St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 29th January, 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: MEEK NOT WEAK

One of the prayers that children are taught to say begins with the words “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild…” Maybe it’s partly because we present Jesus to children as the baby in the manger, as the good boy who always did what Mary and Joseph told him, that children can end up with an immature image of him.

Meek doesn’t mean weak, gentle doesn’t mean ineffectual and lowly doesn’t mean cringing. At the heart of these Beatitudes lies the concept of humility. And humility is a very powerful weapon in anyone’s armoury. Humility allows us to acknowledge the poverty of our own resources and yet at the same time to recognise that with God’s grace nothing is impossible.

When we take a look at the Beatitudes in Matthew’s gospel for today we are immediately struck by the fact that everything that Jesus is advocating is exactly what our modern-day world considers weakness. Poverty, lowliness, persecution, mourning etc., are things to be avoided like the plague. Nobody wants these. Yet Jesus says that Christians will be truly happy if they embrace these values. This is because if Christians are truly humble, if they realise that without God they are really powerless, then they can achieve whatever is needed. Humility is not a call to stand in the background but a challenge to step up and do what it takes.

Sometimes it’s hard to be a Christian because people equate Christianity with “being nice”. They fail to see the radical calling of the Beatitudes that sets Christians at odds with what society prizes highly. And so in a world that preaches locking people up and throwing away the key Christians preach forgiveness aand mercy. Faced with globalisation and profit Christians preach justice and equity. As nations spend more and more of their annual budget on arms and invasions Christians call for peacemaking.

The Beatitudes point to values that go beyond this world for they promise an eternal happiness. To accept them requires a good deal of meekness. And to be meek you have to be strong.

A local charity called Merseyaid is collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area. Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly. As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you for your generous support.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. Please see the list of urgently needed goods on the notice board at the back of Church.Urgently required goods include biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.

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.

Day of Reflection on Pope Francis’ Exhortation ‘The Joy of Love’:10.30am – 3pm, Wed 26 April at LACE, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AA and led by Father Chris Thomas, the well-known retreat giver. Cost £20 including lunch.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimage 2017 20th-27th May. 7 nights half board in 4 star apartments and airport transfers: 370 Euros.

Details Tel Jackie 020 3239 8662/Colette 0151 220 0665 or email

jackie

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

4.00pm

6.00pm

Intentions Peter Neilson

Ivan Gregory RIP

United Christian Unity Service at Prenton Methodist Church

Prayer Meeting

Monday 30th 9.15am Bill Mitchell Annv RIP
Tuesday 31st 9.15am Decd Members of Price Family
Wednesday 1st 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Thursday 2nd 9.15am St John’s Yr 5 & 6 in the School
Friday 3rd 9.15am Intentions Denis Barton
Saturday 4th
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th 5.00pm

9.30am

6.00pm

Missions

Ints of Martin & McCaffrey Fams

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Baptisms and Weddings in 2017…… please contact us as soon as possible.

First Forgivenessfor children at St John’s School will be celebrated in Church on Thursday 16th February at 6.30pm.

First Communion Masses: Saturday 13th May and Sunday 20th May at 11am.

Money Matters

Offertory: £591.97p

Retired Priests Fund: £451.23p

Thank you for your generosity

Next weekend: (at St John’s and St Anne’s). The Annual Mission Appeal will be given by

Sister Michela of the Comboni Missionary Sisters.

Thursday is the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas Day). Candles will be blessed and distributed before 9.15am Mass which now will be celebrated (with Years 5 & 6) in St John’s Junior School owing to the improvement work being carried out in the Church this week and the recent inclement weather. Parishioners are very welcome to join the children for this Mass. Candles will also be blessed and distributed before Mass at St Anne’s which next Thursday will be at 7.30pm.

“Our Mission Together”

Thanks to your continuing generosity and prayers the work on the sanctuary re-ordering and the re-siting of the tabernacle and the baptismal font gets into full swing this week. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. The redecorating of the Church and the Day Chapel will follow mid July/August. If you have not already contributed to “Our Mission Together” and would like to do so or, if you have any questions about this Diocesan Initiative which is now bearing so much fruit around the Diocese, please contact

Fr Bernard or Anthony Doyle.

Tel No 0151 652 9855/07833209713

CARITAS: You are invited to the official launch of the new agency “CARITAS: Diocese of Shrewsbury”. Caritas is the successor agency of the Catholic Children’s Society and will seek to develop the Church’s social mission in the years ahead. The celebration will be held at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane Whitby CH65 7AQ on Saturday 4th February 10am Registration and refreshments. 10.30am Introduction by Bishop Mark and input from speakers, concluding with Mass at 11.45am. Please contact Pauline McCulloch if you are able to come emailing

pauline.mccullochor by phone

0151 652 9855

Diocesan Year of Mission 2017. A t the request of those who attended a series of talks last year and to help discover own part in the mission of the Church, four reflections will be offered this January/February. All are welcome to attend the Fourth and Final Talk entitled “On earth, as it is in Heaven” given by Fr Edmund Montgomery, Fr Jonathan Brandon and Barbara Davies this Wednesday 1st February 7pm-9pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre in Ellesmere Port. See poster at back of church.

The next Love Birkenhead Prayer Event will be held at Charing Cross Methodist Church on Friday

10th February 2017 at 7.30pm. We have Frank Field and Bishop Keith Sinclair joining us to help us focus our prayer for our area. See Poster at back of church for details

Diocesan Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage. This annual Mass has grown as a Diocesan event and is greatly appreciated by the couples and their families who take part. This year’s Mass will be celebrated at our Lady’s Church in Stockport on Saturday 11th February at 12 noon. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary in 2017 (i.e. 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th) and wish to attend please let Fr Bernard know.

Children’s Liturgy and ConfirmationSaturday

25th February 10.00am-1.00pm (registration from 9.30pm) at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

CH65 7AQ. Speakers: Teresa Kehoe and Hannah Vaughn-Spruce. Open to everyone interested in how to share the faith with children and adolescents. Enquiries: barbara.davies

Registrationhelen.jones

See Poster at back of church for details.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a weekend at Pantasaph Friary on 24th-26th February. Theme: “Hungry for God”. Speaker: Fr Chris Thomas. Cost £105. See poster at back of church for details. Contact: Ann Murray 0151 645 5514 for booking information.

OnFriday March 3rd at 2pmit is the Women’s World Day of Prayer. The service comes from the Philippines this year and is being held in our church. As we are praying for Filipino women, we are hoping that some of our Filipino parishioners will kindly help and be a part of this service. Please see Maria Fryer or

Claire McGree.

Healing Mass: Saturday 25th March at 3pm, St Werburgh’s, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, CH1 1QJ is for all families that are affected by mental illness and those that work with them. There will be an Anointing of the Sick during Mass and an opportunity for socialising and meeting members of the Diocesan Mental Health Action Group afterwards.

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St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 22nd January, 2017. Cycle A

An Extract from Seasons of the Word by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R

A full-page advertisement appears in the Sunday papers. It is headed by pictures of a doctor, a lawyer, a musician and an army officer. Underneath is written “A vocation. What if you do not have one?” The text continues “It was the first time I felt envious about anything”, a young man told us recently. “I looked around the dining hall and realised with some pain that there were two sorts of people here: those who had vocations and the rest of us who did not. The first group knew exactly where they wanted to go and how to get there. Their lives, I naively imagined, would be unswerving and purposeful, rich with certainty and fulfilment. By contrast I felt muddled and irresolute. I found myself mentally trying on different jobs but, like second hand clothes, none seemed to fit”.

Only in the next sentence do we find out what the advert is for. “What, you may well ask, was this young man doing at the Army Officer Selection Board?”

The advertisement tries to kill the idea that a young man who is un certain has no place in the army. Uncertainty, it argues, is not feeble-mindedness. After all how can you commit yourself to something you know nothing about? The army, so the argument goes, will give this unsure young man time to make up his mind about this future. He will have time to discover if he really has what the recruiting officer calls “a vocation for the Army”.

When Matthew writes of the call of the first disciples, there is no suggestion of any hesitation on the part of the four fishermen. Matthew does not tell us why they follow Jesus. His story is simple. Jesus calls them and they follow him. There is no hint about where they are going; there is no detailing of what discipleship will involve. Nothing is promised, nothing is signed. Matthew is clearly not interested in these questions: he is more concerned to show the disciples were called by Jesus and how their discipleship requires the leaving of everything that occupied them until that moment.

Matthew keeps the focus on Jesus and show the authority of his word and the power of his healing. Discipleship is centred on Jesus. Because of who he is, others will change. Jesus alone is the source of discipleship. Without the person of Jesus, discipleship is meaningless.

Like Matthew, Paul is insistent in today’s second reading on Jesus as the focus of Christian discipleship. Jesus is the great light, and no one, however exalted, can take his place.

Paul resists any attempt to make Christian discipleship a matter of following this or that Christian leader. For Paul, only one person gets the incense and that person is Jesus himself. Religious leadership is about leading others to Christ: it cannot be reduced to smiles and styles. Religious authority does not lead others to itself but to the Lord. It does not exult in itself or point to itself. It points to Christ. For Paul and Matthew there is only one answer to the question “Who are you for?” The Christian must answer “I am for Christ”

For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in the terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed

1 Corinthians 17

A local charity called Merseyaid is collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area. Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly. As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you for your generous support.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. Please see the list of urgently needed goods on the notice board at the back of Church.Urgently required goods include biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.

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.

Day of Reflection on Pope Francis’ Exhortation ‘The Joy of Love’:10.30am – 3pm, Wed 26 April at LACE, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AA and led by Father Chris Thomas, the well-known retreat giver. Cost £20 including lunch.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Intentions of the Young Family

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 23rd 9.15am Mary Haigh RIP
Tuesday 24th 9.15am Fnds/Rels Bell & Nugent Fams
Wednesday 25th 9.15am Canon Hugh McHugh Annv RIP
Thursday 26th 9.15am Service of the Word & Communion
Friday 27th 9.15am Intentions Eileen Kavanagh
Saturday 28th
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th 5.00pm

9.30am

4.00pm

7.30pm

Intentions Peter Neilson

Ivan Gregory RIP

United Christian Unity Service at Prenton Methodist Church

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Baptisms and Weddings in 2017…… please contact us as soon as possible.

First Forgivenessfor children at St John’s School will be celebrated in Church on Thursday

16th February at 6.30pm.

First Communion Masses: Saturday 13th May and Sunday 20th May at 11am.

Prayers for the Sick. At this time of year especially please pray for our many sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital or a care home, please do let us know.

Marie Rooney’s family would like to thank the parishioners of our

Parish, St Anne’s, St Werburgh’s and Christ the King for your

support at the time of Mum’s death. The well wishes, prayers,

Mass cards, preparation and attendance at her Requiem Mass

gave us great support. We will remember you all in our prayers.

Money Matters

Offertory : £590.58p

Thank you for your generosity

This Weekend is the annual Diocesan Collection for the Sick and Retired Priests Fund will be taken at the end of both Masses. Bishop Mark writes “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of the Diocese towards the Sick and Retired Priests Fund. With your help we can build up the Fund to meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests. Special envelopes are available for you to use where you can also take advantage of Gift Aid. I ask that you give as generously as you can to this worthy cause and I would also like to

express my sincere thanks for your continued support”.

CARITAS: You are invited to the official launch of the new agency “CARITAS: Diocese of Shrewsbury”. Caritas is the successor agency of the Catholic Children’s Society and will seek to develop the Church’s social mission in the years ahead. The celebration will be held at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane Whitby CH65 7AQ on Saturday 4th February . 10am Registration and refreshments. 10.30am Introduction by Bishop Mark and input from speakers. Concluding with Mass at 11.45am. Please contact Pauline McCulloch if you are able to come emailing pauline.mccullochor by phone 0151 652 9855

“Our Mission Together”

Thanks to your continuing generosity and prayers the preliminary work on the sanctuary re-ordering and the re-siting of the tabernacle and the baptismal font in Church began last Monday. With this part of the project scheduled for completion by Wednesday 15th February (one month). The redecorating of the Church and the Day Chapel will follow in the quieter days of mid-July to mid-August. If you have not already pledged or contributed to “Our Mission Together” and would like to do so or have any question or would like more information about this exciting Diocesan initiative which is now bearing much fruit around the Diocese please contact

Fr Bernard or Anthony Doyle

Tel 0151 652 9855/07833209713

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Wednesday 18th-25th January. The Theme “Crossing Barriers”As usual we will be having our trip around the Churches here in the Bebington area. The programme is as follows. Also see poster at the back of church.

Monday 23rd January Christ Church Hr Bebington
Tuesday 24th January U.R.C Hr Bebington
Wednesday 25th January Christ Church Port Sunlight

Each meeting starts at 10.30am for tea/coffee.

Service starts at 11.am

A united service will take place next Sunday 29th January, at Prenton Methodist Church at 4pm.

Diocesan Year of Mission 2017. A t the request of those who attended a series of talks last year and to help discover own part in the mission of the Church, four reflections will be offered this January/February. All are welcome to attend the Third Talk entitled “Thy Will Be Done!” given by Miss Barbara Davies this Wednesday

25th January 7pm-9pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre in Ellesmere Port. See poster at back of church.

Diocesan Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage. This annual Mass has grown as a Diocesan event and is greatly appreciated by the couples and their families who take part. This year’s Mass will be celebrated at our Lady’s Church in Stockport on Saturday 11th February at

12 noon. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary in 2017 (i.e. 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th) and wish to attend please let Fr Bernard know by 22nd January.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a weekend at Pantasaph Friary on 24th-26th February. Theme: “Hungry for God”. Speaker: Fr Chris Thomas. Cost £105. See poster at back of church for details. Contact: Ann Murray 0151 645 5514 for booking information.

On Friday March 3rd at 2pm it is the Women’s World Day of Prayer. The service comes from the Philippines this year and is being held in our church. As we are praying for Filipino women, we are hoping that some of our Filipino parishioners will kindly help and be a part of this service. Please see Maria Fryer or

Claire McGree.

Healing Mass: Saturday 25 Marchat3pm, St Werburgh’s, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, CH1 1QJ is for all

families that are affected by mental illness and those that work with them. There will be an Anointing of the Sick during Mass and an opportunity for socialising and meeting members of the Diocesan Mental Health Action Group afterwards.

*St John the Evangelist*

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury(reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest:Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael DalyPhone:0151 645 3314

Email:stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org **

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_Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th January, 2017. Cycle A_

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With the feast of the Baptism of the Lord we have entered into the liturgical time that we call “ordinary.” On this second Sunday, the Gospel presents to us the scene of the meeting between Jesus and John the Baptist at the Jordan River. The narrator is the eye witness, John the Evangelist, who, before he was a disciple of Jesus was a disciple of the Baptist, together with his brother James, with Simon and Andrew, all are from Galilee, all are fisherman. So, John the Baptist sees Jesus, who steps forward from the crowd and, inspired from above, sees in Jesus the one sent by God. For this reason he points him out with theses words: “Behold the lamb of God, he who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

The word that is translated with “take away” literally means “to relieve,” “to take upon oneself.” Jesus has come into the world with a precise mission: to free it from the slavery of sin, taking humanity’s faults upon himself. In what way? By loving. There is no other way to defeat evil and sin than with the love that moves one to give the gift of his life for others. In the testimony of John the Baptist, Jesus is given the traits of the Servant of the Lord, who “has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4), to the point of dying on the cross. He is the true Passover lamb, who immerses himself in the river of our sin, to purify us.

The Baptist sees before him a man who gets in line with sinners to be baptized even though he does not need to. He is the man who God sent into the world as the sacrificial lamb. The word “lamb” appears several times in the New Testament and always in reference to Jesus. This image of the lamb might surprise us: an animal that is certainly not characterized by its strength and hardiness takes upon himself such an oppressive weight. The enormous mass of evil is removed and taken away by a weak and fragile creature, who is a symbol of obedience, docility and defenseless love, who goes to the point of sacrificing himself. The lamb is not an oppressor but is docile; he is not aggressive but peaceful; he does not show his claws or teeth in the face of an attack, but endures it and is submissive. And this is how Jesus is! This is how Jesus is! He is like a lamb.

What does it mean for the Church, for us, today to be disciples of Jesus the Lamb of God? It means putting innocence in the place of malice, love in the place of force, humility in the place of pride, service in the place of prestige. It is good work! We Christians must do this: put innocence in the place of malice, love in the place of force, humility in the place of pride, service in the place of prestige. Being disciples of the Lamb means that we must not live like a “city under siege,” but like a city on a hill, open, welcoming, solidary. It means not having an attitude of closedness, but proposing the Gospel to everyone, testifying with our life that following Jesus makes us more free and more joyful. — Pope Francis /Angelus Address/

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*John the Baptist not only saw Jesus but recognised him as the Lamb of God. Christ promises to be with us all our days in the faces of those we come into contact with. We see all these people, but how do we recognise the Lamb of God?*

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*A local charity called Merseyaid is collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area. Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly. As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.*

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*_WIRRAL FOODBANK_***

*Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. Please see the list of _urgently needed goods _on the notice board at the back ofChurch.****Urgentlyrequired goods include biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.*

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*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.*

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*If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.*

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*2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time*

15th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sr Margaret McCabe

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday

16th

9.15am

Intentions ofLarkin Family

Tuesday

17th

9.15am

Rels & Fnds Fitzpatrick/Gilligan Families

Wednesday

18th

9.15am

Christian Unity

Thursday

19th

*11.00am*

*Funeral Service – Anthony Igoe*

Friday

20th

*No Mass or Service today***

Saturday

21st

10.00am

10.30am

Carmel Mass

Christian Unity Service

*3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time*

22nd

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Intentions of Young Family

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

*PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN MORNING MASS TIMES FOR THE COMING WEEK *

*SUNDAY IS A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE*

*CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS*

Confessions

Saturday 4.15 – 4.45pm

Morning Prayer of the Church

15 minutes before daily masses

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*_Baptisms and Weddings in 2017_**…… *please contact us as soon as possible.

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*_First Forgiveness_***for children at St John’s School will be celebrated in Church *on Thursday *

*16th February at 6.30pm.*

*_First Communion Masses_**:Saturday 13th May _and _Sunday 20th May at 11am.*

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***_Prayers for the Sick_**. At this time of year especially please pray for our many sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital or a care home, please do let us know.*

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*_Lately Dead:_**Anthony Igoe’s Funeral Service will take place on Thursday 19th January at 11am here at St John’s. May he rest in peace.*

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*Money Matters:*

*Offertory : £638.00p*

*Thank you for your generosity*

*Next Weekend the annual Diocesan Collection for the Sick and Retired Priests Fund will be taken at the end of both Masses.*

*Bishop Mark writes “I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of the Diocese towards the Sick and Retired Priests Fund.With your help we can build up the Fund to meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests.Special envelopes are available for you to use where you can also take advantage of Gift Aid.I ask that you give as generously as you can to this worthy cause and I would also like to express my sincere thanks for your continued support”.*

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*Dear Parishioners *

*It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the launch of the new CARITAS, Diocese of Shrewsbury agency. This will be an opportunity to hear about our future direction in social action and social justice. The celebration will be held at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, Whitby, CH65 7AQ. on Saturday 4^th February 2017. Programme:10.00am Registration and refreshments: 10.30am. Welcome by Bishop Mark and input from speakers concluded with Mass at 11.45am. Please contact Pauline McCulloch if you are able to attend*

*email: **Pauline.McCulloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org* **

*or by phone on: 0151 652 9855.*

*Sincerely, Mary Kilcoyne CEO*

*_“Our Mission Together”_*

*Thanks to your continuing generosity and prayers the preliminary work on the sanctuary re-ordering and the re-siting of the tabernacle and the baptismal font in Church will begin on Monday.With this part of the project scheduled for completion by Wednesday 15th February *(one month).*The redecorating of the Church and the Day Chapel will follow in the quieter days of mid-July to mid-August.If you have not already pledged or contributed to “Our Mission Together” and would like to do so or have any questions or would like more information about this exciting Diocesan initiative, which is now bearing much fruit around the Diocese, please contact *

*Fr Bernard or Anthony Doyle *

*Tel 0151 652 9855/07833209713*

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*_The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity_**begins on Wednesday *

*18th-25th January. The Theme “Crossing Barriers”***As usual we will be having our trip around the Churches here in the Bebington area.*Prayers for Christian Unity here at St John’s will be held on Saturday morning 21st January*. The programme is as follows. Also see poster at the back of church.

*Wednesday18th January*

*St Andrew’s*

*Thursday19th January*

*St Luke’s*

*Friday20th January*

*Jireh*

*Saturday21stJanuary*

*St John’s*

*Monday23rd January*

*Christ Church Hr Bebington*

*Tuesday24th January*

*U.R.C Hr Bebington*

*Wednesday 25th January*

*Christ Church Port Sunlight*

*Each meeting starts at 10.30am for tea/coffee. *

*Service starts at 11.am*

*A united service will take place on Sunday 29th January, at Prenton Methodist Church at 4pm.*

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*Diocesan Year of Mission 2017.**A t the request of those who attended a series of talks last year and to help discover own part in the mission of the Church, four reflections will be offered this January/February.All are welcome to attend the Second Talk entitled “Thy Kingdom Come” given by Fr Jonathan Brandon this Wednesday 18th January 7pm-9pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre in Ellesmere Port.See poster at back of church.*

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*__**_Diocesan Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage_**.This annual Mass has grown as a Diocesan event and is greatly appreciated by the couples and their families who take part.This year’s Mass will be celebrated at our Lady’s Church in Stockport on Saturday 11th February at *

*12 noon. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary in 2017 (i.e. 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th) and wish to attend please let Fr Bernard know by 22nd January.*

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*Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a weekend at Pantasaph Friary on *

*24th-26th February. Theme: “Hungry for God”. Speaker: Fr Chris Thomas. Cost £105.See poster at back of church for details. Contact: Ann Murray 0151 645 5514 for booking information.*

St John the Evangelist

128 Bebington Road, New Ferry, CH62 5BJ

Diocese of Shrewsbury (reg. charity 234025)

Parish Priest: Fr Bernard Forshaw Deacon: Revd Michael Daly Phone: 0151 645 3314

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

The Epiphany of the Lord, 8th January, 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: BEARING GIFTS

It’s not too late to bring our gifts to honour the baby of Bethlehem. The wise men came bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh. And if we want to celebrate Epiphany then it must be with more than prayers and songs. We must bring our gifts too.

Today we ask God to accept our gold. This is more than money. It is all that we hold dear and precious in life. We bring our health and thank God for it, however frail it may sometimes be. We bring our family and loved ones, those who mean more than gold to us. And as we do so, we ask God to accept our gift of rededication. For today we recognise that all our gold was actually God’s first.

We bring the frankincense of our lives. Frankincense is one of life’s sweeteners, the perfume or aromatic odour that makes our atmosphere more pleasant. What gifts has God given to us that allow us to make life fresher and brighter for others? Are there talents and gifts that we can use to better effect than we have been doing? Do I have a good voice, a creative vision, a skill with my hands? Epiphany is an invitation to use the frankincense of our talents to the fullest.

And then, of course, we bring our myrrh. Myrrh is the gum resin or ointment that is used for the knocks of life, and none of us can escape these. As we offer our ups and downs to God by the patience with which we endure them, we also remember our own healing role in the lives of others. On Epiphany we pledge ourselves once more to use our listening ear, to extend the hand of comfort, to speak those words of encouragement rather than just think them. Today it becomes clear that the gifts we bring to God are the same ones that he has first given to us. We return them along with the bread and wine that come from his hand, so that he may transform them all into something that brings new life.

WORD OF GOD

Above you the Lord now rises and above you his glory appears. The nations come to your light and kings to your dawning brightness. (Isaiah 60:2-3)

A local charity called Merseyaid is collecting clothing and household goods to send to Lebanon and for refugees coming to our area.

Anything you want to donate will be put to good use. A box will be provided at the back of church and emptied weekly. As Christians we are called to look after those less fortunate than ourselves.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support .If anyone is free on Monday or Tuesday mornings and would like to go on the rota to take our collected goods down to the warehouse in Birkenhead, please let us know. Please see the list of urgently needed goods on the notice board at the back of Church.Urgently required goods include biscuits, sponge pudding, sugar, squash and deodorant.

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.

If you have a notice for the bulletin please email it to the parish email address or put it through the presbytery letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks.

Epiphany of the Lord 8th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

For Refugees and Migrants

Prayer Meeting

Monday 9th 12 Noon Funeral Mass – Mary Haigh
Tuesday 10th 9.15am Patrick Kennedy RIP
Wednesday 11th 9.15am Intentions Fr Peter Burke
Thursday 12th 12 Noon Funeral Mass – Rose Quigg
Friday 13th 9.15am Marie Rooney RIP
Saturday 14th
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 15th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Sr Margaret McCabe

Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN MORNING MASS TIMES FOR THE COMING WEEK
CHILDREN’S LITURGY RESUMES THIS SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS
Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Baptisms and Weddings in 2017…… please contact us as soon as possible.

First Forgivenessfor children at St John’s School will be celebrated in Church on Thursday 16th February at 6.30pm.

First Communion Masses: Saturday 13th May and Sunday 20th May at 11am.

Prayers for the Sick. At this time of year especially please pray for our many sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit/Holy Communion or is going into hospital or a care home, please do let us know.

Lately Dead: Mary Haigh’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated this Monday 9th January at 12 noon and Rose Quigg’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated this Thursday 12th January at 12 noon.

Anthony Igoe’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 19th January at 11am. May they rest in peace.

Money Matters:

Offertory : £538.46p.

Christmas Card Offering for St John’s SVP: £55.28p

Thank you for your generosity

Your donations at the crib during the Christmas Season are for Caritas Shrewsbury (formerly known as the Catholic Children’s Society) who offer care and support to refugees (a refuges centre has opened recently in Wythenshawe) and to needy families and individuals on the Wirral and throughout the Diocese. As you always are, please be generous to the Crib Offerings this year…. the needs are great!

Dear Parishioners

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the launch of the new CARITAS, Diocese of Shrewsbury agency. This will be an opportunity to hear about our future direction in social action and social justice. The celebration will be held at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, Whitby, CH65 7AQ. on Saturday 4th February 2017. Programme:10.00am Registration and refreshments: 10.30am. Welcome by Bishop Mark and input from speakers concluded with Mass at 11.45am. Please contact Pauline McCulloch if you are able to attend

email: Pauline.McCulloch

or by phone on: 0151 652 9855.

Sincerely, Mary Kilcoyne CEO

“Our Mission Together”

As your commitment to

St John’s continues to bear fruit, the electrical work in the church has now been complete as has the work on the leaded light windows at the back of the Church. Work on the sanctuary reordering and the re-siting of the tabernacle and the baptismal font will begin on Monday 16th January. The decorating of the Church and Day Chapel will follow in the summer of 2017. If you haven’t already pledged or contributed to “Our Mission Together” and would like to do so, please have a word with Fr Bernard.

St John’s Parish Pastoral team: First Meeting of 2017 Thursday

12th January at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. Any thoughts/suggestions for the team to consider to Wilf Humphrey or Fr Bernard

by 10th January.

St John’s Website: You will notice some much needed improvements to our Parish website.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Wednesday 18th-25th January.

The Theme “Crossing Barriers”As usual we will be having our trip around the Churches here in the Bebington area.

Prayers for Christian Unity here at St John’s will be held on Saturday morning 21st January. The programme is as follows. Also see poster at the back of church.

Wednesday 18th January St Andrew’s
Thursday 19th January St Luke’s
Friday 20th January Jireh
Saturday 21st January St John’s
Monday 23rd January Christ Church Hr Bebington
Tuesday 24th January U.R.C Hr Bebington
Wednesday 25th January Christ Church Hr Bebington

Each meeting starts at 10.30am for tea/coffee.

Service starts at 11.am

Details of a united service on Sunday 22nd January, to be confirmed.

Diocesan Year of Mission 2017. A t the request of those who attended a series of talks last year and to help discover our own part in the mission of the Church, four reflections will be offered this January/February. All are welcome to attend the First Talk entitled “Our Father Who Art in Heaven” given by Fr Edmund Montgomery this Wednesday 11th January 7pm-9pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre in Ellesmere Port. See poster at back of church.

Diocesan Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage. This annual Mass has grown as a Diocesan event and is greatly appreciated by the couples and their families who take part. This year’s Mass will be celebrated at our Lady’s Church in Stockport on Saturday 11th February at 12 noon. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary in 2017 (i.e. 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th) and wish to attend please let Fr Bernard know by 22nd January.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be holding a weekend at Pantasaph Friary on 24th-26th February. Theme: “Hungry for God”. Speaker: Fr Chris Thomas. Cost £100. See poster at back of church for details. Contact Ann Murray 0151 645 5514 for booking information.