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



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.



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  Application packs can also be downloaded from our website  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   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




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




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





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


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



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:

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.




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