Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4th February 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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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4th February 2018. Cycle B



You can’t help feeling sorry for Job. He’s having more than a bad hair day. Everyone admits that he has always been an upright man and that he has never wavered in trying to serve God, even though he is not one of God’s chosen people. And then suddenly everything has gone wrong. He’s had his family and his livelihood wiped out at a stroke. So much for that God of yours, his friends goad him? . How will he respond

Hopefully we will never experience the depths that Job sank to. But we cannot expect to go through life unscathed, and there are times when we too wonder why God allows us to undergo some troubles and to have to carry certain crosses. If God does not exist then surely the whole thing is a waste of time?

The lessons from the book of Job are many, but one of them rings out loud and clear: the things of this world can never satisfy us by themselves. We always yearn for something more; we long for a deeper experience of life than the mere day-to-day existence of getting and having. It’s as if we’re programmed to realise that deep down there is something missing from our lives that could make us really happy.

Some people try to fill this hole with wealth. They work themselves to the bone in order to have possessions. And so they get a better car, a bigger house in a posher area, a more exotic holiday each year. Others rush about doing things in order to fill their time. Their diaries become cluttered with a round of meetings, of parties, of going here and there. The activity stops them from having to think about what they are really doing with their lives and although they may be in demand they never experience peace. Then there are those who just opt out. They do the minimum to survive but they contribute nothing to the common good because they think life is just a chore and they probably feel cheated with their share of it.

All of these people are right. There is a hole in life. And it’s that sense of emptiness that God longs to fill. God offers us the chance to make sense of all that is happening to us. It is the Lord alone who can heal the broken-hearted. And God alone can raise us up, like Job, to share the hope of a future without blemish.

to tell others about it. It was more than just words. And it still is today.



Lying in bed I wonder, “When will it be day?”Risen I think, “How slowly evening comes!”Restlessly I fret till twilight falls. (Job 7: 4)






We can all feel for Job when he is at his lowest. Nothing seems txo satisfy and nothing seems to make sense deep down. What’s the purpose of life? Why do bad things happen to good people? There is no answer to these questions if we exclude God from the




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 Saturday 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.


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.



Fifth Sunday in Ord Time

Cycle B

4th 5.00pm



Paul Green (Sick)

Bell & Nugent Families

Prayer Meeting

Monday 5th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Connelly Family
Tuesday 6th 9.15am Maureen Knight RIP
Wednesday 7th 9.15am John Moore RIP
Thursday 8th NOON Funeral Mass –

Thomas Boylan

Friday 9th 9.15am William Kealey
Saturday 10th    
Sixth Sunday in Ord Time

Cycle B

11th 5.00pm



St John’s Parishioners

Eleanor McGuigan Annv 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 Colette Elizabeth Howes whose Funeral Service is at Landican South Chapel on Monday 5th February at 10.30am. Also Thomas Boylan’s Funeral Mass is at St John’s this Thursday 8th February at 12 noon. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.


Money Matters: Offertory: £556.99p.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

Next weekend there will be a collection at both Masses for the Priests Retirement Fund (postponed from January)


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.


Lent 2018: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 14th February with Mass at St John’s at 10am (Masses at St Anne’s on Ash Wednesday will be at 9.30am and 7.30pm).

During Lent: Every Sunday Stations of the Cross at    


                           Every Thursday Early Mass at            


                           Every Saturday Exposition of the  

                           Blessed Sacrament & Confessions      

                           from 11.00am until 12 noon

CAFOD Lent Soup Lunches will be held in the Parish Centre on the following Fridays in Lent:

Friday 16th & 23rd February and Friday 9th and 16th March

On Wednesday’s of Lent: Bebington Churches Together will hold their usual round of discussions and soup lunches with the one at St John’s being held on Wednesday 21st March.                  

If you would like to lend a hand with our Parish Lenten and Holy Week Services and help prepare the Church for them, please have a word with Fr Bernard this week. It would be wonderful if every family in the parish and our schools were actively involved in this busy but lovely time of year.


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.


We’re hoping to start a brand new female Cell Group called “Grace”. Meetings will be held every Tuesday starting through Lent 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

The Diocesan 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.”

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.


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.


Traidcraft goods will be on sale on Saturday

10th February & Sunday 11th February. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas for gifts and cards.


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