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



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  Application packs can also be downloaded from our website  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




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


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



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



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


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

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 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

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