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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

Divine Mercy Sunday 23rd April 2017. Easter Week 2 Cycle A

Calling all Catholics to the Feast of Mercy on the Sunday after Easter, April 23rd! Did you know that the Lord said that this feast would one day be the “last hope of salvation”?Have you considered what would happen to you if you suddenly died in the state of serious sin?

Did you know, that in the 1930’s, Our Lord Jesus, Himself, requested through St. Faustina, that a very, special Feast of Divine Mercy be established, in His Church, and solemnly celebrated, on the First Sunday, after Easter, every year? In the Jubilee Year 2000, after many years of study, Saint Pope John Paul II fulfilled the will of Christ by establishing this special Feast of Divine Mercy, in the Catholic Church, and gave it the name “Divine Mercy Sunday”! By God’s Providence, Saint John Paul II died, on this feast, in 2005. What is so special about this new Feast of Divine Mercy you might be asking yourself? It is the promise of the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment for any soul that would go to Confession and then receive Jesus in Holy Communion on that very special Feast of Divine Mercy! Why would Jesus offer us something so great at this time? Jesus told St. Faustina that she was to prepare the world for His Second Coming and that He would be pouring out His Mercy, in very great abundance, before He comes again asthe Just Judge and as the very last hope of salvation. If you have been away from the practice of your Catholic faith, and if you would like to come back into the, one, true Catholic Church, then this is the most perfect opportunity, for you, if you are ready to repent and turn away from sin. Don’t consider yourself, as without hope. Our Lord Jesus wants to pardon completely even the worst sinners possible. Remember, Jesus has come for sinners, not the righteous. Jesus said that even if our sins were as numerous as the grains of sand, they would be lost in His Ocean of Mercy. If you are truly repentant of your sins and are well preparedto confess your sins in the Sacrament of Confession, you’ll experience a tremendous peace. You’ll experience a great weight lifted from you and get a brand new start in life!

Diocesan Pilgrimages

The Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place between 27/28 July & ¾ August. Brochures/Booking forms can be downloaded from www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, WallaseyCH44 5UD. We are also offering a special Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 22-29 October. to link up with the Diocesan Pilgrimage which is from 23-30 October. Contact Fr. David Long 0151 638 1520.

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.

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

‘ACTS’ Day of Reflection- Saturday 13th May 2017

“Learning to live with Hope” is the themefor the next Day of Reflectionfor ‘ACTS’

(‘ Adult Catholics Together Spiritually’) being held on Saturday 13th May 2017 (100th Anniversary of Fatima apparitions). If you are aged between 18-35 then you are more than welcome to join us when we will be led by Canon Brendan Hoban. Arrival for 9.30pm and ending at approximately 5pm at Schoenstatt Shrine , Bolton BL4 8QQ Tel siobhanbc or Tel: 07761138947. The Shrine is close to Bolton Train station but please contact Sioghan to discuss the possibility of getting a lift if you need one.

Easter Message from Father Bernard

Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way to make this year’s Holy Week and Easter Services so prayerful and devotional. Thank you to those who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. We pray for one another and we continue our prayers for the New Ferry Community. May you and your families be filled with the Easter gifts of Faith, Hope and Love

Sunday

Easter Week 2

23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

2.30pm

7.30pm

For New Ferry Community

Parishioners

Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

Monday 24th 9.15am Eileen Kealey Anniv
Tuesday 25th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Thursday 27th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 28th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Saturday 29th
Sunday

Easter Week 3

30th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Carl Newton RIP

Bill Dwyer RIP

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let

Fr Bernard know.

Lately Dead- Please pray for the repose of the soul of James McNally who has died recently. Funeral Mass here at St John’s on Friday 5th May at 10am.

Money Matters

Offertory: £ 1049.32 Many thanks for your generosity.

Today and for the next 2 weekends there will be a container at the back of church to accept your donations in support of the New Ferry Community and its regeneration following the recent explosion .

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

Divine Mercy: Novena began on Good Friday Praying for mercy on us and on the whole world. Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at St John’s this Sunday 23rd April from 2.30-3.30pm. Prayer leaflets are available on the table 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 StAnne’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.

Confirmation Team 2017

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people of all ages to join our team at St John’s and help guide our young people (Year 9) on this stage of their spiritual lives. This exciting and challenging stage for the Candidates prepares them to become committed and adult members of the Church and to participate in the life of their parish. We need a group of people who can relate to and interact with the candidates creatively and actively to produce and support a programme that will challenge them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Simply put, we need you and your everyday skills and knowledge. No other experience is needed. Please give this matter serious thought. As has often been said, the young people of today are the Church of tomorrow. Do we want to be part of their preparation for this?

For further information , see Deacon Mike Daly or Liz McIntosh.

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.

Parish Summer Outing to Llandudno on Tuesday 25th July 2017. A coach has now been booked for the above date, leaving St John’s at 10.00am and returning from Llandudno around 4.00pm. A sign up list is availableat the back of the Church from this weekend for those interested . First come first served. The cost is £10 (children free) with a £5 deposit required when signing up. This is to be given to Liz McIntosh or Father Bernard.

WIRRAL FOODBANK

Thank you for your continued support of Wirral Foodbank. We receive over 1 ton of food every week from local churches, this represents over 40% of all donations received. Without the generosity of the churches we would not be able to meet the needs of local people in our community. Items URGENTLY neededthis week: toothpaste , dried milk, tinned spaghetti, fruit squash, tinned vegetables, drinking chocolate.

Readers

Could all readers please return their copies of The Passion (from Palm Sundat and Good Friday)to the sacristy as soon as possible if not already done so. Thank you.

Gladstone Theatre Visits

Tickets for “The Kilkennys” (15th June) and “Annie” (Fri 19th May) can now be collected from Liz McIntosh.

A further 3 tickets have become available for “Annie”. Please speak to Liz if interested.

Wirral Churches’ Ark Project is pleased to announce the date of our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 7pm at Magenta Living in Birkenhead. More information will be given nearer to the date.

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

Easter Sunday 16th April 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: COMING OUT OF THE TOMB

Nations have their tombs. Britain collects its great and good and places them in Westminster Abbey. The Egyptians have the pyramids, the Indians the Taj Mahal and the Russians venerate Lenin in Red Square. We too have our own tombs even though we’re not yet dead. We have shady dank places where we retreat to and refuse to come out. We find it easier to remain shut inside rather than come out and be hurt. We lock ourselves away and refuse to forgive when someone has offended us. We sit snugly in our shrouds when getting involved would cause us too much disturbance. We take comfort in isolation rather than being the life and soul of the party. And after a while the grave even seems to be a comfortable place because we feel safe there.

The message of Easter and Christ’s resurrection is that the stone can be rolled away, we can come out of the tomb into the light and enjoy the new hope afforded by Jesus’s victory over death and sin. We can begin to live again.

When Jesus was nailed to the cross he nailed our sins to it also. He took our fear of death, our sinfulness, our phobias and our downright stubbornness and conquered them. He knew the depth of our failings and he redeemed them by submitting to death. His triumph was total. From now on there is no evil, no fear, and no sin that can have permanent hold over us if we trust in his promises. The empty tomb is a sign of the futility of human attempts to challenge the power of God. Even execution and death cannot contain the Son of God, let alone the tomb. Today the Church rejoices in a God who loves us so much that he came among us as one of us and gave himself over to his enemies so that they could do their worst. But their worst was not good enough. The power of the resurrection offers us new hope, a fresh start and a broader vision of what life really is about and what it can be for us. It invites us to laugh in the face of what threatens us, to trust in the power of God and to vacate the tombs we create for ourselves.

Today is the victory feast of the Lamb: Christ is risen!

WORD OF GOD

I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen as he said he would.

(Matthew 28: 5-6)

WORD FOR TODAY

If we follow the daily round of current events, taking our cue from what the press or media think is good for us, then we will survive. But we’ll only survive for mediocrity. Christ tells us that to follow him is to walk in the light, to see things in a completely new way. This is not surviving; it’s living!

Diocesan Pilgrimages

The Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place between 27/28 July & ¾ August. Brochures/Booking forms can be downloaded from www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey CH44 5UD. We are also offering a special Youth Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from 22-29 October. to link up with the Diocesan Pilgrimage which is from 23-30 October. Contact Fr. David Long 0151 638 1520.

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.

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

Please take this bulletin home with you and when you have finished reading it please pass it on to a member of the family/friend/someone you work with/ neighbour particularly if they have not been to St John’s recently.

Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday

15th

16th

8.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Easter Vigil Mass- Karen Bastiman Anniv RIP

Easter Mass- Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Monday 17th 10.00am Edite Gregory Birthday
Tuesday 18th 9.15am Jack McCormick RIP Anniv
Wednesday 19th 9.15am Stephen Tunley RIP
Thursday 20th 9.15am Rose Mary Harvey RIP
Friday 21st 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Saturday 22nd
Mothering Sunday 23rd 5.00pm

9.30am

2.30pm

7.30pm

For New Ferry Community

Parishioners

Divine Mercy Devotions

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Saturday 4.15pm-4.45pm
Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let Fr Bernard know.

Money Matters

Offertory: £561.51

Cafod Family Fast Day and Lent Lunches £766.88 .Thank you for your generosity to St John’s and Cafod during this season of Lent.

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.

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.

APF: It’s that time of year again to empty your Red Boxes and bring their contents to Church counted andclearly labelled before Easter. There is a container provided on the table at the back of church. Thank you.

Divine Mercy: Novena began on Good Friday Praying for mercy on us and on the whole world. Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at St John’s next Sunday 23rd April at 2.30pm. Prayer leaflets are now available on the table 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.

Confirmation Team 2017

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people of all ages to join our team at St John’s and help guide our young people (Year 9) on this stage of their spiritual lives. This exciting and challenging stage for the Candidates prepares them to become committed and adult members of the Church and to participate in the life of their parish. We need a group of people who can relate to and interact with the candidates creatively and actively to produce and support a programme that will challenge them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Simply put, we need you and your everyday skills and knowledge. No other experience is needed. Please give this matter serious thought. As has often been said, the young people of today are the Church of tomorrow. Do we want to be part of their preparation for this?

For further information , see Deacon Mike Daly or Liz McIntosh.

Parish Summer Outing to Llandudno on Tuesday 25th July 2017. A coach has now been booked for the above date, leaving St John’s after Mass, at 10.00am and returning from Llandudno at around 4.00pm.

A full list will be going up at the back of the Church next weekend on the 22nd-23rd April for those interested in signing up. First come first served.

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. Items URGENTLY needed: toothpast (none in stock), dried milk, tinned spaghetti, fruit squash, tinned vegetables, drinking chocolate.

Easter Message from Father Bernard

Thank you to everyone who had helped in any way to make this year’s Lenten and Holy Week Services so prayerful and devotional. Thank you to those who work so hard throughout the year to make St John’s the special parish it is. We pray for one another and we continue our prayers for New Ferry as the rebuilding gets underway. May you and your families be filled with the Easter gifts of Faith, Hope and Love.

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

Palm Sunday. The Passion of the Lord. 9th April 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: FOR ME

As we enter the climax of the Church’s year, Holy Week, we will follow the events of Christ’s betrayal, suffering and execution. Then we will rejoice in the glorious event of the resurrection.

We’ll be doing this together with all the other people in our congregation. Others in our area will celebrate in a similar fashion in their own churches. And the whole world will be united at this special time.

Because the Paschal Mystery has such global implications – the fact that Christ died to take away the sins of the world – it’s easy to view it at a distance and think that we are contemplating some sort of epic, theological and historical set of circumstances. In fact, we are. It’s true that cosmic salvation was wrought by the events of this week. Jesus died to take away the sins of the world. But he also died for me. And for you.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about Holy Week is that our God who is such an all-powerful cosmic being, is also bothered about you and me as individuals.

God is not some distant ruler who has our names on his books. God offers us a relationship that is as personal as the one we have with family and friends. God loves us not because we are cute, clever or amusing. God loves us because he made us and since he is love he cannot fail to love what he has made.

All the songs and hymns we sing during this week tell the everlasting story of the love that has set us free. We are not condemned to wander this earth. We have been rescued by a self-offering that opens the way to making sense of our existence, of our network of relationships with those who share our lives. The message of Calvary is that despite ourselves we are able to be what God intended us to be. To live life in Christ means that God’s grace can turn our coldness into heat, our dullness into excitement and our weakness into strength. Through Christ’s Passion we are no longer bound to the slavery of sin, are no longer held captive by monotony or threatened by the spectre of annihilation at death. Christ chooses to take all that is weak and frail about us and to turn it into victory.

And Christ doesn’t simply do this as saviour of the world. He does it for me, here and now.

“Triduum” is an unusual sounding word. When applied to Holy Week it means a three-day feast. Not three separate days, but three-day feast. For once we begin our memorial to the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday evening we have started something that will continue until completion at Easter.

On Maundy Thursday we will recall two important events, the institution of the Eucharist and the command to service that is symbolised by the washing of the feet.

Good Friday starkly reminds us of the reality of our faith. Christ was brutally executed so that he might conquer all that is evil and dark in our world. Far from being simply a breast-beating day, it celebrates that the cross we venerate was not a defeat but a triumph.

The Easter Vigil concludes this most important of Christian feasts. Our Easter fire and candle proclaim that darkness could not overcome the light of the world. As we listen to the story of God’s dealings with us from the beginning of time we renew our baptismal promises, maybe even receive new members into the community, and then present our gifts before the Lord that they may be transformed into the food and drink of life. It is easy for the Christian to appear as masochists when they talk about human suffering. But there is no denying that suffering can also be redemptive. History is littered with examples of people whose suffering has produced the recognition that pain can be a thread in the pattern of God’s weaving. And through the torment they achieve a fundamental joy.

New Ferry

At Masses this weekend and throughout Holy Week we continue to hold in prayer all those men, women and children from our local community who were caught up in the explosion a few hundred yards from our Church on the 25th March. Thankfully and miraculously no one was killed but many were injured and the scars both physical and mental will remain for some time to come.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Mass for New Ferry last Tuesday. It was a truly uplifting occasion ant typified the true New Ferry spirit. Thank you to those parishioners who were “on the front line” on the night of the explosion and for the care and solace they offered to the injured and bewildered. Thank you also to those who have offered help and support to those businesses that have been affected and to the families made homeless by recent events.

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.

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

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 10th 9.15am G McKenna RIP
Tuesday 11th 9.15am Intentions Sheila &George Flattery
Wednesday 12th 9.15am Myra McNamara RIP
Holy

Thursday

13th 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper-

For Vocations

Good Friday 14th 3.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Saturday 15th 8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass- Karen Bastiman Anniv RIP
Easter Sunday 16th 9.30am

7.30pm

Easter Mass- Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

CHILDREN’S LITURGY 0N SUNDAY AT 9.30AM MASS. Please encourage your children and grandchildren to participate in this. We could do with some additional help with Children’s Liturgy. Please contact Jackie Mitchell or Fr Bernard to find out more.
Confessions Monday & Wednesday after 9.15 Mass.

Good Friday 2.15-2.45pm

Morning Prayer of the Church 15 minutes before daily masses

Please pray for our sick and housebound parishioners and if anyone is in need of a visit / Holy Communion or is going into hospital please let Fr Bernard know.

Money Matters

Offertory: £555.25 Many thanks.

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.

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.

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. There is a container provided on the table at the back of church. Thank you.

Principal Services at St John’s For Holy Week

This Weekend = Palm Sunday: Masses at the Usual Times Sat 5pm, Sun 9.30am. Please assemble in the Parish Centre at 4.45pm or 9.15am.

Holy Thursday 13th April: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday 14th April: ..A Day of Fasting and Abstinence.

Churches Together in Bebington “The Journey to Easter”. Starts at 12 Noon outside Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm.

Holy Saturday 16th April: Easter Vigil Mass at 8.00pm.

Easter Sunday 16th April: Easter Mass at 9.30am

St John’s School- We welcome St John’s Infant School pupils, teachers and parents, who will be joining us for 9.15am morning Mass this Tuesday, 11th April. St John’s Junior School will be holding their Mass in School at 2.15pm. All parents are warmly welcome.

The Chrism Mass. Due to building delays, the Chrism Mass this year will not now be celebrated in the Cathedral as planned, but will be held instead at St Michael & All Angels, New Hey Road, Woodchurch, Birkenhead this Wednesday 12th April at 7pm. All most welcome.

The Seven Last Words of Jesus” A Meditation for Good Friday to be held at St Anne’s Church, 14th April, 7.30pm.

On Holy Saturday we will resume our tradition of praying Morning Prayer together at 11.30am in the day chapel followed by a shared lunch. If you have not been before why not give it a try. Please bring a small food donation for the lunch.

Divine Mercy: Novena begins on Good Friday Praying for ‘mercy on us and on the whole world. Divine Mercy Devotions will be held here at St John’s on Sunday 23rd April at 2.30pm. Prayer leaflets are now available on the table 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.

Confirmation Team 2017

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people of all ages to join our team at St John’s and help guide our young people (Year 9) on this stage of their spiritual lives. This exciting and challenging stage for the Candidates prepares them to become committed and adult members of the Church and to participate in the life of their parish. We need a group of people who can relate to and interact with the candidates creatively and actively to produce and support a programme that will challenge them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Simply put, we need you and your everyday skills and knowledge. No other experience is needed. Please give this matter serious thought. As has often been said, the young people of today are the Church of tomorrow. Do we want to be part of their preparation for this?

For further information , see Deacon Mike Daly or Liz McIntosh.

Parish coach trip to Llandudno on Tuesday 25th July 2017.

A coach has now been booked for the above date, leaving St John’s after morning Mass, at about 10.00am and returning from Llandudno at 4.00pm.

A list will be going up at the back of the Church on the weekend of 22nd-23rd April for those interested to sign up.

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. Items URGENTLY needed: toothpast (none in stock), dried milk, tinned spaghetti, fruit squash, tinned vegetables, drinking chocolate.

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

Fifth Sunday in Lent. 2nd April 2017. Cycle A

FAITH IN FOCUS: HERE’S TO LIFE!

If heaven’s so good, then why did Jesus bring Lazarus back from the dead? This is a question that is often asked. Was Lazarus disappointed at being reunited with his two sisters so soon after dying? It must have been tempting to throw this in their face whenever an argument broke out!

Another question arises from St John’s gospel story. Why was Jesus so distressed at the death of his friend? Surely the answer is simple: the gift of life is such a great thing that even faith in the afterlife cannot wipe away the tears we feel when a loved one dies. And even more, it shows how much we really value the life we live on this earth.

By raising Lazarus from the dead Jesus was letting the glory of his Father be seen by those who witnessed the miracle. He was letting them know that the Father had sent him. But he was also making a very positive statement about the value of human existence. There can be no greater gift than that of enjoying life. We experience life at its most complete when we know that we have been given it by God for a purpose. No on else has been made like us. God creates each one of us in a unique fashion so that we might reflect something of God’s nature by the way we live. We have been given different gifts and talents, different personalities, different reasons for being loved by others and loving in return. To believe in Christ is to have the chance of fullness of life, getting every last ounce out of it, benefiting from all its opportunities.

“Life” is the last of the three themes of Lent this year: water, light and life. The Church makes use of this gospel passage to remind us that our baptism in Christ affords us the opportunity to live the same life as everyone else, but to see beyond the passing things of this world, to have our hearts set on a life that will dwarf even this one. Christians don’t just exist. They thirst for the water that only God can give; they search for the light that God sheds on their journey through this world; and they live life to the utmost in all its glorious shapes and forms. And if this life is so good, then just think what the next one will be like!

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. Items URGENTLY needed: toothpast (none in stock), dried milk, tinned spaghetti, fruit squash, tinned vedgetables, drinking chocolate.

Fully escorted 5 Night Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 24th April, 2017 £649 per person, Groups and individual bookings welcome. Contact: Patricia 07740175557 or emailknockpilgrimages. See poster on the notice board at the back of church for more details.

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.

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.

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

Monday 3rd 9.15am Ints Phil & Gerry Topping
Tuesday 4th 1.00pm

7.00pm

Funeral Service George Owen

For New Ferry Community

Wednesday 5th 9.15am Patrick Fitzgerald RIP
Thursday 6th 7.15am Miss Eileen Kealey
Friday 7th 10.00am Funeral Mass-Lucy Edwards
Saturday 8th 10.00am Carmel Mass
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord 9th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Fr Jack McLeish RIP

Parishioners

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

New Ferry

At Mass this weekend and throughout the following weeks we hold in prayer all those men, women and children from our local community who were caught up in the explosion a few hundred yards from our Church last Saturday night. Thankfully and miraculously no one was killed but many were injured and the scars both physically and mentalyl will remain for some time to come. On Tuesday evening at 7.00pm a Mass will be offered in Church for New Ferry. Please do join us, spread the word… everyone and anyone is welcome.

At this time of year we focus on the dying and rising of Jesus. Our prayer for Tuesday and beyond must be that New Ferry will rise from the sad events of last weekend and grow stronger, deeper and even more united.

Thank you to those parishioners who were on the “front line” last weekend for the care and solace you offered to the injured and bewildered. Thank you to those who have offered help and support to those businesses that have been affected and those families that have been made homeless by recent events. True New Ferry spirit!

Thank you too to those who have cleaned and dusted the Church at various times this week. St John’s got off very lightly compared to so many other properties around and about. Some one was watching over and protecting his Church. Praise God!

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of George Owens. Funeral Service will be on Tuesday

4th April at 1.00pm and Lucy Edwards Funeral Mass on Friday at 10.00am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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: £587.91p 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.

APF: It’s that time of year again to empty your Red Boxes and bring their contents to Church counted andclearly labelled before Easter. There is a container provided on the table at the back of church. Thank you.

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.

Churches Together 2017 – Wednesday Lenten Lunches “Returning Home” Last meeting to be held at:

5th April URC Hr Bebington

Meeting at 10.30am for tea/coffee; Service starts

at 11am and a soup lunch follows.

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 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 in LPA 24 and the Birkenhead & East Wirral Deanery

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

Urgent Note concerning the Chrism Mass. Due to building delays, the Chrism Mass this year will not now be celebrated in the Cathedral as planned, but will be held instead at St Michael & All Angels, New Hey Road, Woodchurch, Birkenhead on Wednesday 12th April at 7pm. All welcome.

The Seven Last Words of Jesus” A Meditation for Good Friday to be held at St Anne’s Church, 14th April, 7.30pm.

Principal Services at St John’s For Holy Week

Next Weekend = Palm Sunday: Masses at the Usual Times Sat 5pm, Sun 9.30am. Please assemble in the Parish Centre i.e. 4.45pm and 9.15am.

Holy Thursday 13th April: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday 14th April: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm.

Holy Saturday 16th April: Easter Vigil Mass at 8.00pm.

Easter Sunday 16th April: Easter Mass at 9.30am

There will be plenty of other services at St John’s in Holy Week. A full list will appear in next week’s bulletin.

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.