Fourth Sunday of Lent. 31st 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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Fourth Sunday of Lent. 31st March, 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. 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.

When the prodigal son came home they held a party to celebrate the fact that he was part of the fold once more. But there was an empty seat at the party; the older brother refused to come and take part.
The liturgy, and especially the Mass, is the continuation of that party and festivity. At the eucharist we celebrate the fact that in Jesus Christ we have been redeemed and forgiven, that we are already experiencing a share in the eternal life that God has promised us and that one day we will enjoy seeing God face to face in the never-ending celebration of bliss and happiness in heaven. In the meantime we eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus Christ that was given up and shed for us so that sins may be forgiven.
As you sit in your pew in church, are there any empty seats? It would be surprising if there weren’t! Most churches struggle to fill their seats except at the great feasts of the year.
Who belongs in those seats? It’s tempting to say that they are older brothers’ seats, people who have had some sort of gripe with the church and have decided to give Sunday worship a wide berth. To an extent this is true. We are a fallible group of people and we’re quite capable of failing each other at crucial times, and of even putting off people to the extent that they no longer darken our doors. What would happen if we reached out to family and neighbours, to friends who feel that the Church has failed them? Is it worth taking the risk of inviting them to the feast, or should we just write them off as a dead loss? Would it shock us if they said yes?
And what about the person who’s sitting in your seat? Yes, you. Are you the life and soul of the party or are you something of a party-pooper? We never find out whether the father finally managed to get the older brother to enter into the spirit. He could have just gone and sat there with a long face. Just turning up isn’t enough. Are you glad to be able to celebrate with your whole being, singing and praying, giving thanks for the forgiveness that God has lavished upon you through no merit of your own? Or should we put the fatted calf on the back burner?

Fourth Sunday of Lent
Mothering Sunday 31st 5.00pm
7.30pm Barbara Forshaw RIP
For All Mothers
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Monday 1st 9.15am Josie McGree Anniv
Tuesday 2nd 9.15am Ints Peter Sarson
Wednesday 3rd 10,00am Terry Clarke
4th 7.30am For the Sisters of Carmel

Friday 5th 9.15am Gerry & Phil Topping Ints
Saturday 6th
Fifth Sunday of Lent
7th 5.00pm

7.30pm Irene Kaldos RIP
For all the Sick & Housebound
Stations of the Cross
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Saturday 10.30-11.30am
Morning Prayer 15 minutes before daily Masses

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.

Wedding ; Congratulations, best wishes and prayers to Debbie Farrell and Colin Deer married here yesterday.

Prayers for the sick. Please remember all our sick and housebound parishioners. If anyone is in need of Holy Communion or a visit please do let us know.
Tel: 0151 645 3314 or email

Lately Dead : Please pray for Veronica Barden whose Funeral Service is at Plymyard Cemetery on Tuesday 2nd April at 1pm. … for Irene Kaldos whose Funeral Service is at Landican Crematorium on Friday 5th April at 11.30am… for Bryan Murphy whose Funeral Mass is at St John’s on Friday 12th April at 11 am… and for Bob Purfield who died on Friday, so funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised. May they and all the faithful departed rest in peace .
Lent 2019;
At St. John’s: Each Sunday Stations of the Cross at 3.00pm ….. this week led by Father Bernard. Next week led by the Grace Group. On Monday’s and Friday’s Exposition from 8.30-9.15 Mass. Each Thursday Early Mass at 7.30am. Saturday’s Exposition and Confessions from 10.30-11.30 am.
Elsewhere: Tuesday’s Lent Talk’s at Christ the King Church in Bromborough beginning at 7.30pm. This week Deacon John Boggan will give a talk on the work of the Wirral Foodbank and next week 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 here in the Parish Centre. Thursday 4th April: 7.00pm Deanery Reconciliation Service (with individual confession) at St Anne’s Rock Ferry, Preacher Bishop Brian Noble.
Money Matters: Thank you for last week’s Offertory Collection which amounted to £686.77p. 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.
APF Red Mission Boxes should be emptied this week and their contents brought to Church next weekend.
SVP Group meet in the presbytery on Thursday. Please note this week at the earlier time of 6pm (due to Reconciliation Service).
Readers: please check the rota and collect your readings for Holy Week & Easter from the sacristy
Many thanks to all those who supported St John’s School , Day of Prayer last Friday. It was a good experience for children and adults alike and will now become an Annual event in the St John’s calendar… we await the fruits of Fridays Prayer. I am sure many blessings will be showered on our Parish and Schools.
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:

Please remember the Card Rack at the back of the Church. This is now well stocked with Mass Cards, Easter Cards, First Communion Cards etc. Don’t forget to buy your Catholic Paper and take some of the Lenten material that is on offer on the table at the back of Church.
The Holy Week schedule of Masses and Services will be published in next week’s bulletin.

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