Fifth Sunday in Lent, 13th March, 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



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


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




Maureen McIntosh RIP


Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 14th 9.15am Paddy

Fitzgerald RIP

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


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





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

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.

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