Second Sunday in Lent, 21st February, 2016. Cycle C.


St John the Evangelist

New Ferry, in the Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw (also parish priest of the parish of St Anne, Rock Ferry)

Deacons: Revd Philip White; Revd Michael Daly

Phone: 0151 645 3314



Second Sunday in Lent, 21st February, 2016. Cycle C.


You can’t help feeling sorry for Peter in today’s gospel. He goes with James and John up the mountain to pray with Jesus. But the three disciples don’t appear to have the same sticking power as Jesus, and they begin to nod off. Then an incredible event takes place: the aspect of Jesus’s face becomes changed and his clothing turns a brilliant white as he is transfigured before their very eyes. Heavy with sleep, Peter makes out that Jesus is talking with Moses and Elijah and decides this is so wonderful that he’ll set up three tents for them. In this way he’ll be able to enjoy the scene any time he wants! It was only God’s voice speaking from the cloud (telling them that Jesus was his Son) that made him see sense. There was much more at stake than met the eye.

We can’t laugh at Peter because there’s something of him in all of us. We’d all love to have a deep religious experience on tap. We’d be happy with a God-in-the-box to call on whenever we needed reassurance. We too are quite capable of setting up three tents to contain our God. But, of course, life’s not like that and neither is God.

The call of Abraham in today’s reading is much closer to the mark. God made him a tremendous promise: he would be the father of countless generations who would inherit the land and enjoy God’s favour. But that was when the trouble began, as he was led into uncharted waters and called upon by God to be tested in so many ways. It took courage and perseverance for him to follow God’s call. Hence his title, “Our Father in Faith”.

There is no quick and easy way to faith. It has to be nourished and tended daily. The voice from the cloud tells us that if we want to reach perfection, to enjoy life to the full, then we must listen to the words of God’s Son. And in Lent we are reminded each week of our need to turn away from those things which are not of God, those things which seem good at the time but which do us only harm in the long term. Lent is a time for being even more attentive to the word of God in scripture and for putting it into practice in the way we treat others. There is no quick fix, only faith and perseverance.


Look up to heavenand count the stars if you can.Such will be your descendents. (Genesis 15:5)


The glimpse that the three disciples got of Jesus in glory, on the top of the mountain, is what we too yearn for here on earth. We long to know what we must do for our lives to be fruitful. And the voice from the clouds gives us a clue: “This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.”

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 and to look at the Book Stall and to buy your Catholic Paper.

As you do your weekly shop and if you are able to afford to add just one item to your basket for the Foodbank collection you may be confident that you are helping those people who are struggling at this time. There is a list on the notice board of the items which are particularly needed at the moment. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Churches Together Lenten Lunches will continue this Wednesday

24th February, the theme “PILGRIMAGE” Coffee 10.30am,

Study 11.00am, Soup Lumch at 12 Noon.

List of venues :

Wed 24th Feb Jireh
Wed 2nd March Life Church, Bebington
Wed 9th March Christ Church, Port Sunlight
Wed 16th March St John’s

Cafod Lenten Prayer

Merciful God, source of all that is good, wash us clean of all that prevents us from seeing you in each of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Transform our hearts this Lent, through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, to be open to the needs of all those who thirst.

Spirit of compassion, move us to share with all people the water of life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

2nd Sunday in Lent 21st 5.00pm





Valerie Malam RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 22nd 9.15am Bishop

Mark Annv. of his Ordination to the Episcopate

Tuesday 23rd 9.15am Ints of Kathleen Parr
Wednesday 24th 9.15am Basil Cullen RIP
Thursday 25th 9.15am Andrea King RIP
Friday 26th 11.15am Poor and Hungry
Saturday 27th
3rd Sunday in Lent 5.00pm





Maureen McIntosh RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday at 9.30am Mass. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm

Prayer of the Church

15 minutes before weekday masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let Fr Bernard know.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the soul of

Teresa Connolly and Patrick Fitzgerald who have died recently. Their Funeral Masses will be held here at St John’s. Teresa’s Mass 12 noon on Monday, 29th February and Mass 9.15am on Wednesday, 2nd March. Please keep their families in your prayers at this sad time.

Money Matters: £624.53p Thank you for your generosity to the Parish.

Attention to all Gift Aid Donors: The Parish will soon begin the process of claiming back the Gift Aid Tax Refunds on donations made in the Tax Year 2015-2016. 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 contact Steve Bell, Tel No 0151 644 7512 or let Fr Bernard know. 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 tax but your wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

Lent 2016

Stations of the Cross: in Church each Sunday in Lent at 3pm. This week led by Chris Dougherty.

Friday Lenten Lunch: 12 noon, preceded by Mass at 11.15am will be held here at St John’s each Friday during Lent.

Church Parade next Sunday,

28th February at 9.30am led by the female uniformed groups followed by Tea and Coffee and Cake Sale in the Parish Centre

Family Fast Day. A CAFOD Fast Day envelope was attached to last week’s bulletin. Please return it in the offertory basket any time up to and including

Palm Sunday weekend, 19/20th March.

CAFOD/Third World Group. After an initial meeting last month we are keen to form a St John’s CAFOD/ Third World Group. If you are interested to know more after Bridget’s outstanding talk at both Masses last weekend, please come to a meeting in the Day Chapel on Monday, 29th February at 7.30pm or register your interest with Cecily Sabino or

Fr Bernard.

The planned Parish Quiz Night for CAFOD will now be held on Friday,

18th March, at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. (It seems that Friday 11th was not a good night for some parishioners and also it clashes with Frank Field’s Lenten talk at SJP).

Readers: Please advise

Dot Humphrey, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, if you are UNAVAILABLE for the Easter Period 20-27th March.

Deanery Service of Reconciliation: Thursday 10th March at 7.30pm here at St John’s with an opportunity for individual confession

Two Faith Talks at Christ the King Bromboroughgiven by Fr David Roberts on the theme of “Mercy” this Monday, 22nd February and on the Monday of Holy Week, 21st March 7.30-9.15pm in Church. Please do your best to attend. Fr David is an outstanding speaker.

Lent Talks at St John Plessington Catholic College

Thurs 25th Feb 7.15pm John Battle “Church Action for Poverty & CAFOD
Fri 4th Mar 7.15pm Deacon John Boggan “Wirral Foodbank”
Fri 11th March 7.15pm Frank Field MP “Feeding the Hungry in Birkenhead & in the UK”

St John’s Catholic PreSchool is part of St John’s Infant School and we are now taking applications for childen who will be 3 years of age by 31st August, 2016. All children age 3 and 4 are entitled to 15 hours free funding a week. We offer sessional care along with all day and wraparound care. For further information please contact Pre School – Tel No

0151 645 5291

The next singing practice will be thisThursday 25th February at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. We will be looking at music for Lent and Easter. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

Hymn Book Amnesty.We are declaring a HYMN BOOK AMNESTY during Lent and if you have borrowed or accidently taken home a hymn book, please return and just place them on the stand at the back of church.


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