Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 11th January 2015 December. Cycle B.


St John the Evangelist

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

Priests: Fr. Bernard Forshaw assisted by Fr. Emeka

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

Email: stjohntheevangelist

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

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 11th January 2015 December. Cycle B.


Fr Tom finds himself in deep water at St Michael’s. A row has broken out over baptism.

Sharon Watson called to arrange for her two year-old, Tracy, to be baptised and Fr Tom put her in touch with Sr. Margaret who along with a small group of parents runs the baptism preparation sessions. These take place about once a month for parents of children who are to be baptised. Sharon told Sr. Margaret she was too busy to attend the session, and anyway, she’d been to enough baptisms to know what went on and she didn’t need any sessions talking about religion, thank you!

Sr. Margaret and her group decided that since Sharon never attended church, didn’t seem keen on being connected with the parish in any way and showed little or no understanding of the true meaning of commitment that baptism entails, including the promise to bring up her child to understand and to practise her faith, they would recommend to Fr Tom that Tracy should not be baptised, at least not yet.

When Elsie Simpson, Sharon’s neighbour, found out about this she was furious. How dare they refuse baptism to the woman’s child? Wasn’t she just doing what’s best for the youngster and wasn’t she better than all those parents who never even bothered to turn up at the church and ask for baptism? Didn’t this show that there was some faith at least, and why should the child be punished when it’s done nothing wrong? And so off she went to see Fr Tom.

And so there he stood, caught in the blast between Sr. Margaret and Elsie Simpson. On the one hand he had to consider that baptism is the fundamental sacrament that commits a person to following Christ, the passport to everything that Christ has to offer to his Church. So it’s not simply a dousing with water and an entry in the book. It should be a radical request. On the other hand there’s a parent who, although she does not practise her faith, does nevertheless want her daughter to have some connection with the Church and has taken the step of approaching the parish.

What would you do? And does it make you wonder about your own commitment on this feast of the Baptism of the Lord?


Pay attention, come to me; listen and your soul will live.

(Isaiah 3)


Like a marriage, a baptism has to be worked on day in day out otherwise it can grow cold. Today’s feast summons us to take seriously the promises we undertook at our baptisms to be followers of Christ who proclaim to the world the power of his salvation by the way we live.


Next weekend 17/18th the annual Collection for the Retired Priests’ Fund will be held. In the time I have been with you, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of the Diocese towards the Retired Priests’ Fund. With your help, we can build up the Fund to meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests.

Special Envelopes are available for you to use. A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can make your donation by cheque. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations to the Fund. I ask that you give as generously as you can to this very worthy cause and would also like to express my sincere gratitude for your continued support.

With every blessing,

+ Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

18 January Liverpool J&P Annual Memorial Lecture

Together for the Common Good at LACE Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AA. 2pm – 4pm (doors open 1.30pm).

Speaker: Jenny Sinclair from T4CG on Catholic social thought and a shared understanding among Christians.

Jenny Sinclair is the daughter of David and Grace Sheppard and the Together for the Common Good initiative is one of the best hopes of an ecumenical presence in the longed for reform of our political discourse.

Her work is especially relevant and useful in this election year. Details 0151 522 1080 s.atherton

Weekday Masses at St Anne’s this week are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 12noon and on Wednesday’s at 7.30pm

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Cycle B

11th. 5.00pm




Baby Francis Fryer

Prayer Meeting

Mon 12th. 9.15am Anthony Kennedy RIP
Tues 13th. 9.15am Anastasia Sweatman (birthday remembrance)
Wed 14th. 9.15am Our retired priests
Thurs. 15th. 9.15am. John O’Shea
Friday 16th. 9.15am. Vera Brockway- thanks
Saturday 17th. 12md Carmel Mass
2nd Sunday of the Year 18th. 5.00pm


7.30 pm

Christian Unity

Theresa McLean

Prayer Meeting

Morning prayer is prayed each weekday at 9am before Mass and on Friday there is Holy Hour from 9.40 until 10.40.

Please pray for our sick and those who care for

Peter Carr, Colette Howes, Frances Heslin, Liam Halpen, 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, Rachel Mulrooney, Winifred Sweeney.

Remember also those in the parish who do not wish their illness to be made public but who also need our prayers.

Money- thank you for your generosity

Offertory Collection: £754 96p

Crib Offerings (Children’s Society) £84-49p

This weekend brings the last opportunity to pay a visit to our beautiful crib and be reminded again that Christ came to earth in the humblest of ways for all our sakes. Please remember the Children’s Society and say a prayer for the children of our diocese and perhaps make a donation- however small- to the Children’s Society. Thank you.

After 30 years of wielding the mop and broom at St John’s, Vera Brockway has decided the time has come to hang up her duster and relax. It is fitting to thank her for all those years of commitment to this aspect of parish life. There is so much we take for granted:- that the church will be clean, that the flowers will be arranged, that the altar linen will be beautiful etc. etc. Perhaps one or two of you might be encouraged to join the cleaning team which meets after Mass on Tuesday mornings. It isn’t all scrub and shine- they enjoy a natter and a cuppa after the cleaning and are a happy bunch of folk. Of course the flower arrangers would welcome new blood too- you don’t have to be an expert- just willing to learn and perhaps start on some of the less skilled areas depending on how you feel.

.You are invited to the restart of our MARANATHA meetings here in the Parish Centre on the 3rd. Saturday of each month 10-30 to 1-00.
We gather to share a time of praise/worship, teaching, intercession and fellowship with Christians from all denominations
During next Saturday’s meeting we will be discussing and praying for our representations to Parliament of “A Matter of Life or Death-The Struggle for the Soul of our Nation-What are British Values?” Hope to see you there.

We rely on food donations to feed local people in crisis. From packets of pasta to tins of tomatoes please give what you can. Could you donate in-date non-perishable food? Big or small, every gift you give helps transform lives. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. Please join us in building brighter futures, thank you!

Children’s Liturgy resumes next Sunday at the 9.30am Mass.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts from next Sunday and the theme this year is ‘The well is deep’ based on the Samaritan woman. Please take careful note of the timetable-we hope that the services will be well supported by those of you who are free.

Next weekend there will be a local pulpit exchange. The Rev Richard Hambly will speak here at both Masses and Deacon Mike will be speaking at the United Reformed Church in Bebington next Sunday..

Each weekday service starts at 10.30am and the venues are as follows:

Methodist Church on Monday,

St Andrews Tuesday,

Christ Church Hr. Beb Wednesday,

Jireh Thursday,

St Luke’s Friday

St John’s on Saturday.

Holy Communion and Sacrament of Reconciliation at Home:

For those who struggle to come to church because of illness or infirmity please let Fr Bernard know and a visit can be arranged.

The Sacrament of the Sick is available for those suffering from a significant illness or for those facing hospital treatment- again please inform the priest or leave a message which can be passed on.

The Father’s Delight: St Teresa Speaks

O my Father! That voice that was heard at the Baptism says you delight in your Son. Consider the great delight the Son has in knowing His Father. Be joyful, my soul, for there is someone who loves your God as He deserves.

Tea and coffee are served each Sunday after the 9.30am Mass- come and meet your fellow parishioners once in a while.

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