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

 

 

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. 27th January, 2019,Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE BEST CUTLERY

A woman was interviewed after surviving a plane crash. She had spent months in hospital and had not been expected to recover, but she did. The interviewer asked her how it had changed her life, expecting some profound answer. But the woman replied that the main change was that she now used her best cutlery and glasses every day instead of saving them for special occasions. “I could be dead but I’m alive. So I might as well enjoy the best while I’m still around. After all, what am I saving it for?”

In fact, it was a profound answer really. She had changed as a result of her accident and come to realise that here and now was the best time to celebrate, not some future distant date. Why not enjoy every moment instead of locking everything away to gather dust?

So go and eat the fat and drink the sweet wine, say Ezra and Nehemiah in our scriptures today when the people return from their long exile. For God is here in our midst, working wonders and not forgetting about us.

But why do we then have the story of Jesus preaching in the synagogue? Maybe the clue comes in his last sentence: “This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen”. Luke is aiming to let his readers know, at the outset of Jesus’s ministry, that the promises they were hoping for are now being fulfilled. Humanity is about to be offered the chance to be liberated, to see its way clearly and to be released from oppression. Now is the time to rejoice; today is the day of salvation.

Are we the sort of people who keep our religious cutlery and glasses for some future date? Do our eyes let us see God alive and well and working in our lives and the lives of others? Do our ears ring with the sound of God’s power at work in the world? Is our faith a source of joy here and now or simply a hope for the future? Do we realise that, because of Jesus, God’s kingdom is already in our midst and are we able to celebrate the fact? Blink and you’ll miss it. For today is the day of salvation.

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank, The need is as great as ever. Please check the noticeboard at the back of Church for most needed items.

 

A  “Welcome Café “  with the distribution of surplus food  from local supermarket etc is held every Tuesday at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 11am to 1pm. All most welcome

 

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

May the Father grant you his favour in this coming year and all the days of your lives. Amen.

May Jesus Christ set you free to hear his good news of salvation. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit bring sight to your eyes that you may recognise the presence of God in your midst. Amen.

And may almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

WORD FOR TODAY

If Jesus is the one who sets captives free, raises the oppressed and gives sight to the blind then where do we look to see this happening today? Is it really happening to anyone? Is it happening in my life?

 

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 in Ordinary Time 27th 5.00pm

9.30am

 

7.30pm

Ints Carol Dalziel

John Joseph Kelly Anniv RIP

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 28th 1.00pm Funeral Service

Hilda Riley

 
Tuesday 29th 9.15am Service of Word&Communion  
Wednesday 30th 9.15am Service of Word&Communion  
Thursday 31st 9,15am Service of Word&Communion  
Friday 1st 9.15am Service of Word&Communion  
Saturday 2nd 10.00am Feast of the Presentation

John Blakeway RIP

 
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

‘Thank you’, Father B

Pat Dobbie RIP

Prayer Meeting

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

Many thanks to those who have attended the Christian Unity Services over the past week. To mark the end of Christian Unity Week there is a United Service tonight (Sunday) at St Andrews C of E Bebington at 6.30pm . All most welcome . 

Next Saturday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord ……..Candlemas Day . To mark this special feast Mass will be celebrated in the main church at 10am with the Blessing of Candles. After Mass there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12 noon to pray for our country at this difficult time.                               The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available from 10.30am – 11.15am.

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. We urgently need some additional volunteers for the Tea & Coffee Rota so that it becomes a monthly or six weekly rota. If you can help please have a word with Noeleane Evans or Fr Bernard.

 

 

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com                                  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.

Lately Dead:  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Hilda Riley who has died recently. Funeral Service here at St John’s on Monday at 1.00pm. May all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters :                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £514.04.

St John’s SVP  Meeting this Thursday and every Thursday at 6.30pm in the Day Chapel. If anyone else would like to join this developing group please let Fr Bernard know.

 

Third World Group: At the beginning of Lent it would be good to relaunch the Third World Group/CAFOD Group here at St John’s. If you are interested in Third World issues & projects and would like to be part of the group please come to a meeting in the presbytery on Monday 4th February at 6.30pm. All parishioners most welcome especially if you have been involved in CAFOD groups etc before.  

Children’s Liturgy: If you are interested /have been involved in this important ministry before at St John’s or elsewhere and would like to help us restart Children’s Liturgy at 9.30am Mass/ look at putting together a Children’s Mass once a quarter on a Sunday at 9.30am please come to a meeting in the Day Chapel on Saturday 9th February at 10am.

 Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage                This year the Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at 12noon on Saturday 9th February at St Columba’s Chester. All married couples and families are welcome but if you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th, 40th, 50th, 60tth ) and wish to attend the Mass please let Fr Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

Fr Bernard wishes to thank those parishioners who have already responded to his homily last weekend ……we look forward to additional parishioners joining our Readers and Eucharistic Ministers rota, additional Governors for our schools and the establishment of a Men’s group at the beginning of Lent to compliment the Ladies “Grace Group” which is already making good strides forward! Any other thoughts /suggestions/ offers of help all most welcome.

“Thank You”   On behalf of my family and myself thank you for the many Mass & Sympathy cards and supportive messages we have received since the death of my dear mother. Thank you to those who came to Christ the King, Bromborough for Mum’s Funeral Mass. Your presence and prayers were very much appreciated.

Mass will be offered for all your intentions next Saturday at 5pm.

  Father Bernard

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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

 

 

The Baptism of the Lord. 13th January, 2019,Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: FROM THIS DAY FORWARD

Baptisms are rather like marriages. Not only are they family and community affairs that are accompanied by festivity, but they also work at a deeper level. When two people marry, the words of the ceremony make it clear that they are embarking on something that will last a lifetime. In sickness and in health means that you cannot simply say that you are married and then do nothing about it. You have to work at a marriage, especially when unforeseen problems arise. That’s why people say that a wedding takes only a day, but a marriage takes for ever.  In the same way, our baptism is not something that is over in a day. The ceremony may only take half an hour, but our baptism is something that stays with us for a lifetime. Even though we sometimes speak about “having the baby done”, baptism is not a static thing, something over and done with, but it’s a dynamic reality. We carry our baptism with us even when we don’t feel it! It’s a sad fact that if people do not work at their marriage, then the marriage can go stale. And the same is true with our baptism. If we’re not careful we can wake up one morning and find that our baptism has gone dead because we have not been giving it the care and attention it needs. Baptisms need plenty of fresh air and exercise! Baptism means believing that only God’s life can bring us true happiness. It means living by the beliefs and promises that we made years ago (or agreed to later, if we were baptised as babies). We were anointed with oil to become members of God’s family that is the Church, committed to telling others about the sort of God we have and the sort of promises held out to those who serve God. At the start of this new year, it might be worth taking a look at what new Christians promise at their baptism (or what their godparents promise on their behalf). Ask at church for a copy; see what you agreed to; decide where you need to improve! Has your baptism put on so much weight because you have never exercised it? How do you proclaim your faith at home and at work? Does your life teem with that deep down joy that God promises to those who have been reborn with water and the Spirit? The feast of the Lord’s Baptism tempts you to ask a few questions…

 

Collections have resumed .

Thank you for your very kind donation of 106.57 kg of food, a fantastic amount.   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

 

 

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Let us pray for those families that are preparing for baptism, that the strength of faith in their homes may support and encourage the newly baptised.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the Christian Church that joined by our common baptism we may draw ever closer to the unity for which Jesus prayed.

Lord, in you mercy: Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who have not known Christ, but who are now preparing to be baptised or received into the Church this coming Easter. May they come ever closer to the love of God and may they find in their parishes true communities of faith.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for ourselves, that we may renew each day our baptismal promises to proclaim the Good News by our lives of service to God and each other.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

 

Are you a Catholic Teacher in a Non- Catholic School? The Diocese wants to recruit as many Catholic teachers to its schools as possible and is holding an informal session to help people make that transition this Tuesday

15th January at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School from 6.00pm-7.30pm. If you would like to attend or want further information about returning to Catholic education please email sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury

 

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.

 

 

 

Baptism of the Lord 13th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Daniel Farley Anniv RIP

St John’s Parish

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 14th 9.15am No Mass or Service  
Tuesday 15th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Wednesday 16th 9.15am Barbara Forshaw RIP  
Thursday 17th 9.15am Ints Teresa and Ernie Young  
Friday 18th 9.15am Rene Brandon RIP  
Saturday 19th 10.00am Carmel Mass – Ints Margaret McLoughlin  
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 20th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Int Maria Coulson& Fam

Ints Ann Murray

No Prayer Meeting

 
Confessions                                                                           Sorry none next Saturday  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

 

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.

Baptisms & Weddings in 2019:  Please contact as soon as possible as dates are going fast.

First Forgiveness for the children at St John’s School will be celebrated on Thursday 28th February at 6.30pm.

 First Communion Masses : Sat 4th May and Sat 11th May both at 10.30am. 

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com                                  or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.

 

Lately Dead:  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Barbara Forshaw ( Fr Bernard’s mother) whose Funeral Mass is tomorrow Monday 14th Jan at 12 noon at Christ the King Bromborough. All most welcome.

Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Lewis Doyle whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Anne’s on Tuesday 22nd January at 11am (his son Christopher ‘s  Funeral Mass was celebrated at St Anne’s on 27th Dec!) and for Patricia Dobbie whose Funeral Mass will be celebrated here at St John’s on Thursday 24th January at 12 noon .

May all the faithful departed rest in peace.

 

Money Matters

Last week’s Offertory Collection = £624.27p Thank you . Crib offerings for Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury. Amounted to £220.15p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Traidcraft Stall in 2018, generating around £1,000 in sales.  You may be aware that Traidcraft was under great financial pressure and was due to cease trading at the end of 2018 but, due to an overwhelming outcry, has been able to continue with a more limited range of products. This year Traidcraft is celebrating its’ 40th Anniversary so we will continue with the Traidcraft Stall, thanks to your support.

 

 

Memorial Books and Plaques: We are 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 are  available on the table at the back of the church. When completed these forms should be returned in the accompanying envelopes through the presbytery letterbox before next Sunday.            

 

St John’s SVP  Meeting this Thursday and every Thursday at 6.30pm in the Day Chapel. If anyone else would like to join this developing group please let Fr Bernard know

St John’s Parish Pastoral Team First meeting of 2019 this Thursday 17th January at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any thoughts/suggestions for the team to consider please place in the suggestions box at the back of Church .

Christian Unity Week 18th Jan-25th Jan.                        As in previous years each day we gather for Coffee/Tea at 10.30am followed at 11am by a short United Service in a different Church /location see below                                                                    Fri 18th Christ Church Port Sunlight                        Sat 19th St John’s New Ferry                               Mon 21st Christ Church Higher Bebington              Tues 22nd St Luke’s Bebington                              Wed 23rd Life Church                                         Thurs 24th  Lower Bebington Methodist Church Fri      25th  Higher Bebington URC Church                  A United Service will be held at St Andrew’s on Sunday 27th Jan at 6.30pm

Annual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage                This year the Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at 12noon on Saturday 9th February at St Columba’s Chester. All married couples and families are welcome but if you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th, 40th, 50th, 60tth ) and wish to attend the Mass please let Fr Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

As we begin a New Year we rejoice and give thanks for all those who help in our Parish and School’s some more publically than others. If you would like to join  the growing number of Parish Helpers please have a word with Fr Bernard after Mass this weekend/during the week. We are particularly looking for volunteers which will enable our Children’s Liturgy at Sunday’s 9.30am Mass to begin again and for people to serve on the Sunday morning Tea/Coffee Rota.

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

 

 

Feast of the Epiphany. 6th January, 2019,Cycle C

 

FAITH IN FOCUS:TAKING THE TREE DOWN

Did you have a Christmas tree? And, if so, how long did you keep it up? Just until Boxing Day or did you leave it for the whole 12 days of Christmas?

Epiphany has become associated with the end of the Christmas season, with vacuuming up all the pine needles from the carpet, carefully storing the lights and decorations back in the loft and finding a safe place for wrapping paper that will come in handy next year.

Yet the feast of Epiphany isn’t really about endings. It’s about beginnings. The word “epiphany” is from the Greek word that means “showing/display/manifestation”. When the wise men arrive from distant parts with their gifts for Jesus, the gospel is letting us know that the glory of God, in the baby, is being acknowledged by people from the ends of the known earth. God’s glory is being made manifest.

We can easily fall into the old trap of thinking that this feast is about the past, about events that happened 2,000 years ago. Of course, that’s only part of the picture. All feasts are about today, not just the past. But how are we to understand Epiphany?

Quite simply, each of us today is being called to be an “epiphany” for the world. By celebrating this feast we ask God to unite us with Jesus, as shining examples of Christ’s love for the world. We ask that we may be so close to Jesus that we become stars leading others to get to know God’s Son.

So the feast of the Epiphany, like all feasts, looks to the future. When the baby was born in Bethlehem, God revealed his eternal plan of salvation and showed us how to live so that we might enjoy everlasting life. Jesus is the light of the world and by following him humanity is able to be refashioned and renewed in God’s image. This too is our future. Are we prepared to live in a way that brings light to others? To “display” the type of God we have? To let people see God’s glory?

In a nutshell, are we ready not only to celebrate the Epiphany in church but also to “be” an epiphany of God in the world?

WORD OF GOD

Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord is rising on you, though night still covers the earth and darkness the peoples.

(Isaiah 60: 1-2)

 

WORDS FOR WORSHIP

Lord Jesus, you are the daystar that brings light to our darkness:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ Jesus, you are the wisdom of those who seek to know God:

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the glory of God made visible:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

By his coming among us, may almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

 

WORD FOR TODAY

Today we are called on not just to remember the first Epiphany. We’re invited to be epiphanies or models of God’s presence in our world today. What sort of light does our star shine around us and can people look at us and glimpse something of God?

 

Are you a Catholic Teacher in a Non- Catholic School? The Diocese wants to recruit as many Catholic teachers to its schools as possible and is holding an informal session to help people make that transition on Tuesday

15th January at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School from 6.00pm-7.30pm. If you would like to attend or want further information about returning to Catholic education please email sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feast of the Epiphany 6th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Rels/Fnds Fryer Fam

Sheila Kenny

Prayer Meeting

 
Monday 7th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Tuesday 8th 9.15am Thomas Boylan RIP  
Wednesday 9th 9.30am Ints St John’s Junior School, at school.  
Thursday 10th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Friday 11th 9.15am Tim Delaney RIP  
Saturday 12th 9.15am    
Baptism of the Lord 13th 5.00pm

9.30am

7.30pm

Daniel Farley Anniv RIP

St John’s Parish

Prayer Meeting

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

 

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.

 

Monthly  Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and Benediction on Tuesday at 7pm.

Baptisms & Weddings in 2019:  Please contact as soon as possible as dates are going fast.

First Forgiveness for the children at St John’s School will be celebrated on Thursday 28th February at 6.30pm.

 First Communion Masses : Sat 4th May and Sat 11th May both at 10.30am. 

Sick Visits : If you know of anyone in the parish who is in need of Holy Communion/a visit please do let us know stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time.

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Barbara Forshaw (Fr Bernard’s mother).  Funeral Mass at Christ the King Church in Bromborough on Monday 14th January at 12noon.

Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Patricia Dobbie who died recently. Funeral Mass  at St John’s on Thursday 24th January at 12 Noon. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Money Matters

Last week’s Offertory Collection = £549.48p Thank you for your continued generosity.                            Your offerings at the Crib during the Christmas Season support the work of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury (formerly the Catholic Children’s Society) who offer much care and support to refugees and needy families and individuals around the Diocese.

 Collections will  resume in the new year.

Thank you for your very kind donation of 106.57 kg of food, a fantastic amount.   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

 

Thank you to everyone who supported the Traidcraft Stall in 2018, generating around £1,000 in sales.  You may be aware that Traidcraft was under great financial pressure and was due to cease trading at the end of 2018 but, due to an overwhelming outcry, has been able to continue with a more limited range of products. This year Traidcraft is celebrating its’ 40th Anniversary so we will continue with the Traidcraft Stall, thanks to your support.

 

Following the Christmas break the SVP Group resume their weekly meeting on Thursday at 6.30pm in the Day Chapel .

 

 

 

Memorial Books and Plaques: We are 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 are  available on the table at the back of the church. When completed these forms should be returned in the accompanying envelopes through the presbytery letterbox by Sunday 20th January.

St Johns School’s and St John Plessington Catholic College are returning to school after their Christmas break this week.  Mass this Wednesday is at St John’s Junior school at 9.30am.We pray that  2019 will be a blessed year for all our Catholic Schools.

St John’s Parish Pastoral Team First meeting of 2019 Thursday 17th January at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any thoughts/suggestions for the team to consider please place in the suggestions box at the back of Church .

Christian Unity Week 18th Jan-25th Jan. United Service at St John’s on Saturday 19th Jan at 11 am.(Tea and coffee from 10.30 onwards)

Fr Bernard thanks you for your prayers & ongoing support throughout the year. He particularly thanks all those who do so much for/in St John’s Parish and schools in so many different ways.          Fr Bernard also prays that 2019 will bring peace, good health and happiness to all.