Third Sunday in Lent. 19th 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:

Third Sunday in Lent. 19th March 2017. Cycle A


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?


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.


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.


3rd Sunday of Lent 19th 5.00pm





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


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





Fred Diskin Annv. RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

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


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.


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