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

04/01/2019

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.

 

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