Third Sunday of Lent. 24th 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

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Third Sunday of Lent. 24th  March, 2019, Cycle C


Do you suppose that they were more  guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. But unless you repent you will all perish as they did. (Luke 13:4-5)



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:



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.





I always meant to sort out that kitchen shelf and now that it’s crashed to the floor with all the crockery it’s too late. The same goes for that little chip in the windscreen that now looks like a spider’s web, and of course there’s that faulty old plug on the TV set which probably caused last night’s loud explosion during Coronation Street! We love to put things off. Yes, we’ll get round to them some day but at the moment I’m a bit tired, a bit busy or a bit too distracted to do anything about them. There’s always tomorrow.  In today’s gospel, one of the most frightening episodes according to many people, Jesus issues a real warning. Don’t think that you can put off repentance until tomorrow because repentance is a “now-thing” and, what’s more, you never know what’s lurking around the corner. He reminds his listeners of two awful events that had just taken place in and around Jerusalem: a murderous attack on worshippers in the Temple, and a disaster that killed eighteen people when a building collapsed on them. Do you think these people had any idea they wouldn’t return home that day, says Jesus, and do you think they were more guilty than anyone else? Of course not. Then, he tells them, you too must repent now or you will perish like they did.

Lent reminds us that repentance is not a once-and-for-all action; we don’t make a grand act of repentance and then sit back and relax. Repentance is a constant activity of the Christian, not continually worrying about our stance before God, but striving all the time to be as close to God as we can by the way we treat other people. Repentance means taking a regular reality check that what we are doing and saying is consistent with our desire to belong to God’s family. And although we concentrate on repentance a great deal in Lent, it is something that should be a daily activity for all of us, and we need to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit to be able to repent. Is there something in your life that niggles at you? Something that you know you should do something about which will improve your quality of life with God and with others? Well, don’t worry about it; you can always do something about it tomorrow, after Easter, in the summer or in the run-up to Christmas…. Or perhaps not!


Third  Sunday of Lent 24th 5.00pm




For the People of New Ferry

St John’s Parish & School

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Monday 25th 9.15am Ints Tony Hyland  
Tuesday 26th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion  
Wednesday 27th 9.15am Fred Diskin Anniv RIP  
  28th 7.30am



Rel /Friends of Bell & Nugent Families

Funeral Service Edward Hyland

Friday 29th 9.15am  John McIntosh Anniv RIP  
Saturday 30th 12 Noon Wedding Mass

Deborah Farrell &       Colin Deer

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mothering Sunday

31st 5.00pm




Barbara Forshaw RIP

For All Mothers

Stations of the Cross

Prayer Meeting

Confessions                                                                           Saturday 10.00-11.00am  
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily  Masses  

William Lyon’s will be making his First Holy Communion at Saturday’s 5pm Mass

Saturday’s 5pm Mass is being offered for the people of New Ferry on the second anniversary of the explosion. .. we continue to remember all those affected in any way by that dreadful happening.

This Sunday at 9.30am Mass we welcome the First Communion children and their parents/families and on Friday at 9.15am Mass we will welcome all the children from Year 3 & 4 at St John’s School as they come to Church to celebrate Mother’s Day. 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. If you can help, please have a word with Noelene Evans.

Lent 2019;

 At St. John’s: Each Sunday Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm ….. this week led by Chris. Each Thursday Early Mass at 7.30am

 Elsewhere: Tuesday’s Lent Talk’s at Christ the King Church  in Bromborough beginning at 7.30pm. This Tuesday David Williams will talk about the work of the SVP in our LPA parishes.  Next week Deacon John Boggan will give a talk on the work of the Wirral Foodbank and on Tues 9th April Mary Kilcoyne will talk about the work of Caritas in the Diocese of Shrewsbury                                                        Wednesday’s : Bebington Churches Together Lent Reflections & Lunches  Coffee 10.30am. Prayer & Discussion 11am, Soup lunch 12noon. This week at  Life Church (opp Beb Station)                                             Thursday 4th April: 7.00pm Deanery Reconciliation Service (with individual confession) at St Anne’s Rock Ferry, Preacher Bishop Brian Noble

Day of Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament:      Next Friday cited in the Rainbow room of the infant school there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the school day. Each class (infants & juniors) will spend a short time in prayer before the Eucharist as will all the staff. And parishioners are encouraged to join in this time of prayer too. Please sign the list on the table at the back of Church.

Lately Dead : Please pray for the repose of the soul of  Edward Hyland. Funeral Service on Thursday at 11.30am. Also for Irene Kaldos whose Funeral Service is at Landican Crematorium on Friday 5th April at 11.30am. Your prayers are also asked for the repose of the soul of Annette Connell a former Senior Midday Supervisor at St John’s Juniors . Her Funeral Mass is at St Alban’s Liscard next Friday 29th March at 2pm.May these  and all the faithful departed rest in peace .

Money Matters:                                                               Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £591.69p.                                                     Your Offertory envelopes for the new financial year are on the table at the back of Church. Please collect your 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  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  next weekend.

SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday at 6.30pm.

Readers: please check the rota and collect your readings for Holy Week & Easter from the sacristy  

The Carmelite Monastery Birkenhead, invites you to The Solemn Profession of   Sr Maria Graziella of Jesus Crucified, which is being held this  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.

Mass for Healing ; to pray for those who have suffered abuse, to be held at Holy Apostles and Martyrs Parish Church, St George’s Road, Wallasey Village, CH45 6TU on Tuesday 26th March 2019 at 6.45pm. All are welcome to attend and pray for those who have been abused.


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