Second Sunday of Lent, 25th 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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Second Sunday of Lent, 25th February 2018. Cycle B



In the midst of all the economic doom and gloom about the global recession our news programmes try to find the occasional thing to cheer us up. So after yet another High Street name has gone bankrupt we are treated to a story about a monkey that can knit or an octogenarian who has just gone over Niagara Falls in a barrel. It helps us to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. But of course it doesn’t take the recession away.

The disciples had their moments of gloom too. Just before today’s gospel account of the Transfiguration Jesus had been talking to them about taking up their cross and suffering, about losing their lives for the sake of the gospel. That can’t have cheered them up much. But the Transfiguration had the opposite effect on them. They were privileged to see Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah, to see his appearance changed before their very eyes and to hear the voice of God coming from the cloud.

It was a boost to their faith, to put it mildly. Such an experience would keep them going strong through all sorts of setbacks that lay in store for them. That’s why Peter wanted to set up three tents, so that he could keep going back and savouring the moment again. If the temptations of Jesus last week represent him as human, then this week’s Transfiguration show his divine side. The three disciples caught a glimpse of his glory, a glory that is normally hidden from view in this life.

What keeps you going in your life of faith? In the ups and downs of daily life there are times when we wonder if it is all worthwhile and yet there are other moments when the presence of God breaks through loud and clear and we feel that we could almost reach out and touch God’s presence.

Lent is a time for taking stock. Perhaps one thing we could take stock of is how we come across God in our daily lives. If you had three tents and could put something in each of them that would speak to you about the close presence of God, about those moments when you can almost smell God, what would you put in each one of them? You can have anything you want, except a monkey that knits!


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.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 23rd July 2018.  £649 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613. See Poster on notice board at the back of Church.


Abraham,because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you. (Genesis 22:16-17)




. 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.


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.





Second Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

25th 5.00pm




Intentions Louise Murray

Intentions Teresa & Ernie Young & Family

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 26th 9.15am Ints Forshaw & Parr Fams
Tuesday 27th 9.15am Tommy McPhail (Ill)
Wednesday 28th 9.15am McLaughlin Fam/Fnds RIP
Thursday 1st 7.30am Merci Castaneda
Friday 2nd 9.15am Intentions of CAFOD
Saturday 3rd
Third Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

4th 5.00pm





Rels/Fnds Brannock

Family RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

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



Each Thursday in Lent Morning Mass at   7.30am
Each Saturday in Lent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions 11.00am until 12 Noon
Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in Main Church
CAFOD Soup Lunches

Friday 9th & 16th March

Mass 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre


                 LENT 2018 BEBINGTON Churches Together

                                        Lenten Lunches

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




Lately Dead: Please remember in your prayers

Ronald Jackson, Cel McGrath, Fr Stephen Dwyer all who have died recently. Ronald Jackson’s Funeral Mass will be at St John’s on Tuesday 6th March at 12 noon.

Cel McGrath’s Funeral Mass will be at Christ the King, Bromborough on Tuesday 6th March at 2.00pm.

Fr Stephen Dwyer’s Funeral arrangements are still to be confirmed by the Diocese. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Readers: If you are UNAVAILABLE during the Easter Period (24th March-1st April) please inform Dot Humphrey as soon as possible. Thank you.


Money Matters: Offertory: £570.03p

Priest’s Retirement Fund £ 411.68p

Thank you for your continued generosity


CAFOD Family Fast Day (last Friday) Envelopes are also on the table at the back of Church. Please take one and fill it with your offering/loose change and return into the offertory bag any weekend between now and Palm Sunday – 25th March

Lenten LPA Event: Margaret Lillis will be offering a Lenten Talk on Tuesday 27th February from 7.30 – 9.00. The title is: Exploring Lent: Scripture, Eucharist and Discipleship. The talk will take place in the church of Christ the King, Bromborough.

Lenten LPA Event: Fr. David Roberts will be offering a Lenten Talk on Tuesday 6th March from 7.30 – 9.00. The title is: Exploring our Catholic Faith through 10 Objects. The talk will take place in the church of Christ the King, Bromborough.

A “Welcome Café” in association with FairShare is now being held every Tuesday from 11.00am to 1pm at

St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry. Free Tea,Coffee and food to eat in or take home. FairShare are the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. It’s really quite simple. They redistribute fresh, in date and good to eat surplus food to the local community.Why not go along on Tuesday and see how FairShare can help/support you and your family in these difficult times.




Lenten Movie Night: On Wednesday 21st March, the film “Chocolat” will be showing. Discussion evenings, based on the two films, are planned for Wednesday

28th February – discussing “The Shack” and Wednesday 28th March discussing “Chocolat”.


Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Poulton Lancelyn, Spital on Friday 2nd March at 2pm. The Theme is “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” All Welcome



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



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.



The next singing practice will be this Thursday 8th March at 7.30pm in the Day Chapel. We will be looking at music for Lent. These are not CHOIR practices but for ANYONE who enjoys SINGING. All welcome.


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