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

Palm Sunday 29th March. 2015. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE FULL PICTURE

When momentous events happen, only a few people are able to grasp their full significance. So, when the Berlin wall fell, everyone cheered, but a few knew what problems lay ahead for a unified Germany. When the iron curtain was finally pierced, only a few realised the implications this would have for an enlarged Europe. It takes a perceptive mind to see beyond what’s under their eyes and be able to grasp the wider picture.

On Palm Sunday there were only a few in the crowd who had any idea of what the real picture was. The crowd cheered and sang; the children were enjoying every moment of Jesus’s entry on a donkey into Jerusalem. It was a colourful pageant and a welcome diversion from the religious duties of the festival period.

But only a few knew that the man on the donkey was no mere rabbi, politician or rebel leader. He was, in fact, God’s Son. He was the Messiah sent by God to bring good news to his people and to reveal the sort of God that they had.

Only a few people could see that the cheering crowd would turn before the week was over and, bored once more, would demand a public spectacle again… this time an execution. In this they were representative of the people at large who rejected the message of Jesus.

Most people would have expected him to argue his case and try to defend himself

against the charges of treason in order to save his skin But a few people were convinced that he would remain absolutely faithful to the will of his Father. That’s because he knew that his mission depended on this. And whilst the vast majority of the crowd thought that the whole thing was something of a damp squib and the fun was over after his death, a few understood that his life and death had a purpose. Though he was innocent he gave his life in sacrifice so that sin, death and evil might no longer have a hold over us. Some people knew that, but not many.

WORD OF GOD

The crowds who had come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They tood branches of palm and went out to meet him, shouting “Hosanna! Blessings on the King of Israel, who comes in the name of the Lord” (John 12: 12-13

WORD FOR TODAY

During the coming week we can either stand at a distance and watch the events that befell Jesus, or we can enter into our own journey with him. By bearing our own trials with dignity and by playing our part to overcome our sinful inclinations we can share in his risen life. The liturgy of Holy Week gives us the opportunity ti be more than mere spectators in the crowd. We can become participants in Christ’s work of salvation

On 28th March 1515 St Teresa was born. The whole church rejoices to celebrate her 5th Centenary Year. Let us walk together, Lord. Wherever you go, I go; whatever you suffer, I will suffer.

Triduum “Triduum” is an unusual sounding word. When applied to Holy Week it means a three-day feast. Not three separate days, but three-day feast. For once we begin our memorial to the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday evening we have started something that will continue until completion at Easter.

On Maundy Thursday we will recall two important events, the institution of the Eucharist and the command to service that is symbolised by the washing of the feet.

Good Friday starkly reminds us of the reality of our faith. Christ was brutally executed so that he might conquer all that is evil and dark in our world. Far from being simply a breast-beating day, it celebrates that the cross we venerate was not a defeat but a triumph.

The Easter Vigil concludes this most important of Christian feasts. Our Easter fire and candle proclaim that darkness could not overcome the light of the world. As we listen to the story of God’s dealings with us from the beginning of time we renew our baptismal promises, maybe even receive new members into the community, and then present our gifts before the Lord that they may be transformed into the food and drink of life. It is

easy for Christian to appear as masochists when they talk about human suffering. But there is no denying that suffering can also be redemptive. History is littered with examples of people whose suffering has produced the recognition that pain can be a thread in the pattern of God’s weaving. And through the torment they achieve a fundamental joy.

Nobody can love suffering, but we can love to suffer. Instinctively we recoil from suffering but we can learn to suffer for a positive reason (Basil Hume)

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection 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.

Palm Sunday 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

John Price RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 30th 9.15am Mary McLoughlin RIP
Tuesday 31st 11.30am Teresa Young B.Day
Wednesday 1st 9.15am Jose McGree RIP
Holy Thursday 2nd 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Shaun Corrigan RIP

Good Friday 3rd 3. 00pm

6.00pm

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Tenebrae Service

Holy Saturday 4th 8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass

Betty Crebbin Annv

Easter Sunday 5th 9.30am

7.30 pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Tuesday 11-11.30am;Good Friday 2-2.40pm

Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Mass

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday 9.30a.m

Please pray for our sick and housebound and those who care for them

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 – Many thanks for your generosity

Offertory: £706.74p

Friday Lenten Lunches for Cafod £145.60p

All CAFOD Lenten Family Fast envelopes should have been returned this weekend.

Canon Brendan Hoban is helping Fr Bernard with the Holy Week Masses and Services at St John’s and St Anne’s

Principal Holy Week Servicesat St John’s

Palm Sunday: 28th/29th March Masses at the usual times 5pm and 9.30am. You are invited to assemble in the Parish Centre .

Holy Thursday, 2nd April, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday, 3rd April. Churches Together in Bebington “The Journey to Easter” 12 Noon in Port Sunlight outside Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm.

Tenebrae 6pm in the day chapel.

Holy Saturday, 4th April. Easter Vigil Mass 8pm.

Easter Sunday, 5th April. Mass at 9.30am.

On Holy Saturday we will resume our tradition of praying morning prayer together at 11.30am in the day chapel, followed by shared lunch in the Parish Centre. If you have not been before why not give it a try? Bring a small food donation for the lunch

Christ the King, Bromborough, will hold the last of a series of Lenten talks on Tuesday in the church, commencing at 7.30-9pm. Overall Theme: “Vocation”

March 31st – Margaret Lillis – Lay Missionary

(Ref in particular to El Salvador)

The new series of CaFE beginsin the Parish Centre on Thursday, 16th April, 2015 at 7.30-9.00pm. Each of the six modules is self contained, with the first weekentitled “The Father’s Love”. More details will become available nearer the date.

The Flower collection last weekend realised over £300. So we have decided to postpone any further collection until later in the year, but if you still wish to contribute to this one, you can hand any donation to Liz de Seine or Joan or one of the clergy. Thank you all for your generosity.

Thanks to those who have attended the 2 singing practises! We intend to have regular monthly meet-ups to learn new material on the second Thursday of the month. The first session will be 9th April at 7pm in the side chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING.

Summer Fair Two dates have been suggested for having a Summer Fair on Saturday 4th July or Saturday 11th July 2015. An preliminary meeting to plan for this will be on Monday 20th April at 7.30pm in the side chapel. This meeting is open to all. PLEASE COME ALONG & SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP.

ATTENTION ALL GIFT AID DONORS The Parish will soon begin the process of claiming back the Gift Aid Tax Refunds non donations made in the Tax Year 2014-12015. If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay Income Tax (or for any reason do not wish to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme) please let Father Bernard know or contact the Parish Organiser Steve Bell 0151 644 7512.

NOTE: If you are a Tax Payer and are not in the Gift Aid Scheme, why not join and help the Parish benefit from some of your Income Tax. If you do not pay Income Tax but your wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

General Election 2015 Wirral South Hustings. You will have the opportunity to quiz candidates about the issues that matter to you. Meeting will be held at Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington CH63 8LX on Friday, 17th April, 7.30-9pm. For further information and to table a question, please contact Rev Mike Loach by Monday, 13th April at mgloach or 0151 609 0943.

All welcome. Admission free.

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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

5th Sunday in Lent, 22nd March. 2015. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: TOO MUCH TO LOSE?

For the last month we’ve been making our way through Lent on a voyage towards Easter. It’s as if we’ve taken to the road with Christ on his journey up to Jerusalem where he (and we) will embrace death so as to rise above it to a life that never ends.

But as we’ve journeyed with Christ we’ve been listening to his words guiding us along our route to Easter. These words take on a different colour each year in a three-year cycle that the Church’s liturgy uses. But this year the theme of Jesus’ message has been unmistakable: you must embrace the wisdom of God that the world considers to be sheer foolishness.

Jesus could have tried to buy us off with some easy words, like politicians who promise everything in return for votes. He could have told us that we can get to heaven just by praying and paying. He could have offered us salvation by keeping the law and being seen in the right places. He could have suggested a quick fix but he chose to offer the tougher route. ;

We’ve listened to a series of paradoxes over the last few weeks and today Jesus tells us that just as a grain of wheat must be buried before it can sprout, so too we have to die if we are to enjoy life. His message is one of self-sacrifice, cross-bearing, total service and a love which counts no costs. And unlike other philosophies that underline the skills and talents of their adherents, Jesus tells us that we reach our perfection the more like a servant we become, and that we achieve our dignity by putting ourselves last rather that first.

This message isn’t for everyone. It’s not for people who like to be thought of as important but now find they must consider themselves last of all. Not for people who prize possessions, now being told to give to the poor. Not for those who invest everything in the here and now. Not for those with status who fear that they’ll lose their respectability. Not for wise people who see it as sheer foolishness. Is it for you?

WORD OF GOD

Unless a wheat grain fall on the ground and dies, it remains a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. (John 12:24)

WORD FOR TODAY

Once more Jesus presents us with a paradox: if we want to live we must die; if we want to be alive for Christ and his kingdom then we must be dead to selfishness and sin. To have is to give away; to rule is to serve.

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. You need to download the newsletter onto your computer in order to receive it in its readable form.

Jesus our Companion: St Teresa Speaks

If you are sad, behold Him filled with pain, persecuted, and abandoned by His friends… He will look at you with those eyes so beautiful, filled with tears; He will forget His own sorrows so as to console you in yours.

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection 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.

General Election 2015The bishops have written a joint letter to all Catholics in England and Wales encouraging us to participate and vote in the election and offering some key issues and questions for reflection on where candidates stand. Copies are available at the back of Church and also on line at www.catholicnews.org.uk

BRITISH SUMMER TIME BEGINS SUNDAY,

29TH MARCH. REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR NEXT SATURDAY EVENING (28TH).

5th Sunday

In Lent

22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

3pm

7.30pm

Alf Goodwin RIP

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 23rd 9.30am Funeral Mass –

Kathleen Ainslie

Tuesday 24th 9.15am Aileen McGuigan RIP
Wednesday 25th 9.15am Peter Tweeddale RIP
Thursday 26th 9.15am Fred Diskin RIP
Friday 27th 10-45am

11.30am

12 Noon

Exposition

Fr Emeka’s Ints.

Parish Lenten Lunch

Saturday 28th
Palm Sunday 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

3pm

7.30 pm

John Price RIP

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4-4.40pm.

Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Mass

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

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 – Many thanks for your generosity

Offertory: 8th March £805.53

15th March £723.42

Welcome to Canon Brendan Hoban who is celebrating Masses at St John’s this weekend. Canon Hoban will be helping Fr Bernard with the Holy Week Masses and Services at St John’s and St Anne’s

Many thanks to those who came to Thursday’s afternoon tea for Fr Emeka. Particular thanks to Noelene and helpers for all their hard work and the wonderful refreshments.

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.

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.

Thanks to those who have attended the 2 singing practises! We intend to have regular monthly meet-ups to learn new material. These are for ANYONE who wants to keep up not just those few people who sit behind a microphone!!!

Principal Services at St John’s for Holy Week

Palm Sunday: 28th/29th March Masses at the usual times 5pm and 9.30am, You are invited to assemble in the Parish Centre 15 minutes before the Mass

Holy Thursday, 2nd April, Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday, 3rd April. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm.

Holy Saturday, 4th April. Easter Vigil Mass 8pm.

Easter Sunday, 5th April. Mass at 9.30am.

There will be other services in Holy Week. A full list will appear in next week’s bulletin.

EXPLORE2 is the Diocesan celebration of World Youth Day 2015 on Palm Sunday

(29 March) at Saint Chad’s High School in Runcorn. This year, the event has been planned in collaboration with the Ten Ten Theatre Company, and is open to those in Year 10 and above. Registration for this event is essential and bookings can be made online via the Diocesan website (dioceseofshrewsbury.org/youthclick on Up and Coming events). As well as the online booking form, the poster, an invitation from Bishop Mark, a flyer, and parental consent forms can be downloaded.

Celebrate North West Catholic Charismatic Weekend Conference.

All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield, and 25th to 26th April 2015. For more information

www.celebrateconference.org/weekends/northwest

Christ the King, Bromborough, will hold the third of a series of Lenten talks on Tuesday evening, 24th 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 24th – Canon David Roberts – Vocations of Discipleship (Ref Mark)

CHURCHES TOGETHER LENTEN

MEETINGS. The last meeting will be on Wednesday morning,

25th March –Christ Church, Port Sunlight

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.

ATTENTION ALL GIFT AID DONORS The Parish will soon begin the process of claiming back the Gift Aid Tax Refunds non donations made in the Tax Year 2014-12015. If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay Income Tax (or for any reason do not wish to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme) please let Father Bernard know or contact the Parish Organiser Steve Bell 0151 644 7512.

NOTE: If you are a Tax Payer and are not in the Gift Aid Scheme, why not join and help the Parish benefit from some of your Income Tax. If you do not pay Income Tax but your wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

There will be retiring collections this weekend and next weekend for flowers for Easter and beyond. It is over a year since we last had a collection so we hope you will be generous in helping our very talented flower arrangers to provide us with their usual works of art!

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

4th Sunday in Lent, 15th March. 2015. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: GOD ON OUR SIDE

On television you can sometimes see people in the crowd at sports events holding up a placard that simply says “John 3:16”. They are Christians who want to get you to find out what the text says in John’s gospel: “God loved the world so much that he sent his only Son so that anyone who believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life”.

You can see why they hold up that particular reference. In a sense it sums up the whole purpose of the incarnation. It captures the heart of the gospel message in one verse. And yet it comes as something of a surprise to many people. In popular culture God is portrayed as a severe character, as someone who is just dying for us to put a foot wrong so that he can send down lightning bolts, earthquakes and floods and condemn the whole lot of us.

However, as this text from today’s gospel reminds us, God sent his Son not because he detested the world but because he loves it so much. And the purpose of the Son’s coming to earth was not to wreak destruction but to ensure salvation.

God became one of us. A fellow human being is also our God: Jesus the Christ. And strange though it seems, God is on our side and is rich in love. When we choose to ignore what’s good for us we come face to face with God. But what’s God’s preferred remedy? Is it punishment and death? No. It’s mercy and grace.

People who try to discredit religion say that it thrives on fear, that it only makes its followers psychologically dependent on a greater being that holds the threat of annihilation over them. Maybe they should read this text. God sent his Son because he loves us and doesn’t want us to miss out on the fullness of life.

So as we continue our journey through Lent we move towards the Easter manifestation of God’s true glory, of his victory over all that threatens to hold us down and drag us back. While we ready ourselves for the great feast we can rejoice in the fact that God is on our side and we can thank him just for being our God and for bothering to have us as his sons and daughters, the ones he loved so much that he sent his only Son to.

WORD OF GOD

Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

WORD FOR TODAY

Contrary to popular opinion, God does not want anyone to perish. He sent his Son into the world not to condemn it but to offer it the chance of a quality of life that outshines anything currently available. Anyone who believes in his Son can have this quality of life.

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.

We Rejoice in the Eucharist: St Teresa Speaks

Oh, oh, how little we trust You, merciful Father! How much greater the treasure You entrust us, since after His years of great trials and so unbearable a death, You have given us Your Son!

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpfulreflection 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.

MOTHERS DAY PRAYER

All-loving God, we give thanks and praise for mothers young and old. We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

4th Sunday

In Lent

Mothers Day

15th 5.00pm

9.30am

3pm

7.30pm

Dorothy Welch Annv RIP

For Mothers

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer Meeting

Monday 16th 9.15 am Holy Souls
Tuesday

St Patricks Day

17th 9.15am Dennis P Welch Annv
Wednesday 18th 9.15am Teresa Connor RIP
Thursday

Feast of St Joseph

19th 9.15am Sean O’Leary RIP
Friday 20th 10-45am

11.30am

12 Noon

Exposition

Persecuted Christians

Parish Lenten Lunch

Saturday 21st
5th Sunday

in Lent

22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

3pm

7.30 pm

Alf Goodwin RIP

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4-4.40pm.

Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Mass

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

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 – TO BE ADVISED NEXT WEEK

Offertory: £

Books: £

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.

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

18th March –St John’s Parish Centre

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.

This Thursday at 2.30pm, in the Parish Centre, Fr Emeka will be joining us for a cream tea. Over this weekend, for catering purposes, we will be assessing numbers of those wishing to attend and there will be someone allocated to take numbers at both Masses.

Do you enjoy singing at Mass? If you are available please come along to a further practice on 19th March at 7.30pm, when we will look at music for Holy Week and learn a new Gloria and a new Mass setting.

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 third of a series of Lenten talks on Tuesday evening, 24th 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 24th – Canon David Roberts – Vocations of Discipleship (Ref Mark)

Lent 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.

Prayer Vigil for religious Freedom, Friday, 20th March. Please join Bishop Mark, the clergy of Holy Apostles & Martyrs, Wallasey and the Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need (CAN) in a Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom at Holy Apostles & Martyrs on Friday, 20th March at 7.00pm. The vigil will last just over an hour and will give us all the chance to learn about, reflect on and pray for all those Christians around the world who are currently suffering terrible hardships because of their Faith.

EXPLORE2 is the Diocesan celebration of World Youth Day 2015 on Palm Sunday (29 March) at Saint Chad’s High School in Runcorn. This year, the event has been planned in collaboration with the Ten Ten Theatre Company, and is open to those in Year 10 and above. Registration for this event is essential and bookings can be made online via the Diocesan website (dioceseofshrewsbury.org/youthclick on Up and Coming events). As well as the online booking form, the poster, an invitation from Bishop Mark, a flyer, and parental consent forms can be downloaded.

Celebrate North West Catholic Charismatic Weekend Conference.

All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield, 25th-26th April 2015. For more information

www.celebrateconference.org/weekends/northwest

Kathleen Ainslie died on 8th March and her Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Monday 23rd March at 9.30am. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.

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

3rd Sunday in Lent. 8th March. 2015. Cycle B.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WHAT A FOOL!

Have you noticed how the media, particularly the television and cinema, treat the clergy of the Christian Churches? Actually, they treat them like fools. The Anglican is parodied as a harmless fop (think of the vicar in Dad’s Army), the Catholic portrayed often as an alcoholic (as in Father Ted) and the Methodist or Free Church minister derided as a fun-hating misery.

By caricaturing the clergy like this you caricature the religion. And why do it? Because what Christians believe appears stupid. It doesn’t make sense to anyone else. In fact, it seems sheer foolishness. That’s why it frightens and invites mockery.

Who in their right mind would believe in a God who is the creator and life-force of all that exists? Surely we all know that science has done away with the need for God?

Who apart from a madman or woman would believe that the baby born into the world two thousand years ago is actually the embodiment on earth of the divine being?

Only a fool would accept the teaching that says we have to die in order really to enjoy life. It’s an idiot’s creed to put others’ needs before your own. Surely you need a feeble mind to see victory in the public and humiliating execution of your leader?

How can there be any mileage in following a man who turns the accepted values of society on their head, calling for the first to be the last, the leader to be a servant, for people to put relative store in what they enjoy here on earth because they’re promised something even greater in an afterlife?

We need a Lenten reality check to realise that we are fools to many in our society. The teaching of Christ does not seek to be respectable but radical and it alienates just as much as it endears. St Paul gets to the heart of it today saying, “Here we are preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.”

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your faith is seen as respectable. Most people think it’s stupid.

WORD OF GOD

Destroy this sanctuary and in three days I will raise it up. (John 2:19)

WORD FOR TODAY

Christianity seems foolish from the outside looking in. That’s because it has no time for the values of a world that is about getting and having, being top-dog and looking after number one. At the heart of Christianity is Christ’s call to die to self in order to enjoy life to the full. Sheer stupidity?

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 otherevents and happenings in New Ferry and Bebington and beyond.

The TRAIDCRAFT Stall has been transferred to next weekend 14/15th March.

Please take a few minutes after Mass to have a browse. You may find an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.

Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom, Friday 20th March. Please join Bishop Mark, the clergy of Holy Apostles & Martyrs, Wallasey and the Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in a Prayer Vigil for Religious Freedom at Holy Apostles & Martyrs on Friday, 20th March at 7.00pm. The vigil will last just over an hour and will give us all the chance to learn about, reflect on and pray for all those Christians around the world who are currently suffering terrible hardships because of their Faith.

3rd Sunday

In Lent

8th 5.00pm

9.30am

3pm

7.30pm

Jim Burke

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 9th 9.15 am Peter Tweeddale RIP
Tuesday 10th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –

Richard Menagh

Wednesday 11th 9.15am Eileen O’Malley
Thursday 12th 9.15am Keith Ferguson
Friday 13th 10-45am

11.30am

12 Noon

Exposition

The Needy and Hungry

Parish Lenten Lunch

Saturday 14th 12 Noon Carmel Mass.
4th Sunday

in Lent

Mothering Sunday

15th 5.00pm

9.30am

3pm

7.30 pm

Dorothy Welch Annv RIP

For Mothers

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4-4.40pm.

Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Mass

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

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: £ 533.36p

Books: £14.70p Many thanks for your generosity

Weekday Masses at St Anne’s this week –

Monday 12 Noon, Tuesday 9.15am,

Wednesday 7.30pm, Thursday 12 Noon,

Friday 12 Noon

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.

Christ the King, Bromborough, will hold the third 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,

11th March – URC 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.

Do you enjoy singing at Mass? If you are available please come along to 2 practises arranged on 12th and 19th March at 7.30pm, when we will look at music for Holy Week and learn a new Gloria and a new Mass setting.

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.

Love of Birkenhead Prayer Event, will be held on Friday, 13th March at 7.30pm at the Wirral Christian Centre. Church and Christian organisations are invited to come together to pray for our town of Birkenhead. If you would like to attend, contact Steve Carpenter at steve.carpenter.org.uk or telephone 0151 678 6395. See poster on notice board at back of 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.

We are God’s Temple: St Teresa Speaks

His Majesty is the friend of all good order. Now, then, if we fill the palace of our soul with all kinds of junk, how can the Lord occupy it in the midst of such confusion?

A Lenten Morning of Reflection and Prayer, organised by Secular Carmelites, here at St John’s on Saturday,

14th March, 9.45am-1pm. Mass 12 Noon.

All most welcome.

A ‘Thank You to Fr Emeka’.

On Thursday, 19th March, 2.30pm, in the Parish Centre,

Fr Emeka will be joining us for a cream tea. Next weekend, for catering purposes, we will be assessing numbers of those wishing to attend. There will be someone allocated to take numbers at both Masses.

Peter Tweeddale, a former parishioner of St John’s for many years, who has been resident in Caernarfon for some time, died on Sunday, 1st March following a long illness. His funeral will be on Wednesday, 11th March in Caernarfon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brenda and the family.

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 f £3.5m. eHe and his wife Our though at this sad time