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

The Feast of Pentecost, 9th June, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
Now there were devout men living in Jerusalemfrom every nation under heaven…each one bewildered to hear these menspeaking their own language. (Acts 2: 5)

WORD FOR TODAY
God’s Spirit is the bond of unity among all humanity. Gender, race, colour and language take second place to what we share in Jesus Christ. What makes us one is not our difference but our unanimity in proclaiming that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Easter, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

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: OFF OUR OWN BAT?
The Pentecost story is a remarkable one. The apostles had virtually gone into hiding for the seven weeks that followed Jesus’ death on Calvary. Today we meet them huddled in a room together. We have heard elsewhere how terrified they were that they even kept the doors locked. They were afraid that the authorities would come looking for them and that they too would be executed. To say they were demoralised would be putting it mildly .
Suddenly the Holy Spirit comes upon them and they are changed men. Out they go into the open and begin to preach about the marvels of God in all sorts of languages, yet, in a reversal of what happened when confusion reigned at Babel, everyone could understand what was being said.
In a world that prizes self-reliance the gift of the Spirit comes as an antidote. It teaches us that we are far too frail by ourselves to tackle the ills of our time, to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to establish God’s kingdom on earth. We can’t even pray off our own bat; we need the Spirit to speak through our mumbling to God. Yet with God’s spirit we are capable of sharing in the wonders that God wants for this world.
The Spirit does lots of things. It is the Spirit who consoles, supports, comforts, inspires, forgives, gives strength and wisdom, and leads us to know the truth. An ancient hymn speaks about the Spirit as “bending the stubborn heart and will, melting the frozen and warming the chill, washing the stains of guilt away”.
The greater the saint, the more reliant they are on God’s Spirit. For to recognise our need for the Spirit is not weakness but simple common sense. It is God who acts in our world and in our lives, using the Spirit to guide and direct us. The Spirit was given to us at our baptism and we can either allow him to lie dormant, preferring to rely on our own resources, or we can summon the power of God to shape and inform our thoughts, words and deeds.
The Spirit certainly changes things, as the apostles would tell you. He invites us on God’s adventure. But, first, we have to let him in through our locked door.

Pentecost 9th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Ted Welch
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 10th 9.15am Philip Afayori RIP
Tuesday 11th 9.15am Ints Bishop Brian Noble
Wednesday 12th 9.15am Cicily Chandy RIP
Thursday 13th 7.30am Norah McCormick RIP
Friday 14th 9.15am Les Duff
Saturday 15th 10.00am Joan Longland RIP
The Most Holy Trinity 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Evans Family
Prayer Meeting
Confessions next Saturday after 10am Mass Until 10.45am
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses
Sunday is a Special Day of Prayer for the Church

Prayers for the Sick ; Please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your prayers in this Easter Season. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let
Fr Bernard know.

Children’s Liturgy: Meeting for those interested in leading and supporting Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30am Masses this Sunday after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am
Mass every week in the Parish Centre.

As we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost if you would like to be involved or more involved in the life of our wonderful Parish we are looking for additional Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Offertory Collection counters, Flower Arrangers, Catechists etc, etc please have a word with Father Bernard this week.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £556.75p. Thank you. A copy of the Parish’s Financial Summary/ Comparison sheet is posted on the notice board at the back of Church. The bottom line figure is that the slight loss of 2017/2018 has been turned into a healthy profit of £7,000 plus in 20118/2019 thanks to your continued generosity, a growth in sacramental activity and an increase in mass attendance. Many thanks to Carol Dalziel for the tremendous amount of work she does preparing and monitoring the accounts, to Steve Bell for his work with Gift Aid and to all our counters and collectors. Next Weekend members of the Lay Volunteer Missionary Movement will be making the Annual Mission Appeal at both Masses.
St John’s SVP Group meets in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
The Bereavement Group will be holding their annual memorial service on Thursday, 11th July at 7.30pm. Invitations are in the process of being sent out to bereaved families. Please return the tear off slip in the stamped envelope provided as soon as possible to assist us with numbers for catering. We invite you to come along and support those members of our parish family who are coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones. The service will include scripture readings, poetry and hymns, followed by light refreshments.

Wirral Irish Club; This summer marks the 21st Anniversary of the Irish Club. To celebrate this significant anniversary a Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated in Church on Wednesday 26th June followed by a social gathering in the Parish Centre. All past and present members are most welcome and families too.
MISSIO are holding their Annual Summer Mass for Red Box Volunteers, supporters and all who are interested at St Michael & All Angels Church, Woodchurch on Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. RSVP to generaloffice@mission.org.uk or just come along.

WIRRAL KNIGHTS OF
ST COLUMBA Invite you to join them in celebrating the feast day of their patron next Monday10th June at noon at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry. The knights are also celebrating the award of £7280 from the National Lottery Community Fund for their Tuesday Club which provides social activity for the less able at the Lauries Centre. This money will ensure the long term future of the club.
Many thanks, Bernard McGuigan.

Fully Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 23rd September 2019. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. Lunch on days out. All entertainment and excursions included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.
Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613
On Sunday 16 June at 3pm Bishop Mark will lead the third Pause for Hope service to be held in Saint Columba’s church in Chester (Plas Newton Lane CH2 1SA). Pause for Hope is an ecumenical service offering all those affected by cancer a chance to come together in a spirit of prayer. It is an opportunity to pray for those living with cancer, for loved ones, carers, doctors, nurses and that scientist searching for a cure for cancer. The service is open to everyone and will include a reflection by Lynne Moorhead from the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Following the time of prayer there will be refreshments in the parish centre. For more information about Pause for Hope please see their website http://www.pauseforhope.org.uk

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

Seventh Week of Easter 2nd June, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22: 13)

WORD FOR TODAY
Christ has ascended to heaven and promised to send us the Spirit. In this time between Ascension and Pentecost we are reminded that the Spirit is present in our world in the strangest of places. Our task is to discern the signs of the Spirit in our lives and to know how to be open to his prompting.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Easter, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

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: ENJOY!

The seventh week of Easter is a difficult period to celebrate. It’s hard to get real about it when the Ascension has taken place and we know that Pentecost is to come in seven days time. We can be forgiven for wanting to jump the gun and move straight to the Whit Sunday feast. We find ourselves in a liturgical limbo.
There’s nothing unusual about this. We do the same in December when we curtail Advent because we can’t wait to get to Christmas. Have we got so used to broadband internet conditions that the old dial-up speed no longer satisfies us?
But part of the celebration is the waiting. Part of the richness of God’s gift of the Spirit consists in the anticipation of what is to come. Maybe there was something in the now-forgotten idea of novenas, periods of preparation (usually 9 days) when we go through a gradual build-up to the feast itself.
Moreover, our eagerness to be “where it’s at” is an indication that modern men and women have lost the ability to savour life, to change down a gear, to recover the enjoyment that comes with expectation.
It’s seen in restaurants where people have decided what they’re having even without looking at the menu. It’s heard from the woman in the supermarket who buys fast food because an hour is too long to wait for the meat to cook in the oven.
Sometimes we’re forced to wait whether we like it or not. Babies don’t come in much less than nine months, and if Aunt Ethel can only visit us from Australia in the last two weeks of August then there’s nothing to be done. Except, of course, to look forward to it and relish the prospect of her being with us.
The last week of Easter is a rare opportunity to take delight in God’s promises to us. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God within our very being, a spirit that will encourage and stimulate us, console and support us, inspire and enthuse us. We already possess the Spirit from our baptism, but the feast of Pentecost offers the chance to deepen our awareness of that Spirit and to be captivated even more by what God is inviting us to in the future. Coming to terms with such an epic gift is not something to be rushed.

Seventh Week of Easter 2nd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Nora McCormick RIP
Arthur Brockway Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 3rd 9.15am Mildred Smith RIP
Tuesday 4th 9.15am
7.00pm Ints Forshaw Family
Novena
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Ints St Peters Parish, Stalybridge
Thursday 6th 12noon Funeral Mass –
Ted Corrigan
Friday 7th 9.15am Ints Peter Donnelly
Saturday 8th
Pentecost 9th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Ted Welch
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confession & Exposition next Saturday from 4.00-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses
Sunday is a Special Day of Prayer for World Communications

Prayers for the Sick ; Please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your prayers in this Easter Season. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let Fr Bernard know.

Lately Dead: Ted Corrigan’s Funeral Mass will be here at St John’s this Thursday 6th June at 12 noon followed by cremation at Landican at 1.30pm. May he and all the Faithful Departed rest in peace.

This Tuesday being the First Tuesday in June means that at 7pm the monthly Benediction and Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held in Church at 7pm. All most welcome.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am
Mass every week in the Parish Centre.
Money Matters: Last week’s collection amounted to £541.14p. Thank you. A copy of the Parish’s Financial Summary/ Comparison sheet is posted on the notice board at the back
of Church. The bottom line figure is that the slight loss of 2017/2018 has been turned into a healthy profit of £7,000 plus in 20118/2019 thanks to your continued generosity, a growth in sacramental activity and an increase in mass attendance. Many thanks to Carol Dalziel for the tremendous amount of work she does preparing and monitoring the accounts, to Steve Bell for his work with Gift Aid and to all our counters and collectors.
Altar Flowers There will be a retiring collection for altar flowers THIS weekend Sat/Sun, 1st/ 2nd June please be as generous as you can.
As we approach the Feast of Pentecost if you would like to be involved or more involved in the life of our wonderful Parish …. we are looking for additional Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Offertory Collection counters, Flower Arrangers, Catechists etc .. etc.. please have a word with Father Bernard this week.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
Children’s Liturgy-Meeting for Catechists/Adult Helpers on Sunday 9th June after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.
Praying for our area at Pentecost. To fit in with the international “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative, Churches Together in Bebington are going to do a prayer walk on Saturday 8th June. We hope you can join us. We will start from the car park on Barlow Avenue at 10.00am, and
follow a route to pray for the communities we serve in and around Bebington. The full route is 4 miles, but you can join us at various points along the way if you would like to (all timings approximate); 10.15am at Boundary Road; 10.35am Port Sunlight War Memorial; 10.55am the Civic Centre (Mayer Park side); 11.30am Teehey Lane shops. A soup lunch will be available at Life Church around 12 noon.
Taize Prayer Service for the Feast of Pentecost at St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry on Sunday 9th June at 4.00pm. All most welcome.
Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7th, 8th and 9th June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Device as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

Wirral Irish Club; This summer marks the
21st Anniversary of the Irish Club. To celebrate this significant anniversary a Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated in Church on Wednesday 26th June followed by a social gathering in the Parish Centre. All past and present members are most welcome and families too.

MISSIO are holding their Annual Summer Mass for Red Box Volunteers, supporters and all who are interested at St Michael & All Angels Church, Woodchurch on Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. RSVP to generaloffice@mission.org.uk or just come along.

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

Sixth Week of Easter 26th May, 2019, Cycle C

Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn to you, O Virgins of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our petitions, but in your mercy hear us and answer us. Amen.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Easter, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.

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: CHECKLIST
Today we hear how the disciples had a dispute about what you had to do to belong to the Church. Some said that new converts had to be circumcised and stop eating certain foods or else they could not be counted as belonging to the Christian Church. Others said there were more important things to worry about.
If we were making a checklist of things required to show that we were Christians today, what would we put on it? Obviously we would demand that a person believed in God and had been baptised. And then what?
“Of course I go to church. I was at three funerals last year,” the woman said. But before you can go to church (even three times!) you need a personal relationship with God, not just knowing God exists but not being able to get through the day without talking to God. So do you pray? Do you ever pray even when you’re not asking for help? Is Jesus so central to your life that you can’t wait for him to come again, to be fully reunited with him? And do you make a point of finding out what God is trying to say to you by reading the Bible? Is your life just like everyone else’s or do you live in the kingdom of God? What’s your attitude to material possessions, money, success, or status? A good guide to this will be whether or not you ever fast, (not just from food and drink but from something that otherwise would give you pleasure), for God’s sake.
Would you say you are a generous Christian? Do you freely give your time for others and would you call yourself an active member of the parish, joining in with things and helping where you can?
Are you the sort of person who is not embarrassed to spread the word? Do you really yearn for others to have faith in Jesus and how do you play your part in bringing them to it? Have you ever encouraged anyone to come with you to church?
And, of course, there’s the acid test. Is your life so enriched by your faith in Jesus that when you come to church you just can’t help joining in heartily with all the prayers, songs and hymns that thank God and for making us his sons and daughters?

Sixth Week of Easter 26th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Peggy McAllister
Ints Canon Brendan Hoban
Prayer Meeting
Monday 27th 10.00 Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 28th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 29th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Ascension
Thursday 30th 7.30am
7.30pm Grace Howe RIP
Ints Les Duff
Friday 31st 9.15am Ints Fr Jim McGrath
Saturday 1st
Seventh Week of Easter 2nd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Nora McCormick RIP
Arthur Brockway Anniv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses

Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension(a Holy Day), Masses at St John’s at 7.30am & 7.30pm. There is also a Mass at St Anne’s at 12 noon.

The Rosary – Will be prayed for Parish Intentions on Friday after 9.15 Mass on the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady and the last day of May.

Prayers for the sick ; Please remember our sick and housebound parishioners in your prayers in this Easter Season. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let Father Bernard know.

Lately Dead; Please pray for the recently deceased. Ted Corrigan died during the week and his Funeral Mass will be here at St John’s on Thursday 6th June at 12 noon followed by cremation at Landican at 1.30pm. May he and all the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am
Mass every week in the Parish Centre.

Money Matters: Last week’s Collection amounted to £596.61p Thank you.
As we approach the Feast of Pentecost if you would like to be involved or more involved in the life of our wonderful Parish …. we are looking for additional Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Offertory Collection counters, Flower Arrangers, Catechists etc .. etc..please have a word with Father Bernard this week.
Altar Flowers
There will be a retiring collection for altar flowers next weekend Sat/Sun, 1st/ 2nd June please be as generous as you can.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.00pm.
Children’s Liturgy-Meeting for Catechists/Adult Helpers on Sunday 9th June after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.

Praying for our area at Pentecost. To fit in with the international “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative, Churches Together in Bebington are going to do a prayer walk on Saturday 8th June. We hope you can join us. We will start from the car park on Barlow Avenue at 10.00am, and follow a route to pray for the communities we serve in and around Bebington. The full route is 4 miles, but you can join us at various points along the way if you would like to ( all timings approximate); 10.15am at Boundary Road; 10.35am Port Sunlight War Memorial; 10.55am the Civic Centre (Mayer Park side); 11.30am Teehey Lane shops. A soup lunch will be available at Life Church around 12 noon.
Taize Prayer Service for the Feast of Pentecost at St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry on Sunday 9th June at 4.00pm. All most welcome.
Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Device as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

Wirral Irish Club; This summer marks the 21st Anniversary of the Irish Club. To celebrate this significant anniversary a Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated in Church on Wednesday 26th June followed by a social gathering in the Parish Centre. All past & present members are most welcome and families too.

MISSIO are holding their Annual Summer Mass for Red Box Volunteers, supporters and all who are interested at St Michael & All Angels Church, Woodchurch on Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. RSVP to generaloffice@mission.org.uk or just come along.

Parish Pastoral Team; Held a very productive meeting last Wednesday evening. The minutes are on the Noticeboard in Church. The Team will be meeting again at the end of June. If you have any suggestions for them to consider please put them into the suggestion box at the back of Church or through the presbytery letterbox.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

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

Fifth Week of Easter 19th May, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
By this love you have for one another, ,everyone will know that you are my disciples. (John 13:35)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Let us pray for those suffering hardship for the sake of the gospel, for those shunned by their family and friends, those in countries where Christianity is not tolerated, and those who are persecuted for their beliefs. In your loving kindness, Lord: Hear and grant our prayer.
Let us pray for the Church that it may be a clear sign to the world of the active presence of Christ through the pastoral care it gives and the enterprises it undertakes. In your…
Let us pray for those who have recently lost someone dear to them, that our God-who-is-with-us will wipe away all tears from their eyes, console them in their mourning and relieve their sadness. In your…
Let us pray for those who were recently received into Christ’s Church at Easter, that they may continue to experience the joy of faith and may be welcomed into their new communities. In your…

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Easter, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, instant mash, squash, sponge puddings, hot chocolate, shower gel, washing up liquid, jam and UHT milk.

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: PARTY GUESTS
Joan and Tom invited their friends over for a belated housewarming. They had moved in last year with their three little girls, all under five and the youngest just two months old. It had been a struggle to get a mortgage for the house but at least they could look forward to a few years stability until the girls grew bigger and needed their own rooms.
Peter, their banker friend from the city, was there with his young son Gary. A custody battle meant that Peter only saw Gary a couple of times a month, and so he was pleased to have some time with his son and watch him careering round the house, enjoying himself with the other children.
Lucy from over the road was in her first year at university doing modern languages, finding city living very different from the farm on which she was brought up. She was talking to Mike. He lived with another man and when people at work found out they made his life such hell with snide comments that he was glad to take voluntary redundancy, though he was now looking for work.
When they came here from France, Jean-Luc and Suzette hoped to start afresh after failed marriages. Things were going well until Jean-Luc’s son, Alex, was arrested for drug possession. Stealing to feed his habit meant it was not long before he was in youth custody.
Bill and Margaret ran the local corner shop and were finding it hard to compete with the newly opened hypermarket. They were there with their middle child, Matt. When Alex went over to chat with Matt, they couldn’t help worrying that where Alex had been, Matt might follow.
No one at the party was normal. Yet they all were. Each was capable of love and each was in need of it.
Today Jesus tells us, “By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples”.

Fifth Week of Easter 19th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Joe Moore RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 20th 9.15am Moira Roberts RIP
Tuesday 21st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 22nd 9.30am First Communion Thanksgiving Mass in School.. Fr Frank Rice Ints
Thursday 23rd 12 noon Funeral Mass –
Nora McCormick
Friday 24th 9.15am Fr Jack McLeish Anniv
Saturday 25th
Sixth Week of Easter 26th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Peggy McAllister
Ints Canon Brendan Hoban
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
15 minutes before daily Masses

First Holy Communion: Congratulations to the children who made their First Holy Communion last weekend and the weekend before. Please keep them in your prayers.

Children’s Liturgy-Meeting for Catechists/Adult Helpers on Sunday 9th June after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.

Prayers for the sick Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in this Easter Season. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Nora McCormick whose Funeral Mass is here on Thursday at 12 Noon followed by cremation at Landican South Chapel at 1.30pm. May she and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace. A Rosary will be prayed at McMullan’s on Wednesday at 6pm. All are welcome.
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.

Traidcraft Goods will be on sale after both Masses this weekend 18/19th May. Your support would be much appreciated.

Parish Pastoral Team – meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any thoughts or suggestions for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box at the back of church or through the presbytery letter box.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.00pm.
LPA24 Reps Meeting in the presbytery on Thursday at 7pm.
Work, Rest & Pray is a series of three evenings organised for our Deanery of Birkenhead & East Wirral to explore our Call to Holiness. These evenings are taking place on Thursday’s, the final one this Thursday 23rd May at St John Plessington Catholic College from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. At each evening there will be time to pray together, listen and share on the call to holiness at home, in work and in life. The evenings are free and provide an opportunity for us to come together and share our faith in a gentle but real way.
Money Matters: Last week’s Collection amounted to £618 .93p Thank you.
TUESDAY WELCOME CAFÉ every Tuesday 11am-1pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre. Free tea, coffee and food both to eat in and take home. The weekly session is a great opportunity to meet up with friends or even make new ones. This is an association with FairShare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste.
Praying for our area at Pentecost. To fit in with the international “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer initiative, Churches Together in Bebington are going to do a prayer walk on Saturday 8th June. We hope you can join us. We will start from the car park on Barlow Avenue at 10.00am, and follow a route to pray for the communities we serve in and around Bebington. The full route is 4 miles, but you can join us at various points along the way if you would like to ( all timings approximate); 10.15am at Boundary Road; 10.35am Port Sunlight War Memorial; 10.55am the Civic Centre (Mayer Park side); 11.30am Teehey Lane shops. A soup lunch will be available at Life Church around 12 noon.
Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Device as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

MISSIO SUMMER MASS celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies and Fr Tony Chantry MHM with talks by Mill Hill Missionaries and Missio’s APF. Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. Open to all and especially Red Box volunteers and supporters at St Michael & All Angels, Woodchurch, CH49 5LE. This is an opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and refresh fundraising activities plus there will be refreshments available in the adjacent primary school.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

St John the Evangelist
128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ
ourth Week of Easter 12th May, 2019, Cycle CDiocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Fourth Week of Easter 12th May, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. (John 10:27)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Let us pray for the Church, that in its mission to the world it may seek out the voice of the Good Shepherd calling it to guide and protect the most vulnerable of God’s flock. Shepherd of souls and Lord of Life: Hear and grant our prayer.
As we rejoice in the word of God proclaimed in our liturgy, let us pray for those who are searching to hear the voice of the Lord, those seeking meaning in their lives and those who feel that they do not belong. Shepherd of souls…
Let us pray for those in St John’s parish who are in need, for the sick and those who care for them, for those finding it hard to make ends meet, for those who have died. Shepherd of souls…

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Easter, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

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: HIS MASTER’S VOICE
Two men were sitting on a bench chatting. One said, “I think my wife is crazy. She talks to herself all the time.” The other man said, “Oh, my wife talks to herself all the time, too. Only she doesn’t know it. She thinks I’m listening.”
Sometimes in our religious practice we seem to have all the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). We become distracted easily, we find it hard to concentrate, we allow ourselves to go off at a tangent and, most of all, we think we are listening when really we’re not. In his gospel John quotes Jesus as saying that he is the Good Shepherd whose sheep listen to his voice. And, clearly, if the sheep are to benefit from the shepherd’s experience then they have to listen to where he is directing them. Most of us would accept that what God is trying to say to us can be found in the bible. Some might go further and say that when the bible is proclaimed in our liturgy then God is actually speaking to us here and now. We would probably accept too that the teaching of the Church is another way of knowing what God wants to communicate to us. But are there other ways of listening out for the shepherd’s voice?
Christ, the Good Shepherd, speaks to us through other people. When we come across others we see the face of Jesus reflected in them, for they like us are made in God’s image and likeness. Yet sometimes we see them only as physical beings rather than as mini-words of God, as glimpses into the divine. Do we hear the voice of God in other people? What about the events of our daily lives? If we are finding things hard financially, it may be because of the recession. But do we ever think that God’s voice may be prompting us to ask about whether we’re in the right job, using our talents to the full, managing our lives and money properly? Conversely, if we are doing really well, do we consider that we deserve a good pat on the back or do we instinctively bless God for our prosperity? And when we hear of natural disasters such as recent earthquakes do we jump on the bandwagon of “How can a loving God allow such a thing?” or do we learn anything about our own lives and those of others by looking deeper at the consequences of what has happened?
How do we listen for the shepherd’s voice?
Fourth Week of Easter 12th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints John Connolly
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 13th 9.15am Ints Ted Corrigan
Tuesday 14th 9.15am
Ints of Gerry & Phil Topping
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Ints Kathleen Parr
Thursday 16th 7.30am Peter Doran RIP
Friday 17th 9.15am Bob Purfield RIP
Saturday 18th 12 noon Carmel Mass
Fifth Week of Easter 19th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Joe Moore RIP
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer
Rosary for the sick of the parish will be prayed on Monday after 9.15 Mass… the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. 15 minutes before daily Masses

First Communion: Please keep the children in your prayers as they embark on this important journey of faith and don’t forget to remember their families and teachers.

St John’s Infant School Foundation Years Family Mass on the theme of New Life, in church this Tuesday at 9.15am. All most welcome.

St John’s Junior School. Please say a prayer for all the Year 6 children involved in SAT’s tests this week.

Prayers for the sick Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners in this Easter Season. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.

Lately Dead; Please pray for the repose of the soul of Nora McCormick whose Funeral Mass is here at St John’s on Thursday 23rd May at 12 Noon followed by cremation at Landican South Chapel at 1.30pm. May she and all the faithful departed Rest in Peace.
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.

The Wirral Hospitals Catholic Chaplaincy Team – Mass and Meeting for all team members, past and present, at St Anne’s Rock Ferry, this Tuesday 14th May at 7pm.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.00pm.

Work, Rest & Pray is a series of three evenings organised for our Deanery of Birkenhead & East Wirral to explore our Call to Holiness. These evenings are taking place on Thursday’s, the second being this Thursday 16th May and the final one on 23rd May at St John Plessington Catholic College from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. At each evening there will be time to pray together, listen and share on the call to holiness at home, in work and in life. The evenings are free and provide an opportunity for us to come together and share our faith in a gentle but real way.
Family Fun Night- The Pig Race is back: St Anne’s Parish Centre this Friday 17th May at 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission £3 adults and £10 for a family ticket (5). Children welcome.
Conference on Holiness and the Mission of the Laity is a major Diocesan event open to all this Saturday 18th May at St Ambrose, Hale Barns 9.30 for 1.00, ends at 3.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch. No charge, contributions welcome. Registration by phone 0151 652 9855.
Money Matters: Last week’s Collection amounted to £494.65p Thank you.
A “Welcome Café” in association with Fair Share is held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in or take home, Fair Share are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Why not pay a visit to St Anne’s Parish Centre this Tuesday and see how Fair Share can help you.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has a new manager and is now operating with extended opening hours. All enquires to the new manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Device as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

MISSIO are holding their Annual Summer Mass for Red Box Volunteers, supporters and all who are interested at St. Michael & All Angels Church, Woodchurch on Saturday 29th June at 12 noon. RSVP to generaloffice@mission.org.uk or just come along.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

Traidcraft Goods will be on sale after both Masses next weekend 18/19th May. Your support would be much appreciated.

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

Third Week of Easter 5th May, 2019, Cycle C

WORD FOR TODAY
The disciples met the risen Lord over a simple meal. Today we meet Jesus in many guises, in words and events, in faces that look to us for love and in those in need. But the most sublime way in which we meet Jesus is when we form part of his body, the Church, which gathers to eat his body and drink his blood.

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
Lord Jesus, you feed us with your word and your sacraments: Lord, have mercy.
Christ Jesus, you offer us your body and your blood; Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you call us to the banquet of everlasting life: Lord, have mercy.
In his infinite mercy may almighty God forgive us our sins, strengthen our resolve, confirm us in all goodness and lead us rejoicing to everlasting life. Amen.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

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: BREAKFAST BY THE LAKE
When someone says the word “eucharist” what springs to mind? Do you think of a thing, perhaps the bread and wine? Or do you think of an action, perhaps the Mass?
Oddly enough, if you go to Greece you’ll hear the word “eucharist”, though pronounced in a slightly different way, every few minutes. That’s because it’s the Greek word for “thank you”. So the eucharist is really the action of giving thanks to God for creation and redemption. It’s an action first and foremost, and then a thing secondarily since we reserve the eucharistic species of bread and wine for use with the sick and sometimes for adoration.
If you take a look at the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection, you’re bound to notice that food plays a great part in them. From the first appearance on Easter Sunday evening with the disciples on their way to Emmaus where he breaks bread, to the final appearance in today’s gospel where they have a fish breakfast on the lake shore, being with Jesus is associated with eating and drinking. Could the gospel writers be trying to give us a clue?
The eucharist is the action of the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit by which we praise and thank God for the wonders he has worked for us and those he is still doing today. By calling down the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine we effect the transformation of the elements into the body and blood of Christ. We also call down the Spirit upon ourselves so that by sharing communion we too are transformed into the Body of Christ that is the Church. In other words, we become what we eat.
We meet Christ in the words that are proclaimed from scripture, for they convey the message that his life embodied. We meet Christ is the faces of those whose paths cross ours daily, especially those in need. We meet Christ in those who minister God’s love to us through the sacraments. We meet Christ in his body, the Church, when we gather together with two or three or more to worship in his name.
But most of all, and in a special way, we meet the risen Christ in eucharist where he invites us to eat and drink in the consummate act of thanksgiving that seals us in God’s love.

Third Week of Easter 5th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Sean Smith RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 6th 10.00am Cicily Chandy RIP
Tuesday 7th 9.15am
7.00pm Service of Word & Communion
Novena
Wednesday 8th 9.15am Richard Dewhurst RIP
Thursday 9th 7.30am Barbara Forshaw RIP
Friday 10th 9.15am Paul Connor RIP
Saturday 11th 10.30am First Communion Mass
Fourth Week of Easter 12th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints John Connolly
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 4.15pm-4.45pm for the next few weeks because of the First Communion Masses
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

First Communion: The final First Communion Mass will be celebrated in Church at 10.30am and all are welcome to attend. Please keep the children in your prayers as they prepare for this important sacrament and please don’t forget to remember their families and teachers too.

The monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be prayed this Tuesday in church at 7pm all most welcome.

Prayers for the sick Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

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.

Grace Group will be meeting this Tuesday, 7th May at the usual time in the Presbytery. This is an all female Cell Group. If you are interested and would like to know more pleased contact Claire Griffiths 07985312703.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.
Work, Rest & Pray is a series of three evenings organised for our Deanery of Birkenhead & East Wirral to explore our Call to Holiness. The three evenings are taking place this Thursday and for the following two Thursday’s 16th & 23rd May at St John Plessington Catholic College from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. On each evening there will be time to pray together, listen and share on the call to holiness at home, in work and in life. The evenings are free and will provide an opportunity for us to come together and share our faith in a gentle but real way.
Family Fun Night- The Pig Race is back: St Anne’s Parish Centre on Friday 17th May at 7pm for 7.30pm. Admission £3 adults and £10 for a family ticket (5). Children welcome.
Rosary for Peace. The Wirral Legion of Mary Group will be holding a public Rosary for Peace next Saturday 11th May at 2pm in St Werburgh’s Square, Birkenhead. All are most welcome.
Conference on Holiness and the Mission of the Laity is a major Diocesan event open to all on Saturday 18th May at St Ambrose, Hale Barns 9.30 for 1.00, ends at 3.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch. No charge, contributions welcome. Registration by phone 0151 652 9855.
Readers: Would those readers who read the Passion of Luke on Palm Sunday and those who read the Passion of John on Good Friday please ensure all copies are returned to the Sacristy. Thank you.
Money Matters: Last week’s Collection amounted to £556.85p Thank you for your continued generosity.
A “Welcome Café” in association with Fair Share is held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in or take home, Fair Share are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Why not pay a visit to St Anne’s Parish Centre this Tuesday and see how Fair Share can help you.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has a new manager and is now operating with extended opening hours. All enquires to the new manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

Love One Another.. as I have loved you- is the theme for the Northern Catholic Conference on 7, 8 and 9 June 2019 at Liverpool Hope University. Daily Mass, Adoration & Devotions, a Healing Dervice as well as great inspiring speakers. Tel Denise on 07543800812

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

Thank you :Thank you to all those who make our parish and schools run so smoothly throughout the year. Your dedication and service in so many ways is very much appreciated.
If you would like to be involved or indeed more involved in the life of the Parish please do have a word with me …….there are many opportunities for service here at St John’s. Every Blessing. Fr Bernard.

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

Second Week of Easter 28th April, 2019, Cycle C

WORD OF GOD
The sick were even taken out into the streets and laid on beds and sleeping-mats in the hope that at least the shadow of Peter might fall across some of them as he went past. (Acts 5:15)

WORD FOR TODAY
A week on from the Easter events and there is still a buzz in the air. Every Sunday is a mini-Easter and every celebration of Eucharist is an opportunity to rediscover the saving power of God in our lives, forgiving us, strengthening us and setting us free.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

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: CASTING A SHADOW

When we talk about casting a shadow over something we usually mean it in a negative way. We mean that something is ruined or spoilt. But today, in the Acts of the Apostles, everyone wants to get close to Peter, just on the off-chance that his shadow will fall over them and they will be healed.
The Acts of the Apostles is really the account of how the Church grew and spread in the days and years that followed the resurrection of Jesus. It’s wonderful to see how the apostles became transformed from frightened men, huddling together in a locked room, into forthright preachers of the word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit. There’s a vibrant sense of excitement in the early chapters as we see that God has not stopped working wonders and marvels and that the number of new Christians starts to grow and the Good News begins to be broadcast over new territories.
Of course, because of our baptism, each of us is called to keep this message alive in our world today. We are the new Easter messengers who are fired with enthusiasm by the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. God in Christ has tackled head-on all that corrodes our humanity, all that eats away at our dignity, and has emerged triumphant, even over the ultimate threshold of death. Now we can really live and breathe.
Some time ago the Church in Britain used a slogan which said, “We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” Being part of an Easter people summons us to be joyful, for we sing of a great victory that God has achieved in Christ. And our Easter song is echoed on every one of the other fifty-one Sundays of the year because each Sunday is a mini-Easter, a making present of the saving acts of Jesus. Every Sunday, even in Lent, is a day not for fasting but for feasting. To “celebrate” liturgy is to broadcast what our “celebrity” God has done and is still doing for us here and now. In worship celebrity and celebration are intimately linked.
So let’s be the Easter people. Let’s be proud of our God. Let’s celebrate the wonders God is performing for us. And, yes, let’s cast a wide shadow.

Second Week of Easter 28th 5.00pm
9.30am
2.30pm
7.30pm St John ‘s Parishioners
Special Int Pat Bevan
Divine Mercy Devotions
Prayer Meeting
Monday 29th 9.15am Ints Mary Mulrahey
Tuesday 30th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 1st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 2nd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 4th 10.30am First Communion Mass
Third Week of Easter 5th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parishioners
Sean Smith RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confession Saturdays 4.15pm-4.45pm for the next few weeks because of the First Communion Masses
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

Divine Mercy: Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at
St John’s THIS Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm. Prayer leaflets are now available on the table at the back of Church.

First Communion: Over the next two Saturday’s children from St John’s School will be making their First Holy Communion. The First Communion Masses are being celebrated in Church at 10.30am and all are welcome to attend. Please keep the children in your prayers this week as they prepare for this important sacrament and please don’t forget to remember their families and teachers too.

Prayers for the sick Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

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.
Prayer Intercessors Meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th April at 7pm in the Presbytery.
Grace Group will be meeting on Tuesday, 7th May at 7pm in the Presbytery. This is an all female Cell Group. If you are interested and would like to know more pleased contact Claire Griffiths 07985312703.
Readers: Would those readers who read the Passion of Luke on Palm Sunday and those who read the Passion of John on Good Friday please ensure all copies are returned to the Sacristy. Thank you.
Money Matters: Last week’s Easter Offertory Collection amounted to £996.84p Holy Places Collection £232.08p. St John’s SVP Collection £187.83p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you have not already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel. If anyone is yet to empty their Mission Box can they do so this week please and bring the contents to Church this weekend.
A “Welcome Café” in association with Fair Share is held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in or take home, Fair Share are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Why not pay a visit to St Anne’s Parish Centre this Tuesday and see how Fair Share can help you.

Day of Reflection on the Sunday reading of Ordinary Time, by Marian Tolley, will be held at St Peter’s School Hall, Noctorum. CH43 9QR from 10-3pm on Saturday 4th May 2019. See Poster on notice board at the back of church.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has a new manager and is now operating with extended opening hours. All enquires to the new manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

A vacancy has arisen for a Cathedral Development and Events Officer. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and enhance the role and presence of the Cathedral in the life of the Diocese, the town of Shrewsbury and the county of Shropshire. For more
information and an application form please visit http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies. Completed applications should be sent to recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org. Closing date Friday 10 May 2019.

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper.

Thank you to those who worked so hard to make it a prayerful and reflective Holy Week and Easter. Numbers were up considerably up this year and that was good to see.
Thank you to all those who make our parish and schools run so smoothly throughout the year. Your dedication and service in so many ways is very much appreciated.
If you would like to be involved or indeed more involved in the life of the Parish please do have a word with me …….there are many opportunities for service here at St John’s. Every Blessing. Fr Bernard.

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

 

Easter Sunday, 21st April, 2019, Cycle C

 

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Charles Wesley

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Today is the day of days, not only for Christians but for the whole world. By rising from the dead Jesus has released us from mediocrity and has opened up the frontiers for us to a life that can be full now and overflowing in eternity. Today is the focal point of history; let us rejoice and be glad!

 

 

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly.  ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible),  squash/juice, UHT Milk,   tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

 

 

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: SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT!

 

Whenever Christians celebrate liturgy they do more than merely remember the past; they make its effects really present and active here and now through the power of the Holy Spirit. So when we celebrate the eucharist we make Christ really present in word and sacrament within this very act of worship. And on the Easter feast we actuate, make effectively present, the saving act of Jesus who conquered sin and rose from the dead to fullness of life. Easter is about celebration and it is yours for the feasting!

It’s impossible to do justice to the feast of Easter. It’s the day that all of history converged upon from the beginning of time and the day from which our lives take their ultimate meaning. At Easter, God in Jesus Christ radically transformed our lives, so that we are no longer held in the grip of mediocrity, no longer the plaything of sin, the hapless victim of evil or the amusing toy of death, but are set free to live a life that here and now enjoys the full force of God’s creation and the future promise of total bliss. Easter is cosmic and it’s yours for the asking!

The empty tomb confounds those who thought of Jesus as merely a clever philosopher or an astute politician. Death could not contain Jesus because he is the Lord of Life. And by taking on our earthly existence with all its highs and lows he has redeemed our human nature at its roots, where we feel most vulnerable and susceptible. Easter is the victory-feast of God who has taken on darkness and shattered it with his light. It’s the victory-feast of God who has shown evil to be ultimately powerless when confronted by his might and who has laughed in the face of death. Easter is about redemption and it’s yours for the taking!

So Easter explodes with praise and rejoicing and its keyword is “Alleluia”! Our songs, hymns, psalms and prayers proclaim that all those things which would seek to drag us down, to frighten us and to hold us in their power have been defeated by the infinite strength of a loving God who made us to enjoy fullness of life and who has redeemed us for eternity by rising from the dead. Easter is about song and it’s yours for the singing!

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Vigil Mass Saturday

 

Easter Sunday

20th

 

 

 

21st

8.00pm

 

 

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Easter Vigil Mass –

Patricia Dobie RIP

 

 

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 22nd 10.00am Eileen Kealey Annv RIP  
Tuesday 23rd 2.00pm In St John’s Junior School –

Bartholomew Guttridge RIP

 
Wednesday 24th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Thursday 25th 7.30am Margaret Dunnion  
Friday 26th 9.15am Lewis Doyle RIP  
Saturday        
Second Week of Easter   5.00pm

9.30am

2.30pm

7.30pm

St John ‘s Parishioners

Special Int Pat Bevan

Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

 
Confession Saturdays 10.30am-11.30am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

Please note that Mass on Easter Monday is at 10am, that Mass on Tuesday is at 2.00pm at St. John’s Junior School and that we begin the early Masses again this week Thursday at 7.30am.

 

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.

 

Welcome to Ian McGuinness who is being confirmed and making his First Holy Communion at the 9.30am Mass on Easter Sunday.

 

Prayers for the sick  Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.

Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Money Matters:  Last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £578.21p.                                      Lenten Soup Lunches £154.50p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you

havenot already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.   The APF Red Mission Boxes have up to date realised £285.67. If anyone is yet to empty their Mission Box can they do so this week please and bring the contents to Church next weekend.

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 24th April 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.

 

A “Welcome Café” in association with Fair Share is held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free tea, coffee and food to eat in or take home, Fair Share are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community. Why not pay a visit to St Anne’s Parish Centre this Tuesday and see how Fair share can help you.

 

St John’s SVP Meeting in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm……….will all members please attend.

 

Divine Mercy:  Divine Mercy Devotions   will be held here at St John’s on Sunday 28th April at 2.30pm.  Prayer leaflets are now available on the table at the back of Church.

 

 

 

 

Day of Reflection on the Sunday reading of Ordinary Time, by Marian Tolley, will be held at St Peter’s School Hall, Noctorum. CH43 9QR from

10-3pm on Saturday 4th May 2019. See Poster on notice board at the back of church.

 

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry has a new manager and is now operating with extended opening hours. All enquires to the new manager Ben Howard Tel 07435 966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

 

 

A vacancy has arisen for a Cathedral Development and Events Officer.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop and enhance the role and presence of the Cathedral in the life of the Diocese, the town of Shrewsbury and the county of Shropshire.   For more

information and an application form please visit http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies.   Completed applications should be sent to recruitment@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.  Closing date Friday 10 May 2019.

 

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.

 

Easter Message from Fr Bernard

Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make the 2019 Lenten, Holy Week and Easter Services so prayerful and devotional. Thank you to those who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. May you and your families be especially blessed this Easter.

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

Fifth Sunday of Lent. 7th April, 2019, Cycle C

A “Welcome Café “ with the food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Bookings and all enquiries to Ben.
Tel- 07435966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.com

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

Caritas require 2 Early Help Support Workers to provide a high quality Support Service across Wirral. You will give practical help and emotional support to families experiencing short or long-term difficulties. The focus of your role is to provide support to service users, empowering them to address various challenges, reducing problems and risks. Enabling families to overcome wide-ranging challenges and difficult situations means that your role is extremely varied and highly rewarding.
It would be desirable if you have experience as a facilitator in the Nurturing Programme or similar, and have had recent experience of both facilitating groups and working on a one to one basis with those not suitable for group work. You should have extensive experience in supporting children, young people and their families/carers in school, home and community settings. You will also be flexible and have competent IT skills. Salary includes accrued annual leave. Closing Date: Tuesday 23rd April. Interview date: Wednesday 1st May
To apply, visit our website: http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk
Contact Head Office: 0151 652 1281 or email trish.spencer@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk and a pack will be sent out to you. Application documentation should be then sent to
Ms Trish Spencer, Family Support Services Manager, Caritas Head Office, Wheatland Lane, Wallasey CH44 7ED

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: FAULTY JUDGEMENT
If you commit the crime you should do the time. This is something we hear a lot today, along with suggestions that some people should be locked up and the key thrown away. For all our pretence at civilisation and sophistication, we find ourselves in a society that is very far from the values of Jesus and particularly the core Christian value of forgiveness.
Sidelining forgiveness allows us to be judgemental. It allows us to make comments about other people as if we were better than them, as if we were never guilty of sin ourselves; yet all our judgment is faulty, for we have all sinned. This is the pitiful scene that Jesus faced when they brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. Jesus seems not to be dismayed by the woman’s sin (and her partner whom we never meet). What does dismay him is the arrogance of the scribes and Pharisees who presume a “holier than thou” attitude towards the woman. And so, despite the carefully prepared trap to get him to be at odds with the Law, Jesus first sets about dismantling the judgemental hypocrisy of the accusers rather than tackling what the woman has done.
It’s worth noting that forgiveness is not ours to give. Forgiveness comes from God and all we can do is to pass it on, just like love. God is love and our love is merely a sharing in his perfect love. God is forgiveness and when we forgive we are simply holding up a mirror to the God who has first forgiven each of us. “Our” forgiveness is simply a reflection. Of course, if we refuse to forgive then we cannot expect forgiveness for our trespasses. This has always been the simple message of the Our Father.
Very often when we judge others it is because we see the same fault in ourselves, and condemning the other person allows us to expiate our own frailty. Of course, Jesus did not praise the woman for what she had done; he told her to go away and sin no more. But what he did do is to prevent her from being judged by people who were as weak as she was but pretended to be better. Ring any bells?

Fifth Sunday of Lent
7th 5.00pm
9.30am

3.00pm
7.30pm Irene Kaldos RIP
For all the Sick & Housebound
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 8th 9.15am Rene Brandon RIP
Tuesday 9th 9.15am Ints Colette Sarson
Wednesday 10th 9.15am Christopher Doyle RIP
Thursday 11th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –
Bob Purfield

Friday 12th 11.00am Funeral Mass –
Bryan Murphy
Saturday 13th 10.00am Ints Fr Liam Finnerty
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
14th 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm St John’s Parish
Ints Tony Hyland
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

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.

Prayers for the sick. Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Lately Dead : Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Bob Purfield. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon and for Bryan Murphy Funeral Mass on Friday at 11.00am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Do not forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.

During this Fifth Week of Lent at St John’s Sunday at 3pm : Stations of the Cross in Church led by the Grace Group Monday: Exposition from 8.30am to 9.15am Mass Tuesday: Confession from 8.30am to 9.15am Mass Thursday: SVP Meeting at 6.30pm in the presbytery Friday: The last of the Lent Soup lunches at 12 noon in the Parish Centre (i.e. after Funeral Mass) Saturday : Mass at 10.00am in the Day Chapel Readers Meeting re Holy Week Masses & Services at 10.30am in the Day Chapel. Exposition and Confessions in Church from 11am to 12noon.
Elsewhere Tuesday: Lenten LPA Talk in Christ the King Church Bromborough at 7.30pm. This week talk (the last in the series) will be given by Mary Kilcoyne on the work of Caritas in the Diocese of Shrewsbury. Please support. Wednesday: Bebington Churches Together Lent Reflection and Lunch this week will be held at Christ Church Hr. Bebington. Coffee 10.30am. Prayer& Discussion 11.00am followed by Soup Lunch at 12 noon. Friday: To mark the Day of Prayer for the Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse St Anne’s Church in Rock Ferry will be open from 3.00pm to 4.00pm for a time of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All are most welcome to join the Deanery Clergy and parishioners for the whole hour or any part of it.
Principal Services at St John’s For Holy Week. NEXT Weekend- Palm Sunday; Masses at the Usual Times Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9.30am. Please assemble in the Parish Centre. i.e. 4.45pm and 9.15am. Holy Thursday 18th April: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm. Good Friday 19th April: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm. Churches Together in Bebington Walk of Witness starts at 12 Noon from outside Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight. Holy Saturday 20th April: Easter Vigil Mass at 8.00pm. Easter Sunday 21st April: Easter Mass at 9.30am.
On Holy Saturday we are invited to gather for midday prayers at 11.30am followed by a shared lunch in the Day Chapel at 12 noon. If you have not been in previous years, it’s a good time for prayer and fellowship, so why not give it a try? Please bring a small food donation for the lunch.

Money Matters: Last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £530.69p Cafod Lenten Family Fast & Lenten Lunches £584.48p, plus individual donations of £66.75p. Total £651.23p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.
APF Red Mission Boxes should be emptied and their contents brought to Church THIS weekend.

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

Fourth Sunday of Lent. 31st March, 2019, Cycle C

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

A “Welcome Café “ with the food from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome.

St Anne’s Parish Centre ,Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Booking s and all enquiries to Ben.
Tel- 07435966586 or email BHA@ypcevents.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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: PARTY MOOD
When the prodigal son came home they held a party to celebrate the fact that he was part of the fold once more. But there was an empty seat at the party; the older brother refused to come and take part.
The liturgy, and especially the Mass, is the continuation of that party and festivity. At the eucharist we celebrate the fact that in Jesus Christ we have been redeemed and forgiven, that we are already experiencing a share in the eternal life that God has promised us and that one day we will enjoy seeing God face to face in the never-ending celebration of bliss and happiness in heaven. In the meantime we eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus Christ that was given up and shed for us so that sins may be forgiven.
As you sit in your pew in church, are there any empty seats? It would be surprising if there weren’t! Most churches struggle to fill their seats except at the great feasts of the year.
Who belongs in those seats? It’s tempting to say that they are older brothers’ seats, people who have had some sort of gripe with the church and have decided to give Sunday worship a wide berth. To an extent this is true. We are a fallible group of people and we’re quite capable of failing each other at crucial times, and of even putting off people to the extent that they no longer darken our doors. What would happen if we reached out to family and neighbours, to friends who feel that the Church has failed them? Is it worth taking the risk of inviting them to the feast, or should we just write them off as a dead loss? Would it shock us if they said yes?
And what about the person who’s sitting in your seat? Yes, you. Are you the life and soul of the party or are you something of a party-pooper? We never find out whether the father finally managed to get the older brother to enter into the spirit. He could have just gone and sat there with a long face. Just turning up isn’t enough. Are you glad to be able to celebrate with your whole being, singing and praying, giving thanks for the forgiveness that God has lavished upon you through no merit of your own? Or should we put the fatted calf on the back burner?

Fourth Sunday of Lent
Mothering Sunday 31st 5.00pm
9.30am
3.00pm
7.30pm Barbara Forshaw RIP
For All Mothers
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 1st 9.15am Josie McGree Anniv
Tuesday 2nd 9.15am Ints Peter Sarson
Wednesday 3rd 10,00am Terry Clarke
Thursday
4th 7.30am For the Sisters of Carmel

Friday 5th 9.15am Gerry & Phil Topping Ints
Saturday 6th
Fifth Sunday of Lent
7th 5.00pm
9.30am

3.00pm
7.30pm Irene Kaldos RIP
For all the Sick & Housebound
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

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.

Wedding ; Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Debbie Farrell and Colin Deer married here yesterday.

Prayers for the sick. Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

Lately Dead : Please pray for Veronica Barden whose Funeral Service is at Plymyard Cemetery on Tuesday 2nd April at 1pm. … for Irene Kaldos whose Funeral Service is at Landican Crematorium on Friday 5th April at 11.30am… for Bryan Murphy whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Friday 12th April at 11 am… and for Bob Purfield who died on Friday, so funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace .
Lent 2019;
At St. John’s: Each Sunday Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm ….. this week led by Father Bernard. Next week led by the Grace Group. On Monday’s and Friday’s Exposition from 8.30-9.15 Mass. Each Thursday Early Mass at 7.30am. Saturday’s Exposition and Confessions from 10.30-11.30 am.
Elsewhere: Tuesday’s Lent Talk’s at Christ the King Church in Bromborough beginning at 7.30pm. This week Deacon John Boggan will give a talk on the work of the Wirral Foodbank and next week Mary Kilcoyne will talk about the work of Caritas in the Diocese of Shrewsbury . Wednesday’s : Bebington Churches Together Lent Reflections & Lunches Coffee 10.30am. Prayer & Discussion 11am, Soup lunch 12noon. This week here in the Parish Centre. Thursday 4th April: 7.00pm Deanery Reconciliation Service (with individual confession) at St Anne’s Rock Ferry, Preacher Bishop Brian Noble.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £686.77p. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.
APF Red Mission Boxes should be emptied this week and their contents brought to Church next weekend.
SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday. Please note this week at the earlier time of 6pm (due to Reconciliation Service).
Readers: please check the rota and collect your readings for Holy Week & Easter from the sacristy
Many thanks to all those who supported St John’s School , Day of Prayer last Friday. It was a good experience for children and adults alike and will now become an Annual event in the St John’s calendar… we await the fruits of Fridays Prayer. I am sure many blessings will be showered on our Parish and Schools.
Appeal for Volunteers Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury supports children, families and communities. We are in urgent need of volunteers to help us to support families, to help with the running of our groups at our new Centre in Seacombe and to assist in our groups in local schools. We need male and female volunteers of all ages who can reliably offer 2-3 hours per week. If you feel you would like to join our team of reliable and friendly volunteers, please contact Rachel Hughes (Caritas Volunteer Coordinator) on 0151 652 1281 or by email: rachel.hughes@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Don’t forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.
The Holy Week schedule of Masses and Services will be published in next week’s bulletin.