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

07/12/2019

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.

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