Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19th February, 2017. Cycle A

19/02/2017

*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 **

_Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19^th February, 2017. Cycle A_

FAITH IN FOCUS: All-embracing Compassion

Other thinkers had said: “do not do to others what you would not have them do to you.” That is perhaps the basic law of manners and politeness. Jesus, characteristically, goes beyond this: Do to others.. The Christian ethic is positive. It goes beyond “Thou shalt not..” to “Do…” It is activist. There is the story of the man who appeared at the gate of heaven asking to be let in. St Peter asked him why he thought he should be let in. The man answered: “my hands are clean.” “Yes,” answered Peter, “but they are empty!’ The Christian ethic always asks us to grow. Many people are puzzled and confused because Christian moral guides are sometimes slow to lay down a clear minimum which people must achieve to be justified. But Jesus asks for more. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” What is so special about that? Jesus asks for extra. We told his disciples: “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Yet with those who tried and failed he was full of sympathy and compassion. He will never say “enough,” but he will not reject anyone who has failed and comes back to him. Some people see life in terms of survival of the fittest, or ‘dog-eat-dog’. David had his chance to kill his enemy before his enemy killed him, as Saul fully intended to do. But he held back and he would not take Saul’s life. The temptation to violence is an easy one. The world is full of wars and violent confrontations. We yield too readily to our instincts of aggression, whether it is the great aggression where nation confronts nation in a balance of terror, or violent confrontations between groups of citizens, or violence in the home. Education in peaceful means of solving interpersonal and intercommunal difficulties is one of the greatest needs of our age. The way is open to Christians to start to learn more about non-violent means of solving conflicts and becomes peacemakers. Mercy is God’s primary characteristic – even of the “Old Testament God” whom many commentators, following some Christian heretics, prefer to portray as harsh and cruel. Our psalm, which comes from the Old Testament emphasises that God is not the seeker of vengeance that many people imagine him to be.He is not waiting and anxious to punish each and every fault, but he is concerned only to remove our sins and to make us one with him. God’s merciful goodness towards us is shown most clearly in the life and death of Jesus Christ. This Jesus wants to join us with him for an eternity of fulfilment and happiness. God’s compassion for sinful and unhappy humanity is the model of our compassion. St Matthew had said: “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Ch. 5:48.) St John said: “God is love” (1 John 4:7.) St Luke’s report of Jesus’ words is: “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.”

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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. Thank you for your generous support.*

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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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*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.*

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*FATIMA- Pilgrimage/ 100^th anniversary. The Little Way Association House. 10^th to 17^th 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.*

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

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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 by12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly.Many thanks.*

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*7th Sunday in Ordinary Time*

19th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Peggy Fullerton RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday

20th

9.15am

For World Peace

Tuesday

21st

9.15am

Service of Word and Communion

Wednesday

22nd

9.15am

Service of Word and Communion

Thursday

23rd

9.15am

Service of Word and Communion

Friday

24th

9.15am

Kate and James Kennedy RIP

Saturday

25th

*8th Sunday in Ordinary Time*

26th

5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Molly McAllister Intentions

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Prayer Meeting

*CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0NSUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS*

*Children’s Liturgy will close during half term and reopen on Sunday 5^th March.*

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; _*Congratulations to the children from St John’s school who celebrated their First Forgiveness on Thursday. Thank you to the parents and teachers for instructing them and supporting them in prayer.

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

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*Money Matters*

*Offertory: £632.32.p *

*Thank you for your generosity.*

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

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*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@dioceseofshrewsbury.org* **

*Registration **helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org* **

*See Poster at back of church for details. *

*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.***

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*“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 11^th 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@talktalk.net __

tel; 0161 477 2783 / 07761138947

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*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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*Singing Practice – There will be a meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 2^nd March to look at music for Lent and Easter. All welcome.*

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*Catholic Grandparents Association*

*A meeting to discuss the establishment of a branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association in ourDeanery will be held here at St John’son Thursday 23^rd March at 7.30pm. See poster on Churchnoticeboard**.*

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*PARISH SOCIAL EVENTS*

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*We would like to organize a parish day outing for the start of the school summer holidays in July. Please sign the list at the back of Church if you have any ideas for the venue. We would like to book a coach as soon as possible. We would suggest a distance of no more than one to one and a half hours by coach.*

*We have booked a block of tickets to see “The Kilkennys” at the Gladstone Theatre on Thursday 15^th June at a cost of £16 each. This Irish band is returning to the Theatre after its successful visitthere last year. The concert programmeand a seating plan showing the seats booked is displayed at the back of the Church. Please tick the list if you are interested in reserving a seat.*

*For details of these and any other suggestions, please see Liz McIntosh or Maria Fryer.*

*_Lent 2017_*

*Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 1^st March ( a week on Wednesday) Mass at St John’s on that day will be at 10am and at St Anne’s at 7.30pm.*

*During Lent *here at St John’s there will be Stations of the Cross each Sunday afternoon at 3pm. There will be an early Mass on Thursdays at 7.15am, Lent lunches most Friday’s after an 11.30am Mass, Exposition and Confessions each Saturday from 10.30-11.30am.

In the LPA & Deanery there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Oratory at St Luke’s on Wednesday 15^th March from 10am throughout the day, a Taize Evening at St Anne’s on Tuesday 21^st March, a Lenten Talk at Christ the King Bromborough on Thursday 30^th Marchand the Deanery Lenten Penitential Service this year will be at St Michael’sWoodchurch on Wednesday 5^th April.

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