2nd Sunday in Lent, 1st March. 2015. Cycle B.


St John the Evangelist

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

Priest: Fr. Bernard Forshaw

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

Email: stjohntheevangelist

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

2nd Sunday in Lent, 1st March. 2015. Cycle B.


In the midst of all the economic doom and gloom about the global recession our news programmes try to find the occasional thing to cheer us up. So after yet another High Street name has gone bankrupt we are treated to a story about a monkey that can knit or an octogenarian who has just gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel. It helps us to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. But of course it doesn’t take the recession away.

The disciples had their moments of gloom too. Just before today’s gospel account of the Transfiguration Jesus had been talking to them about taking up their cross and suffering, about losing their lives for the sake of the gospel. That can’t have cheered them up much. But the Transfiguration had the opposite effect on them. They were privileged to see Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah, to see his appearance changed before their very eyes and to hear the voice of God coming from the cloud.

It was a boost to their faith, to put it mildly. Such an experience would keep them going strong through all sorts of setbacks that lay in store for them. That’s why Peter wanted to set up three tents, so that he could keep going back and savouring the moment again. If the temptations of Jesus last week represent him as human, then this week’s Transfiguration show his divine side. The three disciples caught a glimpse of his glory, a glory that is normally hidden from view in this life.

What keeps you going in your life of faith? In the ups and downs of daily life there are times when we wonder if it is all worthwhile and yet there are other moments when the presence of God breaks through loud and clear and we feel that we could almost reach out and touch God’s presence.

Lent is a time for taking stock. Perhaps one thing we could take stock of is how we come across God in our daily lives. If you had three tents and could put something in each of them that would speak to you about the close presence of God, about those moments when you can almost smell God, what would you put in each one of them? You can have anything you want, except a monkey that knits!


Abraham, because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you. (Genesis 22:16-17)


Abraham underwent so many tests of his trust in God that he is known as “Father in Faith”. Lent invites us to trust God in the dark areas of our lives and to have faith so that we may achieve union with God. During these forty days what is the guiding light that leads us towards Easter? What inspires our faith?

Your continued donations to the Wirral Foodbank are very much appreciated. The need to help and support those in our community is ongoing. The Foodbank relies upon non-perishable, in date, donations to feed people in crisis. There is a comprehensive list of items on the notice board. Please place food in the boxes provided at the back of church.

Befriending for Lent: This is a Churches Together initiative based at a local Care Home and it is a positive alternative to giving something up for Lent. If you are interested in being involved, and visiting an elderly person who may not have any relatives to visit them, please see poster on the notice board at the back of church.

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.

Appeal for Missing CD. Has anyone borrowed the CD ‘Blest are They’ because it has gone AWOL

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings and do not forget to take a look at the Church Notice Boards giving details of other events and happenings in New Ferry and Bebington and beyond.

2nd Sunday

In Lent

1st 5.00pm




Jack Humphreys RIP


Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 2nd 9.15 am Int, of Forshaw Family
Tuesday 3rd 9.15am


Sheila Nugent RIP

First Forgiveness

Wednesday 4th 9.30am Funeral Mass –

Carol Feightman

Thurs 5th 9.15am Paddy Foley RIP
Friday 6th 10-45am


12 Noon

12 Noon


The Needy & Hungry

Parish Lenten Lunch

Funeral Service at Landican Crematorium – Sophia Mooney

Saturday 7th
Third Sunday in Lent 8th 5.00pm



7.30 pm

Jim Burke


Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4-4.40pm

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

Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily 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, Anthony McLean.

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: £ 746.00p

Books: £ 34.41p

Many thanks for your generosity

Weekday Masses at St Anne’s this week –

Monday midday, Tuesday midday, Wednesday, 7.30pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday midday

Family Fast Day envelopes are still available at the back of church.

If you are a tax payer, please complete the reverse of the envelope. They can be returned, in the offertory collection, any time up to and including Palm Sunday, 28th/29th March. The UK Government has promised to match every pound and penny you give this Lent up to the value of £3.5m.

St John’s Parish Lent Lunches continue each Friday during Lent. There will be Exposition in the Day Chapel from 10.45-11.30am. Mass will be at 11.30am followed, at 12 Noon, by soup lunch in the Parish Centre.

Children in Year 3 of St John’s School will be receiving the Sacrament of First Forgiveness in church this Tuesday, at 6pm. Please keep them all in your prayers.

LPA Confirmation Catechists Meeting will be held here this Thursday,

5th March,at 7.30pm.

There is to be a Readers Practice for Holy Week in church on Thursday, 26th March 6.30-8.30pm. Please make every effort to attend.

Christ the King, Bromborough, will hold the second of a series of Lenten talks on Tuesday evening, 10th March, in the church, commencing at

7.30-9pm. See notice board for complete programme and dates. Overall Theme: “Vocation” (in its widest sense!)

March 10th – Canon David Roberts – Role of Lay in

the Church (Ref Vatican 2)

CHURCHES TOGETHER LENTEN MEETINGS. The next meeting will be on Wednesday morning,

4th March – Christ Church Higher Bebington

Programme: Coffee: 10.30am; Discussion 11am;

Soup Lunch 12 Noon.

There is a complete list of dates and venues on the notice book at the back of church.

Womens World Day of Prayer this Friday at 2pm. This year it will be held at Lower Bebington Methodist Church.

Formation Day for New & Experienced Catechists, Saturday, 14th March, organised by the Department for New Evangelisation is being held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY from 10.30am-3.30pm. Cost £5. The day, entitled “Part One of the Catechism – The Profession of Faith” will be led by Mrs Carol Ann Harnett. Please let Fr Bernard know if you would like to attend. See Poster on Notice Board for details.

Jesus speaks to St Teresa: Listen to Him!

Look at My whole life with suffering…only on Mount Tabor do you hear about My joy. When you see My Mother holding me in her arms, don’t hink she enjoyed comfort without heavy torment. At Simeon’s words, My Father gave her clear light to see what I was to suffer.

A Lenten Morning of Reflection and Prayer, organised by the Carmelite Group, here at

St John’s on Saturday, 14th March, 9.45am-1.pm. Led by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD. Mass 12 midday. All most welcome.


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