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

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, 25th March 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE FULL PICTURE

When momentous events happen, only a few people are able to grasp their full significance. So, when the Berlin wall fell, everyone cheered, but a few knew what problems lay ahead for a unified Germany. When the iron curtain was finally pierced, only a few realised the implications this would have for an enlarged Europe. It takes a perceptive mind to see beyond what’s under their eyes and be able to grasp the wider picture.

On Palm Sunday there were only a few in the crowd who had any idea of what the real picture was. The crowd cheered and sang; the children were enjoying every moment of Jesus’ entry on a donkey into Jerusalem. It was a colourful pageant and a welcome diversion from the religious duties of the festival period.

But only a few knew that the man on the donkey was no mere rabbi, politician or rebel leader. He was, in fact, God’s Son. He was the Messiah sent by God to bring good news to his people and to reveal the sort of God that they had.

Only a few people could see that the cheering crowd would turn before the week was over and, bored once more, would demand a public spectacle again… this time an execution. In this they were representative of the people at large who rejected the message of Jesus.

Most people would have expected him to argue his case and try to defend himself against the charges of treason in order to save his skin. But a few people were convinced that he would remain absolutely faithful to the will of his Father. That’s because he knew that his mission depended on this. And whilst the vast majority of the crowd thought that the whole thing was something of a damp squib and the fun was over after his death, a few understood that his life and death had a purpose. Though he was innocent he gave his life in sacrifice so that sin, death and evil might no longer have a hold over us. Some people knew that, but not many.

 

Triduum “Triduum” is an unusual sounding word. When applied to Holy Week it means a three-day feast. Not three separate days, but three-day feast. For once we begin our memorial to the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday evening we have started something that will continue until completion at Easter.

On Maundy Thursday we will recall two important events, the institution of the Eucharist and the command to service that is symbolised by the washing of the feet.

Good Friday starkly reminds us of the reality of our faith. Christ was brutally executed so that he might conquer all that is evil and dark in our world. Far from being simply a breast-beating day, it celebrates that the cross we venerate was not a defeat but a triumph.

The Easter Vigil concludes this most important of Christian feasts. Our Easter fire and candle proclaim that darkness could not overcome the light of the world. As we listen to the story of God’s dealings with us from the beginning of time we renew our baptismal promises, maybe even receive new members into the community, and then present our gifts before the Lord that they may be transformed into the food and drink of life. It is easy for the Christian to appear as masochists when they talk about human suffering. But there is no denying that suffering can also be redemptive. History is littered with examples of people whose suffering has produced the recognition that pain can be a thread in the pattern of God’s weaving. And through the torment they achieve a fundamental joy.

 

Caritas Shrewsbury is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to be their Volunteer Co-ordinator.  The post is for 28 hrs per week and will you will be expected to travel extensively across the Diocese.  For more information and an application pack please contact Claire Griffiths Tel 0151 652 1281; Email claire.griffiths@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk.  Application packs can also be downloaded from our website caritasshrewsbury.org.uk.  Closing date for applications is the 4th April 2018

 

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. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned custard, sugar (small if possible), washing up liquid, tea, tinned spaghetti, small cereal, sponge puddings

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord 25th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

New Ferry Community

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 26th 9.15am Fred Diskin Annv RIP
Tuesday 27th 9.15am Ints Audrey Atkinson
Wednesday 28th 1.45pm Mass in St John’s School
Holy

Thursday

29th 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper-

For Vocations

Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10.00pm

Good Friday 30th 12 Noon

 

3.00pm

Walk of Witness in Port Sunlight

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday 31st 7.30pm Easter Vigil Mass

Jose McGree Annv RIP

Easter Sunday 1st 9.30am

 

7.30pm

Easter Mass-

St John’s Parishioners

Prayer Meeting

Children’s liturgy Sundays during 9.30 Mass.
Confessions Confessions in Holy Week after 9.15am Mass on Monday and from 2.00pm -2.45pm on Good Friday
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily masses

 

Money Matters: Offertory: £596.81p.

Thank you for your continued 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.

 

Gift Aid/Planned Giving. New Offertory Envelopes dated from 8th April 2018 are available for collection from the table at the back of Church. Please take yours. Any questions to Steve Bell please.

 

CAFOD Family Fast Day Envelopes Last opportunity to return the envelopes in the Offertory bag THIS weekend Palm Sunday 24th/25th March

Principal Services at

St John’s For Holy Week.

This Weekend- Palm Sunday; Masses at the Usual Times

Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9.30am. Please assemble in the Parish Centre

i.e. 4.45pm and 9.15am.

Holy Thursday 29th March; Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday 30th March; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm.

Churches Together in Bebington Walk of Witness starts at 12 Noon from outside Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Holy Saturday 31st March; Easter Vigil Mass at 7.30pm.

Easter Sunday 1st April; Easter Mass at 9.30am.

 

On Holy Saturday we are invited to gather for midday prayers followed by a shared lunch in the Day Chapel at 12 noon. If you have not been in previous years, it’s a good time for prayer and fellowship, so why not give it a try? Please bring a small food donation for the lunch.

 

24 Hours for the Lord Thank you for supporting this initiative so well. The turn out to date has been quite remarkable. The prayer continues until after Sunday’s 9.30am Mass. May it bring many blessings upon the New Ferry Community and to our parish of

St John ‘s

 

Eucharistic Congress: “Adoremus” The First National Eucharistic Congress in England and Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool 7th-9th September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend part of the 3 day event comprising of a Symposium Day (7th Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy. A six hour stage led event (8th Sept) with key note speakers: Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, presentations, prayer and adoration; and concluding Mass on Sunday (9th Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. Further details can be accessed from the home page link on the diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

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.

 

Celebrate North West 2018 will be held at All Hallows College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 on 28-29th April. Costs vary. Theme “See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43-19) Contact Chris & Martina for booking details: email northwest@celebrateconference.org

Tel 01706 640359

 

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 26th July-3rd August overland and 27th July-2nd August by air.  Brochures and booking forms can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage Website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or from the Pilgrimage Office: St Alban’s, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD.  This year flight seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

Denis McBride and Damien Wells will be coming to St Anselm’s College, Manor Hill, Birkenhead on Saturday

5th May to speak on the theme of “Discipleship”. The day will begin at 11am and the speakers will speak for an hour each. There will be a break between the two during which tea/coffee will be available. The day will finish for 2.30pm. If you wish to participate please email Chris Malone malone481@yahoo.co.uk

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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

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent, 18th March 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: TOO MUCH TO LOSE?

 

For the last month we’ve been making our way through Lent on a voyage towards Easter. It’s as if we’ve taken to the road with Christ on his journey up to Jerusalem where he (and we) will embrace death so as to rise above it to a life that never ends.

But as we’ve journeyed with Christ we’ve been listening to his words guiding us along our route to Easter. These words take on a different colour each year in a three-year cycle that the Church’s liturgy uses. But this year the theme of Jesus’ message has been unmistakable: you must embrace the wisdom of God that the world considers to be sheer foolishness.

Jesus could have tried to buy us off with some easy words, like politicians who promise everything in return for votes. He could have told us that we can get to heaven just by praying and paying. He could have offered us salvation by keeping the law and being seen in the right places. He could have suggested a quick fix but he chose to offer the tougher route. ;

We’ve listened to a series of paradoxes over the last few weeks and today Jesus tells us that just as a grain of wheat must be buried before it can sprout, so too we have to die if we are to enjoy life. His message is one of self-sacrifice, cross-bearing, total service and a love which counts no costs. And unlike other philosophies that underline the skills and talents of their adherents, Jesus tells us that we reach our perfection the more like a servant we become, and that we achieve our dignity by putting ourselves last rather that first.

This message isn’t for everyone. It’s not for people who like to be thought of as important but now find they must consider themselves last of all. Not for people who prize possessions, now being told to give to the poor. Not for those who invest everything in the here and now. Not for those with status who fear that they’ll lose their respectability. Not for wise people who see it as sheer foolishness. Is it for you?

WORD FOR TODAY

Once more Jesus presents us with a paradox: if we want to live we must die; if we want to be alive for Christ and his kingdom then we must be dead to selfishness and sin. To have is to give away; to rule is to serve.

 

Caritas Shrewsbury is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to be their Volunteer Co-ordinator.  The post is for 28 hrs per week and will you will be expected to travel extensively across the Diocese.  For more information and an application pack please contact Claire Griffiths Tel 0151 652 1281;

Email claire.griffiths@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk.  Application packs can also be downloaded from our website caritasshrewsbury.org.uk.  Closing date for applications is the 4th April 2018

 

 

Celebrate North West 2018 will be held at All Hallows College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 on 28-29th April.

Costs vary. Theme “See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43-19)

Contact Chris & Martina for booking details: email northwest@celebrateconference.org   Tel No. 01706 640359

 

 

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. Items urgently needed tea, tinned spaghetti, shampoo, fruit squash and toothpaste.

 

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.

 

 

 

BRITISH SUMMER TIME BEGINS SATURDAY,

24TH MARCH. REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR NEXT SATURDAY EVENING.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

18th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Jamie Armstrong RIP

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 19th 9.15am John Blakeway RIP
Tuesday 20th 9.15am Intentions Tunna Family
Wednesday 21st 9.15am St John’ School Yr 5 & 6
Thursday 22nd 7.30am

10.00am

Intentions Les Duff

Funeral Mass –

Margaret Proudfoot

Friday 23rd 9.15am In Thanksgiving for prayers answered
Saturday 24th 10.00am Intentions Fr Frank Rice
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Cycle B

25th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

New Ferry Community

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

 

LENT 2018 at ST JOHN’S

 

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

              

     LENT 2018 Churches Together Lenten Lunches

 

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

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

 

Money Matters: Offertory: £596.71p

Thank you for your continued generosity.

 

Gift Aid/Planned Giving. New Offertory Envelopes dated from 8th April 2018 are available for collection from the table at the back of Church. Please take yours. Any questions to Steve Bell please

Principal Services at St John’s For Holy Week.

Next Weekend- Palm Sunday; Masses at the Usual Times Sat 5pm, Sun 9.30am. Please assemble in the Parish Centre i.e. 4.45pm and 9.15am.

Holy Thursday 29th March; Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm followed by Watching at the Altar of Repose until 10pm.

Good Friday 30th March; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm.

Holy Saturday 31st March; Easter Vigil Mass at 7.30pm.

Easter Sunday 1st April; Easter Mass at 9.30am.

There will be plenty of other services at St John’s in Holy Week. A full list will appear in next week’s bulletin.

 

CAFOD Family Fast Day Envelopes can be returned in the Offertory bag any weekend up to and including next weekend Palm Sunday 24th/25th March

24 Hours for the Lord here at St John’s from 9.00am next Saturday

24th March until 9.00am on Palm Sunday

25th March. Masses, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Informal Prayer and Praise etc. Sign up lists are on the table at the back of church. We need to make sure that every hour is covered by at least three people. Please do support this important initiative which will provide a fitting preparation for our Holy Week Services.

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.

 

Eucharistic Congress: “Adoremus” The First National Eucharistic Congress in England and Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool 7th-9th September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend part of the 3 day event comprising of a Symposium Day          (7th Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy. A six hour stage led event (8th Sept) with key note speakers:

Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, presentations, prayer and adoration; and concluding Mass on Sunday

(9th Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. Further details can be accessed from the home page link on the diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

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.

 

NEW AND OLD FRIENDS

Fr Frank is not in good health as his memory continues to deteriorate but he is always glad to receive visitors- even though you might have to remind him of your name! Should you wish to visit him please contact Joan Hannon. joan.hannam@gmail.com

The photo above was taken by Joan at Speke Hall during one of the periods when Fr Dennis Xulu supplied for Fr Frank- they were great pals and shared several holidays including Rome and Assisi together as well as numerous days out. Fr Dennis recently presented at the University of Louvain in Belgium the final public defence of his PhD thesis (on how the canon law of the Church can benefit from the process and mechanisms of resolving problems in South Africa after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission).  He was successful and was awarded his doctorate.  At the end of the proceedings the new doctor responded to various addresses which had been made.  He concluded everything he had to say with a special thank you to the parish of St John the Evangelist in New Ferry and everyone there who had been so supportive and so kind to him when he found himself a stranger in a foreign land.  He has now gone back to South Africa to continue his work in the Church there.

 

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

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent, 11th March 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: GOD ON OUR SIDE

On television you can sometimes see people in the crowd at sports events holding up a placard that simply says “John 3:16”. They are Christians who want to get you to find out what the text says in John’s gospel: “God loved the world so much that he sent his only Son so that anyone who believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life”.

You can see why they hold up that particular reference. In a sense it sums up the whole purpose of the incarnation. It captures the heart of the gospel message in one verse. And yet it comes as something of a surprise to many people. In popular culture God is portrayed as a severe character, as someone who is just dying for us to put a foot wrong so that he can send down lightning bolts, earthquakes and floods and condemn the whole lot of us.

However, as this text from today’s gospel reminds us, God sent his Son not because he detested the world but because he loves it so much. And the purpose of the Son’s coming to eartha was not to wreak destruction but to ensure salvation.

God became one of us. A fellow human being is also our God: Jesus the Christ. And strange though it seems, God is on our side and is rich in love. When we choose to ignore what’s good for us we come face to face with God. But what’s God’s preferred remedy? Is it punishment and death? No. It’s mercy and grace.

People who try to discredit religion say that it thrives on fear, that it only makes its followers psychologically dependent on a greater being that holds the threat of annihilation over them. Maybe they should read this text. God sent his Son because he loves us and doesn’t want us to miss out on the fullness of life.

So as we continue our journey through Lent we move towards the Easter manifestation of God’s true glory, of his victory over all that threatens to hold us down and drag us back. While we ready ourselves for the great feast we can rejoice in the fact that God is on our side and we can thank him just for being our God and for bothering to have us as his sons and daughters, the ones he loved so much that he sent his only Son to.

 

MOTHERS DAY PRAYER

All-loving God, we give thanks and praise for mothers young and old. We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

 

Caritas Shrewsbury is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic person to be their Volunteer Co-ordinator.  The post is for 28 hrs per week and will you will be expected to travel extensively across the Diocese.  For more information and an application pack please contact Claire Griffiths Tel 0151 652 1281; email claire.griffiths@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk.  Application packs can also be downloaded from our website caritasshrewsbury.org.uk.  Closing date for applications is the 4th April 2018

 

 

Celebrate North West 2018 will be held at All Hallows College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 on 28-29th April.

Costs vary. Theme “See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43-19)

Contact Chris & Martina for booking details: email northwest@celebrateconference.org   Tel No. 01706 640359

 

 

 

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. Items urgently needed tea, tinned spaghetti, shampoo, fruit squash and toothpaste.

 

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 of Lent

Cycle B

11th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Ints Powell Family

For All Mothers

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 12th 9.15am Fr Stephen Dwyer RIP
Tuesday 13th 9.15am Stephen Flattery RIP
Wednesday 14th 9.15am Winifred Sweeney RIP
Thursday 15th 7.30am Ints Alexander Family
Friday 16th 11.30am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 17th 10.00am Carmel Mass
Fifth Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

18th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

St John’s Parishioners

Jamie Armstrong RIP

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

 

 

LENT 2018 ST JOHN’S PROGRAMME OF MASSES AND SERVICES

 

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 16th March

Mass 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre

              

 

                 LENT 2018 BEBINGTON Churches Together

                                        Lenten Lunches

 

DATE VENUE
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

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

Gift Aid/Planned Giving. New Offertory Envelopes dated from 8th April 2018 are available for collection from the table at the back of Church. Please take yours. Any questions to Steve Bell please.

 

Money Matters: Offertory: £701.27p

Thank you for your continued generosity

 

CAFOD Family Fast Day Envelopes can be returned in the Offertory bag any weekend up to and including Palm Sunday

24th/25th March

 

Birkenhead & East Wirral Deanery: Reconciliation Service with individual confessions will be held on Tuesday, 13th March at 7.00pm at St Michael & All Angel’s Woodchurch. All welcome

 

24 Hours for the Lord here at St John’s from 9.00am on Saturday 24th March until 9.00am on Palm Sunday 25th March. Masses, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Informal Prayer and Praise etc. More details in next week’s bulletin. Coincidentally this weekend marks the 1st Anniversary of the New Ferry explosion.

 

Eucharistic Congress: “Adoremus” The First National Eucharistic Congress in England and Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool 7th-9th September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend part of the 3 day event comprising of a Symposium Day          (7th Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy. A six hour stage led event (8th Sept) with key note speakers:

Bishop Robert Barron and Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, presentations, prayer and adoration; and concluding Mass on Sunday

(9th Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. To participate book through Fr Bernard by 14th March. Further details can be accessed from the home page link on the diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

 

INTO THE DEEP – Parish Youth Leaders Training and Retreat Day March 17th 2018 at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Ellesmere Port. 10am-3pm. 

Join the Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team as we go INTO THE DEEP for a day to encourage, empower and equip Parish Youth Leaders and their ministry. The day has been designed for all those who provide catechesis, Sacramental Preparation, lead Youth Groups and work in Schools, or indeed anyone who has an interest in working with young people. There is no cost to the day, just bring along a packed lunch. To reserve your place email:

youth@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

St Patrick’s Day Ceili NightIn aid of Macmillan cancer support. Event includes Irish music, Irish Bingo, Irish dancing display, raffle March 17 at 7:30pm Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight ( please note a change of venue- NOT now at St Anne’s club). Adults £8, OAP £5, CHILD £3. PAY ON THE DOOR

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.

 

 

 

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

Email:     stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites:   www.stjohnevang.co.uk           www.lpa24.org

 

Third Sunday of Lent, 4th March 2018. Cycle B

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: WHAT A FOOL!

Have you noticed how the media, particularly the television and cinema, treat the clergy of the Christian Churches? Actually, they treat them like fools. The Anglican is parodied as a harmless fop (think of the vicar in Dad’s Army), the Catholic portrayed often as an alcoholic (as in Father Ted) and the Methodist or Free Church minister derided as a fun-hating misery.

By caricaturing the clergy like this you caricature the religion. And why do it? Because what Christians believe appears stupid. It doesn’t make sense to anyone else. In fact, it seems sheer foolishness. That’s why it frightens and invites mockery.

Who in their right mind would believe in a God who is the creator and life-force of all that exists? Surely we all know that science has done away with the need for God?

Who apart from a madman or woman would believe that the baby born into the world two thousand years ago is actually the embodiment on earth of the divine being?

Only a fool would accept the teaching that says we have to die in order really to enjoy life. It’s an idiot’s creed to put others’ needs before your own. Surely you need a feeble mind to see victory in the public and humiliating execution of your leader?

How can there be any mileage in following a man who turns the accepted values of society on their head, calling for the first to be the last, the leader to be a servant, for people to put relative store in what they enjoy here on earth because they’re promised something even greater in an afterlife?

We need a Lenten reality check to realise that we are fools to many in our society. The teaching of Christ does not seek to be respectable but radical and it alienates just as much as it endears. St Paul gets to the heart of it today saying, “Here we are preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” Don’t be fooled into thinking that your faith is seen as respectable. Most people think it’s stupid.

 

Cantores Oecumenica There will be a presentation of Olivet to Calvary at Holy Angels RC Church, Wicker Lane, Hale Barns WA15 0HF on Palm Sunday 25th March 2018 commencing at 4pm sung by the Cantores Oecumenica choir. Soloists are Christopher Turner (Tenor), David Le Prevost (Baritone), Jean Tragen (Soprano), Peter O’Connor (Pilate), organist Jonathan Scott and Conductor Neil Provost. The duration of the work is about 1 hour. Entry is free and a retiring collection is available for donations all of which will go to Christian Aid and the SVP (who will receive a half of the donations each).Please see Poster for full details. Our website is cantoresoec.org and we can be contacted by email at info@cantoresoec.org.

Celebrate North West 2018 will be held at All Hallows College, Brooklands Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 on 28-29th April.

Costs vary. Theme “See, I am doing a new thing” (Isaiah 43-19)

Contact Chris & Martina for booking details: email northwest@celebrateconference.org

Tel No. 01706 640359

 

 

Cafod Lenten Prayer

Merciful God, source of all that is good, wash us clean of all that prevents us from seeing you in each of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Transform our hearts this Lent, through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, to be open to the needs of all those who thirst.

Spirit of compassion, move us to share with all people the water of life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

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. Items urgently needed tea, tinned spaghetti, shampoo, fruit squash and toothpaste

Wirral Foodbank AGM is on Thursday 22nd 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.

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

4th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Rels/Fnds Brannock

Family RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 5th 9.15am Bryan Clarke RIP
Tuesday 6th 12 Noon Funeral Mass –

Ronald Jackson

Wednesday 7th 9.15am Sr Veronica Haughey
Thursday 8th 7.30am Ints Joan Anton
Friday 9th 11.30am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 10th    
Fourth Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

11th 5.00pm

9.30am

3.00pm

7.30pm

Ints Powell Family

For All Mothers

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

 

 

LENT 2018 ST JOHN’S PROGRAMME OF MASSES AND SERVICES

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

DATE VENUE
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 – Funeral Mass at St John’s Tuesday 6th March at 12 noon.

Cel McGrath – Funeral Mass at Christ the King, Bromborough Tuesday 6th March at 2.00pm.

Fr Stephen, Priest of the Diocese – Funeral Mass at All Saints, Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale Friday 9th March at 12 noon. 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: £469.92p

Thank you for your continued generosity

 

CAFOD Family Fast Day Envelopes are 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: 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. An evening is also planned for Wednesday 28th March to discuss

“Chocolat”.

24 Hours for the Lord here at

St John’s from 9.00am on Saturday 24th March until 9.00am on Palm Sunday 25th March. Masses, Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Informal Prayer and Praise etc. More details in next week’s bulletin. Coincidentally this weekend marks the 1st Anniversary of the New Ferry explosion.

 

 

Eucharistic Congress: “Adoremus” The First National Eucharistic Congress in England and Wales for 110 years is being held in Liverpool 7th-9th September 2018. You are warmly invited to attend any part of the 3 day event comprising of a Symposium Day (7th Sept) specifically aimed at teachers, catechists, musicians and clergy. A six hour stage led event (8th Sept) with key note speakers:

Bishop Robert Barron and

Cardinal Vincent Nichols as well as music and drama, presentations, prayer and adoration; and concluding Mass on Sunday (9th Sept) celebrated at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral followed by an outdoor procession. To participate book through

Fr Bernard by 14th March. Further details can be accessed from the home page link on the diocesan website www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

 

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 on 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.