Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 3rd March, 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
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 3rd March, 2019, Cycle C

FAITH IN FOCUS: Exract from Seasons of the Word by Fr Denis McBride C.Sc.R.
The scene was market day in the city of Athens. Everyone was busy trying to find that elusive commodity called a bargain, and they were not averse to using their tongues and elbows to aid them in the task. In one corner of the market, however, there was a strange quiet: someone whom most people admired and respected walked among the crowd. He was a famous man, who had condescended to patronize the marketplace. People moved aside to let him have his walkabout. He was not a film or television star – the time still was BC – neither was he a member of the royal household. He was an orator renowned for his eloquence and patronage of lost causes. There was something very odd about his appearance. In spite of being a rich man, he wore tattered clothes; he dressed in rags with the diligence and care other people dress in formal clothes. He was clearly pleased at the theatrical impression he was making on the onlookers, until a voice in the crowd hailed him, “Antisthenes, Antisthenes, I can see your pride through the hole in your cloak”. For once, the great orator had nothing to say. If hypocrisy tries to make a profession of deceit, humility is a matter of honouring the truth about ourselves and other people. Humility is a candid acceptance of reality, an unfussy recognition of what is true. In today’s Gospel Jesus names as hypocrites those who notice faults in others but who are blind to their own shortcomings, thereby passing themselves off as something they are clearly not. In his teaching Jesus touches on an important subject in all personal relationships: how self-criticism is an essential part of genuine relations with other people. We know from experience that people can greet criticism with reactions that vary from eyebrow raising to nuclear war. How do you tell the truth to people without stealing their dignity or leaving them in the casualty department. What kind of heart is behind the way we criticize others. In the language of the Gospel, criticism must come from the store of goodness in our heart. If that goodness is absent, we would be better keeping silent. Sharing a bad heart converts no one. Sharing the goodness in our heart, however, is no guarantee that others will greet our criticism with applause. But then Jesus was rarely applauded when he exercised his critical mind. Like him, we have to soldier on – even when the ratings go down. |After all, as ethe Gospel also says: “the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th May 2019. £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613. See Poster on the notice board at the back of church.

Caritas Shrewsbury currently has 1 x F/T Community Services Manager (closing date: 4th March) For further details and an Application Pack, please contact us: http://www.caritasshrewsbury.org.uk (‘Job Vacancies’ can be found under the ‘News’ Section) / Tel: 0151 652 1281 / info@caritasshrewsbury.org.uk 9

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

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

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C 3rd 5.00pm
7.30pm Ints Fr Mike Murray
St John’s Parishioners
Prayer Meeting
Monday 4th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 5th 9.15am
7 pm Doreen Gibbs RIP
Ash Wednesday 6th 12 Noon St John’s Parish
Thursday 7th 7.30am Ints St John’s SVP
Friday 8th 9.15am
Harry Malin RIP
Saturday 9th
First Sunday of Lent 10th 5.00pm
7.30pm Ints Bob Purfield
For Our Sick Priests
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses
Lent 2019
St John’s Programme of Masses and Services Ash Wednesday 6th March Mass at 12noon at St John’s Masses at St Anne’s at 9.30am & 7.30pm Each Thursday in Lent Mass will be at 7.30am Each Saturday in Lent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions from 10.30am until 11.30am Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in church Several Friday’s in Lent Mass at 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre L

On the Wednesday’s of Lent from 13th March Bebington Churches Together will be holding in various venues a short Service / Prayer time beginning at 11.00am followed by a soup lunch

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. 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 stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com or Tel 0151 645 3314 that includes those who may be in hospital at this time. If any more of our Eucharistic Ministers would like to share in the Ministry of taking Holy Communion to the Sick after Mass on Sundays or weekdays please have a word with either Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard.
Lately Dead: Please pray for Terry Ferguson who died on 17th February. Funeral Mass at St Werburgh’s at 12 noon on Monday 11th March. May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £591.49 p. Thank you also to all who contributed to the Retired Priest’s collections which totalled £321.33p
Third World Group Meeting. This Monday 4th March at 6.30pm in the presbytery to which all parishioners are most welcome.
SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm
Readers: There will be a meeting to go through the readings for Lent, Holy Week & Easter next Saturday 9th March in the Day Chapel beginning at 10am. Please make every effort to attend and if you can’t make it kindly let Dot Humphreys know
St John’s Junior School Mini Vinnie Cosy Café. Tea and refreshments will be served in St John’s Junior School Hall on Thursday 14th March between 2pm and 3.15pm. If you would like to attend, please contact the office at St John’s Junior School Tel No 645 9615 to help cater for the number attending.
Parish Pastoral Team members please note that the date of the March meeting has been changed to Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any ideas/suggestions for the team to consider please put a note in the suggestion box at the back of Church or in an envelope through the presbytery letterbox.
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.

St John Plessington Catholic College – Governor Vacancies The school has vacancies for Foundation Governors on the Governing Body. Being a governor involves attending a minimum four evening meetings a year of the full governing body. Attendance at other meetings is dependent on voluntary membership of various committees. You may be unsure whether undertaking such a role is for you. You are most welcome to contact me, and I will answer any questions you have. If you wish I can also arrange a visit to the school. If you do decide to apply, foundation governors are appointed by Bishop Mark and your application should be supported by your parish priest. With thanks and best wishes. John Williams, Chair of Governors Tel 0151 327 2799

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. ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED: Cereal, sugar(sml if poss), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel. Please check the notice board at the back of Church for most needed items. Thank you for your continued generosity.


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