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


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


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



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.




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




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



‘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                                  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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