The Baptism of the Lord, Sunday 12th 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
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The Baptism of the Lord, Sunday 12th January, 2020. 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

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.


Life seems to become more and more privatised as the days go by. For whatever reason, we don’t see many children playing games together in our streets or our parks. Buses and trains are full of people who don’t talk to each other because they sit listening to music on their own personal stereos. Teenagers are said to spend many hours a week by themselves in their bedrooms on the computer. And families claim that life is so frenetic that they have to make a special effort to eat a brand of gravy together once a week.
Of course, there are some people whose religion is exactly the same. It’s about them and God, about them getting holy and going to heaven. If others can do the same, all well and good; but they don’t actually affect them in any way. These are the sort of people who prefer a “private” wedding or a “private” funeral. After all, it’s about them, not the rest of the parish. Or is it?
The feast of the Baptism of the Lord turns all of this on its head. For it reminds us that at our own baptism we were anointed by the priest or deacon. We were anointed with oil so that we could become “priests…prophets…and kings (or queens).” To be a priest means that we offer every moment of our lives to God that they may become sanctified and profitable. To be a prophet means that by our words and actions we are to speak out to our world as spokesmen and women. We are to say what God wants the world to hear. To be a king or queen means to accept responsibility for our world as well as for the kingdom of God. The world we have been given is on loan to us; we are to watch over it, to protect it and hand it on to the next generation in even better condition.
Our religion is the expression of our baptism. We are baptised into a living, believing community that worships collectively, that publicly makes its stand for the power of God’s word in our world and is ready to come to the aid of those whose human dignity is under threat. That’s because our baptism calls us to be other Christs in our world. Far from being a private hobby it is a reminder that our vocation is to be part of the ever-advancing People of God. And if we’re to be part of a people, then we need others.

The Baptism of the Lord 12th 5.00pm
7.30pm Joyce Dalziel (10th Annv) RIP
Daniel Farley Annv RIP
Prayer Meeting
Monday 13th 9.15am Helena Czapinska RIP
Tuesday 14th 9.15am Ints Joan Anton
Wednesday 15th 9.15am Cath Wright RIP
Thursday 16th 7.30am Rels/Fnds Fitzpatrick & Gilligan Families
Friday 17th 9.15am Ints Tyburn Sisters
Saturday 18th 10.00am Carmel Mass
Second Sunday in Ord Time 19th 5.00pm
7.30pm Douglas Watkins RIP
World Peace & Justice
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm
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
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 £661.87p. Crib Collection £236.37. Thank you for your continued generosity.

White Flower Appeal: The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal at both Masses THIS 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;
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
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 NEXT 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 Lower Beb Methodist
Monday 20th Jan St Andrew’s
Tuesday 21st Jan Life Church
Wednesday 22nd Jan Christ Church, Hr Beb
Thursday 23rd Jan St Luke’s
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
The Churches Together in Cheshire Christian Unity Week Service will be held at Chester Cathedral next Sunday 19th January at 3.30pm. Everyone is most welcome. Lord David Alton is the speaker. Bishop Mark will be there to represent the Diocese and
Fr Bernard is attending in his capacity as a local Catholic Dean.
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.
The Annual Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Marriage will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at St Joseph’s Church, North Road, Birkenhead on Saturday 8th February at 12 noon. All married couples and their families are welcome. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th 40th 50th 60th) and wish to attend the Mass please let Fr Bernard know by 26th January and you will receive a special letter of invitation. If you are not celebrating a significant anniversary and wish to attend the Mass please know that you are very welcome.

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