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

4th Sunday in Lent 30th March, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: LIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TUNNEL

It’s an interesting question that the disciples asked Jesus. Since they thought that illness was a punishment sent by God, they wanted to know whether the blind man or his parents had sinned for him to be born blind. Jesus turns the question upside down and simply says that the man was born blind so that God could be glorified through his cure. Obviously he was answering them on their own level.

Even today we come across people who think that sickness or disability is something “sent” by God on people. Under the guise of religion we hear people say that those who do wrong will get their “comeuppance” from God in the end.

There are two flaws in this reasoning. First of all, how can a newborn baby be responsible for sinful actions? How can it have merited being born blind, deaf or malformed? But secondly, and more importantly, this argument reduces God to a petty busybody who spends his time getting his own back on those who break the rules.

The truth is that God loves all people, no matter what they are like. Hard for us to take? Probably. But then God even loves you and me, and we both know what we’re like!

The Church puts the gospel of the man born blind before us in Lent to show that at the heart of God’s grace is the ability to be rescued from the darkness that produces sin, aimlessness and life-weariness. Lenten repentance invites us to a new vision, to light, to seeing things in a clearer and brighter way. Those who live in Christ know where they are going; they are not blind stumblers who have to take what life throws at them. They can choose to walk in the light of God’s promises.

Now that we’re about mid way through Lent we have the chance to thank God for the light of faith. In a world of darkness and half-truths we are not condemned to await the next storm that threatens the horizon. Christians face the future with confidence. It’s not just that we see light at the end of the tunnel. We see it in the middle, and that’s where it counts.

WORD OF GOD

You were children of darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord;be like children of light,for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth. (Ephesians 5: 8-9)!

WORD FOR TODAY

If we follow the daily round of current events, taking our cue from what the press or media think is good for us, then we will survive. But we’ll only survive for mediocrity. Christ tells us that to follow him is to walk in the light, to see things in a completely new way. This is not surviving; it’s living!

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

At Christ the King at 6.45pm on Tuesday evenings, during Lent, and possibly longer, Rosary will be said for Peace in Syria and for the Syrian people. All welcome

Reconciliation Service to be held at St John’s on Wednesday, 2nd April, 7pm. There will be no general absolution and a number of priests will be available to hear confession.

Don’t forget to reset your clocks 1 HOUR FORWARD on SATURDAY NIGHT 29th March

4th Sunday

Of Lent

30th 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Aileen McGuigan

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Mon 31st 9.15 am Jose McGree Annv.
Tues APRIL 1st 9.15am Laurence Nugent Annv.
Wed 2nd 10.00am

7pm

Churches Together Lenten Lunch

Reconciliation Service

Thurs 3rd 9.15am Terry Cooke Annv.
Friday 4th 9.15am Betty Crebbin Annv.
Saturday 5th 11-

12 Noon

Exposition with the opportunity for Confession
5th Sunday

of Lent

6th 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30 pm

Parishioners

John Rice RIP

Stations of the Cross

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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £690.89

Boiler: £ 4.00

Book Sales: £

Lenten Lunches over 2 weeks £43.60p. Many Thanks

120 Club winners: No 61 T Cunningham £ 20

There is no Lenten Lunch on Friday 4th April . Friday 11th April will be our next Parish Lenten Lunch which will begin with mass at 11.30am followed by a soup lunch in the parish centre. Come along for a chat over a bowl of soup.

“Evening Faith Talks” The final talk at Christ the King, Tuesday,8thApril – Pope Francis – One Year On – Canon David Roberts. 7.30pm start. Session will close by 9.00pm

Churches Together Wednesday Lenten Lunch is on 2nd April and St John’s will be the host church commencing 10.30am with coffee followed by service at 11am and a soup lunch at 12 noon. SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR FULL LIST OF VENUES AND DATES.

St Mary’s, Hooton will be holding an all night vigil on Friday 11th April, commencing with Night Prayer at 9pm and concluding with Holy Mass at 6am.

The Camino de Santiago. An Easter Pilgrimage for young people (17-30). April 13th-20th April. Cost from London will be £429. If you are interested please contact Mary Tyrell, at St Anne’s, for more details or an application form.

The remaining two talks at St John Plessington commencing 7pm :

Friday 4th April – “Together into the Future” – Led by Margaret Lillis

Friday 11th April – “A wake-up Call – What me?” – Led by Fr Nick Kerns

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.

13th April will be the next Bereavement Group Coffee Morning. 10-11am in the parish centre.

They have arrived!! Our new notice boards are up and looking brilliant. We are not using sharp objects as notices will be fixed using Velcro discs . Please leave your posters for fixing by Colette and her buddy Roison, with a bit thank you.

We also have a notice board for the Liturgy Group so you can see the work the children do. It is on the left of the door where they enter the Side Chapel. Please take a minute to look at it on your way out of church. They are VERY enthusiastic and would like to show you what they do. Many thanks. Children’s Liturgy Group

Joan Hannam is relinquishing her role as Minister of the Liturgical Environment. There is a “Job Description” on the Notice Board for anyone who might like to take on this role. A BIG thank you to Joan as her artistic flair in dressing the altar and church to bring alive the liturgical seasons, I am sure, has been a great help to everyone in making the services more meaningful and thought provoking.

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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 Lent 23rd March, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FANCY A DRINK?

We’d be fooling ourselves if we thought that people wander around with a thirst for God. We’d even be fooling ourselves if we thought that most Christians experience a great thirst for the word of Christ. The fact is that they don’t.

Yet all of us, Christian or not, do have some deep-seated yearnings that we long to be fulfilled. We may find it hard to put our finger on exactly what these are. We disguise them under the veil of needing more money, more free time, or perhaps a few luxuries. But all of us have needs that can only be satisfied at the deepest level.

The most basic need we feel is to be loved. We soon get knocked off course if we sense that people dislike us or that we are not exactly crucial to anyone’s plans for the future. This is because we created in love by Love. Some of us learn to live with being rejected by most people, like the Samaritan woman at the well. But it doesn’t stop us from yearning. And it came as such a surprise to the Samaritan woman that Jesus should just treat her like a decent human being.

“I only want to be happy” is something we’ve all heard. Happiness and joy go hand in hand with being fulfilled. And when Jesus speaks about the water that is on offer to those who believe in him, he is talking in part about being freed from fear, from worry and anxiety. He is talking about knowing that we belong, we matter, and that nothing can ever come between us and the care and concern of God.

And everyone has times when they wonder what it’s all about. What’s the point of life? Where is its meaning and significance? We can get hung up on drinking what the rest of the world takes for water, yet it doesn’t satisfy our thirst deep down. Jesus tells us that the water he gives us will well up to eternal life, a life that has a purpose now and a promise for the future.

When the woman sits and talks with Jesus at the well she begins to get a whole new outlook on life. Jesus promises something she’s never had and yet always longed for. And he does it again to us during this Lent. Feeling thirsty already?

WORD OF GOD

You must strike the rock, and water will flow from it for the people to drink. (Exodus 17: 6)

WORD FOR TODAY

Not many of us are likely to die of thirst in our part of the world. But most of us do carry a thirst around with us. We thirst for something more than the ordinariness and banality of daily living. Christians believe that this thirst can be quenched and satisfied only in the promises of Jesus, the Christ of God.

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

Pope Francis’ Intentions for Lent. We are asked to pray for:

Candidates for the Sacraments; Women; The needy and hungry of the world; penitents and wanderers

Following Bishop Mark’s invitation to make 2014 a “Year of Prayer for Peace”, on Friday, 28th March , at 7pm, in the parish of Holy Apostles and Martyrs, George St, Wallasey Village, there will be a Novena Mass to support this initiative.

3rd Sunday

Of Lent

23rd 5.30pm

10am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Mary Gibb

Church Parade

Prayer Meeting

Mon 24th 9.15 am Parishioners
Tues 25th 9.15am Parishioners
Wed 26th 7.00pm Fred Diskin Annv.
Thurs 27th 9.15am Travellers
Friday 28th 11.30am

12 Noon

Parishioners

Lenten Lunch

Saturday 29th 12 Noon Monthly
4th Sunday

of Lent

Mother’s Day

30th 5.30pm

10am

7.30 pm.

Aileen McGuigan

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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £653,07

Boiler: £ 4.00

Book Sales: £

Family Fast Day £883.15

SPUC £288.31

120 Club winners: No 105 D Dawson £ 20

Many thanks for your generous donation of £883.15. Late donations will be forwarded to Cafod. B McGuigan

Friday 28th will be our third Parish Lenten Lunch which will begin with mass at 11.30am followed by a soup lunch in the parish centre. Come along for a chat over a bowl of soup.

Day of Reflection for Eucharistic Ministers will be held in the day chapel on Saturday, 29th March, 10-2.30pm. Day will include a simple shared lunch.

There will be a further Traidcraft Stall this weekend before Mothering Sunday. Please come along and buy a unique gift – even treat yourselves!!!

“Evening Faith Talks” The third talk at Christ the King, Tuesday,25th March – Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis and his vision –

Fr Nick Kern. 7.30pm start. Session will close by 9.00pm

MYAPOLOGIES AS LAST WEEK I ADVERTISED THE INCORRECT DATE.

Churches Together Wednesday Lenten Lunch is at ST LUKES on 26th March, commencing 10.30am with coffee followed by service at 11am and a soup lunch at 12 noon. On Wednesday 2nd April, St John’s will be the host church. SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR FULL LIST OF VENUES AND DATES.

St Mary’s, Hooton, will be holding an all night vigil on Friday 11th April, commencing with Night Prayer at 9pm and concluding with Holy Mass at 6am.

The Camino de Santiago. An Easter Pilgrimage for young people (17-30). April 13th-20th April. Cost from London will be £429. If you are interested please contact Mary Tyrell, at St Anne’s for more details or an application form.

A series of Lenten Talks at St John Plessington college will start on Friday, 28th March at 7pm. The title will be “The Man and His Mission” and the speaker is Bishop Brian. The last series of talks were wonderful so it is in our interests to try to attend if we are able.

On 28th March, 5-6pm in the Day Chapel, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed with the opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation.

On the remaining Saturdays during Lent, commencing 29th March, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in Church 11-12 noon followed by the opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Reconciliation Service to be held here on Wednesday, 2nd April, 7pm. There will be a number of priests available to hear confession

Don’t forget to reset your clocks on SATURDAY NIGHT

30th March

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@gmail.com
websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org
2nd Sunday in Lent, 16th March, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WONDER AND DELIGHT
People often say that the thing they most enjoy at Christmas is the look on small children’s faces as they open their presents. We all know what they mean. The wide eyes, the squeals, the laughter and excitement. The word that actually describes these children, a word that we don’t use that much these days, is delight.
We’ve all experienced delight in some form or other. We’ve all experienced something so magnificent or wonderful that the only response we can make is one of praise. Perhaps the birth of a baby, a fantastic view, a great wine, an unexpected gift or favour, or even a proposal of marriage (!) has done it for us! At any rate, whatever it is, we just couldn’t stay silent about it.
The transfiguration teaches us a lot about our relationship with God. The disciples were so thrilled, so delighted, that they wanted to keep the whole thing going by putting up three tents where they could keep enjoying Jesus, Moses and Elijah…their three heroes.
This is what worship is about, keeping up the delight and wonder at our hero-God. When we come to church on Sundays it is with this awe and wonder of having experienced the life-giving presence of God during the week. We come not as miserable subjects under some obligation, but as children of God who have been gifted daily in so many ways. And we come to experience more of it.
Liturgy is our proclamation of delight at having the God that we do have. The hymns and songs are not there to make us feel good; they’re there to praise God for bothering to call us sons and daughters. Our Sunday worship springs from gratitude; it is the heartfelt response to the beauty and majesty of God visible all around us in the people and events of our lives. Yet liturgy is not all about what we are doing. Through our payer and praise God reveals further delights to us as we grasp this love at ever-deeper levels. We have a delightful God! And when our preliminaries are over and we sit to listen to God’s word in the scriptures, that same voice calls to us from the clouds and says, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!”

WORD OF GOD
There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white s the light. (Matthew 17: 2)

WORD FOR TODAY
What are the really great moments in our life? What needs to happen for us to sit up and notice that something special is going on? What really hits us between the eyes and speaks to us of God? In fact, where do we experience our transfiguration?

WORDS FOR WORSHIP
The divinity of Jesus was revealed to us on the top of the mountain. Let’s ask that our lives may be transfigured by God’s presence here on earth as his Spirit prays through us while we say: Our Father…

Thanks to all who have handed in their RED Missio
Boxes. If anyone has a box to be emptied please leave in church. I will let you know the total mount in April. Kath Markey

Friday 14th March was Cafod Family Fast Day. There will be a retiring collection after each mass and for taxpayers please use envelopes provided. Many thanks

Parish Team Meeting Tuesday, 18th March, 7.30pm.

2nd Sunday
of Lent 16th 5.30pm
10am
3pm
7.30pm Colin Sambrook
Parishioners
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Mon Feast of
St Patrick 17th 9.15 am Our Schools
Tues 18th 9.15am Mr Devine Annv
Wed
Solemnity of St Joseph 19th 9.15am 1st Anniversary of the Inauguration of Pope Francis Thurs 20th 9.15am Private Intention
Friday 21st 11.30am
12 Noon Parishioners
Lenten Lunch
Saturday 22nd 12 Noon Monthly
3rd Sunday
of Lent 23rd 5.30pm
10am
7.30 pm. Parishioners
Mary Gibb
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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said) Money- thank you for your generosity
Offertory: £663.75p
Boiler: £ 4.00p
Book Sales: £
120 Club winners: No: 69 N. Evans £ 20

This Sunday there will be Stations of the Cross in church at 3pm. All welcome to come along.

The 19th March is the 1st Anniversary of the Inauguration of Pope Francis. Please remember him and pray for his intentions.

Friday 21st will be our second Parish Lenten Lunch which will begin with mass at 11.30am followed by a soup lunch in the parish centre. Further dates 28th March and 11th April.

Churches Together Wednesday Lenten Lunch is at Jireh on 19th March, commencing 10.30am with coffee followed by service at 11am and a soup lunch at 12 noon. On Wednesday 2nd April, St John’s will be the host church. SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR FULL LIST OF VENUES AND DATES.

Day of Reflection for Eucharistic Ministers will be held in the day chapel on Saturday, 29th March 10-2.30pm. Day will include a simple shared lunch.

At Christ the King at 6.45pm on Tuesday evenings, during Lent, and possibly longer, Rosary will be said for Peace in Syria and for the Syrian people. All welcome.

There will be a further Traidcraft Stall over the weekend 22/23rd March before Mothering Sunday. Please come along and buy a unique gift – even treat yourselves!!!

Do not forget our bookstall to see if there is anything there to feed your spirits during this holy season? If there is a particular title you have set your heart on but can’t find in there then please write it down and we will do our best to have it in stock for the following week.

“Evening Faith Talks” The third talk taking place at Christ the King (Church Hall), Tuesday, 18th March – Evangelii Guardium – The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis and his vision – Fr Nick Kern. 7.30pm start. Session will close by 9.00pm
Stuart Townend will be coming to St Andrew’s Church, Bebington on Thursday, 15th May at 7.30pm. Stuart is an English Christian worship leader and writer of hymns and contemporary worship music. His songs include “In Christ Alone”, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”, “Beautiful Saviour” and “The King of Love”. For tickets please contact Ash Vestergaard 201 7801.0787328 or email ash@vestergaard.co.uk

Birch Tree Manor Care Home Port Sunlight.
Befriending Invitation
Show a little interest, have a chat, bring a smile and make somebody’s day special. If you have the occasional half an hour spare and would like to do this during Lent please telephone Maria on 644 0777 (daytime) or 201 5837 (evenings & weekends).
Hoping a few parishioners will respond to this invitation which follows on from Fr Philip’s homily two weeks ago i.e. do something extra for lent, give a little time, be a Christ to someone in need.

There have been a number of second/retiring collections of late and these are sometimes unavoidable to space out. Many thanks, once again, for your overwhelming support and ongoing generosity.

Sandymount Retreat House, Crosby will be holding a weekend workshop entitled “The Second Half of Life” on 28-30th March. £100 residential, £60 non-residential. For more details tel 0151 924 4850 or http://www.sandymountretreats.org.uk

Notice boards under construction , sorry for any inconvenience but we are confident everyone will be happy with the results

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

1st Sunday in Lent 9th March, 2014 Cycle A.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE EASY WAY OUT

Fr. Brown was the priest in a parish that was opening its new church. For some strange reason he’d put himself in charge of landscaping the garden area around the building. He started well with lots of earthmoving but as the big day drew near the parishioners couldn’t help noticing and commenting on the fact that it was not going to be ready in time. He hadn’t even planted anything. He shrugged off their worries and when they arrived on the day they were met with an amazing array of flowers in full bloom. Only a closer look showed that they were all plastic!

We may laugh, but there’s a bit of Fr Brown in all of us. How many times have we “made do” with something when really we knew all the time that something more was required? And how many times have we been faced with something awkward and been tempted to take the easy way out?

Being tempted to take the easy way out comes in many different guises. If we see our neighbour’s son buying drugs on the street corner do we say anything or do we just ignore it for a quiet life? If Auntie Elsie turns up in a body-hugging leopard skin dress do we comment on the badly distributed 17 stone or do we compliment her? Do we feed our family on wholesome food or do we just open a tin because it’s easier? Do we give a few coins to the homeless rather than enquire what we can do to tackle the problem of homelessness? Do we take the time to talk to our children about their day at school or are we just grateful that the TV will occupy them? Of course, papering over the cracks also has more serious consequences: do I decide to keep the baby or will it be easier all round without it?

At the root of all temptation is the easy way out. Temptation offers the chance, seemingly, to have our cake and eat it. The Devil even tried it with Jesus, offering him fame and glory without all the suffering that awaited him but Christ’s response was clear and emphatic. As Lent begins we ask ourselves what quick exits we are tempted to take. And we prepare ourselves for the challenge of sticking to the road.

WORD OF GOD

Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. (Matthew 4:1)

WORD FOR TODAY

Even Jesus was tempted. There’s nothing wrong with being tempted, only with giving in. Of course, we can stack the odds against us by putting ourselves in a situation where it’s going to be hard to resist. Or we can face our temptations head-on and grow as human beings by learning from our weaknesses. The choice, as ever, is ours.

Reconciliation Service to be held at St John’s on Wednesday, 2nd April, 7pm. There will be a number of priests available to hear confession.

“Evening Faith Talks” The second talk taking place at Christ the King (Church Hall)

Tuesday 11th March – Scripture – The Gospel according to Matthew – The Man and his Message Canon David Roberts. Tea/coffee available from 7.15pm with a 7.30pm start. Session will close by 9.00pm

EWTN Catholic Television is available free on Sky, Sky Freesat, BBC Freesat, Roku, online at www.ewtn.co.uk. Starting Sunday 9th March there are a series of Lenten Reflections from the Portsmouth Diocese, commencing 11.30am and repeated on Thursdays at 6.00am and Fridays 5.30pm

Do not forget our bookstall to see if there is anything there to feed your spirits during this holy season? If there is a particular title you have set your heart on but can’t find in there then please write it down and we will do our best to have it in stock for the following week.

MARCH = Please remember to bring your

offerings in during this month. Thank you

1st Sunday

of Lent

9th 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30pm

Mary Gibbs

Parishioners

Lenten Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Mon 10th 9.15 am Mr Devine
Tues 11th 9.15am Parishioners
Wed 12th 9.15am Mary McAndrew RIP
Thurs 13th 9.15am Peter Ryan
Friday 14th 11.30am

12 Noon

Parishioners

Lenten Lunch

Saturday 15th 12 Noon Monthly
2nd Sunday of Lent 16th 5.30pm

10am

3pm

7.30 pm.

Aileen McGuigan

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

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. Rosary commences 5 mins after Morning Mass (when said)

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory: £605.10

Boiler: £ 6.00

Book Sales: £

120 Club winners: No: 12 A McLean £ 20

Catholic Education Service has a vacancy for CES Education Adviser (Wales) & Education Officer (Archdiocese of Cardiff) Closing date for applications Friday, 28th March. See Notice Board for details and job description.

Bereavement Group Coffee Morning will be in Parish Centre, Monday, 10th March 10-11am.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children The retiring collection last Sunday was unfortunately overlooked and will taken place this Sunday. Apologies for

the oversight.

On the 2nd and 5th Sundays of Lent there will be Stations of the Cross in church at 3pm. All welcome to come along.

Parish Friday Lenten Lunches will begin with mass at 11.30am followed by a soup lunch in the parish centre. Dates: Friday 14th, 21st. 28th March and 11th April.

Churches Together Wednesday Lenten Lunches commence 12th March at Bebington URC., commencing 10.30am with coffee followed by service at 11am and a soup lunch at 12 noon. On Wednesday 2nd April, St John’s will be the host church. SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR FULL LIST OF VENUES AND DATES.

Day of Reflection for Eucharistic Ministers will be held in the day chapel on Saturday, 29th March

10-2.30pm. Day will include a simple shared lunch.

On Saturday, 15th March, at 10am in the Parish Centre, a meeting will be held for the Confirmation Team to start planning the programme for this year’s candidates, who will be confirmed on 26th November at Christ the King.

At Christ the King at 6.45pm on Tuesday evenings, during Lent, and possibly longer, Rosary will be said for Peace in Syria and for the Syrian people. All welcome.

Charismatic Prayer Group at St Joseph’s, North Road will meet on Friday, 21st March at 7pm. Group meets fortnightly. SEE NOTICE BOARD FOR FUTURE DATES.

Dear St John’s. For the past 15 years you have always made me feel very included. The outpouring of love was made even more evident in your prayers and expression of care at the death of my mother. Thank you. She would have been overwhelmed, as I was, by your thoughtfulness. And the fact that you had a Mass offered whilst we were at the crematorium was so meaningful for me. Love JANE LEE

A BIG THANK YOU to all parishioners who supported the Traidcraft Stall over the past 2 weekends – goods sold came to £280. There will be a further weekend planned for 22/23rd March before Mothering Sunday. Please come along and buy a unique gift – even treat yourselves!!! Kind Regards EILEEN BELL

AND ANOTHER BIG THANKYOU from Mums & Tots Group. They held a cake sale to raise money for equipment and they raised £40. Happy expanding waistbands to all you cup cake lovers out there!!!

Thanks a million – SIMONE LARKIN