4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1st February. 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

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1st February. Cycle B.


Lay preachers use religious words. It’s easier than getting down to the nitty gritty but it doesn’t help people to connect their faith with their lives. So whenever you hear a sermon that is peppered with words like salvation, ecclesial, redemption, Christological, justification, metanoia, eschatology, sanctifying grace or beatific vision, then you know that the preacher is using shorthand. Of course, there is nothing wrong with any of these words; they are theological ways of expressing our faith and the work of God in our lives. But they remain on a cerebral level. They engage the mind but more often than not don’t reach the heart. They are not geared to connecting faith with life in a way that most people readily understand.

When the Jewish religious leaders preached they appear to have fallen into the same trap. What they said was right, but it was stale. People found it hard to become enthusiastic when they heard them preach.

Then Jesus came along. People related to what he said because they could see that it had meaning for the way they were trying to live. It connected with their struggles, their fears and their hopes. When they described his teaching, people said that he taught “with authority”. By this they did not mean that he took official stance or that he talked down to people as if they were ignorant. It meant that they could see that his teaching was going to have a beneficial effect on their lives. It made sense and they could grasp its significance.

Authority meant that his words had clout. The word authority comes from the Latin word that at its root means to increase or grow. To speak with authority meant that what Jesus was saying to them would make them grow; cause them to develop, to fulfil potential. Unlike the scribes who simply told people all the rules that they had to obey, Jesus’ teaching was a liberating experience that spoke about the value and worth of the human person before God. It encouraged people, offered them hope, gave them confidence and made them want to be part of the message and to tell others about it. It was more than just words. And it still is today.


His teaching made a deep impression on them, because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority. (Mark 1:22)


Scripture is what nourishes our faith. If we are to be prophets

of God, as we agreed to be at our baptism, then we need to know what God is saying to our world. The more united we become with God’s word, the more familiar we are with the words of the gospels, the morfe faithful we will be to our calling as prophets

Pope Francis’ Intentions for February

Universal: Prisoners: That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild live s with dignity.

Evangelization: Separated Spouses: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.

EACH SUNDAY from 1st February, at 9.00pm, Flame Radio is broadcasting ‘JUST 10’ – an opportunity to explore the Ten Commandments with J. John and see how they can radically refresh our own walk with God. The series will finish, appropriately, on 3rd April, 2014 – Resurrection Day – when we’ll actually look at the first commandment, Each talk is just over 30 minutes long and J John has a style that just grips the listener, even on radio.
FLAME CHRISTIAN and Community Radio broadcasts on 1521 medium-wave (AM) – serving Liverpool, Wirral, Chester, Runcorn, Warrington and North Wales …and on-line at www.flameradio.org or TuneIn or internet radios … wherever you are.

Way of the Spirit Teaching Day to be held in the Parish Centre on Saturday, 7th February, 10-1pm. Theme: The Normal Christian Life. All Welcome

If you would like to receive the newsletter via email, please hand in your details marked for Joan or Ann’s attention and you will be added to the distribution list.

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

Parish Pastoral Team Meeting will be held on Thursday at 7.30 pm in the presbytery.

4th Sunday of the Year 1st






Ivan Gregory

Prayer Meeting


Presentation of the Lord

2nd 9.15 am Tom Fletcher

Candles will be blessed before Mass

Tuesday 3rd 9.15am November List
Wed 4th 9.15am Mabel Evans
Thurs 5th 9.15am Eileen


Friday 6th 9.15am November List
Saturday 7th
5th Sunday

of the Year

8th 5.00pm


7.30 pm

John J Kelly


Prayer Meeting

Mass times will be back to normal this week Monday-Friday at 9.15 am

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30a.m Mass …….. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this

Please note that Monday is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day). Candles will be blessed at the beginning of

9.15am Mass

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 Matters

Offertory: £ 876

Priests Retirement Fund £ 7.52 Total £597.52

Cards and Books £ 6.10

Many thanks for your generosity

Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom (Saturday 21 February)

Please join Bishop Mark, the clergy of Shrewsbury Cathedral and the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in a Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom at the Cathedral on Saturday 21 February at 3:00pm. The vigil will last no more than ninety minutes and will give us all the chance to learn about, reflect on and pray for all of those Christians around the world who are currently suffering terrible hardships because of their Faith.

Will those readers who will NOT be available for Palm Sunday and/or the Easter Triduum please contact Dot Humphrey. Thank you

The Diocesan Liturgy Commission invites all Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to a TRAINING DAY on Saturday, 28th February at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, Ellesmere Port. Please inform Fr Bernard that you are willing to attend. The Day will start at 10am and conclude at 3pm with the commissioning of all the attendees at 3pm. Please see poster at the back of church for more details.

The Annual Celebration of Married Life will take place at St Columba’s, Chester on Saturday, 14th February at 12 noon. All welcome. If you are celebrating a significant wedding anniversary (i.e. Silver, Ruby, Golden, Diamond) in 2015 and would like to attend this Mass, please hand in your details to Fr Bernard this weekend so that Bishop Mark can send you a personal letter of invitation.

St Joseph’s, North Road, next charismatic prayer meeting will be on Friday, 6th February. The group meets every

fortnight. There is a list on the notice board of future dates.

Mgr Peter O’Neill is celebrating the Masses at

St John’s this weekend as Fr Bernard is celebrating an Enrolment Mass at St Anne’s and a Mass for the Holy Family Sisters on the eve of the Day of Prayer for those in Consecrated Life.

Fr Emeka returns from his holiday in Nigeria this week in time to celebrate the 9.15 am Mass on Friday.

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day) comes as a sort of epilogue to Christmas. It’s no coincidence that it occurs exactly 40 days after the event since it is intended to set a seal on the Christmas season.

With the benefit of hindsight we see Jesus being presented in the temple and we recognise him as not simply the baby of Bethlehem but as the light for all nations.

In celebrating today’s feast we light our candles so that we may be reminded of our baptismal commitment to spreading the light of Christ by the way that we live, and we rejoice that like Anna and Simeon we too have been privileged to see God’s salvation.

Today, your Son, who shares your eternal splendour, was presented in the temple and revealed by the Spirit as the glory of Israel and the light of all peoples.

(Roman Preface for Presentation)

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