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

13/03/2015

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.

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