St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly

phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

Presentation of the Lord 2nd February 2014. Cycle A.

A Christmas Remembrance.

The feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) marks the closing of the Christmas cycle. In many churches the crib scene is retained until this feast.

There is a beautiful Holman Hunt picture in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City called “The Shadow of Death.” It is the only known work of classical art that shows Jesus labouring as an adult in the carpenter’s shop. Joseph is absent so we presume he has died. In this painting, a day of work has ended, and Jesus has just risen from his bench and stretches in relaxation. The shadow of his body and upraised arms falls on a rack of tools on the wall, and we see prefigured the “very dying form of one who suffered there for me.” But the most interesting thing about the painting is that in the background we see Mary kneeling before an open chest in which we see the gifts of the three wise men “the gold, frankincense and myrrh.” No doubt as the years went by, Mary watched her son grow to manhood. Now in Joseph’s absence, Jesus was supporting the family as a carpenter. Mary might have wondered if God had mocked her with a cruel joke that her Son was the One who would redeem his people. So again and again she would go to the chest and gently touch the gifts, as if to convince herself that the promises were real. This might have been the only concrete contact she had with the golden hopes of thirty years ago. And on this day, as she caresses the golden crown and the casket of frankincense and the vase of myrrh, suddenly she sees on the back wall the shadow of the cross. From that day forth the shadow is ever before her. That was the sword that would pierce Mary’s soul. Simeon knew what lay ahead.
This feast commemorates the presentation of the Infant Jesus by Joseph and Mary to God in His Temple in Jerusalem. The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is a combined feast, commemorating the Jewish practice of the purification of the mother after childbirth and the presentation of the child to God in the Temple. Known as the Feast of the Purification of Mary and the Feast of Candlemas, this day is also called the Feast of Encounter because on it the New Testament, represented by the Baby Jesus, encountered the Old Testament, represented by Simeon and Anna. Joseph offered two pigeons in the Temple as sacrifice for the purification of Mary after her childbirth and for the presentation and redemption ceremonies performed for the Baby Jesus.

PRESENTATION OF THE LORD (February 2nd)

The sword that was promised to Mary is a reminder that the claims of God on her Son were greater than any other human attachment. Mary would come to realise that deeper and stronger even than her motherly love, it would be by faith that she would entrust herself to his will and so be more completely caught up in the work of redemption. Mary’s faith was the thing that enabled her to overcome the piercing sword of Jesus being rejected by his people and abandoned by his friends, suffering and dying.

Our challenge today is to be one with Mary and see her response and pattern of life as our own. The piercing sword for us is the way of faith. Jesus is our Redeemer. The way to redemption is by following him as Mary did.

Every Mass in which we participate is our presentation. Although we were officially presented to God on the day of our Baptism, we present ourselves and our dear ones on the altar before God our Father through our Saviour Jesus Christ at every Mass. Hence, we need to live our daily lives with the awareness both that we are dedicated people consecrated to God and that we are obliged to lead holy lives.

We need the help of the Holy Spirit to recognize the presence of Jesus in ourselves and in others: All those who, like Simeon and Anna, persevere in piety and in the service of God, no matter how insignificant their lives seem in men’s eyes, become instruments the Holy Spirit uses to make Christ known to others. In His plan of redemption, God makes use of these simple souls to do much good for all mankind. In other words, The Holy Spirit employs ordinary men and women with simple faith as His instruments to bear witness to Christ, His ideals and teachings, just as He used Simeon and Anna. The Holy Spirit reveals the presence of the Lord to us when we are receptive and eager to receive Him. Let us be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within us to recognize the indwelling presence of the Lord with us and in others.

ALMIGHTY AND EVERLIVING GOD, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Presentation of the Lord

(Candlemas)

2nd 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Jean Reid

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 3rd. 9.15 am Margaret Randles RIP
Tues 4th 9.15 John J Kelly
Wed 5th 9.15 Alice Hudson
Thurs 6th 9.15 Ivan Gregory
Friday 7th. 9.15 Caine family

(Bereavement)

Sat 8th 11-12noon Holy Hour remembering victims of human trafficking
5th Sunday

of the year

9th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Joan Hall

Wm. & Joyce Dalziel

Prayer Meeting

Aside from a couple of months in the year, there is a mass at 12md on the third Saturday of the month. Anyone is welcome to attend Mass alongside the members of the lay Carmelites who meet here on those occasions.

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when being said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £618 48p

Retired Priests £ 395 55p

Boiler: £ 5.70p

Book Sales: £10

120 Club winners:

No: 95 M. Ross £ 20

No 18 C Harrison £10

Pope Francis’s prayer intentions for February

Universal: That the Church and society may respect the wisdom and experience of older people.

For Evangelization: That priests, religious, and lay people may work together with generosity for evangelization.

· Pope Francis declared the internet was ‘truly good, a gift from God’
· He added it offers ‘immense possibilities’ to bring cultures together

· Yet he warned digital conversations should not replace face-to-face ones

Pope Francis’s tweets come thick and fast and are almost always gems:

Pope Francis ‏@Pontifex7h

Dear young people let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life. Be amazed by what is true and beautiful, what is of God!

The organizer of St Anne’s 55+ Club has kindly invited parishioners of St John’s to attend their future meetings. The next one is this coming week at 12.30pm on Tuesday, 4th February in the Club Lounge. The guest speaker will talk about Traidcraft. Tea/Coffee/ Biscuits are served. Tuesday 4th March – Fish & Chips lunch (orders must be placed before the day)
Venue: Lounge in St Anne’s Centre
Contact: Sheila McAllister 538 439 Why not give it a go? It may open up whole new vistas! Go along and find out what else the club has on offer.

The next coffee morning hosted by members of the bereavement group will be on Monday 10th February from 10am until 11am.

Fr Frank is hoping to be moving into his flat late next week after all the legal delays have been finally ironed out. He is looking forward to lots of visitors and Joan will let you have his telephone contact as soon as he has one. He has now joined the ‘Singalong’ at Holy Name on Wednesday mornings where he has already met some of you…

Watch this space….

The Bishop has proposed that on Saturday 8th we have a day of prayer to remember victims of human trafficking. At St John’s we will have an hour of silent prayer & adoration from 11am until 12noon on Saturday 8th. You may drop into the side chapel for any part of this hour if you are unable to stay for the whole time. Please try to join in if only for a few minutes. We will close with a cuppa.

‘We need saints who wear jeans.’

A retreat for young people 18-25 at Wistaston Hall, Crewe starting on Friday March 7th and finishing after lunch on Sunday 9th March. If you are interested please contact Mary Tyrell at St. Anne’s.

Celebrate North West Weekend 2014 will be on the weekend of 3rd4th May at All Hallows Catholic College.

An evening will take place on 26th February at St. Albans parish, Macclesfield, to share the nature and vision of the Celebrate conference in an informal and relaxed setting. For further information log on to www.celbrateconference.org

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

This year’s Diocesan pilgrimage takes place from July 23rd to 31st and booking forms and brochures are now available from the pilgrimage website: www.shrewsburypilgimage.co.uk

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St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Cycle A. 26th January, 2014

FAITH IN FAITH IN FOCUS: FISHING

If you follow me, it’s people you’ll catch, says Jesus in today’s gospel. We all agree that we want to follow Jesus and come closer to God. But why are we so shy about fishing for others? Why do we find it hard to try and bring others to Christ?

Is it a cultural thing? Have we bought into the great deception that it’s not the done thing to parade our faith on our sleeve? Yet if our faith is the single most important thing about our whole lives, how can we think of wearing it in our pocket? If our Christian belief is the one thing that makes sense of our existence, that provides us with the wherewithal to cope with what life throws at us, then how can we think of keeping it to ourselves and not trying to get others to experience it?

Don’t talk about religion or politics, the saying goes. But if religion is about the ultimate meaning of life and politics is about how we organise it, then not to talk about either of them condemns us to the pleasantries of surface-living. Yet life’s issues are deeper than talking about the weather, and faith’s issues touch the core of reality.

Could it be that we’re afraid of talking to others about our faith because we think we will be shown to be lacking? Is it because we feel ashamed and embarrassed because religious people are often caricatured as cranks in the media? Is it because we don’t want to disturb people? Would we not disturb someone whose coat was on fire? Would we never tell a crying child that the toy needs to be switched on before it will work properly?

If we’re not prepared to lead people towards God, then who is? And yet leading people to God is part of our “contract”. To be a follower of Christ implies that we too proclaim the good news to the ends of the earth. Or at the very least to the ends of our street. If we talk to others and they begin to ask us questions that we can’t answer, then it’s a simple task to put them in touch with those who can. We’re not expected to be geniuses or oracles. We’re not expected to become full-time missionaries in some far-flung country. We’re not expected to become experts on all matters of faith and religion. But we are expected to do a bit of fishing.

WORD OF GOD

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they left their nets at once and followed him.

(Matthew 4:19-20)

WORD FOR TODAY

The disciples followed Jesus “at once”. They left what they were doing. What keeps us from more closely following Jesus in our lives? What important things do we think we need to do before we can get round to giving him our whole attention?

21/01/2014 10:21 Pope Francis (@Pontifex)

If we live the faith in our daily life, then our work too becomes a chance to spread the joy of being a Christian.

There is a Parish Team Meeting Wednesday, 31st January, at 7.30pm. Please make every effort to attend.

Way of the Spirit meeting in the Parish Centre, Saturday, 8th February 10-4pm. All welcome. There will also be two training days in the Parish Centre to be held on Friday, March 7th, 10am-9pm and Saturday, March 8th 10-4pm

3rd Sunday

In Ord. Time

26th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Angela Dimelow RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 27th 9.15 am

10.30am

John Joseph Kelly

Funeral Service at Landican – Mary Groves

Tues 28th 9.15 Parishioners
Wed 29th 9.15 Ivan Douglas Gregory Annv. RIP
Thurs 30th 9.15 Teresa McDermott Thanksgiving
Friday 31st 9.15

7.30pm

Jean Ried

PPT Meeting

Saturday 12 Noon Monthly
Sunday

Feast of the Presentation

2nd Feb. 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Parishioners

Margaret Randles RIP

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £738.23p

Boiler: £ 14.85p

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No: 32 R Sanderson £ 20

Catholic Education Service has a part-time vacancy for RE Adviser based in London. Closing date for applications Friday, 14th February. See Notice Board for details and job description

Fr Philip Atkinson would like to thank all the people who offered him such a lovely warm welcome at the 10am Mass last Sunday.

Fr Emeka also enjoyed his time at St Anne’s. From February onwards this pattern will become more established as both priests get to know the two congregations.

St Anne’s 55+ Club’s next meeting is at 12.30pm on Tuesday, 4th February in the Club Lounge. Guest Speaker will talk about Traidcraft. All welcome. Tea/Coffee/ Biscuits are served.

The Mass for Marriage & Family will be celebrated on Saturday, 15th February at St Columba’s, Chester, Bishop Mark Davies presiding. All married couples and families are welcome but if you are a couple celebrating a significant wedding anniversary and you wish to attend, please let your Parish Priest know by 2nd February and he will arrange for a special invitation to be sent to you on behalf of the Bishop. See Poster at back of church for details..

The Knights of St Columba present the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Friday, 31st January, 7.30pm. Proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care and KSC Charities. Tickets £6 from the centre or phone Bernard McGuigan 645 7929

Spend a week in Medjugorje this Easter, 16th-23rd April. Cost £499 which includes return flights from Gatwick, coach transfers to Medjugorje, half board accommodation and experienced guide. For further information contact Jonathan Baylis 01423546175 or email travel

Thank you for your donations to the Wirral Foodbank. This is an on-going scheme and so the need for your support is also on-going. We need to support those in our community who need our help. The food bank relies on non-perishable, in date, food donations to feed local people in crisis. The food bank has asked for the following items which they need urgently: 500gms Sugar, UHT/powdered milk, drinking chocolate, tinned custard, tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned fish, instant mash, feminine hygiene items, and toiletries. Please place food in the box provided at the back of church. For further information please ring Cecily 0151 645 7645.

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website info

Resources for New Evangelisation “Reaching in……Reaching Out” A Foundational Course in New Evangelisation . A course leading to either a DIPLOMA for anyone in leadership roles, or a CERTIFICATE for the general public. For details Contact Mrs Teresa Kehoe, Course Director, Maryvale

Institute, Tel 0121 36088 OR Miss Barbara Davies

barbara.davies

See notice board for details

There will be a retiring collection this week end for the Retired Priests Fund. If you are a tax payer, envelopes for Gift Aid are available at the back of church.

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Cycle A. 19th January, 2014

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE LAMB OF GOD

When John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” what did his hearers think he was talking about? To us it seems such a strange thing to say. Was it any less strange for the people on the banks of the River Jordan?

Those who knew about the scriptures would think of two things. They would remember some mysterious passages in the prophecies of Isaiah, and their minds would also go back to the Exodus and its annual celebration at Passover.

At one stage in their history the Jews were deported to Iraq, to Babylon, close to Baghdad. Their hopes seemed dashed as for about fifty years they were separated from Jerusalem and the proper practice of their religion. At that time Isaiah (or one of his disciples) begins to talk about a mysterious “suffering servant” who would take on the troubles of the people and ultimately save them by giving his own life.

The Jews in today’s gospel might have been back home in Jerusalem but once more they were under army occupation, this time by the Romans. When John points Jesus out as the “Lamb of God” his hearers would have made the connection with the “suffering servant” of Isaiah. Some would have hoped for a revolutionary leader to overthrow the Romans, but others would remember the perfect disciple of God who proclaims the true faith in the midst of errors, who suffers to atone for the sins of the people and who is ultimately glorified by God.

Of course, not everyone would have immediately taken all this in. But every Jew would have made the connection with the Exodus and the Passover. For the lamb was the animal by which the people were saved from Egyptian slavery and brought into the Promised Land. It was with the blood of the lamb that sacrifices were made daily in the Temple and at the annual celebration of Passover it was a lamb that was eaten. The lamb was a central spiritual symbol.

So when John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” it started to ring bells for his hearers. Who was this man? What did he want? What would he do?

Little did they suspect. And little did they know..

Our religion is the expression of our baptism. We are baptised into a living, believing community that worships collectively, that publicly makes its stand for the power of God’s word in our world and is ready to come to the aid of those whose human dignity is under threat. That’s because our baptism calls us to be other Christs in our world. Far from being a private hobby it is a reminder that our vocation is to be part of the ever-advancing People of God. And if we’re to be part of a people, then we need others.

WORD FOR TODAY

John the Baptist not only saw Jesus but recognised him as the Lamb of God. Christ promises to be with us all our days in the faces of those we come into contact with. We see all these people, but how do we recognise the Lamb of God?

WORD OF GOD

Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.

(John 1:29)

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

May God the Father make you a light for the nations and a beacon of faith in the midst of his people. Amen.

May Jesus Christ show you the way that leads to salvation and happiness, to justice and peace. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit come upon you with the fire of his love and inspire you to proclaim the Good News to the ends of the earth. Amen. And may almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

There will be a retiring collection this week end for the Retired Priests Fund. If you are a tax payer, envelopes for Gift Aid are available at the back of church

2nd Sunday

In Ordinary Time. Peace

Day

19th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Eleanor McGuigan

Golden Wedding Annv.

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 20th 9.15 am Joan Hall
Tues 21st 9.15 Thanksgiving MM
Wed 22nd 9.15 Alice Hudson
Thurs 23rd 9.15 Parishioners
Friday 24th 9.15 John Joseph Kelly
Saturday 25th 12 Noon Monthly
Sunday

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

9th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Parishioners

Angela Dimelow RIP

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £

Crib Offering: £247.54p Many Thanks

This will be sent to the Children’s Society

120 Club winners: No: 97 M Duffy £ 20

There are 3 numbers available. If interested please see Vera Brockway.

Mums & Tots will re-open on Monday,

20th January, 9.30-11.30am in Parish Centre. This is a parish based group and

all welcome. Please contact Simone Larkin.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity entitled “Is Christ Divided?” will be hosting second meeting at URC Church, Hr. Bebington Road, starting at 4.30pm entitled “Together…..we give thanks for God’s Grace in one another (1 Cor. 1.7) ” “bring and share supper” followed by service. Please see Notice Board for details of further meetings.

St Anne’s 55+ Club’s next meeting is at 12.30pm on Tuesday, 4th February in the Club Lounge. Guest Speaker will talk about Traidcraft. All welcome. Tea/Coffee/ Biscuits are served.

The Mass for Marriage & Family will be celebrated on Saturday, 15th February at St Columba’s, Chester, Bishop Mark Davies presiding. All married couples and families are welcome but if you are a couple celebrating a significant wedding anniversary and you wish to attend, please let your Parish Priest know by 2nd February and he will arrange for a special invitation to be sent to you on behalf of the Bishop. See Poster at back of church for details.

Catholic Education Service has a part-time vacancy for RE Adviser based in London. Closing date for applications Friday,

14th February. See Notice Board for details and job description.

The Knights of St Columba present the Wirral Ukulele Orchestra at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Friday, 31st January, 7.30pm. Proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care and KSC Charities. Tickets £6 from the centre or phone Bernard McGuigan 645 7929

Spend a week in Medjugorje this Easter, 16th-23rd April. Cost £499 which includes return flights from Gatwick, coach transfers to Medjugorje, half board accommodation and experienced guide. For further information contact Jonathan Baylis 01423546175 or email travel

Holy Trinity Church, Poulton Lancelyn, invite you to their 5th Annual Hymn Concert on Saturday, 22nd February at 7.30pm. See Notice Board for details.

Justice and Peace has a diary of events which are displayed on the Notice Board.

There are many events and items of interest on our Notice Boards. Please take a minute to have a look. There may be something of interest for you. Please also remember if you have any items to publicise, please pop the posters in the box at the back of church and they will be put on display.

Sandymount Retreat House, Liverpool has issued a programme for Retreats and Workshops. For details see Notice Board and also ring

924 4850 or contact info

We would be most grateful, after morning mass, if the rosary could be delayed for 5 or 10 minutes to allow time for the altar elements to be cleared and put away. Many thanks for your co-operation.

St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Reg. Charity 234025

Fr. Emeka (in residence)

Revd. Philip White; Revd. Michael Daly phone: 0151 645 3314

email: stjohntheevangelist

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

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Cycle A. 5th January, 2014

WORD OF GOD

Lift up your eyes and look round:all are assembling and coming towards you,your sons from far awayand your daughters being tenderly carried.(Isaiah 60:4)

WORD FOR TODAY

The journey of the wise men is one that we as Christians have to undertake in every generation. Where do we find Christ today and what are the signs of our times that point to him?

Good wishes to everyone for the New Year and pray it will be a year filled with joy, hope and good health. Special wishes too, have been received from Fr Frank who has prayed for us all as he enjoys Christmas and New Year in Palazzola – Rome

FAITH IN FOCUS: THREE WISE WOMEN?

If the wise men had been women, things might have been different. They would have stopped to ask directions outside Jerusalem and so avoided Herod; they would have arrived on time and helped deliver the baby; instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh they would have brought a casserole, some nappies and a box of baby wipes; and there would have been peace on earth!

Although the Christmas season finds it last echo officially on February 2nd with the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, in reality it is Twelfth Night that marks the closure of the Christmas period. And it’s significant that the cosy little birth scene in the stable is suddenly broadened and opened out to the whole world as representatives from the ends of the globe turn up to acknowledge this baby as something very special. Epiphany is about searching. The wise men travelled from afar, guided by a star. They knew that someone important was about to be born, but they didn’t know who or where. And their quest was to keep moving forward in search of what was to be fully revealed to them. Matthew deliberately shrouds the wise men in mystery. We are the ones who have invented the fact that there were three of them, that they were kings, that they had crowns, that their names were Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior. The bible has none of this. Surely, what Matthew wanted us to realise is not some simple historical event but the fact that the wise men represent each one of us. They are a symbol of the whole of humanity that is called to search. Every human being is called to “see” Christ. For everything was made by him and must find its completion in him. And our life is a journey in search of what makes us tick, what will give ultimate meaning to our existence.

The meaning of our existence radiates from the little baby in the stable. We are made in God’s image and are called to worship God with whatever gifts we have to bring. Epiphany invites us to continue the journey and the search, for if we find Christ then we find ourselves!

Sunday

Feast of theEpiphany of the Lord

5th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Harold O’Neill RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 6th 9.15am For those who trespass
Tues 7th 9.15 For our schools
Wed 8th 9.15 Deceased Family & Friends of Peggy McAllister
Thurs 9th 9.15 November L:ist
Friday 10th 9.15 Hannah O’Neill RIP
Saturday 11th
Sunday

Baptism of the Lord

12th 5.30pm

10am

8 pm.

Ambrose Michael Walsh RIP

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Please pray for our sick and those who care for Colette Howes, Barbara Gillespie, Doreen Wrigg, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, Teresa McLean, Josie Cohen, Peter Williamson, Kathy Smith, Marjorie Hoey, Esther Roche, Fay Challoner, Sheila Stockley, Joan & Charles Reynolds, Kath Holland, Mary Bryden, Josie Toohey, Helen Worth, Christopher Hadfield, Christopher & Raymond McNally. Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Please note that Morning Prayer is celebrated 15 minutes before the start of each weekday mass

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £633.71

Boiler: £

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No.8: P Ashman£20

No.55: M Ross £10

Sad news received of the death of Angela Dimelow, who passed away on New Year’s Eve. Honor Evans thanks everyone for their prayers.

When the altar bell rings, please honour the 5 minutes silence before the beginning of Mass. Thank you

We welcome all our young people back to school this week and encourage them to really embrace the giftof learning and enjoy the coming term.

Children’s Liturgy will restart next Sunday 12th January, at the 10am Mass. We thank the liturgy team for their time and dedication to our young people

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a Conference 14-16th February 2014 at the Friary, Pantasaph, entitled “Be who God meant you to be”. Cost £90. Details Ann Murray 645 5514. Also see poster at back of church.

If there are any Rosary Beads still in the basket, please feel free to take them and if able to, leave a donation in the CAFOD box

Please remember to hand your mass intentions, in writing, to either Ann Murray or Joan Hannam.

As the weather is very wet and wild at themoment,why not come along to the parish centre and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the warm and friendly surroundings. Beats chatting outside church in the cold brrrrrh!!!

Congratulations to our newlyweds, Rose Cranney & Paul Butler, who were married here last week and wish them a long and happy life together.

Churches Together in Bebington will be holding a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Saturday 18th to Saturday 25th January entitled “Is Christ Divided?”See Notice Board for details. St John’s will be hosting Saturday, 18th January, 10.30am coffee. 11am start. The theme for the day will be “Together……… we are called to be saints” (1 Cor 1.2).