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


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


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)


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


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!


Feast of theEpiphany of the Lord

5th 5.30pm



Harold O’Neill RIP


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

Baptism of the Lord

12th 5.30pm


8 pm.

Ambrose Michael Walsh 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: £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).


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