Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th February, 2017. Cycle A


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:

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 12th February, 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: New standards for living

We notice a potentially fruitful tension between the Gospel and the first reading from Sirach. While Jesus makes the commandments even more demanding, Sirach claims that we can keep the commandments if only we really want to. Both readings are very direct and there’s no missing the message. One approach to today’s Scriptures would be to take them as pointers and ideals for Christian morality. Jesus forbids not merely murder, as the most extreme form of disregard for another person, but also lesser forms of injuring others. What unites the three faults he lists (losing one’s temper, using insulting names and of refusing to forgive) is that in each case another person’s feelings are trampled underfoot. The importance of forgiveness is shown by the fact that it comes before strictly religious duties, and presumably the same priority is assigned to the other two matters. So the point Jesus makes is that one must respect not simply people’s right to life but also their right to dignity and self-respect. Then he speaks about sexual purity, but broadening it out to purity of intention in general. A mere legal observance is utterly insufficient for Jesus. The words about self mutilation have never been understood literally by the Church and are best understood as a parable to express vividly the disastrous effects of sin. The correction he makes of the Old Law disallows an abuse which Moses tolerated, namely remarriage after divorce. The exceptive clause (“except on the ground of unchastity”) has long been debated, but its main interpretation in the Catholic Church is that it refers to a previous marriage that was prohibited by Jewish laws. The only divorce permitted is one where there was no real marriage, and Jesus was simply reaffirming the sanctity of the marriage bond, as in Genesis “the two shall become one flesh” — a loving, interdependent unity. The prohibition of oaths has not been taken as literally by the Catholic Church as it has by some other Christians. Jesus held that oaths should not be necessary at all, if there is a general atmosphere of trust and truth-telling. In such a society reinforcement by oaths would not be needed. This it is an atmosphere of openness and mutual confidence which Jesus promoted. What he teaches by his corrections of the Law is a morality of values held from the heart

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.


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.

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.

FATIMA- Pilgrimage/ 100th anniversary. The Little Way Association House. 10th to 17th May 2017. B&B plus airport transfers Cost £387. Own insurance required. If you would like to know more please contact John Connerly on 328 1487.

MEDJUGORJE Irish Centre Pilgrimage 20th-27th May. 7nights half board in 4 star apartments. Cost including airport transfers 370 Euros. Details; Jackie 020 3239 8662or Colette 0151 220 0665.

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

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.


6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 12th 5.00pm



Eleanor McGuigan Anniv RIP


Prayer Meeting

Monday 13th 9.15am Patrick Fitzgerald Anniv RIP
Tuesday 14th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Tim Wilby RIP
Thursday 16th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 17th 9.15am Steven Tunley RIP
Saturday 18th 10.00am Carmel Mass
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time 19th 5.00pm




Peggy Fullerton RIP

Prayer Meeting

Confessions Saturday 4.15 – 4.45pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Baptisms …… please contact us to arrange a date as soon as possible.

First Forgiveness for children at St John’s School will be celebrated in Church this Thursday 16th February at 6.30pm. Please keep the children, their parents and teachers in your prayers this week.

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

Money Matters

Offertory: £572.02.p

Thank you for your generosity.

Sister Michela of the Comboni Missionary Sisters who gave the Annual Mission Appeal at last weekends Masses sends her thanks for the collection which amounted to £550.

Traidcraft Stall is open this weekend after Saturday and Sunday Masses. Please continue to support this worthwhile cause.

Tea and coffee is served in the Parish Centre each Sunday after 9.30am Mass. All most welcome .

“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 is now underway. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. The redecorating of the Church and the Day Chapel will follow mid July/August.

Children’s Liturgy and Confirmation Saturday

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

Registration helen.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.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on the 1st March… A full Lenten programme will be in next week’s newsletter.

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.

“A Recovery of Mercy : the radical experience of Grace through all our addictions” is the theme for the next Day of Reflection for ACTS (Adult Catholics Together Spiritually) being held on Sat 11th March 2017. If you are aged between 18-35 then you are more than welcome to join us when we will be led by Damien Prescott, the Director of Olive Branch Recovery Communities. The day will start approximately 9.30am until approx.. 5pm (exact times to be confirmed nearer the time) and will take place at Wistaston Hall Crewe, CW2 8JS. Payment will be by anonymous donation (suggested cost £20 and £15 for unemployed/student). If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it please contact Siobhan at siobhanbc

tel; 0161 477 2783 / 07761138947

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.

A Prayer for this National Marriage week.

We thank you Oh God, for the love you have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of feeling, and concerned for each others needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weakness and failing. Increase our faith and trust in you and may your prudence guide our life and love. Bless our marriage Oh God, with peace and happiness, make our love fruitful for your glory and, our joy both here and in eternity. Amen.

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