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, Sunday, 18th November, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE

 

You don’t hear much about hell these days. Many preachers prefer to stay away from talking about it, opting instead to concentrate on the more positive side of our lives in Christ. And on one level this is perfectly good. No one wants to hear fire and brimstone sermons intended to frighten people into being Christians. And despite At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass reports to the contrary, the bible is not full of pages detailing dire threats to those who don’t behave. It’s full of scenes that seek to depict and reveal the love and tender concern of our God.

For God promises a life of eternal bliss to those who trust in his promises. But he doesn’t force himself on anyone. He allows each of us the right to choose. We can accept his way of life for us or we can decide to reject it in favour of some other way of living that we decide is more convenient.

So when people are confronted with the idea of hell they seek to neutralise it. If God is such a loving person, they say, then he will never “send” anyone there. He’ll just embrace everyone in one great act of forgiveness and friendship. So there’s no need to be concerned with how we behave here on earth since God will take care of things when we eventually die.

This is very comforting. But it’s not what the bible says and it ignores what Christ teaches his disciples on many occasions. Jesus makes it very clear that God accepts the choices we make either for him or against him, and that we must learn to live with them. Eternally.

If God allowed us to do whatever we liked without consequence and simply overrode our decisions then we would be nothing more than pawns in a grotesque game of divine chess. We would be like robots, thinking that our choices were important when all the while we were simply acting in a play whose ending we cannot shape. Our free-will and our liberty would have been compromised.

But God has more respect for us than this. He lets us make our free choices. And he tells us that they matter. Eternally.

The Diocese has a vacancy for a Diocesan Mission Catechist to assist with the organisation and provision of the formation of those working in all areas of parish and adult catechesis throughout the Diocese. This is a permanent job and based at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead. For more information please contact http/wwwdioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies

Mayor’s Traditional Christmas Tea Dance – 5 December 2018 The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance is set to get the festive season off to a glittering start on Wednesday, 5th December (1.30 – 4 pm) at Wallasey Town Hall. The annual dance is taking place in aid of the Mayor of Wirral’s charity appeal with all money from ticket sales going to benefit Wirral’s RNLI Lifeboat Stations and Wirral’s Forrester’s Horn Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Mayor’s Office on 691 8527.

My name is Cheryl Thomson and I am the manager of British Red Cross, 44 Bebington Road, New Ferry CH62 5BH. I am currently contacting local churches and community groups to see if any of their members would be interested in volunteering with us or would merely like more information about what we can offer in terms of volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will help in any way I can. Please contact me on 0151 644 1997. Thank you

Thank you for your very kind donation of 34.65 kg of food. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

Traidcraft goods will be on sale NEXT weekend

24th/25th November. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas for gifts and cards. There will also be Christmas Cards on sale.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

33rd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 18th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Sarson Family

Intentions Poor & Needy

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 19th 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Tuesday 20th 9.15am Joe Moore Annv.  
Wednesday 21st 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Thursday 22nd 7.30am Deceased Clergy  
Friday 23rd 9.15am Ben Brannon RIP  
Saturday 24th      
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe 25th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Marshall Family

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Sunday is World Day of Prayer for the Poor

 

There is no Mass or Service on Monday or Wednesday this week.                                                                                                      On Monday Fr Bernard is celebrating the Annual Memorial Mass for the Wirral Knights of St Columba at    St Anne’s at 9.30am. All our most welcome.                          On Wednesday Fr Bernard is celebrating Mass at St John Plessington Catholic College.                                                        At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass here at St John’s in the main Church we will welcome Year 1 classes from our Infant School. Again all parents, grandparent and parishioners are most welcome.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £584.48p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

CLERGY EDUCATION & TRAINING FUND – SPECIAL COLLECTION:

Today the annual Collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund is being held. Special Envelopes are available for you to use. If you use weekly Offertory Envelopes, please can I ask that you 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 (including postcode). It will then be possible to claim Gift Aid on your donation if you have joined the Gift Aid scheme.

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 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, where you can also take advantage of Gift Aid. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends, and I would ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible.

With every good wish,

Yours sincerely in Christ +Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry NEXT Friday 23rd November at 7.pm. Please keep all the candidates (50-60 of them) their sponsors, parents and catechists in your prayers this week.

Scripture Group: Following Jesus…Its Joy, Challenge and Fruitfulness. Six interesting Thursday evenings from             8th November to 6th December meeting in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. An excellent preparation for Advent and Christmas. Contact David Williams 07711581893 or

Fr Bernard.

 

St John’s Catholic Pre-School September 2019 Admission:

OPEN EVENING on Tuesday 13th November, 2019  

4.00-5.30pm. Children who are 3 years of age by

31st August 2019 are invited to apply for a place at our Pre-School. Parents are welcome to come along to see our setting and complete an application form. Any queries, please contact the setting – 0151 645 5291 Option 2 for

Pre School.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The music practice has been re-arranged for Wednesday 21st November, 7.30pm in the Day Chapel, when we will be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who has responded to the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. We would be most grateful if all completed boxes are returned to church no later than NEXT WEEKEND                                           24th/25th November. Many children will receive the joy of Christmas as a result of your generosity.

 

BOST Fanfare for Christmas:

An evening of Festive Music, featuring well-loved and traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church. Tickets available after weekend Masses here at St John’s and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.

 

 

WIRRAL KSC ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS’’ at St. Anne’s Rock Ferry on Monday 19th November at 9.30am. All are welcome to join us and the Widows & Friends of deceased Brothers, Tea & Biscuits after Mass.

 

Scout Stamps will be on sale ONLY AFTER SATURDAY EVENING MASS over the next four weekends:                     17th & 24th November;                           1st & 8th December. The price will be 30p. Margaret McClure can also collect post as she will be working in the sorting office.

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

 

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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

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 11th November, 2018. Cycle B

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Our God our Heavenly Father,

look mercifully upon the unrest in our world

and draw all people to yourself and one another

in the sure bond of peace.

We give you ready thanks

for the memory of all those men and women

who laid down their lives

in the service of their country.

As we hallow their memory

we bless you for their courage and devotion even unto death.

In your mercy

send your peace into the hearts of all people

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer by Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

Thank you for your very kind donation of 34.65 kg of food. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.

FAITH IN FOCUS: SMALL CHANGE?

When the man at the checkout apologised to the woman for giving her so many coins in her change the woman said “No, that’s fine. I need some small change for Church tomorrow.” The supermarket cashier looked surprised but the woman didn’t notice.

In the Temple the coin boxes were made in the shape of a horn or trumpet. People queued up and then threw their coins in. You could tell what they gave by the sound that the noise made. The two coins that the widow put in were called “lepta” which means “thin”. They were the smallest denomination of currency. But they were her last.

Jesus doesn’t condemn the rich people who put in more money than the widow, but he does praise her for her wholehearted generosity. For there is one important difference between them: the widow didn’t give the leftover money she had; she gave all that she had. The rich people could afford to put in more but she couldn’t. She gave to God all that she had and then simply trusted that God wouldn’t let her down and would take care of her (like the widow in today’s first reading from the Book of Kings).

This gospel is not intended to accuse us of being stingy with our donations to the Church collection (though that might be true too!). Rather it serves to point out the difference between “what” we give and “how” we give it. The widow made her donation not out of guilt or fear but because she was in love with God. Nothing of what she had was to be held back from God.

Anyone can serve God from their surplus. What counts, though, is serving God when it means making a sacrifice. And this applies to all areas of our religious practice, not just money. Are we prepared, like the widow, to place ourselves entirely in the hands of God or do we need some form of safety net, just in case? Is the practice of our faith unconditional or do we hold back? In fact, is it possible to serve God and yet keep a nest-egg held in reserve? Apparently not, says Jesus. And so he was unconcerned by the smallness of the widow’s mite but mightily impressed by the way she gave it.

32nd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B

11th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Margo Sarson

Theresa McLean B.day RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday

12th

9.15am

Service of Word & Communion

Tuesday

13th

9.15am

Ints Elaine Mullins

Wednesday

14th

9.15am

Rels/Fnds Moore & Doyle Fams

Thursday

15th

7.30am

Seamus & Colette Reavey RIP

Friday

16th

9.15am

Rels/Fnds McLoughlin Family

Saturday

17th

10.00am

Deceased Carmelites

33rd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B

18th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Sarson Family

Intentions Poor & Needy

Prayer Meeting

Confessions

10.30am -11.15am

Morning Prayer

15 minutes before daily Masses

Remembrance Sunday, we will remember all those who have died in War and Conflict on the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. British Legion Poppies are available on the table at the back of Church.

St John’s School Remembrance Mass: Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass will be held in the main church and will be led by the Year 5 &6 children from St John’s School. The theme of the Mass will be Remembrance and the Mass will be offered for the intentions of Head teacher Mrs. Elaine Mullins who remains in a Liverpool hospital. All parents, grandparents and parishioners are welcome. Many thanks to Teresa Young and Co who will provide the tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards at the back of Church.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Peter Fearon who lived for many years in

St John’s Parish before he moved to Eastham. Peter died recently and his Funeral Mass is at Christ the King Bromborough on Wednesday 28th November at 9.15am. May he Rest in Peace.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £569.96p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

THANKYOU. The Irish afternoon tea organised by the HCPT held on Sunday 4th November at St Anne’s was a great success and raised over £3,000. This will enable us to take sick and vulnerable children to Lourdes at Easter. With grateful thanks

Erin McCulloch.

Scripture Group: Following Jesus…Its Joy, Challenge and Fruitfulness. Six interesting Thursday evenings from 8th November to 6th December meeting in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. An excellent preparation for Advent and Christmas. Contact David Williams 07711581893 or

Fr Bernard.

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7.pm. Please keep all the candidates (50-60 of them) their sponsors, parents and catechists in your prayers this week. It is essential that candidates and sponsors attend the rehearsal next Friday night 16th November at 7pm in St Anne’s Church.

St John’s Catholic Pre-School September 2019 Admission: OPEN EVENING on Tuesday 13th November, 2019

4.00-5.30pm. Children who are 3 years of age by 31st August 2019 are invited to apply for a place at our Pre-School. Parents are welcome to come along to see our setting and complete an application form. Any queries, please contact the setting – 0151 645 5291 Option 2 for

Pre School.

PLEASE NOTE: The music practice has been re-arranged for Wednesday 21st November, 7.30pm in the Day Chapel, when we will be looking at music for Advent and Christmas. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

Missing CD Disc Sometime in October the CD player in church was removed from its table for some other use, and put back later. At the same time the CD ‘His Healing Love’, which may have been in the player, has disappeared, though the case is still on the table. Will whoever is responsible please return the CD anonymously as soon as possible. Thank you.

BOST Fanfare for Christmas:

An evening of Festive Music, featuring well-loved and traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church. Tickets available after weekend Masses here at St John’s and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.

The Diocese has a vacancy for a Diocesan Mission Catechist to assist with the organisation and provision of the formation of those working in all areas of parish and adult catechesis throughout the Diocese. This is a permanent job and based at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead. For more information please contact http/wwwdioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies

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. 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 where you can also take advantage of Gift Aid. I ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible for the provision of the best formation for a new generation of priests.

With every good wish, Yours sincerely in Christ

+ Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

WIRRAL KSC ANNUAL MEMORIAL MASS’’ at St. Anne’s Rock Ferry on Monday 19th November at 10am.

All are welcome to join us and the Widows & Friends of deceased Brothers, Tea & Biscuits after Mass.

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, Sunday, 4th November, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: HEART-SOUL-MIND-STRENGTH

 

The Jews had 613 laws and regulations which Jesus summarised into one two-part commandment: If you want to be in the kingdom of God then love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbour as you love yourself.

Love God with all your heart. The heart is called the seat of emotion. Are you “emotional” about God or is God just a cosmic idea, a celestial force that controls the universe? Do you feel passionate about God? Do you have “feelings” for God?

Love God with all your soul. Your soul is the real you. It’s the deep down psyche that makes you what and who you are. Is your whole existence oriented towards God or is God simply a facet of your life that you turn to from time to time, on Sundays or in times of trouble?

Love God with your whole mind. Your mind accounts for the intellectual side of your activity. Do you make decisions about life and your future with God in mind? Do you use your brainpower to try to learn as much as you can about your faith or are you content to hobble along with the same understanding that you had when you were still a young child?

Love God with all your strength. Strength refers to the vigour with which we devote ourselves to God. Do you proclaim your faith with all the force and might at your disposal? Or is the practice of your faith heartless, soulless and mindless? Do you use all the faculties that God has endowed you with (heart, soul, and mind)?

Love your neighbour as yourself. Everyone is our neighbour no matter how far away they are. We can only love God if we love our neighbour. Do you give any practical help to the needy? Are you another Christ to the people you live and work with?

If you want to be part of the kingdom of God, says Jesus, then just keep this two-pronged commandment. Alternatively, you can apply for a copy of the original 613…

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 2 vacancies:  Family Support Social Worker and Refugee Project Worker.  Both positions are part-time, and a great opportunity for the right person.  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

 

 

Thank you for your very kind donation of 34.65 kg of food. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

 

 

WORD OF GOD

Keep and observe what will make you prosper and give you great increase, as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you. (Deuteronomy 6: 3)

 

 

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31st Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 4th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Intentions Liz McIntosh

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 5th 9.15am Ints Jim & Joan Anderton  
Tuesday 6th 9.15am

7.00pm

No Mass/Service

Novena

 
Wednesday 7th 9.15am Ints McManus & Petts Fams  
Thursday 8th 7.30am Ints Hornby Family  
Friday 9th 9.15am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Saturday 10th      
32nd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 11th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Margo Sarson

Theresa McLean B.day RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Many thanks to those who organised and supported the Parish’s Annual Mass of Remembrance on Friday evening and to those who have sent in names for the November Lists. Next weekend at both masses, Remembrance Sunday, we will remember all those who have died in War and Conflict on the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. British Legion Poppies are available on the table at the back of Church.

 

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £550.25p. Thank you and thank you to those parishioners who contribute by regular Standing Order.

Thank you, too, for the CAFOD Family Fast Day envelopes that have been received in recent weeks. The total raised £495.17p (If anyone is interested in re-establishing the CAFOD Group in the Parish please let Fr Bernard know. We hope to call a meeting at the beginning of December

 

St John’s Junior School Due to an accident during the recent half term break,           Mrs. Elaine Mullins, Head Teacher of            St John’s Junior School, is in hospital in Liverpool and will be absent from school for some time. Fr Bernard visited              Mrs. Mullins on Wednesday afternoon and asks that we keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks. In Mrs. Mullins absence Miss Trisha Oates (who is our experienced Deputy Head Teacher) has been appointed as the Acting Head Teacher and will continue to provide leadership, support and care for all the children and staff in our school.

St John’s Catholic Pre-School September 2019 Admission:

OPEN EVENING on Tuesday 13th November, 2019 4.00-5.30pm. Children who are 3 years of age by 31st August 2019 are invited to apply for a place at our Pre-School. Parents are welcome to come along to see our setting and complete an application form.

Any queries, please contact the setting –

0151 645 5291 Option 2 for Pre School.

 

Wirral HCPT Group thank you for your support last weekend. They have a fundraiser at

St Anne’s Parish Centre this Sunday afternoon from 12 noon to 4.00pm. A fun afternoon of traditional Irish Dancing, Afternoon Tea, Irish Bingo and a Raffle. Tickets and further information from Erin McCulloch 07473311235

 

St John’s SVP The New SVP Group held its first meeting on Thursday                       1st November. Thank you for the interest shown this far. If anyone else is interested or wants to k now more, please contact District President Paul Lever on 07703045223  

Scripture Group: Following Jesus…Its Joy, Challenge and Fruitfulness. Six interesting Thursday evenings from                  8th November to 6th December meeting in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. An excellent preparation for Advent and Christmas. Contact David Williams 07711581893 or

Fr Bernard.

 

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mark, and is to take place at    St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Friday      23rd November at 7pm. Please keep all the candidates their parents and catechists in your prayers.

 

 

The next singing practices will be on Thursday 8th and 29th November at 7.30pm 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.

 

 

 

BOST Fanfare for Christmas:

An evening of Festive Music, featuring well-loved and traditional

favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church. Tickets available after weekend Masses here at St John’s and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.

 

 

 

The Diocese has a vacancy for a Diocesan Mission Catechist to assist with the organisation and provision of the formation of those working in all areas of parish and adult catechesis throughout the Diocese. This is a permanent job and based at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead. For more information please contact http/wwwdioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies.

 

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, Sunday, 21st October 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TRIVIAL PURSUIT?

 

It’s easy to become so familiar with our religion that we forget what an enormous challenge is thrown down to anyone who really wants to be a follower of Christ. We can wear the practice of our faith like an old pair of slippers and never notice how battered they have become.

Being a Christian is not the obvious choice. Ask the audience. Only a small percentage would think it’s a sensible lifestyle. Phone a friend, but make sure he or she really has heard what Christ is asking. There’s more than a fifty-fifty chance that it will look stupid.

Choosing to be a disciple means sharing in the daily shame of the cross. It’s not about living the cushy existence. It’s about rejoicing at being at the bottom of the pile. In a world that prizes success the Christian glories in what looks like failure. A Christian man is a permanent number two; a Christian woman is always last rather than first.

Trying to be a Christian is no trivial pursuit for it deals with life and death questions. Can you hack it, asks Jesus? Can you really cope with taking on the ills of the world and serving others to the point of exhaustion? Can you deal with being thought a fool for his sake?

Is your religion more about bells and smells, coffee mornings and garden fetes, stained glass and nice music? Or is it about being prepared to suffer shame, to be laughed at, to do without, to serve and not to count the cost or seek any reward apart from the satisfaction that you are trying to follow Jesus?

Christ tells us that to follow him we must die first. To follow him we must put ourselves at others’ disposal till it hurts and expect nothing in return. Can you do this? That’s what he asked James and John. Clearly he had his doubts about them.

Christianity is not a hobby. It’s not a pastime on a par with volunteering for the local hospital’s League of Friends or joining the Rotary Club. It’s a life and death series of decisions. Let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that it’s normal!

Social Club Manager, Wirral based.  SDCC are looking to recruit a capable and enthusiastic individual to efficiently manage and develop a club operation within the Wirral Peninsula.  Further details can be found at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies . CV’s should be sent to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org    Closing date Friday 26 October.

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 2 vacancies:  Family Support Social Worker and Refugee Project Worker.  Both positions are part-time, and a great opportunity for the right person.  For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us:  http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

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 NEXT SATURDAY, 27TH OCTOBER. THE CLOCKS GO BACK 1 HOUR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

John McIntosh RIP

Jean Roberts RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 22nd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 23rd 9.15am John McDonough RIP  
Wednesday 24th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Thursday 25th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Friday 26th 9.15am Ints Cameron & Bell Fams  
Saturday 27th      
30th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 28th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Roy Clayton

Marie Pugh

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Bishop Mark thanks you for your warm welcome last weekend and for the welcome he received at St John’s Schools during the previous week. He was particularly complimentary about our Liturgy and the numbers and varying age ranges involved in it. He thanks everyone for their contributions to “Our Mission Together” which has made the necessary physical improvements to our Church possible and was pleased to know the number of “old” and “newly formed” groups existing and working in the Parish. All in all, a very good report. As always, your Parish Priest thanks you for your prayers and on-going support.

 

SUNDAY IS A DAY OF PRAYER FOR WORLD MISSIONS

 

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £638.88p. Thank you and thank you to those parishioners who contribute by regular Standing Order.

Thank you, too, for the CAFOD Family Fast Day envelopes that have been received in recent weeks. We shall let you know the total raised after next weekend. (If anyone is interested in

re-establishing the CAFOD Group in the Parish please let Fr Bernard know. We hope to call a meeting at the beginning of December.

Also to record that the recent Thursday & Sunday Coffee mornings realised £704 for charity. Your generosity as ever is much appreciated and is never taken for granted.

 

 

UNCLAIMED RAFFLE PRIZE: BLUE Entrance ticket No 451 Please collect your prize from church.

 

There will be a collection THIS WEEKEND for church flowers. The flower decoration greatly enhances the church and altar. Please be generous. Thank you

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mark, is to take place at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. Please keep all the candidates their parents and catechists in your prayers.

October Rosary………the Rosary is being prayed each weekday in a different home in the Parish…thanks to those who have offered to host/lead this important devotion.

Readers – Please note a date for your diary. There will be a meeting on Saturday

3rd November at 10am in church to discuss Year C of the Lectionary which begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

 

This year’s Annual Remembrance Mass will be celebrated here at  St John’s on Friday, 2nd 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.

St John’s SVP The New SVP Group has now met twice and it looks as though it will have 10/12 members. Thank you for your interest. The next meeting will be in the Day Chapel on Thursday 1st November at 6.30pm (prior to the Holyday Mass at 7.30pm for the Feast of All Saints). If anyone else is interested or needs to know more about the SVP, please contact our local District President, Paul Lever, on 07703045223.   our parish SVP group. There is plenty of work to be done. Further enquiries to Paul Lever on 07703045223.                    

Scripture Group: Following Jesus…Its Joy, Challenge and Fruitfulness. Six interesting Thursday evenings from 8th November to 6th December meeting in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. An excellent preparation for Advent and Christmas. Introductory session on Thursday 1st November after 7.30pm Mass. Contact David Williams 07711581893 or Fr Bernard.

 

On Saturday 3 November 2018 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. In particular this year, we are dedicating the Mass to Mrs Young and celebrating all that she achieved during her 21 years as Headmistress of Upton Hall School. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

At Easter time 2019, the HCPT group will once again be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Following on from the success of the Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea fundraiser last January and due to public demand we are holding another event at        St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry on Sunday          4th November, 12-4pm. Tickets will be available @ £8 for adults and £5 for accompanying children.  We understand that Christmas is just around the corner, and money is a struggle, but we would really appreciate any support for this event. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for a Grandparent!! Please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested or know anyone who might be!! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards expenses for the trip. Join us for a fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Afternoon Tea, Irish Bingo, a raffle and traditional Irish dancing!!  

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, Sunday, 14th October 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: GOOD EXCUSES

Emma went to church and wanted to “follow Jesus” as he asked, but there were a few problems. Her boyfriend thought religious people were “nutters” so she played down her involvement with St John’s parish so as not to lose him. Her friends thought she was mad for going to church and none of her neighbours ever darkened the doors. So she decided to keep turning up on Sundays but to keep her head down and never volunteer for any parish activity. Simon was a university student brought up Christian but had lapsed from any practice of his faith. Talking to the chaplain Simon was adamant that his priorities had to be different at the moment. He had his exams to pass. And wasn’t university about fun, having a good time instead of spending hours at the local soup kitchen? He intended to be successful, make a packet and then he’d have time for more religious things. Barbara lent money. Some would call her a loan shark. She earned a nice living off the interest she took from local people. This money fuelled her drugs habit and paid for the large amount of alcohol she consumed each week. She had this nagging feeling that God was calling her to a different way of life, a deeper relationship with him. But it would mean giving up all of this, and could she do it? She decided not. Tom was actually quite active in his parish. He was a reader and played in the music group. He’d felt the call to become a priest but it would mean leaving the job he enjoyed so much at the bank. The thought of being uprooted for studies and possibly being sent to some other area (or country) to serve as a priest was not a prospect he relished.

For Emma it was someone. For Simon it was a question of someday. For Barbara it was something she couldn’t give up. And for Tom it was somewhere he didn’t want to be. Jesus says, “Sell all you own and come follow me.” What’s your excuse?

Readers –             Please note a date for your diary. There will be a meeting on Saturday 3rd November at 10am in church to discuss Year C of the Lectionary which begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

 

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

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.

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

We can all claim to be Christians. But is our Christianity simply cultural and superficial? The founder of Christianity was executed for what he stood for. How far are we prepared to go in standing up for what we believe?

 

 

 

 

 

28th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

St John’s Parish

Ints Norah & Bill Martin

(50th Wedding)

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 15th 9.15am Ints Holy Family Sisters  
Tuesday 16th 9.15am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Wednesday 17th 9.15am Ints Ruth Hegarty  
Thursday 18th 10.00am Funeral Mass

John Joseph Murphy

 
Friday 19th 9.15am For Sick Parishioners  
Saturday 20th      
29th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

John McIntosh RIP

Jean Roberts RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Money Matters: Offertory collection £605.88p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day… CAFOD envelopes are on the table at the back of Church and can be returned in the offertory bag anytime up to and including the last weekend in October.

 

First Forgiveness /First Holy Communion : If there are any children attending non-Catholic schools who wish to celebrate these sacraments please make contact with Fr Bernard as soon as possible

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s LPA Confirmation Mass, celebrated by Bishop Mark, is to take place at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November           at 7pm.             Please keep all the candidates their parents and catechists in your prayers.

Recently Deceased : Please remember those members of the parish who have died recently , especially John Joseph Murphy whose Funeral Mass is here on Thursday at 10am.

 

 

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: A warm welcome to Bishop Mark Davies who is visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes this weekend. He will preside and preach at all the Masses and there will be an opportunity to meet him after both Masses and particularly on Sunday after 9.30am Mass when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre.

 

Thank you to all those who attended the Coffee Morning on Thursday in the Parish Centre with .Refreshments, White Elephant Stall, Traidcraft Goods. An opportunity to prepare a shoebox of gifts for children overseas– help with decorating & selecting items for the boxes. Proceeds towards T4U Charity, Traidcraft & Parish Funds. This will be repeated today after the 9.30am Mass. It provides a good opportunity to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

Canonizations in Rome : Today (Sun) in St Peter’s Square Pope Francis will celebrate Mass during which he will canonise (declare a saint) Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero and five others. We ask the intercession of these “new saints” for the Synod on Young People taking place in Rome this month and for the needs of the whole Church.

October Rosary………the Rosary is being prayed each weekday in a different home in the parish…thanks to those who have offered to host/lead this important devotion.

 

 

The launch of a New SVP Group at St John’s  : Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here is your chance!! We want to support the great work that SVP members in our parishes have done over the years and continue to do so by re-starting our parish SVP group. There will be a further SVP meeting and gathering this Thursday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. All are welcome………..please encourage a fellow parishioner/friend to attend with you. There is plenty of work to be done. Further enquiries to Paul Lever on 07703045223 or email             lever.paul51@tiscali.co.uk. <mailto:lever.paul51@tiscali.co.uk>                         

On Saturday 3 November 2018 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. In particular this year, we are dedicating the Mass to Mrs Young and celebrating all that she achieved during her 21 years as Headmistress of Upton Hall School. Everyone associated with Upton Hall School and Holt Hill Convent is warmly invited.

At Easter time 2019, the HCPT group will once again be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Following on from the success of the Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea fundraiser last January and due to public demand we are holding another event at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry on Sunday 4 November, 12-4pm. Tickets will beavailable @ £8 for adults and £5 for accompanying children.  We understand that Christmas is just around the corner, and money is a struggle, but we would really appreciate any support for this event. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for a Grandparent!! Please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested or know anyone who might be!! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards expenses for the trip. Join us for a fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Afternoon Tea, Irish Bingo, a raffle and traditional Irish dancing!!  

Social Club Manager, Wirral based.  SDCC are looking to recruit a capable and enthusiastic individual to efficiently manage and develop a club operation within the Wirral Peninsula.  Further details can be found at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies . CV’s should be sent to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org Closing date Friday 26 October.

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 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 7th October 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: SCIENCE AND RELIGION

The story of the boy who cried wolf is not true. But what it says is true. There never was such a historical boy. But the moral remains true: if you consistently lie than you run the risk of not being believed when you are telling the truth.

Sometimes, especially in America, Church people engage in battles with scientists about what the bible says on the origins of humanity and what science says it now knows to be virtually certain. It’s the old Creation versus Evolution debate. Today’s Genesis readings tells us about God making Adam fall into a deep sleep and then making Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs. Is this true? Do we have to believe it? Did it really happen like that? Most Christians would accept that the bible is telling a story. It is not trying to be historical; it can’t be since there was no one else there in the story except God and Adam. It is not trying to be scientific or to give a medical explanation for how men and women came about. It’s just a story. But it’s still true. Because, like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, it what it’s really trying to say that is important. It’s the “meat” of the story that counts. And what the writer is attempting to convey is that animal and human life comes from a divine creator and our surroundings depend on that creator for everything. Because men and women are the product of God’s love then they are drawn to each other in the bond of marriage in a way that reflects God’s love: eternal, indissoluble and unconditional. Genesis wants to say nothing more and nothing less. What a pity it would be if Christians thought that their faith precluded them from rejoicing in scientific discoveries about the origins of our universe and human life. And what a pity, too, if scientists were given the impression that Christians were so hidebound that they believed in a talking snake.

 

Readers – Please note a date for your diary. There will be a meeting on Saturday 3rd November at 10am in church to discuss Year C of the Lectionary which begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

 

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

The love between a man and woman reflects the love that God first had for us in creating us and sustaining us in life. That’s why married love knows no bounds, is holy, unbreakable and unconditional. So it’s part of our nature to love, since our human existence is a sharing in God’s nature, and God’s nature is love itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 7th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Clifford Saalmans B.day Remembrance RIP

Oliver Newnes Anniv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 8th 9.15am Ints Margaret Brannock  
Tuesday 9th 9.15am Ints Fr Stephen Coonan  
Wednesday 10th 11.00am Funeral Mass

Maura Guthrie

 
Thursday 11th 9.15am Ints Jackie Mitchell  
Friday 12th 9.15am Ints Larkin/Meaney Fam  
Saturday 13th      
28th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

St John’s Parish

Ints Norah & Bill Martin

(50th Wedding)

Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions From next Saturday 13th Oct at new time of 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Money Matters: Offertory collection £628.44p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Last Friday was CAFOD’s Harvest Family Fast Day………did you remember? Did you pray and fast for the poor and hungry of our world? CAFOD envelopes are on the table at the back of Church and can be returned in the offertory bag anytime up to and including the last weekend in October.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new. Thank you to the Confirmation candidates who helped to serve tea and cake after last Sunday’s Mass as part of their preparation.

 

First Forgiveness /First Holy Communion : If there are any children attending non-Catholic schools who wish to celebrate these sacraments please make contact with Fr Bernard as soon as possible

 

Wedding: Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Lorna Rook and Daniel Williams married here at St John’s yesterday .

Recently Deceased : Please remember those members of the parish who have died recently , Maura Guthrie : Funeral Mass this Wednesday 10th Oct at 11.00am. Also John Joseph Murphy whose Funeral Mass is here on Thursday 18th October at 10am.

 

Aid to the Church in Need: Annual Event in the Diocese this Sunday 7th October. Talks on the Suffering Church in Iraq and Pakistan at St Columba’s Church in Chester at 3pm.

Coffee Morning on Thursday 10:00am – 1:00pm   in the Parish Centre .Refreshments, White Elephant Stall, Traidcraft Goods. Opportunity to prepare a shoebox of gifts for children overseas– help with decorating & selecting items for the boxes will be available. Proceeds towards T4U Charity, Traidcraft & Parish Funds. This will be repeated next Sunday 14th after the 9.30am Mass. It provides a good opportunity to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

October Rosary………the Rosary is being prayed each weekday in a different home in the parish…thanks to those who have offered to host/lead this important devotion. There will be a Public Rosary next Saturday at 2pm in St Werburgh’s Square. This is being organised by the Legion of Mary and everyone is welcome to join them.

Explore Mary at SS. Catherine & Martina’s Hoylake this Tuesday from 7-8.30pm……….a Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team night of music and fun! If you are in High School and love music this night is for you. Join the SYMT team for a night of fun, uplifting music, inspiring talks, prayer and food. All most welcome.

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: Bishop Mark will be visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes next weekend                13th/14th October. He will preside and preach at all the Masses and there will be an opportunity to meet him after both Masses and particularly on Sunday after 9.30am Mass when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre. The Bishop will visit St John’s Infant and Junior School on Tuesday where he will lead assemblies, visit each class and talk to the Head teacher’s and members of staff. Bishop Mark will visit St John Plessington Catholic College later in the year ……..during the Season of Advent.

The launch of a New SVP Group at St John’s  : Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here is your chance!! We want to support the great work that SVP members in our parishes have done over the years and continue to do so by re-starting our parish SVP group. Last weekend’s appeal inspired many of you to attend last Thursday’s meeting in the Day Chapel. There will be a further SVP meeting and gathering on Thursday 18th October at 7.30pm in the presbytery. All are welcome………..please encourage a fellow parishioner/friend to attend with you. There is plenty of work to be done. Further enquiries to Paul Lever on 07703045223 or email   lever.paul51@tiscali.co.uk.                           

Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass for our LPA Parishes will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme is now in full flow and the Candidates were enrolled at Mass last Sunday. Confirmation is open to Candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. For further information and to register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

 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 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 30th September 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: FEELING THREATENED?

Do you sometimes feel threatened by things that are happening in the Church? It may range from something quite simple like the introduction of new music or a new style of worship, to wide-ranging attitudes like the role of women, how the Church should respond to people in difficult relationships or how it should react to advances in science, medicine, technology or even government. It’s natural to be wary of change because if we allowed ourselves to be blown around like a weather vane then we’d lose all sense of direction. Yet someone once said that the motto of the twenty-first century should be “Change is here to stay! ”Sometimes we resist change because we feel it threatens our customs and traditions. But at other times we resist it simply because we find it hard to take it from the people who are pushing for the change. This is what happened to St John in today’s gospel. He failed to recognise the Spirit working in a man he didn’t know, a man who was not one of the group. Of course, if we behaved like this then we would deny our parishes the opportunity of being enriched by anything new. We would not benefit from the cultures of people whose background is different from ours. We would be deaf to the pleas of how to engage young people in our parish activities, how to reach out to those in our neighbourhood who do not know Christ or make provision for new ways of pooling our human and spiritual assets in an age of diminishing Church resources. Are you fundamentally open to the work of the Spirit or do you prefer things to stay as they are? Jesus tells John that anything done by people who are not against us must be good. Yet at times we find ourselves reacting against “new ideas” because they disturb our status quo.

A sign of Christian maturity is to recognise the Spirit at work even when what is being suggested challenges us. Some people embrace the work of the Spirit when they see the light. Others only do it when they feel the heat. Either way the choice is yours.

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

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.

 

WORD FOR TODAY

We can’t put limits on how and where God’s Spirit works and sometimes good can clearly come from the most unexpected of sources. The degree to which we are open to the Spirit working elsewhere is the degree to which the Spirit can work through us.

 

 

WORD OF GOD

If only the whole people of the Lord were prophets, and the Lord gave his Spirit to them all! (Numbers 11: 29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints. Hornby Family

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 1st 9.30am Funeral Mass for Ellen Barnet  
Tuesday 2nd 9.15am Ints Sr Teresa Quinn  
Wednesday 3rd 9.15am Ints Kathleen Higgins  
Thursday 4th 7.30am Ints Joyce McKeown  
Friday 5th 9.15am For the Hungry  
Saturday 6th      
27th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 7th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Clifford Saalmans B.day Remembrance RIP

Oliver Newnes Anniv RIP

Prayer Meeting

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

Many thanks to Canon Hoban and Fr Anselm OSB for celebrating Wednesday’s and Friday’s Masses.

Money Matters: Offertory collection £496.75p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Next Friday is CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day Cafod envelopes are on the table at the back of Church and can be returned in the offertory bag either next weekend or the following weekend.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

Recently Deceased : Please remember those members of the parish who have died recently Ellen Barnet : Funeral Mass tomorrow (Mon) at 9.30am. Maura Guthrie : Funeral Mass Wednesday 10th Oct at 11.00am.

 

The Annual Benediction in Honour of St Teresa is being held today at 3pm at the Carmelite Monastery in Birkenhead. All most welcome.  

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour monthly Devotion & Benediction this Tuesday 2nd Oct (and every 1st Tuesday of the month) here at St John’s at 7pm .

A New SVP Group within the Parish“Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here’s your chance!  September is SVP Awareness Month and we want to support the great work that SVP members in our parish have done over many years, and continue to do,  by re-starting our parish SVP group. Members of the SVP will speak at the Masses this weekend, and explain how you can make a real difference to the lives of people in need in our area by becoming a member. The talk at Mass will be followed by a meeting in St. John’s Presbytery this  Thursday 4th October at 7.30 pm. when more detailed information will be given.”

Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass for our LPA Parishes will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme has now begun and the Candidates will be enrolled at Mass this Sunday. Confirmation is open to Candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. For further information and to register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

 

175th Anniversary of Holy Childhood/Mission Together: On Wednesday at 10.30am Bishop Mark will celebrate Mass at St Anne’s Rock Ferry to mark this special anniversary. Representatives from the 20 Catholic schools on the Wirral (plus St John Plessington Catholic College) will join Bishop Mark along with local clergy and APF officials. This is a major Diocesan event and we are honoured that St Anne’s has been chosen to host it.

 

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: Bishop Mark will be visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes on the weekend of                13th/14th October. He will preside and preach at all the Masses and there will be an opportunity to meet him after both Masses and particularly on Sunday after 9.30am when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre. The Bishop will visit St John’s Infant and Junior School on the morning of Tuesday 9th October where he will lead assemblies, visit each class and talk to the Head teacher’s and members of staff. Bishop Mark will visit St John Plessington Catholic College later in the year ……..during the Season of Advent.                          

Readers – Please note a date for your diary. There will be a meeting on Saturday 3rd November at 10am in church to discuss Year C of the Lectionary which begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

 

 

Aid to the Church in Need: Annual Event in the Diocese next Sunday 7th October. Talks on the Suffering Church in Iraq and Pakistan at St Columba’s Church in Chester at 3pm.

 

Coffee Morning- Thursday 11th October 10:00am – 1:00pm   in the Parish Centre .Refreshments, White Elephant Stall, Traidcraft Good. Opportunity to prepare a shoebox of gifts for children overseas– help with decorating & selecting items for the boxes will be available. Proceeds towards T4U Charity, Traidcraft & Parish Funds. This will be repeated on Sunday 14th October after the 9.30am Mass. It provides the perfect opportunity to prepare for the Christmas season and help others less fortunate than ourselves.

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 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 23rd September 2018. Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: SHINING EXAMPLE

Dwight L Moody was one of the greatest American evangelists of the latter nineteenth century. Born in Massachusetts he eventually became a Calvinist preacher of great renown before his death in 1899. When he was famous he organised a conference on evangelisation and invited the great and the good of his day to come along and discuss the art of preaching and how to spread the gospel. Dozens of these specialists gathered in a large church-owned building and after the tiring heavy day they retired to bed. Moody decided to do the rounds of the building to check that all was well before going to his own room. As he went around the corridors he noticed that the course participants had all left their shoes outside their rooms to be polished overnight. These preachers were obviously used to only the best hotels! Because there was no such thing as a night porter in this conference centre Moody went off and found some brushes and shoe polish. He spent several hours polishing the shoes of all the others. At one stage he was discovered by a friend who asked him what on earth he was up to. Moody explained but asked him not to tell anyone about it.

The friend was so amazed at this that he couldn’t keep the secret. He told a couple of his colleagues and gradually everyone got to know about it. A few days later some of the other eminent theologians felt so moved by what Moody had done that they offered to give him a hand and by the end of the week there was a small team that went round all the rooms at night shining up the boots and shoes. During the daytime the experts spent so much time reflecting on what it means to be a disciple of Christ but this great man showed in a very practical way that the ones who are really great in God’s eyes are those who make themselves servants of all. He knew what Jesus meant when he said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.”

Try it. It might catch on.

 

Open morning will be held at St John Plessington Catholic College this

Wednesday, 26th September 2018 –

9am to 11am

 

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

Traidcraft goods will be on sale THIS weekend 23rd/24th September. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas          for gifts and cards.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

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.

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Coming last isn’t something we usually strive to do. Yet Jesus tells us that the last place of all is the best place to put ourselves when it comes to serving others. And he should know: he emptied himself of all glory so that he could guide us towards everlasting happiness. Those who put themselves last will be first in the kingdom.

 

 

 

25th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Jack McGree Annv RIP

Monica Faulkner 75th

Birthday Intentions Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 24th 9.15am Jack McCormick  
Tuesday 25th 9.15am Ints. Sr. Margaret Doherty  
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion  
Thursday 27th 7.30am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Friday 28th 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Saturday 29th      
26th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints. Hornby Family

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

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

 

Money Matters: Offertory collection £569.24p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

Our Parish Schools have begun the New School Year well. Mrs Bulmer and I would be grateful if you would remember Mrs Clare Moseley and the family in your prayers. Mrs Moseley has taught in the infant school for several years and sadly lost her husband Kieran recently. May he rest in peace. Kieran Moseley’s Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Pity Church in Greasby on Wednesday.

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass for our LPA Parishes will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme has now begun. Confirmation is open to Candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. For further information and to register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: Bishop Mark will be visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes on the weekend of                13th/14th October. He will preside and preach at all the Masses and there will be an opportunity to meet him after both Masses and particularly on Sunday after 9.30am when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre. The Bishop will visit St John’s Infant and Junior School on the morning of Tuesday 9th October where he will lead assemblies, visit each class and talk to the Head teacher’s and members of staff. Bishop Mark will visit St John Plessington Catholic College later in the year ……..during the Season of Advent.                          

Adoremus 2018: Our gratitude to all of you who supported Adoremus with your time, enthusiasm, presence and especially your prayers.  Adoremus is still available for all to experience with video keynotes and highlights https://www.shalomworldtv.org/videos/index/2590  and sound files along with downloadable copies of the talks at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage . Our thanks to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for their vision and organisation of this historic event. Do contact Fr Pat Munroe or Helen Jones should you need further information or have any comments regarding Adoremus: pat.munroe@btinternet.com or helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org .

 

A New SVP Group within the Parish“Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here’s your chance!  September is SVP Awareness Month and we want to support the great work that SVP members in our parish have done over many years, and continue to do,  by re-starting our parish SVP group. Members of the SVP will speak at the Masses next weekend, and explain how you can make a real difference to the lives of people in need in our area by becoming a member. The talk at Mass will be followed by a meeting in St. John’s Presbytery on Thursday 4th October at 7.30 pm. when more detailed information will be given.”

Readers – Please note a date for your diary. There will be a meeting on Saturday 3rd November at 10am in church to discuss Year C of the Lectionary which begins on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

 

Parish Social/ Fundraising: As there is to be a Macmillan Coffee Morning at     St Anne’s this Friday and in many of our schools etc we decided at the recent Parish Pastoral Team meeting to postpone the Quiz night until November. However the Coffee Morning will be going ahead in the Parish Centre on Thursday  11th October after 9.15am Mass.

Coffee Morning- Thursday 11th October 10:00am – 1:00pm   in the Parish Centre .Refreshments, White Elephant Stall, Traidcraft Good. Opportunity to prepare a shoebox of gifts for children overseas– help with decorating & selecting items for the boxes will be available. Proceeds towards T4U Charity, Traidcraft & Parish Funds. This will be repeated on Sunday 14th October after the 9.30am Mass. It provides the perfect opportunity to prepare for the Christmas season and help others less fortunate than ourselves.

LPA Trip to Shrewsbury: The local parishes are arranging a trip to Shrewsbury this Saturday 29th September. The trip will include Mass and a tour of   the Cathedral followed by free time to explore Shrewsbury. A coach will leave St John’s at 8.15am and returning from Shrewsbury at 3.15pm so back for evening Mass. There are still a few seats left on the coach so if interested please speak to Father Bernard today.

 

Annual Benediction in Honour of St Therese of Lisieux will be held next Sunday 30th Sept at 3pm at the Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead. All most welcome. See poster on notice board at the back of church.

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 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 16th September 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TELL US WHO HE IS

 

“Christ” is not Jesus’ surname. It’s not Mr and Mrs Christ and their son Jesus. Insofar as Jesus had a name like ours, then it was Joshua Josephson. Christ means anointed, and in the case of Jesus it means that he is the one sent by God to reveal the true purpose of life and how to achieve it for ever. So when Jesus asked who people thought he was, it was Peter who came up with the answer: “You are the Christ”.

But if Jesus is the Christ, the anointed Son of God, then we can’t simply take it or leave it. We have to accept him as Lord or ruler of our lives. We have to accept that he offers us a different quality of life. And strangely he tells us that to keep our life we must give it up, we must carry our cross and die to self.

This is not a very popular teaching. Our world laughs at the idea and prefers a “get what you can” way of life: if I want it why shouldn’t I have it…if I think it’s OK then it is…I’m entitled to my share of the cake…charity begins at home.

So when the world asks us who this Christ is, what do our lives reply? When they ask what importance he has in our world, what do our lives show? Why do so many people live today without seeming to need to know about him? Is it because we don’t need him?

Is there anything about our lives that gives the impression that it’s someone else who makes us live? Do we appear to be living resurrected lives, on a level that is deeper than simple human existence? Do we live a comfortable Christian existence or do we take risks to live for Christ? Do our ways of looking at problems and difficulties come from Christ? Are we living a risen life? Or are we just the same as everyone else?

Taking up our cross and denying ourselves means more than not complaining about our toothache or giving up chocolate. It’s about identifying ourselves with Christ’s rejection, shame, suffering and death in order to live his new and risen existence.

Jesus asked, who do people say I am? The only way they are going to find out today is through the way we Christians live. Do we go for the easy option or do we follow the Christ of God to the point of denying ourselves for the sake of others?

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

ACTS’ (‘ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY’) 2018 residential retreat will take place on Fri 26 OCT – SUN 28 OCT.  Fr Tony McGrath will lead the retreat entitled ‘Living the Eucharistic Mystery’ to coincide with ‘The Year of the Eucharist’.   Each Sunday the Church gathers together to celebrate the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life” and Fr McGrath will help us explore what this means for our daily life.  Venue: St Winefride’s Guest House in Holywell, North Wales (lifts may be available).  Attendees will be invited to give an anonymous donation (suggested £100).  For further information contact Siobhan Cartwright (Tel: 0161 477 2783 / mobile 07761 138947) or email siobhanbc@gmail.com.

 

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day. Senior Emergency Manager Robert Cruickshank will be speaking about CAFOD’s work in the drought-ridden areas of East Africa and Ethiopia in particular.  All welcome to these free events on Monday 17th September at Holy Family Church, Sale M33 2HT, from 2-4pm, and St Joseph’s Church, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2BB, from 7-9pm. RSVP if possible for catering purposes to shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk or call Katie on                                01244 677594/07920 232936.

 

Traidcraft goods will be on sale NEXT weekend

23rd/24th September. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas for gifts and cards.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

24th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 16th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Michael Brockway & Emily Poyser

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 17th 9.15am Gerard Edwards RIP  
Tuesday 18th 9.15am Ints Sr Ann Marie Glynn  
Wednesday 19th 9.15am Ints Susan Hosie  
Thursday 20th 11.30am Funeral Service –

Michael McCormick

 
Friday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Saturday 22nd      
25th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Jack McGree Annv RIP

Monica Faulkner 75th

Birthday Intentions Prayer Meeting

 
SUNDAY IS A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR HOME

MISSIONS

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

 

Money Matters: Offertory collection £590.98p

 

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

Our Parish Schools have begun the New School Year well. A welcome Mass will be celebrated on Friday in the Junior School for the Year 3 children. Mrs Bulmer and I would be grateful if you would remember Mrs Clare Moseley and the family in your prayers. Mrs Moseley has taught in the infant school for several years and sadly lost her husband Kieran last week. May he rest in peace. Kieran Moseley’s Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Pity Church in Greasby.

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass for our LPA Parishes will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday

23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme begins next Friday,

21st September with a meeting for candidates, their parents and catechists in the Parish Centre at 6pm. Confirmation is open to Candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. For further information and to register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael McCormick who died in Arrowe Park Hospital recently. Funeral Service here at St John’s on Thursday at 11.30am followed by cremation at Landican.

Bishop’s Pastoral Visit: Bishop Mark will be visiting St John’s and St Anne’s Parishes on the weekend of                13th/14th October. He will preside and preach at all the Masses and there will be an opportunity to meet him after both Masses and particularly on Sunday after 9.30am when there will be the usual Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre. The Bishop will visit St John’s Infant and Junior School on the morning of Tuesday 9th October where he will lead assemblies, visit each class and talk to the Head teacher’s and members of staff. Bishop Mark will visit St John Plessington Catholic College later in the year ……..during the Season of Advent.                          

Adoremus 2018: Our gratitude to all of you who supported Adoremus with your time, enthusiasm, presence and especially your prayers.  About 10,000 Catholics were in Liverpool last weekend for three inspirational days which deepened our understanding and relationship with the Eucharist and culminated in the Blessed Sacrament procession on Sunday. A very special thank you to all those who came into Liverpool for the procession and braved the downpours– the rain only seemed to enhance the atmosphere and singing! Adoremus is still available for all to experience with video keynotes and highlights at https://www.shalomworldtv.org/videos/index/2590  and sound files along with downloadable copies of the talks at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage . Our thanks to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for their vision and organisation of this historic event. Do contact Fr Pat Munroe or Helen Jones should you need further information or have any comments regarding Adoremus: pat.munroe@btinternet.com or helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org .

 

LPA 24 Annual Mass at Christ the King Bromborough this Thursday

20th September followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre. This Mass is usually held later in the year but has been brought forward in the hope that it will be better attended. I do hope that St John’s will be well represented. Please note that there will be no Mass at St John’s this Thursday.

 

Parish Social/ Fundraising: As there is to be a Macmillan Coffee Morning at     St Anne’s on Friday 28th September and in many of our schools etc we decided at the recent Parish Pastoral Team meeting to postpone the Quiz night until November. However the Coffee Morning will be going ahead in the Parish Centre on Thursday  11th October after 9.15am Mass, More details over the next few weeks.

A New SVP Group within the Parish

“Do you want to put your faith into practice in a positive way? Well – here’s your chance!  September is SVP Awareness Month and we want to support the great work that SVP members in our parish have done over many years, and continue to do,  by re-starting our parish SVP group. Members of the SVP will speak at the Masses on

29-30 September, and explain how you can make a real difference to the lives of people in need in our area by becoming a member. The talk at Mass will be followed by a meeting in St. John’s Presbytery on Thursda4th October at 7.30 pm. when more detailed information will be given.”

LPA Trip to Shrewsbury: The local parishes are arranging a trip to Shrewsbury on Saturday 29th September. The trip will include Mass and a tour of   the Cathedral followed by free time to explore Shrewsbury. A coach will leave St John’s at 8.15am and will depart Shrewsbury at 4pm.

 

Open mornings will be held at St John Plessington Catholic College on

Wednesday, 19th September 2018 –

9am to 11am

Wednesday, 26th September 2018 –

9am to 11am

Benediction in Honour of St Therese of Lisieux will be held on Sunday 30th September at 3pm at the Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead. All Welcome

See poster on notice board at the back of church.

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 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday, 9th September 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: CURED OR HEALED?

 

Can you imagine what it’s like when you know things are going on around you but you don’t know what it’s all about because you’re deaf?

Can you visualise what it’s like wanting to join in all the fun but you can’t because you have a speech impediment and it takes you too long to try and get out what you want to say?

These were the problems of the man whom Jesus meets in today’s gospel. But it wasn’t just about being deaf and dumb; Jesus “unblocked” his ears and tongue as a sign that God can open us out to things unheard and unspoken. There are lots of things that stare us in the face but we still don’t grasp them.

Can you imagine not realising that God was behind creation, as if all the intricacies of the human body simply came together by chance with no intelligent design at its roots? Someone once said that this is tantamount to a whirlwind blowing through a scrap yard and a Rolls Royce being the end result!

Can you imagine going through life and just existing alongside other people without ever experiencing what friendship is? Or thinking that great leaders, inventors or artists reflected their own good qualities without any reference to something greater than themselves?Can you begin to think of what a dry and empty existence you would have if you just lived for today because you believed there is no tomorrow?

There’s much more to life than our ears can hear or our tongues can speak about. And it is this that Jesus wanted the deaf and dumb man to experience. It was not simply a physical cure. Jesus was not just a doctor; he was a healer. He let the man “be opened” to what he could not hear or speak about: to the infinite, to the true meaning of life, to the deeper joys of existence, to what matters, to a faith that he was not alone, to a trust that he would never be abandoned, to a hope that no despair can crush.

Yes, the deaf and dumb man was cured physically. But after his encounter with Jesus he could hear and speak of things that the crowd was unaware of. They watched a cure. But he went through a healing.

 

 

Following on from our successful Tuesday night Grace Group, we’re looking to start another all-female Cell Group on Wednesday evenings, starting late September.  Initially meeting every week for 6 weeks, we’ll be studying the book of Esther while loving, encouraging and supporting each other through this amazing adventure called faith! If you’re interested and would like to know more, please contact Claire Griffiths on  07985 312703.

 

Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items for the ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

 

Merseyaid Thank you to everyone who has donated for the refugees. We are no longer able to accept any clothing at present as we do not have a warehouse on the Wirral to sort out and store our donations. This may change in the future and I will keep you informed. Please keep recycling your pre-loved clothing at other outlets. There are always people in need. For any information telephone me 0151 645 7645. Thank you. Cecily Sabino.

 

 

WORD FOR TODAY

What would you need to hear to make you really happy? What would you want to say with your last words ever? Jesus opens our ears and loosens our tongues. Are we listening and what have we got to say about it?

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

23rd Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sid & Mary Havaard Annv RIP

Brian Nicholson RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 10th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 11th 9.15am In Thanks Ints St John’s School  
Wednesday 12th 9.15am Thomas McArdle RIP  
Thursday 13th 7.30am Ints Fr Frank Rice  
Friday 14th 9.15am Michael McCreesh RIP  
Saturday 15th      
24th Sunday in Ord Time Cycle B 16th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Michael Brockway & Emily Poyser

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
SUNDAY IS A DAY OF SPECIAL PRAYER FOR

EDUCATION

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

Money Matters: Offertory collection £530.82p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

St John’s Junior School: Start of New School Year Mass in Church on Tuesday at 9.15am. Parents and Parishioners most welcome.

 

Baptisms: The diary for Baptisms is filling up rapidly, so please give us plenty of notice by phoning 645 3314 or emailing us, especially if you have a particular date in mind. We do not want anyone to be disappointed.

 

Confirmation 2018: This year’s Confirmation Mass for our LPA Parishes with Bishop Mark presiding will be held at St Anne’s Rock Ferry on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. The preparation programme will be starting very shortly and is open to candidates who are currently in Year 9 of High School or above. To register please email us at st.annes@hotmail.co.uk or phone 0151 645 3996. All registered candidates will be contacted early this week with details of the initial meeting for candidates and their parents.

Weddings: If you are intending getting married at St John’s in 2019 please let us know as soon as possible.

 

 

Church Flowers A big “thank you” to the ladies who have joined the team following the recent appeal in the bulletin. If anyone else would like to join our happy band of flower arrangers please contact Kath Clements telephone 0151 334 8272. Ideally we would like to create a four week rota which means that we are looking for just 2 or 3 additional volunteers please.

Adoremus: This weekend

7th-9th September

During the Congress a varied Parallel Programme of events will be taking place in and around Liverpool which are open to everyone. For full details of this parallel programme please follow the Adoremus link at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org.uk. You can also watch it live on the homepages on website:

http://catholicnews.org.uk and http://cbcew.org.uk

LIVE broadcast Sunday 9th September 11am-1pm

Please check Adoremus 2018 Time Table for the programme details available at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage .

 

Parish Social/Fundraising Activities. Many thanks to those parishioners who attended the meeting on Tuesday evening. A number of events have been planned for this term and we are always open to further suggestions. A Parish Quiz Night will be held in the Bebington Liberal Club (next to Church) on Friday 28th September and a Coffee Morning will be held in the Parish Centre on Thursday 11th October after 9.15am Mass. Further details on these events and more in next week’s bulletin.

 

 

 

 

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 12th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

 

LPA Trip to Shrewsbury: The local parishes are arranging a trip to Shrewsbury on Saturday

29th September. The trip will include Mass and a tour of   the Cathedral followed by free time to explore Shrewsbury.

A coach will leave St John’s at 8.15am and will depart Shrewsbury at 4pm.

 

All members of the Shrewsbury Lourdes’ Hospitality are invited to the AGM, which will take place at 2pm on Sunday 23rd September at St Chad’s, Stockport Road, Cheadle, SK8 2AF (for full directions go to St Chad’s website http://www.stchadscheadle.com). Contact kathemsley@gmail.co.uk for further details.

 

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies 2018-2019

CCRS: Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies commences on 15 September at Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port with the first of two sessions on the Church led by Fr Michael Coughlan.  You may start the course of 8 modules at the beginning of any of the modules and can take the non-assessed option if you wish. Registration at 9:30am for a 10am start – 3:30pm (please bring lunch).  Full details including registration and fees online at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/education/ccrs

or email ccrs@dioceseofshrewsbury.org  

You will be made most welcome.

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day. Senior Emergency Manager Robert Cruickshank will be speaking about CAFOD’s work in the drought-ridden areas of East Africa and Ethiopia in particular.  All welcome to these free events on Monday 17th September at Holy Family Church, Sale M33 2HT, from 2-4pm, and St Joseph’s Church, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2BB, from 7-9pm. RSVP if possible for catering purposes to shrewsbury@cafod.org.uk or call Katie on 01244 677594/07920 232936.