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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Third Sunday in Advent, 17th December, 2017, Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: BITTER OR BETTER?

St Paul was an optimist. That’s the only option open to Christians. He knew how to thank God and be happy in all circumstances. Yet he wasn’t some sort of Polyanna who sailed through the world unaware of its problems. It would have been easy for Paul to feel sorry for himself. The Jews sought to put him to death. The Romans hunted him like a dog and imprisoned him with chains. Even his best friends deserted him, yet he gave thanks for every situation because he knew God was in control of whatever might happen to him.

He was able to put his emotional and mental response on the level of Christ because he believed fervently that the resurrection meant that evil had been conquered by Christ. So whatever situation arose, he could see that God could turn it to the good.

Every experience of adversity can either leave us bitter or better. And if we don’t allow Christ to teach us this truth through our experiences of life then we end up sad people indeed.

Today is known as Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday and Paul’s letter to the people of Thessalonika gives us a glimpse into how we can rejoice even when things are going wrong.

If we are trying to live our lives for Christ then God is able to bring good out of everything. It doesn’t mean that we don’t suffer. Of course we do. Yet our faith tells us that the only thing that is important in life is to be part of Christ and the promises he makes to us on behalf of his Father. Everything else (riches, wealth, fame and power) is nothing but dross.

In Advent we not only prepare ourselves to celebrate the 2,000 year-old coming of Jesus. We also look forward actively to Christ coming again. Our faith is focussed on how we meet Christ as he comes to us each day and how at the end of time he will come to reward us for the lives we are now leading. Are we prepared to see the hand of God working in all the circumstances of life? And is our faith strong enough to be able to take the good and bad and still thank God for what we have been given?

 

Advent “Gaudete” (Rejoicing) Sunday reminds us of one of the Advent truths: Our God will not fail us. Our faith tells us that we may be confident of God’s reassuring presence even in the midst of trials. Our only response to such a promise can be that of thanksgiving. We praise God for the unfailing goodness that we experience daily.

 

 

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

 

The Food Bank donation this week from the parish was 70.13kg of food which is higher than normal. A big thank you to everyone for their kindness. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank during the run up to Christmas. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Once again, thank you very much for your generous giving to the Foodbank throughout 2017

 

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church.

 

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday

in Advent

Cycle B

17th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Mary Haigh Annv RIP

Lynn Merity B.Day Annv

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Monday 18th 9.15am Eileen Kavanagh
Tuesday 19th 9.15am Thanksgiving for Answered Prayers
Wednesday 20th 9.15am

7.00pm

Barry Woodhouse RIP

LPA Advent Reconciliation Service

Thursday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 22nd 9.15am Rels/Fnds Davenport Family
Saturday 23rd    
Fourth Sunday

in Advent

Cycle B

 

Nativity of the Lord

24th

 

 

 

25th

5.00pm

9.30am

3pm

 

7.30pm

9.30am

Ints Bob Purfield (90)

Rels/Fnds Fullerton Fam

Crib Service

 

Parishioners

Poor, Sick & Needy

There is no Children’s Liturgy during Advent. Crib Service on

Christmas Eve is at 3pm. More helpers are needed for Children’s

Liturgy. If you would be willing to offer some help with this

important ministry in 2018, please have a word with Fr Bernard.

Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Sick Visits: Fr Bernard, Deacon Mike and our Eucharistic Ministers will be out visiting our sick & housebound parishioners in the run up to Christmas. If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion /a visit, please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314

 

On the Sundays of Advent, in the day chapel, between 3-4 pm, there will be an opportunity to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament to reflect and contemplate on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £ 546.50p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

 

This weekend at both Masses there is a retiring collection for Christmas Flowers …. Please be generous

 

 

READERS  Please check the list in the Sacristy for Christmas Readings. For those reading on Christmas Eve, please collect your list

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

 

Advent at St John’s

We are now into the Third Week of

Advent

Holy Hour today, Sunday, from 3-4pm

“Come Home for Christmas “ LPA24 Advent Reconciliation Service with individual confession is being held at St John’s on Wednesday evening at 7pm. All welcome.

Fr Bernard will be in Church next Saturday from 11am-12 noon … a further opportunity for Confession and for Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Deanery Christmas Celebration Carols, music, readings, mince pies and mulled wine at St Michael & All Angels Woodchurch on Tuesday at 7.00pm.

All most welcome

 

Christmas Services at St John’s

Christmas Eve

Crib Service for Children at 3.00pm in Church,

Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm

Christmas Day

Mass 9.30am

Christmas Week Mass Times

26th-29th will be at 10am

Feast of St Stephen: 26th December.

Mass at 10am will be offered for our Altar Servers.

Feast of St John the Evangelist: Patron Saint of our Parish. Mass will be held at 10.am

Sat/Sun 30th/31st Dec: Feast of the Holy Family

Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and

Sun 9.30am

Mon 1st Jan 2018 Feast of Mary the Mother of God

Mass at 10.00am

Sat/Sun 6th/7th Jan: Feast of the Epiphany

Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.

THE BIG CARD is now at the back of church. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go

towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

 

 

CHURCHES T0GETHER

Carol Singing – 22nd December, 3.30pm outside Co-op, Higher Bebington.

 

Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch to be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington. If you know anyone locally who is alone and who would welcome extra company on Christmas Day please contact Jill 334 6077 or the office

608 4429. Transport can be arranged. See poster on notice board for full details.

 

 

The next meeting for Catechists will be an opportunity for 

Sharing Best Practice. Miss Caroline Farey (Maryvale Institute & the School of the Annunciation) will listen to your exchanges, and offer practical advice for the situations you are facing.

Venue: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port; Saturday,

13th January 2018, (9:30) 10:00-11:50. See poster with relevant information. Enquiries: Barbara Davies (07730 526821); Registration: Helen Jones (helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org).

 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayer for St John’s Parish and the New Ferry Community, it is much appreciated and never taken for granted!

See you all at next weekend’s Masses.

With the promise of my prayer for you and your families this week. Fr Bernard.

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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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Second Sunday in Advent, 10th December, 2017, Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: OUR GOD WHO COMES

As we look around the world today we can sometimes be forced to the conclusion that things are not as God intended them to be. We are living through a period when terrorism has grabbed the headlines with stories of daily bloodshed. And we are caught up in a seemingly intractable situation of war in Iraq.

The Jewish people were deported to Iraq about 2,600 years ago. They were forced out of Israel to Babylon, not very far from Baghdad. Even second and third generations longed for their homeland, for their God and for their Temple in Jerusalem.

Today we hear Isaiah trying to bring comfort to these desperate people. He tells them that God will not abandon them in exile forever. A leader will come and take them back home. He quotes God promising them that their time of slavery is over. But they must take action themselves and prepare a straight road for God to travel through as he helps them. They must have a change of heart and mind.

And the same message is repeated to us during this Advent. Isaiah tells us that, whatever our troubles and woes, God will never let us wallow permanently in a cheerless condition. God is not absent even when it is hard to see his presence. And the main thing that God wants us to receive is forgiveness, that collective pardon for our sins as a nation and our faults as individuals.

Advent proclaims the power of God. For those who accept the promises of Jesus it is not a lone uphill struggle. For those who genuinely acknowledge their shortcomings, and do their best to change, God’s Spirit can make all things possible. Advent is an encouragement: our God is with us and comes each day in such a way that we can overcome whatever is thrown in our path.

So the challenge of Advent is twofold. It’s a challenge for us to examine our lives, to make God’s paths straight. And it’s also a challenge to see the presence of God in all the situations of our life and world, both good and bad. John the Baptist was able to see this presence in Jesus, the Lamb of God. Can we see God’s Advent presence? And where are we looking?

 

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope….

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

 

Please give generously (as you usually do) to the Foodbank during the run up to Christmas. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you very much for your generous giving to the Foodbank throughout 2017

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church.

 

Traidcraft Stall will be available at the back of church this weekend Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December. Please take time to browse and see if you can pick up any gifts and cards for Christmas.

Christmas Flower Collection over the weekend Saturday/Sunday 16th and 17th December.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday

in Advent

Cycle B

10th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

John Ward RIP

Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Monday 11th 9.15am Frank Brady RIP
Tuesday 12th 9.15am Ints Eamon & Margo Sarson
Wednesday 13th 9.15am Pat McCloskey RIP
Thursday 14th 9.15am Rels/Frnds Gillespie Family
Friday 15th 9.15am

1.30pm

Ints New Ferry Community

Funeral Service –

Joseph McKeown

Saturday 16th 10.00am Carmel Mass
Third Sunday

in Advent

Cycle B

17th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Mary Haigh Annv RIP

Lynn Merity B.Day Annv

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

There is no Children’s Liturgy during Advent. Crib Service on

Christmas Eve is at 3pm. More helpers are needed for Children’s

Liturgy. If you would be willing to offer some help with this

important ministry in 2018, please have a word with Fr Bernard.

Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fr Peter Phillips’ mother, Mary, who has recently died.  There will be a Vigil Mass at Nazareth House at 5pm on Wednesday 13th December with her Funeral Mass at 12 noon at Holy Angels, Hale Barns on Thursday 14th December.    Your prayers are also asked for the repose of the soul of Joseph McKeown whose Funeral Service is at St John’s on Friday at 1.30pm.

May they rest in peace.

 

Sick Visits: Fr Bernard, Deacon Mike and our Eucharistic Ministers will be out visiting our sick & housebound parishioners in the run up to Christmas. If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion /a visit, please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314

 

On the Sundays of Advent, in the day chapel, between 3-4 pm, there will be an opportunity to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament to reflect and contemplate on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £769.52p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

 

READERS  Please check the list in the Sacristy for Christmas Readings. For those reading on Christmas Eve, please collect your list.

 

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on

tel no 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

Advent at St John’s

Each Sunday during Advent – Holy Hour in Church 3-4pm

LPA24 Advent Reconciliation Service with individual confession will be held at

St John’s on Wednesday 20th December 7pm. All welcome.Fr Bernard will be in Church each Saturday during Advent from

11am-12 noon … opportunity for Confession, for prayer, for a chat.

 

Christmas Services at St John’s

Christmas Eve

Crib Service for Children at 3.00pm in Church,

Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm

Christmas Day

Mass 9.30am

Christmas Week Mass Times

26th-29th will be at 10am

Feast of St Stephen: 26th December.

Mass at 10am will be offered for our Altar Servers.

Feast of St John the Evangelist: Patron Saint of our Parish. Mass will be held at 10.am

Sat/Sun 30th/31st Dec: Feast of the Holy Family

Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and

Sun 9.30am

Mon 1st Jan 2018 Feast of Mary the Mother of God

Mass at 10.00am

Sat/Sun 6th/7th Jan: Feast of the Epiphany

Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.

THE BIG CARD is now at the back of church. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go

towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

 

A Musical Celebration of Christmas …. fabulous evening of festive music performed by the soloists and chorus of the Birkenhead Operatic Society in St Anne’s Church on Wednesday

13th December at 7.30pm Mulled wine and mince pies from 7pm. Tickets £8 on sale after weekend Masses or from St Anne’s Parish Office

Tel 645 3996

 

The next meeting for Catechists will be an opportunity for 

Sharing Best Practice. Miss Caroline Farey (Maryvale Institute & the School of the Annunciation) will listen to your exchanges, and offer practical advice for the situations you are facing.

Venue: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port; Saturday,

13th January 2018, (9:30) 10:00-11:50. See poster with relevant information. Enquiries: Barbara Davies (07730 526821); Registration: Helen Jones (helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org).

 

 

CHURCHES T0GETHER

Carol Singing – 22nd December, 3.30pm outside Co-op, Higher Bebington.

 

Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch to be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington. If you know anyone locally who is alone and who would welcome extra company on Christmas Day please contact Jill 334 6077 or the office

608 4429. Transport can be arranged. See poster on notice board for full details.

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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

First Sunday in Advent, 3rd December, 2017, Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: COME ON DOWN!

As we begin our Advent season today, in preparation for the coming of Christ, Isaiah makes an urgent plea to God. He uses the same catch-phrase as the TV programme “The Price is Right” by saying to God “Come on down, tear the heavens open”.

Whenever we celebrate Advent we are involved on three levels: past, present and future. And at each level we make that same plea: Come on down!

We look to the past, to history. We recall that the Jewish people were waiting for a Messiah who would lead them to political and religious freedom. In this setting we see Mary and Joseph and we witness the birth of Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem.

We look to the present, to today. Jesus has not stopped coming to us in our day to day lives. He comes and speaks to us in the word of God, in the sacraments we celebrate, in the faces of those who bear God’s impression both in need and in joy.

We also look to the future. Christ will come again in glory when the plan of God is finally fulfilled. This coming will usher in the end of the world and all will be revealed for what it truly is.

So Advent is wake-up time. It’s the four-week season when we look for the ways in which Jesus comes to visit us. It’s easy to get caught up in an Advent that is just a pale religious reflection of the world’s commercial season. It’s easy to get stuck simply on the level of the past and start getting nostalgic and gooey about the trappings of Christmas, getting no further than the crib, the angels and the star. Yet if we are to celebrate the liturgy of Advent then we have to engage on all three levels.

Yes, we do remember the past events of Bethlehem. But our Advent and Christmas celebrations are imbued with the need to be alert and awake to the Christ who challenges us daily in our interaction with others, the same Christ who will come again to judge us on the way we responded to his invitation to love.

And we know that we are really capturing the spirit of the season if, like Isaiah, we can say and mean it when we ask God to “Come on down!”

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope….

 

WORD OF GOD

And yet, Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, you the potter, we are the work of your hand.

(Isaiah 64:8)

 

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

 

 

Please give generously (as you usually do) to the Foodbank during the run up to Christmas. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you very much for your generous giving to the Foodbank throughout 2017

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one. Your APF/Red Missio Boxes should be emptied this month and their contents brought to Church/the Presbytery by 30th November please.

 

Traidcraft Stall will be available at the back of church on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December. Please take time to browse and see if you can pick up any gifts and cards for Christmas.

Christmas Flower Collection over the weekend Saturday/Sunday 16th and 17th December.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

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.

 

 

First Sunday

in Advent

Cycle B

3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Rels/Frnds McGree Fam

Marie Rooney Annv RIP

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Monday 4th 9.15am John Blakeway RIP
Tuesday 5th 9.15am Intentions of Sr Pat Kenny
Wednesday 6th 9.15am Kate Kennedy Annv. RIP
Thursday 7th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Feast of Immaculate Conception 8th 9.15am Ints Fr Frank Rice

Annv of Ordination

Saturday 9th    
Second Sunday in Advent

Cycle B

10th 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

John Ward RIP

Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. More helpers are urgently needed for this ministry. Please see Jacqui or Fr Bernard for details
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

The Rosary will be prayed after the 9.15am Mass on Friday – The Feast of the Immaculate Conception – for Parish intentions and for the intentions of the New Ferry Community. Please join us if you can.

 

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Fr Peter Phillips’ mother, Mary, who died very peacefully on 28th November. There will be a Vigil Mass at Nazareth House at 5pm on Wednesday 13th December with her Funeral Mass at 12 noon at Holy Angels, Hale Barns on Thursday 14th December. May she rest in peace.

 

At 9.30am Mass on this First Sunday of Advent we welcome the children from Year 3 from St John’s School who are being enrolled as Candidates for the Sacraments of First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.

On the Sundays of Advent, starting today, in the day chapel, between 3-4 pm, there will be an opportunity to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament to reflect and contemplate on the true meaning of Christmas.

 

 

At 9.15am Mass on Tuesday we will welcome the children from Years 3 & 4 from St John’s School for an Advent Mass. Tea/Coffee /Biscuits after Mass. All welcome.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £626.71p

Special Collection for Clergy Education Fund £303.64p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

 

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact

us on tel no 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held on Tuesday 5th December at Wistaston Retreat Centre, Crewe from 10am-4pm. If you would like to attend this day please contact Mary Tyrell on 645 7322 asap. Cost of the day is £17 with soup and scone lunch.

Mayor’s Traditional Christmas Tea Dance: The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance will be held at Wallasey Town Hall on Wednesday 6th December 1.30pm-4pm. Music by Swingmasters. Refreshments are available. All proceeds to IncuBabies and the Merseyside Autistic Children’s Society. Tickets are £5 available and from the Mayor’s Office. Tel No 0151 691 8527.

THE BIG CARD will be at the back of church from next Saturday 1st December. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

 

Advent at St John’s

Beginning this Sunday – Holy Hour in Church 3-4pm

School Advent Mass in Church

On Tuesday 5th December Year 3 & 4 at 9.15am focusing on the characters of Advent.

LPA24 Advent Reconciliation Service with individual confession will be held at St John’s on Wednesday 20th December 7pm. All welcome.Fr Bernard will be in Church each Saturday during Advent from 11am-12 noon … opportunity for Confession, for prayer, for a chat.

 

A Musical Celebration of Christmas …. fabulous evening of festive music performed by the soloists and chorus of the Birkenhead Operatic Society in St Anne’s Church on Wednesday 13th December at 7.30pm Mulled wine and mince pies from 7pm. Tickets £8 on sale after weekend Masses or from St Anne’s Parish Office

Tel 645 3996

 

The next meeting for Catechists will be an opportunity for 

Sharing Best Practice. Miss Caroline Farey (Maryvale Institute & The School of the Annunciation) will listen to your exchanges, and offer practical advice for the situations you are facing. Venue: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port; Saturday,

13th January 2018, (9:30) 10:00-11:50. See poster with relevant information. Enquiries: Barbara Davies (07730 526821); Registration: Helen Jones (helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org).

 

Sing Me Merseyside Choir 

Carols at 2pm on 8th December at United Reformed Church, Higher Bebington Road. Free entrance, refreshments and raffle. ALL WELCOME

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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, 26th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: FINAL TALLY

 

Peggy Jones was a local woman who had lived in the village all her life. She kept herself to herself, rarely joined in with any community activities and was a member of no club or society. When she died people were at a loss to know what to put on her tombstone since she’d done nothing of any significance. Eventually the stonemason carved the following epitaph: Here lie the bones of Peggy Jones, Whose life never knew any terrors. She lived an old maid, And she died an old maid: No hits, no runs and no errors.

Was Peggy a good woman or a bad one? It’s hard to say. She never did any harm to anyone but at the same time she never put herself out to do anyone any good. And if she didn’t do anyone any good then you could argue that she wasn’t a particularly good person.

Many people think that they are good people because they don’t steal, cheat, lie or murder. They pay their taxes and keep themselves to themselves. And many Christians think that they never sin because they too never do anyone any harm.

The parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew’s gospel today should put us on our guard against this attitude. Jesus tells us that we will be judged just as much for what we failed to do as for what we actually did.

Most of us are not headline sinners. But when we face the judgement that Christ is speaking about at the end of our life we will be measured by the way we responded to those in need, to the hungry, the thirsty, those in prison etc. He reminds us that we can commit wrong and this is a sin. But we can also omit to do good. Both commission and omission are equally guaranteed to alienate us from God.

So as we look around at our world today, what are the situations we’re closing our eyes and ears to? And are we aware that we’re doing it?

The last Sunday in the liturgical year is designated as the Festival of Christ the King or the Reign of Christ. This is not an ancient festival like Easter or Christmas. In fact, it is less than a century old. It was first called by Pope Pius XI in 1925. Europe was in chaos. Inflation was rampant, and colonialism was at its worst. The seeds of evil that were to produce the terror of the Holocaust and World War II were being planted. Against all this chaos and evil, the Pope established the Festival of Christ the King to declare that Jesus Christ is king. He is the goal of all human history, the joy of all who hear, and the fulfilment of our aspirations. (Wiley Stephens)

 

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

 

Please give generously (as you usually do) to the Foodbank during the run up to Christmas. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you very much for your generous giving to the Foodbank throughout 2017

 

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one. Your APF/Red Missio Boxes should be emptied this month and their contents brought to Church/the Presbytery by 30th November please.

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

(Youth Sunday)

26th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rels/Frnds Connelly Fam

For all our young people

Prayer Meeting

Monday 27th 11.30am Funeral Mass –

John Blakeway

Tuesday 28th 9.15am Intentions Noelene Evans
Wednesday 29th 9.15am Intentions Srs of Charity
Thursday 30th 10.00am Funeral Mass –

Francis McNulty

Friday 1st 10.00am Funeral Mass –

Winifred Sweeney

Saturday 2nd    
First Sunday in Advent Cycle B 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Rels/Frnds McGree Fam

Marie Rooney Annv RIP

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. More helpers are urgently needed for this ministry. Please see Jacqui or Fr Bernard for details
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Today’s Feast of Christ the King is also National Youth Sunday. Please keep all our young people in your prayers

 

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your Deceased Relatives and Friends etc., please fill out one of the Mass Offering envelopes at the back of Church or in the sacristy, place a donation in it and hand it to

Fr Bernard or put through the presbytery letterbox.

 

Lately Dead: We have three funerals this week

Monday 27th Funeral Mass for John Blakeway at 11.30am

Thursday 30th Funeral Mass for Francis McNulty at 10.00am

Friday 1st Funeral Mass for Winifred (Terri) Sweeney at 10.00am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £526.10p. Thank you

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel no 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

Confirmation 2017: Congratulations to those 50 young people from our Parish and our neighbouring parishes who were confirmed on Friday evening and thank you to their parents, sponsors and catechists for supporting them in this important step on their faith journey.

 

 

St John’s Catholic Pre School will be holding their Open Registration Evening or Admission to Pre School in September 2018 this Monday 27th November 4.00-5.00pm. All Parents are welcome to come along to view the setting and collect/complete admission forms for September 2018. To attend St John’s Catholic Pre School children must be 3 years of age by

31st August 2018. If you would like any further information please ring the Pre School and speak to Bernadette Kirwan – 0151 645 5291 Option No. 2 for Pre School.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection Unfortunately the Advent Day of Recollection next Thursday has had to be cancelled but it has been rearranged for Tuesday 5th December at Wistaston Retreat Centre, Crewe from 10am-4pm. If you would like to attend this day please contact Mary Tyrell on 645 7322 asap. Cost of the day is £17 with soup and scone lunch.

 

Here Comes Christ SJP: On Friday 1st December, SJP are holding their “Here Comes Christmas” Fayre, 3pm-5pm. Big attractions include Bungee Run, Demolition Run, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Rodeo Reindeer, plus all favourite stalls and games. There will also be the Best Santa’s Grotto on the Wirral.

 

Mayor’s Traditional Christmas Tea Dance: The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance will be held at Wallasey Town Hall on Wednesday 6th December 1.30pm-4pm. Music by Swingmasters. Refreshments are available. All proceeds to IncuBabies and the Merseyside Autistic Children’s Society. Tickets are £5 available and from the Mayor’s Office. Tel No 0151 691 8527.

THE BIG CARD will be at the back of church from next Saturday.

1st December Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

 

The next singing practice is on Thursday 30th November, in the Day Chapel. We will be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys singing. All welcome.

 

Advent at St John’s

Beginning next Sunday – Holy Hour in Church 3-4pm

School Advent Masses in Church

This Tuesday 28th November Year 2 at 9.15am: “Preparing for Christmas”

Next Tuesday 5th December Year 3 & 4 at 9.15am focusing on the characters of Advent.

LPA24 Advent Reconciliation Service with individual confession will be held at St John’s on Wednesday

20th December 7pm. All welcome.

Fr Bernard will be in Church next Saturday and each Saturday during Advent from 11am-12 noon … opportunity for Confession, for prayer, for a chat.

 

 

A Musical Celebration of Christmas .. a fabulous evening of festive music performed by the soloists and chorus of the Birkenhead Operatic Society in St Anne’s Church on Wednesday 13th December at 7.30pm Mulled wine and mince pies from 7pm. Tickets £8 on sale after weekend Masses or from St Anne’s Parish Office Tel 645 3996

 

 

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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: CAPITAL GROWTH

 

Young Antonio’s voice was high and squeaky and so he did not pass the auditions for the Cremona Boys’ Choir. When he took violin lessons, the neighbours persuaded his parents to make him stop. Yet Antonio still wanted to make music.

His friends gave him a hard time because his only talent was whittling wood. When Antonio was older he served as an apprentice to a violinmaker. His knack for whittling grew into a skill of carving and his hobby became his craft. He worked patiently and faithfully. By the time he died, he left over 1,500 violins, each one bearing a label that read, “Antonio Stradivarius.” They are the most sought-after violins in the world and sell for more than £1,000.000 each. Antonio couldn’t sing or play or preach or teach but his responsibility was to use his ability, and his violins are still making beautiful music today.

Our potential is God’s gift to us. What we do with it is our gift to God. Are you investing what you’ve been given, regardless of how much it is? Or, have you buried your blessing and kept it hidden from others?

We can sometimes confuse hiding our talents with humility, with not wanting to push ourselves forward. Yet if we stop to think for just a moment we’ll soon realise that, whatever our talent is, it is God-given. God has entrusted us with skills and talents to be used for his divine purpose. And no one else can ever be you and me. We’re unique, with unique gifts that God has welded into our character and personality. And it’s part of God’s plan from the beginning of time that we should use what we have been given so that the good news of the gospel might be spread and people should come to experience God through you and me.

Today’s gospel reminds us that life will not last for ever on this earth. The master is returning and we are returning to our master. What answer will we have to give him when he asks what we have done with all that he gave us? Will we have buried it, or will we have produced a capital return?

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

God has given each one of us talents: particular skills or qualities that he expects us to use for his glory. As the Church draws towards the end of its year we are invited to reflect on how well we are making use of what we have been given. For no one has been given nothing. What has been entrusted to you and how are you using it?

 

 

Thank you once again for your continued generosity towards those who are most in need in our local community. Please check the notice board for items needed.

 

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one. Your APF/Red Missio Boxes should be emptied this month and their contents brought to Church/the Presbytery by

30th November please.

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

 

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.

 

 

Next Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the final Sunday of the Church’s Year which is also National Youth Sunday.#

Advent begins on Sunday 3rd December… a full schedule of Advent Masses and Services and the times of Christmas Masses will be published in next week’s newsletter.

 

 

Thirty Third Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 19th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kevin Fitzgerald RIP

Joe Moore Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 20th 9.15am Elizabeth Brooks RIP
Tuesday 21st 9.15am Decd Members of Legion of Mary
Wednesday 22nd 9.15am Husband/Parents/Friends of McAllister Family
Thursday 23rd No Mass or Service Today
Friday 24th 9.15am Emma Rook Birthday Ints
Saturday 25th    
Feast of

Jesus Christ, Universal King

(Youth Sunday)

26th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rels/Fnds Connelly Family

For all our young people

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel. More helpers are urgently needed for this ministry. Please see Jacqui or Fr Bernard for derails
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

This Sunday is the first “World Day of the Poor”. Pope Francis has instituted this new day as a way of inviting us to understand that sharing with those living in poverty “enables us to understand the deepest truth of the Gospel”. In his message for the World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis asks all of us, whatever our means, to unite in love in acts of service to one another. He explains “it is my wish that ….. Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance” Please consider how you can create such moments of encounter and friendship this week and beyond.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Blakeway who has died recently. May he rest in peace. Funeral Mass at St John’s on Monday 27th November at 11.30am. Your prayers are requested for Winifred (Terri) Sweeney whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Friday 1st December at 10am. May she rest in peace.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £569.17p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

 

 

Retiring Collection This weekend the Annual Collection for the Clergy Education and Training Fund is being held. Special envelopes are available at the back of church. If you use weekly Offertory Envelopes please write in your Envelope Number. If you do not have this, or you give to your Parish by means of a Standing Order, write in your name and full address plus postcode. It will then be possible to claim Gif Aid on your donation if you have joined the Gift Aid Scheme. If you prefer, you can donate Online via PayPal to the Fund at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/clergy-education-and-training-fund

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass held at St John’s last Tuesday evening was a very moving occasion from which all those who attended received support from each other in remembering their loved ones. Many stayed behind to share a time of fellowship over a cup of tea and cakes /biscuits. Many thanks to all those who helped in the preparation and to those who attended.

 

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel no

0151 645 3114 asap.

 

The next meeting of the Pastoral Team will take place this Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any ideas/suggestions/thoughts and proposals for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box on the table at the back of Church or through the presebytery letterbox.

 

Confirmation 2017: The Mass of Confirmation for the East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough next Friday at 7pm. In total 50 candidates are to be confirmed. The candidates from St John’s and St Anne’s parishes are: Mia Berry, Edward Cartmel, Alfie Davies, Joe Davies, Jammilia Dennett, Olivia Healy, Keely Holmes, Ciara Lester, Niamh Lester, Dylan Lyndop, Lydia O’Brien, Travis O’Brien and Isobel O’Connor. Please keep these young in your thoughts and prayers this week and say a prayer also for their parents, sponsors and catechists.

St John’s Catholic Pre School will be holding their Open Registration Evening for Admission to Pre School in September 2018 on Monday 27th November 4.00-5.00pm. All Parents are welcome to come along to view the setting and collect/complete admission forms for September 2018. To attend St John’s Catholic Pre School children must be 3 years of age by 31st August 2018. If you would like any further information please ring the Pre School and speak to Bernadette Kirwan – 0151 645 5291 Option No. 2 for Pre School.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection is being held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet is on the notice board at the back of Church. Please register your interest as soon as possible. Coach travel will be available (free of charge).

A Celebration of Music for the Feast of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of the Arts will be held on Thursday 23rd November 7pm at St Josephs, North Road, Birkenhead, with a reflection by Bishop Brian Noble on Music and Prayer. This is an opportunity to sing your favourite hymns led by our parish and school choirs, followed by refreshments and retiring collection.

Vacancy for Accounts Senior at the Curial Office, Diocese of Shrewsbury Reporting to the Accounts Manager, the Accounts Senior will be responsible for supporting the Accounts Manager in the execution of their duties.   Salary range: £18K to £22K depending on qualifications and experience.    For further details please visit the website http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies please send CV to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org closing date Friday 24th November.

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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: GETTING ROUND TO IT

 

You can’t live without food but you can seemingly get through the day without being a Christian. So even Christians themselves sometimes never quite get round to putting their baptismal promises into action.

Young people usually think that after they get older, after they’ve had some fun and sowed their wild oats, they’ll get round to it. They get older and then get married and the wild oats have been sown. Then their jobs and families take priority. They want the nice houses and the nice cars. They are so busy with the kids that they don’t have time to accept Christ in their lives. Then the kids grow up, and the marriage is unstable because they have focused so much time into every thing else that their marriage is on the rocks, so instead of accepting Jesus, they work on their marriage or they get a divorce and start a new life. They get old and set in their ways and think it’s too late to accept Christ, their heart hardens to the point where they just don’t care anymore. But if you were to ask them their intentions along the way, they had good intentions, they never intended to reject Christ.

And if we’re honest, it’s a bit like that with most of us. We may go to church, we may even be known by our neighbours as Christians. But in our heart of hearts we know that there’s a lot we could and should be doing about our faith that we never quite get round to. Perhaps it’s praying more, reading scripture more often or giving a bit more of our time and talent to help others less fortunate.

The foolish bridesmaids in today’s gospel were just as aware as the wise ones that the groom was on his way. But they hadn’t quite got round to buying the oil for their lamps so that they could go out and meet him in the middle of the night. They knew what they ought to do but they became distracted with other seemingly more important things. And by the time they realised it was their turn to meet the groom, it was too late.

What’s stopping us from being ready? And can any of us honestly say that we know the time when the groom will call out to us?

 

Remembrance Sunday. Lord, we remember those who died when madness ruled the world and evil dwelt on earth, those we knew and those whose very name is lost. Because of their sacrifice, we may renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, again prejudice, tyranny and oppression. Still we cry to God out of the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish. Let not new clouds rain death upon the earth.

Turn to yourself the hearts and wills of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men and women live as friends in the bond of your peace.

In a world still troubled with war, hatred and unrest, we pray for peace and unity. You have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony, and yet we are divided, race from race, faith from faith, rich from poor, old from young, neighbour from neighbour. O Lord, by whose cross all enmity is brought to an end, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred. Forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking; overcome our prejudice and fears. Give us courage to open ourselves to others and by the power of your Spirit make us one. Amen

Traidcraft Stall will be available at the back of church this weekend 11th/12th November. Please take time to browse and see if you can pick up any gifts and cards for Christmas.

Foodbank: 20+kg donated last weekend. Thank you once again for your continued generosity towards those who are most in need in our local community.

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

 

A Celebration of Music for the Feast of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of the Arts will be held on Thursday 23rd November 7pm at St Josephs, North Road, Birkenhead. This is an opportunity to sing your favourite hymns led by our parish and school choirs, followed by refreshments and retiring collection.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty Second Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A Remembrance

Sunday

12th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Pat McCloskey RIP

For all those who have died in war and conflict

Prayer Meeting

Monday 13th 9.15am Seamus O’Rourke Annv RIP
Tuesday 14th 7.30pm Remembrance Mass
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Parents/Rels/Fnds McLoughlin Family
Thursday 16th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 17th 9.15am Arthur Brockway RIP
Saturday 18th 10.am Deceased Lay Carmelites
Thirty Third Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 19th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Kevin Fitzgerald RIP

Joe Moore Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your Deceased Relatives and Friends etc., please fill out one of the Mass Offering envelopes at the back of Church or in the sacristy, place a donation in it and hand it to

Fr Bernard or put through the presbytery letterbox.

 

 

Money Matters: Offertory £519.14p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

CLERGY EDUCATION & TRAINING FUND – SPECIAL COLLECTION

Next weekend the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund will be held. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends.  

Special Envelopes are available for you to use for the collection, which you can also use to take advantage of Gift Aid. A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can make your donation either Online or by Cheque. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations to the Fund.

If you prefer, you can donate Online via PayPal to the Fund at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/clergy-education-and-training-fund

 

 

Diocesan Youth Team: We welcome members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team to both Masses here at St John’s this weekend. They will tell us about the work they are doing and about to do across the Diocese.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Blakeway who has died recently. May he rest in peace. Funeral Mass at St John’s on Monday

27th November at 11.30am

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

 

The 9.30am Mass this Sunday –Remembrance Sunday –

will be offered for all those who have died in War and Conflict. British Legion poppies are available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

 

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died. Tea/coffee/biscuits will be available after the Mass at the back of church.

 

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel no 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

Confirmation 2017 Our Confirmation candidates and their families are attending this Sunday’s 9.30am Mass. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

Confirmation rehearsal at Christ the King Bromborough this Thursday

16th November at 7pm.

Confirmation Mass for LPA24 Friday 24th November at Christ the King Bromborough at 7pm celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble. All families and parishioners most welcome.

 

 

All Parish Ministers of the Word & Holy Communion please note that a pre-Advent morning of Reflection & Prayer has been arranged to take place in the Day Chapel next Saturday from after 10am Mass until 1pm. Please make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend, please inform Dot or Wilf Humphrey.

 

Cafod: World Gift Catalogue is available at the back of Church. If you are looking for something a bit different as a Christmas present this year then please take a look and see the life-changing gifts on offer.

The next meeting of the Pastoral Team will take place on Tuesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any ideas/suggestions/thoughts/proposals for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box on the table at the back of Church or through the presebytery letterbox.

St John’s Catholic Pre School will be holding their Open Registration Evening for Admission to Pre School in September 2018 on Monday 27th November 4.00-5.00pm. All Parents are welcome to come along to view the setting and collect/complete admission forms for September 2018. To attend St John’s Catholic Pre School children must be 3 years of age by 31st August 2018. If you would like any further information please ring the Pre School and speak to Bernadette Kirwan – 0151 645 5291 Option No. 2 for Pre School.

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection is being held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet is on the notice board at the back of Church. Please register your interest as soon as possible. Coach travel will be available (free of charge).

Vacancy for Accounts Senior at the Curial Office, Diocese of Shrewsbury Reporting to the Accounts Manager, the Accounts Senior will be responsible for supporting the Accounts Manager in the execution of their duties.   Salary range: £18K to £22K depending on qualifications and experience.    For further details please visit the website http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies please send CV to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org closing date Friday 24th November.

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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, 5th November, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: HIDING BEHIND THE MASK?

 

In Greek theatre, actors who played the parts of the different characters had a special name. They were called hypocrites. Hypocrite did not imply any lack of sincerity on their behalf. It was simply the Greek word for the job they did on stage.

And they never needed to spend hours in the make-up room. Instead of getting themselves into character with greasepaint they wore a mask instead. This mask could be tied on or it might be held in front of the face on a short stick, like participants at a masked ball. So the mask told you if they were a hero or a villain.

Jesus uses the word hypocrite to describe the Scribes and Pharisees because they do not practise what they preach. They are the leading lights in a movement to teach the religious Law and regulate how people live their life. Yet Jesus says they appear to be offering help when in fact they are only making life more burdensome for people. What’s more, they are quite fond of being given honour for what they do when they should really be the servants of the people.

Religious people are prone to hypocrisy. In fact, that’s the criticism that’s often levelled against those who go to church by those who don’t. It’s easy to think that we must automatically be better than those who do not outwardly seem to be living the life that God asks of us. Of course, there’s always room for a few more hypocrites in church, since those who complain about us often display a similar hypocrisy in their lack of commitment.

At the heart of this hypocrisy is a lack of humility. We do not practise our religion as a result of being good. We practise it because we know how needy we are and how much we depend on God even for the little about us that is of value. Humility means acting with our real faces on view, with no mask. It means accepting that all of our achievements, all of our skills and our tendencies to goodness are first and foremost the result of God’s initiative and grace. So as we settle into our bench today we are reminded that all we have comes from God and we cannot claim to be better than anyone else due to our own merits. Only if we have this humility will we be exalted in God’s eyes. Otherwise we are simply holding up a mask against reality and waiting for the hypocrites’ curtain call.

 

WORD OF GOD

The greatest among you must be your servant. Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12)

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

We don’t serve God in order to get a medal that we can proudly wear. We serve God in humility because we recognise God’s greatness and our dependence. Those who humble themselves will be exalted.

 

 

 

Traidcraft Stall will be available at the back of church over the weekend of 11th/12th November. Please take time to browse and see if you can pick up any gifts and cards for Christmas.

Foodbank: 20+kg donated last weekend. Thank you once again for your continued generosity towards those who are most in need in our local community.

 

 

Missio (APF/Mill Hill) 2018 calendars are now available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

 

 

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit http://www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirty First Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 5th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Mike Chapman RIP

Les Peers RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 6th 9.15am James Joseph Brady Annv
Tuesday 7th 9.15am Intentions of Fr Frank Rice
Wednesday 8th 9.15am Parents/Rels/Friends Moore Family
Thursday 9th 9.15am November List
Friday 10th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 11th    
Thirty Second Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A

Remembrance

Sunday

12th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Pat McCloskey RIP

For all those who have died in war and conflict

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your Deceased Relatives and Friends etc., please fill out one of the Mass Offering envelopes at the back of Church or in the sacristy, place a donation in it and hand it to Fr Bernard or put through the presbytery letterbox.

 

Money Matters: Offertory £544.63

Cafod Family fast Envelopes £557.75 plus £67 Gift Aid.

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

On Thursday we welcome Years 5 & 6 from St John’s School to 9.15am Mass (in Church) which will have a Remembrance theme. All parishioners welcome… tea/coffee & biscuits after Mass at the back of Church.

The 9.30am Mass next Sunday –Remembrance Sunday – will be offered for all those who have died in War and Conflict. British Legion poppies are available on the table at the back of Church. Please take one.

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died.

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel no 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

Weddings 2018/19

If you are hoping to get married here at St John’s in 2018/19 and have not yet let us know please as soon as possible.

 

Confirmation 2017 Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates and their families in your prayers and please note the following dates.

The Service of Reconciliation for will be held this Thursday 9th November at Christ the King Bromborough at 7pm. The Confirmation rehearsal will take place at Christ the King on Thursday 16th November again at 7pm. The Mass of Confirmation this year for our East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on Friday 24th November at 7pm

 

 

Bishop Mark has recently accepted Mark Baylis for Formation for the Permanent Diaconate. Please hold Mark and Diane and their family in your prayers as he takes another important step in discerning his vocation.

 

The members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team will be present at both of the Masses here at St John’s on Sat 11th/ Sun 12th November to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.

 

For all ministers of The Word and Holy Eucharist .A morning of Reflection has been arranged for Saturday 18th November beginning at 10am and lasting until no later than 12.30pm in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. Please make every effort to attend. If however you are unable to do so please let Wilf or Dot Humphrey know.

Ministers of the Word please inform Dot Humphrey if you are UNAVAILABLE during the Christmas period. Thank you.

 

The Church Interior

Re-Decoration is almost complete so we are back in Church for our weekend Masses this weekend. Apologies for any inconvenience and many thanks to those parishioners who have given extra assistance over the past month or so it is very much appreciated.

On Tuesday the electrical contractors will be here to replace and improve some of the inside and outside lighting and over the next few weeks another contractor will be working on improving the surface and appearance of the Church floor. The new votive candle stands, which have been in store for some while for one reason or another, could not be delivered on Friday but hopefully will be in place for Remembrance Sunday.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet is on the notice board at the back of Church. Please register your interest by next Sunday 12th November. Coach travel will be available (free of charge) if there is sufficient demand.

A Celebration of Music for the Feast of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of the Arts will be held on Thursday 23rd November 7pm at St Josephs, North Road, Birkenhead. This is an opportunity to sing your favourite hymns led by our parish and school choirs, followed by refreshments and retiring collection.

 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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 29nd October, 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE YARDSTICK

It’s too easy to repeat parrot-fashion that we must love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbours as ourselves. What on earth does this involve? It’s such a broad thing that it seems to lose any practical meaning. The Jews had a very efficient way of measuring love of God and neighbour. Three categories of people were used as the yardstick: strangers, widows and orphans. These people represented the disenfranchised of society, the truly vulnerable, those who had no social or economic support to back them up if trouble came on the horizon. Strangers, or foreigners, were by nature in a foreign land and lacked the network of friends and family, of framework and familiarity. People cheated them because of the ignorance of local currency values and their inability to speak the language. Widows had no man to stand up for them. Intolerable language in the twenty-first century but, in the first century, women were at the mercy of a male- dominated society and widows were at the bottom of the pile. Orphans were clearly vulnerable in a culture that could use children in so many unacceptable ways. But we still have to love the strangers, widows and orphans today. Who are today’s strangers? We don’t mean tourists, but what about the growing file of refugees that search for a better life in countries other than their own? What about those who seek asylum from torture or death in their native land? They are today’s strangers. And today’s widows? Women have fought for their rightful voice and pensions have eased the economic isolation. Perhaps the modern day widows are the single mothers, the lone parents and those who have been abandoned? Who are today’s orphans? We no longer have queues of orphans; orphanages have largely been closed down. Yet we need not look very far to see children who are abandoned to their own devices by adults who have no parenting skills, young people who are exploited sexually or employed for long hours in the sweat shops of the world. We have our own modern-day strangers, widows and orphans. And, just as in days gone by, we show how much we love God and neighbour by the way we respond to these people in our midst. The yardstick still applies.

ALL SAINTS (November 1st)

Father of all, you have given the saints in heaven eternal happiness and they now live in the fullness of your glory. Because of their holy love for you, they also care about me and my family, my friends, my church and my neighbours. Thank you for the gift of their friendship and the witness of their holy lives. I ask our patron saints and every saint who has become especially so dear to me to intercede for us. I ask them to help us journey safely on the narrow path that leads to heaven. O Lord, give us their protection. Grant us their assistance in overcoming temptation and gaining the fullness of life with you. Amen

 

ALL SOULS (November, 2nd)

All Souls Day is the last day of the Triduum (a three-day celebration) of commemoration of the dead dating back to pre-Christian eras.

On this day, the Church remembers all of the faithful departed who died peaceable deaths with the expectation of Christ’s promises of eternal life. These were ordinary people, who were not given the status of sainthood by the Church, but were nevertheless saintly communicants. Today, all Christians are reckoned as saints, a concept referred to as the Communion of Saints.

In the Latin world, All Souls Days is known as the Day of the Dead. On this day, families are reunited in the cemeteries where their ancestors are buried. During these family reunions, they decorate their ancestors’ tombs and hold parties that begin in the afternoon and continue on into the evening. These are not morbid celebrations, as one might expect, but very happy and positive occasions that are intended to bring back happy memories of the ancestors who are very much included in the celebrations.

May the Lord our God free us from all anxiety and strengthen our hearts to serve him in humility so that recognising God’s goodness and grace in our lives we may be exalted to share his glory.

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Many thanks to those parishioners who regularly contribute to the Food bank. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

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.

 

 

Remember Summer time finishes tonight SATURDAY.

The clocks go back 1 hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fidelma Franklin RIP

Wilfred+Mary Humphrey Birthday Remembrance

Prayer Meeting

Monday 30th No Mass or Service
Tuesday 31st No Mass or Service
All Saints 1st 7.15am

12noon

St John’s Parish

Ints of the Moore Family

All Souls 2nd 9.15am For All The Faithful Departed
Friday 3rd 9.15am Linda Duffy RIP
Saturday 4th    
Thirty First Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 5th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Mike Chapman RIP

Les Peers RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Confessions From next Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Money Matters: Offertory £486.84p.

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

November is the Month of Remembrance

This Wednesday All Saints Day is a Holyday of Obligation. Masses as listed above.

Masses at St Anne’s- 9.30am and 7.30pm

This Thursday is All Soul’s Day. Mass at 9.15am

Mass at St Anne’s is at 12 Noon.

 

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Tuesday, 14th November at 7.30pm. Invitations have been sent to those families who have lost relatives during the past year. Please join them to remember and celebrate the lives of all those who have died.

 

Lately Dead– Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas Taylor who died recently. Funeral Service and cremation at Landican on Thursday 2nd November at 3pm.

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in Year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel- 0151 645 3114 asap.

 

Weddings 2018/19

If you are hoping to get married here at St John’s in 2018/19 and have not yet let us know please do so by the end of October.

 

Confirmation 2017 Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates and their families in your prayers and please note the following dates.

The Service of Reconciliation for will be held on Thursday 9th November at Christ the King Bromborough at 7pm. The Confirmation rehearsal will take place at Christ the King on Thursday 16th November again at 7pm. The Mass of Confirmation this year for our East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on Friday 24th November at 7pm

 

Bishop Mark has recently accepted Mark Baylis for Formation for the Permanent Diaconate. Please hold Mark and Diane and their family in your prayers as he takes another important step in discerning his vocation.

 

Schools re-open this week after half term break. Both the Junior school and the Infant school will celebrate Remembrance Masses and Advent Masses in Church during the coming half term. Please read the bulletin each week for details.

If anyone is interested in becoming a Foundation Governor at one of our Parish Schools please let

Fr Bernard know asap.

 

 

 

Next Saturday 4 November 2017 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

The members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team will be present at both of the Masses here at St John’s on Sat 11th/ Sun 12th November to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.

For all ministers of The Word and Holy Eucharist .A morning of Reflection has been arranged for Saturday 18th November beginning at 10am and lasting until no later than 12.30pm in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. Please make every effort to attend. If however you are unable to do so please let Wilf or Dot Humphrey know.

Ministers of the Word please inform Dot Humphrey if you are UNAVAILABLE during the Christmas period. Thank you.

 

The Church Interior Re-Decoration will be completed this week. We will be celebrating Masses back in church from next weekend. Apologies for any inconvenience caused during the month of October and many thanks to those parishioners who have given extra assistance at this time it has been very much appreciated.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet will shortly be made available to register your interest. Coach travel will be available (free of charge) if there is sufficient demand. Further details to follow in next weekends bulletin.

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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 22nd October, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

The Pharisees and Herodians were bitter opponents. The Pharisees favoured Israel’s independence as a religious homeland. The Herodians supported the Roman occupation. They both feared Jesus as a troublemaker and so they made an alliance to try and catch him out. The question about taxes in today’s gospel boils down to this: Are you in favour of Rome or Israel? Whatever he answered he was sure to step into the trap. We know what happened: Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Besides being a very clever answer it also points to something much deeper than the obvious. Jesus is not some sort of revolutionary who invites his followers to overthrow the civil authorities. He recognises their legitimacy but he alludes to something beyond the here and now, to the things of God. Is there anything that does not belong to God? Is there any arena of public interest that belongs only to politicians and has nothing to do with the divine? Presumably not, given that the world is God’s and it is God whose design is stamped upon it. Nothing weakens the impact of our faith more than putting it into a neat religious compartment. Never discuss religion or politics, they say. They only say it because they’re scared of what might happen if we do. And so we’re lured into the social convention of thinking that it’s somehow not decent to wear our religion on our sleeve. Religion should be a personal matter, they say. That’s because it has uncomfortable consequences when we display it in the light of day. When politicians know that they have produced legislation that is questionable, they usually try to silence religious leaders by claiming that they should keep religion out of politics, should stick to hymns and prayers rather than public demonstration.

Faith must be the leaven of society, not one of its side-shows. That’s because the image stamped on our tax coins may well be Caesar’s, but the image stamped on those who pay the taxes is unmistakably God’s.

 

WORD OF GOD

Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar,and to God what belongs to God. (Matthew 22:21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Church Interior Re-Decoration is progressing well. For the next two weekend’s Sunday Masses are being celebrated in the Parish Centre. Funeral Masses are being transferred to St Anne’s. Weekday Masses & Services are taking place in the Day Chapel as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and many thanks to those parishioners who are giving extra assistance at this time it is very much appreciated.

 

 

 

Many thanks to those parishioners who regularly contribute to the Food bank. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time.

 

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty Nineth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parish

John +Margaret Kelly Anniv

Prayer Meeting

Monday 23rd 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Wednesday 25th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 26th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 27th 9.15am John Corrigan RIP
Saturday 28th    
Thirtieth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fidelma Franklin RIP

Wilfred+Mary Humphrey Birthday Remembrance

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Confessions Please see Father Bernard
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

Money Matters: Offertory £503.48p.   Many thanks.

 

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes should be returned in the offertory bags by next weekend. Thank you.

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

Lately Dead– Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas Taylor who died recently. May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed.

 

First Holy Communion. If there are any children attending Non Catholic schools who are in year 3 or above and so eligible to make their First Holy Communion in this school year please contact us on tel- 0151 645 3114 asap.

Weddings 2018/19

If you are hoping to get married here at St John’s in 2018/19 and have not yet let us know please do so by the end of October.

Confirmation 2017 Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates and their families in your prayers and please note the following dates.

The Service of Reconciliation for Confirmation Candidates and their families will be held on Thursday 9th November at Christ the King Bromborough at 7pm. The Confirmation rehearsal will take place at Christ the King on Thursday 16th November again at 7pm. The Mass of Confirmation this year for our East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on Friday 24th November at 7pm

 

November Lists
Please ensure that all names for the November List are handed into the presbytery by next Friday. Please make the envelopes for the attention of Ann Murray and please print all names clearly . Many thanks.

The Annual Mass of Remembrance for those who have died since last November will be held on Tuesday 14th November at 7.30pm in Church.

 

 

On Saturday 4 November 2017 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

The members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team will be present at both of the Masses here at St John’s on Sat 11th/ Sun 12th November to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.

 

For all ministers of The Word and Holy Eucharist .A morning of Reflection has been arranged for Saturday 18th November beginning at 10am and lasting until no later than 12.30pm in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. Please make every effort to attend. If however you are unable to do so please let Wilf or Dot Humphrey know.

 

As we heard last weekend a newly formed HCPT group taking local children to Lourdes at Easter are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join them. The trip is from 31st March-7th April 2018. They are a self funded local charity that is made up of volunteers. If you would like to make a donation to this charity please go to just giving HCPT group 7 or you can make a donation in the HCPT box on the table in the Parish Centre. Thanks for your generosity last weekend. If you would like to volunteer/ further information please contact Phil Crawford on tel- 07515689833.

 

An LPA Advent Day of Recollection will be held at Wistaston Hall Crewe on Thursday 30th November. A sign up sheet will shortly be made available to register your interest. Coach travel will be available (free of charge) if there is sufficient demand. Further details to follow in next weekends bulletin.

Wishing the children and staff in all our schools a happy and restful Half Term.

Please remember that your clocks are turned back one hour next Saturday night.

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:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th October, 2017. Cycle A

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: DRESS CODE

The parable of the king’s wedding feast at first seems easy enough to understand. He

invited guests to his son’s wedding but they all found excuses not to come. And so he sent his servants out onto the streets to gather in anyone they could find so that the celebration could go ahead, the feast could begin and the food and drink would not be wasted.

Discerning readers will realise that Jesus has been goading the chief priests and the elders of the Jews. In this parable he’s telling them that although they inherited the promises of God, they have lost sight of what this means and as a result no longer qualify as guests at the wedding. They are going to miss the festivity while common and garden people are going to take their places.

So far so good, you may think. But what about the man who has no wedding garment and is thrown out of the reception hall? This sting in the tail throws us and makes us wonder why Jesus has gone and ruined such a nice story. Surely the man couldn’t help the way he was dressed?

Unlike today, when some people make a safari out of shopping for a “new wedding outfit”, the people invited to a wedding in Jesus’ time did not need to worry about what they wore. The family of the bride and groom provided the clothes so that no one looked out of place. What seems to have happened at this wedding is that the man deliberately chose not to wear the required garment. He refused the dress code and thought he could carry on, on his own terms, without respecting the custom and convention.

By our baptism we have accepted our wedding invitations. We are invited to the feast of the kingdom of God. But are we coming on God’s terms or our own? Do we stand in solidarity with the Church, the Bride of Christ, or do we have our own particular ways of interpreting the “rules” especially when they make demands of us? Do we consider some of the Church’s teaching to be for other people but not for us? Do we happily share the riches of the banquet of life with only a nod in the direction of our responsibilities as guests? Are we wearing the white garment of our baptism at the wedding feast of life?

 

WORD OF GOD

On this mountain,the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoplesa banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines,of food rich and

juicy, of fine strained wines. (Isaiah 25: 6)

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

No one goes to a wedding in their working clothes. There’s a dress code for such occasions. What is the dress code for the kingdom of God and do we observe it, or do we prefer to make our own individual “fashion statement”? Do we take faith on God’s terms or our own?

 

 

Many thanks to all those parishioners who regularly contribute to the Food bank. We need to keep this in mind as we do our weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. There is always a list of items which are particularly needed at any given moment.

 

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings locally and further afield.

 

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. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Brian Ellis Anniv RIP

Robert Clamp

Prayer Meeting

Monday 16th 9.15am Tina Bower RIP
Tuesday 17th 9.15am Intentions of Sick Parishioners
Wednesday 18th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 19th 9.15am For the New Ferry Community
Friday 20th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Saturday 21st    
Twenty Nineth Sunday in Ord Time Cycle A 22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parish

John +Margaret Kelly Anniv

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy as usual this Sunday morning at 9.30am Mass in the Parish Centre.
Confessions Please see Father Bernard
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

 

Money Matters: Offertory £551.62p.   Many thanks.

 

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are on the tables in the Parish Centre. Please take one and return in the offertory bag anytime in October.

 

Tea and Coffee in the Parish Centre Sunday after 9.30am Mass.

 

Weddings 2018/19

If you are hoping to get married here at St John’s in 2018/19 and have not yet let us know. Please get in touch as soon as possible as several Friday’s and Saturday’s have already been booked for Wedding Masses/ Services.

 

October= Month of the Rosary .As usual a statue of Our Lady is circulating the parish. If you would like to join in this Rosary Chain of prayer and have the statue for a day please contact Maria Fryer asap Tel 201 5837

 

 

A newly formed HCPT group taking local children to Lourdes at Easter are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join them. The trip is from 31st March-7th April 2018. They are a self funded local charity that is made up of volunteers. If you would like to make a donation to this charity please go to just giving HCPT group 7 or you can make a donation in the HCPT box on the table in the Parish Centre. If you would like to volunteer/ further information please contact Phil Crawford (Kathy’s son) on 07515689833.

 

Companions on the Journey : Please do support and encourage others to participate in our Local Pastoral Area Morning of Reflection with Sister Catherine Darby SND in St Anne’s Parish Centre next Saturday 21st October from 10am to 1.00pm.

November Lists
Please ensure that all names for the November List are handed into the presbytery by next Friday. Please make the envelopes for the attention of Ann Murray and please print all names clearly . Many thanks. The Annual Mass of Remembrance for those who have died since last November will be held on Tuesday 14th November at 7.30pm in Church.

 

Confirmation 2017: Confirmation meetings for Candidates  with Catechists continue in the Parish Centre on Fridays from 6.30 – 8.00pm. The Service of Reconciliation for Confirmation Candidates and their families will be held on Thursday 9th November at Christ the King Bromborough at 7pm. The Confirmation rehearsal will take place at Christ the King on Thursday 16th November again at 7pm. The Mass of Confirmation this year for our East Wirral Parishes will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Noble at Christ the King Bromborough on Friday 24th November at 7pm . Please keep all our Confirmation Candidates and their families in your daily prayers.

For all ministers of The Word and Holy Eucharist .A morning of Reflection has been arranged for Saturday 18th November beginning at 10am and lasting until no later than 12.30pm. Please make every effort to attend. If however you are unable to do so please let Wilf or Dot Humphrey know.

 

 

The Church Interior Re-Decoration is progressing well. For the next 2/3 weekend’s Sunday Masses are being celebrated in the Parish Centre. Funeral Masses are being transferred to St Anne’s. Weekday Masses & Services are taking place in the Day Chapel as usual. Please note that for the duration of these works no one must enter the Church under any circumstances whatsoever. Apologies for any inconvenience caused and many thanks to those parishioners who are giving extra assistance at this time it is much appreciated.

 

On Saturday 4 November 2017 at 11.00 am at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King there is a Mass to celebrate Catholic Education and pray for members of our present school community.

  Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

The members of the newly formed Diocesan Youth Mission Team will be present at the Masses on 11th/12th November to introduce themselves and to tell you about the work they are doing and about to do across our Diocese.