Second Sunday of Lent. 17th 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: Websites:

Second Sunday of Lent. 17th March, 2019, Cycle C

May God the Father let you hear his voice in the mountain-top moments of your life. Amen.
May God the Son let you see his glory in the daily events of your life. Amen.
May God the Holy Spirit let you feel his presence in the promptings and inspirations of your life. Amen.
And may almighty God bless you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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(small if possible), squash/juice, UHT Milk, tinned spaghetti, sponge pudding, instant mash, tinned tomatoes, washing up liquid, shower gel.

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.

St Anne’s Parish Centre ,Rock Ferry, has recently been refurbished and has a new manager –Ben Howard. Booking s and all enquiries to Ben.
Tel- 07435966586 or email

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.

There’s an air of anxiety in our scripture readings at the liturgy today. God shows Abram (before he became Abraham) that he will stand at the top of a lineage with many descendants and that he will take possession of the land. But Abram is still worried about the future: “My Lord, how am I to know that I shall inherit it?” And God has to reassure Abram, to keep him persevering in faith.
The same is true with Peter, James and John. Jesus gives them a real boost to the their faith by letting them see him being transfigured on the mountain top, talking with Moses and Elijah…a sure sign that he is from God. But Peter, like Abram, is worried that things won’t always be like this and so he tries to get three booths or tents set up to preserve the atmosphere of the moment.
Both Abram and Peter are privileged to be in the presence of God, yet they are worried about the road ahead and whether or not they will really see things through. Sound familiar? No matter how strong our faith is, we still have moments when we wonder what it’s all about, whether we can cope with present difficulties and how we will match up to the demands of the future. Of course, that’s what faith is all about. If faith were a manual of answers, an instruction book that couldn’t fail, then it would no longer be faith. When we stop praying for perseverance in faith we have become muscular Christians who think they can reach heaven by religious effort.
But as we go through life we come across people and events that strengthen our faith. It seems that when everything is rumbling on in a mundane way we suddenly are given a glimpse of what lies beyond. These mountain-top experiences boost our faith because they redirect our hope and recharge our enthusiasm.
Last week we began Lent by looking at the temptations that lie in wait for us as we try to follow Christ. This week we are given a shot in the arm as we glimpse something of the glory of Jesus in the Transfiguration.
So Lent isn’t just about sin. It’s also about faith, promise, perseverance, hope, dreams, compassion , trust, reconciliation and renewal.
Have a Happy Lent!

Second Sunday of Lent 17th 5.00pm
7.30pm Jamie Armstrong Anniv RIP
Ints Gerry & Phil Topping
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 18th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 19th 9.15am Ints Father Frank Rice
Wednesday 20th 9.15am Graham Moffat RIP
Thursday 21st 7.30am Barbara Forshaw RIP
Friday 22nd 11.30am
Funeral Mass for Margaret Nicholl
Saturday 23rd
Third Sunday of Lent 24th 5.00pm
7.30pm For the People of New Ferry
St John’s Parish & School
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

Lent 2019 Masses & Services at St John’s Each Thursday in Lent Mass will be at 7.30am Each Saturday in Lent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions from 10.30 am- 11.30am
Each Sunday in Lent Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm in church. This week led by the Altar Servers . Friday’s in Lent Mass at 11.30am followed by soup lunch in the Parish Centre. Donations to CAFOD.

On the Wednesday’s of Lent Bebington Churches Together will be holding in various venues a short Service / Prayer time beginning at 11.00am followed by a soup lunch.
This week at Christ Church Port Sunlight.

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.

Children’s Liturgy Group helpers meeting this Sunday 17th March after 9.30am Mass in the Day Chapel.
Tuesday is the Feast of St Joseph. At the 9.15am Mass we will be joined by the children from Years 5 &6 of St John’s School. Some more children will be enrolled in the Mini Vinnies group. The Mass will be offered for the Intentions of Fr Frank Rice. Parents, grandparents and parishioners all most welcome.
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. If any 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 Wilf Humphreys or Fr Bernard asap.
Lately Dead : Please pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret Nicholl. Funeral Mass on Friday at 11.30am and for Edward Hyland. Funeral Service on Thursday 28th March at 11.30am. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £564.07p. Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect you named box if you haven’t already done so. If you have not used offertory envelopes before and would like to start using them please have a word with Steve Bell also if you would rather contribute to the parish by standing order please have a word with Steve Bell or Carol Dalziel.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY was on Friday 15th March Cafod Envelopes are available on the table at the back of Church and can be placed in the offertory basket anytime up to and including the weekend 30th/31st March.

SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm. SVP Members (and others) enjoyed meeting up with the Mini Vinnies at St John’s School last Thursday for their fundraiser for Caritas…….Diocese of Shrewsbury. A good time was had by all. Many thanks to Miss Oates for co-ordinating it.
Parish Pastoral Team members please note that the date of the March meeting has been changed to this Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If you have any thoughts/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.
Wirral Knights of St Columba invite you to join them (tomorrow) Monday for an hour’s Exposition 11-12noon for the intention of a greater respect for Human Life and for the 12noon Mass which follows at St Anne’s Church, Rock Ferry .
The Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead, invites you to The Solemn Profession of Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, 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.

Urgent Appeal for Volunteers Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury supports children, families and communities. We are in urgent need of volunteers to help us to support families, to help with the running of our groups at our new Centre in Seacombe and to assist in our groups in local schools. We need male and female volunteers of all ages who can reliably offer 2-3 hours per week. If you feel you would like to join our team of reliable and friendly volunteers, please contact Rachel Hughes (Caritas Volunteer Coordinator) on 0151 652 1281 or by email:


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: