Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday 19th January, 2020. Cycle A

18/01/2020

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 in Ordinary Time, Sunday 19th January, 2020. Cycle A


WORD FOR TODAY
John the Baptist not only saw Jesus but recognised him as the Lamb of God. Christ promises to be with us all our days in the faces of those we come into contact with. We see all these people, but how do we recognise the Lamb of God?

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, toiletries. 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.
We have a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Catholic schools across the Wirral. In looking to such appointments, key requirements of Foundation Governors are: That they should be practicing Roman Catholics and that they genuinely believe in the value and importance of Catholic Schools. Is this you? Are you able to offer your services? For more information and/or an application pack please contact Sue Blackwell, Governance Support Officer, either by email: sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org or telephone on 0151 652 9855.
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: THE LAMB OF GOD

When John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” what did his hearers think he was talking about? To us it seems such a strange thing to say. Was it any less strange for the people on the banks of the River Jordan?
Those who knew about the scriptures would think of two things. They would remember some mysterious passages in the prophecies of Isaiah, and their minds would also go back to the Exodus and its annual celebration at Passover.
At one stage in their history the Jews were deported to Iraq, to Babylon, close to Baghdad. Their hopes seemed dashed as for about fifty years they were separated from Jerusalem and the proper practice of their religion. At that time Isaiah (or one of his disciples) begins to talk about a mysterious “suffering servant” who would take on the troubles of the people and ultimately save them by giving his own life.
The Jews in today’s gospel might have been back home in Jerusalem but once more they were under army occupation, this time by the Romans. When John points Jesus out as the “Lamb of God” his hearers would have made the connection with the “suffering servant” of Isaiah. Some would have hoped for a revolutionary leader to overthrow the Romans, but others would remember the perfect disciple of God who proclaims the true faith in the midst of errors, who suffers to atone for the sins of the people and who is ultimately glorified by God.
Of course, not everyone would have immediately taken all this in. But every Jew would have made the connection with the Exodus and the Passover. For the lamb was the animal by which the people were saved from Egyptian slavery and brought into the Promised Land. It was with the blood of the lamb that sacrifices were made daily in the Temple and at the annual celebration of Passover it was a lamb that was eaten. The lamb was a central spiritual symbol.
So when John the Baptist called Jesus the “Lamb of God” it started to ring bells for his hearers. Who was this man? What did he want? What would he do?
Little did they suspect. And little did they know.

Second Sunday in Ord Time 19th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Douglas Watkins RIP
World Peace & Justice
NO Prayer Meeting
Monday 20th 9.15am Ints Phil & Gerry Topping
Tuesday 21st 9.15am Birthday Ints Peggy McAllister
Wednesday 22nd 9.15am Rels/Fnds McGree Family
Thursday 23rd 7.30am Ted Corrigan RIP
Friday 24th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Saturday 25th 10.30am Christian Unity Service
Third Sunday in Ord Time 26th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Maura Farley Ann. RIP
Genofefa Tenska RIP
NO Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
Exposition 15 min before daily Masses
Saturdays 4.00-4.50pm
Welcome to Rev Mike Loach, the Vicar of Christ Church, Higher Bebington who will be preaching at both our Weekend Masses in this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Lately Dead: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Helen Crowther who died in Arrowe Park Hospital recently. Funeral Service here at St John’s on Wednesday 29th January at 10.30am. Please note that the Funeral Mass for Peter Rooney is at St Anne’s on Monday 27th January at 12 noon and the Funeral Mass for Gerda McArdle is at St Anne’s on Tuesday 28th January at 11.30am. May they rest in peace.
First Sacraments Café/Gathering : As you are already aware the children at St John’s School have begun their preparation for the Sacraments of First Forgiveness & First Holy Communion and now we are asking for your prayer support for these children. With this in mind Mrs Mullins, our Head Teacher, Fr Bernard and all the staff would like to invite you to our school First Sacraments Café on Monday 3rd February from 2.00- 3.00pm in the Junior School Hall. On this afternoon there will be a short liturgy on the theme of light led by Fr Bernard and the children and then there will be an opportunity for you to meet the children over tea and cakes. All parishioners are warmly invited to come along to school on 3rd February for what promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon. For catering purposes please let Fr Bernard or the school office Tel 645 9615 know if you can definitely make it.

February Half Term (17th-21st February) Holiday Club for young people aged 7-12 years in St Anne’s Parish Centre 10am -1.45pm each day led by the Diocesan Youth Mission Team. There is a meeting of parishioners from the local parishes who would like to help with this new & exciting venture with the Director of the Youth Mission Team and his staff in St Anne’s Presbytery this Wednesday at 7pm. Those who have already volunteered should have received an email about this. Additional volunteers from our local parishes are all most welcome. The more volunteers we have the better

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 £522.86p. White Flower Appeal £375.20p. Thank you for your continued generosity
Next weekend the annual Collection for the Retired Priests Fund will be held. With your help we can build up the Fund to help meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests. Special envelopes are available for you to use. A leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order or how you can make a donation by cheque. It also explains how to Gift Aid these donations to the Fund. I ask that you give as generously as you can to this very worthy cause and would also like to express my sincere gratitude for your continued support.
“Sunday of the Word of God”: Pope Francis has recently asked that we celebrate NEXT SUNDAY, Third Sunday in 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 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 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.
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 11.am
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.
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.
Medjugorje Pilgrimage: A five day pilgrimage to Medjugorje costing £399 is being organised within our local pastoral area from 23rd to 7th June 2020. For more information please see the poster at the back of church or contact Maria Fryer. Tel 07576 243343.

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