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

Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com

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

Easter Sunday, 27th March, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: TODAY’S THE DAY

Today’s the day of victory when Christ rose from the grave, conquering everything before him and restoring us to the life that God intended for us…

Today’s the day when our God lets us know in the most vivid form possible just how much we are loved…

Today’s the day when the idols of comfort, fleeting pleasure and false security go fleeing as Jesus proclaims the power of the only true God…

Today’s the day when Satan is cast down as injustice, violence, greed, pride and oppression are overcome by one man’s obedience…

Today’s the day when the empty promises that cannot satisfy us are shown in their true light…

Today’s the day when even death is subdued as we announce Christ’s shattering of the tomb and rejoice that our life with God is never ending…

Today’s the day when we are reborn once more to live as members of Christ’s Body, the Church, in unity with our fellow Christians scattered over the globe…

Today’s the day when the darkness of our lives is dispersed as the Light of the World rises upon us…

The power of this day drives away all evil, washes away all guilt, restores lost innocence, brings joy to those who mourn, casts out hatred, brings peace and humbles earthly pride.

Today is Easter Day. May we experience its power in our lives and in the lives of those we love.

A very Happy Easter!

WORD OF GOD

Christ our passover has been sacrificed;let us celebrate the feast then, in the Lord. (I Corinthians 5:7-8)

WORD FOR TODAY

Christ is risen from the dead and we share in his victory. From now on there is nothing that can ever claim such a hold over us as to drag us down permanently. Death, sin and evil have been taken on and have been defeated. The Church joyfully proclaims today that Jesus is Lord over all life, to the glory of God the Father.

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.

Please take this bulletin home with you and when you have finished reading it please pass it on to a member of the family/friend/someone you work with/neighbour particularly if they have not been to St John’s recently.

Holy Saturday

(Easter Vigil)

26th 8.00pm Fred Diskin Annv
Easter Sunday 27th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 28th 10.00am Paddy Fitzgerald RIP
Tuesday 29th 9.15am Graeme Daulby
Wednesday 30th 9.15am Lilian Thompson RIP
Thursday 31st 9.15am Jose McGree RIP Annv.
Friday 1st 9.15am Fr Michael Lloyd RIPAnnv.
Saturday 2nd
Second Sunday of Easter 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

2.30pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

John McDonough RIP Annv.

Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

There will be no Children’s Liturgy atSunday at 9.30am Mass so that all the children can participate in the Celebration of Mass on Easter Sunday. Children’s Liturgy will be back on Sunday 3rd April
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily 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.

Divine Mercy: The Novena to the Divine Mercy began on Good Friday….prayer leaflets are available at the back of Church. Next Sunday Divine Mercy Devotions for our local LPA parishes will be held here at St John’s beginning at 2.30pm.

Money Matters: Offertory £661.19p

Lenten Lunches £228.01p

Cafod Quiz Night £127.00p

Cafod Family Fast £1470.09p plus Gift Aid £88.10 giving a Grant Total of £1646.51p. Thank

youfor your generosity to St John’s Parish and to CAFOD during the Season of Lent.

Next Weekend: The Annual Mission Appeal will be given by Brother John McAllister of the Marist Society

Could all APF Red Mission Box holders please empty their boxes and bring their contents into Church by 31st March. Any problems/questions, please contact Kath Markey on

Tel No 538 8429.

Fr Dermot Byrne MHM is helping Fr Bernard with the Easter Servicesat St John’s and St Anne’s.

Fr Dermot is the APF/Red Mission Box Appealer for the Diocese and gave a Mission Appeal at St John’s in October.

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 our wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

Many thanks to the unwavering donations given by people throughout Wirral in collections at their churches, at food drop-off points and supermarket collections. A list of goods needed will be on the notice board (NO BAKED BEANS PLEASE) Thank you all for your wonderful and continuous support.

A BIG THANKYOU from the Uniformed Groups and organisers of the Spectacular Carwash, held onSunday,13th March which raised £183. This will be split 50/50 between the Scouts and St John’s.

We try as far as possible to allocate mass intentions on days requested. This is not always possible and we will place your mass intention to the nearest available day. We are doing our best to accommodate everyone and apologise if we are not able to fulfil your wishes.

The free standing board at the back of church is there as a visual aid with posters and wordings relating to the Liturgical Seasons and the theme of the Sunday Readings. Please do not place posters on this board. If you have any posters you would like displayed, please leave them on top of the box marked “Posters for Display” and they will be placed on the appropriate section of the Main Notice Boards. Thank you for your

co-operation.

Pentecost Vigil??… In this Year of Mercy would you welcome a time of prayer in Church before the Blessed Sacrament either after the 5pm Mass until 10pm on the eve of Pentecost, Saturday

14th May/or on Pentecost afternoon Sunday

15th May ftom 2pm-5pm… please let Fr Bernard know your thoughts on this over the next week or so. Such a prayer time would be focused on praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our Parish, the Birkenhead and East Wirral Deanery, the New Ferry and Bebington community and on the wider world.

Easter Message From

Fr Bernard: Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make this year’s Lenten and Holy Week Services so prayerful and devotional.

Thank you to those who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. As we continue on the Mission Together Programme (outlined during Lent and of which I will be telling you more in the coming weeks of Eastertide) we pray for one another. May you and your families be filled with the Easter gifts of faith, hope and love.

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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

Email: stjohntheevangelist

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

Passion Sunday, 20th March, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: WALKING BY

Not everyone in the crowd on Palm Sunday and Good Friday was bothered about the goings-on surrounding Jesus of Nazareth. There were plenty of people just going about their own business who got caught up or inconvenienced by the fuss. Another demonstration on a Sunday; another public execution on a Friday. So what’s new?

Those whose lives were changed by the events had to follow Jesus closely. They had to feel for him, to get involved in his journey and identify with what it was all about. Anyone could just walk by.

And nothing has changed. We too can just walk by as the events of that first Holy Week unfold now before our eyes. How? Well, we can simply come to Church for our Three Day Feast (Maundy Thursday/Good Friday/Easter) and treat it as a walk down memory lane as we recall the events of so long ago. We can sing the hymns, say the prayers, carry the palms and light the candles. Or we can choose to follow Jesus in such a way that it bites into the reality of our lives. And we can do this in two ways.

Firstly, we can examine the way we react to suffering when it comes our way. Is suffering (not just illness but the mental anguish that comes with tragedy or misfortune) something that we avoid like the plague? No one wants to invite suffering on themselves, but how do we treat it when it comes our way? Do we have a spiritual attitude to suffering? Is it something that we take just as a bugbear or is it something that we see as an opportunity to bear as Christ bore it, to join our suffering with that of Jesus on Calvary? Do we see adversity as a nuisance or can we grow as a result of the way we react to it?

Secondly, do we look at the suffering of other people just from a distance, like those who went about their business as Jesus was humiliated and executed? When we view the pictures of misery that assault us from our TV sets do we react in an active way or do we think of it as mere information or, God forbid, entertainment? Do the stories in our newspapers really affect us or have we become immune to them? And what about the suffering that we see in the faces of those who live on our streets and in our places of work?

Passion (Palm) Sunday and Good Friday give us a choice. Christ’s passion is still going on. We can stand and watch in our own day, or we can put our faith into real action.

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.

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

Please take this bulletin home with you and when you have finished reading it please pass it on to a member of the family/friend/someone you work with/neighbour particularly if they have not been to St John’s recently.

If you have not recently completed a Census Form last weekend please do so in the sacristy after Mass today and complete one. It is very important that we have accurate Parish Records.

BRITISH SUMMER TIME BEGINS NEXT SATURDAY,

26TH MARCH. REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR NEXT SATURDAY EVENING.

Passion Sunday 20th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Andrea King RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 21st 9.15am Mandy Shannon RIP
Tuesday 22nd 9.15am Rachel Mulrooney RIP
Wednesday 23rd 9.15am Aileen McGuigan RIP
Holy Thursday 24th 7.30pm Mass of the Last Supper

For Vocations

Good Friday 25th 3.00pm

6.00pm

Celebration of the Lords Passion

Tenebrae Service

Holy Saturday 26th 8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass

Fred Diskin Annv

Easter Sunday 27th 9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Children’s Liturgy at Sunday at 9.30am Mass. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Monday & Wednesday after 9.15 Mass.

Good Friday 2.15-2.45pm

Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily 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.

Money Matters: Offertory £

Easter Flower Collection £421.84p Thank you for your generosity to St John’s Parish and its Schools.

All CAFOD Lenten Family Fast Day Envelopes should have been returned this weekend. Many thanks to all those who supported the Lent Lunches and Friday’s Quiz Night which raised £120. We shall post a cheque to CAFOD this week after totalling up the various amounts raised during Lent and print the total amount raised in next weekend’s bulletin.

Could all APF Red Mission Box holders please empty their boxes and bring their contents into Church by 31st March. Any problems/questions, please contact Kath Markey on

Tel No 538 8429

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 our wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

Fr Dermot Byrne MHM is helping Fr Bernard with the Holy Week Masses and Services at St John’s and St Anne’s. Fr Dermot is the APF/Red Mission Box Appealer for the Diocese and gave a Mission Appeal at St John’s in October.

PRINCIPAL SERVICES AT

ST JOHN’S FOR HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday 19th/20th March

Masses at the usual times 5pm and 9.30am. You are invited to assemble in the Parish Centre.

Holy Thursday 24th March: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm followed by Waiting at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday 25th March … A Day of Fasting and Abstinence

Churches Together in Bebington “The Journey to Easter”. Starts at 12 Noon outside Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm.

Tenebrae Service at 6.00pm in the Day Chapel

Holy Saturday 26th March: Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm

Easter Sunday 27th March: Mass 9.30am.

On Holy Saturday we will resume our tradition of praying Morning Prayer together at 11.30am in the day chapel followed by a shared lunch. If you have not been before why not give it a try. Please bring a small food donation for the lunch.

We welcome St John’s Infant School pupils, teachers and parents, who will be joining us for 9.15am morning Mass this Tuesday,

22nd March. St John’s Junior School will be holding their Mass in School at 2pm. All parents are warmly welcome.

The Second Faith Talk at Christ the King Bromborough given by

Fr David Roberts on the theme of “Mercy” will be held this Monday,

21st March 7.30-9.15pm in Church. Please do your best to attend. Fr David is an outstanding speaker.

Last Year Wirral Foodbank fed 10,676 individuals thanks to the unwavering donations given by people throughout Wirral in collections at their churches, at food drop-off points and supermarket collections. We currently have no tinned tomatoes or vegetables (NO BAKED BEANS PLEASE) and we need tea bags, 40 bag packets, and 500g bags of sugar, 500g bags of rice – not the larger bags please. Nappies are still required but no baby food or milk needed. A list of goods needed will be on the notice board. Thank you all for your wonderful and continuous support

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.

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

Email:

Websites:

Fifth Sunday in Lent, 13th March, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: LOOKING BACK?

Wiping the slate clean…forgiving and forgetting…turning over a new leaf…beginning again from square one…We all know what these things mean but we find it hard to put them into practice.

First of all we have difficulty in forgetting what others have done to us, even if we have forgiven them. There’s always that niggling raking-over of how we’ve been mistreated or taken advantage of. And in this sense our forgiveness becomes only partial.

Then we have difficulty in believing that God doesn’t behave in the same fashion with us when we commit sin. Despite God’s assurances, we still have a tendency to believe that we come to God with a “reputation” and that our past offences are somehow still lying on the record.

But when Jesus is confronted with the woman taken in adultery he makes it clear how God acts towards us. No one has condemned the woman and neither does he. He simply tells her to go away and not to sin any more.

Jesus’ words are about the future, not the past. What’s done is done and all that anyone can ever ask of us is not to repeat the same mistakes. And in today’s reading from Isaiah God tells us, “No need to recall the past, no need to think about what was done before. See, I am doing a new deed”.

A new deed. That’s what happens when God grants pardon. God’s forgiveness makes a completely new person of us since we are restored to the likeness of our maker. God’s forgiveness is not about cobbling together the best of a bad bunch or botching up what is still useable. When God forgives he creates a brand new situation, a fresh opportunity, a vast horizon, a complete rehabilitation and a “new deed”.

As we approach the last part of Lent we have the chance to come clean before God and to ask for the forgiveness that the gospel offers. Lent summons us to live in this passing world with our hearts set on the world that will never end. We do this in confidence, knowing that God is not here to condemn us but simply to say, “Forget the past and look to the future”.

Saint Patrick 17th March.Born in Roman Britain around the end of the 4th century, Patrick died in Ireland about the middle of the 5th century. As a missionary bishop in Ireland, he faced hardship and opposition even from his friends and fellow Christians. Yet he worked to conciliate, to evangelise and to educate local chieftains and their families. Patrick is remembered for his simplicity and pastoral care, for his humble trust in God, and for his fearless preaching of the gospel to those who had enslaved him in his youth.

St Joseph 19th March.He was the beloved and silent husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the earthly guardian of Jesus:

St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, watch over thee Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus; help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted Son. Amen

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.

Bailey Murray Academy of Irish Dance presents St Patrick Day Dance to be held on Saturday 19th March at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry, 7.30pm-12.30pm Tickets £7, Senior £5 Child £3. Tickets are available from St Anne’s Church Hall or pay on the door. Contact 07802687526/077919185047. See poster at back of church for full details.

Please take this bulletin home with you and when you have finished reading it please pass it on to a member of the family/friend/someone you work with/neighbour particularly if they have not been to St John’s recently.

If you did not complete a Census Form last weekend please come to the sacristy after Mass today and complete one. It is very important that we have accurate Parish Records. Approximately 140ncensus cards were completed last weekend with a Mass attendance of around 300 (including children)

5th Sunday in Lent 13th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Maureen McIntosh RIP

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 14th 9.15am Paddy

Fitzgerald RIP

Tuesday 15th 9.15am Teresa Connolly RIP
Wednesday 16th 9.15am

10.30am

Service of the Word & Communion

Churches Together Lenten Lunch

Thursday 17th 9.15am Basil Cullen RIP
Friday 18th 9.15am Fr Frank Rice Intentions
Saturday 19th 10.00am Mandy Shannon RIP
Passion Sunday 20th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Andrea King 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. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning

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.

Principal Services at St John’s for Holy Week

Palm Sunday 19/20th March: Masses at the usual times

Sat 5pm, Sun 9.30am. You are invited to assemble in the Parish Centre 15 minutes before the Mass.

Holy Thursday 24th March: Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm followed by Waiting at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday 25th March: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm.

Holy Saturday 26th March: Easter Vigil Mass 8pm

Easter Sunday 27th March: Mass 9.30am

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

Readers:Please check if you are reading during the Easter Season and those reading the Gospels of Luke and John pick up a copy from the sacristy. A reminder that there is a readers meeting/practice for Holy Week tomorrow (Monday) at 7.30pm in church. Can all who are reading in Holy Week please make every effort to attend, Many thanks

Money Matters: £651.14p. Thank you

Could all APF Red Mission Box holders please empty their boxes and bring their contents into Church by 31st March. Any problems/questions, please contact Kath Markey on

Tel No 538 8429

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 our wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

Stations of the Cross this Sunday and next Sunday at 3pm in Church led by Fr Bernard.

We welcome St John’s Junior School pupils, teachers and parents who will be joining us for 9.15am morning Mass this Tuesday, 15th March.

Churches Together Lenten Lunches The final lenten lunch willl be held this Wednesday 16th March, here at

St John’s . The theme “PILGRIMAGE” Coffee 10.30am, Study 11.00am, Soup Lumch at 12 Noon.

Parish Quiz Night for CAFODwill be held this Friday, 18th March, at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. Please give Mike Daly any offerings for the raffle. The charge is £5 per team. Come along and join in the fun for this very worthy course.

Church Flowers. There will be a retiring collection at both Masses this weekend,

12th/13th March. I am sure you will agree the flowers which adorn the altar and church enhance the liturgical seasons with their varied colours and arrangements. Thank you for your continued support.

The Second Faith Talk at Christ the King Bromboroughgiven by

Fr David Roberts on the theme of “Mercy” will be held 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.

Last Year Wirral Foodbank fed 10,676 individuals thanks to the unwavering donations given by people throughout Wirral in collections at their churches, at food drop-off points and supermarket collections. We currently have no tinned tomatoes or vegetables (NO BAKED BEANS PLEASE) and we need tea bags, 40 bag packets, and 500g bags of sugar, 500g bags of rice – not the larger bags please. Nappies are still required but no baby food or milk needed. A list of goods needed will be on the notice board. Thank you all for your wonderful and continuous support

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.

Please come to the Uniformed Group’s Spectacular Carwash this Sunday,

13th March. We will wash your car during Mass and all we ask is that you donate whatever you consider appropriate for the quality of the job. Thank you. The Carwash will be in the Church Car Park.

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

Email:

Websites:

Fourth Sunday in Lent, 6th March, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALWAYS SOMEONE WORSE

We’re fond of passing off our troubles with the phrase, “There’s always someone worse off than us”. Secretly, we’re rather glad there is, because we’d hate to think that we were at the bottom of the pile!

But by the same token we also end up thinking, “There’s always someone worse”. (Not worse off, just worse.) We know that we can be bad but we comfort ourselves with the thought that there are a lot of nasty people out there, and I’m certainly not as bad as they are. Newspapers and TV encourage us to think like this by dubbing people as monsters and beasts, or even just plain asylum seekers. And today Jesus is faced in the gospel with some righteous leaders who complain about the company he keeps and the sort of characters he eats with. It seems we always need someone to scapegoat because that makes us feel more worthy.

Yet the parable of the prodigal son is about all of us. No honest person can ignore the message of the story. Each one of us can recognise how capable we are of taking a perfectly lovely situation and reducing it to rubble. Spending the money on wine, women and song is merely a symbol of our tendency to mess things up in our own particular way.

Now the way God deals with sinners is the way the father dealt with his son. He welcomes them unconditionally and offers them food. That’s the hard part for some people. If the sinner were made to go through some public humiliation or dressing down, then they’d be happy. But in fact it’s an embrace and a dressing up that awaits the young man. And it’s the older brother who finds all this forgiveness too much to take. After all, he’s better than his prodigal relation.

The story of the prodigal son is an antidote to modern society. For it speaks of things that are given, not earned. It overflows with “concessions” that ring badly in the ears of many. It says that we should rehabilitate not punish, that we should be profoundly moved by someone who sees the error of their ways, and that we should welcome back rather than shut out. To a world thirsty for “justice” it offers only grace.

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.

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.

Bailey Murray Academy of Irish Dance presents St Patrick Day Dance to be held on Saturday 19th March at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry, 7.30pm-12.30pm Tickets £7, Senior £5 Child £3. Tickets available from St Anne’s Church Hall or pay on the door. Contact 07802687526/077919185047. See poster at back of church for full details

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.

Please take this bulletin home with you and when you have finished reading it please pass it on to a member of the family/friend/someone you work with/neighbour particularly if they have not been to St John’s recently.

4th Sunday in Lent 6th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Bob Purfield Intentions

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 7th 9.15am Mona

Heaney Intentions

Tuesday 8th 9.15am Rona Lamb RIP
Wednesday 9th 9.15am Eileen Kavanagh Intentions
Thursday 10th 9.15am

7.30pm

Teresa Connolly RIP

Deanery Service of Reconciliation

Friday 11th 11.15am Poor and Hungry
Saturday 12th
5th Sunday in Lent 13th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Maureen McIntosh RIP

Parishioners

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. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning

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.

The Holy Week and Easter Schedule of Masses will appear in next week’s bulletin.

Readers: Please check if you are reading during the Easter Season and those reading the Gospels of Luke and John pick up a copy from the sacristy.

Money Matters: £643.82p Thank you

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 our wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

Lent 2016

Stations of the Cross/Lenten Reflection in Church each Sunday in Lent at 3pm.

Deanery Service of Reconciliation: Will be held next Thursday

10th March at 7.30pm here at

St John’s with an opportunity for individual confession.

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

Lent Talks at St John Plessington Catholic College

Fri 11th March 7.15pm Frank Field MP “Feeding the Hungry in Birkenhead & in the UK”

Parish Quiz Night for CAFOD will be held on Friday, 18th March, at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. £4 for a Team of 4. Come along and join in the fun for this very worthy course.

CAFOD Family Fast Day. Thank you for your generosity so far. Any remaining envelopes should be returned in the offertory basket at Sunday Masses up to and including 19th/20th March.

The Second Faith Talk at Christ the King Bromboroughgiven by Fr David Roberts on the theme of “Mercy” will be held 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.

PARISH PASTORAL TEAM MEETINGwill be held on Tuesday, 8th March in the Presbytery. PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME OF 6.30PM.

Church Flowers. As I am sure you will agree the flowers which adorn the altar and church enhance the liturgical seasons with their varied colours and arrangements. To support this ministry, there will be a retiring collection at both Masses need weekend, 12th/13th March. Thank you for your continued support.

Last Year Wirral Foodbank fed 10,676 individuals thanks to the unwavering donations given by people throughout Wirral in collections at their churches, at food drop-off points and supermarket collections. We currently have no tinned tomatoes or vegetables (NO BAKED BEANS PLEASE) and we need tea bags, 40 bag packets, and 500g bags of sugar, 500g bags of rice – not the larger bags please. Nappies are still required but no baby food or milk needed. A list of goods needed will be on the notice board. Thank you all for your wonderful and continuous support

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.

Please come to the Uniformed Group’s Spectacular Carwash next Sunday 13th March. We will wash your car during Mass and all we ask is that you donate whatever you consider appropriate for the quality of the job. Thank you. The Carwash will be in the Church Car Park.

Churches Together Lenten Lunches will continue this Wednesday 9th March, the theme “PILGRIMAGE”. Coffee 10.30am,

Study 11.00am, Soup Lumch at 12 Noon.

List of venues :

Wed 9th March Christ Church,

Port Sunlight

Wed 16th March St John’s

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

Email:

Websites:

Fourth Sunday in Lent, 6th March, 2016. Cycle C.

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALWAYS SOMEONE WORSE

We’re fond of passing off our troubles with the phrase, “There’s always someone worse off than us”. Secretly, we’re rather glad there is, because we’d hate to think that we were at the bottom of the pile!

But by the same token we also end up thinking, “There’s always someone worse”. (Not worse off, just worse.) We know that we can be bad but we comfort ourselves with the thought that there are a lot of nasty people out there, and I’m certainly not as bad as they are. Newspapers and TV encourage us to think like this by dubbing people as monsters and beasts, or even just plain asylum seekers. And today Jesus is faced in the gospel with some righteous leaders who complain about the company he keeps and the sort of characters he eats with. It seems we always need someone to scapegoat because that makes us feel more worthy.

Yet the parable of the prodigal son is about all of us. No honest person can ignore the message of the story. Each one of us can recognise how capable we are of taking a perfectly lovely situation and reducing it to rubble. Spending the money on wine, women and song is merely a symbol of our tendency to mess things up in our own particular way.

Now the way God deals with sinners is the way the father dealt with his son. He welcomes them unconditionally and offers them food. That’s the hard part for some people. If the sinner were made to go through some public humiliation or dressing down, then they’d be happy. But in fact it’s an embrace and a dressing up that awaits the young man. And it’s the older brother who finds all this forgiveness too much to take. After all, he’s better than his prodigal relation.

The story of the prodigal son is an antidote to modern society. For it speaks of things that are given, not earned. It overflows with “concessions” that ring badly in the ears of many. It says that we should rehabilitate not punish, that we should be profoundly moved by someone who sees the error of their ways, and that we should welcome back rather than shut out. To a world thirsty for “justice” it offers only grace.

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.

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.

Bailey Murray Academy of Irish Dance presents St Patrick Day Dance to be held on Saturday 19th March at St Anne’s, Rock Ferry, 7.30pm-12.30pm Tickets £7, Senior £5 Child £3. Tickets available from St Anne’s Church Hall or pay on the door. Contact 07802687526/077919185047. See poster at back of church for full details

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.

Please take this bulletin home with you and when you have finished reading it please pass it on to a member of the family/friend/someone you work with/neighbour particularly if they have not been to St John’s recently.

4th Sunday in Lent 6th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Bob Purfield Intentions

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 7th 9.15am Mona

Heaney Intentions

Tuesday 8th 9.15am Rona Lamb RIP
Wednesday 9th 9.15am Eileen Kavanagh Intentions
Thursday 10th 9.15am

7.30pm

Teresa Connolly RIP

Deanery Service of Reconciliation

Friday 11th 11.15am Poor and Hungry
Saturday 12th
5th Sunday in Lent 13th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Maureen McIntosh RIP

Parishioners

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. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Saturday 4.00 – 4.45 pm
Morning

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.

The Holy Week and Easter Schedule of Masses will appear in next week’s bulletin.

Readers: Please check if you are reading during the Easter Season and those reading the Gospels of Luke and John pick up a copy from the sacristy.

Money Matters: £643.82p Thank you

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 our wife or your husband is a Tax Payer, why not get them to join?

Lent 2016

Stations of the Cross/Lenten Reflection in Church each Sunday in Lent at 3pm.

Deanery Service of Reconciliation: Will be held next Thursday

10th March at 7.30pm here at

St John’s with an opportunity for individual confession.

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

Lent Talks at St John Plessington Catholic College

Fri 11th March 7.15pm Frank Field MP “Feeding the Hungry in Birkenhead & in the UK”

Parish Quiz Night for CAFOD will be held on Friday, 18th March, at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. £4 for a Team of 4. Come along and join in the fun for this very worthy course.

CAFOD Family Fast Day. Thank you for your generosity so far. Any remaining envelopes should be returned in the offertory basket at Sunday Masses up to and including 19th/20th March.

The Second Faith Talk at Christ the King Bromboroughgiven by Fr David Roberts on the theme of “Mercy” will be held 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.

PARISH PASTORAL TEAM MEETINGwill be held on Tuesday, 8th March in the Presbytery. PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME OF 6.30PM.

Church Flowers. As I am sure you will agree the flowers which adorn the altar and church enhance the liturgical seasons with their varied colours and arrangements. To support this ministry, there will be a retiring collection at both Masses need weekend, 12th/13th March. Thank you for your continued support.

Last Year Wirral Foodbank fed 10,676 individuals thanks to the unwavering donations given by people throughout Wirral in collections at their churches, at food drop-off points and supermarket collections. We currently have no tinned tomatoes or vegetables (NO BAKED BEANS PLEASE) and we need tea bags, 40 bag packets, and 500g bags of sugar, 500g bags of rice – not the larger bags please. Nappies are still required but no baby food or milk needed. A list of goods needed will be on the notice board. Thank you all for your wonderful and continuous support

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.

Please come to the Uniformed Group’s Spectacular Carwash next Sunday 13th March. We will wash your car during Mass and all we ask is that you donate whatever you consider appropriate for the quality of the job. Thank you. The Carwash will be in the Church Car Park.

Churches Together Lenten Lunches will continue this Wednesday 9th March, the theme “PILGRIMAGE”. Coffee 10.30am,

Study 11.00am, Soup Lumch at 12 Noon.

List of venues :

Wed 9th March Christ Church,

Port Sunlight

Wed 16th March St John’s