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


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 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,
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.


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?

Sunday of Advent 15th 5.00pm
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
Sunday of Advent 22nd 5.00pm
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,

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