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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 28th January, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TELLING IT AS IT IS

Lazy preachers use religious words. It’s easier than getting down to the nitty-gritty but it doesn’t help people to connect their faith with their lives. So whenever you hear a sermon that is peppered with words like salvation, ecclesial, redemption, Christological, justification, metanoia, eschatology, sanctifying grace or beatific vision, then you know that the preacher is using shorthand. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with any of these words; they are theological ways of expressing our faith and the work of God in our lives. But they remain on a cerebral level. They engage the mind but more often than not don’t reach the heart. They are not geared to connecting faith with life in a way that most people readily understand. When the Jewish religious teachers preached they appear to have fallen into the same trap. What they said was right, but it was stale. People found it hard to become enthusiastic when they heard them preach. Then Jesus came along. People related to what he said because they could see that it had meaning for the way they were trying to live. It connected with their struggles, their fears and their hopes. When they described his teaching, people said that he taught “with authority”. By this they did not mean that he took an official stance or that he talked down to people as if they were ignorant. It meant that they could see that his teaching was going to have a beneficial effect on their lives. It made sense and they could grasp its significance. Authority meant that his words had clout. The word authority comes from a Latin word that at its root means to increase or grow. To speak with authority meant that what Jesus was saying to them would make them grow, cause them to develop, to fulfil their potential. Unlike the scribes who simply told people all the rules that they had to obey, Jesus’ teaching was a liberating experience that spoke about the value and worth of the human person before God. It encouraged people, offered them hope, gave them confidence and made them want to be part of the message and to tell others about it. It was more than just words. And it still is today.

WORD FOR TODAY

Scripture is what nourishes our faith. If we are to be prophets of God, as we agreed to be at our baptism, then we need to know what God is saying to our world. The more united we become with God’s word, the more familiar we are with the words of the gospels, the more faithful we will be to our calling as prophets.

 

A Recovery of Mercy: the radical experience of Grace through all our addictions is the theme for the next Day of Reflection for ‘ACTS’ (Adult Catholic Together Spiritually) being held on Sat 17th February 2018. If you are aged between 18-35 please join us when we will be led by Damien Prescott, the Director of ‘ Olive Branch Recovery Communities’. The day will start at 9.30am at Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS and finish around 5pm. Payment by anonymous donation (suggested cost £20 & £15 for unemployed/student). If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it please contact Siobhan Cartwright at siobhanbc@gmail.com

tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761138947.

 

. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever.  Wirral Foodbank AGM is on Thursday 8th March at 7pm at Birkenhead Town Hall. Guest Speaker Rt Hon Frank Field, MP will be speaking on the subject of Poverty, Present and Future . All welcome.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekend 16-18th March 2018, at Savio House, Bollington. Unfortunately, this event has had to be cancelled ,due to a lack of bookings.

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

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. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday in Ord time 28th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Ann +Dennis Mannix 60th

Vera Montgomery RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 29th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 30th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 31st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 1st 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 2nd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 3rd    
Fifth Sunday in Ord time 4th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Paul Green (Sick)

Bell & Nugent Families

Prayer Meeting

Children’s liturgy Sundays during 9.30 Mass in the Day Chapel.
Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

 

First Forgiveness for the children of St John’s School will be celebrated on Thursday 15th February at 6.30pm in Church. First Communion Masses Saturday 5th May and Saturday 12th May at 10.30am. Please remember the children, their parents and families in your prayers.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Colette Elizabeth Howes whose Funeral Service is at Landican South Chapel on Monday 5th February at 10.30am. Also Thomas Boylan whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Thursday 8th February at 12 noon.

May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters: Last week’s offertory= £515.29p

Thank you for your great generosity.

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and

meet up with friends old and new.

 

Local Pastoral Area 24 Reps Meeting this Tuesday evening 7pm at St Luke’s 76 Church Road Bebington.

 

The Irish afternoon tea organised by the newly formed HCPT Group held last Sunday at St Anne’s in Rock Ferry was a great success and good fun was had by all.  Due to your generosity we managed to raise over £2000. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and for all the generous donations.  The funds raised will contribute towards the group enabling them to take sick and vulnerable children to Lourdes at Easter.

 

Thank you to those parishioners who participated in the services held in local churches during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

 

Annual Diocesan Mass for the Celebration of Marriage will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher’s, Romiley, on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 12 noon. All married couples are welcome, if you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th,30th,40th,50th,60th) and wish to attend the Mass, please let Father Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality Group will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with Mass at 3.00pm on Sunday, 11th February, at St Peter’s Church, Green Lane, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4EA.  Refreshments will be served after Mass in St Peter’s Parish Centre.  Everybody is welcome to join the Hospitality Group for this special Mass and social event.”

We’re hoping to start a brand new female Cell Group called “Grace” initially meeting every Tuesday through Lent starting on 13th February. We will be studying the Book of Esther while loving, encouraging and supporting each other in our faith. If you are interested/would like to know more please contact Claire Griffiths on 07985 312703

 

 

Many thanks to those who have already responded to my recent invitation to be a Prayer Intercessor for our parish and local community. If anyone else is interested in this important ministry please have a word with Father Bernard. A gathering will be arranged for Prayer Intercessor’s at the beginning of February.

If you are able to offer some help to Kath Clements and our other flower ladies over the next few weeks please contact Kath on 07933246220.

 

 

St John’s Catholic Pre School we will be allocating places for Pre School in September 2018 over the next few weeks. If your child will be 3 years of age by 31st August 2018 they are entitled to 15 hours free early years education a week. If both parents/single parent is in employment they could be entitled to up to 30 hours free early years education a week.  Admission forms are available now from the Pre School. If you would like any further information please call the Pre School Business Manager – Bernadette Kirwan – 0151 645 5291 Option No.2 for Pre School – for further information.

 

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday the 14th February. Details of the Lenten programme will be published in next week’s newsletter.

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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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st January, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS:THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS?

One of the mistakes we regularly make when we think about repentance is to believe that we ourselves are able to make up for turning our backs on God. We can never make up for our sinfulness.

This is probably because we have the image of a God who wants us to be nice and clean. We think that we have to wash and dress ourselves spiritually so that we will be ready to meet our God, like we would do if we were going to meet some important person. But this misses the point.

The Lord knows us through and through. God knows what we are made up of, and it’s senseless to try to pretend otherwise. That’s why God sent Jesus. For only he can set us right with God, something which he did on the cross.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we just sit back and do nothing because we’ve already been saved. The call to repentance in today’s gospel is real and momentous, and it’s the very first thing that we hear Jesus talking about in St Mark’s account of the Good News. That’s why we are baptised: with a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And this repentance must be a constant effort at conversion, not a once and for all dipping in a font. Repentance means some real U-turns in our lives.

Yet it’s the fact that we want to repent that’s important to God, not whether we succeed or not. For compared with what Jesus has done for us all our attempts seem puny. So the heart of repentance is not only doing, saying and thinking in a different way; it’s also having that yearning at our very core to be one with God, to live the life God wants us to live and to enjoy God’s love to the full.

When we stand before God at the Judgement it will not be whether we succeeded or failed that will be uppermost in God’s mind. It will be whether or not we wanted to, whether or not we had the mind set for becoming like Christ. For when it comes to repentance maybe it really is the thought that counts.

 

A PRAYER TO SAY DURING THIS CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK

We humbly ask you, Lord, lover of the human family, to pour out more fully upon us the grace of your Spirit, and grant, that, walking worthily in the vocation to which you have called us, we may bear witness to the truth before others, and seek with confidence, the unity of all believers in the bond of peace.

 

A Recovery of Mercy: the radical experience of Grace through all our addictions is the theme for the next Day of Reflection for ‘ACTS’ (Adult Catholic Together Spiritually) being held on Sat 17th February 2018. If you are aged between 18-35 please join us when we will be led by Damien Prescott, the Director of ‘ Olive Branch Recovery Communities’. The day will start at 9.30am at Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS and finish around 5pm. Payment by anonymous donation (suggested cost £20 & £15 for unemployed/student). If you would like to join us or wish to know more about it please contact Siobhan Cartwright at siobhanbc@gmail.com

tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761138947.

 

. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items.

Wirral Foodbanks AGM is on Thursday 8th March at 7pm at Birkenhead Town Hall. Guest Speaker Rt Hon Frank Field, MP will be speaking on the subject of Poverty, Present and Future .

All welcome.

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekend 16-18th March 2018, at Savio House, Bollington. Unfortunately, this event has had to be cancelled ,due to a lack of bookings.

 

 

Please take a copy of the Wednesday Word. It is a helpful reflection on next Sunday’s readings.

 

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. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday in Ord time 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Jack McCormick RIP

Elizabeth Brooks RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 22nd 9.30am Vincent Barry

Funeral Mass

Tuesday 23rd 9.15am Chris Sarson (Sick)
Wednesday 24th 9.15am Canon Harry Stratton RIP
Thursday 25th 9.15am Maura Farley Anniv RIP
Friday 26th 9.15am Molly Treacy RIP
Saturday 27th    
Fourth Sunday in Ord time 28th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

7.30pm

Ints Ann +Dennis Mannix 60th

Vera Montgomery RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s liturgy Sundays during 9.30 Mass.
Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

Baptisms and Weddings in 2018. Please contact us as soon as possible.

 

First Forgiveness for the children of St John’s School will be celebrated on Thursday 15th February at 6.30pm in Church. First Communion Masses Saturday 5th May and Saturday 12th May at 10.30am.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Vincent Barry whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s this Monday 22nd Jan at 9.30am. Also Colette Elizabeth Howes Funeral Service at Landican South Chapel on Monday 5th February at 10.30am. Thomas Boylan whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Thursday 8th February at 12 noon.

Canon Harry Stratton Vigil Mass St Paul’s Poynton Sunday 21st Jan at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass Monday 22nd Jan at Our Lady’s Stockport at 11am.

May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

 

Money Matters: Last week’s offertory= £569.62p

SPUC Collection £314.20p

Caritas- Crib Collection £194.98p

Thank you for your great generosity .

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

 

Christian Unity Week:  Thank you to all those who supported the service at St John’s yesterday. Churches Together in Bebington have arranged the following prayer venues with Coffee/Tea at 10.30am ready for the Prayer Service to start at 11.00am. Today Lower Bebington Methodist at 6.30pm Mon 22nd St Andrew’s Tues  23rd Jirah Wed  24th Christchurch Higher Bebington Thu 25th Christ Church Port Sunlight. The themes of the daily material raises some of the contemporary issues addressed by the Churches of the Caribbean. Information and prayers can be found on the Churches Together website ctbi.org/uk

There is a Churches Together in Cheshire United Service at Chester Cathedral today at 3.30pm. The Preacher is the Archbishop of York, Archbishop John Sentamu.

At Easter a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on pilgrimage to Lourdes. As part of the fundraising effort they have arranged an Irish Dance Afternoon Tea at St Anne’s Parish Centre this Sunday from 12-4pm. Tickets at £8 are available on the door for this fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Irish Bingo, raffle and traditional Irish dancing with afternoon tea. For further information please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch@hotmail.co.uk. Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated.

The Parish Pastoral Team had a good meeting during the week and lots of events spiritual/ pastoral/ social are planned for the coming months- more details to follow. Thank you for the suggestions placed in the Suggestion Box at the back of church.

 

Many thanks to those who have already responded to last weekend’s invitation to be Prayer Intercessor’s for our parish and local community. If anyone else is interested in this important ministry please have a word with Father Bernard. A gathering will be arranged for Prayer Intercessor’s at the beginning of February.

 

We’re hoping to start a brand new female Cell Group called “Grace” initially meeting every Tuesday through Lent starting on 13th February. We will be studying the Book of Esther while loving, encouraging and supporting each other in our faith. If you are interested/would like to know more please contact Claire Griffiths on 07985 312703

Annual Diocesan Mass for the Celebration of Marriage will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher’s, Romiley, on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 12 noon. All married couples are welcome, if you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th,30th,40th,50th,60th) and wish to attend the Mass, please let Father Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

 

Kath Clements, one of our flower ladies, has been involved in a car accident and has asked for immediate help for a few weeks in helping with the flower decoration for the church. If you can help please contact her on 07933246220. Many thanks.

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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 14th January, 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE POWER TO CHANGE

Can a leopard change its spots? Not if it’s a leopard; but it can if it’s a person. This is the fundamental message of grace. We see it time and time again when people’s lives are touched by God. It is not so much that they themselves do the changing as that God is able to transform them by grace.

Jesus indicates this in the case of Peter in today’s gospel. Your name is Simon, he tells him. But you will become Cephas (Peter) which means Rock. Peter’s friends would have found this nickname quite amusing for they knew Simon Peter well. They knew that if there was one thing that he wasn’t, it was steady as a rock. In fact, he was really quite the opposite: he was volatile, unpredictable and unreliable. So Rock was hardly the best way to describe him. But what Jesus was doing in changing Peter’s name was pointing to the fact that grace is able to transform, to modify what we are and do. It doesn’t damage our personalities; it builds on our nature and allows the best to be brought out of us while leaving us basically the same person that we were to begin with.

So, from being the up-and-down fisherman that he was, Peter would gradually be transformed into a leader, into a fervent teacher and preacher, into the Bishop of Rome and into such a sturdy advocate of faith that he gave his life for Christ. In a certain sense we can say that each one of us spends our whole lives changing our names. Every day is a call from God to respond to grace and to hone those qualities within us that God has planted for the good of the Church and the world. At birth we were each given a name. At baptism we began a journey whose destination bears a completely different title: our name in Christ. God does not intend you to have the same name as me; the graces given to you are for a different purpose than mine, since you are unique to God’s plan. We can change and we do change our spots. Jesus called Simon to become Peter. What name is he calling you to become?

 

The Bishops of England and Wales invite us to make today a day of prayer for world peace, using the theme proposed by Pope Francis; Migrants and Refugees- Seekers of Peace. Sadly, we are so used to images of those driven from their homelands by warfare or famine that we risk being desensitised both to their pain and to their aspirations. Yet these are our brothers and sisters; they seek what we all seek- food and shelter, a safe home and hope for the future. Let us ask Christ for the grace to recognise him in the refugee and the stranger and to remove the barriers in our hearts which make us view others as a threat and a danger, rather than as fellow seekers after peace.

 

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A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God, whose son became a refugee, and had no place to call his own;

Look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief; inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your kingdom of justice and peace. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. May your generosity continue throughout 2018.

 

 

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 locally and further afield.

 

 

 

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. Many thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday in Ord time 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Our Parish Family

Daniel Farley Anniv

Prayer Meeting

Monday 15th 9.15am Stephen Flattery RIP
Tuesday 16th 9.15am Kennedy Families RIP
Wednesday 17th 9.15am Fidelma Franklin RIP
Thursday 18th 9.15am Barry Woodhouse RIP
Friday 19th 9.15am Parents/Rel/Friends

Mc Allister Family

Saturday 20th 10.00am11.00am Father J McCaffrey ODC

Churches Together Service

Third Sunday in Ord time 21st 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Jack McCormick RIP

Elizabeth Brooks RIP

Prayer Meeting

Children’s liturgy will start again this Sunday 14th January. A

meeting for all present children’s liturgy helpers will be held in

the church hall after mass to discuss/plan for 2018. Anybody

interested in getting involved would be welcome to come and

meet the team then.

Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

Baptisms and Weddings 2018. Please contact us as soon as possible.

 

First Forgiveness for the children of St John’s School will be celebrated on Thursday 15th February at 6.30pm in Church. First Communion Masses Saturday 5th May and Saturday 12th May at 10.30am.

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Vincent Barry whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Monday 22nd Jan at 9.30am.

Deacon Norman Carew Funeral Mass at St Joseph’s Seacombe Tuesday 16th Jan at 12 noon.

Canon Harry Stratton Vigil Mass St Paul’s Poynton Sunday 21st Jan at 6.30pm. Funeral Mass Monday 22nd Jan at Our Lady’s Stockport at 11am.

May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

Money Matters: Last week’s offertory= £600.32p Thank you for your great generosity to our parish.

 

White Flower Appeal: the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal with retiring collection this weekend at both Masses.

 

New Ferry Re-generation update meeting tomorrow (Monday) 5.30pm at St Mark’s Church Hall on New Chester Road. All welcome.

 

St John’s Parish Pastoral Team. First meeting of 2018 is this Wednesday 17th January at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any thoughts/suggestions for the team to consider, please place in the suggestion box at the back of Church or hand to Wilf Humphrey or Fr Bernard.

Christian Unity Week:  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18th-25th January. Churches Together in Bebington have arranged the following prayer venues with Coffee/Tea at 10.30am ready for the Prayer Service to start at 11.00am.                                          Thurs 18th Higher Bebington URC Fri   19th St Luke’s, 76 Church Road Sat 20th St John’s (Coffee & Tea at the back of Church. Service at the front of the Church) Sun  21st Lower Bebington Methodist at 6.30pm Mon 22nd St Andrew’s Tues    23rd Jirah Wed  24th Christchurch Higher Bebington Thu   25th Christ Church Port Sunlight.

The themes of the daily material raises some of the contemporary issues addressed by the Churches of the Caribbean. Information and prayers can be found on the Churches Together website ctbi.org/uk There is a Churches Together in Cheshire United Service at Chester Cathedral next Sunday 21st Jan at 3.30pm. Preacher the Archbishop of York Archbishop John Sentamu.

At Easter a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on pilgrimage to Lourdes. Overall they need to raise £10,000 and as part of the fundraising effort they are arranging an Irish Dance Afternoon Tea at St Anne’s Parish Centre next Sunday 21st January from 12-4pm. Tickets at £8 are now on sale for this fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Irish Bingo, raffle and traditional Irish dancing with afternoon tea. For tickets and further information please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch@hotmail.co.uk. Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated.

 

We’re hoping to start a brand new female Cell Group called “Grace” initially meeting every Tuesday through Lent starting on 13th February. We will be studying the Book of Esther while loving, encouraging and supporting each other in our faith. If you are interested/would like to know more please contact Claire Griffiths on 07985 312703

 

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekend 16-18th March 2018, at Savio House, Bollington, Nr Macclesfield. Speakers Archie and Cathy Cameron.

Theme “Reality of God’s Dream for You”.

For further information contact Ann Murray.

0151 645 5514 email ann1.murray@ymail.com Please see poster on the notice board at the back of Church. The venue has been moved due to the closure of Pantasaph Retreat Centre.

 

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass every week in the Parish Centre. Why not stay a while and meet up with friends old and new.

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@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Epiphany of the Lord, 7th January, 2018 Cycle B

FAITH IN FOCUS: BEARING GIFTS

It’s not too late to bring our gifts to honour the baby of Bethlehem. The wise men came bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh. And if we want to celebrate Epiphany then it must be with more than prayers and songs. We must bring our gifts too.

Today we ask God to accept our gold. This is more than money. It is all that we hold dear and precious in life. We bring our health and thank God for it, however frail it may sometimes be. We bring our family and loved ones, those who mean more than gold to us. And as we do so, we ask God to accept our gift of rededication. For today we recognise that all our gold was actually God’s first.

We bring the frankincense of our lives. Frankincense is one of life’s sweeteners, the perfume or aromatic odour that makes our atmosphere more pleasant. What gifts has God given to us that allow us to make life fresher and brighter for others? Are there talents and gifts that we can use to better effect than we have been doing? Do I have a good voice, a creative vision, a skill with my hands? Epiphany is an invitation to use the frankincense of our talents to the fullest.

And then, of course, we bring our myrrh. Myrrh is the gum resin or ointment that is used for the knocks of life, and none of us can escape these. As we offer our ups and downs to God by the patience with which we endure them, we also remember our own healing role in the lives of others. On Epiphany we pledge ourselves once more to use our listening ear, to extend the hand of comfort, to speak those words of encouragement rather than just think them. Today it becomes clear that the gifts we bring to God are the same ones that he has first given to us. We return them along with the bread and wine that come from his hand, so that he may transform them all into something that brings new life.

 

NEW YEAR’S BLESSING God be with you at the turning of the year, that you may know the Lord is ever near.

In days of struggle may his Spirit be your strength,

and as the times and seasons run their length,

may Jesus Christ your rock and fortress be,

renewed in faith, in hope and charity.

So praise our God whose great and mighty hand

supports all humankind in every land.

The opening year his faithfulness he shows;

his mercy be among us till its close. Amen

 

Thank you to everyone for their kindness. Please continue to give generously to the Foodbank. The need is as great as ever. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Once again, thank you very much for your generous giving to the Foodbank throughout 2017.

May this continue through this New Year of 2018.

 

 

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 locally and further afield.

 

 

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. Many thanks.

 

 

A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God, whose son became a refugee, and had no place to call his own;

Look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief; inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your kingdom of justice and peace. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

 

 

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Cycle B

7th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Anniversary Intentions

Rels/Frnds Shore & Fryer Fams

Prayer Meeting

Monday 8th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Tuesday 9th 9.15am James Brady RIP
Wednesday 10th 9.15am McCormick Families RIP
Thursday 11th 9.15am Service of Word and Communion
Friday 12th 11.00am Funeral Mass Molly Treacy
Saturday 13th    
Second Sunday in Ord time 14th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Our Parish Family

Daniel Farley Anniv

Prayer Meeting

There is no Children’s Liturgy at 9.30am Mass today.

More helpers are urgently needed for Children’s Liturgy. If you

would be willing to offer some help with this important

ministry in this new year, please let Father Bernard know.

Confessions Saturday 4.15-4.45pm
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

Tea & Coffee after Sunday 9.30am Mass resumes in the Parish Centre today

 

Baptisms and Weddings 2018. Please contact us as soon as possible.

First Forgiveness for the Children of

St John‘s School will be celebrated on Thursday 15th February at 6.30pm.

First Communion Masses Saturday 12th May and Saturday 19th May at 10.30am

 

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Molly Treacy who has died recently. Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr Paschal at St John’s on Friday at 11.00am. May she rest in peace. Also please pray for the repose of the soul of Vincent Barry whose Funeral Mass will be at St John’s on Monday 22nd Jan at 9.30am

 

 

Sick Visits: If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion /a visit, please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314

 

Money Matters: Offertory: £655.17p Thank you for your great generosity to St John’s -it is very much appreciated.

 

White Flower Appeal: the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal next weekend at both Masses.

 

Your final donations at the crib on this Feast of the Epiphany are for Caritas Shrewsbury (formerly known as the Catholic Children’s Society) who offer care and support to refugees (a refuges centre has opened recently in Wythenshawe) and to needy families and individuals on the Wirral and throughout the Diocese.

 

 

St John’s Parish Pastoral Team. First meeting of 2018 Wednesday 17th January at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any thoughts/suggestions for the team to consider, please place in the suggestion box at the back of Church or hand to

Wilf Humphrey or Fr Bernard.

 

The next meeting for Catechists will be an opportunity for 

Sharing Best Practice. Miss Caroline Farey (Maryvale Institute & the School of the Annunciation) will listen to your exchanges, and offer practical advice for the situations you are facing.

Venue: Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port; Saturday,

13th January 2018, (9:30) 10:00-11:50. See poster with relevant information. Enquiries: Barbara

Davies (07730 526821); Registration: Helen Jones (helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org).

 

 

 

St John’s Schools and St John Plessington Catholic College reopen after the Christmas break this week. We hope 2018 will be a blessed year for all our Catholic schools. Mass will be celebrated in St John’s Junior School on Friday at 10am.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity = 18th -25th January. Churches Together in Bebington have a United Service each day….full details in next week’s bulletin. The United Service here at St John’s will be held on Saturday 20th January. The service in Church begins at 11am with Tea/Coffee provided from 10.30am onwards. All most welcome

 

 

At Easter a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on pilgrimage to Lourdes. Overall they need to raise £10,000 and as part of the fundraising effort they are arranging an Irish Dance Afternoon Tea at St Anne’s Parish Centre on Sunday 21st January from 12-4pm. Tickets at £8 are now on sale for this fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Irish Bingo, raffle and traditional Irish dancing with afternoon tea. For tickets and further information please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473311235 or by email erinmcculloch@hotmail.co.uk. Your support for this event would be greatly appreciated.

 

Shrewsbury Catholic Charismatic Renewal Weekend 16-18th March 2018, at Savio House, Bollington, Nr Macclesfield. Speakers Archie and Cathy Cameron. Theme “Reality of God’s Promise for You”.

For further information contact Ann Murray.

0151 645 5514 email ann1.murray@ymail.com Please see poster on the notice board at the back of Church. The venue has been moved due to the closure of Pantasaph Retreat Centre.