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

Feast of the Holy Family, Sunday 29th December, 2019. Cycle A

PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love. To you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families, too, may be places of communion, prayer and authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth may families never again experience violence , rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing. Amen.

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please keep your donations coming- Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and washing up liquid. Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.

Use your free time to inspire young people to build a fairer world: CAFOD is looking for volunteers who have a passion for, and experience of, working with young people. We need people who have a commitment to CAFOD’s aims and values and an interest in sharing our work in secondary schools through delivering assemblies or workshops. CAFOD will provide training and support, and expenses will be paid. Volunteering assignments will be in local Catholic schools and you can either work on your own or as part of a team. None of our work is possible without you, so join us and put your faith into action. If you are interested please email Ciara Hogan, chogan@cafod.org.uk
Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: FAMILIES

No two families are the same and each of us has to work out how best to function in our own family. The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph are put before us as models for us to emulate. But how do we do that in the twenty-first century? Perhaps with three simple ingredients, the three Cs:
Commitment: Joseph’s trust was stretched when it came to committing himself to Mary and her unborn child. It goes without saying that families need commitment. Casual groupings of adults and children find it harder to provide the necessary stability. Families only exist because people have a “no matter what” attitude to their wives, husbands, children and parents. We don’t give up when things get tough. But commitment has other natural consequences. If you’re committed to someone then you have to convince them of the fact. When did you last tell your child, wife etc that they really mattered in your eyes? How quick were you to forgive them when they did something that displeased you? What do you bring to your family to show your commitment?
Communication: The greatest danger to married life is not infidelity but lack of communication. Many people survive long years of marriage but never get to know the mind of their partner because they simply don’t talk about things that matter to them both. Many parents find their children’s behaviour puzzling but don’t know how to sit down with them and talk things through. And so the children never expect their parents to understand, especially when they really need them to. It’s just easier to talk to the computer for hours on end.
Common Activity: When a survey asked children what single thing they would most like to change in their family, the answer came back that they would like to do more things together with their parents. Being part of a family means sharing time, experiences, hopes, joys, tears and dreams. Building a family means planning common activity, going out together, doing things together.
Just as human beings need to grow and develop, so do families. We really know very little about how the Holy Family functioned, but you can bet that the three Cs were there somewhere.

Feast of
the Holy Family 29th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Mary Jackson RIP
Ints Colette Jones
Prayer Meeting
Monday 30th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 31st 9.15am William Kealey
Mary Mother of God 1st 10.00am All Mothers
Thursday 2nd 9.15am Ints Eva Armstead
Friday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 4th
Epiphany of the Lord 5th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Ints Elaine Summersgill
Baby Francis Fryer RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm
Christmas Services at St John’s
Sat/Sun 28th/29th Dec: Feast of the Holy Family
Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.
Wed 1st Jan 2020 Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Mass at 10.00am. (St Anne’s 12 Noon)
Sat/Sun 4th/5th Jan: Feast of the Epiphany Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.
Baptisms & Weddings in 2020: Please contact us as soon as possible as available dates are going fast.
First Forgiveness for the children at St John’s School will be celebrated in Church on Thursday 13th February at 6.30pm.

First Communion Masses: Saturday 25th April and Saturday 2nd May both at 10.30am.

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.

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Please drop in out of the cold and have a chat.

Money Matters: Christmas Collection for the Clergy £1,200.00p. The Big Card Collection for the Ark amounted to £85. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Your offerings at the Crib during the Christmas Season support the work of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury who offer much care and support to refugees and needy families and individuals on the Wirral and across the Diocese…. See Caritas recent newsletter on the table at the back of Church.

Are you a Catholic Teacher but not working in a Catholic School? Your Diocese needs you. The Department of Education offers support to those teachers who are considering returning to or joining the Catholic sector. An informal session will be held on Tuesday 14th Jan at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School from 6.00pm-7.30pm. If you would like to attend or want further information please email Sue Jenkinson PA to Damian Cunningham the Diocesan Director of Schools; sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your intentions or someone else’s intentions of for your deceased relatives and friends etc during the early part of 2020 please fill in one of the Mass offering envelopes at the back of Church, place a donation in it and hand it to Fr Bernard or put it through the presbytery letterbox.
Thank you: Fr Bernard thanks you for your prayers and on- going support. He particularly thanks all those who do so much for St John’s Parish and Schools in so many different ways throughout the year. Fr Bernard thanks you for your Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes and prays that this Christmas will be a special and grace-filled time and that the New Year will bring good health and happiness to all.
St John’s Schools and St John Plessington Catholic College are currently on their Christmas break. We hope that pupils and staff are enjoying a good and peaceful and that the New Year will be a blessed one for all our Catholic Schools.
St John’s Parish Pastoral Team: First meeting of 2020 Thursday 16th January at 7.30pm in the presbytery. Any thoughts, observations, suggestions for the team to consider please place in the suggestion box at the back of the Church or through the presbytery letterbox or email them to us at stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com
Christian Unity Week 2020: begins on Saturday 18th January and runs until Saturday 25th January. The United Service at St John’s will be on Saturday 25th Jan.10.30am Coffee. United Service at 11.00am.

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

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sunday22nd December, 2019. Cycle A

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please keep your donations coming- Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and washing up liquid. Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.
Use your free time to inspire young people to build a fairer world: CAFOD is looking for volunteers who have a passion for, and experience of, working with young people. We need people who have a commitment to CAFOD’s aims and values and an interest in sharing our work in secondary schools through delivering assemblies or workshops. CAFOD will provide training and support and expenses will be paid. Volunteering assignments will be in local Catholic schools and you can either work on your own or as part of a team. None of our work is possible without you, so join us and put your faith into action. If you are interested please email Ciara Hogan, chogan@cafod.org.uk
Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: A PERFECT CHRISTMAS?

By now you’re probably fed up with all the adverts to get you to spend your money in order to have “the Christmas you and your family deserve”. But is there such a thing as a perfect Christmas?
It might not have seemed so for Mary. She had every reason to dread that first Christmas. A young teenage girl, she now finds herself having a baby and is unmarried. What will her family say? How’s she going to explain things to Joseph? And what about the neighbours? There’ll be tongues wagging all over the place and she’ll probably being living under a cloud for years to come. Only she and God would ever really understand. And she didn’t understand much.
Joseph’s probably wasn’t looking forward to that first Christmas either. For him it didn’t look too promising. People would point him out as the husband who’d been the last to know. They’d wonder why he didn’t simply ditch Mary. And he probably had a nagging feeling that all these strange dreams were storing up trouble for the future.
Joseph and Mary are good examples of the untidiness of human existence, of how things rarely go according to plan. It’s strange, isn’t it, that God couldn’t find some perfect parents for his only Son? He ends up with these two.
Maybe that’s what Christmas is about. Perhaps one of its jobs is to remind us that into our “screwed up” planet, into the bleak complexity of our private lives, into a world where achievements never seem to match up to yearnings, into the higgledy-piggledy days of our existence…the infant God is born.
God could have chosen some ideal scenario into which to be born. But he chose one that was profoundly human instead. It was all so fragile: Mary had to trust the angel; Joseph had to trust Mary; God had to trust them both.
Christmas is almost upon us and we’re surely not on top of things; in fact, we’re probably dreading some. But if this week we were able to realise that the child Jesus offers to keep being born into the jumble of our human lives, no matter how untidy they are, then we would have experienced a great truth. And despite all the stress and strain we would have had a perfect Christmas into the bargain.

Fourth
Sunday of Advent 22nd 5.00pm
9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm Maria Haigh Annv RIP
Nora & Dinny Mahony
Holy Hour
Prayer Meeting
Monday 23rd 9.15am No Mass or Service
Tuesday
Christmas Eve
Vigil Mass of Christmas 24th 9.15am
3.00pm
7.30pm No Mass or Service
Crib Service
St John’s Parishioners
Wednesday
The Nativity of the Lord 25th 9.30am For the Poor and Needy
Thursday
Feast of
St Stephen 26th 10.00am The Guild of St Stephen
Friday
Feast of
St John the Evangelist 27th 10.00am Ints of St John’s SVP

Saturday 28th
Feast of the Holy Family 29th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Mary Jackson RIP
Ints Colette Jones
Prayer Meeting
Confessions before Christmas at St John’s Sunday from 2.00pm -2.50pm
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

Sunday is a Special Day of Prayer for Expectant Mothers

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory Collection amounted to £564.58p
The Collection at Christmas Masses is for the support of the Parish Clergy
Your offerings at the Crib during the Christmas Season support the work of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury who offer much care and support to refugees and needy families and individuals on the Wirral and across the Diocese…. See Caritas recent newsletter on the table at the back of Church

Christmas Services at St John’s
Christmas Eve Crib Service for Children at 3.00pm in Church, Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm Christmas Day Mass 9.30am Christmas Week Mass Times 26th-27th will be at 10am. Feast of St Stephen: 26th December. Mass at 10am will be offered for our Altar Servers. Feast of St John the Evangelist: 27th December Patron Saint of our Parish. Mass will be held at 10am. Sat/Sun 28th/29th Dec: Feast of the Holy Family Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am. Wed 1st Jan 2020 Feast of Mary the Mother of God Mass at 10.00am. (St Anne’s 12 Noon) Sat/Sun 4th/5th Jan: Feast of the Epiphany Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.
Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Please drop in out of the cold and have a chat.

Parish Christmas Raffle: Many thanks to all who bought tickets. £239 was raised. All prizes have been collected and the winning numbers are:
1st Prize 753, 2nd Prize 212
3rd Prize 325, 4th Prize 124
5th Prize 525
Thank you for your continued generosity.

THE BIG CHRISTMAS CARD is at the back of church. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

Our Schools: are on holiday now until 6th January. After a successful but busy term we wish all the children and staff a safe and restful holiday. The Diocese has recently appointed two additional Foundation Governors to St John’s infant school: Richard Blundell and Joanne Corrigan

Are you a Catholic Teacher but not working in a Catholic School? Your Diocese needs you. The Department of Education offers support to those teachers who are considering returning to or joining the Catholic sector. An informal session will be held on Tuesday 14th Jan at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School from 6.00pm-7.30pm. If you would like to attend or want further information please email Sue Jenkinson PA to Damian Cunningham the Diocesan Director of Schools; sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

Mass Intentions: If you would like to have a Mass said for your intentions or someone else’s intentions of for your deceased relatives and friends etc during the early part of 2020 please fill in one of the Mass offering envelopes at the back of Church, place a donation in it and hand it to Fr Bernard or put it through the presbytery letterbox.
Thank you: Fr Bernard thanks you for your prayers and on- going support. He particularly thanks all those who do so much for St John’s Parish and Schools in so many different ways throughout the year. Fr Bernard thanks you for your Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes and prays that this Christmas will be a special and grace-filled time and that the New Year will bring good health and happiness to all.

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

Third Sunday of Advent, Sunday 15th December, 2019. Cycle A

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please keep your donations coming- Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and washing up liquid. Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.
Use your free time to inspire young people to build a fairer world: CAFOD is looking for volunteers who have a passion for, and experience of, working with young people. We need people who have a commitment to CAFOD’s aims and values and an interest in sharing our work in secondary schools through delivering assemblies or workshops. CAFOD will provide training and support, and expenses will be paid. Volunteering assignments will be in local Catholic schools and you can either work on your own or as part of a team. None of our work is possible without you, so join us and put your faith into action. If you are interested please email Ciara Hogan, chogan@cafod.org.uk
Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: THE RIGHT ONE?

John the Baptist has some second thoughts about Jesus in today’s gospel. After preaching about the coming of the Messiah for so long, John now finds himself in prison and things don’t seem to be working out as he had expected. So he asks, “Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?”
It seems that John thought the Messiah would be much more militant and political than Jesus. It’s quite comforting that John can have his ideas on the Messiah turned upside down; if he needs to take a second look then so do we. His ideas of what Jesus was about proved to be out of synch with reality. And ours often are equally wide of the mark.
In fact, John even wondered whether his cousin Jesus was the right one. Yet Jesus replies that John should open his eyes and look around: those who are blind, deaf, lame and lepers are being cured and the Good News is being preached to the poor. All of these things were known to be signs that the Messiah had arrived.
What about us? Are we sure we’ve got the right idea about Jesus? When he comes again ought we to be worried or should we be joyfully expecting him? Is he coming to bring vengeance or is he “on our side”. Will he condemn or save?
Having second thoughts about Jesus allows us to get things in perspective. It allows us to see Advent as a joyful season of expectation. It lets us realise that fear is out of place for those who await Christ’s coming. It encourages us to actively look forward to the promises that God has made to us through his Son. It permits us to sing “Come, Lord Jesus” and really mean it. And so Advent invites us to yearn for the coming of that joyful day when our salvation will be fully revealed.
John the Baptist had to have a rethink about Jesus. Advent summons us to do the same. Is Christ’s coming something we look forward to or something we secretly dread?

Third
Sunday of Advent 15th 5.00pm
9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm Sick Parishioners
Ints Norah & Bill Martin
Holy Hour
Prayer Meeting
Monday 16th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 17th 9.15 am Barbara Forshaw (1st Annv)
Wednesday 18th 9.15am
7.00pm Service of Word & Communion Reconciliation Service
Thursday 19th 9.30am Ints Peggy McAllister
(in School)
Friday 20th 12 Noon Funeral Service –
Susan Heathcote
Saturday 21st 10.00am Bob Purfield
Fourth
Sunday of Advent 22nd 5.00pm
9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm Maria Haigh Annv RIP
Nora & Dinny Mahony
Holy Hour
Prayer Meeting
Confessions before Christmas at St John’s
Wednesday Advent Reconciliation Service at 7.00pm Next Saturday from after 10am Mass until 11.30am Next Sunday from 2.00pm -2.50pm
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm
Exposition: Next Saturday from after 10am Mass until 11.30am

Prayers for the Sick: Fr Bernard is offering this Saturday’s (14th Dec) 5pm Mass for all our Sick and Housebound Parishioners. Please keep these people in your Advent prayers and if anyone is in need of a visit /Holy Communion please do let Fr Bernard know either after Mass this weekend or by phone or email

Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Susan Heathcote whose funeral service will be held here at St John’s this Friday 20th December at 12 Noon. Please keep Susan and her family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Please drop in out of the cold and have a chat.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £555.88p
Church Flower Collection £277.53p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Parish Christmas Raffle : Tickets are on sale after Masses this weekend, next weekend and during the week for the St John’s Christmas Raffle …….some great prizes on offer all donated by parishioners. The draw will be made by our Altar Servers at the end of 9.30am Mass on Sunday 15th December.
LPA Advent Reconciliation Service (with individual confession) will be held at St John’s this Wednesday 18th December at 7pm. All welcome
Christmas Services at St John’s
Christmas Eve
Crib Service for Children at 3.00pm in Church,
Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm
Christmas Day
Mass 9.30am
Christmas Week Mass Times
26th-27th will be at 10am.
Feast of St Stephen: 26th December.
Mass at 10am will be offered for our Altar Servers.
Feast of St John the Evangelist: 27th December Patron Saint of our Parish. Mass will be held at 10am.
Sat/Sun 28th/29th Dec: Feast of the Holy Family
Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and
Sun 9.30am.
Wed 1st Jan 2020 Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Mass at 10.00am. (St Anne’s 12 Noon)
Sat/Sun 4th/5th Jan: Feast of the Epiphany Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.

THE BIG CHRISTMAS CARD is at the back of church. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.
Scout Stamps will be on sale after Mass on Saturday 14th December. Price is 35 pence. The newsagent on the corner of Windsor Close is also selling stamps on our behalf. Last date for posting your cards is Wednesday 18th December at 12 noon.
SJP Christmas Carol Service “Follow the Star”. St John Plessington Catholic College will be holding two Carol Services in College Hall, the first will take place on Monday 16th December 2019 at 6.30pm and the second on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 6.30pm. We do hope that you will be able to join us. Tickets are available from the School Office or telephone 0151 645 5049. A collection will be taken on the evening in aid of our college charity and the Wirral Foodbank.
Hospital Advent Mass: Mass will be celebrated by Canon Philip Moor, Vicar General of the Diocese and Parish Priest of Holy Apostles & Martyrs Parish in Wallasey in the chapel at Arrowe Park Hospital (1st Floor of main building) on Thursday at 12.30pm. Patients, Staff, Visitors, members of our local Wirral Parishes are all most welcome. Why not go along and pray God’s blessing’s upon our local hospitals and hospice this Christmas and into 2020,

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

Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday 8th December, 2019. Cycle A

Wirral Foodbank: Thank you to all those who contribute to the Foodbank, helping to support people in crisis in our Local Community. The total raised this week is on the Notice Board at the back of Church along with details of the Foodbank and the services it offers. Please keep your donations coming- Items urgently needed- sugar, custard, tinned potatoes, deodorant, and washing up liquid. Once again if you have any spare plastic bags or even an idea on how they are able to distribute food/goods without the need for plastic bags, it will be gratefully received.
Traidcraft will be on sale THIS weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December. Please take the opportunity to buy /Christmas cards and gifts.
Use your free time to inspire young people to build a fairer world: CAFOD is looking for volunteers who have a passion for, and experience of, working with young people. We need people who have a commitment to CAFOD’s aims and values and an interest in sharing our work in secondary schools through delivering assemblies or workshops. CAFOD will provide training and support, and expenses will be paid. Volunteering assignments will be in local Catholic schools and you can either work on your own or as part of a team. None of our work is possible without you, so join us and put your faith into action. If you are interested please email Ciara Hogan, chogan@cafod.org.uk
Please take a look at the Notice Boards at the back of Church for details of other Local Events over the next few weeks, and don’t forget to buy a Catholic paper and to take a look at the Card Rack

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.

FAITH IN FOCUS: HALF MEASURES?

There are some people for whom half measures just aren’t good enough.
We all know of people who put us to shame by their indefatigable commitment to the cause they have espoused. It might be someone who has been cured of cancer and now spends all their time raising funds for research. Perhaps it’s a politician risking their life by opposing corruption in their country, or someone campaigning tirelessly for the voiceless. Maybe it’s just an ordinary person who spends their entire life looking after a bed-ridden family member. Whatever they do, they put all their energy into it.
John the Baptist was such a person. He was no quiet preacher, not content to give his message in an unobtrusive way nor unconcerned by those who rejected it or failed to hear it. He was a disturbing character. Living on the edge of the desert, wearing strange clothes and eating a weird diet, his message struck panic into people, causing vast crowds to repent and to come and be baptised in the Jordan. That the kingdom of heaven is close at hand was his rally call.
When the Pharisees and Sadducees claimed to have repented he turned on them. Produce the evidence. If you really knew what this kingdom of heaven was all about then you wouldn’t be so self-satisfied. They had learnt how to practise their religion half-heartedly while seeming to keep all the rules.
So what about us? As Advent begins do we feel any sense of urgency about our need for continual repentance, or do we think of it as just another milestone in the calendar? Will the word of God this Advent make any difference to our attitude? Will it affect the way we behave towards God and each other? Do we most resemble the Jewish leaders taking their religion in their stride or the crowds who heard John’s message and realised that there can be no half measures when it comes to changing the way we live? Advent is the time for making our choice.

Second
Sunday of Advent 8th 5.00pm
9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm Anthony Butterworth RIP
St John’s Parish
Holy Hour
Prayer Meeting
Monday 9th 9.15am Fr Frank Rice RIP
Tuesday 10th 9.15 am
Rels/Fnds Brockway & Callaghan Families RIP
Wednesday 11th 9.15am No Mass or Service Today
Thursday 12th 7.30am Shaun Corrigan RIP
Friday 13th 9.15am No Mass or Service Today
Saturday 14th 10.00am Carmel Mass
Third
Sunday of Advent 15th 5.00pm
9.30am
3-4pm
7.30pm St John’s Parish
Ints Nora & Bill Martin
Holy Hour
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm
Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Susan Heathcote who has died recently. Her funeral service will be held here at St John’s on Friday
20th December at 12 Noon. Please keep Susan and her family in your prayers. May she rest in peace.

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Please drop in out of the cold and have a chat.

Money Matters: Last weekend’s Offertory collection amounted to £527.81p. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Parish Christmas Raffle : Tickets are on sale after Masses this weekend, next weekend and during the week for the St John’s Christmas Raffle …….some great prizes on offer all donated by parishioners. The draw will be made by our Altar Servers at the end of 9.30am Mass on Sunday 15th December.

Christmas Flower Collection will be held over THIS weekend Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th December.

LPA Advent Reconciliation Service (with individual confession) will be held at St John’s on Wednesday 18th December at 7pm. All welcome
Christmas Services at St John’s
Christmas Eve
Crib Service for Children at 3.00pm in Church,
Mass of the Nativity begins at 7.30pm
Christmas Day
Mass 9.30am
Christmas Week Mass Times
26th-27th will be at 10am.
Feast of St Stephen: 26th December.
Mass at 10am will be offered for our Altar Servers.
Feast of St John the Evangelist: 27th December Patron Saint of our Parish. Mass will be held at 10am.
Sat/Sun 28th/29th Dec: Feast of the Holy Family
Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and
Sun 9.30am.
Wed 1st Jan 2020 Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Mass at 10.00am. (St Anne’s 12 Noon)
Sat/Sun 4th/5th Jan: Feast of the Epiphany Masses at the usual times Sat 5.00pm and Sun 9.30am.

THE BIG CHRISTMAS CARD is at the back of church. Please write your Christmas message at a suggested minimum donation of £1. All proceeds will go towards the work of The Ark. Please support this very good cause and thank you for your support over the years.

BOST Fanfare for Christmas An evening of Festive Music featuring well- loved and traditional favourites and exciting new modern Christmas music is being held on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm at St Anne’s Church in Rock Ferry. Tickets (£8 per person) are available after weekend Masses here at St John’s and also from St Anne’s Presbytery during the week.
3Ls Christmas Concert Celebrating Christmas will be held here at St Michael’s & All Angels Church, Woodchurch CH49 5LE on Thursday, 12th December at 7pm. Tickets are £3. Tickets are and available from Norah Martin. You can also pay at the door. All welcome.
SJP Christmas Carol Service “Follow the Star”. St John Plessington Catholic College will be holding two Carol Services in College Hall, the first will take place on Monday 16th December 2019 at 6.30pm and the second on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 6.30pm. We do hope that you will be able to join us. Tickets are available from the School Office or telephone 0151 645 5049. A collection will be taken on the evening in aid of our college charity and the Wirral Foodbank.
Bebington Churches Together will be Carol singing on the 14th December at 11am outside Cross Lane Co-op. Everyone is very welcome to come along and join in with the singing.
S cout Stamps will be on sale after both Masses THIS weekend 7th and 8th December and the following Saturday Mass 14th. Price is 35 pence. The newsagent on corner of Windsor Close is also selling stamps on our behalf. Last date for posting your cards is Wednesday 18th December at 12 noon.