Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday 26th January, 2020. Cycle A

25/01/2020

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

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday 26th January, 2020. Cycle A


WORD FOR TODAY
The disciples followed Jesus “at once”. They left what they were doing. What keeps us from more closely following Jesus in our lives? What important things do we think we need to do before we can get round to giving him our whole attention?

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: FISHING
If you follow me, it’s people you’ll catch, says Jesus in today’s gospel. We all agree that we want to follow Jesus and come closer to God. But why are we so shy about fishing for others? Why do we find it hard to try and bring others to Christ?
Is it a cultural thing? Have we bought into the great deception that it’s not the done thing to parade our faith on our sleeve? Yet if our faith is the single most important thing about our whole lives, how can we think of wearing it in our pocket? If our Christian belief is the one thing that makes sense of our existence, that provides us with the wherewithal to cope with what life throws at us, then how can we think of keeping it to ourselves and not trying to get others to experience it?
Don’t talk about religion or politics, the saying goes. But if religion is about the ultimate meaning of life and politics is about how we organise it, then not to talk about either of them condemns us to the pleasantries of surface-living. Yet life’s issues are deeper than talking about the weather, and faith’s issues touch the core of reality.
Could it be that we’re afraid of talking to others about our faith because we think we will be shown to be lacking? Is it because we feel ashamed and embarrassed because religious people are often caricatured as cranks in the media? Is it because we don’t want to disturb people? Would we not disturb someone whose coat was on fire? Would we never tell a crying child that the toy needs to be switched on before it will work properly?
If we’re not prepared to lead people towards God, then who is? And yet leading people to God is part of our “contract”. To be a follower of Christ implies that we too proclaim the good news to the ends of the earth. Or at the very least to the ends of our street. If we talk to others and they begin to ask us questions that we can’t answer, then it’s a simple task to put them in touch with those who can. We’re not expected to be geniuses or oracles. We’re not expected to become full-time missionaries in some far-flung country. We’re not expected to become experts on all matters of faith and religion. But we are expected to do a bit of fishing.

Third Sunday in Ord Time 26th 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm Maura Farley Ann. RIP
Genofefa Tenska RIP
NO Prayer Meeting
Monday 27th 9.15am Rels/Fnds Connelly & Coulthard Fams RIP
Tuesday 28th 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Wednesday 29th 10.30am Funeral Service –
Helen Crowther
Thursday 30th 7.30am Ints Pat Davies
Friday 31st 9.15am Rels/Fnds Davenport Fam RIP
Saturday 1st
The Presentation of the Lord 2nd 5.00pm
9.30am
7.30pm St John’s Parish
Ints Larkin Family
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 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.
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.
“Sunday of the Word of God”: Pope Francis has recently asked that we celebrate THIS SUNDAY, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. 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.
Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass. Please drop in out of the cold and have a chat.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
United Service will be held at Christ Church Higher Bebington on Sunday 26th January at 6.30pm.

Money Matters: Last Sunday Collection £535.12p. Thank you for your continued generosity
Annual Collection for the Retired Priests Fund. Today the annual Special Collection for the Retired Priests’ Fund is being 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. If you wish Gift Aid to be claimed on your donation, please write in your name and address (including Postcode) on the front of the Special Envelope provided. A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund (by Standing Order or Cheque), and how you can donate Online to the Fund at http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/retired-priests-fund. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid to boost your donation 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.
With every blessing,
+Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

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.
The Saint John’s Men’s Group will be meeting at the presbytery on Wednesday, 4 February, at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. All men are most welcome as we continue discussing our faith.
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 T0HIS WEEKEND 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.
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.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage: A five day pilgrimage to Medjugorje costing £399 is being organised within our local pastoral area from 23rd to 27th 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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