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



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.


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

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




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



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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