The Presentation of the Lord , Sunday 2nd February, 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 Presentation of the Lord , Sunday 2nd February, 2020. Cycle A

Lord Jesus, I give you my hands to do your work.I give you my feet to go your way.I give you my eyes to see as you do.I give you my tongue to speak your words.I give you my mind that you may think in me.I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me your Father and all humanity.I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me. 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, 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. For more information and/or an application pack please contact Sue Blackwell, Governance Support Officer, either by email: 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.

The feast of the Presentation of the Lord comes as a sort of epilogue to Christmas. It’s no coincidence that it occurs exactly 40 days after the event since it is intended to set a seal on the Christmas season.
With the benefit of hindsight we see Jesus being presented in the temple and we recognise him as not simply the baby of Bethlehem but as the light for all nations. In celebrating today’s feast we light our candles so that we may be reminded of our baptismal commitment to spreading the light of Christ by the way that we live, and we rejoice that like Anna and Simeon we too have been privileged to see God’s salvation.
Today, your Son ,who shares your eternal splendour, was presented in the temple and revealed by the Spiritas the glory of Israel and the light of all peoples.
(Roman Preface for Presentation)

The Presentation of the Lord 2nd 5.00pm
7.30pm St John’s Parish
Ints Larkin Family
Prayer Meeting
Monday 3rd 9.15am Service of Word & Communion
Tuesday 4th 9.15am
7pm Rel/Fnds Bell+Nugent Fam
Wednesday 5th No Mass/Service
Thursday 6th 7.30am Peter Rooney RIP
Friday 7th 9.15am Rels/Fnds McLoughlin Fam RIP
Saturday 8th
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 9th 5.00pm
7.30pm Ints Tony Hyland
Kevin Dowd RIP
Prayer Meeting
Confessions Each Saturday 10.30am-11.15am
Morning Prayer
15 min before daily Masses

Tea & Coffee in the Parish Centre after 9.30am Mass each Sunday. Please drop in and have a chat with friends old and new.

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. Next weekend at both Masses there will be an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of the Sick as we approach the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (11th Feb).
Money Matters: Last Weekend’s Collection was £580.80p. Thank you for your continued generosity. Retired Priest’s Fund Collection was also held last weekend. If you still have your envelope for this special collection please return it as soon as possible, thank you.
Many thanks to everyone from St John’s who supported the United Service at Christ Church, Higher Bebington last Sunday evening, and to those who came to the morning services during Christian Unity Week. We will meet again in the Season of Lent for Prayer, Reflection and Lent lunches.
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 this
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 Monday for what promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon.

Monthly Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour this Tuesday at 7pm in church… a quiet time of prayer and reflection in these uncertain times. All most welcome…. please join us if you can.

First Forgiveness
Parents Meeting with Father Bernard and school staff at St John’s Junior School this Thursday at 4pm.
First Forgiveness Celebration on Thursday 13th February at 6.30pm in Church. Parishioner’s are most welcome to attend this First Forgiveness Service.

On Wednesday at 12 noon, you are warmly invited to St Anne’s Rock Ferry were there will be a Thanksgiving Mass for Sister Teresa Harmon. Sister Teresa one of the Sisters of Charity, is moving from Birkenhead to Hackney in London at the end of February. Over the last 20 years, Sister has been involved in many ways, in the life of the local church. Refreshments after Mass in the Parish Centre.
The Saint John’s Men’s Group will be meeting at the presbytery this Wednesday, 4 February, at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. All men are most welcome as we continue discussing our faith.
St John’s SVP Group meet in the Presbytery at 6.30pm on Thursday.
The Annual Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Marriage will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at 12 noon at St Joseph’s Birkenhead next Saturday. All married couples and their families are welcome. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre. If you are celebrating a significant Anniversary and wish to attend the Mass, please let Father Bernard know this weekend.
The Diocesan Lourdes Hospitality- are holding their Annual Feast Day Mass at St Joseph’s Birkenhead, on Tuesday 11th February at 7pm.

February Half Term (17th-21st February) Holiday Club for young people aged 7-12 years at St Anne’s Parish Centre from 10am -1.45pm each day led by the Diocesan Youth Mission Team. 5 days of activity, filled with fun, faith and fellowship. Craft, sport, challenges, drama and song. There is something for everyone. Lunch will be provided. All young people must be registered. Registration forms are on the table at the back of Church and should be returned to St Anne’s Parish Office by Friday 14th February- Tel 0151 645 3996. If any adults would like to help with this Holiday Club, please have a word with Father Bernard today. At the moment we are in need of an additional 6 helpers/ volunteers.

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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