Epiphany of the Lord Sunday 5th January, 2020. 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
Email: stjohntheevangelist@gmail.com Websites: http://www.stjohnevang.co.uk http://www.lpa24.org

Epiphany of the Lord Sunday 5th January, 2020. Cycle A

NEW YEAR’S BLESSING God be with you at the turning of the year, that you may know the Lord is ever near.
In days of struggle may his Spirit be your strength,
and as the times and seasons run their length,
may Jesus Christ your rock and fortress be,
renewed in faith, in hope and charity.
So praise our God whose great and mighty hand
supports all humankind in every land.
The opening year his faithfulness he shows;
his mercy be among us till its close. 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.


If the wise men had been women, things might have been different. They would have stopped to ask directions outside Jerusalem and so avoided Herod; they would have arrived on time and helped deliver the baby; instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh they would have brought a casserole, some nappies and a box of baby wipes; and there would have been peace on earth!
Although the Christmas season finds it last echo officially on February 2nd with the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, in reality it is today that marks Twelfth Night, or the closure of the Christmas period. And it’s significant that the cosy little birth scene in the stable is suddenly broadened and opened out to the whole world as representatives from the ends of the globe turn up to acknowledge this baby as something very special.
Epiphany is about searching. The wise men travelled from afar, guided by a star. They knew that someone important was about to be born, but they didn’t know who or where. And their quest was to keep moving forward in search of what was to be fully revealed to them.
Matthew deliberately shrouds the wise men in mystery. We are the ones who have invented the fact that there were three of them, that they were kings, that they had crowns, that their names were Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior. The bible has none of this. Surely, what Matthew wanted us to realise is not some simple historical event but the fact that the wise men represent each one of us. They are a symbol of the whole of humanity that is called to search. Every human being is called to “see” Christ. For everything was made by him and must find its completion in him. And our life is a journey in search of what makes us tick, what will give ultimate meaning to our existence.
The meaning of our existence radiates from the little baby in the stable. We are made in God’s image and are called to worship God with whatever gifts we have to bring. Epiphany invites us to continue the journey and the search, for if we find Christ then we find ourselves!

Epiphany of the Lord 5th 5.00pm
7.30pm Ints Elaine Summersgill
Baby Francis Fryer RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 6th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 7th 9.15am
7.00pm Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 8th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Thursday 9th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Friday 10th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 11th
The Baptism of the Lord 12th 5.00pm
7.30pm Joyce Dalziel (10th Annv) RIP
Daniel Farley Annv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour will be held here at St John’s on Tuesday 7th January a 7pm.
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: Last Sunday Collection £602.06p. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Crib Offerings: This weekend is your last opportunity this Christmas to make donations at the Crib for the work of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury who offer much care and support to needy families & individuals on the Wirral and throughout the Diocese.

White Flower Appeal: The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal at both Masses next weekend

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
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 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
A five day pilgrimage to Medjugorie costing £399 is being organised for 23rd to 27th June. This is a wonderful opportunity to be in Medjugorie on the 39th anniversary of the apparitions and on the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. Anyone interested should please attend a meeting in the day chapel at 6.30pm on Thursday 16th January for more information. Please also see the poster displayed at the back of church.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Saturday 18th-25th January. The Theme “Unusual Kindness” As usual we will be having our trip around the Churches here in the Bebington area.
Prayers for Christian Unity here at
St John’s will be held on Saturday morning 25th January. The programme is as follows. Also see poster at the back of church.
Saturday 18th Jan Jireh
Monday 20th Jan St Andrew’s
Tuesday 21st Jan St Luke’s
Wednesday 22nd Jan Christ Church, Hr Beb
Thursday 23rd Jan Life Church
Friday 24th Jan Christ Church, P. Sunlight
Saturday 25th Jan St John’s
Each meeting starts at 10.30am for tea/coffee.
Service starts at 11.am
United Service will be held at Christ Church Higher Bebington on Sunday 26th January at 6.30pm
“Sunday of the Word of God”: Pope Francis has recently asked that we celebrate this on the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time which this year falls on 25th/26th January. On that weekend you are invited to bring your Bibles to church. Bibles will be blessed after the Bidding Prayers at both Masses that weekend. Good quality Bibles can be obtained at St Paul’s Bookshop, Bold Street, Liverpool or via the internet at Redemptorist Publications or the Catholic Truth Society. In Catholic Churches we use the Jerusalem Bible for the readings at Mass and other liturgical services.

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