Palm Sunday. The Passion of the Lord. 9th April 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:

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


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




Fr Jack McLeish RIP


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


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


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.


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.

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