Palm Sunday 29th 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


Palm Sunday 29th March. 2015. Cycle B.


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.


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


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





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


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


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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