Second Sunday in Lent. 12th 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:

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


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.


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





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




Jamie Armstrong Annv 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 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.


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.


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.

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