Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11th 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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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11th February 2018. Cycle B




Forget about the disease, the leprosy. It’s no longer the medical problem that it was in the times of Jesus, and it can be reasonably controlled by drugs. So it’s not so much what the disease does to people as what people do to those with the leprosy. For lepers are not allowed to take their full place in society.

We’re very good at making lepers. We somehow feel the need to have people that are outcasts, and if there aren’t too many of them around then we make our own lepers to satisfy the deep-down need to have people who are “worse” than us.

Criminals make very good lepers, particularly those convicted of crimes that are considered repulsive. Our nation needs at least two national criminal lepers before it can feel safe, preferably a man and a woman. So we have learnt to demonise child murderers, for example. If one of our national anti-heroes or heroines dies in prison then we replace them with another and we cry that they should rot in gaol. For we’re not like them; but we do need our lepers.

The press is very helpful when it comes to creating lepers and it has found a whole new class of people, immigrants and asylum seekers, who fit the bill perfectly. We do of course admit that there are some genuine people among these, but we have learned to draw comfort from the fact that most of them are at best marginalised when they are allowed onto the edges of our society and are given jobs and a status that we wouldn’t care to have. We’re not allowed to call them lepers; but in reality we are allowed to treat them like lepers.

So we’ve no shortage of lepers: people of a different religion that we suspect are trying to change our culture, people we regard as being more likely to support acts of terrorism in our land, people whose sexual practices are different from ours, people whose way of life means that they travel around and live in caravans, people who are homeless, people who are on drugs…The list is endless.

Jesus can cure all the lepers in the world, but if we go on making more, just to satisfy our craving to be better than others, then it will all be quite counter-productive. Not to mention contrary to the gospel.


Pilgrimage to Walsingham – ‘England’s Nazareth’ In collaboration with local coach company, Parrs: this spring and summer 2018 the National Shrine are arranging two regional residential pilgrimages to Walsingham from Liverpool. They will be on Friday 6th April to 9th April 2018 (Liverpool Regional Pilgrimage I) and on Friday 17th August to Monday 20th August 2018 (Liverpool Regional Pilgrimage II)The cost of the pilgrimage will be £185pp (standard room) and £225pp (on-suite room) and will include travel via Executive coach, accommodation and evening meals, plus an afternoon trip to a place of interest. For further information or to book, please contact Tony or Marc, from Parrs, Tel. 01514 277669.

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 for the ADLENT APPEAL AND Easter Egg Donations. . 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.


Traidcraft goods will be on sale on this weekend. Please take a few minutes to browse for ideas for gifts and cards.

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.



Sixth Sunday in Ord time

Cycle B

11th 5.00pm



St John’s Parishioners

Eleanor McGuigan Annv RIP

Prayer Meeting

Monday 12th 9.15am Ints Murray Family
Tuesday 13th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Ash Wednesday 14th 10.00am World Peace
Thursday 15th 7.30am


Ints Alexander Family

First Forgiveness for

Yr3 St John’s School

Friday 16th 11.30am Thomas Boylan RIP
Saturday 17th 10.00am Carmel Mass
First Sunday in Lent

Cycle B

18th 5.00pm




Margo Sarson RIP

Stations of the Cross

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

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


Ash Wednesday 14th February


Each Thursday in Lent

Mass at 10.00am at St John’s

Masses at St Anne’s 9.30am & 7.30pm

Morning Mass at   7.30am

Each Saturday in Lent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions 10.00am until 12 Noon
Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in Main Church
CAFOD Soup Lunches

Friday 16th & 23rd February and Friday

9th & 16th March

Mass 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre


              LENT 2018 BEBINGTON Churches Together

                                        Lenten Lunches

Wednesday, 21st February Hr. Bebington Methodist Church
Wednesday, 28th February Christ Church,

Port Sunlight

Wednesday, 7th March St Luke’s
Wednesday, 14th March Christ Church,

Hr. Bebington

Wednesday , 21st March St John’s, New Ferry

Meeting at 10.30am for tea/coffee. Service begins at 11am and a soup lunch follows


On this World Day of Prayer for the Sick, after the Gospel at our Masses this weekend, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Sick with those who wish to be anointed. If you know of anyone who is sick and would like to be anointed or receive Holy Communion at home/in a care home/in hospital, please let Fr Bernard know.


Money Matters: Offertory: £563.17p

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

First Forgiveness for the children of

St John’s School will be celebrated this Thursday 15th February at 6.30pm in Church. First Communion Masses Saturday 5th May and Saturday

12th May at10.30am.


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.


This week a brand new female Cell Group called “Grace” is starting in the parish. Meetings begin this Tuesday and will be held each Tuesday evening during Lent in the presbytery. We will be studying the Book of Esther while loving, encouraging and supporting each other in our faith. Thanks to all who have already expressed an interest in this group. If anyone else would like to join, you would be most welcome. Please contact Claire Griffiths on 07985312703.

The Diocesan Hospitality Group will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with Mass at 3.00pm this 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.”

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.




6th Diocesan Symposium on the Eucharist Saturday

3rd March at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns 9.30am to 3.30pm & Sunday 4th March 12.30pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Rooms at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Speaker Fr Oliver Treanor on the Eucharist: Maelstrom of Love. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea & Coffee provided. Further information from Barbara Davies email



Laughter in Africa Fundraiser (James Tyrrell’s charity…. working with the street children of Sierra Leone) a Ukulelathon … a family friendly ukulele night at St Anne’s Parish Centre on Friday 2nd March from 7.30pm onwards. Tickets £3 on the door or £10 for a family ticket. Raffle with great prizes. For more information contact Alison Benson on 07891459724.



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