Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 15th January, 2017. Cycle A

14/01/2017

*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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*WORD FOR TODAY*

*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.*

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