul of Marie Powell from Bromborough Pool who died on 7th November. In recent times those of you who come to weekday Mass will remember Marie for her faithful attendance aged 93years accompanied by her push along walking frame. Marie’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Church on Thursday 26th November at 12.30pm. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
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.

Thank you for Last Weekend’s Offertory Collection. Please note that a basket is now on the table at the back of Church for your Offertory Donations when you come into Church for private prayer/a visit……….please always make cheques payable to St John’s New Ferry. You can also push offertory envelopes/donations through the presbytery letterbox or take out a standing order (further info on this from Carol Dalziel or from Mike Russell at the Curial Offices Tel 0151 652 9855) Your giving to St John’s Parish in these challenging times is very much needed and appreciated.

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