First Sunday of Lent, 5th March, 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:

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


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.


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




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





Angela McGreavey RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting


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.


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.


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.

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