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



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 and we can be contacted by email at

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

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





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




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




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, 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


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



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.

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