Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 21st 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

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



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.



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

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



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




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

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 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.

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