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 Lent. 26th March 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: LIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TUNNEL

It’s an interesting question that the disciples asked Jesus. Since they thought that illness was a punishment sent by God, they wanted to know whether the blind man or his parents had sinned for him to be born blind. Jesus turns the question upside down and simply says that the man was born blind so that God could be glorified through his cure. Obviously he was answering them on their own level.

Even today we come across people who think that sickness or disability is something “sent” by God on people. Under the guise of religion we hear people say that those who do wrong will get their “comeuppance” from God in the end.

There are two flaws in this reasoning. First of all, how can a newborn baby be responsible for sinful actions? How can it have merited being born blind, deaf or malformed? But secondly, and more importantly, this argument reduces God to a petty busybody who spends his time getting his own back on those who break the rules.

The truth is that God loves all people, no matter what they are like. Hard for us to take? Probably. But then God even loves you and me, and we both know what we’re like!

The Church puts the gospel of the man born blind before us in Lent to show that at the heart of God’s grace is the ability to be rescued from the darkness that produces sin, aimlessness and life-weariness. Lenten repentance invites us to a new vision, to light, to seeing things in a clearer and brighter way. Those who live in Christ know where they are going; they are not blind stumblers who have to take what life throws at them. They can choose to walk in the light of God’s promises.

Now that we’re about mid way through Lent we have the chance to thank God for the light of faith. In a world of darkness and half-truths we are not condemned to await the next storm that threatens the horizon. Christians face the future with confidence. It’s not just that we see light at the end of the tunnel. We see it in the middle, and that’s where it counts.

MOTHERS DAY PRAYER

All-loving God, we give thanks and praise for mothers young and old. We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

PARISH SOCIAL EVENTS;

Many thanks for your response to the recent item in the bulletin. A Parish Day out in Llandudno is being arranged for Tuesday 25th July…. More details next week.

The tickets for the Kilkenny’s concert in June have all been sold.

KILKENNY CONCERT GLADSTONE THEATRE 15th JUNE. Tickets for the above concert have arrived and can now be purchased. If you signed the list then you have ticket/tickets. Cost £16. Please put payment or a cheque (made payable to “St John’s Parish”) in an envelope AND WRITE ON THE FRONT, YOUR NAME, NO OF TICKETS, AMOUNT PAID. Please give your envelopes to Liz McIntosh who will then forward them on to Fr Bernard.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support of Wirral Foodbank We receive over 1 ton of food every week from local chburches, this represents over 40% of all donations received. Without the generosity of your congregations we would n ot be able to meet the needs of local people in our community. See up-to-date list of food needed on notice board at back of church.

The Foodbank started in November 2012. Since then we have fed and supported 33,842 adults and 18,846 children. This equates to 474,192 meals. In 2016 we fed and supported 8,016 adults and 4,221 children, providing 110,133 meals.

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 letter box by 12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly. Many thanks

4th Sunday of Lent 26th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

For all Mothers

Fred Diskin Annv. RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 27th 9.15am Mary Haigh RIP
Tuesday 28th 9.15am Steven Tunley RIP
Wednesday 29th 9.15am Ints Fr Frank Rice
Thursday 30th 7.15am For Vocations
Friday 31st 11.30am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 1st
5th Sunday of Lent 2nd 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Josie McGree Annv. RIP

Betty Crebbin Annv. RIP

Stations of the Cross

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

First Communion Masses: Saturday 13th May and Saturday 20th May at 11am. Please keep the children, their parents and teachers in your prayers.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Barbara Newcombe. Funeral Service at Landican Crematorium on Monday at 2.30pm and George Owens whose Funeral Service will be in Church on Tuesday

4th April at 1.00pm. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

We remember in our prayers all those caught up in the sad events in London this week.

Tea/Coffee & Biscuits are also available in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Come along for a chat with your fellow parishioners.

Money Matters

Offertory: £551.90p. Thank you for your generosity.

Your Offertory Envelopes for the new Financial Year 2017/18 are on the table at the back of the Church….. Please take yours. Any questions regarding Gift Aid matters please contact Steve Bell Tel 644 7512.

The Friends of the Holy Land thank you for your interest, support and prayers last weekend… see letter on Church notice board.

APF: It’s that time of year again to empty your Red Boxes and bring their contents to Church counted andclearly labelled before Easter. Thank you.

READERS: The Easter List is in the Sacristy. Please check if you are reading. Those reading the Passion (Passion Sunday/Good Friday) please collect your copies. The read through will be on Saturday 1st April at 10.00am

The next singing practice will be onThursday, 6th April at 7.30pmin the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

Lent 2017 at St John’s: In addition to the usual round of Masses during Lent here in our parish there will be Stations of the Cross each Sunday afternoon at 3pm; Early Mass on Thursday’s at 7.15am; Soup lunch on Friday’s in the Parish Centre after Mass/Service at 11.30am. On Saturday’s there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions from 10.30am-11.30am.

If you would like to lend a hand with our parish’s Lenten and Holy Week Services and help prepare the Church for them, please have a word with Fr Bernard. It would be wonderful if every family in the parish were actively involved at this busy but lovely time of year.

The full Holy Week and Easter Schedule of Masses and Services will be published in next week’s bulletin.

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are available at the back of Church – your offerings can be returned in the Offertory bags any weekend during Lent up to the 8th/9th April.

Churches Together 2017 –

Wednesday Lenten Lunches “Returning Home”

29th March Life Church Bebington
5th April URC Hr Bebington

Meeting at 10.30am for tea/coffee; Service starts at 11am and a soup lunch follows.

Lent in LPA 24 and the Birkenhead & East Wirral Deanery

Everyone is invited to a special evening at Christ the King Bromborough this Thursday from 7.30pm-9.30pm “Untying the Knots”… a Lenten Talk given by Paul Valleley an international author and journalist who will be bringing his excellent book alive for us. Please enter your name on the list on the notice board at the back of our Church if you wish to attend so that Fr David and parishioners at CTK know how many chairs to put out etc.

Deanery Penitential Service (with individual Confession) at St Michael’s Woodchurch Wednesday 5th April at 7pm.

Churches Together in Bromborough and Eastham presents Riding Lights “Crosslight” Passion Play for Lent on Wednesday 5th April, 7.30pm at South Wirral High School, Plymyard Avenue, Eastham. For ticket details see poster on notice board at back of church.

Divine Mercy: Praying for ‘mercy on us and on the whole world will be held here at St John’s on Sunday 23rd April at 2.30pm. Please see poster on the notice board at the back of church.

KSC Day of Recollection will be held at Pantasaph Franciscan Friary, Wednesday 3rd May and parishioners are most welcome to attend. Coach leaves St Joseph’s Upton at 9am calling at

St Anne’s Rock Ferry, Christ the King, Bromborough and

St Mary of the Angels, Hooton. Cost £15 (bring a packed lunch, tea/coffee provided). Details and booking tel Bernard McElvogue 632 3640, Tony Paton 645 9934 or Bernard McGuigan 645 7929.

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

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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 Lent. 19th March 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: FANCY A DRINK?

We’d be fooling ourselves if we thought that people wander around with a thirst for God. We’d even be fooling ourselves if we thought that most Christians experience a great thirst for the word of Christ. The fact is that they don’t.

Yet all of us, Christian or not, do have some deep-seated yearnings that we long to be fulfilled. We may find it hard to put our finger on exactly what these are. We disguise them under the veil of needing more money, more free time, or perhaps a few luxuries. But all of us have needs that can only be satisfied at the deepest level.

The most basic need we feel is to be loved. We soon get knocked off course if we sense that people dislike us or that we are not exactly crucial to anyone’s plans for the future. This is because we created in love by Love. Some of learn to live with being rejected by most people, like the Samaritan woman at the well. But it doesn’t stop of from yearning. And it came as such a surprise to the Samaritan woman that Jesus should just treat her like a decent human being.

“I only want to be happy” is something we’ve all heard. Happiness and joy go hand in hand with being fulfilled. And when Jesus speaks about the water that is on offer to those who believe in him, he is talking in part about being freed from fear, from worry and anxiety. He is talking about knowing that we belong, we matter, and that nothing can ever come between us and the care and concern of God.

And everyone has times when they wonder what it’s all about. What’s the point of life? Where is its meaning and significance? We can get hung up on drinking what the rest of the world takes for water, yet it doesn’t satisfy our thirst deep down. Jesus tells us that the water he gives us will well up to eternal life, a life that has a purpose now and a promise for the future.

When the woman sits and talks with Jesus at the well she begins to get a whole new outlook on life. Jesus promises something she’s never had and yet always longed for. And he does it again to us during this Lent. Feeling thirsty already?

PARISH SOCIAL EVENTS;

Many thanks for your response to the recent item in the bulletin. A Parish Day out in Llandudno is being arranged for Tuesday 25th July…. More details next week.

The tickets for the Kilkenny’s concert in June have all been sold.

KILKENNY CONCERT GLADSTONE THEATRE 15th JUNE. Tickets for the above concert have arrived and can now be purchased. If you signed the list then you have ticket/tickets. Cost £16. Please put payment or a cheque (made payable to

“St John’s Parish”) in an envelope AND WRITE ON THE FRONT, YOUR NAME, NO OF TICKETS, AMOUNT PAID. Please give your envelopes to Liz McIntosh who will then forward them on to Fr Bernard.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support of Wirral Foodbank We receive over 1 ton of food every week from local chburches, this represents over 40% of all donations received. Without the generosity of your congregations we would n ot be able to meet the needs of local people in our community. See up-to-date list of food needed on notice board at back of church.

The Foodbank started in November 2012. Since then we have fed and supported 33,842 adults and 18,846 children. This equates to 474,192 meals. In 2016 we fed and supported 8,016 adults and 4,221 children, providing 110,133 meals.

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 Fr Chris Thomas, the

well-known retreat giver. Cost £20 including lunch.

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 letter box by

12 noon on Thursdays. This will help Louise, Ann & I greatly.

Many thanks.

BRITISH SUMMER TIME BEGINS NEXT SATURDAY, 25TH MARCH. REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR NEXT SATURDAY EVENING.

3rd Sunday of Lent 19th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Jamie Armstrong Annv RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 20th 9.15am Intentions Terrill Family
Tuesday 21st 9.15am Rosemary Harvey RIP
Wednesday 22nd 9.15am

10.30am

Service of Word Communion

Lenten Service/Lunch

Thursday 23rd 9.15am Ints Phil & Gerry Topping
Friday 24th 9.15am Service of Word Communion
Saturday 25th
4th Sunday of Lent 26th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Fred Diskin Annv. RIP

Stations of the Cross

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

School Masses in Church this week. On Tuesday at 9.15am we look forward to welcoming the children from Year 1 at St John’s School, along with their teachers and parents, for a Mass on the theme of “Following Jesus” and on Thursday at 9.15am we look forward to welcoming the children from Year 3 and 4 at St John’s School, along with their teachers and parents, for a Mass with a Mothering Sunday theme. Please try and come along to these Masses and support the children on their Lenten Journey. (Please note no 7.15am Mass this Thursday and that on Friday, as I will be celebrating Mass at St Anne’s School, there will be a Service of Word and Communion at 9.15am)

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

First Communion Masses: Saturday 13th May and Saturday 20th May at 11am. Please keep the children, their parents and teachers in your prayers.

Tea/Coffee & Biscuits are also available in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Come along for a chat with your fellow parishioners.

Money Matters

Offertory: £546.75p Thank you for your generosity.

This weekend we welcome members of the Friends of the Holy Land who in this Lenten Season will be telling us about the plight of our fellow Christians in the land where Jesus lived and walked and how we can help our brothers and sisters by our prayers, fraternal support and almsgiving.

APF: It’s that time of year again to empty your Red Boxes and bring their contents to Church, counted and clearly labelled, before Easter. Thank you

Lent 2017 at St John’s: In addition to the usual round of Sunday and Weekday Masses during Lent here in our parish there will be Stations of the Cross each Sunday afternoon at 3pm. This week the Lent lunch will be on Wednesday (not Friday) with Churches Together (see

note below). On Saturdays there will be Exposition of

the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions from

10.30am-11.30am.

If you would like to lend a hand with our parish’s Lenten and Holy Week Services and help prepare the Church for them, please have a word with Fr Bernard after Mass this weekend or during this week… remember many hands make light work and it would be good if every family in the parish were actively involved at this busy but lovely and faith filled time of year!

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are available at the back of Church – your offerings can be returned in the Offertory bags any weekend during Lent up to the 8th/9th April.

Catholic Grandparents Association

A meeting to discuss the establishment of a branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association in our Deanery will be held at

St John‘s on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm. See Poster on Church notice board.

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.

Churches Together 2017 –

Wednesday Lenten Lunches “Returning Home”

22nd March St John’s
29th March Life Church Bebington
5th April URC Hr Bebington

Meeting at 10.30am for tea/coffee; Service starts at 11am and a soup lunch follows.

Lent in LPA 24 and the Birkenhead & East Wirral Deanery

This Tuesday at St Anne’s at 7pm Prayer around the Cross Taize Style. All most welcome. Lenten Talk at Christ the King, Bromborough on Thursday 30th March at 7pm. “Untying the Knots”… an excellent talk given by Paul Vallely an international author and journalist who will be bringing this excellent book alive for us. Please enter your name on the list on the notice board at the back of our Church so that Fr David and parishioners of CTK know how many chairs to set out etc.

Deanery Penitential Service (with individual Confession) at St Michael’s Woodchurch Wednesday 5th April at 7pm

Refugee Crisis: “What Can We Do?”

Some practical responses to the refugee crisis. A free conference arranged by the J&P Group at St Agnes, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 SDU next Saturday 25th March 2017 from 10.30am-2pm. Speakers include Sean Ryan, Caritas Diocese of Salford and Mary Kilcoyne, Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury. For more information to register: email mgmacook or tel 0151 625 6512. See poster on notice board at the back of church.

Churches Together in Bromborough and Eastham presents Riding Lights “Crosslight” Passion Play for Lent on Wednesday 5th April, 7.30pm at South Wirral High School, Plymyard Avenue, Eastham. For ticket details see poster on notice board at back of church.

“Unwrap your Gift” is a residential weekend of worship, teaching discussion and reflection being held at the Pantasaph Franciscan Friary 24-26th March 2017. Booking is essential. For more information please contact Gerry Topping 0151 645 1510/ 07756658596;

Email gerrytopping See poster on notice board together with booking form.

The next singing practice will be on Thursday, 6th April at 7.30pmin the Day Chapel. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.

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

Second Sunday in Lent. 12th March 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: WONDER AND DELIGHT

People often say that the thing they most enjoy at Christmas is the look on small children’s faces as they open their presents. We all know what they mean. The wide eyes, the squeals, the laughter and excitement. The word that actually describes these children, a word that we don’t use that much these days, is delight.

We’ve all experienced delight in some form or other. We’ve all experienced something so magnificent or wonderful that the only response we can make is one of praise. Perhaps the birth of a baby, a fantastic view, a great wine, an unexpected gift or favour, or even a proposal of marriage (!) has done it for us! At any rate, whatever it is, we just couldn’t stay silent about it.

The transfiguration teaches us a lot about our relationship with God. The disciples were so thrilled, so delighted, that they wanted to keep the whole thing going by putting up three tents where they could keep enjoying Jesus, Moses and Elijah…their three heroes.

This is what worship is about, keeping up the delight and wonder at our hero-God. When we come to church on Sundays it is with this awe and wonder of having experienced the life-giving presence of God during the week. We come not as miserable subjects under some obligation, but as children of God who have been gifted daily in so many ways. And we come to experience more of it.

Liturgy is our proclamation of delight at having the God that we do have. The hymns and songs are not there to make us feel good; they’re there to praise God for bothering to call us sons and daughters. Our Sunday worship springs from gratitude; it is the heartfelt response to the beauty and majesty of God visible all around us in the people and events of our lives. Yet liturgy is not all about what we are doing. Through our payer and praise God reveals further delights to us as we grasp this love at ever-deeper levels. We have a delightful God. And when our preliminaries are over and we sit to listen to God’s word in the scriptures, that same voice calls to us from the clouds and says, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!”

Pope Francis’ Words

Do you want to fast this Lent

· Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

· Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

· Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

· Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

· Fast from worries and trust in God.

· Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

· Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

· Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

· Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

· Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

· Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support of Wirral Foodbank We receive over 1 ton of food every week from local chburches, this represents over 40% of all donations received. Without the generosity of your congregations we would n ot be able to meet the needs of local people in our community.

The Foodbank started in November 2012. Since then we have fed and supported 33,842 adults and 18,846 children. This equates to 474,192 meals. In 2016 we fed and supported 8,016 adults and 4,221 children, providing 110,133 meals.

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 Fr Chris Thomas, the well-known retreat giver. Cost £20 including lunch.

“Unwrap your Gift” is a residential weekend of worship, teaching discussion and reflection being held at the Pantasaph Franciscan Friary,

24-26th March 2017. Booking is essential. For more information please contact Gerry Topping 0151 645 1510/ 07756658596;

Email gerrytopping See poster on notice board together with booking form.

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 letter box by

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

2nd Sunday of Lent 12th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Angela McGreavey RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 13th 9.15am Patrick Kennedy RIP
Tuesday 14th 9.15am McDyre/Dunnion Fams RIP
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Ann Crisp RIP
Thursday 16th 7.15am Helen Bailey Intentions
Friday 17th 11.30am Poor & Needy
Saturday 18th 10.00am Carmel Mass
3rd Sunday of Lent 19th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Parishioners

Jamie Armstrong Annv RIP

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

First Communion Masses: Saturday 13th May and Saturday 20th May at 11am. Please keep the children, their parents and teachers in your prayers.

Tea/Coffee & Biscuits are also available in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Come along for a chat with your fellow parishioners.

Money Matters

Offertory: £ 634.88p

Thank you for your generosity.

Readers

Any reader who will be UNAVAILABLE during the Easter Season (Passion Sunday and/or the Triduum) please advise

Dot Humphrey as soon as possible. Thank you

Lent 2017

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 on Fridays after an 11.30am Mass; Exposition and Confessions each Saturday from 10.30am-11.30am.

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are available at the back of Church – your offerings can be returned in the Offertory bags any weekend during Lent up to the 8th/9th April.

Tradecraft Stall will be open after Mass this weekend

11th-12th March. Have a browse for gifts for Mothers Day. Thank you for your continued support of this worthwhile cause.

Churches Together 2017 –

Wednesday Lenten Lunches “Returning Home”

15th March Christ Church Port Sunlight
22nd March St John’s
29th March Life Church Bebington
5th April URC Hr Bebington

Meeting at 10.30am for tea/coffee; Service starts

at 11am and a soup lunch follows.

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

Catholic Grandparents Association

A meeting to discuss the establishment of a branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association in our Deanery will be held at St John‘s on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm. See Poster on Church notice board.

“ What Can We Do?”

Some practical responses to the refugee crisis. A free conference arranged by the J&P Group at St Agnes, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 SDU on Saturday 25th March 2017 from 10.30am-2pm. Speakers include Sean Ryan, Caritas Diocese of Salford and Mary Kilcoyne, Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury. For more information to register: email mgmacook or tel 0151 625 6512. See poster on notice board at the back of church.

Healing Mass: Saturday25th Marchat 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.

PARISH SOCIAL EVENTS;

Many thanks for your response to the recent item in the bulletin. A Parish Day out in Llandudno is being arranged for Tuesday 25th July…. More details next week.

The tickets for the Kilkenny’s concert in June have all been sold.

CONTACT THE ELDERLY: a leading national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among the older people, is inviting local residents in the Wirral to join us monthly and enjoy a few hours of tea and chat and good company. Currently the group in the Wirral has 25 spaces for new guests to join and the charity is keen to raise awareness of these openings among the local community. The Wirral residents, aged 75 and above who live alone without the support of family and friends and are interested in join the Wirral Contact for the Elderly Group can contact Prabina Lord-Doyle, North West Development Officer 0161 460 2950 or email

prabina.lord. Please see notice board at back of church for more 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

First Sunday of Lent, 5th March, 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE EASY WAY OUT

Fr. Brown was the priest in a parish that was opening its new church. For some strange reason he’d put himself in charge of landscaping the garden area around the building. He started well with lots of earthmoving but as the big day drew near the parishioners couldn’t help noticing and commenting on the fact that it was not going to be ready in time. He hadn’t even planted anything. He shrugged off their worries and when they arrived on the day they were met with an amazing array of flowers in full bloom. Only a closer look showed that they were all plastic!

We may laugh, but there’s a bit of Fr Brown in all of us. How many times have we “made do” with something when really we knew all the time that something more was required? And how many times have we been faced with something awkward and been tempted to take the easy way out?

Being tempted to take the easy way out comes in many different guises. If we see our neighbour’s son buying drugs on the street corner do we say anything or do we just ignore it for a quiet life? If Auntie Elsie turns up in a body-hugging leopard skin dress do we comment on the badly distributed 17 stone or do we compliment her? Do we feed our family on wholesome food or do we just open a tin because it’s easier? Do we give a few coins to the homeless rather than enquire what we can do to tackle the problem of homelessness? Do we take the time to talk to our children about their day at school or are we just grateful that the TV will occupy them? Of course, papering over the cracks also has more serious consequences: do I decide to keep the baby or will it be easier all round without it?

At the root of all temptation is the easy way out. Temptation offers the chance, seemingly, to have our cake and eat it. The Devil even tried it with Jesus, offering him fame and glory without all the suffering that awaited him but Christ’s response was clear and emphatic. As Lent begins we ask ourselves what quick exits we are tempted to take. And we prepare ourselves for the challenge of sticking to the road.

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.

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.

Pope Francis’ Words

Do you want to fast this Lent?

· Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

· Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

· Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

· Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

· Fast from worries and trust in God.

· Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

· Fast from pressures and be prayerful.

· Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.

· Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

· Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

· Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

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.

1st Sunday of Lent 5th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Sick Priests

Ints. Philomena Fletcher

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 6th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Tuesday 7th 9.15am Rita&Peter Keating

Get well Intentions

Wednesday 8th 9.15am Tony Igoe RIP
Thursday 9th 7.15am Rose Quigg RIP
Friday 10th 11.30am For the poor and needy.
Saturday 11th
2nd Sunday of Lent 12th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Parishioners

Angela McGreavey RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS

Friday is Family Fast Day

Confessions Saturday 10.30 – 11.30am
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Lately Dead- Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rosemary Harvey who died recently. Her Funeral Mass is at St Paul’s Church in West Derby Liverpool this Thursday 9th March. May she Rest in Peace.

First Communions- Today at 9.30 Mass we welcome the children from Year 3 at St John’s school who are preparing for their First Communion in May. Please keep them, their families and teachers in your prayers this Lent.

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

Readers

Any reader who will be UNAVAILABLE during the Easter Season (Passion Sunday and/or the Triduum) please advise Dot Humphrey as soon as possible. Thank you.

Money Matters

Offertory: £580.32p Thank you for your generosity.

Lent 2017

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 on Friday’s after an 11.30am Mass, Exposition and Confessions each Saturday from 10.30-11.30am.

Cafod Family Fast Day envelopes are available at the back of Church- your offerings can be returned in the Offertory bags any weekend during Lent up to the 8th/9th April.

Traidcraft Stall- This will be open after Mass on Saturday 11th March and Sunday 12th March next week. Please continue to support this worthwhile cause.

Churches Together 2017- Wednesday Lenten Lunches. “Returning Home”

Date Church
8th March Christ Church Hr Bebington
15th March Christ Church Port Sunlight
22nd March St John’s
29th March Life
5th April URC. Hr Bebington

Meeting at 10.30am for tea/coffee, Service starts at 11am and a soup lunch follows.

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

Confirmation Catechists from across the LPA meet on Tuesday in the Presbytery at 7.30pm.

St John’s Parish Pastoral Team Meeting Thursday at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.

Catholic Grandparents Association

A meeting to discuss the establishment of a branch of the Catholic Grandparents Association in our Deanery will be held here at St John’s on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm. See poster on Church noticeboard.

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.

PARISH SOCIAL EVENTS

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 15th June at a cost of £16 each. This Irish band is returning to the Theatre after its successful visit there last year. The concert programme and 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.