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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Third Sunday of Advent. 16th December, 2018. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: ALL-SINGING ALL-DANCING GOD

The only way we can talk about God is by treating him (her?) as if he were like us. This isn’t as stupid as it sounds, since if we are made in the image and likeness of God then all good things about us must reflect something of the nature of God, albeit dimly.
Yet we tend to think of God as ever so serious. Surely God would never be caught having a belly-laugh, enjoying a good party, singing or dancing? Well, the answer, of course, is yes he would.
Our Advent God is a God of joy. Jesus said he wanted us to know all about the Father so that we could share in his joy. And time and time again during Advent the keyword of our songs, psalms and prayers is joy.
So it comes as no surprise today when we hear from Zephaniah that God is quite capable of letting his hair down. Zephaniah has been prophesying doom for a people who have given in to moral decline and decay. But God knows that there is a small minority, a “remnant” that is trying to remain faithful to the agreement between God and Israel. And this alone makes him want to celebrate.
In fact Zephaniah tells us that God breaks out into song and dance at the thought of his faithful people: “He will sing with joy over you…he will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival.”
When during Advent we pray and sing, “Come, Emmanuel” we run the risk of calling upon a rather boring and predictable God to show himself. For we tend to put God into a category where we worship him but do not find him very exciting company. This is because we don’t really know him. How many times have you heard someone say that they’ve just seen another (more human) side to Mr or Mrs So-and-So? Maybe this Advent will really come alive when we recognise that God is bigger than our view of him.
And when that happens, there’s sure to be a song and dance!

Advent Prayer

In this Season of Advent, inspire us to be a people of hope.
Encourage us not to be greedy for material possessions, but
for justice and truth,
Enflame us with a love for others, which crosses boundaries
of race, religion and nationality.
Stir within us an appreciation of the immense beauty of the earth.
Be with us, Lord, at this time, that we may be a people of hope. Amen

My name is Cheryl Thomson and I am the manager of British Red Cross, 44 Bebington Road, New Ferry CH62 5BH I am currently contacting local churches and community groups to see if any of their members would be interested in volunteering with us or would merely like more information about what we can offer in terms of volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will help in any way I can. Please contact me on 0151 644 1997. Thank you

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 Advent
Cycle C 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm Mary Haigh Annv RIP
St John ‘s Parishioners
Holy Hour
Prayer Meeting
Monday 17th 9.15am Ints Mary Mulraney
Tuesday 18th 9.15am Phyllis Cray Annv RIP
Wednesday 19th 9.15am Ints Colette Sarson
Thursday 20th 9.30am Ints Lew & Mary Doyle
(in school)
Friday 21st 9.15am Rels/Fnds Brannon & Kenny Families
Saturday 22nd
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Cycle C 23rd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Arthur Brockway RIP
St John ‘s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses
Advent at St John’s:
Each Sunday in Advent…. Holy Hour in Church from 3-4pm
Fr Bernard will be in Church each Saturday during Advent from 10.30am to 11.15am; an opportunity for confession, prayer, for a chat.
Please note that on Thursday Mass will be celebrated at 9.30am in St John’s Junior School as our schools reach the end of term and look forward to the Christmas break. Fr Bernard will be leading an assembly in the infant school on Monday and then taking the Mini-Vinnie group (junior SVP) from the Junior School for a Carol Service at Birch Tree Manor Care Home in Port Sunlight.
Canon Hoban will celebrate the 9.15am Mass on Monday.

Christmas Services at St John’s
Christmas Eve
Crib Service for Children at 3.00pm in Church,
Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm
Christmas Day
Mass 9.30am
Christmas Week Mass Times
26th-28th will be at 10am
Feast of St Stephen: 26th December.
Mass at 10am will be offered for our Altar Servers.
Feast of St John the Evangelist: Patron Saint of our Parish. Mass will be held at 10.am

Sat/Sun 29th/30th Dec: Feast of the Holy Family
Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and
Sun 9.30am
Tues 1st Jan 2018 Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Mass at 12 Noon.
Sat/Sun 5th/6th Jan: Feast of the Epiphany
Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £616.39p.

The 3 L’s Concert: Many thanks to all those who attended last Wednesday morning’s Christmas concert in Church and thank you to the 3 L’s group for their sizeable donation to St John’s Parish which is much appreciated.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE FOOD BANK. The last Christmas pick up of food from St John’s will on Sunday 16th December. AFTER THAT DATE, PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY FOOD DONATIONS UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS WHEN collections will then resume in the new year.
Thank you for your very kind donation of 54 kg of food. 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 ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your intentions or someone else’s intentions or for your deceased relatives and friends etc during Advent or Christmas season, please fill in one of the Mass Offertory envelopes at the back of Church, place a donation in it and hand it to Fr Bernard nor put it through the presbytery letterbox.

Memorial Books and Plaques: In January we will be updating the Memorial Books and now we have a new supplier giving you the opportunity to remember your loved ones by buying a small plaque to be fixed to a chair or bench in Church. Appropriate Forms for both will be available next weekend and over the Christmas period. When completed these forms should be returned in the accompanying envelopes through the presbytery letterbox

THE BIG CARD will be at the back of from next Saturday 8th December. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

St John’s SVP is now back, up and running, doing visits around the parish and meeting regularly on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm in the Day Chapel. If anyone would like a visit from the SVP, suggest someone who would benefit from a visit from the SVP, or would like to join the group, please let us know.

Carols by Candlelight will be held at St Joseph’s Church, North Road, Birkenhead on Thursday 20th December at 7pm. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS POSTERS – Posters are available at the back of church. Please display in your window. These are provided free by Wirral Knights of
St Columba as part of the Christ in Christmas Campaign.

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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: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Second Sunday of Advent. 9th December, 2018. Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE DAY OF CHRIST

“Wait till your father gets back” is a dire threat that has rung in the ears of many a naughty child. What will happen when the other parent returns home? Will it all end in tears?
Some Christians talk about Advent and the Day of Christ as if it were like a looming menace that hangs over the Church and the world. Their prayers and hymns are full of apocalyptic references to the end of times and their preaching is geared to frightening people into moral change in order to stave off a vengeful judgement.
If we buy into this way of thinking it’s easy to end up either terrified or presuming that we’re on the side of the good and everyone else is “going to get it” when Christ comes again. So we either shrivel as Christians or we have a sense of smugness about what is going to happen at the second coming. We’ll be alright but they’ll get it in the neck…
If Advent is a season of joy then it’s because we are waiting for our God to come not to condemn us but to set us free. Christ will come as a liberator not a dogcatcher. If Jesus reveals the type of God that we have, then why should we be afraid when he comes to take us to that same God?
Our Advent liturgy encourages us to be joyful in our celebration. We can hardly sing “Come, Lord Jesus” if we think we are ushering in an execution! But at the same time we are not Christian Cheshire cats or professing Polyannas whose worship is removed from real life.
Celebrating the joy of Advent only takes place authentically when we are doing all in our power to make God’s kingdom a reality in our lives. That’s why St Paul today urges the Philippians to keep trying to become pure and blameless in preparation for the Day of Christ. Joyful active preparation for the Day of Christ produces genuine worship. Anything else is Advent idolatry.

My name is Cheryl Thomson and I am the manager of British Red Cross, 44 Bebington Road, New Ferry CH62 5BH I am currently contacting local churches and community groups to see if any of their members would be interested in volunteering with us or would merely like more information about what we can offer in terms of volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will help in any way I can. Please contact me on 0151 644 1997. Thank you

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 Advent
Cycle C 9th 5.00pm

9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm Intentions Fr Frank Rice Annv of Ordination
St John’s Parishioners
Holy Hour
NO PRAYER MEETING
Monday 10th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Duckworth Fam
Tuesday 11th 9.15am Val Lees – Get Well
Wednesday 12th 9.15am NO MASS OR SERVICE
Thursday 13th 7.30am
11.30am Mabel & Michael McCartney
Funeral Service –
Elizabeth Bridge
Friday 14th 9.15am Ints Larkin Family
Saturday 15th 10.00am Deceased Carmelites
Third Sunday of Advent
Cycle C 16th 5.00pm
9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm Mary Haigh Annv RIP
St John ‘s Parishioners
Holy Hour
NO PRAYER MEETING
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

Christmas Masses at St John’s
(as last year)
Christmas Eve: Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm
Christmas Day: Mass is at 9.30am

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £549.03p.

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.

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your intentions or someone else’s intentions or for your deceased relatives and friends etc during Advent or Christmas season, please fill in one of the Mass Offertory envelopes at the back of Church, place a donation in it and hand it to
Fr Bernard nor put it through the presbytery letterbox.
Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Bridge who has died recently. Latterly a parishioner at St Luke’s,
Fr Paschal will conduct her Funeral Service here at St John’s on Thursday 13th December at 11.30am. May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Memorial Books and Plaques: In January we will be updating the Memorial Books and now we have a new supplier giving you the opportunity to remember your loved ones by buying a small plaque to be fixed to a chair or bench in Church. Appropriate Forms for both will be available next weekend and over the Christmas period. When completed these forms should be returned in the accompanying envelopes through the presbytery letterbox

Advent at St John’s:
Each Sunday in Advent…. Holy Hour in Church from 3-4pm
LPA Service of Reconciliation with individual confession will be held at Christ the King on Thursday 13th December at 7pm. All welcome.
Fr Bernard will be in Church each Saturday during Advent from 10.30am to 11.15am; an opportunity for confession, prayer, for a chat.

BOST Fanfare for Christmas: An evening of Festive Music, featuring well-loved and traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music is being held on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church. Tickets are available after weekend Masses here at St John’s, and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.

3Ls Christmas Concert will be held here at St John’s on Wednesday,
12th December at 10.30am lasting about one hour. Tickets are £3 which includes entrance, free raffle, refreshments and a donation to St John’s Church. Tickets are available from Norah Martin and you can also pay at the door. All welcome.

THE BIG CARD will be at the back of from next Saturday 8th December. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.
Scout Stamps will be on sale AFTER MASS this weekend
Saturday 8th December
Sunday 9th December
The price is 30p. This will be the last opportunity to buy after Mass. Margaret McClure can also collect post as she will be working in the sorting office. LAST POST COLLECTION IS 12 Noon on 12th December

St John’s SVP is now back, up and running, doing visits around the parish and meeting regularly on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm in the Day Chapel. If anyone would like a visit from the SVP, suggest someone who would benefit from a visit from the SVP, or would like to join the group, please let us know.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE FOOD BANK. The last Christmas pick up of food from St John’s will on Sunday 16th December. AFTER THAT DATE, PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY FOOD DONATIONS UNTIL AFTER CHRISTMAS WHEN collections will then resume in the new year.
Thank you for your very kind donation of 54 kg of food. 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 ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

Advent Day of Renewal to be held at St Alban’s Church, Chester Road, Macclesfield SK11 8DJ on Saturday 15th December Parish Mass will be celebrated at 12 Noon. All welcome. For further details contact Rita Wilkinson 07803281971

CHRISTMAS POSTERS – Posters are available at the back of church. Please display in your window. These are provided free by Wirral Knights of St Columba as part of the Christ in Christmas Campaign .

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

 

 

First Sunday of Advent. 2nd December, 2018. Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS: CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN?

Christians seem to have lost any sense of expectation that Christ’s second coming should feature in their daily lives. The Jews longed for the “anointed one of God” who would come and lead them into prosperity, but we’re detached from any sense of urgency when it comes to Christ, the Messiah, retuning among us.

Is this because we think the odds are stacked against it happening during our lifetime? Is it because we just don’t care? Or is it perhaps because we haven’t really understood what the coming of Jesus really means?

It’s easy to think that Advent is simply a time for contemplating the end of the world. But, of course, it isn’t. It’s about preparing for the definitive establishing of God’s kingdom on earth.

When we celebrate the liturgy of Advent we are not simply recalling the first coming of Jesus in Bethlehem and vaguely acknowledging that he will come again. This is not true worship. It’s simply cosy remembrance of the past and insurance brokering for the future of our souls. It’s not worship from the heart.

Our Advent liturgy demands that we take our baptismal promises seriously and that we act. What are we doing to bring Christ into our world? How do we make him present in the little worlds of our existence: family, work, friends etc?

All our Advent prayers and songs are discordant if they do not reflect what’s going on in our lives. We can, and must, make Jesus come again by the way we live. Instead of thinking about fanciful scenes in the moon and stars, ought we not to realise that Christ comes again when his kingdom is established? And if we’re not wholehearted about being part of this then what value do our prayers and songs have?

We can sing “O come, O come, Emmanuel” until the cows come home, but it will be empty worship if we are not pledged to co-operate with God’s Spirit in ushering in the kingdom by the way we live. Liturgy is about life. And Advent liturgy is about the kingdom coming. Now.

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope….

 

 

The Diocese has a vacancy for a Diocesan Mission Catechist to assist with the organisation and provision of the formation of those working in all areas of parish and adult catechesis throughout the Diocese. This is a permanent job and based at the Curial Offices in Birkenhead. For more information please contact http/wwwdioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies

Mayor’s Traditional Christmas Tea Dance – 5 December 2018 The Mayor of Wirral’s Christmas Tea Dance is set to get the festive season off to a glittering start on Wednesday, 5th December (1.30 – 4 pm) at Wallasey Town Hall. The annual dance is taking place in aid of the Mayor of Wirral’s charity appeal with all money from ticket sales going to benefit Wirral’s RNLI Lifeboat Stations and Wirral’s Forrester’s Horn Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Mayor’s Office on 691 8527.

My name is Cheryl Thomson and I am the manager of British Red Cross, 44 Bebington Road, New Ferry CH62 5BH   I am currently contacting local churches and community groups to see if any of their members would be interested in volunteering with us or would merely like more information about what we can offer in terms of volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I will help in any way I can. Please contact me on 0151 644 1997. Thank you

Thank you for your very kind donation of 34.65 kg of food. 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 ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Tinned fish and/or meat, tinned fruit, tinned custard, pasta sauce, long grain rice, instant mash, deodorant, washing powder tablets

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Sunday

Of Advent

Cycle C

2nd 5.00pm

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

John & Joan Peters RIP

St John’s Parishioners

Holy Hour

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 3rd 9.15am All Migrants & Refugees  
Tuesday 4th 9.15am

7.00pm

Gordon Lamb

Novena

 
Wednesday 5th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Fitzpatrick & Gillespie Families  
Thursday 6th 7.30am Ints Ted & Pat Bevan  
Friday 7th 9.15am Norah McCormick B.Day Memorial RIP  
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8th      
2nd Sunday of Advent

Cycle C

9th 5.00pm

 

9.30am

3-4pm

7.30pm

Intentions Fr Frank Rice Annv of Ordination

St John’s Parishioners

Holy Hour

NO PRAYER MEETING

 
Confessions 10.30am -11.15am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses  

Sunday is a Day of Special Prayer for Migrants and Refugees

 

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £709.87p

Clergy Education and Training Fund £300.09p

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.

 

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your intentions or someone else’s intentions or for your deceased relatives and friends etc during Advent or Christmas season, please fill in one of the Mass Offertory envelopes at the back of Church, place a donation in it and hand it to

Fr Bernard nor put it through the presbytery letterbox.

 

Lately Dead: Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Bridge who has died recently. Latterly a parishioner at St Luke’s,

Fr Paschal will conduct her Funeral Service here at St John’s on Thursday 13th December at 11.30am. May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

St John’s SVP is now back, up and running, doing visits around the parish and meeting regularly on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm in the Day Chapel. If anyone would like a visit from the SVP, suggest someone who would benefit from a visit from the SVP, or would like to join the group, please let us know.

 

Scripture Group: Following Jesus…Its Joy, Challenge and Fruitfulness. The final talk will take place on Thursday

6th December, in the Day Chapel here at St John’s. This is an excellent preparation for Advent and Christmas.

 

Advent at St John’s:

Each Sunday in Advent…. Holy Hour in Church from 3-4pm

School Advent Masses in Church Tuesday 4th December at 9.15am

LPA Service of Reconciliation with individual confession will be held at Christ the King on Thursday 13th December at 7pm. All welcome.

Fr Bernard will be in Church next Saturday and each Saturday during Advent from 10.30am to 11.15am; an opportunity for confession, prayer, for a chat.

BOST Fanfare for Christmas: An evening of Festive Music, featuring well-loved and traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music is being held on Tuesday 11th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church. Tickets are available after weekend Masses here at St John’s, and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.

Adoremus revisited: Come, watch and listen (re-listen) to Bishop Barron’s talk on the Mass recorded in the Echo Arena Liverpool on Saturday 8th September and being shown at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry next Saturday, 8th December. Registration and refreshments at 9.15am. Talk at 9.45am followed by a discussion then Adoration in St Anne’s Church, beginning at 11.45am and concluding with Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 12.15pm. Further information and to register please contact Helen Jones at the Curial Offices on 0151 652 9855 or email Helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

 

3Ls Christmas Concert will be held here at St John’s on Wednesday, 12th December at 10.30am lasting about one hour. Tickets are £3 which includes entrance, free raffle, refreshments and a donation to St John’s Church. Tickets are available from Norah Martin and you can also pay at the door. All welcome.

 

 

THE BIG CARD will be at the back of church from next Saturday

8th December. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

 

Scout Stamps will be on sale AFTER MASS over the next two weekends

Saturday 1st & 8th December

Sunday 9th December

The price is 30p. Margaret McClure can also collect post as she will be working in the sorting office.

 

Christmas Masses at St John’s (as last year)

Christmas Eve: Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm

Christmas Day: Mass is at 9.30am