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


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


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




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



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.


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