Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 3rd February, 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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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 3rd February, 2019, Cycle C

Wirral Foodbank: Please continue to give to the Foodbank; The need is as great as ever. Although we were very well supported with donations at Christmas, the need for our food has risen by 54% on this period last year, so the food is being given out very quickly. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you for your continued generosity.

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

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1: 5)

Christians are not consumers. They are salespeople. Because of our baptism each of us is commissioned to be a prophet: to proclaim in our places of work, in our homes and our society that God is great and that the way to live a fully satisfying life is by following Jesus his Son.

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
letterbox by 12 noon on Thursdays. Many thanks.


Prophets and prophecy jump out from almost every line of today’s scripture. First of all we come across Jeremiah. He’s only a lad and so he’s apprehensive when God calls him to be a prophet. But God says that before Jeremiah was even born God knew him and chose him to speak on his behalf to the people.
Of course, Jeremiah isn’t an exception. God knew us too when we were in our mothers’ wombs. He created us and formed us with his own particular task for us in mind. From our baptisms we’ve been anointed (with real oil!) as prophets and it’s our role as Christians to speak about God to others.
Then we come across Jesus in his hometown synagogue. He’s just finished quoting a passage from Isaiah about how God will set his people free to live life to the full, and then he makes the astonishing claim that he’s the one who will do this!
What a lot of rubbish! Who does he think he is? He’s just the carpenter’s son; we all know his family; he lived here as a child and played on our streets.
So we’ve found one person who didn’t want to be a prophet and another who wasn’t believed when he began to be one.
What does the incident with Jeremiah tell us about our own timidity when it comes to speaking out about our faith? Maybe it tells us that God is prepared to use us as his messengers but that his Spirit can reach people despite our shortcomings. So let’s not say that we are too young, too ignorant or too unimportant. It’s God who is speaking, not us.
And the scene with Jesus is another reminder that people often reject prophets when they don’t seem to fit the image. This tells us more about the people than Jesus. They didn’t see their own need for what Jesus was offering. God visited their village but they didn’t recognise him. They were given the opportunity but they missed it. When he comes to our village are we any better or do we let the chance go begging?

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 3rd 5.00pm
7.30pm ‘Thank you’, Father B
Pat Dobbie RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 4th 9.15am
Ints Phil & Gerry Topping
Tuesday 5th 9.15am

7.00pm St John’s Yr 2 in church
Ints Elaine Mullins
Wednesday 6th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Brockway & Callaghan Families
Thursday 7th 9,15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 8th 9.15am Victims of Trafficking
Saturday 9th
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 10th 5.00pm
7.30pm Doreen Gibbs RIP
For all the Sick
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.15am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

At Tuesday’s 9.15am Mass, which will be held in the main church, we look forward to welcoming the children and their parents & families from Year 2 at St John’s School. As usual, and thanks to our faithful group of parishioners, tea/coffee/ biscuits will be available after Mass at the back of Church

This Tuesday being the First Tuesday in February means that at 7pm the monthly Benediction and Devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held in Church at 7pm. All most welcome.

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 Noelene 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.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £584.97p.
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 or 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 and 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, and 60th) and wish to attend the Mass please let
Fr Bernard know and you will receive a special letter of invitation.

The Diocese of Shrewsbury Lourdes Hospitalite will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with mass at 3.30pm on Sunday
10th February at St Hugh and St John RC Church, 314 Manchester Road, Timperley WA14 5NB. (Please use the postcode WA14 5HL for the car park)
Mass will be followed by tea, coffee and cake in the parish hall. All are welcome especially members of the Hospitalite and past and current pilgrims.
The Hospitalite looks forward to seeing you all there.

The Carmelite Monastery of the Annunciation, invites you to The Solemn Profession of Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, icd
which is being held on Monday, 25th March at 11am. Bishop Mark Davies will be the celebrant. All are warmly invited to join the community. Refreshments will be available after the ceremony,
See poster on the notice board at the back of church.

The Parish Pastoral Team meets roughly on a monthly basis…. its minutes are on the designated notice board on the left hand side of the Church. The Pastoral Team’s next meeting is this Wednesday 13th February at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any suggestions/ideas for the team to consider please place them in the suggestions box on the table at the back of Church.

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